4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 12
About Kermit Graf
In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families. We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!
Kermit Graf purchased this Lodge in 1999
Check-out: 2:00 PM
Pets over 1 year old.
High chair & booster seat provided.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:15 (sleeps up to 15 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We had planned a trip to the beach which fell through so we booked here kind of last minute. We were not disappointed!! The house and swimming hole were great! We've stayed at low rent motels and high dollar hotels and I always pack Lysol and bathroom cleaners just in case, but I did not need them here!
Second trip did not disappoint. Our family had an amazing time of much needed rest and rejuvenation. Thank you!
Small slice of Heaven
This was one of our favorite places so far. The house was organized, labeled, well stocked and the location secluded and serene. The attention and care for the surrounding wildlife a big plus for me. The owners thought of everything. First place we’ve stayed where we weren’t missing something we needed in the kitchen. Very enjoyable stay, my only regret is we didn’t stay long enough! We will visit again! Thank you.
Loved it loved it loved it!
We come every year to have a family vacation at the wonderful Mountain View Lodge and we love every minute of it year after year.
Relaxing and amazing
This was our third time here. We loved it as always! This was the highest the water has ever been for us and it was incredible! My children and niece- ages 5,3 and 2 loved floating down the shallow rapids over and over again and of course the adults loved the refreshing swimming hole.
Scenery is indescribably beautiful as always. 😀�😀�
House had everything we needed and more!!!
I love staying here. ❤️❤️❤️
Heartbreaking to leave!
Gem on the river
Everything that is written in the overview for the Mountain View Lodge is accurate. The lodge is large, pleasantly comfortable and cozy, plus the location is remote, just like we wanted. The panoramic view from the balcony is so beautiful and the sunsets are simply stunning. At night you can see so many stars, that we were even able to get pictures of the Milky Way!! It would have been nice if basic pantry essential were made available. This is the first time that we stayed in a rental that didn’t provide the basics. There is a lot to do in the area. We went hiking at Lost Maples and down along Pulliam Creek, and swam at different swimming holes that were close by. Went antiquing in Uvalde, which was only 45 minutes away. Saw lots of wildlife (including porcupine), made sugar water for the hummingbirds, and fed corn to the goats, sheep and the donkey. When we ran out of corn, we simply went to Camp Wood and bought a 50lb bag for only $7.00! We loved spending time every evening feeding the livestock. Considering the lodge’s remoteness, we were surprised that we had to share the river frontage with other people and their ATVs. The thing we truly enjoyed the most was spending time down at the river swimming, snorkeling, tubing and just relaxing. Not sure if our dog Duke enjoyed it more than we did. Communication with Mr. Graf was always quick and very helpful. We look forward to returning to the MVL!!
Other activities in the area include hiking, birding, photography, summer rodeos, floating the Nueces River, and exploring the limitless miles of scenic country roads. Two of the most scenic highways in Texas are Hwy 55 between Barksdale and Rocksprings, and Hwy 337 between Medina, Vanderpool, Leakey and Camp Wood.
Take the 7-mile drive from Barksdale to Vance along Hwy 335. At one of the ranches look for giraffe, kangaroo, camel, antelope, zebra and other exotic wildlife. From Vance, drive another 2.6 miles to a beautiful overlook of the Nueces. It is this river that carries water from the Frio and Sabinal to the Gulf of Mexico, and was once the disputed southern border with Mexico. Consider it the 'mother' river of the Hill Country!
Don't miss 'Quince,' an old-time, crystal-clear, 15-ft-deep Nueces River swimming hole outside Camp Wood; or the beautiful Nueces River dam south of Camp Wood; or all-you-can-eat at the popular Casa Falcon in Camp Wood (wear your cowboy hat!).