The Lucky Penny Ranch Story — Just Down the Road from Round Top
Growing up in Texas, Jim Howse liked the cowboy way of life. In 2003, Howse’s dream of having his own ranch became a reality, when he purchased 140 acres in historic Fayette County. On the day he acquired the property, he found a penny on the ground. That day, the Lucky Penny Ranch, just down the road from Round Top, was born.
Today, Lucky Penny Ranch is a family-owned and -operated bed and breakfast nestled amidst the rolling pastures and majestic live oaks in rural central Texas. Located just off Highway 159 in Rutersville, (half way between Round Top and La Grange), Lucky Penny Ranch plays host to church or corporate retreats, weddings, receptions, family reunions or a variety of other special events occurring in the Roundtopolis™.
Vintage Spirit, Modern Comfort
Guests of Lucky Penny Ranch are offered a welcoming smile amid a relaxing peaceful retreat under 150-year-old majestic oak trees, says Chris White, manager and son of Jim and Carol.
“Our Gathering Barn, which was once a working dairy barn, offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere complete with multiple recreational opportunities for groups of 50 or more,” says Chris White, manager. “Each of our rooms features a private entrance with antique furnishings collected over the last two decades. There are also four separate outdoor gathering areas for small group activities.”
The property includes well-loved, meticulously cared for guesthouses, each divided into two unique rooms, along with a bunkhouse, which provides sleeping and full bathroom facilities for groups of up to 20. An indoor gathering space offers with a well-appointed kitchen, a lounge area with an adjacent swimming pool, hot-tub, outdoor seating areas and a children’s play area.
History Meets Irony
As luck would have it, a few years after buying the property Howse met a descendent of the previous owner. The one-time working dairy farm had been owned and operated by the Lukenmires. Ironically, Mr. Lukenmire was known around town as “Lucky” and his lovely, red-headed wife carried the nickname of “Penny.” The 100-year-old Lukenmire farmhouse has become the Howse’s private residence.
Sprawling green pastures with cattle and scenic vistas in all directions serve as the home of the Lucky Penny Ranch’s herd of Brangus cattle.
Rural Not Remote
“Many of our returning guests during the antique shows have commented that after coming to the show for many years this is the best place that they have ever stayed and they continue to return and have become friends,” White says. “Everyone who comes loves the peaceful, rural feel. We like to say that it is rural but not remote with convenient access to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, local points of interest just moments away.”