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  1. 10 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 3 baths
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Experience the history of a Victorian mansion with over 100 years of history. Feel the power of time wash over you as you make the Helmly house your home.

This is the greatest location ever! Within a 5 block radius you can walk to all the great bars, restaurants, wineries, shops and art galleries!

The space
We understand that things are a little more difficult during these times than normal so we have instituted:
- A flexible cancellation policy
- Coupons and discounts for future bookings
- Reduced minimum stay requirements
- Reduced daily rates
- Increased discounts for longer stays
- Employing stringent cleaning procedures
- Self check-in tools for no contact check in / out
- Quality work areas and internet for “workcations”

Make the Helmly house your home away from home. Also known as “The Barnwell house”, the building was built in 1913 by Dr. James Franklin Barnwell who established it as Blanco County’s first hospital. The hospital was equipped with the county’s first X-Ray machine and a Delco Plant to furnish electricity for better lighting. Come inside and enjoy tall open ceilings warm hardwood floors plus all the conveniences of modern living. This four-bedroom, three bath house has all the creature comforts of modern day life. Super comfortable beds, and a modern fully stocked kitchen fit for Chef, 2160 ft.² of comfortable living area plus a beautiful dining room and living room to relax in after a wonderful day of exploring the Texas Hill country sites.

The dining room features a fireplace with a gas burning fire, antique tile and a beautiful built in wooden mantle. Relax by the fire with the warm meal or a cool drink and reflect upon your day. The ceilings on the first floor are all 12 feet high. Marvel at the early 18th century craftsmanship with beadboard walls and tongue and groove ceilings. All the rooms also feature beautiful ceiling fans for your comfort.

Enjoy the living room with a view of the Blanco County Courthouse. This view is especially magical from Thanksgiving through the New Year’s holidays because the downtown area is lit with over 2 million Christmas lights. Enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and the view of the courthouse across the street as lighted horse drawn carriages and antique tractor pulled hay rides parade by in front of the home.

Enter the dream kitchen. Whether you are preparing a four-course meal or just chilling the wine that you have gathered from region, this kitchen will pamper you.

Kitchen includes:
• Gas cook top with stainless steel lighted vent hood
• Stainless steel wall oven and microwave
• Stainless side by side fridge
• Small appliances: drip style coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, blender, citrus juicer, crock pot
• Pots, pans, cookware, baking ware, Tupperware, cookie sheets…
• Dishes, bowls, glasses of all types…
• Measuring cups, cutting boards…
• Silverware, cooking utensils and pretty much anything you can think of
The master bedroom is downstairs with a luxuriously comfortable king bed and a very spacious ensuite bathroom. This bathroom has a walk in shower with dual shower heads, and two separate vanities.

Walk up the beautifully refinished staircase to the story above you. The largest upstairs bedroom boasts another comfortable king bed that you will most certainly want to take home with you.

The bedroom on the front of the house has cottage like decor, a queen bed and a beautiful view of the town square and the Blanco county courthouse.

The third bedroom is equipped with a beautiful Trundle Bed. The upstairs bathroom will take you back in time with the delightfully refinished original floors with and all the comforts of home.

Helmly House is ideally situated on a 1/3 of an acre lot. Enjoy the patio furniture and choose either charcoal or gas with the dual fuel barbecue grill on the patio. Enjoy your time outside beneath beautiful, ancient live oak trees that are over hundreds of years old and provide delightful shade as you sip, savor and enjoy the view of the beautiful grounds and the Blanco county courthouse.

After your time in the house has recharged you. Visit the courthouse for a feeling of the history of this region. The shops, restaurants and bars are just steps away. Within a three block walk you can visit two wineries, one brewery, two bars, art galleries, boutiques and countless shops full of hill country treasures like art, antiques and gifts.

The Helmly House is ideally suited for hosting events. For more information about that please contact me.

We hope to see you soon at the Helmly House. You’re gonna love it! -Reed

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What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Private outdoor pool
Pets allowed
64" HDTV with premium cable, Roku
Air conditioning
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Johnson City, Texas, United States

Wow, the neighborhood is totally AMAZING. You are really in the middle of everything here!

Pecan Street Brewing will always be an amazing experience. Cristal, Don and Jackie are some of the hardest working folks in town. They consistently put out an amazing array of beer and their chef turns out some of the most amazing food you will ever eat.

If you want something a little more upscale, go see Bryan Gillenwater at Bryan’s on 290. Everything that comes out of his kitchen will delight your taste buds! To get there just walk down Ave G back to Highway 290 (Main St), turn left, walk another block and you will see it at the corner of Ave F and Main St.

If you are feeling more like some amazing wine, give Henry Crowson over at Crowson Winery a call. They do most of their tastings by reservation, so look up their phone number and call Henry. Crowson’s is right across Avenue G from the Pecan Street Brewery.

If you are up for a 5 block walk, then stroll down to the 290 Vinery. You will probably run into Warren Vilmarie the owner or the daughter of his lovely bride, Alison Lanik who will treat you to a large selection of wines from this area as well as across the world.

If you want to feel like a tourist and see the sights, just walk across the street to the Blanco County courthouse. In these halls are some great photos of the sights around Blanco county as well as some really cool photo albums that some of the area historians have put together.

Walk around the 1894 Blanco County Jail that is next to the Pecan Street Brewery. It was the sight of a famous jailbreak in 1897 and was used to house prisoners until the new jail was just recently built.

There is so much more. I'll make my "book" available to you after you make your reservation.

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I like to travel. Texas is ok in the fall, winter and spring. Summer is too hot. Get me to the mountains!

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