Bandera House Rental Photos and Description
5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 17-19
Seco Springs Ranch is a beautiful secluded family retreat on 2700 acres in the most majestic part of the Texas Hill Country. The 4500 square foot ranch house is nestled in a valley overlooking a large lake and is surrounded by rugged hills and rolling pastures. The large living area is tastefully appointed with a fireplace and bar which flows into a 14 seated dining area and fully equipped kitchen. A large deck leads down a gently sloping backyard to the fire pit and lake. There are two other lakes on the property and all afford excellent swimming and catch and release fishing. Hiking and birding are favorite activities on the ranch as well as photographing wildlife, especially from Lookout Point.
Downstairs are two bedrooms both with queen beds and a children’s playroom with a twin bed. The bunkroom which has four sets of twin bunk beds which is beyond the main living areas. The downstairs bedrooms share a bathroom.
The bunkroom has its own bath. It’s a great spot for the children to have their own “camp out area”. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, both with King beds and another full bath. There are also two cribs, one downstairs and one upstairs.
5 Flat Screen Televisions, 1 in each bedroom;
Kitchen equipped with dishes, glassware, pots and pans, cutlery, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, two coffee
makers, toaster, oven/ range top and dishwasher;
Reverse osmosis water system in kitchen;
Wi-Fi internet connection;
Satellite TV with DVD player in living room, master, 2nd upstairs bedroom and bunk room;
Stereo with CD player;
Telephone and good cell overage;
Charcoal and gas grills;
Central A/C and heat;
Fire pit – all firewood provided;
All bed and bath linens provided;
Catch and release fishing, swimming, hiking, birding and photographer’s paradise;
Four wheel drive vehicle recommended for accessing Lookout Point;
Living room with wood burning fireplace;
Dining room with seating for 14;
Open kitchen with island and breakfast bar;
Children’s playroom with one twin bed;
Bunk room with 8 twin beds;
Bedroom with Queen bed;
Second Queen bedroom with a crib and private entrance;
Bath with shower only in bunkroom area;
Bath with tub/shower combo;
Large deck overlooking the lake;
Master with King bed;
Second bedroom with King bed and a crib;
Bath with tub and shower combination.
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- children welcome
About Vicki Giannukos
I am a designer/manufacturer who grew up with horses in the country when Bellaire, Texas was in the country. When I found this ranch, I felt right at home. I wanted some place to reconnect to nature, bond with my family in a special way and get away from city life. I still live in Houston and find that it is worth the 4 hours it takes me to get Seco Springs Ranch. I always hate to leave when its time to go.
Vicki Giannukos purchased this house in 2004
Why Vicki Giannukos chose Bandera
Bandera embodies the cowboy in its strong rodeo tradition. Even today you'll often see horses tied to downtown hitching posts. Bandera County dude ranches offer a taste of the cowboy lifestyle with horseback riding, trail rides, and chuckwagon meals. Secluded cabins tucked away in the hills throughout the county are perfect for watching wildlife, listening to the birds, and gazing at the stars. At local honky-tonks, the music is lively, the dance floor is full, and the beverages are cold.
Garner State Park is only a 45 minute drive from Seco Springs Ranch front gate. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails.
Lost Maples State park is also only a 45 minute drive from Seco Springs Ranch front gate, which gives guided tours of the beautiful hill country it shares with Seco Springs Ranch.
In August 2010 Utopia was the site of filming for a movie called 'Seven Days in Utopia', starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Kathy Baker, Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty, Deborah Ann Woll. Known for wonderful birding year around; our area is a world - class birding & wildlife viewing destination! One of the best places to see many Texas specialty birds; including the Golden - cheeked Warbler, Black - capped Vireo, Vermilion flycatcher and all 3 King - fisher varieties! Nature Guides are available to take you on private ranches and properties
Guestbook comments from the owner
How we LOVED our family Christmas this year. It was a Big House on the Praire meets Wild Bill Hickok experience. It was more than we could have imagined. The home was perfect for us--our family of 19 could fellowship in the huge living room--big enough for all ! The massive dining table allowed everyone to be there at once--The kitchen, too. We ALL hung out together, which was our vision for the gathering. We loved that the owner trusted her guests enough to let us enjoy her lovely things--every surface perfectly designed and decorated with her own family pieces. Beautiful pillows, amazing sofas and chairs, comfy rugs---the huge fireplace, ready to be hung with our own stockings......and the bedrooms: no Bed, Bath, and Beyond here. Cowgirl linens dressed big manly beds--pure luxury. We could hardly drag ourselves from our coccoons every morning--(thanks to the blackout draperies)---even the children slept late on Christmas. We caught fish, climbed trees, hiked the canyons (real canyons), stood on the tops of mountains--(the meeting place on top of the highest one was amazing--the perfect place for a sunset bonfire), went four-wheeling, cooked, sang. We loved the little bedroom off of the family room --perfect for our matriarch (92) to nap and the little ones to play, all in earshot. The bunkroom---what an adventure for the cousins---log bunks all lined up like frontier soldiers---so fun!! The foreman was delightful--the owner, a phone call away for advice on outings. Even though it felt like we were out on the frontier, the town and a beautiful Christmas Eve Church service was a short ride away. We were too busy visiting to turn on the tele--but every room had one and the wi-fi was handy for the daddies checking in with work. It was the best of both worlds. We were well blessed by the Lord in this place--it is obvious that the owners are blessed as well. It is a beautiful spot. We wouldn't have changed a thing--we can't wait to go back in the spring!!!