If you are searching for the ultimate remote (but not too remote) Texas Hill Country getaway, this is it! Just minutes from Main Street in Fredericksburg is the A-Frame Ranch. It sits along a dry riverbed in the middle of a beautiful oasis of post oak and mesquite trees.
Owners Dan and Callie Witcher wanted to create something special and relaxing for guests to experience. They have recently built three cozy yet modern A-frame cabins on their stunning property. “Every time we came out here [to Fredericksburg], we could breathe better, sit by the fire, and escape,” Callie said. “A lot of people living in the cities desire that, so we wanted to share something like that with other people.”
The chic Comal cabin can accommodate up to five people with its king bedroom, a loft, and a foldout couch, while the Pedernales and Guadalupe cabins can both sleep up to nine people. All three cabins come with a kitchen, well-appointed living room with a television for late-night Netflix binging, bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a view of sun-dappled trees that is to-die-for.
However, you will most likely want to spend your time lounging on the deck, where guests will find a grill and a fire pit, perfect for roasting marshmallows from the s’mores kit that the Witchers kindly leave for guests. Perhaps the best amenity is the outdoor stock tank (think a DIY hot tub or cool tub). Accompanied by a good book and a bottle of wine, you might be loath to leave it at all.
“I’ve heard people call it a hillbilly pool, but they find the stock tank pool really refreshing,” Callie said. “It fits really well with being out in the country in Fredericksburg. And kids absolutely love playing in it!” The Witchers have plans to eventually add a natural pool to the property, which will make this getaway even more enticing.
“We also want to encourage people to feel free to explore,” Dan said. “The ranch sits on 17 acres, and people can walk the property. Families like to do it…throw rocks and sticks and stuff.” He also noted the property supports great bird watching opportunities. If you are lucky, you might also spot a few deer, armadillo, or even a wild turkey. Beware of the raccoons, though, as they tend to steal trash.
Although most folks are happy to stay on property away from the world, Fredericksburg is just a few minutes away. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and wine tasting rooms nearby, although most of the wineries are farther out of town. The Witchers recommended hiring a driver to visit these more distant wineries or, if on a budget, taking advantage of the 290 Wine Shuttle. Callie’s favorite wineries include Andreucci WineRoom, Becker Vineyards, Cross Mountain Vineyards, Fiesta Winery, and Grape Creek Vineyards.
“We had a group of girls stay last month, and they didn’t leave the cabin the whole time,” Callie said. “It’s the ultimate compliment that they didn’t even need to leave.” To book your own private getaway, go to aframeranch.com and get ready for a dip in that hillbilly pool!