Boot Ranch is our favorite vacation (or permanent!) home community in the Texas Hill Country. When Chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier moved to Fredericksburg (from Dallas — he worked under Chef Kent Rathbun at Abacus, Jasper’s and at the farm-to-table concept, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen) to become the Boot Ranch Executive Chef in October 2012, he came with a vision to showcase the best of the Texas Hill Country farms and vineyards in five-star style. With several seasons of exploring the best farmers and vendors in the area under his belt and refining his creative ideas with their ingredients, Chef Staudenmaier is ready to share some of his introspection and findings. His quest continues and the bounty begins:
We’re back to sweet residential ranches this week on Ranch of the Week, and this one’s a beaut! Just 20 minutes outside Rockwall, this fabulously updated ranchette at 4230 Val Rose is a charming slice of country, with all the amenities and conveniences of the city. Seriously, isn’t it just darling?
Howdy, folks, and welcome to Barefoot Farms. We’ve explored a lot of cute hobby farms, nice vacation homes, and quaint gentleman’s ranches here on Ranch of the Week. This is not one of those times. It’s time to cowgirl up a little (ok, a lot), and check out a real incoming-producing working horse property in Sanger, Texas.
This is Barefoot Farms, a 19.26-acre equestrian paradise for the serious horse trainer, breeder, or anyone aspiring to own a big-time boarding business.
There are six different living quarters on the property, including a charming three-bedroom two-bath main home that has been completely remodeled into the perfect practical owners’ quarters.
Barefoot Farms is really quite whimsical for such a hardcore horse property, which honestly, I just love about it. The guest quarters and ranch hand house have a country-chic southwestern feel that just makes you smile.
Alright, I’ll admit — what really made me smile about this amazing facility were the incredible equine amenities. This place is a horse lover’s dream. The six barns have more than 90 stalls, complete with multiple tack rooms, wash racks, and two hot walkers.
Thanks to this totally bi-polar winter we’ve been having here in Texas, everyone with an indoor arena is envied by the rest of us horse owners. This farm has not only a 120- x 200-foot covered arena, but also a covered round pen for your all-weather riding activities.
The full-size outdoor arena features all-around lights and a roping chute, and there are plenty (over 30) turnouts for your equine friends leisure time. All pastures have pipe-and-cable fencing.
There’s no doubt, Barefoot Farms is an absolute stunner. This paradise of equestrian bliss is offered for $1,600,000.00 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Andrea Bedell.
Because really, who doesn’t love Paris? If trans-atlantic travel just will not fit into your busy schedule, the gorgeous ranch at 632 County Road 43400 in Paris, Texas, just may be the perfect locale to get you and the family out of the hectic city. This property is so much more than a vacation home, it is truly an estate. Located on 22 sprawling acres complete with a six-acre lake, attention to detail abounds on this stately compound.
Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.
Designed with friends and family at the forefront, the main house is absolutely built for entertaining. Featuring three living areas, the kids, teens, and adults can all have their own space. No fighting over the television here!
It’s hard to say what kitchen you’ll like more – indoor or outdoor? Both spaces are state-of-the-art with Subzero and stainless steel appliances.
The crown jewel of this property is really the outdoor space. The property has an astounding total of seven (yes, seven) fireplaces, including one outside, and a firepit for marshmallow-roasting lovers.
The sparkling 60-foot saltwater pool is overlooked by a cozy outdoor seating area, perfect for sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.
One of the major standouts of this outstanding property is the choice of both the 1,800-square-foot carriage house or the newly constructed 2,000-square-foot guesthouse for lodging. The simpler carriage house is perfect for kids or teens, while the guesthome features a stone fireplace and full master suite.
Carriage House Apartment
This peaceful, quiet property is such a gem, it is not to be missed. The ultimate in private family compounds, this ranch is just waiting for your friends and warm summer nights.
Your new weekend paradise is offered for $1,098,00.00 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dee Evans.
“…You could say goodbye to everyone and retreat to your land, hunkering down and living off it.” – Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses
I’m not the only one who is in love with my later-in-life hometown of Poetry, Texas. Author Janice Thompson even wrote a novel starring the 1800s version of this darling little town. Located just over 10 miles east of Rockwall, Poetry is a charming country community with sandy loam soil, populated almost entirely by horse owners, earning the unincorporated township the nickname “Little Aubrey.”
Locals are fond of saying “Poetry isn’t a location, it’s a lifestyle.” Less than an hour to Dallas, but it’s still the country out here. The waitresses at the BNF Diner know your name and your order by heart, and the food is good enough at Richards Smokehouse that even your visiting ”city friends” will approve. (Prepare to eat your weight in the just-like-grandma-made ‘em rolls. Poetry may be for lovers, but it is not for the waistline-conscious.)
If you’re not quite ready for a huge ranch, but want a little privacy from the neighbors and room for a few horses, the darling one-story home at 9738 County Road 2432 is the perfect transition from city to country. Built in 2005, the extremely well-constructed three-bedroom, two-bath home on three acres features flattering touches such as extra-high ceilings, crown moldings, stained concrete floors, and beautiful automatic gated entry.
The floor plan accomplishes being both open and cozy at the same time, with all rooms overlooking the white pipe fenced pasture. The third garage space has been semi-converted to an exercise room, but could be a workshop or even go back to garage use. Small “dog room” offers indoor/outdoor access to your furry family members, and yes, the back yard is safely fenced for dogs, separated from the horse pasture.
The back porch area is perfect for grilling out with friends, and enjoying the summer stars you’ll be able to see oh-so-clearly out here.
Your horses will feel right at home in the treed pasture, complete with pond and freshly painted white pipe-and-cable fencing. The barn has three beautiful heavy duty steel framed stalls, with water and electric already supplied for ease of care.
Located on one of the nicest streets in Poetry, with several $500,000-plus country estates and even an equine veterinary center, this lovely horse property is offered for $339,500 by myself, Ebby Halliday Realtor Kathryn Roan.
If you’d like to move to Poetry, we’d love to have you!
At the sincere risk of redundancy, I’m going to join the whine-train and whimper about the weather a little bit. I’m cold. My horses are cold. I’m merely assuming all my toes are still attached. My entire property has that wet, turtle pond smell that we all know and love. Come spring, it will be a true miracle if my horses recall even the tiniest microbit of their training. The high yesterday was 29 degrees. It’s time to cowboy up, Texas, and kick Mr. Winter back up north.
We deserve something to make us think of sunnier days, getting up at 6 a.m. to ride, and Saturday afternoons spent getting an epic sunburn on a boat deck. Oak Knoll Farm may just the solution to our winter blues. If you can’t decide between a lake house and a ranch, why not have both?
The 5,406-square-foot farmhouse-style home features wraparound porches and a towering spiral staircase connecting to the huge second floor balcony with incredible lake views. The sprawling 75-acre compound has 1,300 feet of Amon Carter Lake shoreline, making it a unique combination of both ranch and lake advantages.
The charmingly updated home has six bedrooms and four full baths, plenty of space for the entire family. The main living area is perfect for entertaining with an oversized fire place and a bar complete with wine chiller.
The stunning eat-in kitchen is an absolute chef’s delight, fully upgraded with granite countertops and all stainless steel appliances. The island doubles as a seating area and would be perfect for serving buffet-style parties.
A true horseman built this barn. The thoughtful design includes five stalls with runs, a tack room, wash rack, feed room, covered storage area, and even a half bath with separate septic system and RV hookup. The pastures, arena, and roundpen conveniently surround the barn, and each pasture has a run-in shed for shelter.
Sometimes, you just can’t decide between lake and ranch. Sometimes you just want a boat and a horse. Or five horses. If this conflict sounds like you, 812 Sandy Creek Road in Bowie, TX might be the country property that solves all your problems. Because that’s what we do in real estate. Problem solve.
This lovely property is offered for $895,000 by The Shelly Seltzer Group, Ebby Halliday Realtors.
“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.” Author Unknown
Typically, Dallasites do not think of Grayson County as a go-to destination for vacation homes. Most of you just thought “Grayson County? Isn’t that near San Antonio?” Not so, friends. Just 66 miles north of Dallas, the county seat of Sherman boasts a population of 39,000-plus and a rich historical heritage. Remember when the signs on Central said “75 North: Sherman” before McKinney got cool? That Sherman. Most areas are heavily treed, with abundant wildlife, sandy loam soil, and a real out-in-the-country feel.
The 29.06 acre ranch at 626 Owens Road in Bells, TX is no exception. The private, secluded Austin stone home beyond the lavish entrance is perfect for the weekend getaway.
The 5,057-square-foot home features a metal roof for energy efficiency, along with a truly amazing eight car garage and shop for storing all your toys out of the weather while you’re in the city.
The main living area is open, warm, and inviting, with extra high ceilings, perfect for summer ranch parties.
Take care to invite friends you really like, since they may never want to leave the rustic two-bedroom, two-bath guest house.
All this pool needs is you. And a cabana boy with a bottomless supply of mojitos.
The nature lovers will appreciate the native hardwoods throughout the property, and the two stunning fishing ponds. Completely fenced with pipe-and-cable fencing and graced with sandy loam soil, this property is perfect for the family who always wanted a few cows or horses. There’s just no better way to spend a spring afternoon in Texas than in the saddle, meandering through the shade of towering oak trees. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
If you love to entertain and have been searching for a fabulous family compound away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 626 Owens Road is your dream no frills destination. This spectacular property is offered for $679,000 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Marilyn Sanders.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill
Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at email@example.com.