Above: The restaurant patio at the Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas, about an hour northwest of Houston

Although little more than an hour’s drive northwest of Houston,The Inn at Dos Brisas, a 313-acre estate set on the outskirts of the rolling Texas Hill Country, is the embodiment of rural serenity. Having passed through an electronic gateway, we meandered along a narrow road through a landscape punctuated by stands of oak and pecan trees, glassy ponds, lush vegetable gardens and paddocks dotted with quietly grazing horses. Pulling up at the Spanish Colonial-style ranch building, we were greeted by exceptionally affable staff members before being ushered inside.

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Above: The restaurant patio at the Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas, about an hour northwest of Houston

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