At Rose Hill Manor, Robert and Patti have created a lovely, Charleston-style plantation house on 40 rolling Hill Country acres. The elegant mansion sits on a gentle hill, offering a spectacular view of the Pedernales River Valley. The front porch here is the perfect place to while away an hour or two, sipping Texas wines and enjoying the beauty of the Hill Country. They’ll pour several Texas wines, including those of nearby Becker Vineyards, but Rose Hill is currently the tasting facility for Alamosa Cellars in dry San Saba County, so be sure to sample the Alamosa Sangiovese and Viogner.
If you’d like to spend more than an afternoon, Rose Hill’s accommodations are very inviting. Each of the four guest rooms is decorated in period antiques and features four-poster queen-sized beds. French doors in every room open onto the verandas that surround the house. Watch a breathtaking Hill Country sunset on the private veranda outside the Sunset Room or enjoy a romantic getaway in the Lavender and Lace Room. Downstairs, there’s the Snug Harbor Bookstore, with floor-to-ceiling shelves of new and used books. The innkeepers provide a delicious gourmet breakfast on weekends and continental breakfast during the week.
The newest addition at Rose Hill is full-service fine dining on Friday and Saturday nights. Delightful, four-course prix fixe dinners are provided by Ernie and Anne Briggs of Ernie’s Mediterranean Grill in Fredericksburg. There are usually two menus to choose from, with one that always includes beef. Anne Briggs’ artisan breads and elegant desserts are a wonderful complement to the meals. Dinner reservations are necessary, and seating is limited. Based on our experience, both the accommodations and the food are first- rate and well worth the trip.