Fall 2021 Quick Notes – Short Term Rental House in Richland Springs

We’ve been running our Coyote Country Guest House now for about 4 months. Honestly we didn’t know how this would turn out.

Our mission has been to “be a positive force for good” in Richland Springs.

Many people did not like that our house was not made available for LONG TERM RENTAL, but instead we made it only available for SHORT TERM RENTAL.

The good thing – Our little short term rental has been used by many people to the service of Richland Springs.

  • So… who has been staying at our little house?
  • Several people having family reunions
  • Stargazers – for the Perseid Meteor shower
  • Colorado Bend State Park visitors
  • Families coming into town for funerals (I don’t count this as a reunion)
  • Visiting relatives – not a reunion – but just visiting
  • Escaping hurricanes in Louisiana. Yes, we’ve helped families by providing shelter to them
  • Hunters whose families are coming with them
  • Hunters who were bringing a bunch of people
  • Several “girls weekends”
  • One group of folks who simply stay at places all over Texas
  • A group of researchers counting fish in the Colorado river

Can you make money in Richland Springs?

Truth be known… I think that is the $100 question that many people might have when considering living WAY OUT in Timbuktu!

To answer this question – I’m not going to address the idea of running mail-order businesses from Richland because those businesses do NOT matter location.

This question should be refined as “Can a foot-traffic-based business make money in Richland Springs?”

Datapoint 1: One person told us that they ran a booth every time San Saba had their trade days outside their courthouse. They then said they also ran a booth in Richland Springs for a yearly event and that the SINGLE event in Richland yielded substantially more business than the San Saba events ever did. This isn’t meant to “diss” San Saba – rather it is to show that for some odd reason you can do quite well attending Richland Springs events. I don’t have a provable theory why, I only offer this as a datapoint.

Datapoint 2: Another person ran a BBQ shop (not who you think, so please don’t speculate) on 190 and they said that the 190 thru-traffic was bankable. They did not get many local folks, but they ended each day’s till with a good bit of revenue and it was almost always based on 190 traffic.

Datapoint 3: We had a little “test run” of a restaurant in downtown Richland – not on 190 at all – and while I don’t know anything about the daily till receipts, I have it on good authority that one day one of the wait staff made $300 in tips. I think that speaks to… something. It is a datapoint.

If you are CLEVER, enterprising, *AND* match your product to Hwy 190-thru-traffic and the desires of that traffic, I believe you can get a surprising amount of traffic.

Got our first 5 Star AirBnB rating!

Just had our first guest at the Coyote Country Guest House AirBnB Listing complete their visit. We couldn’t have been thrilled more to receive a 5-Star rating.

We were on pins and needles because we are new to providing short term rentals and people are very very tough and cranky on the internet. We were so relieved.

The guest also gave us some private feedback which we were surely be implementing ASAP. For example, we didn’t even think about aluminum foil – but that is a staple for reheating things like left-overs from dining out.

5 Star rating for airbnb in San Saba, Llano, Brady, Brownwood area