A horse-friendly vacation cottage next to hundreds of acres of riding and hiking trails at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in central Texas. Our rates are based on the number of overnight guests and whether you bring horses.
Rough Riders' Retreat is a charming vacation rental cottage located in Cedar Creek, west of Bastrop Texas, just off of State Hwy 71. The Retreat is 500 feet from the equestrian entrance to the McKinney Roughs Nature Park. We are 20 minutes from the Circuit of the Americas (one of North America's premiere motor racing venues) and twenty minutes from downtown Austin, Texas ('Live Music Capitol of the World') and the 6th Street entertainment district. For antiques enthusiasts, we are just about an hour east of Round Top, TX, home of the Texas Antique Weekend.
The cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths, with one full bed, one sofa bed, and two twin bunk-beds. Kitchen amenities include an apartment-sized refrigerator, separate freezer, microwave, electric skillet, two-burner cooktop, electric kettle, coffee pot, a large roaster/slow cooker and an outdoor charcoal grill. A screened porch offers fresh air and soothing views. Horses can be kept in a corral with a pole barn shelter, and the entire property is fenced and gated. We have room for 2-3 truck+horse trailer rigs and have a 30-amp RV plug.
Rough Riders' Retreat is owned and operated by Joyce and Jon Leatherwood. Joyce is an avid equestrienne and has competed in hunter-jumper and endurance competitions on her Arabians. She has also been active in Canine Agility competition and is active in animal rescue. Joyce is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and has worked as a writer and editor.
Jon has spent his professional life in the photographic and electronics industries and works (whenever possible) as a fine art photographer.
What a great place to house yourself and your horse after a fun day or two (or three, or four) together on the great trails at McKinney Roughs. Or, a quiet getaway that still offers access to Austin's entertainment district, or for after a day at the races at the Circuit of the Americas . You're less than 20 minutes from restaurants and urban amenities in either direction.
The McKinney Roughs Nature Park's trail system is one of the premier equestrian activity venues in Central Texas, and is located an easy couple of minutes ride/walk from the Rough Riders' Retreat. The trails are also open to hikers and offer classic Texas cattle-country terrain and scenic vistas as well as access to the Colorado River.