As you drive down a private lane on Maytum Pass in Boerne, Texas, just off of Highway 46, this 5 acre estate greets you with a historical marker telling the amazing story behind the property and how it has served many unique purposes since the 1800's. This blog post is a compilation of the property details, its rich history, and also interior design concepts for the next owner since this property is listed for sale as of April 20, 2023.
Read on to learn all about it, watch a video tour, and at the end you will find a link to the listing presented by Chip & Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Realty where you can schedule a showing (so long as it's still on the market, that is!).
Current Property Details
There are two charming historic homes on the property: a spacious carriage style main house and a farmhouse cottage that would be ideal for a bed and breakfast, vacation rental or even a mother-in-law suite. The main house is a split level plan with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is approximately 3,000 square feet in size. Genuine hardwood flooring is throughout the home and the two living spaces showcase stone fire places in each room. The wraparound porch and balcony allow for breath taking views of the Texas Hill Country as you can see level pasture land and stunning rolling hills from all over the property.
1. Aerial Shot of Property 2. Gated Entrance to Property 3. Main House 4. Stone Well and Historic Houses 5. Cottage. 6. Detached Garage
Photos by Blue Sky Dronography
In addition to the detached garage with a storage loft, another sweet aspect on this land, is the truly classic weathered red barn, great for storing farm equipment and/or housing small animals in case you have some egg-laying hens in mind or some gruff-y little goats. And speaking of goats...
William (Willy) George, The Goat Authority on Angora Goats
In the historical marker description located on 11 Maytum Pass (in the video and pictured below) it shares how:
"The community of Hastings was established in the late 19th century with the settlement of immigrants from England coming to farm and ranch in Texas. William George (Willy) Hughes moved from Kensington, London, to Texas in 1878 at age 19 to learn about the business of managing and marketing sheep and wool.
Willy took Oxfordshire Downs Sheep from England and began to build his herds on 160 acres southwest of Boerne. His two brothers, Harry and Gerard, joined him in 1879. That same year Willy bought his second piece of land where the ranch headquarters would be built.
The Hughes Ranch bred cattle, sheep, goats and horses. The ranch expanded its operations to include U.S. Mail delivery, stage line services and meals, tourism activities, and buying and selling real estate. Willy moved from sheep wool production to Angora Goat Mohair production by 1887 and was considered an authority on Angora Goats."
Fun fact: Not far from Boerne is a statue of an Angora Goat in Rocksprings, TX which happens to be the Angora Goat Capital of The World!
Zoning In on Zoning Restrictions
The property at 11 Maytum Pass (and the surrounding properties) is actually unrestricted, so while it's perfectly fit for a homestead haven, it's certainly worth mentioning that it would make a stunning wedding venue for blushing brides wanting an epic backdrop of the hill country as they say "I do". No matter how you spin it, Maytum is bursting with growth opportunity - it's just begging for a full-blown vegetable garden!
A Secret Cellar & Surprise Cistern
It's one unexpected delight after the other on the Maytum property. Beneath a concealed hatch door, a set of stairs leads down to the caliche basement cellar that is perfect for storing valuables and food supplies, or even wine for those who have acquired the taste. If you're a Texas native, you know that basements in Texas are a rarity in general.
Near the mudroom entry, there is a large cistern. Surprisingly, many may not know, but a cistern is an underground water storage tank and can be use for collecting rainwater. Check out the cool pump connected to the one on this property!
1. Cellar Door Closed 2. Inside Cellar Basement 3. Cellar Door Open 4. Inside Cellar Back 5. Pump on Cistern. 6. Cistern
Photos by Blue Sky Dronography
The Fixer Upper Factor
Though I wouldn't call this property a full on 'Chip & Jo Fixer Upper' as we know it, since it is completely liveable, there is some room for improvement (as with most anything) that would take this place to the next level.
A Dairy Farm, Resort, Post Office & School House
The historical marker goes on to say that,
"The ranch headquarters was built in 1888 and still stands off Hwy. 46. Willy married Lucy Stephenson and she began to run her own operations on the ranch. She managed a dairy operation with 35 jersey cows and managed a resort business at the ranch headquarters called “Mineral Springs Ranche.”
Willy proposed a post office for the community, named Hastings Post Office after his father. It opened in 1890 in a room inside the Hughes Ranch House. That same year Willy started the Boerne and Bandera Stage Line Company which invited tourists from San Antonio and Boerne to visit the Hill Country in Bandera via the stage line. Willy provided land to Kendall County for the Hastings School and continued to support the community until his untimely death in 1902 from a train wreck in Belleville, Illinois.
Location, Location, Location
Being just 12 minutes from Downtown Boerne, this listing strikes the ideal balance of city life conveniences and a country life escape. That being said, if you are interested in making Maytum your own, click here to view the listing & schedule a showing!
Virtually Staged by Arrange | Photographed by Ken Crabtree