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RIVERFRONT LODGE, BANDERA, PEACE/QUIET IN THE HILL COUNTRY

Cathy Dillon

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cathy Dillon

Advertiser since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
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RIVERFRONT LODGE, BANDERA, PEACE/QUIET IN THE HILL COUNTRY

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Bandera Cabin Rental Photos and Description

4 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 6 (actually sleeps 10 but we charge extra for more than 6)

This is a rustic stone riverfront lodge on a bluff above the crystal-clear Medina River, with steps winding down to the water. It sits on three picturesque acres overlooking the river; fireplaces in the kitchen and living room. This is an old house with quirks and character—if you want hotel perfection, this isn’t it. Awesome Hill Country atmosphere…swim, tube, canoe, fish, or sit on the patio or in the river and watch the water roll by. Near San Antonio, Austin, Fiesta Texas and Seaworld, Lost Maples State Park. Bandera is the 'cowboy capital of the world'...enjoy rodeos, horses, hayrides, and outdoor fun deep in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country.

We want all our guests to be happy! : Please read all the reviews before deciding to book, as they are quite enlightening. Most people love our place, but the ones who do not.....are typically expecting a more upscale, updated facility. It is quite comfortable, but it is an old house, and there will be 'issues' from time to time. So, we really love flexible people who will be cooperative and understanding when maintenance needs arise!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Cathy Dillon (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
10%
Calendar last updated:
November 25, 2014

About Cathy Dillon

We lived in Houston when we bought the house, as we spent many weekends coming to the Hill Country canoeing and camping. It's on a spectacular stretch of the Medina River, and we feel very blessed to have been able to get this great fun place. Our kids have grown up loving it just as we do.

Cathy Dillon purchased this cabin in 1980

Why Cathy Dillon chose Bandera

It is one of a kind! Like country houses were when you were a kid. Once you've visited, you won't have to ask.

What makes this cabin unique

Rustic, private, peaceful setting......perfect for families. Very very restful. The view out over the river is wonderful. There is no phone, no wireless, and no cable TV at the house.....but there are lots of books and games and inner tubes and wineglasses :) We encourage you to come to the country and live in the moment, divorcing yourself for just a little while....from electronics and fast-paced anything.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.4
based on 39 traveler reviews

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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
average rating of 4.3589745 based on 39 reviews
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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

So Relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5
I was looking for a quiet place out of the city for my dog and I and we found it! It had everything I was looking for: rustic, relaxing, water close by. It was so quiet I forgot there were neighbors right next door. The walk to the river was absolutely beautiful, in fact the entire area was! We spent everyday by the river and every evening on the stone patio overlooking the property. At night, you could see large dragonflies over the trees. It was absolutely the most relaxing trip I've had since living in Houston! My dog even learned how to swim! I will definitely be staying again!
  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
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4

NICE AND RELAXING

  • 4 of 5
Well first off the house was a very clean and tidy. We had a nice time at this property and our kids thought the river was just perfect. We had the whole river to ourselves, so it was just what we needed. The steps to the river are a little tricky my son almost lost his footing and would have fallen had he not held on the thin rope that was there. I can only suggest the owners to look into putting a more steady border like an iron or steel railing as it is somewhat scary and dangerous. The house air is the only complaint, for some reason it keep turning off and on. It would turn on and 5 minutes later turn off so it made the house a little hot. Other than that, the house was nice and appealing. Very tranquil and loved the 50 deer in the front lawn every night.Not to mention it thunder stormed
the 2nd night we were there and it was quite beautiful to see the lovely lightning show. We will for sure come again next summer.
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a good time! The river is low, but still pleasant and pretty...I just hope we have a lot of rain this winter to replenish the acquifers. Regarding the air conditioner...someone had taken the cover panel off the AC unit and not clicked it back into placed properly. It's a brand new unit, works great, as long as it's assembled correctly. I'm sorry that happened to these people, and the ones just before them. But it was easy to fix once we knew about it. And regarding the handrail, we went for 30 years with no handrail at all, and steps that are about half as wide as they are now. But last spring we had the steps widened and recemented, necessary because that is a really steep hill behind our house! The handrail that was added at that time was really terrible workmanship, and it will need replacing altogether. But we had to wait until the summer was over, to avoid having guests be bothered by workmen on the property. It's on the schedule!
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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Freshwater Shangri-la

  • 5 of 5
Our family is a freshwater magnet to secluded and pristine getaways. Banderhouse was all that and so much more. We were concerned with the Texas drought effecting the river flow and the river was in some places over our heads! The rock house is so wonderfully campy and dated…I felt we were in another place and time, leaving all of the frenetic 21st century barrage behind. We'll be back.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
4

Wonderful, peaceful stay for kids and dog

  • 4 of 5
We needed a place to stay while visiting family in Bandera that would accommodate our labrador and two 11 year olds - with somewhere relaxing and also fun. The river was so great for all of us! Our dog finally learned to swim :) and the girls had such a great time on the rope swings upriver and just floating/swimming/exploring.

The showers are not made for tall people (my husband is 6'6") so that was quite comical but the house has everything you need to have a wonderful, quiet, get-away-from-it-all vacation.

The houses are rustic and charming. If we ever come back for a visit to Bandera, we will definitely stay here again. Cathy was so great!
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was nervous that you guys came all the way from the east coast to stay here.....and delighted that all turned out so well. Someday, I promise it will rain again and then your Lab will have to learn to tube, because that is the very most fun thing of all. Re your comment about the small showers, did you guys find the Annex basement shower? It's very au naturel, coming out of the ceiling and into a sort of a rock grotto. That one could accomodate a very major-league-sized person, or whole team of them. Most people who've been coming for years, never use the indoor showers at all. You can just run up from the river and head straight down there dripping. There are those, and my husband is one of them, who think that gigantic basement shower is the very best feature of our quirky old house. BTW for those who haven't been there in a while.....this summer we pulled out all the old dead tree stumps in front of the house, and planted oak trees along with some ornamentals. It's great not to have a buzzard roost out there any more! :)
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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Awesome private retreat!

  • 5 of 5
We needed some time away from the big city, and we found it at this property! The cabin is old, rustic, and full of charm. It reminded me of a simpler time when people actually enjoyed being around each other and nature. We put away our phones, logged off Facebook, and the closest thing to modern technology we used was the radio. The king size bed in the main house was quite comfortable. We did not have any king size sheets to bring with us, but there were some on hand at the house which we used but just had to pay $10 for the housekeeper to wash. The back porch and the river down below were my favorite parts of the property. We also sat on the front porch both nights and just stared at the bright stars above us. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook, but we didn't do much of that because we didn't want to have to clean. The shower is not built for a tall person, but it works well. I was worried about insects coming in the house but did not see one! There was an issue with the key not being where we could find it, but the owner was very responsive and told us where to find another key. And I want to add that Cathy, the owner is very nice. I would love to come back sometime! Thank you so much!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
Crystal River, FL USA
5

Awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5
First off I want to say THANK YOU to the owner for sharing your home. Without folks like you we would not get the opportunity to stay in amazing places. I personally would not have come here to stay in a hotel.
A group of us (3 couples) came up here for the weekend looking for some much needed rest and relaxation and we found it. Just as all of the other folks say, yes, it is a rustic home but don't let that worry you. This home is so charming. It more than met all of our expectations.The peace and quiet were just what we were looking for. The hike down to the river and around the river was just beautiful.
Come here with no expectations just your sense of adventure and you won't be disappointed.
  • Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
a bunch! All cowboy bars in Bandera!
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
2 courses
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Hwy 46 and Hwy 16, Bandera, Texas
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
watershkiing/Lake Medina
Car: necessary

Situated in one of the naturally beautiful areas of Texas, Bandera County beckons visitors to share a taste of the Old West set against a backdrop of the spectacular scenery of the Texas Hill Country. Bandera's title, 'Cowboy Capital of the World' originated when it became a staging area for the great cattle drives of yesteryear. When ranching fell on hard times in the 1930's, an enterprising rancher decided to take in 'dudes' to help him through the depression. An exciting new industry was born!

It continues to flourish today with a number of excellent Dude Ranches operating throughout Bandera County, Texas. Confirming Bandera as the 'Cowboy Capital of the World', a bronze monument, honoring the many National Rodeo Champions who call Bandera their home, stands on the courthouse lawn. Enhancing the western character, a working blacksmith's shop on Main Street recalls the horse-and-buggy era when the forge was the center of every town's activities.

Other Activities: Tubing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling.....all things 'river'!

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Rates & Availability

From $175 Per night

Bandera Cabin Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes For more than 6 guests, fee is $50 per person per stay. But this varies depending on the situation, so be sure to ask what affects your reservation. Fuel surcharges apply in winter. If available at all, holiday and special event periods have higher but variable rates. We rent it only by the week during the summer. There are occasional exceptions to everything, so always ask for specific quotes.
Reservation can be held briefly with a credit card number, but within (ask for time period, it varies), we require a check or money order equal to approximately 1/2 of the expected rental total. The second part of the rental total can be placed on a card, and is due prior to arrival at the property. Mail deposits to 1000 Burleson St., San Marcos Texas 78666.
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Amenities

Bandera Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • there is also an outdoor shower good for rinsing off when you come up from the river.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , trundles--sleeps 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
  • The house actually sleeps 10, not 6.......but we charge extra for any number in excess of 6. The main house (master bedroom + sunporch, sleeps 6) has central air and heat, while the Annex (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom, sleeps 4) has fans and space heaters but no air conditioning. All you Houston people, don't panic! Believe it or not, the Hill Country is cooler and drier than what you're used to, and with all the windows open and the fans going, you'll probably find yourself reaching for a blanket in the night.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
This is a semi-rustic lodge 5 miles out in the country - no real amenities except for the beautiful setting....guests bring their own! Lots of uneven steps including steep stairs down to the river, so not ideal for crawling babies or the orthopedically challenged. The main house (master bedroom + sunporch, sleeps 6) has central air and heat, while the Annex (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom, sleeps 4) has fans and space heaters but no air conditioning.

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