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San Antonio Historic Home, 3 bedrooms: Hill Country Views, Pets Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Vintage 3 bedroom, country cottage perfect for peace, romance, family and fun!

Welcome to Menger Cottages in San Antonio! On our beautiful seven-acre property, we have two cottages (both on VRBO) plus an available party barn for small gatherings. Our COUNTRY COTTAGE (sleeps 6) is a like a German limestone castle with hill country views from the elegant front porch. Inside, the spacious living room has gracious stone fireplace & original hardwood floors. A French door leads into the MOZART Room w/ queen bed & luxurious linens. Enjoy coffee on the private side porch. The MIMI Room has a queen bed & lots of natural light. The PONY Room has double bed, a Ralph Lauren feel & a view of horses. The updated kitchen has farmhouse sink, lots of counter space, dining table, a pass-thru to the living room, bar seating & Old World charm that makes cooking a social activity! The European bath has spacious shower, exposed limestone walls and a towel warmer. Enjoy meals outside in our biergarten patio w/ dining table & conversation seating. The huge fenced back yard is perfect for dogs. A tree swing gives the kiddos a fun activity! And there's a hammock for relaxing under the trees. Starbuck, the Concierge Pony, greets you each day! Check out our CARRIAGE HOUSE, too! A quaint cottage w/ open floor plan, queen bed, concrete floors, spacious bath, full kitchen, dining and entertainment areas, exquisite exposed limestone walls, treed views out every window. Check it out @ VRBO 401196!

Family Home Recaptured, Now Shared with Others: In 1919, my great-grandfather, Erich Menger, and his brother Rudolph, purchased 560 acres in the hill country. In 1922, Erich and his wife, Lydia, bought Rudolph’s share and built a charming rock cottage. My great-grandparents raised registered Angora goats, cattle and sheep, and ran a dairy. Together, they spent nearly 30 years at the ranch. During my childhood, our family harvested our Christmas trees, camped, hunted and gathered for picnics with extended family at the ranch. We swam in the cistern full of fresh rainwater or we rode on the tailgate down to the pool made by a dam in the Helotes Creek. But in 1973, our family sold the property. I vowed that someday I would buy the ranch back. In 2000, my sister drove past and saw the sale sign. Most of the land had been subdivided but the remaining 7 acres contained the original ranch house, a smaller cottage, carriage house and barns. In December 2000, my husband and I fulfilled my dream of recovering the ranch!

People come to our cottage to be close to Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, UTSA and other major attractions but other types of people who love our place include historians, architects, authors, novelists, naturalists, bird watchers, bicyclists, botanists, conservationists, horse people and tree lovers.

Check out our other San Antonio cottages:

Carriage House VRBO 401196

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Hospitality a Menger-Klar Family Tradition: For more than 100 years, my family has been known in San Antonio for their hospitality and generosity. One ancestor, Rudolph Menger and his wife, Babette, along with his in-laws, William Menger (a different line of the Menger family) operated the famous Menger Hotel. My great-grandfather, Emil Klar, was a butcher who specalized in home-killed meats and “the sausage with a flavor.” Opi, as he was known in the German tradition, gave meat to hungry neighbors during the Great Depression until he could no longer run his business. My grandfather, Roland Klar, along with my grandmother, Floy (nee Menger) Klar, brewed homemade beer to share with their salon of many friends. Today, my cousin Erich Menger is one of the most sought-after caterers in town. Now my husband and I continue that tradition of hospitality with executive and vacation rentals of our historic family properties known as the Menger Cottages. Willkommen!

More Details

Linda Klar
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

If you're looking for a smaller getaway or if your traveling group is growing larger, we have another cottage on this property called the Carriage House VRBO 401196. The Carriage House accommodates two people with a full kitchen, dining area, queen bed and spacious bathroom/dressing room. It is close to the Country Cottage so you can still enjoy together time on the patio and yet savor a bit more privacy and the convenience of extra bathroom.


Car: necessary

Shop for antiques in Old Town Helotes or for the latest fashions at La Cantera mall with Nordstrom's and other high-end stores. Enjoy local Mexican food at El Chaparral, elegant dining at the Grey Moss Inn and pizza and hamburgers in between. Check out Floore's Country Store concert schedule where Willie Nelson got his start. You can tour wineries in nearby Comfort and Sisterdale. Take expedition trips to Bandera, Medina Lake, Boerne, Kerrville and Fredericksburg. Nature lovers will appreciate Government Canyon State Natural Area, the Helotes Creek Nature Center and our own backyard. For the kids, Fiesta Texas is 13 miles and Seaworld is just 15 miles from our home. If you're here for a horse show, you'll appreciate being only 9 miles from the San Antonio Rose Palace, 30 miles to Retama. Both UTSA and the UT Health Science Center are also nearby.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in San Antonio in Texas

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Mozart Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Mimi's Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , comfy 8ft-sofa
    Pony Room - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • water skiing


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San Antonio Historic Home, 3 bedrooms: Hill Country Views, Pets Welcome
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

great start to the summer

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for my family of four. The property was beautiful and we loved feeding the horses each evening.We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country life for friends or families.

  • 5 of 5

Get getaway! Nice and relaxing. Go with friends or the family. AWESOME

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ranch cottage and grounds

  • 5 of 5

2 sons, a grandson, my husband and I stayed two nights at the cottage and enjoyed it very much. It was so nice to be in the country . We are from Minnesota and were visiting our son who lives in Dallas, so rented a car and made the drive to San Antonio. The horses and chickens were fun to watch and we enjoyed the porches with the rocking chairs and swing. We would have liked to stay longer but the boys needed to be back for work and college. We did drive into San Antonio to see the Alamo and Riverwalk, but it was spring break and St. Patricks weekend and very crowded! We went to El Chapperalle for dinner on Friday evening and that was great. We fixed 2 meals at the cottage and found the kitchen to be fully stocked with all that we needed. We would definitely recommend this vacation retreat to everyone!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Definitely recommend.

  • 4 of 5

This is an old farm/ranch house with significant charm. There's a silent history that seems ever present. The porch and fire pit are the highlights. The bathroom situation is the only reason I don't give it 5 stars. It wouldn't be a problem if you are only one couple. But if there is more than one it becomes a little tedious in the mornings trying to get everyone ready. But if your patient and willing to live with that limitation, you should otherwise enjoy your time here!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic, historical, and beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely beautiful, and has lots of character. The view from the front porch is awesome. Beautiful winding trees and view of the hill country. We met up with the horses and chickens which my son absolutely loved that. The owner is very very nice and even shared fresh eggs from the chickens. The inside of the home was very nice and comfortable. The beds were great as well. I have no complaints about the property. It's far enough to not hear the sounds of the city, but close enough to enjoy the attractions San Antonio has to offer by a short drive. I would definitely check this place out if you're coming to the San Antonio area.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday stay in the beautiful Hill Country!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at the Big Cottage only this time we were here for a whole month! If you enjoy being in the country (Texas Hill Country that is), this is the perfect location for your next trip to South Texas! Located on about 8 acres, this large, 100+ year old home offers a very peaceful and quiet environment. While the home maintains much of it's early 1900's tradition our hosts, Linda and Joe have made many updates and improvements to the home and are very accessible and responsive to any need a guest may have. There are the 2 friendly horses, Starbuck and Jack to greet you every day (make sure to bring them a carrot) and the rocking chairs on the large front porch are great to just sit and watch nature! Even though this property is located in the beautiful Hill County, there are many restaurants and shopping attractions easily accessible and within 5 miles of the home. Make sure to visit El Chaparral for the best Mexican food and Bobby J's for a great homemade hamburger both located just 2 miles down the road! You can even get to the famous River-walk in downtown San Antonio in about 35 minutes! During our stay, we had a family get together just after Xmas and the large outside, lighted patio area offered a great place for all of us to enjoy the large fire pit and a warm December evening. Obviously we are partial but we highly recommend the Big Cottage to anyone wanting to get away for just a long weekend or a whole month. We are looking forward to booking our reservation for this coming year and cannot wait to return.

Ray & Gail W.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in San Antonio, Texas

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £75.81
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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