About this listing
We are a working South Texas ranch with cattle and miniature donkeys. We offer 3 separate guest houses, each with its own special features. Rent by the room at $125/night, or by the house, or for family & friend reunions by the compound.
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 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.