Robin Garrison's OohLaBean destination venue at 1905 Elder Hill Road, a new addition to the Hill Country, is one of five featured properties on the 2014 Wimberley Home Tour. This multifaceted collection of buildings provides options for weddings, family reunions, vacations, and meetings.
The remodeled Ranch House is the first building that comes into view after turning off Elder Hill Road and is the first stop for Home Tour visitors. A low rock fence and an enticing outdoor area surround the house. To the right are two bocce courts separated by a wisteria covered pergola and a grassy area for outdoor yoga. Large live oak trees estimated to be 300-400 years old shade the front and left side of the structure. The side yard features a large patio under the live oaks. Xeriscape plantings add color and texture, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and are drought tolerant.
Home Tour guests will follow the accessible limestone path past the patio then enter on the left side of the Ranch House. The first room is a multi-purpose room that includes a lounge area with a rock fireplace, a game area, and a demonstration kitchen. The dining room is to the right beyond the kitchen. Past the sliding barn door in the lounge area is the exercise facility featuring a fitness center, massage center, cardio room, and a private workout studio.
The tour continues up the road at the primary buildings, artfully choreographed to include a main building, large patio area, screen room, service building, guest quarters, and swimming/lounging area. In the outdoor area you will find native like oaks, xeriscape plantings, and limestone paths. The buildings have wood ceilings, charcoal gray metal roofs, and rubble rock and pine exteriors. Indoors, the buildings utilize gray stained concrete floors, light colored walls, and large metal-framed windows. Area rugs provide color to the rooms. The d?cor displays artist-designed contemporary-style furnishings complemented by a touch of organic ones. The color scheme is based on neutrals (black, gray, and white) spiked with bright colors throughout and contrasts organic materials (wood and stone) with manufactured materials (metal and glass).
Guests will enter the main building on the right through a natural light-filled entry that highlights a mural map of the hill country. This building includes a lounge area, a dining area to accommodate large groups, and a commercial kitchen. The main room features high wood ceilings with exposed wood and iron trusses, a window wall topped with clerestory windows, a built-in bookcase/TV wall opposite, and a limestone fireplace. The industrial kitchen, which doubles as a cooking classroom, features an oval dropped ceiling over the demonstration area, a granite countertop, and red bar stools.
A covered breezeway connects the main building to a large screen room. Beyond, trees surround an expansive patio that will host weddings and receptions. Guests will follow the limestone path to the left past the screen room, service building, and pool to the guest quarters. The screen room features a massive stone fireplace, a huge ceiling fan, tables and chairs, and organic candleholders. The service building houses a meeting room, a bar, and restrooms. Large stacked rocks from the property frame the pool and connect it to the natural setting while a limestone fence provides privacy from public areas, and an iron and cable fence yields a view of the pool along the pathway.
The guest quarters include three rooms and three suites fronted with a long covered porch. Between accommodations, large, black metal planters divide the space to provide six private lounge areas, one for each room or suite. The minimalistic furnishings in each guest room include a bed, two nightstands, a lounge chair, a simple pull-down desk, and a desk chair. Each guest suite has a small living room with a sofa bed, end tables, lounge chair, ottoman, writing surface, and small chair. The bedroom provides a king size bed, night tables, and a generous built-in mahogany armoire. Each bathroom features clerestory windows, a tiled toilet closet, an open shower, and two white sinks atop a Silestone countertop with a mahogany base. Each guest accommodation has a unique d?cor.
Home Tour guests will visit Guest Room #1 and Guest Suite #6, the OohLaLa Suite. This suite offers a private corner patio with a fireplace and a view and furnishings that reflect its status. The living area features lounge-style seating and three organic wooden tables. The living room and bathroom provide direct access to the private patio.
OohLaBean, a family term for a "wowzy" grandmother, reflects Robin's emphasis on healthful living and respect for the environment in its menu, fitness facilities, landscaping, building materials, furnishings, and philosophy. The grounds include parking areas, walking paths, and accessible facilities. Guest Suite #4 is accessible to persons with disabilities. The menu and cooking classes will focus on fresh foods and healthful food preparation techniques.
OohLaBean is one of five venues offered by the Wimberley Civic Club in its 27th Annual Hill Country Home Tour. It is one of two destination venues included in the tour, in addition to the three private homes. This is a new feature of the Home Tour added after suggestions the Tour include properties that highlight Wimberley's growing status as the destination for family gatherings, weddings, and other events.
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