TimberRose | Ranch

TimerRose is working ranch and Bed & Breakfast offering a unique Fredericksburg experience by providing our guests private luxury guest suites filled with country charm and modern amenities just minutes from town and close to wineries. The Barnhouse is a designer decorated two bedroom, two bath suite complete with replica vintage kitchen and farmhouse table with panoramic views of the ranch. Enjoy a glass of wine outdoors in the evening, warm up with the Weber Grill outside, or feed the donkeys. You'll awake refreshed and relaxed from sleeping on luxury linens, down pillows, and premium queen bed.

The hearty breakfast is generous servings of fresh brown and blue eggs from the ranch, artisan bread, delicate pastries, gourmet coffee, and other country breakfast delights made right on the ranch by Rose. If you need a bit more relaxation, schedule a massage!

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Registered Belted Galloways

The TimberRose black and white belted cows are Belted Galloways, a breed of Scottish cattle that was introduced to the United States in the 1950s. Belted Galloways, also known as Belties, are currently listed with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as a "watched" breed, which means there are fewer than 2,500 annual registrations in the United States and a global population of less than 10,000. The unique appearance of Belted Galloway cattle inspires many questions about their origins. With black, red or dun color sandwiched about a white middle, they are familiarly known as 'Belties' among breeders of the animals.

The most visible characteristics of the Belted Galloway are its long hair coat and the broad white belt that completely encircles the body. Its coarse outer coat helps shed the rain, and its soft undercoat provides insulation and waterproofing, enabling the breed to happily overwinter outside.

Belties are generally of a quiet temperament, but still maintain a strong maternal instinct and will protect a calf against perceived threats. These cows are great parents that form a strong nurturing bond with their calves. The calves are small at birth, weighing around 50-70 pounds. We've had 5 born into the TimberRose herd this year!

The Belted Galloway Breed produce a high quality beef product on grass alone. The USDA Cycle IV Germ Plasm Evaluation Program at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) showed that Galloway crosses placed at the top of the chart for flavor, juiciness and tenderness when compared to eleven other breeds, and is often considered the ORIGINAL GOURMET BEEF.

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Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Herd

In 1929 Mr. Robert Green, of New York imported Miniature Mediterranean Donkey from Sardinia, Italy. Their height averages between 30" and 34'' also these donkeys will not thrive on their own, they are herd animals with inquisitive personalities and are gentle pets. The TimberRose Miniature Mediterranean Donkey herd consists of 9 bright and happy donkeys that will vie for your attention during your stay with us.

These donkeys are known for their loving and affectionate personalities , they form close attachments to their owners and to other donkeys, however, they demand attention! We keep donkey treats in the lower Barnhouse area so you can enjoy the antics of these inquisitive creatures.

Mr. Green is quoted as saying, "Miniature Donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger, and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man's."

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Egg Laying Hens

We raise three breeds of chickens to provide our guests with healthy farm fresh eggs every day. Our adorable Barred Rock are silly, sweet, outgoing chickens that boss our other girls around; they are great producers that lay pinkish brown eggs. The New Hampshire Reds behave well, and are friendly and easy to handle, they lay wonderful large brown eggs. Our Ameraucana are blue egg laying chickens and hold their own around the bossy Rock girls. Our hens will come to visit.

Boots the laid back barnhouse cat, shown in the photo has a vast capacity to ignore the chickens but will tease the donkeys mercilessly .