CMT's 'Swanderosa' estate burns down one month after mom's death


by Marvin Hurst &

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 4:40 AM

GREY FOREST, Texas -- A family featured on a 2012 reality show is dealing with the loss of their beloved estate just one month after losing their mom to cancer.

The Swanderosa, located in the 20400 block of Scenic Loop Road in northwest Bexar County, caught fire around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters from at least four different departments battled flames for nearly three hours.

The loss of the house is a double tragedy for the Swan family, who was featured in the CMT show "Swanderosa." Judy Swan, the mother of the family, died last month following a battle with cancer. She was 55.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Thomas Swan, two daughters and a son.

Dr. Swan met his wife during medical school. According to her obituary, she was a labor and delivery nurse.

"It's horrible," said Thomas Swan II, the son. "I mean you just can't catch a break. We're still trying to cope with that and this happens. And now neither me or my dad have anything."

Swan II, who is a Marine, was still home on leave for his mother's funeral.

The family had built up the 18-acre estate as a dream home and dream venue for weddings and other events. The "Swanderosa" show featured the family going above and beyond to satisfy their sometimes bizarre guests.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, Swan II said he thinks the overnight lightning storms may have been responsible.

"All the maintainance, everything is always done on that house," he said. "You know, it's an event venue. We keep it in top shape."