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Mountain View Lodge and Ranch

Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 12

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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

Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 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

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 -
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Mountain View Lodge and Ranch
average rating of 4.93617 based on 48 reviews

Great house,, everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Houston, Texas

Great place to get away.

  • 5 of 5

The property was just what was needed. Well furnished and maintained cabin with a wonderful country view. With a short downhill walk, you can spend the day swimming and exploring the crystal-clear creek. The house had everything you could need, and then some. The beds were comfortable as well as the rest of the furniture available. There were 2 families of 4 with the adults and children having plenty of space to spend together or apart. We swam (on the one day warm enough) in the creek and explored the creek area for miles. Great place, great area, great time, and great host. Thank you Kermit.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views, great house and wonderful hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Mountain View Lodge over the Christmas weekend and had a family reunion of 11 adults and everything was perfect! Lots of room upstairs and down for everyone to move around. Absolutely everything we needed (except food)was available when we arrived. I recommend MVL to anyone ready to get away from the city. Kermit, the owner, was available and responded to all our questions immediately.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place, Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

This house was huge for two people. We really enjoyed sitting outside on the upper level to enjoy the view of the creek. We even set up our hammocks to relax in the perfect weather. We had a good time going down to the creek and wandering around. The water is so clear you can easily see the fish. The house was clean and fully stocked. My only recommendation would be that the owner invest in some new bath towels. They were quite worn. We went across the road to feed the goats and sheep. We found a lot of them - plus a donkey. I mention the donkey because she startled us. We finally figured out that if you talk to her in a loud, stern voice, she backs off. It was a fun little adventure! We would definitely stay here again. I've already recommended this house to a friend of mine looking for a peaceful place to relax near the water.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review! We'll take a look at those towels. Some are 4 yrs old; others are 2 1/2 yrs old. Our aim is to keep the Lodge in tip-top shape. Thanks for the heads-up!! Kermit & Sandra Graf
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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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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