The Historic Lindsay Ranch was established in 1858.
Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country,100 miles west of Austin and 100 miles north of San Antonio, the Lindsay Ranch is the place to stay ... when you want to get away!
These photos were taken in the Spring. Our temperatures have been 100 degrees plus and we have had no rain so things have changed. It is August in Texas so it is hot and dry.
Our rock hunting season extends through September, so if you would like to get away, even though it is hot and dry, check out the availability calendar on the left and give us a call.
We have three clean, comfortable, affordable, family friendly guesthouses suitable for a couple or a crowd.
The Cabin on Comanche Creek and Mason Mountain Manor are on the Lindsay Ranch and are available February - September. The Townhouse is in Mason and is available all year.
RATES: $100.00 PER NIGHT FOR 2 PEOPLE. FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON AGE 12 AND OVER, ADD $25.00 PER NIGHT.
WE HAVE A 2 NIGHT MINIMUM.
SO, THE COST FOR 2 PEOPLE TO STAY 2 DAYS IS $200.00.
IF YOU WANT TO ADD ROCK HUNTING TO YOUR STAY, ADD $15.00 FOR EACH PERSON AGE 12 AND OVER.
CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12 ARE FREE.
How to decide which place is perfect for you?
If you do not want to be in the country, or if you have a large group, choose the Townhouse. This 3 bedroom home has 7 beds. Located 716 Westmoreland, it is only 3 1/2 blocks from all the shops on the square.
If you want to be in the country but close to town, stay at the Cabin on Comanche Creek. This 600 square foot Cabin has 2 bedrooms and 6 beds. It is close to the highway, 7 minutes from Mason and 30 minutes from Brady.
But, if you really want to get away ... stay at Mason Mountain Manor.
Located at the foot of Mason Mountain, this rustic retreat is 2 1/2 miles from the highway in the middle of our 700 acre back pasture. The 960 square foot Manor has 2 bedrooms, 6 beds and a large front porch.
It is peaceful and quiet with only the birds and other wildlife for company.
Note: Please choose carefully. Recently an older couple from Dallas that I will call John and Jane chose to stay at Mason Mountain Manor. They wanted to look at flowers and do a little rock hunting.
To get to the Manor, you have drive 2 1/2 miles on a dirt road and we had had rain. They arrived at the Ranch in their Cadillac.
The road is a wonderful road ... for a ranch road ... but it is still a dirt road.
John liked the ranch. Jane was definately out of her comfort zone and could not wait to leave. They headed to the big city early the next morning.
Ranch life, dirt roads and gate opening is not for everyone. So choose carefully. You will find more detailed information about each house listed below.
Rock hunting on the Lindsay Ranch is reserved for our guests. The fee is $15.00 per person.
As topaz is a buried treasure, you might not find the rock you want but we guarantee that you will find a lot of rocks!
Check the availability calendar to see which dates are open.
Many guests use the Lindsay Ranch as their "home base" as they rock hunt on the other ranches, explore the Llano River, climb Enchanted Rock and shop in Fredericksburg. You have to stay someplace, why not stay at the best place?
There is more information about each guest house and guest's comments below.
Ready to make a reservation? Have your credit card in hand and contact Deloris Lindsay at 325-347-4052 (cell) or 325-347-5733 (home).
Photos from a few months ago when the grass was green and the wildflowers were in bloom.
Mason Mountain Manor
This rustic retreat is available February - September.
It is 2 1/2 miles from the highway in the middle of our 700-acre back pasture.
You will be driving on 2 1/2 miles of dirt road. When we have rain, it may be muddy.
There are two gates that have to be opened and closed.
A vehicle that is higher off the ground than a regular car is recommended.
The Manor has two bedrooms and five beds including bunk beds in the living area.
The large porch provides a wonderful view plus a comfortable, relaxing "outside" living area.
Hike, explore or just listen to the birds and look at the stars.
Many guests bring bird seed or corn to scatter on the road in front of the Manor.
Then they sit back and enjoy watching what comes up for free snack.
Once you get to the Manor, you won't want to leave.
August 16, 2015
We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the whole nature of the stay.
Scott, Jen & Vieve
P. S. Your new TV works great and it was nice to have so many movies.
July 10-12, 2015
Thanks Lindsay family for sharing your mountain house with us.
We had such a great time and our two sons loved looking for rock treasures.
Thank you also for the banana bread and milk. It was delicious!!
WE LOVE IT HERE!! and plan to return soon.
The Tindell Family
July 1, 2015
Livliv aloha iay koa Keholalele. Kanahele maokapapalaekomo
E Komo hoi an maloko Mai hoimae he hewahewe mae oe vau no ia.
He na He ino He any Ke Koa KuaKoaaloha e MaoKo Akwan
Mahola (thank you) for sharing your wonderful ranch with us.
I can think of no better way to unwind from city stress than arising with the dawn and sharing it with the many hummingbirds on the front porch.
John and Marvic Dallas, Texas
(Thank you for the kind words, I think. :) This is my first Hawaiian greeting.
It was a pleasure meeting you.
June 28, 2015
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay.
We can't wait to bring our boys back next year.
I don't think my husband could of taken me to a more wonderful place for our 10 year anniversary,
Carrie and Cassidy S. Celina, TX.
June 25, 2015
Thank you for a wonderful stay at Mason Manor. The decor is cozy and cute! I have to say that the best part is the porch!
We really enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the wildlife. The views and wildlife are spectacular!
Your ranch allowed us to have a much needed relaxing get away.
We aren't going back with gems, but we sure had fun looking for them! Thank you for a most enjoyable stay!
David, Pam, Brittany & Taylor ... Mansfield,TX.
P.S. The history of the ranch was very interesting!
(I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you, Pam, for informing me of a pest problem that I was not aware of.
I have done my best to take care of the situation.
June 21, 2015 This was mine and my husband's second trip here.
We love it. It's beautiful, peaceful and very active with all sorts of wildlife and nature.
We tell everyone about this hidden gem you have here.
We always have an outstanding time and never want to leave on checkout day. Can't wait to come back.
Thanks for sharing this lovely land with us.
Tym and Leigh P.
June 12-13, 2015
We had a good time. Thanks for the milk and we loved the home-made bread.
We made a fire on our last night and explored quite a bit.
We could not find the DVD remote to watch a movie but that was not a big deal. We sat under the stars instead.
The kids loved the raccoon. Thanks for the great stay.
The Wyatts from New Braunfels
P.S. my wife wrote in the book.
June 12, 2015
Thank you for a nice get away. My guys and I had fun exploring and taking it easy on the porch and by the campfire.
Dustin, Lindsey, Southern, Pennington and Baylor, New Braunfels, TX.
May 8, 2015
This trip was my birthday present. Loved it. Will be back.
Thanks, Julia W. Waco, Texas
May 8, 2015
We love it here. Will be back.
Alisa K. Waco, Texas
Mrs. Lindsay, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
We had great fun searching for rocks and will enjoy what we take home.
The Cabin was clean and tidy and the bread was fantastic.
The only problem we had was the back door flying open during the night. I am sure we just didn't shut it right and we did have that storm the first night.
We all plan to come back the first opportunity we get. Our very best to you and your family,
Sharon, Diana and Kelly, age 10.
PS. You have a pet mouse. Please don't kill him! Kelly
(Sorry about the door. I checked it. Hopefully it won't be a problem any more. Kelly, no promises about the pet mouse.
4/25/15 Had a great stay. We will be returning to Mason Mountain Manor next year. Mrs. Lindsay has stocked the cabin with everythiny you need to be comfortable.
Ron and Jan
P.S. Mrs. Lindsay, respectfully the cost of rock hunting should be a part of the $100 rental especially since they are hard to find. Thank you for considering my request.
Our stay was incredible. We love it!
(Ron, I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Topaz might be hard to find but there are "rocks" everywhere.
Glad you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you again.
We really enjoyed our visit to Mason Mountain Manor! Our two boys loved all the rock finding and exploring that we did.
Thank you. We can't wait to come back.
Jenny and Dustin
Thank you so much for letting us stay on your ranch.
We had a great time hiking, hunting for topaz and experiencing Mason.
It was very peaceful and just what we were looking for.
Thank you again.
The Inge Family.
We wanted to thank you both so much for the wonderful time we had at the ranch.
The Manor was wonderful!! It was perfectly cozy and stocked with everything we could possibly need, we really appreciated that.
We can't wait to come back to hunt for topaz; the banana bread alone is worth the trip!
March 30, 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at Mason Mountain Manor.
The views, the climbs, the wildflowers, the cozy and wonderful cabin - it all contributed to a memorable experience!
Thank you, Mrs. Lindsay, for all you do/did to make our (and other guests) stay enjoyable! We sincerely appreciated our time here.
The Miller Family from Mississippi.
P.S. You homemade bread was so delicious!
What a beautiful place you have! I couldn't believe we were just two hours from home, yet in a different world. It won't be the last time I come to stay at the Mason Mountain Manor.
My grandson loved all the open area to dig in the dirt, he even found three tiny Texas Topaz - thanks to the rock lesson we received when we arrived.
The Raisin Bran Bread was delicious!
Thanks! Thanks so much!
We had a stinking blast!
Our kids loved the bunk-beds and finding "crystals" - they wanted to keep every one to show everyone about their adventure!
What a fun "get away"! The cabin was cute and tidy. Everyone slept great ... (thats a problem sometimes for little ones!)
We are planning our next trip out here ... already! The bread was YUMMY! :)
The Hollands from Leander, Texas.
The Cabin on Comanche Creek
Photo by Gene Elders
The Cabin on Comanche Creek is available February - September.
It has 2 bedrooms and 6 beds. It is close to the highway with plenty of parking.
Guests comments about the Cabin:
August 21-23, 2015. We had a good time relaxing and rock hunting. We found lots of rocks but no topaz :( still fun. Thank you, Kris and Jeral
August 17-18, 2015 The Cabin on Comanche Creek is one of my all time favorite places to be.
I always will be grateful to y'all for the pleasure of staying here.
As adults, we can't ask for a more peaceful get away.
As for our kids, who are stuck in a technology world, they almost died!
Luckly they survived and will surely return with us one day.
Thank you for all the hospitality, Love you,
Amie, Sergio, Andrea, Alea and Diego.
August 10-11, 2015 Enjoyed the hiking and digging. No luck finding topaz so our grand daughters dug themselves holes to sit in.
Watch out for scorpions and curious cows.
Carol and Troy.
July 15, 2015
We had a great time exploring and searching for topaz and petrified wood. The boys (my grandsons) seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously.
They had never used a VCR and they thought that was so cool!
This is my 2nd time to come and I thank you for sharing your guest house with my gransons and husband.
I remember enjoying the summers on my Uncle's farm. Being here brought some fond memories back to me.
My very best to you and yours.
Sharon P. Cypress, Tx.
P.S. They boys enjoyed your grandson so much. You should be proud! And Bob and I so enjoyed talking to you. Thank you for taking the time.
(Thank you Sharon. We also enjoyed visiting with you.
Yes I am very proud of my grandson. I know you are proud of your two.
June 29 and 30, 2015
Exceptionally friendly hospitality from the Lindsay Ranch.
Pam and I had a great un-wind time from everyday life and had on our first night an all night light show with the heat lightning to the north and a nice warm (almost hot) rock hunt next day.
Items found 1 3/4" spear point, several nice chert nodules, several quartz crystals, pegmatite cluster (mica, tourmaline, quartz, small topaz).
The guest house is very comfortable and we hope to come back!
Joe and Pam T. Fairbanks, Alaska
June 28, 2015
We had a wonderful time exploring for Indian artifacts and gems.
It is easy to feel the history of pioneer settlers and the local Indians as you sit on the back porch.
Thank you for allowing us to become a part of this if only for a short time.
The banana bread was awesome!
Keith & Sonny
June 18-20, 2015
Thank you for opening your doors to us. Our stay at this wonderful cabin was amazing.
We came here as an escape away from the busy and stressful city life and boy did we enjoy it.
This was our first time in the Hill Country and the first time we stayed at a cabin and I must say, it was great.
Y'all made us feel very welcomed and so did the town.
We had lots of fun rock hunting and searching for our own piece of treasure and we found it!
Our search ended before we even started. It ended as soon as we arrived at this hidden gem.
The Southern Hospitality was definately taken to a different level here; the cabin was loaded with very useful things and yummy snacks and we decided to keep the hospitality going by leaving some things as well.
Before arriving here, we tried to search for reviews online and did not find any but we will spread the word about our stay and post pictures to let the world know about your home.
We hope to come soon and repeat our experience and adventure. We can't thank you enough.
Adriana and Aldo ... Katy & Houston, TX.
P.S. The Whole Wheat Raisin Bran Bread was delish!
(I am happy that you enjoyed your stay.
Thank you for your kind words and for the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ... can't get better than that!
June 13-17, 2015
Your Ranch is a beauty! We had a wonderful time. The bread was amazing!
I could lay on the hammock all day!
I saw my very first snake and scorpion in real life, kinda cool.
Honey, Jason, Mary, Cooper and Samantha ... Longview/Hallsville, East Texas
June 8, 2015
Like children in a pirate adventure, our excitement started with the search to find the perfect place to stay.
I would say that search was a success!
We found treasure in your stories of the land and your family history. Thank you for sharing! What fun we had!
The treasure we walk away with is in the memories we shared with friends.
Thank you So Much!
Lori, Mary & Shane
5/21-5/25 2015 We have been on cruises to the Yucatan, snow skiing trips to New Mexico and Colorado and have seen the majesty of our great nation from a semi ... but this vacation has been the most memorable of all.
We got to play in the mud while we hunted for our own Mason topaz, we got to sit around on your beautiful deck and visit with our family members while the flash floods raged all around us ... You made this little cabin feel more inviting than any of our homes ... I guess because we're a bunch of women and this is neutral territory for us, but also because of how well you had it stocked, you thought of everything.
The hummingbirds outside the kitchen window was a special show for whoever gets stuck in the kitchen, Oh, and we all loved your bread! Thank you so much! We will be back !!!
The J group ... Jayne, Joy, Jeannie, Jennica and Jessie
5\24\2015 The ranch was beautiful this time of year. Even got enough rain to make the creek run.
This was a women's only trip and we had the best time.
Think we might have found a topaz to top it all off.
May 16 and 17, 2015. We had a great time. The weekend went by too quickly.
Hunting for the elusive topaz proved unsuccessful but did find many great treasures.
The Raisin Bread was wonderful! We hope to return one day!
Ron & Denise
We had the pleasure of staying the weekend May 1st and 2nd 2015 for our dad's 70th birthday weekend.
What a joy to leave the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy a relaxing weekend outdoors.
We loved exploring the property, the cattle, meeting Deloris, her homemade breads and just the overall tranquility of this ranch.
The Parkers will visit again with more family to create more memories.
Thank you for sharing your home!
The Parkers, Rick, Sue, Billy and Maria - Copperas Cove and Houston, Texas.
April 24, 2015
Great Cabin! Perfect weather!
We had a blast. So many wildflowers - so beautiful!
We love the new patio furniture! Great weekend all around! :)
The Lovely Ladies from Lubbock
April 22-23 2015
Thank you so much for the most relaxing 2 days here on Comanche Creek.
Tom and I hunted diligently for topaz, calling her name and making up songs, poems and storeis about her.
We listened to our hearts to hear her reply. We thought we heard her say she was ("gurgle, gurgle") underwater. "No way", we said ... "you'll just have to stay there; 'cuz we aren't touching it".
We will pray for rain in the great Texas Hill Country so that the beautiful swimming hole on Comanche Creek will be filled up again.
Loved the fire in the metal campfire thingy each night and the coyotes howling made us douse it and run inside to snuggle in the most comfy sheets.
Thank you for all the necessities of home and for your generous spirit.
Thanks for letting us know about Miss Mouse, Little Spider and Mr. Scorpion. We saw them all - only Miss Mouse survived, alas.
I could go on forever about our adventures here but I know you have a ton of work waiting.
Until we meet again ... Maggie and Tom.
April 12-14 2015
Arrived at 4:30 PM and was greeted by Deloris. What a charming lady. We were shown all her treasures and couldn't wait to start rock hunting.
We were so surprised at all the extras that were provided.
We have lots of quartz to take home to MN and rock hunted unitl we were exhausted.
Hope to come here next year on our way home from the valley.
Thank you so much.
Duane and Max
What a wonderful stay we had at your Cabin on Comanche Creek this past weekend.
We did not realize till everyone arrived that it was actually Sibling Day.
We three sisters had the opportunity to play prospectors and explorers the whole weekend.
Coming in exhausted every time we ventured out and returning to such a welcoming cabin was priceless.
Our main meals were cooked over wood on the fire pit provided and we managed to eat healthy the whole stay.
Thank you so much for sharing the Lindsay Ranch with us.
Alice & Frances & Eddy
April 6 to 8, 2015.
We have had a wonderful time. The Cabin has everything we needed and then some. Thank you for being so thoughtful. Loved the Banana Bread ... Delicious.
We did not find a topaz but we bought a small one with a Texas Star cut from the Topaz store in town.
Thank you for a wonderful stay. Plan to return with one of our grandsons.
Barbara, Tom, Geneva and Earl.
Easter Weekend 2015
The Pearson Family. Your Cabin is great and has everything. Your hammock is the favorite past time.
The kids really enjoyed rock hunting. Who knows, maybe they found a blue topaz.
Departing this Friday morning is sad for all five of us. We have enjoyed the Lindsay hospitality.
After much sun, rocks, and walking we couldn't have imagined a better Spring Break for my 9-year-old grandson.
His 8-year-old cousin was out of his comfort zone but he would come again.
We are looking forward to our next adventure.
Connie and family from Lousiana.
We enjoyed our hill country adventure. The kids explored, hiked and hunted the elusive blue topaz.
The adults followed their lead. Smiles all around.
Thanks for sharing your ranch and your thoughtful touches like providing milk!
You're a gem!
My 8-year-old granddaughter enjoyed our rock hunting and together time.
I believe she will really cherish her adventure.
Thanks for sharing your home and time with us.
Richard and Haylee
Got right to it! I have no idea if what we collected counts as "treasure" from a lapidary standpoint, but they are treasures to us!
I don't think we have wandered more than 100 feet from the Cabin and we are so completely charmed!
Greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay who immediately made us feel like we were home visiting family and invited us to play a round of dominoes.
Our Mason, Texas parents!!
March 2015 ... My brother and myself came looking for some peace and qiet and boy did we find it. We were able to roam all over this beautiful land. How lucky you are to live here all the time.
We were amazed at how much was furnished here,from milk to coffee and jelly.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your home land.
There is so much beauty here it is hard to take it all in. May God bless you both.
Victor and David.
This was a great change of pace from "big city" living. The Banana Bread was awesome!
I have to tell you, your raisin bran bread was to die for!!! Is there any way you would part with your recipe?
I would love to surprise my husband with a loaf!
Thanks again for such an enjoyable environment in which to stay.
We wanted to do something "different" for our 25th wedding anniversary.
My hubby found you online and here we stayed ... even an extra day.
Finding an arrowhead, mica, quartz galore and seeing the beautiful night - stars all around, made it all worth while.
We really enjoyed our stay. The Cabin was great.
The peacefulness, wildflowers, wildlife & stars were all magnificent! Especially enjoyed the rock hunting.
You have a rock hound's paradise.
Wow! What a great time we had at Lindsay Ranch!
Us being city slickers, it gave us an appreciation for the great outdoors and for hardworking ranchers like you, Dee and Clay.
My gandson will remember looking for rocks for many years to come!
Your place is filled with beauty and peace. We had a great time here and it will be among our favorite memories.
STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW
Each guesthouse is furnished with dishes, linens, a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator.
The Cabin and Manor have a cook top and toaster oven.
The Townhouse has a stove with an oven.
There is a BBQ grill at the Manor and the Cabin but not at the Townhouse.
WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST?
We provide: coffee, teas, milk, cereal, juice, English muffins, butter and jelly and my famous, home-made, whole wheat Banana or Raisin Bran Bread.
NO TELEPHONE, TV,INTERNET OR WIFI.
Many cell phones do not have service in Mason.
The Mason County Library has free WiFi and several public computers.
Bluebonnets on the old ranch road.
Clay and Deloris Lindsay on Mason Mountain 12 years ago ... when we were younger and the grass was green.
The Townhouse, at 716 Westmoreland, is not on the ranch.
During the horse and buggy days, ranchers often had a "Sunday House" or "Town House" where they stayed while they conducted business or attended worship services.
This three bedroom home has seven beds. It is only 3 1/2 blocks from the square.
There is also covered, off-street, parking.
The back yard is full of Indian Blankets.
Guests comments about the Townhouse:
June 5, 2015
Thank you for the wonderful stay! The bread was exceptional! Yummy!
Blessings, T. Lyon
P.S. The map was very helpful!!
April 25, 2015
Wonderful and fun stay at Lindsay Ranch and the Townhouse.
Thanks for everything especially the memorial tribute for sweet Melody.
I love all my Haley Cousins.
Fred and June.
For our anniversary this year we wanted to go somewhere we had never been and do something we had never done.
We are glad to have found the Lindsay Ranch.
I was worth every penny and we will definately bring our girls.
Thank you Lindsay's for welcoming us and for being so friendly. We found some things that will constantly remind us of our special day.
Thank you, Love, The Johnson's
Great stay, great rocks, great location.
Wonderful home away from home.
Everything & more.
We had a great time and hope to be back soon!
Frances, Megan, Alyssa & Nick.
Great What a great place!
This is our first time in Mason and our first time hunting for Topaz.
We had the house all to ourselves!
Had a wonderful time! Hope to come back soon!
Thanks for all the help and information about Topaz. Maybe we'll get lucky next time!
Rebecca & Chris, Minnesota
Mason is a beautiful town. It has a proper town center with everything a person could need; restaurants, a movie theatre, a jewelry store, antique stores, a florist - just to name a few.
The view from the Fort is something everyone should see. Mason is a slice of history and heaven.
Thank you for the great stay. We'll be back.
The Hendersons, Westport, CT.
The Townhouse was wonderfully relaxing and it seemed as if you thought of everything.
The Banana Bread was delicious. We had to leave what was left since we must have gained weight since we've been here!
What a nice change from the motel we normally stay in during our family reunion. It seemed as tho we never left home!
Thank you for the great time we've had here in Texas. Clay is the first real cowboy I've ever met. We really enjoyed seeing the ranch, too.
Chris & Amanda, Indiana