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The New Old West: Contigo Ranch Hotel in the Texas Hill Country

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The New Old West: Contigo Ranch Hotel in the Texas Hill Country

November 7, 2017

Frede and Claudia Edgerton took a chance on a rambling property in the Hill Country near Fredericksburg, Texas: a replica Old West town complete with a sheriff’s station facade, a saloon facade, and replica Alamo building. The Edgertons, working with their daughter-in-law, Austin interior designer Ann Edgerton, called on architects Kevin Stewart and Liz Rau of Design Hound to renovate the “town” into a row of modern cottages and large event space they call Contigo Ranch. Then Ann transformed the interiors with influences ranging from Spanish architecture to Axel Vervoordt. Here’s a closer look.

Photography by Mark Menjivar courtesy of Ann Edgerton.

a view of the main building—the former alamo replica—now an expan 14
Above: A view of the main building—the former Alamo replica—now an expansive multi-purpose space for private events and weddings. The row of houses on the right is the old “town” that Design Hound gut renovated and connected to the individual buildings with a single sloped roof.
the largest guest cottage in a stone building on the property. ann commissioned 15
Above: The largest guest cottage in a stone building on the property. Ann commissioned Austin artist Hallie Lauren Brewer to make wall tapestries for each room inspired by Annie Albers and American quilting traditions.
 the two leather armchairs are from west elm (no longer available), and an 16
Above: The two leather armchairs are from West Elm (no longer available), and Ann sourced the sling chair and rug from the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas. The coffee table is from Eneby Home and the Leaning Wall Mirror is from Roost.
a bar and mini kitchen with a trio of wall mirrors was designed as a space for  17
Above: A bar and mini kitchen with a trio of wall mirrors was designed as a space for wedding prep. The stools are from Carol Hicks Bolton, an antiques store in Fredericksburg. The kitchen is kitted with honed granite countertops, a Miseno Prep Faucet, and stainless under-mount bar sick. The wrought iron pendant is from D & W Lighting.
a sculptural assemblage made from old french grape vines hangs above a reclaime 18
Above: A sculptural assemblage made from old French grape vines hangs above a Reclaimed Russian Oak Plank Table from Restoration Hardware and woven Equipale Chairs from Southwest and Beyond.
a smaller guest suite has a canopy bed and a a black fanimation ceiling fan. 19
Above: A smaller guest suite has a canopy bed and a a black Fanimation Ceiling Fan.
a small seating area is comprised of dark wood cavett chairs from crate & b 20
Above: A small seating area is comprised of dark wood Cavett Chairs from Crate & Barrel.
“all the existing structures were facades of an old west town—jus 21
Above: “All the existing structures were facades of an Old West town—just a front and raw wood sides,” Ann says. “Each room had to be rebuilt and refinished, including the plumbing.” Bathrooms are designed with white square tile, Luxart shower heads, and linen shower curtains.
guest suite living areas and bedrooms are separated with pale wood sliding barn 22
Above: Guest suite living areas and bedrooms are separated with pale wood sliding barn doors.
a custom l shaped sofa with a reclaimed wood base (from santa fe, new mexico) a 23
Above: A custom L-shaped sofa with a reclaimed wood base (from Santa Fe, New Mexico) and custom canvas duck cushions sewn by an Austin seamster.
another guest suite has a sliding barn door separating the bath. the indigo thr 24
Above: Another guest suite has a sliding barn door separating the bath. The indigo throw on the bed is the Roost Washed Linen Throw Blanket.
like the custom sofa, the suite kitchens are built from santa fe reclaimed wood. 25
Above: Like the custom sofa, the suite kitchens are built from Santa Fe reclaimed wood.
a cool color palette in shades of brown and blue. the wood door is painted in b 26
Above: A cool color palette in shades of brown and blue. The wood door is painted in Benjamin Moore Deep Creek.
cottage \15 stands in the former alamo replica (a three quarter sized exact rep 27
Above: Cottage 15 stands in the former Alamo replica (a three-quarter-sized exact replica). The dining table and chairs were custom built by Brian Chilton. Ann and her husband, Ben Edgerton, also own Contigo and Chicon, two Austin, Texas, restaurants, with interiors outfitted with the same table and chairs.
the connecting front porch between the buildings is made of knotty pine and des 28
Above: The connecting front porch between the buildings is made of knotty pine and designed with GE Keyless Lampholders, sconces from Barn Light Electric, and Laci Teak Rocking Chairs.
a view of the freestanding guest suites. 29
Above: A view of the freestanding guest suites.

Contigo Ranch is located at 13454 Lower Crabapple Rd in Fredericksburg, Texas.

See Ann’s own porch in our post Steal This Look: A Bohemian Screened Porch in Texas. For more in Texas, visit:

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