Welcome to the Gruene Estate!

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Hill Country Weddings

Nestled in the heart of the hill country, Gruene Estate, is the perfect wedding venue to say “I do”, host a rehearsal dinner or celebrate that special anniversary or corporate event.

Simply by enhancing the beauty and elegance of nature, an outdoor haven has been created to offer the ideal wedding venue for memories that will last. The Gruene Estate, the original Gruene homestead, spreads over 15 acres in New Braunfels, Texas located between Austin and San Antonio. The secluded property consists of several structures including the 1857 home of Ernst and Antoinette Gruene, a charming wedding chapel with antique European stained glass windows, clusters of crystal chandeliers, and a brass bell tower, as well as open air pavilion and other historical housing.

Accompanying up to 12 overnight guests and 200 event guests, Gruene Estate offers daily and overnight rentals near Austin and San Antonio. It’s an ideally situated location for those looking for an elegant Texas country wedding.

The property décor not only focuses on nature, but also unique antiques such as charming French chandeliers and doors and oversized basket lighting that can be lowered on pulleys and dimmed to perfection. Plenty of French baskets and containers for flowers and candles are available for your wedding or event. Handmade tables and chairs made from reclaimed Iowa barn wood adorn the facilities. Our state of the art lighting and sound systems will allow you to create your perfect romantic and unforgettable ambiance. Allow the comfortable and impressive Gruene Estate to host you and yours!

The remarkable wedding venue includes a chapel and pavilion, and seats 2oo guests. Please contact us to learn about amenities, features, and availability.

*Photo by Lisa Elliott Blaschke
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Lodging

Gruene Estate, the original Gruene family homestead, is conveniently located on a 15 acre farm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. The home is 3 minutes from Gruene, 3 minutes from Schliterbahn, and 3 minutes from downtown New Braunfels.

There is a main house and a cabin, which are available for rental together. Please contact us for reservation requests, special event information, and any other questions about the estate.

The historic Gruene Main House includes: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Fine Linens & Down Pillows, Fully Furnished Kitchen, Washer & Dryer, TV & WIFI Internet, Pro BBQ Pit & Smoker, Picnic Tables, Outside Patios, Fire Pits, Hammocks, Horseshoe Pits, Bicycles, Fenced Yard, Cots & Air Mattress by Request.

 

The Cabin studio includes: King Bed, Twin Trundle Bed, 1 Bath & Shower, Furnished Efficiency Kitchen & Living Area, Fine Linens & Down Pillows, Outside Patio Deck, Games, Movies, Books, TV & WIFI Internet. Cots & Queen Size Air Mattress Available by Request.

2015 Rates
House & Cottage: $600 (Sleeps 10-12)
*13% sales tax applies.
** NO CLEANING FEE**
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Praise

wedding-wireLoved watching the deer every morning while sitting on the backyard swing and evenings having my little grandson count the lightning bugs. This will be a home that my family will return to. – Cynthia Langhorne, Houston, TX

We prefer independently owned vacation rentals over hotels. The experience is always so much better. We have stayed in well over a dozen units over the past five or six years. None has been better than the Gruene Estate. – Keith, Oklahoma

We have been vacationing in New Braunfels for 28 yrs. This rental home by far exceeds any place we have ever stayed. – Deb, Conroe, TX

The place is beautiful. A 150 year old home, perfectly upkept, decorated with antiques, and with all modernities added, sits on a large lot shaded by huge 200 year old oaks. Guadalupe River tubing and Gruene Historic District for shopping, dining, and great live music is five minutes away. – Jimbeaux, Monroe, LA

We would definitely stay here again… as a matter of fact I could move into the property and be perfectly happy there for the rest of my life! – Love2Travel, Cleburne, TX

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History

The historic Gruene Estate has endured the many years of change associated with New Braunfels since its original construction. The wooden structure, located at 532 Rock Street on a half acre of property, was first purchased by Ernst Gruene in 1856. Growing up in Hannover, Germany, Ernst heard stories about the free world, a place that was absent of high taxes and military obligations. Many of these stories included rumors of available land and the idyllic personal freedom it might provide. He married Antoinette Kloepper on August 7, 1845, and soon thereafter left on an adventurous voyage to America and a new life in Texas.

The Gruenes arrived in New Braunfels on May 15, 1846, with their final destination to be Fredericksburg. According to Roberta Mueller’s Oma, Tell Me About the Older Times, Ernst decided to stay in New Braunfels and rented a small log cabin on Comal Street where their first child Ernst Jr. was born. Their second homestead was “Rio Vista” where their second son, Heinrich Jacob Julius Gruene was born. Finally, they moved to the 10 acre tract on Gruene Estate where their only daughter Johanna was born.

Ernst Gruene’s first and most productive structure for the family’s provision was a barn, known today as the “Welsh Barn”, where they lived until Ernst built an accommodating home facing the open land. The Gruene Estate structure is where the family began their commerce endeavors. In 1872 the Gruene brothers established the Thornhill Steam Mills on the east bank of the Guadalupe River, the area today know as Gruene. The Gruene family was imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit and soon became one of the more successful families in the New Braunfels area providing cattle, milk, butter, vegetables, and later establishing a mercantile store, dance hall, post office, and more.

The Gruene Estate home was the center of business for the Gruene family, a home where many gathered under the same roof diligently contributing to the progressive building of a community. They reflected the attributes of family, community, education, diligence, hard work, and perseverance through their endeavors. Giving back to the community continues in the little Gruene house on Gruene Estate. It is currently owned by Dr. Daniel and Anna Lisa Tamez, who have retained the integrity of the farmhouse’s historical architecture and have respected it’s heritage during functional upgrades and restorations, including the purchase of 10 acres behind the home in order to restore the property to its original size. It is now open as a vacation rental so people of all ages can experience the history that created the area of New Braunfels and Gruene. By offering the grounds to the public, the Tamez family reflects the diligence to progress the community through the same attributes of the Ernst Gruene family. The yard is still filled with laughter, and most importantly, the families that come to the Gruene Estate are still being afforded the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.

 

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