General Description of property:
The 'Rocking M Ranch' is "real country, real close", and a short 20 minute drive to Round Top's world of antiquing, and 40 minute backroad drive to Formula One (bypassing Austin traffic). Relax and enjoy the peaceful twitter of birds, mooing cows, and a canvas of stars instead of stressful bumper to bumper traffic. Known as the "megalopolis", Smithville is an easy drive from the major cities of Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and College Station. The ranch is located on 15 partially wooded acres and down a long-winding driveway to maximize the "getaway experience". The ranch house was built in 2010 and is comprised of a spacious 2600 square foot home called the 'Lone Star'. A small private adjoining apartment is occupied by the owner and used as the ranch office. The Lone Star and the owner's apartment are completely separate dwellings, each with its own entrance and parking, maximizing guests' privacy. The Lone Star is a spacious 2600 foot home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, expansive great room/dining area, kitchen, game room, large front porch and back screen porch. It sleeps up to 14 guests (double occupancy in queen/full beds).
TREAT YOURSELF. If you want to carve out a little time and space to unplug and recharge while visiting, or need additional space, a small private suite with its own staircase is located upstairs through a connecting, locking door. The space if perfect for the new bride and groom! It features one queen, one twin bed, full bath/shower. Bath has a spa vibe with fluffy towels, and small indulgences such as unwinding with a bubble bath and hot cup of tea. A mini-zen dining spot outside the bedroom includes a half-fridge, drip coffee maker with fresh ground coffee, and variety of teas. The suite is an additional $90.00/night.
Also available is one RV space for an additional nightly fee of $50.00.
Guests at the ranch enjoy sole use of the pool, shade structure with ceiling fans, hot tub, fire pit, and propane grill. Festive party lights keep things fun for evening outdoor activities around the pool.
The Lone Star rental is ideal for a Round Top antiquing adventure (plenty of space to park large trucks or trailers), family reunions, wedding parties, golf/ getaway, club event, or any event for large groups. Large catering bowls, a folding table, ice chests, and beverage dispenser are available upon request at no additional charge. NOTE: MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GUESTS IS 14 (17 IF THE ADDITIONAL UPSTAIRS SUITE IS RENTED). EVENTS FOR UP TO 50 GUESTS ALLOWED AT AN ADDITIONAL COST (contact owner for rates).
For large groups and events, a second VRBO property (#1126248) is located less than 10 minutes away in Smithville. It sleeps 6 guests (for a total of up to 23 overnight guests if renting both properties).
Photos: DOWNSTAIRS. Master suite with a queen, full, and twin bed, workstation, large bathroom with two sinks and walk-in shower. The great room is a spacious living area, combination dining, with large farmhouse table (additional seating at kitchen bar area), wood-burning fireplace, flat-screen TV, and DVD player. The great room has a leather Lazy Boy sofa with a comfy, inflatable, queen mattress that sleeps two adults. A large enclosed screen porch is off the great room and overlooks the pool area. The kitchen features all stainless appliances, refrigerator with ice maker and two sinks, well stocked with essentials including cooking pots, blender, toaster, coffeemaker, serving trays and crock pot. A second fridge located in laundry room for additional storage. Laundry room has large capacity W/D, folding/ironing bar, and 1/2 bath. A commercial water filter further reduces chemicals and chlorine in the public water system and is clean and pure for drinking. No need for bottled water.
UPSTAIRS: A game room and galley kitchen with sink and mini-fridge divide the two upstairs bedrooms. Bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower. One bedroom has a queen bed and two twin beds; second upstairs bedroom has a double bed and two twin beds.
Rocking M Ranch is located 4 miles south of Smithville, with an easy 20 minute drive to the world of antiquing in Warrenton and Round Top. Austin is less than an hour away, Houston and San Antonio under 2 hours. The Formula One Circuit of Americas is a short 40-minute drive on backroads, avoiding heavy traffic at entry.
Events can be set up inside the spacious, fully-furnished home with additional seating around the pool area. Festive party lights strung across the pool is the perfect party setting, along with a large fire pit and shade structure with ceiling fans. The hot tub is automated. Pool has a waterfall from the hot tub into the pool. The pool is not heated.
While visiting Smithville, who knows who you will run into with film and music stars such as Shirley McLain, Jack Black, and Ryan Bingham (who stayed at the ranch while filming 'A Country Called Home').
Take your boots off, pull up a rocker, and enjoy country life at its best at the Rocking M Ranch. Whether it's breakfast on the back screen porch or sitting by the pool's waterfall enjoying a glass of wine, you're sure to relax and leave big city life behind. Hope to see you soon.Get the full listing »