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!
We have three clean, comfortable, family friendly guesthouses suitable for a couple or a crowd.
The Cabin on Comanche Creek and Mason Mountain Manor, on the Lindsay Ranch, are available February - September. The Townhouse, in Mason, is available all year.
How to decide which place is perfect for you?
If you do not want to be in the country, choose the Townhouse. This 3 bedroom home has 7 beds. Located in Mason at 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 with easy access 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 with 6 beds and a large front porch.
It is peaceful and quiet with only the birds and other wildlife for company.
Note: Choose your place carefully. Some recent guests, an older couple from Dallas that I will call John and Jane, wanted to look at flowers and do a little rock hunting.
They made reservations for Mason Mountain Manor and arrived at the Ranch in their Cadillac. To get to the Manor, you have drive over 2 1/2 miles of ranch road (dirt road) and we had had rain.
John liked the ranch but 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!
RATES: $100.00 PER DAY FOR 2 GUESTS PLUS $25.00 PER DAY FOR EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST AGE 12 AND OVER.
WE HAVE A TWO DAY MINIMUM.
"If you enjoyed your stay, tell others. If not, please tell me." This notice is posted in each house because if I don't know about a problem, I can't fix it. Thank you, Deloris Lindsay.
The grass is green and the wildflowers are blooming. Thank you, Lord, for all your blessings.
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 six beds including bunk beds and a futon.
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.
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!
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:
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.
There is a BBQ grill at the Manor and the Cabin.
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:
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