About this listing
We price by the bedroom at $125/night and lock off the part of the house you do not need. If you need the entire home we discount that rate to $325/night. This gives you ability to rent only what you need, and us the ability to clean only what was needed!
If you yearn for Nature and Nurture - for hiking, biking, birdwatching, rejuvenation and lots of open space, we welcome you to our 706 acre ranch retreat, located just 30 minutes south of historic Goliad. We can accommodate you by yourself - or a group of up to 20. We welcome guests to our ranch and treat them to a taste of what it's like to live in this part of the world. NATURE: Birding! Wildlife Viewing and Photography! Hiking! Biking! Fishing! Stargazing! NURTURE: Peace and tranquility abound here, and if you just need to rejuvenate, we've got rocking chairs and hammocks in the shade of old oak trees or on cool country porches. We offer a choice of 3 homes, each with its own charm and comfort - each equipped with everything you need to be secure, comfortable, and happy while here. The Maetze Home is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath home (circa 1877) which features 12' ceilings, spacious windows, long-leaf pine walls, a large and breezy front porch with view into grazing pastures full of wildlife, wildflowers, and the occasional miniature donkey (more on that later) and a fully equipped and modern kitchen. The Green Jay Cottage is a 2-bedroom, 1-bath cottage with fully equipped kitchen and lovely front porch, also with panoramic views of the countryside. The Hummingbird Cottage is our smallest home which features a day bed with rollaway under, a shower in its bathroom, and a kitchenette. Need only one room? Each of these homes may be rented by the room or by the house - your choice! Each home is equipped with its own firepit and grill for outdoor cooking, as well. (We provide mesquite and oak firewood!) Included in our fees is access to the ranch and its 14 miles of hike and bike trails, ponds, stargazing platform, tree swings, hammocks, etc. Fresh organic garden produce is offered when our gardens are producing. SPICY FUN: Pick your own chili pectins that grow wild here, or visit our mediterranean miniature donkeys, or participate in cattle round-up. For history buffs, we are just 22 miles south of the historic town of Goliad - home of the Presidio la Bahia, one of the last remaining Spanish forts in the U.S., and the Mission Espiritu Santo, birthplace of Texas ranching at Goliad State Park. We can help you plan your day visit to the charming town built around its beautiful, restored courthouse with charming shops and great restaurants and bars.
Guests have access to the entire ranch - 706 acres, with 14 miles of hike and bike trails, a stocked fish pond, Indian Creek, old growth oak trees, stargazing platform, and miniature donkeys...
As little or as much as the guests want. My husband and I are the sole caretakers of the place, and we live in a separate home (around the bend and down the road a bit).
We love the rural life and the dark night sky and stars that comes with it. Guests here can enjoy peaceful days and nights, trees, meadows, birds, swings, hammocks, stars, the good life...
We have golf carts for rent at $10 per day. Bring your own bicycles. Horses are welcome! Stabling fee of $25 per horse per night, includes stable stall, water and hay.
706 acres of beautiful South Texas land, with 14 miles of hike and bike trails (bring your own bikes), 3 photography blinds, fishing ponds, stargazing platform
Interaction with guests
As much or little as the guest would like.
Rural countryside with minimal light and noise pollution, beautiful meadows and oak trees, rolling hills. Guests here will hear owls, night hawks and many many bird songs, and will be serenaded at night by the coyote off in the distance...
We have a 4-5 seater Club Car which can be rented $15/day. Bring your own bicycles. Horses are welcome! Stabling fee of $25 per horse per night, includes stable stall, water and hay.
We have a one-dog $25. per visit fee, and they must be leashed when out of doors. We do not allow smoking indoors, but do provide ashtrays under covered porches at all houses. Our motto "Come When You Can, Leave When You Must" applies almost always - but generally we ask for check-in's no earlier than 2pm and departures by 2pm.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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We are a family owned and operated ranch, and my husband Wilfred Korth and I live "just around the bend" from this guest house compound. This concept of sharing the ranch with guests is a fairly new one in Texas, and we're finding it's a wonderful way to meet new and interesting people. It's also a great way to diversify income stream, because if you don't have an oil well in Texas (and we don't), it's not always easy to keep your land. Ours is a special place: we manage the ranch for wildlife, while also running a small herd of cattle and mediterranean miniature donkeys! The donkeys are gentle animals, and our guests love them most of all. On arrival to the ranch we like to give guests a quick overview of their home and a map of the ranch property. We want you to feel comfortable here, so are happy to take you on a tour of the property, then set you free to enjoy the place as if it were your own. Guests are always welcome to interact and participate in the ranch activities - help us call in the cows, brush and feed donkeys, whatever makes you happy!