Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Country Inns: Pioneer Homestead

Pioneer Homestead, one of four guesthouses at Settlers Crossing, sits on 35 wooded acres of Texas Hill Country just east of Fredericksburg.

One of four historic guesthouses on Judy and David Bland's 35-acre Hill Country property, Pioneer Homestead was constructed in the mid-1860's by Texas pioneers. After transporting three other period homes to the bucolic site, the Blands created Settlers Crossing, a complex of guesthouses they have furnished with American country antiques.

At Pioneer Homestead, guests relaxing on the 40-foot-wide front porch enjoy views of oaks and rolling pastures as well as occasional visits from the property's resident sheep, native white-tailed deer, and a donkey named Buster.

A Warm Bed

White linens, a fluffy duvet, and a graphic Pendleton blanket from the 1940's dress an early-nineteenth-century brass bed as a bright fire blazes nearby. The pristine linens provide a compelling contrast to the rough log-and-stone walls. A c. 1850 American plantation desk stands beside the room's original fireplace, one of two in Pioneer Homestead.

A Bright Room

For period ambience, owners Judy and David Bland furnished the log-and-stone keeping room with such Early American pieces as a pine tavern table and a country bench that serves as a couch.

When they discovered the signed nineteenth-century oil painting that hangs behind an 1840's New England wing chair, neither the Blands nor the antiques dealer who sold it to them realized its roots in the Hudson River School.

Period Detail

Inside Pioneer Homestead, a bedroom ceiling shows off its still-vibrant 1865 stenciled border. In the nineteenth century, stencils provided an inexpensive and easy way for homeowners to decorate their rooms. Like the flowery vines show here, stencils often depicted leaves, plants, or animals in realistic or abstract patterns.

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