Riven Rock Ranch

Family Homestead • Gentleman’s Ranch • Vineyard • Bed & Breakfast • Event Center • Wedding Venue • Destination Restaurant • Corporate Retreat

Restored to Perfection

The main house is a marriage of old and new. More than 3,600 square feet has been meticulously restored from the original home built in the 1940s and then seamlessly connected with 6,400 square feet of glorious new space, all surrounded by more than 2,800 square feet of covered porches. Somebody bring on the lemonade! (There’s plenty of mint in the garden.) 

 The space feels gracious and warm, dignified. On paper, the size is massive at 10,000 square feet. In reality, the space invites you in, sits you down, makes you feel right at home. Grounded in quarter-sawn oak floorboards throughout the original home and topped with an expansive warm heart pine ceiling in the great room, this main house is the centerpiece of the Riven Rock Ranch. Every detail is finished in the most elegant and respectful of ways. The sink in the half bath. The wallpaper upstairs. The hand-hammered bronzed fireplace. This home is not to be missed.

Cool Waters, Beautiful View

Located just down the hill from the main house but accessible to the entire property, the pool is a blue oasis in a field of native greens and browns. It includes a 500-square-foot cabana with a full bathroom and dressing area, full kitchen, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and 400 square feet of covered eating area.

Game on!

The Ranch boasts a 1,280-square-foot luxury game room that would rival any man-cave this side of the Mississippi. A massive stone fireplace with a hand-forged iron screen flanks one end of the room, while a hand-carved stocked bar fills the other end. In the middle, you can play a game of pool, lit with a hand-punched copper lamp, or place your bets in a game of poker at the custom octagonal table in the octagonal room with the octagonal floor made with long-leaf pine.

Farm Living

Built in the 1890s by German settlers, the 2,550-square-foot farm house was fully restored in 2006. It includes three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, enclosed sunroom, fireplace, outdoor patio, and, like all good farmhouses, a stone root cellar. The 3,600-square-foot guest house, built in 2004, includes five bedrooms and four full bathrooms, with a gourmet kitchen that opens onto a living room and dining room area. Other highlights of this home include a library, fireplace, laundry room, and 2.5-car garage. The suites can be closed off for privacy from other areas of the house, making it appropriate for many configurations of guests.

Cottage Charm

By the 1940s, the German immigrants who had made their home on the ranch had already built the farm house and the main house. Next came a new cottage, this one for a teacher to come live on the property and supplement the children’s school. Though completely renovated in 2005, it still has the charm of a school teacher’s house. There’s an enclosed front porch that opens into a tidy gourmet kitchen with an eat-in area, a cozy bedroom with a white-washed beadboard ceiling, bungalow-style bathroom, a small living room, and an enclosed sleeping porch. You half expect to see lesson plans on the antique table next to the bed, but the only thing there is a bedtime morsel of chocolate.

Parvin’s cottage is equally charming and slightly larger with an additional bedroom and sleeping loft. The gourmet kitchen opens onto the great room with its high ceilings and its spacious dining area. Like all the homes on the property, you’ll find a patio area landscaped with native plants and comfortable chairs for watching the western sunsets over the ridge.

The two newest cottages, both from 2012, were built for parties of two in mind. Each 940-square-foot space includes an open-living plan that has room for a king-size bed and a sitting area, as well as a kitchenette and spacious bathroom.

Entertaining Al Fresco

Set atop the ridge, the outdoor Terrace Restaurant enjoys a constant breeze and comfortable temperature much of the year. In Texas, you say? In summer, you say? Yes! And you must come experience it for yourself. Should the breeze fall still or the chill of winter set in, the restaurant includes high-volume misters and fans, as well as propane heaters and fireplaces for comfortable outdoor dining year round.

Besides the interior commercial kitchen, therestaurant also includes a commercial-grade outdoor kitchen with a Mugnaini wood-fired oven and stove imported from Italy. Behind the kitchen is a bedroom with a kitchenette and full bathroom for the executive chef or a visiting chef.

The Terrace connects to one of the two outdoor event spaces, a beautiful, 4,800-square-foot open-air wood pavilion with drop-down walls, a field stone fireplace, hunter fans, and a performance stage. You can host a seated dinner here for 220, or take your event inside to the 3,400-square-foot conference center. With three bathrooms, two wet serving bars, and a small office for managing all the details, this venue seats 150, accommodating weddings to corporate retreats and everything in between.

A private art studio spans the top of the event center, complete with stone countertops, a full bath, and ample light for painting.

Life on a Texas Ranch

The vineyards, the 4500 feet of river frontage, the hay fields, the horses, the olive trees—these take this supreme collection of Hill Country architecture and elevate the experience well beyond any city parcel of land could ever dream. The vineyards include 1,700 5-year-old vines of carefully tended tempranillo and viognier grapes, with the vitner next door just waiting for the first fully mature crop. You may beat him to it, though, as the ranch includes an 8,400-square-foot building envisioned just for this purpose—and large enough to accommodate a 7,000-case winery.

The river runs alongside the ranch at the bottom of the bluff, including 4,500 feet of river frontage and 92 feet of adjudicated water rights. Translation: put in your canoe and row. Or jump off the stone dock and swim. Or fish. Or float. River frontage on the Guadalupe is highly coveted in the Hill Country, and this ranch is perfectly positioned to offer any number of water activities.

Equestrian options are available as well. The ranch includes three horse barns and twelve stalls. The first one sits pretty as a postcard, a classic red barn built in 1910 with two stalls. Another from the 1920s has four stalls, an office , and storage. The new barn, built in 2006, includes six horse stalls, two full bathrooms, a drive-through wash rack, and storage for 600 bales of hay — the perfect amount to feed six horses for the year. With more than 200 acres on the property, there’s ample room to develop an equestrian program for professionals or guests.

About the Area

The Texas Hill Country

The Riven Rock Ranch sits right in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 45 minutes from San Antonio, 1.5 hours from Austin, and 3.5 hours from Houston. It’s just around the bend from other popular spots and only 16 miles from Boerne and 22 miles from Fredericksburg. Known for being one of the most beautiful areas of the Lone Star State, the entire region is filled with bluebonnets, peach orchards, and these days, wineries.

Couples, friends, and families spend their weekends antiquing and two-stepping their way through the backroads of Texas all year long. When it’s time to rest their head, no one pulls into the Holiday Inn. The Hill Country is a veritable Promised Land of B&Bs, so its no small feat that Southern Living named Riven Rock Ranch as “One of the South’s Coziest Inns” and that Texas Monthly awarded

it one of the “Top 10 Best New Places to Stay in Texas.” Congratulations are in order.

Riven Rock Ranch Features

  • 207+/- fully fenced acres in the Texas Hill Country
  • 4,500 feet of Guadalupe River frontage
  • 7 homes // 21 total bedrooms and 20.5 bathrooms
  • 1890s farmhouse restored to elegant perfection
  • 1920s main house with luxury restoration
  • 5 beautifully appointed guest homes & cottages
  • 1 indoor & 2 outdoor luxury event centers
  • 100 acres irrigated and tillable land
  • 92 feet of adjudicated river water rights
  • 3 horse barns with 12 stalls total
  • Established vineyards and olive trees
  • 2 commercial restaurant kitchens
  • 80-seat restaurant and smaller cafe
  • Ample room for expansion
  • 45mins to San Antonio // 1.5hrs to Austin
  • 16mi to Boerne // 22mi to Fredericksburg // 17mi to Kerrville

Main House

  • 10,000sf total interior // 2,800sf covered porches
  • 7 bedrooms // 7 full and 1 half bathrooms
  • Designed by San Antonio architect Roy Braswell
  • 3,600sf restored from original 1937 home
  • 6,400sf new construction in 2005
  • 2,800sf painted-cedar covered porches with
  • Oklahoma shale flooring
  • 16ft, 2.5-inch white oak front door
  • Hand-troweled plaster walls throughout
  • Custom made wallpaper and wainscotting
  • Quarter-sawn white oak flooring throughout with Lueders limestone
  • Custom cabinetry throughout by Onken
  • Custom Designs in San Antonio
  • Oversized laundry room with custom cabinetry, kitchenette, and dog wash
  • His-and-hers full luxury bathrooms with in-floor heating
  • Half bath with Kohler Prairie-Flower sink inset into
  • 1800s inlaid wood cabinet
  • 8-foot, custom-crafted antique heart pine wet bar by Onken Custom Designs in San Antonio
  • Bar includes 2 U-line wine centers , refrigerator, and ice maker
  • Great room ceiling of reclaimed long-leaf heart pine beams custom-milled by Wooden Nickel Mill in Centerpoint, TX
  • Local Sisterdale hand-tooled limestone fireplace, archway, and wall
  • Hand-forged bronzed fire screen by William Givens in Kerrville
  • Enclosed sun room, rock maple-paneled library, and living room
  • Media room with custom cabinetry by Victor Solis in San Antonio
  • 2.5-car garage

Main House Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry

  • Viking 6-burner stove with griddle
  • Wolf double oven
  • 2 Viking warming drawers // 2 Viking microwaves
  • 2 Sub-Zero Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezers
  • 3 Bosch dishwashers
  • Stone farm sink in butler’s pantry
  • Hard-rock maple custom cabinetry with hand-distressed finished
  • Hand-forged custom designed island light fixture
  • Perrin and Rowe and Herbeau faucets and fixtures

Main House Outdoor Kitchen

  • 48-inch Viking grill
  • Double-burner Viking cooktop
  • Viking warming drawer

Game Cottage

  • 1280sf built in 2005
  • Open concept room with 1 full bath
  • Indoor/outdoor stone fireplaces
  • Hand-forged fireplace screen by William Givens in Kerrville
  • Antique heart pine floors throughout
  • Antique tile bathroom
  • 11-foot bar with 16-foot bar back made with antique heart pine
  • Wet bar designed and built by Victor Solis
  • Custom hand-punched copper light fixtures for pool table and card room

Farm House

  • 2,550+/-sf built in 1890s
  • 3 bedrooms // 3 full bathrooms
  • Restored antique heart pine floors throughout
  • 11.5ft beadboard ceilings and period wallpaper
  • Gourmet kitchen with custom solid-wood cabinets
  • Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Wolf appliances
  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room and enclosed sun room
  • Laundry room
  • Extensive outdoor patios
  • Stone root cellar

Guest House

  • 3,600sf built in 2004
  • 5 bedrooms // 4 full bathrooms
  • Gourmet kitchen with custom solid-wood cabinets
  • Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Wolf appliances
  • Living room, dining room, and library
  • Stone fireplace with antique cypress mantle
  • Laundry room
  • Screened porch with dining space
  • Outdoor patio
  • 2.5-car garage

Teacher’s Cottage

  • 940sf built in 1940
  • Restored in 2005 with period charm retained
  • 1 bedroom and 1 full bathroom
  • Antique pine floors
  • White-washed pine beadboard ceilings
  • Gourmet kitchen with custom solid-wood cabinets
  • Living room
  • Enclosed front porch // Enclosed back sleeping porch
  • Outdoor patio

Exercise Cottage

  • 400sf built in 1940
  • Moved and restored in 2005
  • Oak floors
  • Studio space with half bathroom
  • Kitchenette with 2 sinks, laundry, and fireplace

Parvin’s Cottage

  • 1750sf built in the 1930s
  • Moved and restored in 2004
  • 2 bedrooms + sleeping loft // 2 full bathrooms
  • Oak plank floors
  • Gourmet kitchen with custom solid-wood cabinets
  • DCS range and custom hood
  • Living room with dining area
  • Sunroom overlooking western sunsets
  • Beautiful stone fireplace
  • 2 outdoor stone patios with gas grill

Cedar Cottage

  • 750sf built in 2012
  • Open-concept bedroom with seating area and kitchenette
  • Spacious bathroom // handicap accessible

Oak Cottage

  • 750sf built in 2012
  • Open-concept bedroom with seating area and kitchenette
  • Spacious bathroom // handicap accessible

Terrace Restaurant

  • Patio restaurant built 2009
  • Seating for 80
  • Indoor/outdoor commercial kitchen
  • Commercial Mugnaini wood-fired oven imported from Italy
  • Wood-fired grill
  • High-volume misters for comfortable summer dining
  • Installed propane heaters for comfortable winter dining
  • Field stone fireplace
  • Herb garden

Chef’s Quarters

  • Studio apartment for executive chef or visiting chef
  • 380sf with full bath and kitchenette

Stone Building

  • 480sf built in 2012
  • Overflow storage for Terrace Restaurant
  • Room for walk-in freezer or refrigerator

La Cucina Restaurant

  • 1,660sf built in 2007
  • Seating for 54
  • Commercial kitchen
  • 2 Mugnaini wood-fired ovens imported from Italy (indoor & outdoor)
  • Fireplace
  • PA system
  • 2 commercial bathrooms

Pavilion 1

  • 4,800sf built in 2009
  • Adjacent to the Terrace Restaurant
  • Covered pavilion with drop-down walls
  • Seating for 220+ at round tables for 8
  • Large field stone fireplace
  • Performance stage // PA system
  • Hunter fans
  • 6000 gallon koi pond
  • Demonstration vineyard with 200 viognier vines

Pavilion 2

  • 2,000sf built in 2008
  • Adjacent to Conference Center
  • Seating for 100+ at round tables for 8
  • 12ft gazebo for ceremonies or bands
  • Antique chandeliers
  • PA system
  • Adjacent to 40×40 tent pad

Conference Center

  • 3,600sf built in 2004 and updated in 2008
  • Seating for 150+ at round tables for 8
  • Antique heart pine doors for grand entrance
  • Antique light fixtures at entrance
  • 14×26 prep and staging area
  • 2 full bathrooms and 1 half handicap-accessible bathroom
  • 2 wet serving bars
  • 2 massive stone fireplaces with gas starters
  • Stone tile floors
  • PA system
  • 12×13 office
  • 2 extra-wide garage storage areas (26×48)

Art Studio

  • 1,660sf atop the Conference Center
  • Vaulted 16ft antique tin ceiling // Pine floors
  • Numerous windows for natural light
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Large stone fireplace
  • Stone countertops
  • Work sinks
  • Music system
  • 14×26 conference area

Observation Tower

  • Original 38ft-high water tower from the 1930s
  • Stairs to overlook
  • Storage room below

Pool and Cabana

  • Pool and sunning area on the edge of the bluff
  • 500sf cabana
  • Full bathroom and dressing area
  • Full kitchen
  • Outdoor kitchen with grill
  • 400sf covered eating area
  • Decorative fountain


  • 8,400sf total // 3,200sf enclosed // 5,200sf covered
  • Enclosed building includes full bathroom
  • Built with winery in mind
  • Sized to hold 7,000-case winery

Heritage Barn

  • Classic red barn built in 1910
  • 2 large stalls
  • 1,200-bale hay loft
  • Grand room and ample dry storage
  • 1920s BARN
  • 4 stalls
  • 12×12 office
  • Storage

2006 Barn

  • 6 large stalls
  • Partly covered 12×32 runs
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • Drive-through wash rack with hot water
  • Hay storage for 600 bales

Storage Barn

  • 1,000sf with concrete floors
  • Tied into lines that connect to septic and water if needed

River Access

  • 4,500 feet of Guadalupe River frontage
  • 92 feet of adjudicated river water rights
  • Stone stairs for river access
  • Stone river dock


  • 30,000ft cross fencing built in 2003
  • 10+ acres of wood rail and iron pipe horse fencing
  • 1,700+ viognier and tempranillo grapevines
  • 50 olive trees in orchard setting
  • 400+ specimen-size trees & shrubs planted since 2003
  • Extensive native plants throughout property
  • Multi-zone irrigation for all developed areas of ranch
  • 30,000 gallons water storage
  • Extensive native stone patios, sidewalks, stone walls, and retaining walls throughout developed areas
  • Primarily asphalt and aggregate pavement


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