Ruckman Haus Bed & Breakfast

629 West French, San Antonio, Texas 78212
Innkeeper(s): Prudence & Ron Ruckman
  • Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast is a lovely B&B located in San Antonio's historic Alta Vista District

    Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast is a lovely B&B located in San Antonio's historic Alta Vista District

  • The Sun Room Suite

    The Sun Room Suite

  • The Sun Room Suite Roof Top Deck

    The Sun Room Suite Roof Top Deck

  • Luxembourg Room

    Luxembourg Room

  • The Highlands

    The Highlands

  • The French Room

    The French Room

  • The French Room

    The French Room

  • The English Room

    The English Room

 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast, located in San Antonio, Texas!

    Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast is a lovely B&B located in San Antonio's historic Alta Vista District. Your hosts, Prudence and Ron Ruckman, would love to welcome you to San Antonio, Texas, a city rich with the history of Texas and Old Mexico, and to their charming, centrally-located inn. Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast is a San Antonio Texas bed and breakfast in a home dating from the turn of the century that retains all of the arts and crafts architecture and design of that era.

     

    You'll find it an excellent example of the comfort that city dwellers brought to what was then the frontier, and from a time when prominent citizens built houses that were both homes and showplaces. But don't think you'll be roughing it. This San Antonio Texas Bed and Breakfast was always well kept, but even so, underwent an extensive renovation from 2000-2001. During that renovation, which converted it from the home of a prominent doctor into the B&B it is today, all of the modern conveniences were updated or improved or added - and this includes high-speed Internet access throughout the house.

    Come and stay with us! We can guarantee you a wonderful stay and, based on the fact that most of our guests have stayed with us multiple times, we can also guarantee that you'll be back.

    Both Prudence and Ron have paid a great deal of attention to the installation of modern room conveniences, including flat-screen televisions, DVD Players, private phones and the remote controlled individual A/C and heating systems. They have also made sure that guests will find a comfortable environment outside their rooms. Some rooms have private balconies or decks; there is a deck on the west side of the house for all guests.

    Whether you're visiting San Antonio on business or you are here to tour the city and experience the many attractions that the city has to offer, you will find Ruckman Haus an ideal central location to call home. For much, much less than a typical downtown hotel, you will find that Ruckman Haus offers you much, much more.

    Where else can you find a designer room with all the modern conveniences, an included gourmet breakfast, complimentary afternoon beverages, and two long-time San Antonio residents who are always available to help ensure that your stay is as good as it can be? The simple answer is: nowhere, but at Ruckman Haus Bed and Breakfast.


    Guests at Ruckman Haus may of course avail themselves of the full use of the public areas of the house (although the ambience and comfort of their individual rooms and suites may make leaving them difficult). The main living room at Ruckman Haus has been decorated and furnished to provide a quiet, comfortable environment for guests to read, watch television, sit by the fire or converse. At one end of the living room is the library; it has an extensive collection of books of every description for our guests to borrow.

     

     


    The Living Room is light and airy, with a large bay window that looks out to the front of the house. The sofa there is an excellent place for our guests to curl up with a good book, have coffee or tea before breakfast or read the morning paper afterwards. The television is at the east end of the room as are the antique French doors that lead out to the East Patio and Garden.

     

     

    The East Patio is just outside the French doors off the living room. It is a covered patio, but it looks out across the formal garden, and so it is a great place to sit outside should the weather preclude sitting down by the waterfall in the garden itself. The East Patio is a great place to have coffee or tea in mornings, and in the afternoon and early evening guests can usually be found here having a glass of wine or a snack. It's also an excellent place for groups of guests to gather for conversation or perhaps a friendly game of backgammon.

     

    The day begins with breakfast in the large dining room furnished in a Texas Hill Country style. Ron Ruckman, your host and chef, is pleased to offer a varied menu with his signature dishes. You can be assured that no matter which dish is being prepared that day, all will be delicious, more than ample and served with style.

    Your host will be happy to modify any of his specialties or create new dishes for our guests who may have particular dietary requests or restrictions. With just a little advance notice, Ron can provide you with a delicious breakfast that fits within your diet or suits your particular tastes. Breakfasts at Ruckman Haus are an event. With excellent cuisine - original dishes and delicious accompaniments - and the conversation of other guests, you can be sure that your breakfast will be a wonderful way to start the day. (Guests may also take breakfast on the covered patio or beside the magnificent waterfall in the corner of the East Garden.)

    At the end of a day of business or sightseeing, you'll return to Ruckman Haus to relax and recharge before embarking on whatever evening activities you may have planned. To help you do so, we are pleased to offer a wide selection of cold drinks and a glass of whatever wine happens to be open (there's usually at least one). You can find many refreshing drinks in your in-room refrigerator, but there are additional varieties in the kitchen, and you are invited to help yourself.

    Take your selection into the garden, and sit by the waterfall and let its sound soothe you. Or, if you wish, go to the other side of the house and relax on the West Deck. Wherever you go, just relax and unwind, and remember that it is for experiences like this, which you simply cannot get at a hotel, that you chose Ruckman Haus in the first place.

    One of the major additions to the house that was a part of the original renovation was the West Deck. The deck can be accessed either from the front porch or from the back door/parking apron. It runs the depth of the house, and it is fully covered and equipped with ceiling fans for your comfort.

    It has a rustic design, and there is ample seating for you on the West Deck. Here you'll find many of Prudence's collection of plants and flowers in pots and planters all around you; they help provide a lovely environment for a relaxing morning or afternoon. From this deck, you can survey the neighborhood around Ruckman Haus, and watch the occasional pet walker or someone walking over to San Pedro Park. Enjoy a beverage and relax on the West Deck.

    There are five rooms and suites here at Ruckman Haus. Each has its own distinctive character, and you are sure to find one that suits your style and needs.

    Room Amenities:

    • Queen-size Bed in the English, the French, the Luxembourg, and the Highlands
    • King-size Bed in the Sun Room
    • Sleep wonderfully on luxurious, high-thread-count linens.
    • Plush Cotton Robes
    • Individual A/C & Heat
    • Use the remote control to adjust your individual A/C and heat to your own comfort level
    • In Room Refrigerator with Bottle Water
    • Cable TV w/DVD Player
    • Entertain yourself using your flat-screen television with remote and cable TV, or watch one of the many available movies on your in-room DVD player
    • WI-FI
    • Use your laptop to access the Internet using our house-wide WI-FI network from your room or from the various decks, gardens and public rooms
    • Private Bath
    • Refresh yourself in your beautifully-appointed private bath
    • Each bath is stocked with our signature toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames of London
    • The English Room and Sun Room have multiple showerheads and body jets
    • The Highlands Loft has a claw-foot tub and hand shower
    • Flavia Refreshment Machine that makes coffee, tea and hot chocolate by the cup

     

  • Area Information

    Ruckman Haus is located about 2 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, Texas - home of the historic San Antonio Riverwalk. There is easy access to Ruckman Haus from all the major San Antonio expressways and from just about anywhere in the San Antonio area. Getting downtown is a short drive or cab ride; you can be at The Riverwalk in about 5 minutes. The Hemisfair Park, the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and the Alamodome are about 10 minutes away. As far as the local area is concerned, we are one block north of San Pedro Springs Park and one block west of San Pedro Avenue, one of the main north-south streets through San Antonio. So finding us or giving others directions to find us is very easy.

    We are in the historic Alta Vista area of San Antonio, a section of the city that features many classic homes, some of the city's best B&Bs, many local restaurants (some within walking distance) and, less than a mile either way on San Pedro, a variety of shops and stores. You won't know any of the commercial sites are nearby, though, when you are staying in our home; all you will see are the surrounding homes and San Pedro Park just a block away. San Pedro Park is the second oldest park in the United States. Here you will find San Pedro Springs and pool, an extremely popular place spring through fall, the San Pedro Playhouse, which is as beautiful an environment as one can have for enjoying the theater, the San Pedro Tennis Center, picnic areas, ball fields and miles of walks. So, you'll find that Ruckman Haus is an ideal, centrally-located base for you when you are here on business or when you are traveling for pleasure. You will be just minutes from all the best that San Antonio has to offer.

    San Pedro Springs and Park

    We and our neighborhood are very fortunate to be just a short block from San Pedro Park which is the second oldest park of any kind in the United States. (See if you can find out what the oldest one is; Ron and Prudence will be happy to tell you or confirm your answer when you arrive!).

    In the park you can find the famous San Pedro Springs, which actually feed the huge wading pool that is open to the public. There are a number of water features associated with the springs as well. The park also contains picnic areas, playing fields, tennis courts and many paths along which guests can stroll. The entire park was completely renovated eight years ago, and you will find it a wonderful place to spend some time.

    If you would like to know more about the park, here are three sites that will interest you:

    The History of San Pedro Park
    The Edwards Aquifer and San Pedro Springs

    The Monte Vista Historic District

    Monte Vista is arguably the most prominent of the neighborhoods that blossomed during San Antonio's "Gilded Age." This was the period between 1890 and 1930 when the city began to establish itself as more than just an outpost for cattle drives. In fact, Monte Vista was where many of the rich people in the cattle and oil industries decided to make their home during this time.

    Instead of the usual Spanish-influenced architecture that was prominent at the time, San Antonio architects such as Alfred Giles and J. Reily Gordon went outside of the box and varied the houses. The result is an attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood bungalow, Georgian, Moorish, Arts and Crafts (of which Ruckman Haus is an example) and Victorian era architecture that gives Monte Vista its unique feel.

    Ruckman Haus is located just one short block outside the official Monte Vista boundary. So if you love old architecture, a walk along our own block and into Monte Vista would be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

    Things to Do

    At one side of San Pedro Springs Park, right on San Pedro Avenue, is a branch of the San Antonio Public Library, so if you don't find something interesting to read in our own living room, you can undoubtedly find it here.

    San Pedro Springs Park is also home to the San Pedro Playhouse, which offers theatrical productions year-round. The Playhouse is only one block from Ruckman Haus. Your hosts will be happy to tell you what is playing during your stay and even get tickets for you. Be sure to inquire when you make your reservation, as the playhouse is quite popular and many of the productions sell out quickly.

    A recent addition to the list of places to visit near Ruckman Haus is the redeveloped Pearl Brewery complex. You will definitely want to explore this new San Antonio hotspot. The cathedral-like brewery is at the heart of the complex, which includes restaurants, shops, studios, and even an amphitheater on the river that frequently features free concerts. And the complex is a great starting point for your stroll southward along the San Antonio RiverWalk. No longer just a downtown attraction, the beautifully-landscaped RiverWalk has been extended northward to The Pearl (and is slated to go further north still. You will find the walk between The Pearl and downtown one of the most beautiful, interesting and relaxing walks you have ever taken. Park free at The Pearl and enjoy one of San Antonio's "crown jewels."

    Places to Eat

    Your hosts have sampled many of the local restaurants since they've lived in San Antonio, and can make many recommendations- depending on your cuisine of choice, of course.

    San Antonio boasts a number of elegant restaurants, suitable for that perfect night on the town, or for entertaining while you are staying with us. Among the most elegant is Bistro Vatel.

    You'd expect that San Antonio would have many Spanish and Mexican restaurants, and a short drive from Ruckman Haus will put you in the middle of one of the largest concentrations of them. A couple of them are even just five or six blocks away. Your hosts are particularly fond of La Fonda, Rosario's and Los Barrios.

    You might not think that San Antonio would be a "burger" town, but if you are looking for some of the best burgers (and fixin's) in the world, your hosts will steer (no pun intended) you to Chris Madrid's, which is quite close to Ruckman Haus. For Italian food, there is a great place, also quite close- Capparelli's.

    Your hosts have always been particularly fond of the Candlelight Coffee House, about a mile from Ruckman Haus. The Candlelight serves a very eclectic menu of items created by the owners. (Ever thought of Chicken Lasagna?) Each dish is a real treat. But one of the main attractions of the Candlelight is their huge selection of gourmet coffees and teas (here's the place for a half-caf latte with extra foam), their wide selection of wines and their incredible desserts. The Candlelight is also open very late, so it's ideal for a stop after the Playhouse or the movies.

    For our British guests (and everyone else, for that matter, the Lion and Rose British Pub offers a great place for a casual meal or the best in San Antonio night life!. And if you like coffee, but want a welcome change from you-know-what-national-chain, try our own local version of "Central Perk" (from "Friends")- Olmos Perk- a great neighborhood coffee bar.

    San Antonio Attractions

    We are pleased to provide you information about some of the many attractions our city has to offer, and a list of our favorites is below; click on any of the items to learn more about it. You will also find links to web sites for these attractions. You can return to this page simply by closing the new window when you have finished.

    (Other web sites are always changing, so if you find any links that no longer work please let us know.)

    You might want to start with San Antonio's "crown jewel," the
    River Walk (Paseo del Rio). We welcome you to San Antonio, and hope that you will find so much to do that you will come back to stay with us again and again!

    The San Antonio River Walk

    Of course, the Paseo del Rio, in the heart of downtown, is the pride of the city. Lush green foliage lines the banks of this peaceful jade-green, historic river. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of Incarnate Word College and flows to downtown, threading its way through the city one level below the hustle and bustle of city streets. It was first called Yanaguana by the Payaya Indians, meaning "place of refreshing waters." Along the horseshoe shaped river bend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. River cruisers travel the River Walks three miles past unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

    The Alamo

    On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas. Here, 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. The Long Barracks Museum and Library is near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds.

    300 Alamo Plaza (78205) Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed December 24 and 25. Restricted hours March 6. Special events for groups include before and after hours tours—rates are $10 per person after 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. $15 per person 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 210/225-1391

    The IMAX Theatre at Rivercenter

    "Alamo - The Price of Freedom," is a 45-minute docudrama about the 13-day siege and fall of the Alamo and the 189 defenders who fought and died. The IMAX screen is six stories tall, ten times larger than a conventional movie screen. The huge screen and magnetic stereo sound system put viewers in the center of the action. Other IMAX features are also shown, and there are also special IMAX 3-D movies shown.

    849 E. Commerce, Rivercenter Mall, Street Level, Crocket Street Entrance (78205) Admission: adults $7.50; children (3-11) $4.75; senior (65+) $6.75; groups (15 or more) adults $6.20; children (3-11) $4.25. 210/247-4629 or 800/354-4629. Fax: 210/227-5432

    The King William Historic District

    The King William Historic District is a 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800s, the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood. The area includes many historic homes and buildings, including:

    Guenther House (www.guentherhouse.com)
    Located on a bend of the river at the foot of King William. Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, built this elegant home in 1860. The restored house offers a museum where mill memorabilia is displayed. Of interest to collectors are the Dresden china anniversary plates made in Germany until WWII.

    205 E. Guenther. Museum and River Mill store hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday. Restaurant hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday. Admission: Free. 210/227-1061 or 800/235-8186  Fax: 210/351-6372

    Steves Homestead Museum ( www.saconservation.org)
    This Victorian French Second Empire design three-story home was built for Edward Steves in 1876 and furnished in a late 19th-century style. The River House, a one-story brick structure, housed the first natatorium or inside swimming pool in San Antonio. The Carriage House was built in 1875. This two-story frame and stone building was used for storage. The servants quarters were built around 1877. The Steves Homestead has been maintained since 1954 as a historic house museum.

    Open daily. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Admission: $3 per person; children under 12 free. 210/227-9160  Fax: 210/224-6168

    San Antonio Botanical Garden and Lucile Halsell Conservatory

    This 33-acre garden represents, in miniature, the diverse Texas landscape—from Hill Country wild flowers to the formal rose gardens of East Texas. A biblical and children’s garden and a fragrance garden are featured. Enter through the Carriage House to visit the gift shop and have lunch in the tea room (kitchen closed on Monday). The Conservatory, a $6.5 million complex with 90,000 sq. ft. of climatically controlled structures includes an exhibition hall, tropical house, desert house, palm house, fern room and an orangery. Visitors enter at ground level and follow a tunnel 16 ft. below the surface where architecture separates different environments within a series of tent-like pavilions surrounding a large inner courtyard and pond

    555 Funston Pl. (78209) Closed Christmas and New Year’s. Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily March – October. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Nov-Feb. Admission (includes the conservatory): adults $4; seniors $ 2; children (3-13) $1; children under 3 free. Tour rates available. 210/207-3255  Fax: 210/207-3274

    San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium

    Ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation, the San Antonio Zoo exhibits over 3,500 animals of 751 species. At the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. It includes one of the largest bird collections in the world and is the only American zoo to exhibit the endangered whooping crane, part of an exhibit devoted to the species. The Conservation Research Center exhibits the unique naked mole rat. Seasonal shows and educational programs are held throughout the year. The zoo also offers boat rides.

    3903 N. St. Mary’s (78212) (Brackenridge Park) Open daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission: adults $7; seniors (62+) and children (3-11) $5; children 2 and under free. Group rates available. 210/734-7183  Fax: 210/734-7291

    The San Antonio Museum of Art

    The San Antonio Museum of Art educates by collecting, presenting, and preserving the significant artistic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present. Celebrating its Silver Anniversary in 2006, the museum campus has grown to 15 acres, and there are exceptionally important permanent collections of Western Antiquities, Asian Art, Latin American Art, and contemporary American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts---each curated by specialists with strong international reputations. The secondary collections include excellent representations of Oceanic Art, Islamic Art, Irish Silver, Wedgewood Ceramics, European paintings, Photography, and more.

    200 West Jones Avenue (78215)
    210.978.8100
    Adults - $8 (Free on Tuesdays, 4-9

  • How To Find Us

    Ruckman Haus is very easy to find. It is located on the NE corner of W. French and Breeden, one block north of San Pedro Park and Playhouse, and one block west of San Pedro Avenue. There are six common ways of arriving in the San Antonio area by car. Additionally, you may be flying into the area or you may already be in San Antonio, and require directions for yourself or a taxi driver.

    Coming From the North on Interstate 35:

    • In San Antonio, take exit 157A "SAN PEDRO/MAIN/LEXINGTON"
    • Merge onto E ELMIRA. Proceed three lights.
    • Turn RIGHT onto SAN PEDRO AVE and go about 1 mile
    • (You will pass San Pedro Park and Playhouse)
    • One block beyond the park, turn LEFT onto W FRENCH
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!

    Coming From the East on Interstate 10:

    • Proceed 10 West to State Highway 281 North.
    • After you cross over all the exits for I-35 (which you will not take) you will take the exit that says: St. Mary's/Stadium Drive.
    • At the light you will turn left onto St. Mary's St.
    • Proceed about a half mile.
    • Turn Right onto Ashby.
    • Proceed about 3/4 of a mile to San Pedro.
    • Now you're going to do a "dog leg" here.
    • Turn right onto San Pedro; then make an immediate left onto French Street.
    • Go down four houses, on the right. There we are at the first corner 629 W French in a large green stucco home.

    Coming From the South on Interstate 37:

    • Proceed 10 West to State Highway 281 North.
    • Cross over (but do not take) all the exits for I-35.
    • Take the "ST. MARY'S/STADIUM DRIVE exit
    • At the light, turn LEFT onto ST. MARY'S ST.
    • Go one-half mile and turn RIGHT onto ASHBY.
    • Go 3/4 of a mile to SAN PEDRO.
    • Turn RIGHT onto SAN PEDRO and make your
    • NEXT LEFT onto FRENCH STREET.
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!

    Coming From the South on Interstate 35:

    • In San Antonio, take exit 157A "SAN PEDRO/MAIN/LEXINGTON"
    • Merge onto W QUINCY ST
    • Turn LEFT onto SAN PEDRO AVE and go about 1 mile
    • Turn LEFT onto W FRENCH
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!

    Coming From the West on US Highway 90:

    • In San Antonio, take exit 572 "I-10 W/I-35 N/I-35 S/US-87" towards EL PASO/AUSTIN/LAREDO
    • Turn RIGHT onto SAN PEDRO AVE and go about 1 mile
    • Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp
    • Merge onto I-35 N
    • Take exit 157A "SAN PEDRO/MAIN/LEXINGTON"
    • Merge onto W QUINCY ST
    • Turn LEFT onto SAN PEDRO AVE and go about 1 mile
    • Turn LEFT onto W FRENCH
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!

    Coming From the West on Interstate 10:

    • In San Antonio, take EXIT 567 "FREDERICKSBURG/WOODLAWN"
    • Turn LEFT at the light onto FREDERICKSBURG
    • Almost immediately, turn MODERATE LEFT onto WOODLAWN
    • Go 1.5 miles to SAN PEDRO (Major thoroughfare with light)
    • Turn RIGHT onto SAN PEDRO
    • Go three blocks and turn RIGHT onto W FRENCH
    • If you miss W FRENCH and come to the light at ASHBY, see below
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!
    • If you miss the turn to W FRENCH and arrive at the light at ASHBY:
    • Turn RIGHT onto ASHBY
    • Take your next RIGHT onto BREEDEN
    • Go one block and cross W FRENCH
    • We are the house on the corner to your right. Welcome!

    Coming From the San Antonio International Airport:

    • Ask your rental car firm for directions to US 281 SOUTH
    • Follow those directions and get on US 281 SOUTH
    • Take the exit marked "MULBERRY"
    • Turn RIGHT onto MULBERRY
    • Go about 2 miles to SAN PEDRO AVE. Turn LEFT onto SAN PEDRO AVE
    • Go about 1 mile on SAN PEDRO AVE to W FRENCH
    • Turn RIGHT onto W FRENCH
    • We are the last house on the block to your right. Welcome!