Contemporary Hill Country describes this unique house, tucked into the hillside with a spectacular view across to Fredericksburg, six miles away.
No wonder Charlie Cain, an investor in the San Antonio-Fredericksburg railroad, gave this location its special name back in 1914. The property – 10 acres of Inspiration Hill – was in fact, the inspiration for the house its extraordinary design and flavor.
Stucco exterior and standing-seam metal roof hold the cool in summer and warmth in winter. Inside, a stunning mix of modern, international antique, color and texture mix comfortably, providing the ultimate hill-country experience. Rock terracing and private outdoor shower lure visitors outside. Inside, full-length glass doors and oversized windows bring in the dazzling views both day and night. Simple and uncluttered, the furnishings create a harmonious effect. Special attention has been given to making every detail a pleasure. Luscious bed linens, colors to luxuriate in – both warm and cool – chosen to bring the Hill Country indoors. The house has three distinctive bedrooms and full baths, a king and two doubles, a single sofa bed in the upstairs loft, and a large fold-out queen in the main living room.
First, a tapestry inspired master suite (king bed) with antique Mexican mesquite doors that open onto the screen porch with fireplace. A leather chaise makes a great place to lounge with a book or after a bath. Adjoining master bath has a river rock shower and Jacuzzi spa. Back door and porch lead to a candle-lit outdoor shower for a moonlight experience – or a cooling relief from a hot summer day. Second, a corner bedroom (double bed) with Indian silks and velvets, and Asian antiques make this a hideaway for relaxation. This room’s bath is dark red with red granite countertop. Third, an upstairs bedroom (double bed) with a romantic canopy bed and flowing white curtain surrounds. This bedroom has windows on opposite sides and you can open them for a cross-breeze and moonlit sleep. Its bath has tile, rosewood granite, and a glass-enclosed oversized shower. Please note that pricing is by the bedroom/bath. Each bedroom used will result in an increased rate.
Three bedrooms have TVs with satellite connections, sports package and HBO included. The house has both Ethernet and high-speed wireless internet connections. You can sit on the screened porch with your computer and talk to the office – or not!
The kitchen is fully equipped for those with cordon bleu aspirations, granite-topped island for watching the chef while having a glass of wine, and the dining room seats up to 10 with an 8-foot table and 10-foot sideboard.
The living room with its extraordinary views of the valley, opens onto a screened porch with a gas-log fireplace, and is a favorite spot to sip a cocktail and watch the sun slip away.
The famous town of Luckenbach, with its dancehall and post office is just 4 miles down the road.
Enjoy your stay. We hope it inspires you as it does its owners and its award-winning designer and builder.
Vacation Rental Features and Amenities
LOCATION – Six miles east of Fredericksburg
HOST – Home to yourselves—no host on property
SLEEPS – Sleeps up to 9 persons—King in Master bedroom, double in downstairs bedroom and upstairs bedroom, queen and single sleeper sofas
CHILDREN— With prior approval, 12 and older
BATHS – 3 full baths – Master bedroom: river rock shower and Jacuzzi spa, two additional baths with showers
KITCHEN – Fully equipped kitchen stocked
BREAKFAST – coffees and teas
AMENITIES – Central heat/air, Whirlpool tub, outdoor shower, screened porch with gas log fireplace, awesome views, 3 TVs with satellite HBO & Sports, Ethernet and HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS Internet connections, 10 acres (on hillside)
SMOKING – Outside only
$375.00*/1-2 bedrooms/night (Fri-Sat; includes Holidays and Events)
$325.00*/1-2 bedrooms/night (Sun-Thurs; excludes holdays and Events)
$75.00*/Third bedroom used/night
$30.00*/extra person/night (sleeper sofas)
*plus 13% tax
You will be charged for each bedroom used.
TWO NIGHT MINIMUM ALWAYS
Effective January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to change the number of people over the course of your stay.
Left on 06/10/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Mike and KarenReviewed Jun 10, 2012Stayed Apr 2012
We loved our stay. The house was awesome and very homey. The outdoor shower was a hit. The kitchen had all the amenities and plenty of dishes. The one complaint - there was no coffee. This was quite disappointing on the first morning when a good cup of coffee would have been great on the porch. Also no dishwasher soap.
Left on 06/07/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | P. BlackReviewed Jun 7, 2012Stayed Apr 2012
This house was perfect for our girlfriend's weekend retreat. Each of the five of us had our own bed, and the 2 1/2 baths (plus outdoor shower) offered convenience.
The kitchen had everything we needed for food prep. We enjoyed fixing a few meals on our own, and gathering around the large table together.
Some of our favorite times included early morning coffee and evening drinks on the screened porch. The view is lovely, especially at those times of day. We also appreciated the cat food made available to us for feeding the two cats that came by to visit in the morning.
The house was comfortable, well provided, immaculate, and nicely decorated, making it a real haven for relaxation and good times. We would love to come back again.
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Sep 2010
It's been a little over two years since we last stayed at Insp Hill. It was during a really bad stent of weather and TV down stairs didn't work so we were constantly having to go up stairs to get weather news. Other than that it was wonderful.
Would be nice if a TV could be put in living area so you wouldn't have to sit on the bed to watch during the day. We've told several of our friends about it and have considered staying again in the future.
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Tracy V.Reviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed May 2012
We have been coming to this house for years and love everything about it. It sits in a great location overlooking the hills. It is modern, spacious and comfortable. I have never needed anything while staying there as the house is fully equipped. The property is very well maintained and you'll even meet some new friends while you're there. The wildlife is spectacular including hummingbirds and deer. There isn't enough I can say about this house, so go stay there and see for yourself. I wouldn't stay anywhere else when visiting Fredericksburg!
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Aug 2010
Minutes away from downtown Fredericksburg. Great getaway. High on the hillside with great views. House is in great condition with all amenities. All rooms were very nice. Love the outside shower. Plenty of space for everyone. Love in closed-in screen patio with fire place. Great place overall. I would recommend this place. It lives up to its name.
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in October 2011 | SharonReviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Oct 2011
This is our absolutely favorite place to stay in Fredericksburg! The owners or this home have thought of everything to make your stay fabulous. The kitchen is a chef's dream; beds and linens wonderful; and standing in the outdoor shower looking out over the view is inspiring! I would recommend Inspiration Hill to anyone looking for a peaceful oasis to relax.
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Nov 2011
We rented this for my 50th Birthday and it was very private, totally awesome place. I absolutely love to cook and the kitchen was extremely nice. Loved the out door shower we had a full moon, can't say enough good things and will rent again.
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Veronica BrooksReviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Apr 2012
My husband and I celebrated our 21st anniversary at Inspiration Hill. The secluded location was so private and lovely, yet so close to several wineries and downtown Fredericksburg. The time of year of our visit made the outdoor patio and fireplace a very welcome ammenity for both enjoying a cup of coffee on a chilly morning, or a glass of wine in the chilly evening. The kitchen was beautifully stocked and we ate in more than dined out. Finally, the outdoor shower, when enjoyed under the stars, is a definite "must see for yourself!) :)
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in April 2011 | Tricia S.Reviewed Jun 5, 2012Stayed Apr 2011
Several friends and I stayed at Gastehaus Schmidt in april 2011 for a girlfriend's bachelorette weekend. The house couldn't have been more perfect. We loved the modern design and open layout with plenty of room for everyone. It had all the conveniences we needed with a real "retreat" feel only a few minutes drive from downtown. I would absolutely stay here again next time I have the opportunity!
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