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Nature's Spa at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm

The Spa at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm is truly unique. It is set in a “Farm” environment, two blocks from a country road but only four blocks from the bustling Main street of Fredericksburg.

Relaxation and decompression are inherent and from the moment you enter one of the recreated Sunday House Cottages you will understand why. A comfortable king bed awaits the weary traveler. A pebble floored shower, reading lights, whispering fans, comfortable chairs, stylish coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, vessel sink, soft towels, beautiful appointments, but most importantly, rockers on the front porch contribute to your relaxation. (You can keep in touch with world events, if you must, with the HD flat wall mount screen TV and free Wifi internet connections.)

Where else can you experience some of the finest massage, exfoliations, wraps, facials, plus foot and hand care in a new five thousand square foot, beautifully designed structure in a farm-like environment? The significant limestone rock silo is constructed by local craftsmen using local stone. The high wooden ceilings, the beautiful green curved entry walls, the rice paper glass sliding doors, the custom art glass sconces – all provide an air of comfort and relaxation.

Soft mood music is continuous throughout the Spa and supple leather reclining lounge chairs in the candle-lit relaxation area provide after-treatment comfort. The cozy patio, with its teak loungers, offers a quiet location for sunning. Both locker rooms feature white tile floors and walls with green glass accents and the newest Far-Infrared technology Saunas.

The generously sized eight treatment rooms feature natural beech wood cabinets, ocean green granite cabinets, art glass lighting, wooden louvers, and wide comfortable treatment tables. No claustrophobia here. The grand entrance door to the Spa has electric activation, insuring the privacy of all Spa guests.

Crushed granite walkways surround the spa, enabling the guest to stroll by the fourteen Sunday House Cottages. Continuing paths lead to the Rock House Bistro Restaurant, the gardens, the Poet’s House gift shop and the Canning Shed where Herb products sold at the Farm are formulated.

Inside dining and outside dining are both available at the Restaurant. The experience is truly exceptional as the restaurant is setting standards found only in a few of the larger cities. Inside dining within the Bistro includes three main areas: The Oak Room, The Garden Room, and the Rock House. Outside dining is on the deck overlooking the gardens and waterfall stream.

The Bistro Bar, complete with a contemporary fireplace provides a place to sample local and domestic wines prior to or after your reserved seating. Warm fresh breads, herbal butter, and tasty small plates can be ordered. Dessert drinks, including a famous Chocolate Martini, are popular.

Fredericksburg is a great place to go to get away from it all, and Fredericksburg Herb Farm takes you to new levels of relaxation and offers locally grown, locally made products that allow you to take the spa home with you. There is no other place in the Hill Country that is so close to a bustling square while being a secluded oasis where you can forget about the day-to-day and focus on you. Come to the Fredericksburg Herb Farm to experience for yourself the amazing amenities and melt your troubles away.

About Estenson, Fredericksburg Herb Farm Owner

Richard Estenson was born and raised on a small farm in northern Minnesota. After obtaining an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of North Dakota, Richard moved to Texas to assume the position of engineering supervisor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Even though Houston was now his home base, Richard accepted a position at the Department of Defense project in Puerto Rico at the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, the world’s largest radio radar telescope. Two years later he again accepted a position at NASA Houston, this time with Lockheed Electronics.

In the following years, Richard joined the Advanced Systems Group of Xerox Corporation where he was responsible for sales and installation of the first Ethernet servers and advanced graphic workstation systems available to NASA.

After meeting his wife Rosemary, who also worked for Xerox, Richard and Rosemary moved to Stockholm where Richard was Xerox Data Systems Manager for Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, installing computer systems for monitoring and control of hydroelectric and nuclear power generation. The headquarters for the European operations was in London, so Richard and Rosemary enjoyed time there as well as traveling to other neighboring countries.

Upon returning to Houston, Rosemary opened a designer jewelry store in the Galleria called the “Boardwalk Gallery.” This store later expanded into Town and Country and then into another in Louisiana. Her creativity also led to opening “Heart to Heart,” a gift boutique, also in the Galleria. While Rosemary was doing all of these creative endeavors, Richard decided to enter into the world of real estate development, a departure from his corporate past.

His first real estate development was his most exciting as it consisted of over five hundred thousand square feet of high-technology space leased to Rockwell International to provide support for NASA’s Space Shuttle and Space Station Operations. Subsequent office developments were also adjacent to NASA overlooking the Marinas of Clear Lake and leased to other NASA support contractors.

Children then became paramount in the lives of Richard and Rosemary. Their first child, Courtney, was born and then, in eighteen months, along came Hailey. Both girls became active in music, tennis, soccer, and gymnastics. They grew and became of school age.

Since Richard grew up on the farm near small towns and since Rosemary grew up in Victoria and Port Lavaca, Texas, it only seemed right that their children could benefit from being raised in a small town in Texas.

So, the search began. The happy search ending was Fredericksburg, Texas.

The girls entered St. Mary’s in Fredericksburg in the first and second grade. Mom and Dad had rented a house near the school and were building a home on the Pedernales River on a small ranch outside of town. While this construction was occurring, Rosemary’s energy drove her to open “The Red Stallion”, a southwest jewelry store on Main Street. Richard, on the other hand, was eyeing a Main Street location for restoration.

The beginning of Fredericksburg development activities began with the construction of a new building for the City Auto Parts family owned business. This construction allowed for the sale of its previous location on Main Street, Fredericksburg. The restoration of this historic main street location is now home to the Fredericksburg Brewing Company (www.yourbrewery.com) which is the oldest operating brew pub in the state of Texas with seventeen years of continuous family operation. The restored building also houses twelve “Bed & Brews” guest rooms for overnight stays.

Being a pilot, Richard’s next project was the development of the Hangar Hotel (www.hangarhotel.com) at the airport in Fredericksburg. A fifty room, boutique hotel, styled in the shape of an aircraft hangar, along with a large conference facility and the Pacific Showroom were developed depicting the romantic WWII, 1940’s era. Texas Monthly proclaimed it as one of the top ten boutique hotels in the state. Richard then constructed, adjacent to the Hotel, the famous “Airport Diner,” home of the “Bomber Burger” and classic malts and shakes.

The current project of Richard and Rosemary that is nearing completion is the “The Fredericksburg Herb Farm.” The project consists of fourteen new “Sunday House Cottages”, a new five thousand foot “Nature’s Spa”, the fine dining “Rock House Bistro” restaurant with a full service Bistro Bar in a restored 1884 building, extensive herb and floral gardens, water features, and the “Poet’s House” for sales of gift items and herb formulations produced at the Farm. The restaurant features direct-from-the-garden and locally grown specialties, homemade breads and farmer’s market items.

The Estensons have now been in Fredericksburg for over twenty years. Their girls have recently graduated from A&M and are unmarried, living in Houston for now. Mom and Dad think that since they were well-grounded in the beautiful town of Fredericksburg, and since they worked many hours at the Brewery and Diner, they will return to raise their children here also.

Richard and Rosemary believe that the key to any successful development is to make it truly unique, but of the highest quality, and then – making sure that service is second to none. Hospitality should exhibit kindness in welcoming strangers or guests in all operations.

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The Texas Hill Country, sun splashed hills rolling into the distance, is home to historic towns bursting with character, personalities, and great things to do.
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