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Mountain View Lodge and Ranch

Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Barksdale Lodge Rental Photos and Description

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.

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2016
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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

Goodmorning Mr. Graf,

I've been meaning to write this, but travel and work kind of interfered. The Lodge could not have been a more perfect experience for us. It offered so many wonderful adventures and gave opportunity for making the most memorable of moments. Every aspect of our visit/stay was remarkable. I am singing Mountain View Lodge praises and hope that our friends/family may some day experience all the joy and peace and serenity that it has to offer. Thank you for sharing such an amazing place and for allowing others the opportunity to know this beauty.


Jul 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

Mountain View Lodge and Ranch
average rating of 4.9302325 based on 44 reviews

Beautiful lodge with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

We just left this beautiful lodge. We were celebrating 3 birthdays and one wedding anniversary. We all absolutely loved it and have decided this will be a new regular vacation spot for us. We had 7 adults, 2 children and two small dogs and we were all very comfortable. The accommodations were perfect and very well stocked with all the cleaning supplies, shampoo, conditioner, soap anything you could possibly need. We travel a lot and this is by far one of our favorite spots now. The views were breathtaking. Watching the sunset from the deck was phenomenal and the private river access amazing. We didn't want to leave. Not once did we turn on the TV. Thank you for providing such a tranquil rental property and sharing this part of God's beautiful country with others!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was awesome, can not wait to go back and stay.

  • 5 of 5

This place had it all, the only thing you need when you go there is the food you are going to eat. We enjoyed the incredible view off the back deck and the swimming hole down the ridge. The lodge is approximately 45 minutes from Garner State Park, with a beautiful drive from the lodge to the park. There was an awesome place to go right in Campwood to go swim and fish. (I would recommend the gas station at the corner of 55 and 337 over the dollar general but that's me) We shared the home with another family and we all had plenty of room. The price was great can not beat it. The books with local information about placed to go and see was very helpful. We also were able to catch the bats which was just out of Concan about an hour and fifteen minute drive well worth it. I cant say enough good things about this place. We will be back. Thanks Kermit for sharing your wonderful place with us.

Basye Family

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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San Antonio, TX

Slice of Heaven!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed for two nights with 4 families ... Cabin was well provisioned and quite comfortable ... View from deck was breathtaking ... Swimming hole was perfect for all ages ... We had a blast and we're already planning our next trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This places ROCKS!!

  • 5 of 5

We had my birthday here and it was amazing the views are spectacular the river is gorgeous and all the amenities make you feel right at home !!! Will be going back for my birthday coming up and can't wait!! The owner of the property is a very nice gentleman and even shipped me back my expensive flashlight a friend left behind even thou it rained the entire time it was still a blast I'm glad theye able to share this place with the rest of us if your thinking about it do it without hesitation

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this place. The view from the house was exquisite. At night you can see so many stars. The river is clear very nice and cool. The House comes with everything you need to feel at home very cozy. Mr. Kermit is very considered to his guest. Always there if you have any concerns. We can't wait to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Laredo, TX

Great Getaway from the Busy Life!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, four friends, 4 children and I stayed for 3 nights at the Mountain View Lodge this past weekend. This house is such a great find in VRBO and we all had such a great time this week.

The views are breath taking and there is a lot to do in the acreage. We spent much of our time in its very own water hole which had the most pristine water I have seen in river/creek in a while. Honestly the house is big enough for 14/16 guest if you don’t mind sharing beds or sleeping in the extra mattresses they keep. We had a party of 12 and fit great. This house is equipped with the bells and whistles and you can tell is very well kept.

We are planning on making a trip here every summer. We really thank Mr. Grafe for allowing others to experience staying at this property by renting out on Vrbo. My friend and I both work from home, so having access to the internet and direct tv made our stay like being home. I highly recommend this property to anyone wanted some quality peace and quiet with family or friends. Overall a great find and if you don’t mind driving 20/30 miles there is a lot to do nearby. We are definitely coming back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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!).


Rates & Availability

Barksdale Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Summer Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round).
A booking is fully refundable when cancelling up to 7 days before arrival.

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Barksdale Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
  • 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
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • 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
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).

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