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2700 ACRE RANCH PARADISE 4500SQ FT. RUSTIC LOG HOME + LAKES

Vicki Giannukos

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Spanish, and Greek
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Vicki Giannukos

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2700 ACRE RANCH PARADISE 4500SQ FT. RUSTIC LOG HOME + LAKES

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.

Amenities:

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;

Washer/dryer;

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;

Two cribs;

Catch and release fishing, swimming, hiking, birding and photographer’s paradise;

Four wheel drive vehicle recommended for accessing Lookout Point;

The House.

Downstairs:

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;

Upstairs:

Master with King bed;

Second bedroom with King bed and a crib;

Bath with tub and shower combination.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Vicki Giannukos (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Spanish, and Greek

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!!!
Dec 2011
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 10 traveler reviews

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2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews
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2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Long Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We spent a long Weekend at Seco Springs. There were 3 families (6 adults and 8 kids). We had plenty of space for everyone! We lucked out with a cool front that blew in, so it was a perfect Fall weekend. The house was fully stocked with everything we possibly could have needed. We didn't feel like we were in Texas because the terrain/views were out of this world. The owner was super helpful before and during our stay. Highly recommend!
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p968393
+1 -512 943-2144
Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Long Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We spent a long Weekend at Seco Springs. There were 3 families (6 adults and 8 kids). We had plenty of space for everyone! We lucked out with a cool front that blew in, so it was a perfect Fall weekend. The house was fully stocked with everything we possibly could have needed. We didn't feel like we were in Texas because the terrain/views were out of this world. The owner was super helpful before and during our stay. Highly recommend!
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p968393
+1 -512 943-2144
Bandera Texas Hill Country
San Antonio, Texas/United States
5

AHHHHMAZING!! Pics dont capture the beauty.

  • 5 of 5
The pics are very pretty but honestly, no way to capture the uniqueness and beauty of this property. When you pull up you just drool and then you drool again when you walk in and THEN you fall over when you go to the back porch area with the many rocking chairs and AHHHMAZZING view! Took my 78 year old mom here for a Mother's Day weekend with our family. My mom spent most of her time on the back porch rocking and listening to the soft wind chime while looking out at the view with the pond. Our kids explored all day catching frogs, tadpoles and bugs. Our dogs swam and swam in the pond and were just as happy as the kids while the rest of us explored, hiked, relaxed and fished. Fishing was fun for all of us and we made MANY amazing memories. My mom said "this was the best weekend of my life". We travel ALL OVER the world. I didnt have big expectations of the place and was ok with that but just wanted to get my mom out without going to far from San Antonio. I was WRONG. We had GREAT weather and even experienced a major hail storm in MAY with heavy rain and then HAIL. It was amazing! Every day was a treat. The owner Vicki brought us fresh coffee and laundry detergent when we ran out. She went WAY out of her way to accommodate us, even in the storm. We'll go back with my hubbies side of the family next. It was a GREAT time.
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p968393
+1 -512 943-2144
Bandera Texas Hill Country
4

Old World Charm & lots of FUN!

Old World Charm & lots of FUN!
  • 4 of 5
Do you like old world charm?
Do you like to cook w/family & friends in a large, well equipped kitchen open to a beautiful table that can seat as many as can sleep there?
Do you like to sit comfortably around a huge fire pit beneath one of the lodge's glorious old oak trees listening to frogs croaking from the nearby lake while identifying constellations?
Or....watching sunset w/ a 360 degree view from a large deck w/yet another fire pit on one of the highest points in TX hill country? If so, this it it! Enjoy!!
  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
2700 Acre Ranch Paradise 4500sq Ft. Rustic Log Home + Lakes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p968393
+1 -512 943-2144
Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Seco Ranch

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the ranch for Labor Day weekend with the family. The owner, Vicki provided top notch attention to detail and made sure we were all set with what we needed. From the time you step in the door you are in awe of the old western feel of the ranch. The house sleeps 15+ comfortably and privately. The favorite activities we enjoyed were catching bass, riding our atv,s on the trails, and star gazing on top of the mountain at the lookout. This was truly a one of a kind property!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Warren for your kind review of our attentiveness to your family needs. We try to assist in getting you the information and attention you need to help you enjoy your stay at Seco Springs. I hope you will visit us again in the future.
Vicki
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Bandera Texas Hill Country
5

Best Thanksgiving Ever!

  • 5 of 5
We just got back from spending a wonderful family Thanksgiving at Seco Springs. When you look out at this sprawling property in person, words or pictures simply cannot describe the majesty and beauty; it is truly breathtaking beyond words. We arrived in the evening and were met by Clayton at the entrance of the property and given a guided tour to the front door along with all the necessary information about the property. We are from Dallas and are not used to being in a place totally secluded and quiet without the noise of the big city...no cars, airplaines, traffic...only nature and us.

Our group ranged in age from 4 to 87 and there were plenty of activities and things to do for eveyone. On Thanksgiving day, we gathered everyone at the top of Lookout Point to watch the sun set and to take a family photo--definitely worth the trip and should not be missed. We brought along a 4 wheel utility vehicle and got to really enjoy the trails on the ranch and the view.

The house had wi-fi and it worked well for those who needed to check email or get on line to do work. My niece had to register for school on Tuesday evening and had no issue with access.

The kitchen was well equipped with all the cooking utensils, pots, dishes and appliances we needed for a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. The back deck overlooking the lake made for a fun afternoon of games for the whole family.

Vicki, the owner, could not have been more accomodating. She made sure that we felt welcome and comfortable and went out of her way to check on us during and after our stay. I have rented vacation homes for Thanksgiving for the last 5 years and I can honestly say that I have never had an owner be more thoughtful.

Seco Springs has made this Thanksgiving the most memorable yet!
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Amy,
Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that you enjoyed the beauty and majesty of the hills and lakes. It soulds as if your entire family found lots to do and took advantage of all the trails and adventures that Seco Springs has to offer. Look Out Deck is my favorite spot to watch the sun set and toast God's creation. I'm so glad that you choose to spend your Thanksgiving Holiday at Seco Springs and hope that you will come visit again soon.

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Bandera, Texas: Cowboy Capital of the World

In a rugged county filled with hills, rivers, and a sprawling lake, the small town of Bandera holds a really big place in the hearts of Texans. Located in the beloved Texas Hill Country less than an hour from San Antonio, Bandera reminds us of a different, more authentic, era, when a handshake was all the contract you needed, self-reliance was the norm, and chivalry was a given. There is a spirit of independence and individualism here that speaks of the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play.

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.

http://www.banderacowboycapital.com

Bandera, Texas: Cowboy Capital of the World

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/garner/

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year.

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Rates & Availability

From $750 Per night

Bandera House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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$4,995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $1
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Dogs are allowed on a case by case basis. Please contact the owner with details on the breed, age and disposition of the dog.

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Amenities

Bandera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • 8 bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
There is a 35' x 35' deck at the top of Look-out mountain with a stone firepit and a B.B.Q area. There are chairs which make it a great place to go watch the sunset or the stars come out. It is the highest spot on the property and has a beautiful view of the valleys and lakes below.

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