Set against striking granite and sandstone outcrops from which it gets its name, the 2,728-acre game-fenced Sandstone Mountain Ranch near Llano is an elite Texas property dedicated to exceptional wildlife and fine living. A concerted five-year plan of restoration and improvement has lifted the property to the pinnacle.
The unique soil of Llano County supports diverse native habitat that is the basis of a trophy whitetail herd that, thanks to more than 30 years of conscientious management, has yielded bucks from 150” to 210”. An array of exotics including Grants zebra, scimitar-horned oryx, axis deer and fallow deer thrive alongside native species such as dove, turkey and waterfowl.
While the land makes a statement, the water makes the ranch truly exceptional. With more than 80 acres of surface water, it is one of the “wettest” in the Hill Country. The property has six crystalline, stocked lakes ranging from five to 30 acres that have yielded bass up to 11 pounds. It also includes a half mile of the coveted Llano River with holes deep enough for fishing and tubing. 20± stock tanks and more than 16 wells ensure sustainability.
The living spaces are as incredible as the landscape. A new 4,000-square-foot Hunter’s Lodge, situated a half-mile away from the private residential compound, wraps hunting clients in rugged luxury.
The main residential compound has four structures—the Old 3,570-square-foot Lodge, the Main 2650-square-foot House, the 850-square-foot Cabin and the 1,600-square-foot Man Cave—all built from native stone and log veneer create a cohesive landscaped oasis. Each building is situated to provide a stunning view of Sandstone Mountain with a 20-acre lake nestled at its base.
While every space offers unique touches, some of the many noteworthy details are: massive, dry-stacked stone fireplaces, a large and intricate stained glass bar, a wine cellar and a concrete gun vault.
The grounds don’t disappoint either. The completely refurbished pool with a waterfall and huge stone surround invites guests to take a dip. While the covered Party Pavilion area with an outdoor fireplace, a built-in gas grill, an eight-tier waterfall featuring blooming lily pads and goldfish, and a nearby custom 2017 Marquise Spa/Hot Tub invite people to stay awhile.
The ranch infrastructure is top-of-the-line. All outbuildings, which have either been completely refurbished or built within the past five years, include: the Big 90′ X 100′ Barn, that includes an office as well as storage, shop space and adjoining deer pens; the 60′ X 150′ Big Shop with eight bay doors and more; the three-bay 40′ X 50′ Mechanics Shop with walk-down oil change pit; and a climate-controlled 20′ X 65′ RV/Bus Barn.
The Sandstone Mountain Ranch, with its striking landscape, plentiful water and well-managed wildlife, is the pinnacle of ranch living. Investing time and energy, the current owners restored the ranch to its former glory, so you don’t have to do anything but enjoy its magnificence.
Call Howard W. Hood at (830) 739-3815 | Available for $31.5 million
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