Luxury holidays in Round Top

Vintage-seeking magpies, set a course for Round Top, where, come spring and autumn, this rural Texan outpost holds its famous Antiques Fair – a week-long rummage through troves of potential treasure. Otherwise, the town is a peaceful remnant of the Wild West, with porch-fronted wooden houses and lonesome plains. But, there’s bohemian lifeblood pumping through, with noted arts programmes (Shakespeare at Winedale and the International Festival for young musicians) and residents such as Sheila Youngblood – owner of the curio-filled Rancho Pillow hotel – who welcomes artists of all genres for residencies.

When to go

Round Top’s spring antiques fair is held in April, the autumn show in September – both dates that avoid the rising temperatures of Texas’ scorching-hot summers.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Austin-Bergstrom airport, which lies 65 miles west of Round Top, around an hour’s journey. Houston’s airport is 115 miles in the other direction (you can drive it in about two hours). Both airports have flights from dozens of US cities; from London, you can fly direct to Austin.
  • Automobiles

    A car is an absolute must for sightseeing in Round Top. You’ll cover a lot of ground while exploring this rural spot, and the town is an excellent road-tripping stop. Hire some wheels in Austin or Houston and hit the open road.