03 December 2010

Rachel Ashwell Buys Texas Guest Ranch!!!!!!!!

 

 

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She’s coming and she’s bringing all her beautiful things, furniture and fabrics, you name it. 

 

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It’s official.  Rachel Ashwell, Miss Shabby Chic herself,  is coming to Round Top, the home of one of the largest antique shows in the United States.

 

OMG!  OK, here’s the story as I know it.  Calm down, breathe.  OK.   Maryanne who owns the best shop in the area, Beadboard Upcountry, emailed me today to say that Rachel, Miss Shabby Chic herself, had bought the Outpost at Cedar Creek Inn in Round Top, Texas.   Twice a year, this teeny tiny town hosts the biggest antique show anywhere.   If you’ve never come to Round Town for the show, you should put it on your bucket list.   OK.  So, back to the story.   After Maryanne gives me the scoop, I do a little sleuthing and its true.  This picture above has been posted on the internet.  Actually, this shouldn’t be that much of a shock,  Rachel has been coming to Round Top for years.  She’s even blogged before about staying at the Outpost at Cedar Creek Inn.   Apparently, she really, really enjoyed her stay because she bought it.   But, of course, the décor is not exactly the true Shabby Chic look, so everything at the inn is now for sale.   Everything.   This Thursday through Sunday, there is a huge sale going on – everything at the Outpost at Cedar Creek is going.  You have only two more days left if you want to go shopping.  Details about the show are posted at the end, below.   Apparently, Rachel wants EVERYTHING gone and she is going to totally redecorate all the cottages in her own style. 

Just imagine, going to Round Top and getting to spend the night with Rachel!  I am dying with excitement!!!  Totally hyperventilating and I’m not even sure why????   But I am!!!! 

 

 

 

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Is Rachel going to redecorate ALL the cabins like this?  I HOPE so!!!  I can’t wait to go stay there!!!

 

OK, so what and where exactly IS the Outpost at Cedar Creek Inn, now to be known as The Ranch By Rachel Ashwell?  It is on a secluded country road, about five miles from Round Top, Texas.   The original house is the Mayer farmstead built in the 1800s.   There are numerous cottages on the property that have been brought onto it over the years.  There are a few log cabins, there’s a airstream trailer, there’s cottages and bungalows.   And all will be getting the Shabby Chic touch soon.

 

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There is the Casita.   Oh boy, Rachel is going to repaint this cottage,  I can assure you that and probably landscape it too.   Wouldn’t this look great in white with a sage green door ala Shabby Chic????

 

 

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There is the Barn Cottage with a cute silo and picket fence.  I’ll bet Rachel keeps the picket fence.

 

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There is even an authentic Texas dog trot house with a tin roof. 

 

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Inside the dog trot house – everything is for sale!

 

 

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There is the Prairie Cottage – a typical Texas tin roof cabin.

 

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Actually the Prairie Cottage looks very Shabby Chic already.  Maybe Rachel won’t change it much. 
SURE!!!!

 

 

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There are a few different log cabins on the property too.

 

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Here’s another log cabin – soooo cute!

 

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Rachel is going to go nuts redoing the airstream!   I can only imagine – it will be done all up in her fabrics.

 

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Here is the original Mayer house, built in the 1800s.   Rachel is going to have so much fun furnishing all these houses!!!!

 

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 Here’s a satellite view of the ranch, the main house is at the curved road, with a lot of the smaller houses at the left side. 

 

 

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I wonder if Rachel will use all slipcovered sofas and chairs from her own line?  Probably, I would guess.

 

 

 

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She’ll probably bring all her own tables and chairs from her line, like these. And I wonder will her chandeliers come to Texas too?

 

 

 

 

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She wouldn’t use marble at her Texas ranch, would she???  Hmmm.  She always uses marble though.

 

 

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The farmhouse sink, like this one from her own Malibu kitchen, will be perfect at the ranch! 

 

 

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I know she will bring all her sheets and fabrics, but will she use velvet and silk like in her own bedroom?  So many questions!!

 

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I can see her landscaping around the pool, just exactly like this! 

 

 

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Or just exactly like her own swimming pool in Malibu.

 

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But I am not sure we can grow lavender like Rachel did at her Malibu house.  Can we????

 

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Speaking of lavender, NO ONE grows prettier lavender than Trouvais HERE.

 

 

SO, where is the sale this weekend?   

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For all the information about this weekend’s sale – go HERE

 

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This is  just a small sampling of the sale items, to see more pictures, go HERE.http://rogerhowardestatesales.com/gallery_outpost.htm

Remember to hurry, the sale only lasts through this Sunday!

 

And, be sure to visit Beadboard UpCountry in Brenham if you go to the sale!!!

 

 

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Come on Rachel!!!  Hurry Up.  We’re waiting for you!!!!

 

 

61 comments:

  1. This is great news, I think it must mean that Rachel is getting back on her feet after a few financially difficult years. Can't wait to see what she does with them. Lucky Texans!

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  2. What wonderful news! Love Rachel, her style is so great and relaxing to live with.
    Looking forward to this acquisition.
    Hoping that she comes soon, will definately put this one on the list!
    La Maison Fou
    L.

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  3. happy for central texas and happy for Rachel... its a win-win I'd say!

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  4. Isn't that great news and a big welcome to this great state, Miss Rachel! Sure she can grow lavender here if she wants to -- there's a festival each year somewhere outside of San Antonio and I've heard it's truly beautiful. Our bluebonnets aren't too shabby, either! :)

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  5. I'm sure whatever she does with her new place it's going to be quite lovely. I just love your blog, all your pictures are just beautiful.

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  6. How lucky are you that you might be able to stay there. I'll just have to keep imagining. Fiona

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  7. Joni,
    You have done yourself proud with this post. Folks, she whipped this up in record time just a few hours after I let her know about
    Rachel coming out here.....I know with xmas I could not do it justice.......Thankd, Joni Nobody does it better!!!!!Maryanne ;)

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  8. Oh, WOW!!!I feel like the queen is coming to live in our backyard. Really? Rachel...coming to our part of Texas? How lucky can we get?! I've stayed at the Outpost and loved it. Ironically, I picked the Prairie Cottage for a weekend getaway with my husband because it reminded me of Rachel's Shabby Chic style. Absolutely can't wait to see what she does with the place! Thanks for the great news, Joni!

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  9. How exciting! Love all those photos! It will be fun to see what Rachel does with the place. :) Great post!

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  10. Joni, before you know it you and Rachel will be hanging out at the old farmhouse!!! Isn't it amazing how the design world can get smaller than we think it is!!! I can't wait to see all the post you do on it, how fun, Kathysue

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  11. Now, if that isn't just the scoop of the year! Joni - you and Rachel will be clinking margarita glasses before you know it!

    I have not been to Round Top in ages!!!! I might just have to pop down for Eddie and Jaithan's flea market tour. I could always rationalize to visit my cousin in Houston and drive up with her, right?!

    Keep us posted! I know you will!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  12. Well I AM HYPERVENTILATING! OOOOOMMMMMGGGG!
    Ok I will settle down now and tell you that I am officially not knowing what to say....
    OK, now here is something that I'm wondering....see I am settling down now and trying to find a way somehow to associate myself with all of this shabby chicness.
    Short story I promise.
    When I lived in Austin I managed a darling little boutique at Jefferson Square called Elizabeth Christian and Becca Prudhomme, a sweet little red-head with a Texas size personality worked for us. Her Uncle is Chef Paul Prudhomme. I wonder if this ranch belonged to their family? If so, lucky Rachel. The Ranch by Rachel Ashwell comes from good family!
    I MISS TEXAS!!!!
    Love, Lisa

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  13. OMG, I wonder if I call tomorrow if I can book a cabin for the next round top show? Might be a little soon but I'm going to try! Thanks for the heads up...I'm so excited! You're the best Joni!

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  15. Well, Joni, thank you for this and I'm surprised...who knew you were a fan of hers??? I LOVE her style and have all her books so I will be very interested to see what she does with it. Her Malibu house is perfect! :))

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  16. I think this is pretty exciting news myself...and then I think but why am I so excited. I love everything Rachel Ashwell....I love Shabby Chic. She has been a huge influence on my decor of course. She gets a bad rap because there are so many bad imitators but her design and combination is always a beautiful mix.

    I can't wait to see how this ranch turns out. And I'm sure there will be a book to come of it. I love seeing her homes in her books.

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  17. I love your blog and I usually just lurk. I had to comment on this! Wow!!! This is pretty big that Rachel bought this property. Also, I'm a Texas history teacher and I loved your photo of the authentic Texas dog trot house. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. How lucky are you that you live in Texas! This will be amazing when she completes it!
    p.s. I think that "anonymous" was awful in her comment about Kathysue- she is a sweetheart and didn't deserve that.
    ) :
    Kristin

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  19. That has to be a decorator's dream! I actually find myself drawn to white & shabby chic more now than in its early days. Looking forward to your updates on this! Bess

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  20. It will be interesting to see how this project unfolds. In the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Cottage Style (on news stands until 2/16/2011), you can see Rachel's new style unfolding on the cover and the first article inside. Rachel acknowledges that she is now inspired by "golden hues, purples, faded deep colors and dark wood." Every designer wants to grow and change with the times. It would be wrong to lock a creative person into the same look forever. I hope that she succeeds and blossoms in her new environment!

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  21. OMG!!! Rachel bought a rug covered bench from me at Round Top in October!!! How crazy would it be to see it in her new place!!! I am so excited!!

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  22. Oh my gosh!!! I'm so excited to hear this news....I'm with you.....C'mon down Miss Rachel....and HURRY UP....We've got our welcome mats out!!!!! :)

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  23. Just can't wait to see what she does there. What a great, great place to stay. xo Lidy

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  24. I found your comments very funny ! For once, we can kindly joke about a Shabby Chic thing. I was sure that something like that would happen, since she wanted to have a hotel and she loves Texas, so this is a kind of a mix of the both...
    Just a precision : if I understood well, her new house is in Brentwood and not in Malibu anymore, so most of the pictures you showed are in Brentwood. Anyway, it doesn't matter...
    Texas is a little far for me, but I would be so curious to see how it will be, then... Gorgeous probably.
    That is a much more fun news than when she had to close !!!
    So all the best to Rachel and to everybody in Texas ! You have so much fun there ! Los Angeles is becoming so has-been now...:)
    Yael from Cuculapraline-Frenchic in Los Angeles.

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  25. Oh, our family will be bring our little Airstream and setting up camp here. She is in my top five for sure.

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  26. G'day Joni,

    My, you have been busy while I've been away!!! Am loving your new look for your blog. I really like your new header! A change is as good as a holiday (!!) so they say. WOW I can understand why you are so excited, I would be too. Wish I didn't live so far away, I would be excited just to get to the sale...like you said it will be interesting to see what Rachel does... Isn't this a dream for most of us...not just one house to decorate, but a few (sigh). Anyway, am going to go back and catch up on the last couple of posts. Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  27. First of all, I love the new look of your blog!

    I remember when I first discovered the shabby chic/RA look about 15 years ago and loved it...because it was so different from the country look that prevailed at that time.

    My taste these days are far from this look, but I still have some of her books, admire her style and especially her use of all things old.

    A friend of mine Anne runs a store called Beekeepers cottage in Luckett's Virginia and she sell lots of RA merchandise. She used to have another shop in Ashburn,Va.(both are old homes) where Ms. Ashwell did a trunk show and I met her through Anne there. Super nice and very friendly.

    I'll look forward to your posts down the road, with all the makeover details of this amazing propery.
    xo,
    ~Rebecca

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  28. Retirement 2011..traveling...Texas here we come!!! Can't wait! franki

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  29. Thank you for your amazing post! I remember reading about this place on Rachel's blog and was fascinated then and even more fascinated now! For sure, this a top to do in my bucket list! Thanks as always.

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  30. Thanks for a great post! Loved seeing and hearing about Rachel's newest project. I have seen her a few times at Warrenton and wondered if she might ever land close by. Exciting news, indeed!
    xo,
    Rene

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  31. Never been to Round Top and now because I am moving to Austin, I am looking forward to moving my business to TX and selling there ! Your post and blog altogether help bring such anticipation to me !
    Merci !
    Lisa

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  32. What a great post - could convert a modernist to shabby chic! Our local shabby chic store closed about a year ago, so good to hear she has plans to start something new.
    I'm off to google where the heck round top is!

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  33. Reading all these comments makes me think we need to visit round top. Lets have a gathering of the bloggers!
    Best,
    Liz

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  34. woohooo! come on down RA. Great post xx peggybraswelldesign.com

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  35. Joni,

    "She wouldn’t use marble at her Texas ranch, would she???"

    What materials & finishes would be a good choice for a Texas Round Top bathroom?

    Mrs. P

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  36. OMG! I loved my first Round Top experience (especially because I got to spend time with you!).
    I think I need to plan another trip and the Rachel Ashwell Ranch will be my first stop.
    Another wonderful post, Joni!

    Happy Holidays.

    xo
    Brooke

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  37. How fun! I wonder when she will be finished. We come to the whole Roundtop deal and spend around 8-10 days twice a year. I'm just sick we won't be able to come this Spring for the first time in the last several years. Can't wait to see what she does. My guess is you will get one of the first peeks!

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  38. Sounds like a great reason to plan a trip to Roundtop! I love Rachel Ashwell and her shabby stylish ways. It will be so exciting to see what she does with the ranch, so we are counting on you Joni to get the scoop and share it with us all!

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  39. Texas is more than a little south from me, although I do have Round Top on my own personal Bucket List!
    The Ranch would be such an awsome location for any kind of art retreat...
    anyone?

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  40. Lenore Prudhomme lived here in The Woodlands and a divorce sent her to the Round Top experience. She is a lovely woman & needed to move on from Cedar Post. It is exciting that she sold to Rachel! What a treat for all of us in this area!!!

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  41. How exciting. I used to be obsessed with Shabby Chic. Bet it will be a lovely inviting place to stay!!

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  42. Joni,

    Thanks for running with this and sharing so many details. The before and after would be great to see!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  43. oh, Oh, OH! You have made my year! Rachel's style is still my breathtaking favorite, and to think she'll be a mere hour away? I hope she can take the heat of the summers - though I suppose she can zip away and get out of it unlike some of us! And yes, Spanish Lavender grows quite lovely here, Joni. Austin is filled with native and organic gardening nurseries, and let Rachel know I'll be happy to give her the gardeners tour when she's ready.

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  44. Dear Joni,
    I really enjoyed your holiday post last year. It gave me many ideas on how I would like to start a few family traditions of my own in the future. However, I know there was a little contreversy over your post with you being Jewish and all. I hope that you did not decide to not post your family holiday festivities this year. I really really enjoyed your pics and comments about your wonderful big family. I hope this email encourages you to continue the tradition of sharing your holiday festivities with us in the blog world. We feel like we are part of your family and you a part of ours.

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  45. Thanks for the Rachel post, being myself a shabby chic girl, I really enjoy her work.

    Great blog you have, love the mixture of your articles.

    decogirlmontreal

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  46. This is exciting news. I now know the reason for each trip that I planned getting fowled up. Can't wait to book a room!

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  47. this will be so fun to see the outcome... i need to hit roundtop... next spring! happy holidays joni... xx

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  48. That Casita has Spanish style written all over it. I really hope she doesn't alter that too much, the colors are already patinaed to perfection. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing how she applies shabby chic style to a Texas ranch. It seems to me that it might be a little different than the usual shabby chic cottage style. Will be fun to find out.

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  49. Of course, this seems like such a natural combination! Wonder what kind of waiting list there will be for reservations?!

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  50. Goodness Joni, I'm excited too now! It's contagious:)...although sadly I don't live anywhere near Texas. I do love Rachel. Hope you'll do an "after" post of the cottages. Can't wait to see!

    H.H.

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  51. Lucky for Texas! I can't see what happens, and I'm sure I'll see it here on the blog!

    Have a great week Joni!

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  52. oh my, how great is this. I wouldn't mind having the dog trot house myself. Rachel's book was the first design book I ever bought. I was in high school, ha!

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  53. oh I bet she will do a gorgeous job. Lucky you having her nearby. Carla

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  54. I had heard that Lenore had sold the property. My Hubby & I looked at purchasing part of it this past year. It's a great property & I KNOW Rachell will do amazing things with it. Lenore had kept it VERY TEXAS & I see Rachell changing that big time. The last time I was there Lenore had sold the cabins & they were being taken apart to be moved. I wonder if Rachell will buy other buildings & move them in? Can't wait to see the changes & THANKS FOR SHARING! Charlene

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  55. Hi Joni! I fell off the blog reading bandwagon thanks to a crazy Christmas card season, but what a fun post to pop in on today! I can feel your energy with every word! I love that about you!

    Have a great week!
    Linsey

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  56. Hi, gorgeous pictures (as usually) Im in interiour heaven ;) take care/
    Marie

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  57. Joni, I've just been catching up on your blog posts I've missed (things have been crazy hectic in my life lately). Round Top has been on my bucket list for years, and it has just moved to the top of my list. To get to go to Round Top AND see Rachel's Inn would be fabulous (I probably wouldn't be able to stay there - I'd be spending all of my money on lodging instead of on great buys at Round Top AND they'll probably be taking reservations for five or six yrs away, and I'll probably be too old to go to R.T by then!) This is exciting news though! laurie

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  58. Ohh this must be something we should look about. I mean this is great to have this one. Theres even South Texas Ranches For Sale and this is great opportunity to have this places. You will say nothing but a wow to this one.

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  59. I lucked out and got two rooms for the spring show!! If anyone needs a tuesday night room on March 29th, i have the barn cottage and wont be needing it! nicoleplynch@gmail.com

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  60. Love that bungalow, looks very authentic and rustic.

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