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Phoenix Nest Guest House

Two-story Rock House Built by Meticulous German Masons in the Late 1800s

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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 1800s. It served as home for three generations of the Kassell family before it suffered a disastrous fire in the mid-1950s.

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 to a century. Short drives can take visitors to nearby towns and lakes that offer amusements unique to the Texas Hill Country.


Starting at $229 per night for 2 guests

Note: The nightly rate is based on single-double occupancy. A nightly rate of $15 is charged for each additional guest. 


  • You have the entire house to yourself!
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms (1 shower, 1 tub)
  • 2 King sized beds
  • Day bed
  • Bunk beds with trundle bed
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher
  • 12 Cup Mr Coffee Maker
  • Internet
  • TV & DVD player in living room
  • Luxurious comfy bedding
  • Central AC/heat
  • Ceiling fans
  • Washer/dryer
  • Ironing board & iron
  • Hairdryers
  • Land line telephone
  • Starry skies for stargazing
  • 49-foot back porch with table/chairs & lounge set
  • Nice front porch with table/chairs
  • Chiminea
  • Barbeque pit
  • Great county roads for walking
  • Beautiful sunrises & sunsets
  • Private romantic & intimate setting
  • Century old working ranch
  • Gift certificates available
  • Ideal for reunions, small retreats, conferences, church groups, sewing or quilting groups, family or friend get togethers, wedding party groups, and more!
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