Maurice’s Guest Room

Maurice’s Guest Room shares a breeze way with Maurice’s Cottage and offers a great retreat for a Texas weekend getaway.

Separated by a breezeway from Maurice’s Cottage, the Guest Room has an open air floor plan with views of the hill country. Located a half mile from the main building, this large room houses a king sized bed, seating area with fireplace, a comfortable desk, and a cozy bathroom. The rear doors open to a relaxing covered porch with scenic views of the hill country. Other guest room amenities include a large HD satellite television, DVD player, and mini fridge stocked with a selection of complimentary Texas beverages including locally bottled water, sodas and sparkling water.

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Namesake Story

Born in Hillsboro, Texas on Nov. 11, 1913 Maurice Stephenson Orr, John’s father, died peacefully in Kyle, TX on Oct. 28, 2007. For the last 13 years of his life he lived here on the family ranch at The Inn above Onion Creek. While his health permitted, he often served coffee and visited with guests at the Inn. He had many friends among those guests. Maurice made full use of his nearly 94 years of life as a naval officer, an all-American football player, football coach, ready-mix concrete salesman, deacon, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He touched all who knew him and was as gentle in spirit as he was strong in character.

He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, on a football scholarship where he helped to lead the first team from the State of Texas to the Rose Bowl in 1936. He coached football and taught history, and while teaching at Seymour High School met and fell in love with the homemaking teacher, Mary Ruth Reeves. They married on Aug. 5, 1939. Their only child, John Mack Orr, was born in 1943 while Maurice was serving as a naval officer. Maurice worked as a sales manager in the ready-mix concrete business in Dallas for some 30 years. He was active in the Park Cities Baptist Church.

He and his wife retired to Austin to be with their son John and his family. He joined First Baptist Church Austin in 1984 where he served as a deacon and was a member and president of the Zollie Steakley Men’s Bible Class. He was a very active grandfather, getting on airplanes in his 80s to visit his granddaughters in Atlanta, San Francisco, Winston-Salem and even Venice, Italy. He attended every Hays High football game during his grandson’s senior year. Maurice loved people, and he made many wonderful friends among guests of the Inn.

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