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Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 2 nights

About the property

5 bedrooms, air-conditioned sun-room, 2 baths, Sleeps 10-15

Circle H Lodge, an historic house from the early 1900's, is near Leakey in an area of the Texas Hill Country noted for magnificent scenery. The lodge is located in a lovely, secluded valley on Circle H Ranch. This is a working ranch devoted to the preservation of wildlife and is home to many species of both native and non-native animals. The lodge is decorated in Cowboy High Style with antiques and Cowboy -Indian memorabilia. There is a natural rock swimming pool in front of the lodge. During the evening hang out with family or friends at the old cantina located behind the lodge.

This two-story lodge has been completely renovated. It has central heat and air-conditioning and provides all amenities. There is a large living and dining area. The five bedrooms will sleep 10 people. Additional people can be accommodated up to 15 people. Call for pricing. Two bedrooms have a king sized bed, one bedroom has full size bed and two bedrooms have a pair of twin beds. There are two full baths. An upstairs air-conditioned sunroom provides a comfortable place to relax while enjoying the beautiful view or extra room for sleeping bags or air mattresses for kiddos.

The well-equipped kitchen includes a large side-by-side refrigerator, convection double oven, microwave, dishwasher , crockpot and all cooking essentials. A barbecue grill and a fire pit are provided for outdoor cooking. The spacious yard that surrounds the lodge is perfect for picnics. Hang out at the old cantina behind the lodge for anytime fun.

Other activities in the area include hiking, swimming, photography, summer rodeos, or floating the Frio River. The numerous migratory routes, which cross this area, provide almost limitless opportunities for bird watching. There are several restaurants in the area. Garner State Park is 8 miles from the lodge. Lost Maples Natural Area is a 30- minute drive. The city of San Antonio is approximately 1 1/2 hours away. It is 6 miles to the county airport.

Smoking outside only please. No pets.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds given, but credit is given to re-book within one year. $100 re-booking fee.

Float/Tube rental available nearby. Complementary pool floats are available for lodge pool use during your stay.

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Property Manager
Jen Harwood
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2016

About Jen Harwood

John and I are blessed to get to live on and be the caretakers of such a beautiful place. John's dad and mom first started coming to the area for vacation back in the 60's. They fell in love with the property Circle H Ranch sits on and decided to make it theirs. John started the business Circle H Ranch, Inc. shortly after graduating college and has successfully run an exotic animal breeding operation for over the last 20 years. The lodge was renovated and made available to guests back in the 80's. Over the years thousands of guests have come through and shared our little slice of heaven with us. We hope you too will get to come for a visit soon. Best Wishes, Jen and John

Jen Harwood purchased this lodge in 1977

Why Jen Harwood chose Texas Hill Country

Experience a one of a kind vacation at this exotic animal ranch. The lodge is nestled among the hills and perfect for the ultimate family vacation in the hill country. Why fight the crowds and noise at the river when you can have your very own secluded natural spring-fed pool that keeps a consistent water level year round. If you care to venture out to the river, it's only a 10 minute drive down the road.

What makes this lodge unique

Not only are you getting a great house with all the amenities, you also get to experience an exotic vacation right here in Texas. Your kids will love to see and learn about the many different species of exotic hoofstock that we have on the ranch. In addition, we have great hiking and glorious colors on our hills when the seasons change.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"We had a great time during our stay. We want to make reservations for the same time next year." Thanks again, Kristal, Liberty TX, July 2012
Jul 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews

Authentic Texas Experience

  • 5 of 5

Sight unseen, we rented this property for our annual family pilgrimage to the Hill Country, this year with our sons' college roommates from Seattle and Montreal. We were captivated by the beautiful landscape, the large and comfortable lodge, and most of all, the virtual Noah's Ark of free-range hoofstock (with hundreds of photos to prove it). Rugged hiking in the hills, swimming in the picturesque natural pool, and star-gazing around the bonfire pit, all were among the best experiences we've had in 30 years of visiting the Frio Canyon area. Our guests were thrilled with their first experience of Texas - and intend to return for more R&R at Circle H Lodge.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Jul 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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McKinney, TX

Great Getaway Ranch

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Ranch over Labor Day 2016 for a family reunion. Everything was perfect. The ranch house was large enough to easily sleep the 10 family members and the property was more of a compound. There was room and activities for us all to be together or to venture off and hike, swim, play, or relax in a dozen different areas. Great place for getaway, and you really feel like you got away. Thanks

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great having you as our guests! Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope to see you back. :) Take care.
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Victoria, TX

Unforgettable Experience

  • 5 of 5

This property was amazing. A beautiful natural spring creek runs alongside the house and ends in a crystal clear swimming hole. We enjoyed every minute hiking, swimming, and taking in the natural beauty of the ranch. Our children had a wonderful experience they won't soon forget as well. Even the young children enjoyed playing in the ankle deep waters where the creek enters the pool. Thank you to the Harwoods for sharing this unique and beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy your family enjoyed your time at Circle H Ranch & Lodge. Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you back soon. Best wishes to you and yours! :) John & Jen
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Amazing getaway for young urban professionals

  • 5 of 5

I booked the Circle H Lodge for my group of young urban professionals and it was everything we wanted for a Texan Memorial Day weekend. The ranch is majestically tucked away between sets of steep hills next to Garner State Park, the perfect setting for an escape from the city. We were appreciative of the upkeep of the animal ranch, trails, natural spring pool, the cantina, and of course the lodge itself. We had 10 guests and still had plenty of room for more. The lodge was spacious, extremely clean, well-appointed, and had plenty of room for indoor and outdoor activities and big group dinners. Although it rained for much of the weekend, we still managed to hike one of the steep hills, swim in the natural pool, explore the property, barbecue, and play yard games. Because of the rain, we made good use of the cantina at night. This is a very special property and Jen made the booking and preparation processes flawless; she was amazingly helpful and thoughtful, especially considering the historic flooding this area had to deal with during Memorial Day weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the awesome praise, Maarten. We really enjoyed meeting your group and hope to have you back in the future. Best Wishes to you all. :)Jen & John
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Circle H ranch was wonderful!!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time and really enjoyed the ranch! I got sick the first day there and wasn't able to enjoy the swimming hole or the river but my family did and we will defintely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Keisha! I so wish you would have not felt bad and could have joined your family for more "Circle H" time. You'll have to do a mulligan. :) We do value your business and look forward to seeing you again next year or sooner. :)Jen & John
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A relaxing Hill Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay for families with school-aged children. We were truly impressed by the beauty and seclusion of the property as well as the warmth and friendliness of the ranch staff and their family. Our children played for hours in the beautiful spring-fed pool and enjoyed feeding the exotic animals. We told stories around the bonfire pit and generally enjoyed the warmth and comfort of the magnificent home. We can't stop telling our friends about the highlight of our Spring break Trip to Texas (better than SeaWorld or the Riverwalk). We look forward to finding another opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Local Airport for small planes
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Frio Canyon Buckhorn Bar / Music
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 83
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Leakey, Concan, Utopia
Car: necessary

In an area of the Texas Hill Country noted for magnificent scenery, the lodge is located in a lovely, secluded valley on Circle H Ranch. The two-story lodge is completely renovated, has central heat and air-conditioning and provides many amenities. There is a large living and dining area. The five bedrooms are each uniquely decorated in western style and will sleeps 10 people and up to 15 with special arrangements. We can accommodate more people for an additional charge per person per night. For over 8 people.....Children between the ages of 1 -16 years is an additional $25/night per child and other persons is $50 additional per night per person. An upstairs sunroom provides a comfortable place to relax while enjoying the beautiful, panoramic view.

The kitchen is well equipped as well as an outdoor barbeque and firepit are available.

Other Activities: Other activities in the area include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, photography, golf, summer rodeos, tubing or floating the Frio River, antique shopping, retail boutique shops, motorcycle rides or car rides on 'The Three Sisters' (RR 335, RR 336, RR 337), nightly family-friendly dances at Garner State Park, helicopter rides over the river and through the hills out of Concan, local bars, and live music. In addition, the numerous migratory routes, which cross this area, provide almost limitless opportunities for bird watching.

Golf: Golfing is nearby at Concan.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are based on an 8 person occupancy. Each additional adult is $50/per night and each additional child is $25/per night. Maximum occupancy is 15 people.

$495-$750/ ni
No cleaning Fee. ***Credit card is required to keep on file for incidentals until after stay. Any damages or need for excessive cleaning caused by guests will be charged to the credit card on file. The person who made the reservation is responsible for their group, and any persons who may visit them. Thank you for helping us remain safe, friendly & pristine.

A 5% discount will be applied for cash or check payments.

Winter & Spring OFF Season (after Labor Day - before Memorial Day):
$550/2 night minimum or $495/night for 3 or more nights or 1 full week at $3000/week.

1 night stay available and charged at holiday rate of $750.

Re-booking Fee is $100.

Summer & Holiday Guests receive 15% discount during Winter/Spring OFF Season following summer/holiday stay(only non-holiday nights are discounted).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Leakey Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Downstairs
  • More than 10 people can be accommodated for additional fees. One bedroom is located downstairs with a full size bed. We allow sleeping bags and/or air matresses to be brought in by guests for additonal sleeping accommodations. Rate is based on 8 people. Call for rates for additional people over 8 up to 15 people.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Historic house has central heat & air, 2 king beds, 4 twin beds, 1 full bed, huge kitchen & living/dining area. All bedrooms upstairs except full size bed downstairs. One full bath up & one full bath down. Grounds are 2 acres of carpet grass & oak trees, spring fed limestone swimming pool, shaded cabana, hammocks, horseshoe and washer pits, BBQ facilities, fire pit for bonfires, cantina.

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