|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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!
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
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.
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.
We just keep coming back to a good thing! This year for Spring break and my wifes Birthday we celebrated in the Texas hill country to a returned visit to this charming vacation home. Yes it is very rustic and the steps down to the river are an accident waiting to happen, it was GREAT. we made huge family meals together, swam, played on the rope swings, painted, went on nature walks, played games and just had a blast! we loved the fact that we were "out of the service area" and removed from the computers, phones and Internet. it created so much more time together as a family. My mother who is 80 loved the ol Texas charm of the environment, the kids again were fascinated with all that nature offers. Spended evening with cocktails on the patio, and early morning coffee with the deer. Thank you Cathy for sharing this with us. See you next year! and yes...it was a Birthday to remember for sure!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$25 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
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.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.