Phoenix Nest Guest House
Located on the Kassell Ranch, midway between Llano and Mason off Highway 29, this two-story rock house was built by meticulous German masons in the late 1800’s. It served as home for three generations of the Kassell family before it suffered a disastrous fire in the mid 1950’s.
For nearly forty years, the remaining charred walls stood like stone sentinels and served as trellises for a lush growth of wild trumpet vines. But like its mythical namesake –the phoenix — the structure rose from its ashes.
Completely restored in 1996 with the original exterior still intact, the newly designed interior reflects authentic Victorian decor that was in vogue when the house was built. Guests will enjoy two bedrooms, two baths, a sitting room, and a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Outside one can gaze at the pastoral setting of cattle, grazing deer, and many of the state’s rarest and most loved birds. Guests may also choose hiking, stargazing, or catch and release fishing as additional outdoor activities. For history buffs, there a nearby family cemetery that dates back for a century. Short drives can take visitors to nearby towns and lakes that offer amusements unique to the Texas Hill Country.
Note: The nightly rate is based on single/double occupancy. A nightly rate of $20 is charged for each additional guest. Rates are negotiable for 4 or more nights. There is an additional charge of $50 for a one-night stay.