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Helmly House on the Square across from the Blanco County Courthouse
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Experience the history of a Victorian mansion with over 100 years of history. Feel the power of time wash over you as you make the Helmly house your home. Also known as “The Barnwell house”, the building was built in 1913 by Dr. James Franklin Barnwell who established it as Blanco County’s first hospital. The hospital was equipped with the county’s first X-Ray machine and a Delco Plant to furnish electricity for better lighting. Come inside and enjoy tall open ceilings warm hardwood floors plus all the conveniences of modern living. This four-bedroom, three bath house has all the creature comforts of modern day life. Super comfortable beds, and a modern fully stocked kitchen fit for Chef, 2160 ft.² of comfortable living area plus a beautiful dining room and living room to relax in after a ...Experience the history of a Victorian mansion with over 100 years of history. Feel the power of time wash over you as you make the Helmly house your home. Also known as “The Barnwell house”, the building was built in 1913 by Dr. James Franklin Barnwell who established it as Blanco County’s first hospital. The hospital was equipped with the county’s first X-Ray machine and a Delco Plant to furnish electricity for better lighting. Come inside and enjoy tall open ceilings warm hardwood floors plus all the conveniences of modern living. This four-bedroom, three bath house has all the creature comforts of modern day life. Super comfortable beds, and a modern fully stocked kitchen fit for Chef, 2160 ft.² of comfortable living area plus a beautiful dining room and living room to relax in after a wonderful day of exploring the Texas Hill country sites.
The dining room features a fireplace with a gas burning fire, antique tile and a beautiful built in wooden mantle. Relax by the fire with the warm meal or a cool drink and reflect upon your day. The ceilings on the first floor are all 12 feet high. Marvel at the early 18th century craftsmanship with beadboard walls and tongue and groove ceilings. All the rooms also feature beautiful ceiling fans for your comfort.
Enjoy the living room with a view of the Blanco County Courthouse. This view is especially magical from Thanksgiving through the New Year’s holidays because the downtown area is lit with over 2 million Christmas lights. Enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and the view of the courthouse across the street as lighted horse drawn carriages and antique tractor pulled hay rides parade by in front of the home.
Enter the dream kitchen. Whether you are preparing a four-course meal or just chilling the wine that you have gathered from region, this kitchen will pamper you.
• Gas cook top with stainless steel lighted vent hood
• Stainless steel wall oven and microwave
• Stainless side by side fridge
• Small appliances: drip style coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, blender, citrus juicer, crock pot
• Pots, pans, cookware, baking ware, Tupperware, cookie sheets…
• Dishes, bowls, glasses of all types…
• Measuring cups, cutting boards…
• Silverware, cooking utensils and pretty much anything you can think of
The master bedroom is downstairs with a luxuriously comfortable king bed and a very spacious ensuite bathroom. This bathroom has a walk in shower with dual shower heads, and two separate vanities.
Walk up the beautifully refinished staircase to the story above you. The largest upstairs bedroom boasts another comfortable king bed that you will most certainly want to take home with you.
The bedroom on the front of the house has cottage like decor, a queen bed and a beautiful view of the town square and the Blanco county courthouse.
The third bedroom is equipped with a beautiful Trundle Bed. The upstairs bathroom will take you back in time with the delightfully refinished original floors with and all the comforts of home.
Helmly House is ideally situated on a 1/3 of an acre lot. Enjoy the patio furniture and choose either charcoal or gas with the dual fuel barbecue grill on the patio. Enjoy your time outside beneath beautiful, ancient live oak trees that are over hundreds of years old and provide delightful shade as you sip, savor and enjoy the view of the beautiful grounds and the Blanco county courthouse.
After your time in the house has recharged you. Visit the courthouse for a feeling of the history of this region. The shops, restaurants and bars are just steps away. Within a three block walk you can visit two wineries, one brewery, two bars, art galleries, boutiques and countless shops full of hill country treasures like art, antiques and gifts.
The Helmly House is ideally suited for hosting events. For more information about that please contact me.
We hope to see you soon at the Helmly House. You’re gonna love it! -Reed
This was a girls weekend. I anticipated that we would partake in some of the nightlife this particular weekend with there being so much in such close proximity. But this house was so cozy that we ended up staying in. We spent hours talking on...More
Date of stay: April 2019
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Voyage798301, VR Owner at Helmly House on the Square across from the Blanco County Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019
I'm so glad this was the perfect place for you and your friends. Hope you have a chance to return soon.
WOW! What an amazing home. This place gives you all the historic feels but has been beautifully updated with modern day conveniences.
Perfect location! Just a short walk to small wineries, food and more. Short drive to all the wineries of the hill country. Will...More
I highly recommend staying at Helmly House! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Reed was a gracious host and provided many suggestions of local places to visit, place to eat and wineries to visit. He went out of his way to make sure our visit...More
This house is amazing! It still has an antique feeling while being updated in all the right places. The house is gorgeous and right on the town square, you can walk to several restaurants. It is a great place to stay for a group that...More
My father and sister and I had the great pleasure of staying at Helmly house recently. To say we loved it is an understatement. Each room is beautifully appointed with many thoughtful touches.
This house is on the Historic Register while having all the modern...More
I loved this house! We stayed there for a few nights at New Years, so the town square was still beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. We had a great time walking around the square, stopping in the shops to try wine and there were...More
What a wonderful addition to Johnson City! The Helmly House is definitely the place to stay. The owner, Reed, was extremely responsive from the second we started planning our trip until we left. We were looking for a place that could accommodate our entire family....More
Wow, the neighborhood is totally AMAZING. You are really in the middle of everything here! Pecan Street Brewing will always be an amazing experience. Cristal, Don and Jackie are some of the hardest working folks in town. They consistently put out an amazing array of beer and their chef turns out some of the most amazing food you will ever eat. If you want something a little more upscale, go see Bryan Gillenwater at Bryan’s on 290. Everything that comes out of his kitchen will delight your taste buds! To get there just walk down Ave G back to Highway 290 (Main St), turn left, walk another block and you will see it at the corner of Ave F and Main St.
You are just blocks from two wineries, two bars and two dozen wonderful shops!
The 290 wine tour bus will pick you up at the house. Just call and make arranggements.