Maetze House features large breezy front porch with rocking chairs, 3 bdrm/3 bath home.Living and dining room of Maetze House with working fireplace (kitchen to the right)
Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Nature Retreat

Entire home/apt

10 Guests

3 Bedrooms

7 Beds

Entire home/apt

10 Guests

3 Bedrooms

7 Beds

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About this listing

The space
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 7
Check In: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $100
Security Deposit: $125
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The space

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.

Guest access

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.

The neighborhood

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...

Getting around

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.

House Rules
Check in time is flexible

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.

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

15 Reviews

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Mary User Profile
March 2017
The Barnhart Q5 Ranch and Wildlife Preserve was much more than I expected! With no phone, internet, or TV, I thought it would be hard to fill the hours. The complete opposite was true! Bird watching, hiking, seeing the wildlife and miniature donkeys made it a great retreat! Claire was the most gracious host I have ever had on airbnb (and I've been to a few!). She made me and my 80 year old mom right at home. She gave us a tour of the ranch, told stories, and was generally just so kind and friendly. The accommodations were very nice. We stayed at the Green Jay cottage, and it was perfect! Loved sitting on the porch in the rockers, watching all the birds come right up on the porch rail and on the feeder. Stargazing there is unbelievable... you can see the Milky Way galaxy from right outside your cottage. There is also a stargazing platform -- I will definitely check that out next time I go there! Overall, this was a great place to stay and get away from it all. I will definitely be back... soon! My mom is already asking when we can go back!
Claire User ProfileClaire is a superhost.
Response from Claire:
Wow -- thank you, Mary! Reviews like this make me love being and Airbnb host. Hope to see you two (and Charlie, of course) again soon. Check out our page and see the hummingbird video I posted there. Since your Mom loves birds, come back for the hummingbird migration Aug 20-October 15. You'll be surrounded by hungry hummers!
March 2017

Alexis User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful place, plenty of room, and just what we were looking for. Kids and dogs had a great time

Deborah User Profile
July 2016
We had the most beautiful time. There are so many animals -- donkeys, birds, frogs, bunnies, cows, bats, even a wild pig -- all roaming freely and in harmony. We walked up to the star-gazing platform each evening and stood for an hour, watching the sun set and the moon come out. So relaxing, such a pleasure, every minute. Thank you, Claire! We will be back.
Claire User ProfileClaire is a superhost.
Response from Claire:
Embarrassed that I forgot to take the chaise lounge to the stargazing platform for you. Next time! Thank you, Deborah.
July 2016

Diana User Profile
June 2016
My family and I visited Claire's amazing hidden gem this past Memorial Day holiday. It was so much fun to spend some quiet time in nature. My almost 4 year old nephew had so much fun running wild and petting the adorable miniature donkeys. The town of Goliad was also fun to visit. It was a holiday so most of the town was closed but we managed to have a nice walk around the historic downtown. Presidio La Bahia has a neat history of Texas. Claire's house had everything we needed to have a great weekend. The house was perfect and the history behind it is very interesting.
Claire User ProfileClaire is a superhost.
Response from Claire:
Thank you Diana! We're glad you found us and hope you'll remember us next time you need a break from the city. - Claire
June 2016

Adam And Ashley User ProfileAdam And Ashley is a superhost.
March 2016
The Barnhart Q5 Ranch is a hidden treasure in TX! What an amazing spot for our family to spend four days. We can't recommend it enough. Claire is an amazing hostess and we felt family staying at her place. The Green Jay cottage was perfect for our 4 person family (3 year old and a 9 month old baby)- and we hope to come back with friends to stay at the main (bigger) house. The cottage was cute, cozy, clean, and had all the amenities we needed. The miniature donkeys are peaceful, beautiful creatures who did not mind at all while our children petted, shrieked and jumped around them. There is also a swing set (with a baby swing!), a cow roping setup for the kids, and endless animals for them to spot. We also spent a few days in Goliad, touring Presidio la Bahia, and caught a livestock show and a carnival. This small town has a lot going on and kept us remarkably busy for 4 days. We're home now and already miss the ranch!

Brad User Profile
March 2016
My wife and I enjoyed a two night stay here at the Q5 Ranch, and it was one of our most magical stays at a B&B. Claire is so warm and friendly, and she made us feel like friends. We got to stay in a beautiful, historic restored farm house set in the South Texas hills. We hung out with the resident mini donkeys, hiked and explored, bird-watched, star-gazed, and really got a chance to disconnect from our phones and reconnect as a couple. We played board games and cooked in the full kitchen instead of watching TV or looking at social media. It was wonderful to be awakened by birdsong and to enjoy the stillness of the country. We got to tour Goliad before our stop here, and once we got to the ranch, we didn't want to leave! We will definitely be back. Don't miss staying at this beautiful place!

Heidi User Profile
February 2016
We had a fantastic time at the ranch! Claire was so wonderful and showed our kids all the sights and sounds including a cattle round up! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan on going back as often as we can.

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On the ranch "just around the bend" from this guest house compound · Joined in May 2013
Claire User ProfileClaire is a superhost.

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!

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