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Hill Country Ranch Retreat with creek, pool, hot tub, pavilion & tennis court

Dripping Springs, TX, USA
  • House5000 sqft
  • Bedrooms8
  • Sleeps20
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

8 BR, 5 BA, 1 half BA, sleeps 20, 30 max, 2 living, 3 dining, ~5000 sf

Beautiful secluded ranch retreat with lodge and a guest house. The lodge includes 6 bedrooms, 1 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd floor, 2 on 3rd floor. 5 kings, 2 twins, 1 fold-out sofa and 4 baths and 1 half bath. Guest house has 2 bedrooms, including 1 king, 2 sets of bunks. Sleeps 18 in beds or 20 (including a sleeper sofa in the living room). Other sofas and pads are available. Max # in party is 20 adults or 30 people (with children). Both houses have fireplaces. There are 325 acres for hiking and exploring. Play tennis on the lighted courts, swim in the swimming pool, kayak in the creek, or relax in the jacuzzi/ hot tub. The property is ideal for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Enjoy a covered outdoor pavilion with fireplace -- an excellent spot for grilling and entertaining. This is a wonderful place for gatherings of family and/or friends. Just relax on one of the wraparound covered porches on either the first or second level and enjoy the hill country scenery.


Paul Hudson

Member Since 2008
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Paul Hudson

Paul was born and raised in Austin and has lived there all his life with the exception of one year in Brazil and 4 ½ years at Texas A&M University in College Station. In addition to a B.B.A. from Texas A&M in Business Analysis, he holds a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, with specialization in real estate and finance. Immediately after graduation from UT in 1989, Paul started a consulting business, which has evolved into a commercial real estate firm now known as Hudson Properties, Inc. Paul is a licensed real estate broker in Texas. He is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and the Commercial Brokers Association. Paul is very active in the community where he has served in various capacities including President of the Westlake Rotary Club, Chairman of the Westlake Rotary Club Foundation, and President of the Capital City Toastmasters. He is also a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Class of 2003. Paul is active in the life of the United Methodist Church. He has served in many leadership roles at First United Methodist Church of Austin, including Lay Leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Property Committee and Co-Chair of a capital fundraising campaign. He is currently a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and as President of the Companions Sunday School Class. In addition to his work, community service and church responsibilities, Paul enjoys playing the guitar, singing, songwriting, and many outdoor activities including coaching volleyball and soccer, boating, fishing, snow skiing, hiking, and generally spending quality time with his wife and three children.

Paul Hudson purchased this House in 2004

Why Paul Hudson chose Dripping Springs

Close proximity to Austin, outstanding live water (creek), dramatic elevation changes, beautiful houses, lovely pool and hot spa, lighted tennis/basketball court and other amenities. Paul says, 'when we first previewed the property, it was mostly just for fun because it was too expensive and too 'fancy' for us, but when we walked through the place, crossed the flowing creek and drove up to the overlook on the hill, it took our breath away. We then partnered with our family and found a way to buy it. We are so glad we did!'

What makes this House unique

Unparalleled natural beauty, comfortable accommodations, a multitude of things to do for both children and adults, and quick convenience to Austin and San Antonio!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Bedroom 4
        1 king
      • Bedroom 5
        1 king
      • Bedroom 6
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 7
        1 king, Set of bunk beds
      • Bedroom 8
        4 twin/ single, 2 Sets of bunk beds
      • Lodge has 6 bedrooms, 1 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd floor, 2 on 3rd floor. Five bedrooms have 1 king-size bed; 1 bedroom has twin beds. There is a sleeper sofa in the downstairs living room. The lodge sleeps 12 total. The guest house has 2 bedrooms - sleeping 6 total. One bedroom has a king-size bed; one bedroom has 2 sets of bunks. Lodge 1st floor master bedroom with private bath is generally accessible to handicapped persons, although not ADA compliant. Bath has grab bars and walk in shower.


      • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 6
      • Lodge 1st floor master bedroom with private bath is generally accessible to handicapped persons, although not ADA compliant. Bath has grab bars and walk in shower.

      Location Type

        • River
        • Rural
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Two large leather sofas Two suede recliners Large coffee table Fireplace with flat screen TV mounted above
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fireplace
                      Fireplace inside in living room Fireplace outside under covered pavilion Fire ring up bluff from creek
                    • Firewood
                    • Garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Shampoo
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels stocked in each bathroom. Plus basket of beach towels near door to outside with hooks on veranda at varying heights.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                    • fax


                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Two ovens on wall
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          1st fridge in kitchen 2nd fridge in laundry room (has some owner's items) 3rd fridge in garage 4th fridge in guest house
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Table inside seats 10 Round table inside in living room seats 6 Table outside on veranda seats 6 Table outside under covered pavilion seats 6 20 or so stackable chairs available outside under stairs
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 28 people


                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Round table in corner of living room is ideal for games, cards, poker, etc.
                                • Games
                                  Board games under coffee table in living room
                                • Books
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  70' Flat Screen LED HD TV; Direct TV with DVR; Blu Ray/ DVD player
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  70' Flat Screen LED HD TV; Direct TV with DVR; Blu Ray/ DVD player
                                • Toys
                                  Toy closet in hallway off kitchen is stocked with equipment: corn hole (bean bag toss), horseshoes, washers, kite, Frisbees, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, & pickleball. Tetherball in yard.
                                • VCR


                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Balcony
                                      Rocking chairs
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Boat
                                      Paddle boat for 2 pedalers plus 2 passengers. Life vests available.
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Canoe
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Chairs and Rockers
                                    • Deck Furniture
                                    • Fully Fenced Property
                                    • Gazebo
                                      Covered pavilion with fireplace near pool/ hot tub Rectangular Table that seats 6 Plus other seating for 6 around coffee table
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      kayak and canoe. Life vests available.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Propane grill Charcoal grill Green Egg
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Pedal Boat
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Tennis
                                      Rackets and balls available. Striped for pickeball, too. Other balls available for dodgeball, soccer, football, & volleyball.
                                    • Tennis Court
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                    • Wood Deck
                                    • Yard


                                        • limited accessibility
                                          1st floor master bedroom with bath is generally accessible to handicapped persons, although not ADA compliant. Bath has grab bars and walk in shower.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Noodles available in toy closet. Tables with umbrellas and chairs Chaise lounge chairs
                                            • Whirlpool


                                                • churches
                                                • restaurants
                                                • water parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • groceries

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • Lodge family room has 70' flat screen LED HD TV, Direct TV with DVR, and Blu Ray/ DVD player.

                                                                  40 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  A taste of the Texas hill-country that will make you want to never leave.

                                                                  Jeremy T.Dallas, Tx

                                                                  Born and raised in Texas, I've travelled the two lane road, just off of which Henly Hill Ranch is located, countless times. Never was there a trip down that road that I didn't think to myself "What a beautiful area. I would so love to have a place out here". Finding out that HHR was available for me and my friends to spend some time in the heart of this beautiful land was fantastic, yet it was merely the tip of the iceberg.

                                                                  Punching in the code at the gate and rolling down the long driveway you know you're in for a treat. Walking into the house you're met with the kind of warmth like meeting your best friend's family for the first time and having them instantly accept you as family. To be listed on a website called "HomeAway" seems fitting. We had twelve people (six couples) staying in the house for our weekend away and not a one of them had a want for anything that wasn't right there. All six couples had very nice private bedrooms with no less than queen beds. Two of these are stunning master suites. Being able to comfortably fit all 12 of us around the dining table the first morning for breakfast gave me a moment of reflection on how fortunate we are to have this time and place. I could say that spending evenings as a group playing games around this table was the best part, but I wouldn't want to take away from how great it was to soak in the hot tub, or from lounging around the comfy chairs by the outdoor fireplace. Even just sitting around the living room on the couches and recliners watching the giant TV was great. Of course if your party has more than 12, there's still another large round table inside and several tables outside.

                                                                  I'm at 5 stars, and I haven't even mentioned outside the main house yet. Hiking up the bluff provides a view from what must be the highest point in miles. From here you look down over the house, the large grass field next to it, and the crystal clear creek that wraps around the whole thing. Longhorn cattle, bison, and Scimitar Oryx too, not to mention all the deer and turkeys. No worries, only the turkeys come into the yard. Grab any of the boats (canoe, kayaks, pedal-boat) to get a closer look at the cliffs abutting the water with bass and huge catfish below you.

                                                                  Not enough space for a complete review as I could go on and on. Tennis courts, basketball. We had a masseuse visit the house and arranged a limo-bus tour of the nearby winery, brewery, and distillery too.

                                                                  Eternal thanks to the owners!

                                                                  Love HHR!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  What a beautiful tribute to the place! I'm so glad your group enjoyed it. You have so eloquently described what guests have been telling us for years - a perfect mix of a retreat and plenty to do. We welcome your group back!

                                                                  Family Reunion

                                                                  Roy (Houston)Houston, TX

                                                                  This was a great place to hold our family reunion. We had people fly in from Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Carolina. There were 14 adults and 5 children, ranging in age from 4 months to 92 years. We were a little worried about the 100 degree temperatures, but thankfully there was a lot of wind which saved us. Everyone enjoyed the swimming pool and paddles boats. Thank you for having the pools toys and life jackets for the kids to use. Really enjoyed watching the deer & wild turkeys in the evening and hiking the hills to see the cattle and the sunsets. The little kids had a fun time fishing in the creek and throwing them back. Lots of reminiscing and laughs. It was a wonderful time. Gig 'em Aggies

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for posting this great review! We hosted my wife's family's reunion there the very next weekend and also had a blast. The deer and turkey came to the feeder every morning and evening, and the longhorns and buffalo even came down off the hill once. It's amazing how the breeze blows through the valley every day to help make the heat tolerable. Frequent dips in the pool help too. I hope you visit us again sometime!

                                                                  Most Amazing of our 12 Family Vacations

                                                                  James T.Spring Lake, NJ USA

                                                                  The property was pristine and our experience was amazing. It was like driving onto a movie set, far more than the photos depicted. The Hudson family takes great care of their home and we felt like they offered their personal best to us. The furnishings, the outdoor facilities, the ranch roads, the wildlife ... everything was an wonderful experience. Of course it all started, and just got better, working with Cynthia. She's a total professional representative for the Hudsons and a perfect concierge for the property. We highly recommend the experience to all.

                                                                  Heart & Soul of the Hill Country

                                                                  Margie M.Sherman, TX

                                                                  For those who relish the chance to unplug and enjoy the countryside showcasing magnificent vistas and a delightful assortment of wildlife, the ranch is an oasis with a grand history. Evidence of the owners' thoughtfulness is everywhere. From extra life jackets to extra refrigerators, the property accommodated our 3-generational family gathering with easy grace. The home is beautiful and well-equipped, but it is hard to leave the majesty of the outdoor surroundings to go inside. An amazing experience we will not soon forget.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I'm so glad your family enjoyed our ranch. We would welcome you back!

                                                                  Perfect place for a multi age reunion

                                                                  From two years to eighty nine we all had a relaxing and fun time reconnecting with family and friends from Texa, Oregon and Hawaii ! All used the pool hot tub and especially the boats in the creek. The creek is deep enough for boats and swimming but shallow enough to let small children ( with floaties) to be left "alone". The house is extremely well outfitted to meet every need. And HEB is close by. The tennis court and

                                                                  Basketball court were well used. The indoor round table was always in use for dominos and Candy Land . I cannot think of a lack of anything. We plan on coming back for third time

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was great having your group again. See you next year!

                                                                  Beautiful, Peaceful, Everything was Perfect!

                                                                  Krista G.

                                                                  What a beautiful venue with comfortable room for everyone in our group. The gathering spaces were comfortable and inviting. The kitchen allowed for space to cook and serve, providing every kitchen utensil we could need. The outdoor spaces with water features in addition to the pool and hot tub, were so relaxing. We made memories with our group that will carry us through the season. We'll come back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I appreciate this review. I'm so glad your retreat was a success. Looking forward to having y'all back.


                                                                  Dripping Springs, TX, USA

                                                                  Texas Hill Country Other Activities: Bird watching, wildlife viewing

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  The nightly rental rate for any stay over the 3-night minimum is $450 per night. Please disregard the auto-quote for stays of 4, 5, or 6 nights, as Homeaway's system does not work properly for these length stays. Please email for quotes. The 10% "Tax" figure actually includes a 6% tax and a 4% administrative fee. Rates are for Lodge AND Guest House. They cannot be rented individually.

                                                                  40 Reviews
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