Hipcamp host Janice J.
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I have really enjoyed sharing my magical place with campers, BUT the human footprint 👣 has gotten too large for my comfort level and camp fires all over last weekend with the wind and dry land has me closing down my place to the general public.     Campers are wondering but my place became too popular. Have a safe winter and I’ll revisit this in the spring after things grow
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I have really enjoyed sharing my magical place with campers, BUT the human footprint 👣 has gotten too large for my comfort level and camp fires all over last weekend with the wind and dry land has me closing down my place to the general public.     Campers are wondering but my place became too popular. Have a safe winter and I’ll revisit this in the spring after things grow back.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Janice a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Hiking

All over the 30 fenced in acres

Paddling

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell And the Castell store r...Read more

Wildlife watching

Birding and butterfly watching tons of deer and other wildlife. Very natural nature setting

Biking
Climbing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Aat the Ranch, 30 private acres in Texas.

Forest

Not Forrest, but Texas hill country which includes Live Oaks, Post Oaks...

River, stream, or creek

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Swimming hole

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Ranch

The vibe at Aat the Ranch, 30 private acres

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Hipcamper Jemma
Jemma E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 11th, 2018

We had such a wonderful time at the Ranch. We showed up with 4 kids under the age of 9 in tow and Janice was so amazing. The property is beautiful, Janice is such a lovely host. Bathroom and outdoor shower are very helpful and more than we expected. We will definitely return again soon!

Hipcamper Janice
Response from Janice, the Host, on March 12th, 2018

Jemma, We loved that you all enjoyed your experience Aat the Ranch. Your kids were sure sweet and I hope they found the fairies south of the pond. Loooking forward to your next visit.

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Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel V.
recommends this listing.
March 19th, 2018

Solitude Sanctuary is a unique, eclectic property with so many fun features. The host, Janice, built the house herself on land that has been in her family for over 100 years! Janice was sweet and hospitable from the get-go - we loved getting a tour of each room and hearing stories about her family history. Every room is full of personal touches that make the space feel like home. I loved the yoga and meditation loft upstairs! With multiple rooms and bathrooms and a HUGE kitchen and living room area, this house would be perfect for a large group. Janice graciously shared her dinner of rice and venison sausage with us that night, which we demolished a few bowls of each (I can’t guarantee a delicious homemade dinner for other campers, though:) )

We did not stay in the house, but instead set up our tent on the property. With over 30 acres of land on the property, there is plenty of room to set up your tent however close or far away from the main house you choose. We set up our tent down by the pond, which is about 400m away from the house (the perks of this spot are easy access to the bathroom/outdoor shower and the reflection of the starry night in the pond). After chowing down on Janice’s homemade meal, we got in the hot tub and star gazed for well over an hour. The night sky was incredible - there is hardly no light/sound pollution from the nearby town of Castell, so we felt very much immersed in the outdoors. This property is a great home base for further exploration into the nearby town of Fredericksburg or Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Janice is working on several different projects on the property - several outhouses for future campers, a garden, an orchard - so there were tools and bags of mulch stacked around the house. But the construction never interfered with our experience! We had a great time, and I can’t wait to visit this property again in the future.

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Hipcamper Tener
Tener S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 15th, 2018

Great place, friendly host. Only 2 hours from Austin for dark skies. Will definitely go back for the dispersed camping and night sky.

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Hipcamper Patrick

Acceptable place for tent camping

Patrick N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 3rd, 2019

Overall, a fine place if you're looking for basic camping.

If you're looking for a private place to pitch your tent, there's plenty of room but the property had a lot of cactus so you have to be careful what spot to pick. I appreciate the ability to camp anywhere on the property but it was a bit tough finding a suitable spot that was level and cactus-free.

There was water and a fire pit as advertised but it wasn't super well marked or indicated so you may not be sure what/where to use things. And, I was there in late February so it may be "off-season" -- some things looked winterized or stored.

No complaints, host was responsive in terms of directions and how to access. There were cabins/rooms on the property that I did not utilize and these may offer a more quaint experience.

Camp spot in field.
Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 30th, 2019

Absolutely beautiful spot! Very secluded and nice and quiet at night. The stars are amazing out there and I’ll definitely be bringing a telescope next time.

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Hipcamper Paul
Paul S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 8th, 2019

The area from most of the photos is in plain sight of the main house. Luckily it was empty the night we stayed there.

If you want privacy, tree cover, and the hosts are staying in the house, this might not be the campsite for you.

Hipcamper Heather

No spoiled campers here...

Heather P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 28th, 2020

Quiet, far removed from the main roads and traffic noise. The blessed absence of other campers was wonderful. Never saw the hosts, just texted. I suggest you need a truck or suv, and arrive while there's plenty of sunlight, because you will need to explore a little bit to find the best campsite. This is really roughin it. Bring water for washing up, as well as drinking. No campfires, so bring your campstove or grill. Deer and armadillos, birds and rabbits will visit; stay quiet if you want to see them.
I came here to visit Enchanted Rock, but they had no sites available at the park. Aat the Ranch was the closest alternative; still, I drove nearly an hour on miles of unpaved ranch roads to get to the Rock. (Pleasant drive, lots of cattle and wildlife. Good views.)
I definitely wouldn't bring small kids, since there are lots of sharp thorny things like cactus and mesquite. Jeans and boots for sure.

Hipcamper Rampart

Inviting and calming private oasis.

Rampart B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 20th, 2020

Inviting and calming private oasis. Janice was just beyond helpful and welcoming to me and my partner. The road to the ranch was relaxing to go down and sets the mood for a relaxing stay. Check in was easy and we had a nice quiet night with just nature and a breeze.

Hipcamper S

Beautiful and quiet

S B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 23rd, 2020

Janice has a great location west of Llano. we were lucky in our timing as there were still wild flowers in bloom and butterflies all over the place. The frogs seemed to be having a party at the pond, we chose to not sleep there as it seemed that they would be going at it all night long ;-). The whole place is open for you to choose where to camp. It was nice to have access to water although we could not figure out the electrical...The Lyrids meteor shower was a little clouded over but we still loved just combining with nature.
Highly recommend.

Awards

Best of 2019 Texas
Finalist
Property
Aat the Ranch
State
Texas
Country
United States
$15/night
4 Sites

Lists including Aat the Ranch, 30 private acres

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