Castles, Llamas and Texas


Texas is known for our longhorn steers, prairie dogs, and oil wells along with ranches, bunk houses and the wide open prairie, but little did I know about our famous ShangriLlama Castle. We have a lot of homes, particularly in Galveston, that could be considered castles, but this one is different.

On the grounds of a majestic Irish castle in Royse City, Texas, 30 miles northeast of Dallas, you’ll meet charming royalty such as King Dalai Llama, the leader, along with Prince Barack O’Llama, Duke Como T. Llama, and Earl Bahama Llama. There are a total of seven male pedigree llamas on the 10-acre private ranch and wedding venue.

This most unusual business began when Sharon and Paul Brucato’s son, Tommy, became intrigued with the wooly creatures while visiting a zoo. I personally got acquainted with a llama ranch in California, but never thought about one being in Texas.

The owners are quoted as saying that they thought owning llamas would be fun and a bonding experience for their family. They trained with a rescue animal before buying their own purebred llamas. The ranch evolved from there because of the interest of neighbors and friends.

Since 2018, the Brucato family, including Tommy’s wife Jenni, have hosted llama-themed weddings, along with fun, fact-filled llama lessons and walks, where guests and llamas enjoy a serene stroll along the Enchanted Forest TraiI was born and raised here in Texas and never even imagined there being a majestic Irish castle in the state much less a llama ranch.

Do you have any experiences with llamas? And would you want to, if you had the chance?

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21 thoughts on “Castles, Llamas and Texas”

  1. My co-worker has Tony Llama she rescued and kept until his passing a few years ago. Other than that I’ve not had any experience with them. I didn’t know about this ranch in Texas. Thank you for sharing Phyliss. I hope you had a great 4th of July.
    Love your Texan friend from Kansas.

    • Hi Miss Tonya, thanks for stopping by. What a cute name and what a wonderful gift ofrescue. As I said, I had no idea about the ranch and especially coming with a castle. I bet a lot of people don’t know either. Appreciate you. We had a quiet weekend, but heading out of town with my oldest daughter and two youngest grands to do both high school and a college graduation event for two of my grandsons and then on Sunday wave good-bye and great health to the one leaving for the Navy. According to his sister, he’ll be quarantined two different times before he begins his “basic” (I don’t know Navy verbiage). Hope you had a great 4th, my friend. Big hugs and can hardly wait for all of us to be able to get together for some fun. Hugs, P

    • Thanks, Debra. How cool to have seen them in person in Peru and Ecuador. I’m betting that wild ones are different than those purchased and trained. That’s good info to know. I hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi Estella. Good to hear from you. Even afar they are truly a magnificent animal or that’s what I think. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week. Hugs, Phyliss

  2. Thank you for sharing your very interesting post. I have never been up close to a llama. They are intriguing animals.

    • Hi Melanie, good to hear from you. I sure didn’t know about this llama ranch but found it interesting. I’d sure like to go visit. Like you, I’m intrigued. Have a great day. Hugs, Phyliss

  3. YES we had 2 llamas as guard animals with our sheep when the kids were in 4-H – wonderful animals and very smart!!

    • Hi Teresa. Good to hear from you. That’s interesting and sure not an animal I connect with 4-H. I wouldn’t have thought of them as a guard animal. Thanks for sharing. Big hugs and have a great week. Phyliss

    • Hi Quilt Lady. Good to hear from you. I think they are cute, too. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Phyiss

  4. Phyliss, In the years that I lived in Carrollton, I never heard mention of this Llama ranch. Sounds like I missed out on fun experience. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Caryl, good to hear from you. Yes, you probably did. I have a grandson and granddaughter who live in the D/FW area and they both want to go. I’d never heard of the ranch for sure. Take care and have a great week. Hugs, Phyliss

  5. Thanks for this informative and unique blog. I haven’t had any experience with llamas. They look helpful.

  6. Llama ranches would be interesting to visit and learn about. I think that llamas are good animals for a family and useful.

  7. They look kinda cute and cuddly. I’ve never had any experience with llamas. Interesting post.

  8. MAN, Phyliss! This makes me want to get married all over again, just to have a wedding here! I love this idea! Gonna send this link to my sister and my niece–my niece’s daughter is getting married next year. LOL My sister lives in SE Oklahoma and close to where she lives, down the road and around the corner, there is a family that has some llamas. I have always loved llamas, and I found some really cute llama decorations at Big Lots a few months ago. Thanks for this post–I love it!

  9. Our daughter has llamas. They bought one with the thought of getting into showing them, but it is like many other competitions that aren’t really truly open, fair, and unbiased. Anyway, she acquired several more over the years, many from people who no longer wanted them or could keep them. I think she is down to 3 right now. They are nice. We have never had any issues with spitting with hers, but I have had llamas at petting zoos spit at us or others.

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