Texas Co-op Power - September 2007 Best Out-Of-The-Way Gourmet "Another Favorite"

Austin's The Restaurant at Rose Hill Manor

 

You might find Austin's while searching for a comely bed and breakfast in the Hill Country, but you'll keep coming back for the combination of fine food, hospitality and first-class lodging. Located in Stonewall, famous for the LBJ Ranch and many a roadside peach stand, this charming B&B offers sweeping views of the Pedernales River Valley from its verandas.

 

Inside, the white tablecloths, sparkling glasses, candles and flowers on every table make for a romantic, sophisticated atmosphere. The service is fine, but not stuffy. Our served exuded a refreshing blend of down-home familiarity and gourmet food and wine knowledge.

 

The food was excellent. Chef Seth Bateman offers a five-course prix fixe dinner, the menu for which changes weekly, every evening the restaurant is open (Wednesday through Sunday, prix fixe seating at 7 p.m.). We can also recommend the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Citrus Risotto, Haricot Vert and Lemon Cream Sauce from the limited a la carte menu. Reservations are required.

 

San Antonio Express-News "Romance"

 

Getting away from it all into a private, overnight nest is always attractive, and the Hill country has a cornucopia of options. Few in the area have the sweep and grandeur of this remote bed and breakfast inn, which serves up some exquisite food every Friday and Saturday (as well as Valentine's Day). The house itself is set far from the road and lords over the open field like you once imagined Tara or Southfork did. The largest dining area has only a few tables, and most of the seats offer ample chances for watching the sun set. Or you can dine amid shelves of books, one of which might contain an uplifting love lyric for the occasion.

 

Dallas Morning News

 

Reported by Jean Simmons Sharry Buckner, editor of The Great Stays of Texas, a guide to Historic and Hospitality Accommodations of Texas (HAT), sends words of praise about Rose Hill Manor, a country inn near Fredericksburg. "What a place!" she reports. "The porches are fabulous."