My husband and I were looking for a place to renew our wedding vows for our 5th anniversary. We were having trouble finding a place we wanted to go (we love the country), while finding someone to officiate there. Then I came across the website for the 9E, and happened to see "Romantic Rustic Wedding" on the website. So, I clicked on it and after a few emails back and forth...we were all set! It just so happens that the owner is an ordained minister! Country cabin, minister and vows...that's all we wanted, and that's what we got!
The 9E is a 320 acre ranch that has been in Joan's family for more than half a century! Joan and Kent have opened their ranch so those of us, who don't have the opportunity to live in the country life, have a chance to do so for a short time!
When we arrived, we found a very clean cabin, homemade muffins, cookies and a bowl of fruit waiting for us. The bed was very comfortable, and we had everything we wanted/needed for our stay.
We enjoyed watching the longhorns, donkeys, birds and lightening bugs (firefly's)! We stayed in the Daisy, which would be great for two couples or a couple with children. It's a 2-bedroom, 1 bath cottage; full kitchen and even a washer/dryer!
If you live in/near Houston, San Antonio or Dallas, this is a nice, quick weekend get-away! Just enjoy the nature, the quiet, the rain on the tin roof...and each other!!
We recently spent a weekend at the Daisy Cottage, and it was just wonderful--exactly what we were looking for. The cottage was beautifully furnished--the attention to detail was wonderful, and we loved the three walls of windows overlooking a beautiful view in the living room. The beds were soft and comfortable. Loved that it was pet-friendly as well. We spent one day hanging out in Bastrop, coming back in time for happy hour and star gazing on the cottage's porch. We spent the next morning hiking around the ranch, which is beautiful and feels so secluded. We're so grateful to Kent and Joan for opening their home to city-dwellers like us!
Sandy and I loved our stay in the Eagle's Nest Cabin on top of the hill at 9E Ranch Cabins. Was a perfect getaway weekend for us October 23-25, 2015. We were well pleased when we first approached the cabin on the outside. We got inside the cabin, no doubt, we selected the perfect place to spend the weekend getaway whether rain or sunshine. The cabin inside was very comfortable, décor was awesome to the paintings by Joan Bohls. The Bohls left us homemade muffins and fresh yard eggs in the refrigerator for breakfast. We relaxed in the living room with the ability to look out the east, west, and north full windows. We visited Smithville and Bastrop Main Streets, both 10 miles away from the cabin. On our last day, we visited Kent and Joan Bohls, very warm, very friendly and down home couple. On our last day before check out, we took a hike around the property, ran into miniature donkeys, miniature horses, white tail deer, rabbits, found the longhorns, horses, and the scenery with fresh air was awesome. Sandy and I will make future plans to stay at the Eagle's Nest-9E Ranch Cabins and time with the Bohls.
My wife and I stayed two nights at the Eagle's Nest on Oct 24 - 25 and we were pleasantly surprised! We are retired professionals (engineer and a teacher), in our mid 60’s, and we have an appreciation for the piney woods and this type of accommodation. It was an excellent value. We stayed in the Eagle's Nest cabin which is perched high up on a hillside. We had a great view of the meadow from the living room and the unit was very clean. The 9E Ranch is a working ranch and the surroundings reminded me of Settler’s Crossing outside of Fredericksburg. The 9E Ranch is just right for a quiet getaway from the noise of town and is priced about $20 more than the best hotel in Bastrop.
Since it was October, we turned off the AC and enjoyed the cool late afternoon breeze blowing through the windows. Several hiking trails are located all over the ranch, but we spent so much time antiquing in Bastrop and Smithville there was little time to walk the trails. I did get some great shots of the Long Horn cattle down in the meadow. You can see them from down the hill out the window of the living room.
The location of the 9E Ranch was only 10 miles (10 minutes) from both Bastrop and Smithville. If going to Smithville from the ranch, I recommend taking an early morning drive because the drive is beautiful that time of day with the huge trees arching across the road. We had lunch at Zimmerhanzel's BBQ in Smithville and that was some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had!! We ate dinner at Baxter’s in Bastrop the first night and the Bastrop Bier Garden the second night. Baxter’s was pricey, but worth the money and experience. I recommend the Ribeye Steak…well prepared and great flavor!! The Bastrop Bier Garden had live music, a great beer selection, and I thought the food was very good. We will definitely return to the 9E Ranch. It was so restful, I could have easily stayed a week.
Don and Anne Alford – McKinney, TX
We rented one of the four cabins on this 300 acre working ranch. Our cabin was Daisy, named after the owner's grandmother. The clean and cute cabin is located on a hill. The living room has windows on three sides. At night we could see the twinkling lights of Bastrop(?) in the far distance. During the day we could watch the longhorns in the nearby field. They also have a couple of donkeys that will let out a strange noise for no reason at all. The cabin has deck areas to sit in a chair and listen to the sounds of nature or feel the gentle wind. There are two bedrooms, a bath, and a laundry room. The kitchen has almost everything you would need. The cabin has some family antiques and pictures of Daisy.