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Riverfront Lodge, Bandera, Peace/Quiet in the Hill Country

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 6 (actually sleeps 10 but we charge extra for more than 6)

This is a rustic stone riverfront lodge on a bluff above the crystal-clear Medina River, with steps winding down to the water. It sits on three picturesque acres overlooking the river; fireplaces in the kitchen and living room. This is an old house with quirks and character—if you want hotel perfection, this isn’t it. Awesome Hill Country atmosphere…swim, tube, canoe, fish, or sit on the patio or in the river and watch the water roll by. Near San Antonio, Austin, Fiesta Texas and Seaworld, Lost Maples State Park. Bandera is the 'cowboy capital of the world'...enjoy rodeos, horses, hayrides, and outdoor fun deep in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country.

We want all our guests to be happy! : Please read all the reviews before deciding to book, as they are quite enlightening. Most people love our place, but the ones who do not.....are typically expecting a more upscale, updated facility. It is quite comfortable, but it is an old house, and there will be 'issues' from time to time. So, we really love flexible people who will be cooperative and understanding when maintenance needs arise!

More Details

Cathy Dillon
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Cathy Dillon

We lived in Houston when we bought the house, as we spent many weekends coming to the Hill Country canoeing and camping. It's on a spectacular stretch of the Medina River, and we feel very blessed to have been able to get this great fun place. Our kids have grown up loving it just as we do.

Cathy Dillon purchased this cabin in 1980

Why Cathy Dillon chose Texas Hill Country

It is one of a kind! Like country houses were when you were a kid. Once you've visited, you won't have to ask.

What makes this cabin unique

Rustic, private, peaceful setting......perfect for families. Very very restful. The view out over the river is wonderful. There is no phone, no wireless, and no cable TV at the house.....but there are lots of books and games and inner tubes and wineglasses :) We encourage you to come to the country and live in the moment, divorcing yourself for just a little while....from electronics and fast-paced anything.


Bandera Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • there is also an outdoor shower good for rinsing off when you come up from the river.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , trundles--sleeps 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
  • The house actually sleeps 10, not 6.......but we charge extra for any number in excess of 6. The main house (master bedroom + sunporch, sleeps 6) has central air and heat, while the Annex (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom, sleeps 4) has fans and space heaters but no air conditioning. All you Houston people, don't panic! Believe it or not, the Hill Country is cooler and drier than what you're used to, and with all the windows open and the fans going, you'll probably find yourself reaching for a blanket in the night.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This is a semi-rustic lodge 5 miles out in the country - no real amenities except for the beautiful setting....guests bring their own! Lots of uneven steps including steep stairs down to the river, so not ideal for crawling babies or the orthopedically challenged. The main house (master bedroom + sunporch, sleeps 6) has central air and heat, while the Annex (1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom, sleeps 4) has fans and space heaters but no air conditioning.


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
a bunch! All cowboy bars in Bandera!
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
2 courses
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Hwy 46 and Hwy 16, Bandera, Texas
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
watershkiing/Lake Medina
Car: necessary

Situated in one of the naturally beautiful areas of Texas, Bandera County beckons visitors to share a taste of the Old West set against a backdrop of the spectacular scenery of the Texas Hill Country. Bandera's title, 'Cowboy Capital of the World' originated when it became a staging area for the great cattle drives of yesteryear. When ranching fell on hard times in the 1930's, an enterprising rancher decided to take in 'dudes' to help him through the depression. An exciting new industry was born!

It continues to flourish today with a number of excellent Dude Ranches operating throughout Bandera County, Texas. Confirming Bandera as the 'Cowboy Capital of the World', a bronze monument, honoring the many National Rodeo Champions who call Bandera their home, stands on the courthouse lawn. Enhancing the western character, a working blacksmith's shop on Main Street recalls the horse-and-buggy era when the forge was the center of every town's activities.

Other Activities: Tubing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling.....all things 'river'!


Rates & Availability

Bandera Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

For more than 6 guests, fee is $50 per person per stay. But this varies depending on the situation, so be sure to ask what affects your reservation. Fuel surcharges apply in winter. If available at all, holiday and special event periods have higher but variable rates. We rent it only by the week during the summer. There are occasional exceptions to everything, so always ask for specific quotes.

Reservation can be held briefly with a credit card number, but within (ask for time period, it varies), we require a check or money order equal to approximately 1/2 of the expected rental total. The second part of the rental total can be placed on a card, and is due prior to arrival at the property. Mail deposits to 1000 Burleson St., San Marcos Texas 78666.


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