Craving a true Texas country experience, with a touch of luxe? Starhill Farms is the perfect place.
Set on 300+ acres of rolling countryside, this almost 200 year old farm is a Texas dream. Located in the small town of New Ulm, Starhill Farms is easily accessible from Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. I flew into Austin, and it was a quick hour and a half drive from there.
Entering the property you are greeted by a classic country dirt road lined with mature oaks. As you wind down the road you’ll see a warm butter yellow farmhouse, the quaintest original log cabins, ponds, cattle, horses, and endless rolling hills. There are three different rentals available on the property: Cabin on the Hill, Hinze Cabin, and the Ranch House. We stayed in the perfectly western chic Cabin on the Hill. It features a seriously plush queen bed, wood burning fireplace, kitchen with a farmhouse sink, bathroom with a clawfoot tub, and a front porch with two red rocking chairs looking onto a killer view. The only sounds you can hear are the birds and crickets chirping, wind rustling the leafs, and the occasional moo from the cattle.
Each cabin, as well as the farmhouse, is decorated to antique country farmhouse perfection. All spaces are well-appointed with cushy linens, updated bathrooms and kitchens, and a well curated selection of antiques. These beautifully designed rooms give off major luxury ranch vibes; think Ralph Lauren’s Colorado ranch meets small town Texas.
Activities at the farm range from horseback riding to skeet shooting. While I wasn’t exploring the surrounding towns, I spent most of my time walking the farm on foot. There are countless paths to travel down, each one taking you to a new stunning view. You’ll be surrounded by hills, ponds, animals, oak trees, and fresh country air making your walks incredibly relaxing and grounding.
A small warning to all you luxury vacation seekers, although the cabins and farmhouse are beautifully accommodated, there is no daily housekeeping or wifi. Think of your stay as a hotel/air b&b hybrid. I found the lack of staff and guest interaction to be refreshing, my stay felt private and personal.
Maybe it was the quiet, the setting, the crazy comfy bed, or all that fried food I ate, but I genuinely haven’t slept so well in months. So if you’re looking for the perfect country “get away from it all” and recharge escape, take a trip to Starhill Farms.
$159-$400 per night