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6000sf PRIVATE ESTATE w/ POOL-- Close to Everything--A Hill Country Retreat

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,400 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Estate, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Just 18 miles due North of San Antonio-- enjoy both San Antonio and the Hill Country--great homebase is a convenient drive to all the best attractions in the area--the famous Riverwalk, the Missions, great San Antonio museums, fabulous shopping and dining, many fine golf courses, Six Flags, Sea World, and all the city's best activities. Also close to the beautiful Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake natural areas for hiking, fishing, canoing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, sailing, boating, waterskiing, birdwatching. Easy, scenic drives to popular Hill Country towns of New Braunfels (home of Schlitterbahn Water Park), Gruene, Wimberley, Fredericksburg, Boerne and more--wonderful places to shop, visit local wineries, antique, dine and explore.

Three story 6000+ square foot architect designed home is private, spacious, totally unique, and beautiful--your own secluded nature spa/resort! Large home has 5 luxurious, well-appointed bedrooms with views, and 4.5 baths. Two living rooms, dining room and breakfast room, gourmet kitchen, 3 bars, gameroom with custom pool table, library, wine room, laundry room. Covered outdoor balcony-deck off dining room is in the treetops, and looks down on sparkling pool and waterfall. Spacious, serene master suite has private patio and amazing bath--2 person Jacuzzi and large walk-in spa steam shower, all in marble and onyx.

Elegant contemporary rock home has luxury touches and amenities throughout, with wonderful views of extra-large pool, gardens and Hill Country. Lush, shaded grounds create a green oasis, with multi-level stone walkways and patios around property. Huge, ultra-romantic private pool with swim-through waterfall, waterbenches with views of the hills, and diving board. Hand painted tile and stone patios around pool with tables, seating, fire ring. Property is great for stargazing -- float in your private pool at night and contemplate the stars!

Spacious, light-filled rooms have interesting architectural details at every turn. Our guests say the house has the WOW factor, and is better than the photographs show! The property has been published in San Antonio Express News Designer Home Spaces pages. A glamorous, private getaway--yet close to all the best visitor activities in the area!

Keywords: 3 story House

More Details

Susan Dunis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

(from guestbook) "We felt very honored staying in your home this weekend. Our trip started out with Schlitterbahn as the main event, and ended with your home, providing us with great times and wonderful memories. It's been an irreplacable time in our lives. Much gratitude and thanks for the memories!" The Smiths
Aug 2007
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Bulverde Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1) high quality king bed in master with great garden and pool views, Queen size Beds 3 high quality queen beds in 3 bedrooms/ each with a view!, Twin or Single Beds (2) two twins in one bedroom along with queen size futon, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen futon in same bedroom as two twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
One-of-a-kind art home with many interesting living areas! Staying here is a fun experience! Home is spacious, friendly, contemporary with antiques and art. Location is perfect balance between country and city--a wonderful Hill Country retreat atmosphere yet very close and convernient to San Antonio and surrounding activities. 4 acres to hike and great hilly area for walking, jogging.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

6000sf PRIVATE ESTATE w/ POOL-- Close to Everything--A Hill Country Retreat
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 15 reviews

Awesome castle like dream house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this gorgeous property! Deer were prevalent on the property and within the area. The deer were so friendly that they came up to the front door and our children were able to actually feed them! We had an amazing time! The pool is absolutely stunning and the view is spectacular! Thank you for sharing your amazing home and your hospitality! Great owners! Unforgettable vacation, and we will be back! :)

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hill home review

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in October. Nice time of year for Texas. What a beautiful home!! We had a group with 4 retired couples in it and all enjoyed the home very much. The area was so peaceful and the view from the home, especially in the early mornings was stunning. Wild life was a part of each day which was different than where we live in Iowa. Even saw longhorn cattle grazing freely not too far away. We sat by the pool every night, and even got in several games on the pool table. I would recommend this home for anyone. Unique, roomy, and comfortable for all to enjoy. A+++ P.S. Handy to San Antonio too!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Don and Family for posting this great review! You were wonderful guests and we'd love you to visit again anytime.
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Salem, South Carolina

Fantastic Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family gathering in this amazing home. The home is beyond beautiful! The kitchen is well-equipped, the views are stunning, and home architecture is incredible. My children and grandchildren felt this home was the best part of our visit to San Antonio. Each morning I walked with my grandchildren and counted how many deer we saw. We ate breakfast in the nook, in the dining room, and outside on the deck. Everyone swam in the pool and under the waterfall. The home is perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winchester, Tennessee

Charming house, great rental experience

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely lovely home with a very eccentric, unique charm. Due to the layout, it is both very roomy and yet has quite a few good gathering areas for family togetherness. The house is in very good repair and the grounds are immaculate. Wildlife is abundant and accustomed to people, meaning you'll get some great views. The views from the main floor are stunning in looking over Texas Hill country. The pool area is beautiful and very relaxing. In all the home has a remote feel, very private, while also allowing easy access to area activities.

Our checkin was a breeze and very informative. The owners were through in ensuring we enjoyed our time there. I would absolutely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to our delightful guests for posting this review. We are so happy you enjoyed staying at the house, and really appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you for taking time to write this great review! Susan and Val
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Charleston South Carolina

In need of some TLC

  • 2 of 5

The photos of this property were most likely taken many years ago as this house has aged quite a bit. It is in need of some serious TLC... fresh paint, deep cleaning especially in bathrooms, new kitchen utensils, ect. The house was clean upon first glance, but the bathrooms had dead and living bugs and mildew, especially on the shower heads. Rooms were dusty, and wooden porch is rotting. The outside area is beautiful and by far the best feature of the house. However, pool towels are not provided and the owners ask you to bring your own and not to use the bath towels. That seems a little ridiculous to try and fit a pool towel in your carry on! There are no lounge chairs or pool toys. We did find two floats, both with slow leaking holes. The house is very intresting and provided lots of "conversation pieces" but it is not functional. The kitchen cabinets do not have handles, making them hard to open and find things. The upstairs bathroom and shower doesn't have a door! Showering was very tricky and there is no privacy. The other bathroom upstairs was hard to get into and awkard as well. The spiral staircase leading downstairs were challenging to use and they are the only way to get downstairs. Taking large luggage down these are dangerous and difficult. These stairs are the only way to get to the pool from the inside of the house too. There are no lights outside on the walkway to the pool so it is dagerous at night to use the outdoor space. This house would be very unsafe for young children and seniors. The distance into San Antonio is accurate, about 45 min driving, not a bad drive. To accomadate hanging out in one room with our large group, we had to bring chairs in from outside and other rooms in the house. Most likely we would not stay in this property again, although the location is great. Many things to do, only a short drive away.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests--A bit of a shock to read this review--we've had nothing but positive feedback in 5 years! Very sorry this guest did not appreciate the house. However, many criticisms made in this review are not fact: house has been recently repainted, photos are not old, house is in good condition throughout and is thoroughly and professionally cleaned between guests, dishes and kitchen-ware are not worn or in need of replacement, there are pool lights, outdoor lights and solar lights around pool. So-called mold around shower head is merely black plastic that's a part of shower head! Spiral stair is not dangerous, and it is certainly not the only way to bring luggage to rooms or go out to pool. Possibly guest did not notice outdoor and pool light switches, or side doors? There's plenty of furniture and seating, as described and shown on website; perhaps guests had more people than permitted in house. Yes, one might see a bug now and then--this is the Texas Hill Country! We have regular pest control treatments, and bugs are not a problem. This home is a 3 story residence set into a hillside. We have stairs both inside and out, as we state clearly on website. The house is unique, artistic, architecturally interesting and fun--with numerous positive and specialfeatures. It has been a memorable and postive vacation experience for many families, friends and business groups. It may not be perfect for everyone, but over the last 5 years, many guests have loved it and told us so! Dear future guests, please read our other reviews! Susan and Val
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Stuart, FL

Top of the Hills

  • 5 of 5

Susan and Val - Thank you for renting your lovely home to us! We were 4 couples - old friends - who rented your home, and should have stayed longer! There was so much to do and enjoy! We'd like to come back in warmer weather when we could enjoy the pool and swim-through waterfall. Your property was spacious and decorated so nicely!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for staying with us and for your kind review! Would love to have you back anytime........Susan and Val
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
San Antonio Airport
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
River Crossing Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy. 281 N
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mike's In the Village, Bulverde
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Corpus Christi
Car: necessary

Property is ideal location to experience all of the Hill Country delights--just a short drive (30 min) to San Antonio Riverwalk and it's many attractions. 30 minutes to water features of Schlitterbahn, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Canyon Lake, Caves and hiking, tubing, kayaking or canoeing the Guadalupe River. Close to many public golf courses- (closest is 10 min. away), upscale shopping, and dining. Close to popular towns of Boerne, New Braunfels, Blanco, Wimberley, Gruene, Only 75 miles to Austin. One hour to famous Fredricksburg, Pedernales Falls, Marble Falls, Kerrville and Hill Country areas--Excellent home base for a complete San Antonio, Austin, and Hill Country experience--convenient to all!


Rates & Availability

Bulverde Estate Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY 10-12. House is NOT handicapped accessible, NOT childproofed. There is NO FENCE around pool--supervision of children is required and is parent's sole responsibility. Pool NOT heated. Multiple stairs and levels throughout house. NO reunions, weddings, parties, or any event involving more than 12 people. Property is a quiet nature retreat atmosphere in a quiet neighborhood

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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