Thelma’s King Loft

Recently renovated from top-to-bottom this luxurious King room has been upgraded to a remodeled bathroom with a double marble walk-in rain shower, large seating area in front of one of the two huge flat-screen HDTV’s, and it’s own private outdoor firepit!  It is an elegant setting in the modern Thelma’s complex just a few minutes walk from the main Inn. Located on the second floor, it is an over-sized room with a high vaulted ceiling and lots of light during the day!  Other room amenities include two satellite HDTVs, a DVD player, free wireless Internet access, and of course an unlimited supply of Texas beverages including locally bottled rain water, Dublin soda’s, and Topo Chico sparkling water.

Namesake Story

Thelma Reeves Albaugh was the aunt of the original owners of the Inn. She lived from 1910-2000, in a time when few women attended college and certainly fewer became managers in government agencies. Even though her father saw no need for her higher education, she was not to be denied any opportunity to learn. Thelma educated herself on the job and became the first woman hired in a management position by the Social Security Administration here in Texas.

Her intelligence, quick wit, and independent spirit served her well in her successful career at the Social Security Administration. Her second husband, Ellis Albaugh, was an architect from San Antonio and their tastes were quite contemporary. She admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and O’Neill Ford, and she and Ellis had even furnished their home with Eames chairs, which her sisters considered “ugly.” Her colorful Fiesta dishware and her love of cooking unusual foods using fresh ingredients were two more striking differences from the more traditional “Betty Crocker” approach of her sisters. Yet another mark of Thelma’s being a modern woman was that she managed the household finances. Her investment portfolio included conservative stocks and bonds.

In her will, Thelma left her estate to Janie Orr and she used that inheritance to build Thelma’s complex, which was built in a modern style that they knew she would love. She also had a great love of nature, and, in particular, wildflowers, so the cottage was located at the edge of the woods to provide guests with the most intimate experience including the trees, flowers, and various animals, birds, and butterflies that all live at the Inn. If you enjoy the beauty and simplicity of nature, we hope that you will love the cottage built in Aunt Thelma’s honor.

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