Rafter R Headquarters – 117 Fm , Batesville, TX 78829 – Zavala County
Description: This ranch is the historic headquarters of the famed Rafter R Ranch. This well-improved property is conveniently located in a highly desirable area only an hour and fifteen minutes from San Antonio. Rafter R headquarters is low fenced, surrounded by large neighbors and is a rare find in the heart of South Texas.
Improvements: The main house is approximately 6,500 sq. ft., with 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms. The house offers a large commercial kitchen, formal dining room and has been very well maintained. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath guesthouse is approximately 3,200 sq. ft. and was recently remodeled. It includes a large kitchen, dining and family room, and even a separate safe and gun-room. There is an attached bunkhouse with seven beds and 1.5 bathrooms, a game room, laundry room, summer kitchen that combines a large kitchen and eating area, a greenhouse and an office. A 2,200 sq. ft. guesthouse for hunters, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a two-car attached garage. This house has a great front porch. The Office House is an approximately 2,300 sq. ft. guest house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is employee housing in the form of a Single-Wide manufactured home, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 14 x 54 and a Double-Wide manufactured home, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 2,200 sq. ft.
There are two large barns. A new air-conditioned 30 x 50 storage building with a concrete floor, full bathroom and a long second story loft for additional storage. The older, but well-maintained equipment storage barn has a mechanic shop portion with a concrete floor. Other facilities include a fueling house, where the gas pumps are located, a pump house for the extensive water filtration system, horse stables and tack room, cattle pens, and a complete game processing facility, equipped for cleaning and storing wild game.
Habitat/Vegetation: The ranch is predominately composed of red sand soil with thick brush motts and open manicured pasture. Extensive brush work has been completed across the ranch with significant amount of brush being roller chopped in recent years. All cleared areas have been seeded with King Seeds mix of 17 native grasses. Medio Creek, a seasonal waterway traverses the ranch adding additional cover for game.
Water: A Carrizo water well near the homes is capable of pumping 300+ GPM. An additional domestic well near the headquarters feeds the properties six concrete storage tanks and system of concrete water troughs. There is one large lake in the northwest corner of the property that is over three acres in size when full. The pond catches water from seasonal Medio Creek which also dissects the ranch.
Wildlife: The focus at the Rafter R has been on development of its whitetail deer herd and quail population. The brush management plan and supplemental feeding programs have resulted in not only larger numbers of game, but exceptional deer quality. Aside from deer and quail, all other native game is found on the ranch. The property is under MLDP Level 3 permit.
Minerals: Surface only sale. There is production on the property.