Nestled into a valley in Texas Hill Country, Rancho Sabino Grande in Utopia, Texas, west of San Antonio, is a country retreat inspired by adventurous international lifestyle.
The 4,500-acre estate is set on a bluff by a large man-made lake and a grassy plain. The compound comprises of a main house, a guest house, a series of outbuildings and a thatched-roof rondavel.
The façade of the 24,000-square-foot ranch house — reminiscent of the Alamo — features a scrolled gable with a striking decorative white stucco finish. The project is a mix of Spanish style and Texas pioneer architecture with South African Cape Dutch elements.
Michael G. Imber Architects, Peace Design and Sebastian Construction Group collaborated on the design and construction.
The eclectic interior is reflective of the owners’ love of world travels with collections of decorative pieces from around the world. The art objects and furnishings range from vintage to contemporary.
The rooms are unique with surprises. The octagonal library has millwork made from ancient cypress logs, and an oak staircase leads to a mezzanine. The service wing includes a large barrel-vaulted kitchen and a mudroom with large custom benches. A lounge/bar features a custom mural illustrating the story of the owners’ international adventures.