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Mountain View Lodge and Ranch

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 12

NEW SPECIAL! $195 EACH WEEK-NIGHT! CHECK OUR REVIEWS; COME ON OUT!! (Does not apply to summer bookings.)

Mountain View Lodge lies on the western edge of the scenic Texas Hill Country, offering spectacular views and sunsets--great for gatherings large or small. This modern, 2-story (2,500 sq ft) lodge is along crystal-clear, spring-fed Pulliam creek (Middle Prong of the Nueces River), which is ideal for swimming, tubing, and snorkeling. A 5-ft-deep swimming hole is at the lodge. Nearby is a large natural spring.

The Lodge sits high above the creek with a lovely, panoramic mountain view. The area is Nueces Canyon, home to many species of birds and other wildlife. The Lodge is located 6 miles north of Camp Wood and 28 miles west of Leakey, near Barksdale, on a 23-acre ranch.

Free wireless internet access now available (wifi).

There are large living areas upstairs and downstairs with a southwestern decor. The main living area is upstairs, which includes a large kitchen/dining area, a living room, and two bedrooms. Downstairs is an entertainment area and more bedrooms.

Accommodations: Upstairs (main living area) has 2 bedrooms with king-sized beds sleeping 4 people. Downstairs are recreational accommodations and beds for 8 people. Each level has a fireplace and a full bath.

Large decks on both levels provide majestic hill country views and a comfortable setting for relaxation. The fully equipped kitchen includes a microwave and a dishwasher. The downstairs deck includes a barbecue grill for outdoor cooking. Also downstairs are a washer and dryer.

Weather conditions: It is not just summertime that's great in the Hill Country. Fall, spring, and even winter are some of the most wonderful weather days. The water source for the Lodge is from a well tapped into the nearby spring aquifer--an extra treat. It's processed through a water softener just to remove the hardness and is really great quality water--classic Hill Country.

Pets ages 1 year or over are welcome.

More Details

Owner
Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We LOVED your Mountain View Lodge! You had everything there that we could ever want or need. The kids and parents - EVERYONE - really enjoyed being there and spending time at the river. We never even left to explore the areas away from the lodge grounds! We did unplug and put away the modem and with limited cell service, it was great to reconnect with each other!



Thank you so much for opening this fantastic place for us and others to experience! If you ever decide you might be interested in selling, please contact me.
Mar 2017
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Garner State Park
The Quince Swim Hole
"Classic old-time swimming hole, 15 feet deep."
Nueces Canyon Dam
"Scenic swimming area in beautiful, crystal-clear Nueces River!"
Camp Wood Hills Crossing
Big Oak River Camp Park
"Very nice cabins and recreational areas along Nueces River."
Casa Falcon Restaurant
"Very nice restaurant. Friendly service. Closed on Wednesday."
Chalk Bluff Park
"Beautiful private park along Nueces River for swimming, camping, trail riding, canoeing and ..."
Family Dollar
"Shop here for household and food items. Great prices."
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
San Antonio, TX
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 55
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Casa Falcon in Camp Wood
Car: necessary

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!).

Amenities

Barksdale Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Entry Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs
    Entertainment Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Complementary LD phone service. All bathroom towels/washcloths, shampoo, conditioner, bath & hand soap, all linens & bedding provided. Toddler friendly (gating provided to restrict stair access).

Reviews

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(73 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.9315066 based on 75 reviews
4

Great View, Comfortable House, Nature and Restful

  • 4 of 5

The Atlanta girls enjoyed the house. The corn and bird feed was very nice to have for the animals. The sign postings was very helpful and made the stay easier as to have any questions answered. Our only concern was the upper wooden deck is in need of repair and was very shaky. The girls were uncomfortable about sitting on it. We sat on the lower deck. I suggest the upper deck and steps be checked for rotten wood replacement. I will recommend the house to family and friends as it was a very nice place to stay. Thank you

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If you bend down and look closely, the deck boards are 2" thick (not your normal 1" boards) and still very strong and sturdy. Your concern is because the boards are a bit loose and need to be tightened down. The hot summer sun causes wood contraction. Deck screws need to be re-tightened, which I'll do again soon. The boards click & clack when you walk on them, but they are structurally very strong. They just need to be tightened again.
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5

Awesome as usual!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. House is amazing and the view is spectacular.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed every minute!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very spacious with plenty of room. Great views upstairs and downstairs. The river water which is walking distance is clear and its soothing sounds were calming. We loved sitting out on the porch enjoying nature's sounds.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely gorgeous & super relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain View lodge is so beautiful! My family and I are so in love with this place! The owners provide everything you can think of.

The views are breath taking and the home is very well kept with plenty of space upstairs and down. If you are looking for a nice peaceful place to get away, this is the perfect spot!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful An quiet.

  • 5 of 5

It was nice an relaxing! Creek An swimming hole was perfect!! There were the neighbors down there but very friendly. My family had an awesome time! Thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round).
Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10.00 per night, per additional guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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