Zink Haus Villa: Merlot

Downtown New Braunfels

House | Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | 1800 sqft

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Property Description

Merlot Villa is stylish and welcoming, offering 3 queen-sized bedrooms along with private bathrooms. The cozy living room includes a large television, comfortable seating and leads to the polished kitchen. Stocked with the basics, the eat-in kitchen is a perfect place to show off your culinary skills with your party or just enjoy a cup of coffee.  With two outside verandas furnished with rocking chairs, this villa provides indoor and outdoor relaxation.

The Zink Haus property is a historic part of downtown New Braunfels! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to read about its unique history and where each villa’s name originated!

The villas are available to be rented separately and all together. To learn more about the property and inquire about renting the entire Zink Haus property click here.
All of the Zink Haus Villas are supplied with bed linens, basic cookware, laundry detergent, dish detergent, toilet paper, enough coffee pods to get you started and paper towels.

Pet Policy: Zink Haus Villas welcomes pets upon approval from management. The property requires a $50 pet fee per animal and some additional fees and/or cleaning fees may apply and fines may be assessed for undeclared pets.  Please contact us directly to coordinate arrangements for your pet’s stay.

Golf Carts and Tubes Available To Rent Upon Request

*For stays of one week or longer, additional cleaning/maid service may be required and/or requested.

Check-In: 4 PM
Check-Out: 11 AM



The Zink Haus Villas’ History

Francois Guilbeau, Jr (1813-1879) was the original property owner.
A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Guilbeau was also a frontier hero before he became an international hero.  According to one account, the legendary marksman was “barred from the important shooting matches in San Antonio [because he could] cut a playing card in half with a dueling pistol while the card was held edgeways between the fingers of an assistant.” In his report from San Antonio entitled Du Texas (“from Texas”), published in 1857, Victor P. Considerant said that around 1850 his friend Guilbeau had planted two banana roots in San Antonio. His gardener covered them with a foot of dirt in the winter, permitting them to yield abundantly; from them, thousands grew.  A horticulturist of epic reputation,  but Guilbeau’s collaborated with Jules Poinsard (1814-1885), the agricultural commissioner from France to Texas, who was also the architect and builder of the Guilbeau home; nurseryman Matthew N. Knox; and viticulturist Thomas Volney Munson to save the wine industry in France and the rest of Europe from phylloxera. Knowing the Texas mustang grape to be resistant to this disease, Guilbeau contracted with Knox to harvest vine cuttings, which were bundled and boxed in his warehouse, carted to Galveston by ox train, and shipped to Europe to be grafted onto ailing vines. Between 1876 and 1878, Guilbeau shipped several hundred tons of mustang grapevine cuttings, enabling the European vine industry to survive. The results of his enterprise are perpetuated in the rootstocks of European wines.  The Zink Haus villas were named after wine varietals as a tribute to Guilbeau’s contribution to the international wine industry.