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  • Established

    1823
  • Owner

    John and Taunia Elick
  • Tel

    1-866-839-2775
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $175 - $500
    Winter: $175 - $500
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    60
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet

This authentic Texas dude ranch is home to Quarter Horses, American bison, abundant wildlife and one of the country's largest registered Texas Longhorn herds. As such, Texas Ranch Life encompasses Ranching First – immerse yourself in western cowboy culture as you observe the ranch’s resident cowboys ride and train the horses, feed the livestock, treat the animals for injuries and disease, and manage the working ranch operation.

Enjoy unparalleled views of Texas ranch country, with open-range horseback riding over the ranch’s 20 miles of rolling hills and vistas. Beautiful native pecan bottoms, live springs, limestone outcrops and tall prairie grasses make horseback riding over the ranch a favourite activity of guests. With horses available for beginners to accomplished riders alike, you’ll be matched with a suitable horse on which to explore the ranch or improve your skills in the covered arena. Want to bring your own horse? Texas Ranch Life can accommodate, offering paddocks available for rent.

When you’re not horseback riding, try your hand at fishing in one of the 15 fully stocked lakes, hunt for dove, quail, coyote and raccoon, or explore thousands of acres on trails by bike or ATV.

Texas Ranch Life has a history dating back to the 1850s, reflected in the luxury accommodations – choose from eight authentically restored and luxuriously appointed historic Texas homes dating back to this era.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 8 and over

Children of all ages will enjoy spending time here with their parents. With the ranch gardens, the fishing, exploring, hay rides, horseback riding and all the ranch has to offer, children enjoy this ranch experience.

Children especially love the kids corral. Let your kids experience Texas first hand in our kids' corral. Open weekends on advance reservation, parents can bring their kids down to the tack room at the Headquarters Barn to rummage in our trunks of western gear, try on their best cowboy or Indian disguise, learn about the habitat of the ranch, Texas cowboy ranchin' history and take home an educational Texas Ranch Life kids activities book.

Parents can play billards in the tack room, hang out in the barn alley or work in the business center while their kids enjoy the 'corral'.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and supervised during their visit. Parents are responsible for their kids safety at all times. Texas Ranch Life representatives may be on hand to meet your kids and answer questions, but their presence is not guaranteed as there may be ranch business or cattle and horses that need tending during this time.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

Texas Ranch Life, and John and Taunia Elick, have been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior for their efforts in wildlife preservation and habitat creation. We practise responsible game management in all of our hunting efforts, and follow the Texas Parks and Wildlife guidelines and recommendations for our area of central Texas.

The baby turkeys were hatched in our incubators this spring, and will be released into the wild with adult turkeys to learn how to survive and assimilate into the wild.

At Texas Ranch Life we recycle in all our facilities and offer our guests the opportunity to do the same, so that we can have the smallest impact possible on our environment. Our ranch was founded on the principle of recycling - eight of our houses were saved from demolition when Taunia moved them to the ranch and restored them. At Texas Ranch Life we value responsible living and the preservation of Texas history.

Conservation

The livestock at Texas Ranch Life enjoy the most humane way of life which, for them, is the natural way of life that exists in wild.

Ranch History

The Lonesome Pine Ranch was originally settled by two of Stephen F Austin's "old 300" families, Joel Leakey and James Stevenson who, back in the early 1830s, had their pick of the best spots in Texas. The descendants of these two settlers are still in the area today.

In January 1821, Austin's father, Moses Austin, received a permit from the Spanish to settle 300 families in Texas, however he died in Missouri a short time later before he could realize his plans.

Early in life, John's father, Jerry Elick, instilled in him an appreciation for the land, which he learned from his father, a Czech immigrant in the 1800s, who also believed in hard work and dedication. Together John and Taunia have continued that legacy at Texas Ranch Life, using their land to preserve a working piece of Texas history and their family's history, while restoring the land to its natural glory.

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  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style

You'll love that we have 5 organic gardens at Texas Ranch Life and a greenhouse where we grow vegetables and flowers to be used at the ranch.

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  • Address

    10848 Cactus Lane
    Chappell Hill
    Texas
    77426
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No
  • Elevation

    275 ft
  • Private Land

    1000-5000 acres

Nearest Town - Chappell Hill

Chappell Hill has a population of 800 (approx), and is situated 7 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Chappell Hill include: church, school, bank, atm, museum.

For shopping Chappell Hill offers: small hometown necessity shops.

Nearest Airports

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston

Distance

80 miles / 1 hour 30 mins


Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin

Distance

100 miles / 1 hour 45 mins

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  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Everyone rides together, Families ride together
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot
  • Guest Horses

    60
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (1000-5000 acres)

The rolling hills with vistas of over 20 miles provide views of Texas ranch country unparalleled anywhere. In the springtime, wildflower meadows covered in blankets of bluebonnets seem to stretch on forever. Beautiful native pecan bottoms, live springs, limestone outcrops and tall prairie grasses make horseback riding over the ranch a favorite.


Our Riding

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed


Why our riding stands out

  • Open range riding
  • Working bison and Longhorn cattle ranch, ride out and help the cowboys day to day
  • Watch and learn the skills of cutting, team penning, bronc riding, roping and more

Sample Riding Itinerary

Open range horseback riding over the ranches is one of the most popular ranch activities of our guests. Horses are available for all skill levels from beginners to accomplished riders. Texas Ranch Life provides horses to guests who need them and riders who want to improve their skills can practice in the covered arena. Horse paddocks are available to rent for guests who choose to bring their own horses.

The rolling hills of Lonesome Pine Ranch with vistas of over 20 miles provide views of Texas ranch country unparalleled anywhere. In the springtime, wildflower meadows covered in blankets of bluebonnets seem to stretch on forever. Beautiful native pecan bottoms, live springs, limestone outcrops and tall prairie grasses make horseback riding over the ranch a favorite.

Texas Ranch Life is a working Texas longhorn ranch.  Daily there are cowboys riding and training the horses, feeding the livestock, treating the animals for injuries and disease and managing the ranch.  Overnight guests have the opportunity to experience Texas history in the making when they stay at the ranch and observe the action.
 

Riding Lessons

Riding lessons can be booked separately unless you are staying on all inclusive ranch package.

Details

basic riding lessons

Given by

ranch owner or manager

Cattle work - pasture gathers

When

All year

Arena Work

As well as honing your skills in the saddle you can watch and learn from the pro's with demonstrations from cutting to training a young horse.

Type

indoor arena

Activities

penning, sorting, roping from the ground, cutting

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  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $175 - $500
    Winter: $175 - $500
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $140 - $500
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days

Texas Ranch Life can cater for up to 60 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Houses. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | The Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $140 - $175
Winter: $140 - $175

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Perfect for couples and small families! full size bed claw foot tub and hand shower twin size bed breakfast area full size kitchen

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

House | The Sunday House

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $175 - $200
Winter: $175 - $200

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Perfect for couples and small families! king size bed twin daybed whirlpool bath compact kitchen

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, air conditioning

Entertainment

hot tub

House | The Lake House

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $225
Winter: $225

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Cross over house...great for larger single families or for two small families to share! queen size bed full size bed twin beds claw foot tub and hand shower full-sized kitchen outdoor deck with grill sun room overlooking the lake

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave

House | The Creek Side House

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $275 - $400
Winter: $275 - $400

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The Creek Side House is a two-story, three bedroom, three bath house located at the Headquarters, just down from the Lodge. The master bedroom is located on the first floor and features a king size bed and bathroom with a shower and bathtub. Also on the first floor is an additional room featuring a queen bed and private bath with a claw foot tub and shower. The upstairs is the perfect for children. There you'll find the third bedroom with four twin beds and a bathroom with a shower. The house also includes a full kitchen, multiple sittin

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, seating area

House | The Lodge

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $160 - $500
Winter: $160 - $500

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The Lodge is a beautiful, large home with a rich history. It features two downstairs suites and two upstairs bedrooms and baths. Suite 1 downstairs includes two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds. The bath features a bathtub. The second downstairs suite features two bedrooms, each with a full bed, and a bath with tub and a shower. Upstairs the lodge offers one master bedroom with king size bed and large bath with a tub and separate shower. The second upstairs room includes two double beds and a bath with

Rooms

6

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, seating area

House | The Confederate house

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $275 - $350
Winter: $275 - $350

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The Confederate House is a four bedroom, two bath house. Great for one or two families, the two downstairs bedrooms feature a king and a queen bed, respectively, with a shared bathroom including a bath and shower. The upstairs bedrooms are great for kids. One features two twin beds and the second has a full and a twin bed. They also share a bath with shower and a tub. This house includes a large living room area, a complete kitchen and a separate dining area in the sun room that also features a twin day bed, great as an additional be

Rooms

4

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, seating area, air conditioning

House | The Hacienda

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $275 - $400
Winter: $275 - $400

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

This 3000 square foot, two-story house includes three bedrooms and two baths. Downstairs you'll find a queen bedroom, a newly refurbished bath with a marble tub and shower, and an additional bedroom with two full size beds. The upstairs master bedroom features a king size bed and a bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower. The views from the upstairs bedroom are magnificent, overlooking the Spanish-style courtyard below shaded by centuries old live oak trees and rolling hills for miles. This unique home also includes: a large livin

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, seating area

House | The 1869 House

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $275
Winter: $275

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The 1869 House is a two bedroom, two bath house ideal for families. The master bedroom features a king bed and whirlpool bath. The second bedroom includes two beds, a queen and a twin, with a bathroom including a shower and bath. The living area also has an additional twin daybed. This house does not feature a full kitchen, but is equipped with a breakfast area including a refrigerator, microwave and coffee service. 1 king size bed 1 queen size bed 2 twin size beds 1 whirlpool bath 1 shower and bath combo breakfast area with refr

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

microwave, seating area, air conditioning

Entertainment

jetted tub in bath

House | The Pancho Villa Suite

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The Pancho Villa Suite is a one bedroom suite in the Headquarters barn. It features a king size bed, a twin bed, a sitting area, and a bathroom with a shower and bathtub.

Rooms

1


Booking Policy

One night non-refundable deposit is required to hold a reservation. In the event cancellation is necessary, deposit may be applied to later weekday stay. No cancellations are allowed for holidays, special events and within 2 weeks of stay. If we can rebook your room(s), a full or partial refund will be made.

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    Onsite

    Shopping

    You'll find ranch gear and great souvenirs at the on-site store in the Rancher's House

    Outdoor Activities

    mountain biking, campouts, wagon rides, ATV Rentals - guided, ATV Rentals - non-inclusive, bird watching


    Fishing & Wildlife

    Catch-and-release bass, crappie and bluegill fishing is available in over 15 fully stocked lakes, meaning guests are sure to catch their fill! Bass weighing in at over 6lb have been caught in the 13-acre lake in the center of Lonesome Pine Ranch. Fisherman enjoy striper bass fishing in the eight-acre lake at Prairie Place Ranch. Over two miles of San Bernard River, which runs through the center of Eagle Roost Ranch, has live water year round.

    Should you wish to fish, please bring your own equipment and bait. Although fishing is off the bank, you may bring small boats that can be carried down to the banks.

    Fishing on offer

    river, lake, unguided, BYO equipment

    Additional Services

    Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 100 & over. Big or small, we have the space that will fit your needs, be it a family group of 15 or a corporate retreat of 250. With over 1,600 acres, there's always enough space! Texas Ranch Life can design any combination of ranch activitites, prepared meals, drinks, lodging and entertainment - just call for a quote.

    Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 50-75. Tie the knot at The Chapel - a country church built in 1910 that's perfect for small weddings, holding up to 120 people. Outdoor ceremonies are also available at the 200-year-old oak grove atop the hill at the Hacienda - a truly breathtaking setting. With ranch lodgings accommodating up to 60 people, guests can celebrate the entire occasion without ever leaving the property.


    Top50 says

    Highs

    • A real working cattle ranch: watch real cowboys roping, working cattle, steer doctoring, cutting, team penning, branding, and bronc-breaking and training
    • Dating back to the 1800s, the ranch retains much of its original features today, giving it a truly authentic feel
    • Guided kawasaki mule tours offer unique opportunities to see American bison, Texas longhorns, deer, turkey and other ranch wildlife
    • As a very 'green' ranch, a stay at Texas Ranch Life means a guilt-free vacation as far as your carbon hoof print is concerned!

    Lows

    • Rides are limited to walk and trot, however guests can hone their cowboy skills on quality ranch horses in the covered arena
    • Horseback riding is by advanced reservation and charged as extra, however a special all-inclusive package with unlimited riding is available

    Visitor Reviews

    Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

    Stay at the Lakehouse

    Magical historic house on a fishing pond. The Longhorn herds are always near by! This place has everything you would need to stay here long term comfortably! Just loved everything about it! The ranch roads to get here are tricky but add to the 'Texas Adventure'. Don't miss the morning sunrises over the fishing pond!

    5 stars

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