Ranch aims to bring people together
After being in the hospitality business for 30-plus years, South Texas resident and ranch owner Frede Edgerton decided to relocate to the Hill Country.
Edgerton now owns Contigo Ranch, a part of the Contigo brand which expands to restaurants and catering in Austin. He officially opened his Hill Country venue in July 2017.
Contigo is Spanish for “With You,” a concept that has always driven Edgerton, and he wants his guests to experience a connection to the land.
“We have always believed that if land is managed properly, it will bring people together, whether that be for a wedding, a corporate event or a party,” he said.
Contigo Ranch sits a short distance from Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on the site formerly belonging to Tin Star Ranch. It features a large event center, cottages and wide-open spaces.
The event center can hold around 300 people now and more by adding tents. A future expansion of the grounds is planned.
“What we have here is the ability to have the space accommodate an event for 50-150 people, but opening the custom glass doors makes it flow to fit 300,” Edgerton said.
The event hall also features a full-sized kitchen for cooking and preparations as well as bar space.
Edgerton provides multiple locations for picturesque wedding ceremonies to be held, including a grove, a large ridge and eventually a small lake.
In addition to the event center, Contigo Ranch houses 16 cottages that can be rented for a weekend getaway, meetings or for wedding guests.
Individual cottages rent for $155 to $290 a night, depending on the size and number of people.
The cottages range from a rustic feel to farmhouse contemporary. Most have a view of native grasses and flowers, with bird feeders along the hillside.
For weddings, they can be rented in conjunction with the event hall.
“We come from a ranching background and we are dedicated to our land, so we want our guests to experience that,” Edgerton said.
One element he strives to provide is to have the ranch used for one party at a time.
“If a group is renting it for a wedding, we want to make sure the space is theirs,” Edgerton said. “We don’t want people who aren’t here for a wedding to go to a wedding on their weekend away.”
Edgerton also stresses flexibility when renting the space.
“We want to provide options and let people do their own thing,” he said. “We are going to do what you want and be flexible enough to make that happen.”
In the future, Edgerton hopes to provide more amenities and activities for his guests such as hunting, fishing and walking trails.
“Contigo Ranch is a place where man meets nature,” Edgerton said. “A place to relax and reconnect.”