Finding a vacation that offers something for everyone can be challenging for couples and families. Dave wants to fish and build campfires.  Janet likes fishing, but she doesn’t want to stay in a tent in the wilderness with no access to modern necessities. Ladies and gentlemen, the solution can be found, along with so much more at Rancho Poquito.

Unique, private gated ranch home, Rancho Poquito is situated on 10 acres in the resort community of Lakeway, Texas. Located only 30 minutes from downtown Austin and mere miles from beautiful Lake Travis, this property provides the convenience of suburban living while remaining in touch with the great outdoors. Whether you stay in the main house or choose to “glamp” in their yurts, teepee or airstream, you will have an amazing experience.

There are many things that set Rancho Poquito apart from other glamping and event spaces, but the overwhelming favorite answer seems to be the Ranch’s amazing location. This property is a hidden gem located in the bustling heart of Lakeway.  “The first comment from visitors who have never been to Rancho Poquito is “This place is amazing, I can’t believe it’s right here!” Property Manager Brittany Burris explained.  The Ranch is right off of Flintrock Road and boasts easy access to Hwy 71 and Ranch Road 620.  In 5 minutes you can be on Lake Travis, one of the five nearby golf courses, major grocery stores, or any of the delicious restaurants Lakeway has to offer.

Ladies this unique space is perfect for you. We know the men can rough it and enjoy it, but the ladies don’t necessarily care to–ever. Not many overnight rental properties boast two air conditioned/heated yurts, a teepee, an airstream trailer, stocked pond for fishing and a poker table for game night. Rancho Poquito provides a perfect retreat for both guys and gal’s trips.

When asked how the idea of this unique ranch was born, Burris offered, “The owner bought the property as an investment and personal retreat back in 2011.  It was perfect for hosting poker games, watching football and doing a little fishing to unwind from his busy life.  A few years ago he decided to share this luxurious and unique property with others that would enjoy it as much as he does.”

Any time of year is beautiful at Rancho Poquito, but because the property is located outside of Austin, Texas, many visitors find the most comfortable times to visit would be in the spring or the fall.  During springtime, the property is covered in Bluebonnets and other native Texas wildflowers commonly found in the Texas Hill Country.  In autumn, the Ranch experiences beautiful fall foliage, and has the perfect weather for huddling around a campfire and roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with loved ones. While these are the times when we enjoy cooler temperatures in the Austin area, summer can be a just as enjoyable to stay because of the close proximity to the Lake Travis, Austin, and LBJ.  Rent a boat and come back to this awesome private park-like gated property with your entire group.

Rancho Poquito is also a wonderful space for bonding with the family; the kids can enjoy the teepee with five sleeping cots inside, and mom and dad can have the two-bedroom main house to themselves. Colleagues can use the property as a space for corporate team building retreats and exercises.

Additionally, the “glamping” experience is a huge draw to Rancho Poquito. Two Yurts with outdoor bathrooms and showers provide a glamp-ground like no other. You’ll enjoy the creature comforts of a plush bed while remaining in touch with the great outdoors. “We find showering among the trees can be quite liberating,” Burris offered.

The affordability of the Ranch is unprecedented.  Burris explained, “We do not rent out the yurts or other sleeping shelters on the property individually.  When someone rents at Rancho Poquito, they are able to enjoy everything on the property for the set nightly fee.”

As for special events Burris said Rancho Poquito recently hosted a fundraiser for some dear friends in the Lakeway community. “The theme was a “cochon de lait,” also known as a Cajun Pig Roast, and we were able to roast three pigs underneath our outdoor pavilion near the fishing pond.  We are so happy to be able to use this property to help others in need.  During the silent auction portion of the event, over $40,000 was raised by the generosity of the Lake Travis community in attendance.”

Rancho Poquito is also a newly minted event venue. “We just hosted our first wedding in April 2019,” Burris said. “ The bride walked down the aisle of fresh wildflowers to the edge of the fishing dock overlooking the water, in her cowboy boots and beautiful white gown. Perfect for a Texas wedding at the Ranch.”

All of the ranch’s previous guests would stay again and highly recommend the venue. One visitor said, “We had so much fun! We came here for a bachelor party with plans of going out to bars during the weekend, but never ended up leaving because the place was so fun! It’s a huge place, with plenty of space for outdoor activities. Sleeping arrangements are comfortable; there’s a grill, fire pit, and a fishing pond. We would love to go back!”

“We had the best time at Rancho Poquito,” said Mo Brantley. “We rented for a “getaway” weekend for a 40th birthday party, even though we were only getting away from Austin. It felt like another world in the best possible way. The amenities were top-notch: heat and AC in the yurts, lush bedding, a party fridge twice as big as the one in my own home (no exaggeration), an ice maker, a Sonos sound system wired for the porch. lights in the trees, a couple of big Yeti coolers, a couple of big warehouse-size fans, outdoor bar at the house, an outdoor kitchen (sink and grill) by the pond, several firepits, more than one grill, a dock, a rowboat, a water feature, and all the decking and seating and lounging you could possibly wish for. I don’t know how the management arranged this, but we didn’t even get sunburned or get bug bites. I was delighted with the property on Friday night before we had even explored the half of it. My dog had the time of her life in the fully fenced property just running, exploring, swimming, sunbathing and splashing in the muddy creek to her heart’s content. The property manager was extremely responsive and available for any questions I had while planning.”

Another said, “This is the perfect place to have an in town gathering. It’s close to local restaurants, golf course and grocery stores, but private enough to have a great family or company party. The lake has some nice fish to catch….super hangout property.”

To plan your getaway contact Brittany Burris at In addition to all that is offered at Rancho Poquito there are several golf courses nearby.

Falconhead Golf Club
Public Course – 6515, 15201 Falcon Head Blvd
(512) 402-15583.3 miles from Rancho Poquito

Yaupon Golf Course
Public Course – 100 Clubhouse Dr.
(512) 261-7200
Mon-Thurs 5-10pm Fri 5-8, Sat 7-8, Sun 8-8

3.5 miles from Rancho Poquito

Live Oak Golf Course
Public Course – 510 Lakeway Drive
(512) 261-7200
Mon-Thurs 5-10 Fri 5-8 Sat 7-8 Sun 8-8
3.9 miles from Rancho Poquito

This Hills Country Club
Private Course – 26 Club Estates Parkway
(512) 261-7200
Mon-Thurs 5-10pm Fri 7:30-8 Sat/Sun 8-8pm
3.8 miles from Rancho Poquito

Flintrock Falls Golf Course
Private Course – 401 Jack Nicklaus Drive
(512) 261-7200
Mon-Thur 5am to 10pm Fri 5-8 Sat 7-8 Sun 8-8pm
1.6 miles from Rancho Poquito

Spanish Oaks Golf Club
Private Course – 13001 Spanish Oaks Club Dr.
(512) 421-8530
5.0 miles from Rancho Poquito

By Michelle Keller

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