Blair House was originally the home of Frank and Nancy Austin, built in 1982 on 86 acres. It was later purchased by Jonnie Stansbury in 1991. An investment realtor from California, her dream was to own and operate a B&B and she realized this dream by refurbishing Blair House into a luxurious Hill Country bed and breakfast.
The Creation of an Elegant Hill Country Bed and Breakfast
Over a period of several years Jonnie Stansbury scouted the country for the perfect setting in which to develop an Inn. By 1990, her search had covered 18 states. Texas never came to mind until she read the National Geographic June ’90 issue featuring Austin as the cover story. She quickly sent off inquiries to Austin, San Antonio, and small towns within a fifty-mile radius of each. After sifting through a boxcar load of paper touting Texas, she decided to explore. In March of 1991, she boarded a plane bound for Austin. She found Wimberley on Easter Sunday 1991. Her search was over! She purchased the land and house from Frank Austin, moved into the house on August 1st, and entertained her first guest November 1st. Blair House was named for her first grandchild.
In the three months between August and November the main building was refurbished, the carport became garage, laundry, storage and the Austin room. Two years later the Pond Cottage was built. In 2000 Jonnie added the Laredo room. This brought the total to eight guest rooms. Jonnie, an accomplished chef, also established Blair House Inn cooking school.
After 10 years of ownership, Jonnie decided to sell their Hill Country bed and breakfast. The Schneiders purchased Blair House Inn in 2001 and continue to make improvements.