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Retreat to Hill Country Ranch with creek, pool, hot tub, pavilion & tennis court

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

8 BR, 5 BA, 1 half BA, sleeps 20, 30 max, 2 living, 3 dining, ~5000 sf

Beautiful secluded ranch retreat with lodge and a guest house. The lodge includes 6 bedrooms, 1 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd floor, 2 on 3rd floor. 5 kings, 2 twins, 1 fold-out sofa and 4 baths and 1 half bath. Guest house has 2 bedrooms, including 1 king, 2 sets of bunks. Sleeps 18 in beds or 20 (including a sleeper sofa in the living room). Other sofas and pads are available. Max # in party is 20 adults or 30 people (with children). Both houses have fireplaces. There are 325 acres for hiking and exploring. Play tennis on the lighted courts, swim in the swimming pool, kayak in the creek, or relax in the jacuzzi/ hot tub. The property is ideal for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Enjoy a covered outdoor pavilion with fireplace -- an excellent spot for grilling and entertaining. This is a wonderful place for gatherings of family and/or friends. Just relax on one of the wraparound covered porches on either the first or second level and enjoy the hill country scenery.


Dripping Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • Lodge 1st floor master bedroom with private bath is generally accessible to handicapped persons, although not ADA compliant. Bath has grab bars and walk in shower.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 4 twin/ single , 2 Sets of bunk beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Set of bunk beds
  • Lodge has 6 bedrooms, 1 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd floor, 2 on 3rd floor. Five bedrooms have 1 king-size bed; 1 bedroom has twin beds. There is a sleeper sofa in the downstairs living room. The lodge sleeps 12 total. The guest house has 2 bedrooms - sleeping 6 total. One bedroom has a king-size bed; one bedroom has 2 sets of bunks. Lodge 1st floor master bedroom with private bath is generally accessible to handicapped persons, although not ADA compliant. Bath has grab bars and walk in shower.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 30 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Lodge family room has 70' flat screen LED HD TV, Direct TV with DVR, and Blu Ray/ DVD player.


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Retreat to Hill Country Ranch with creek, pool, hot tub, pavilion & tennis court
average rating of 4.974359 based on 72 reviews
Dallas, Tx

A taste of the Texas hill-country that will make you want to never leave.

  • 5 of 5

Born and raised in Texas, I've travelled the two lane road, just off of which Henly Hill Ranch is located, countless times. Never was there a trip down that road that I didn't think to myself "What a beautiful area. I would so love to have a place out here". Finding out that HHR was available for me and my friends to spend some time in the heart of this beautiful land was fantastic, yet it was merely the tip of the iceberg.

Punching in the code at the gate and rolling down the long driveway you know you're in for a treat. Walking into the house you're met with the kind of warmth like meeting your best friend's family for the first time and having them instantly accept you as family. To be listed on a website called "HomeAway" seems fitting. We had twelve people (six couples) staying in the house for our weekend away and not a one of them had a want for anything that wasn't right there. All six couples had very nice private bedrooms with no less than queen beds. Two of these are stunning master suites. Being able to comfortably fit all 12 of us around the dining table the first morning for breakfast gave me a moment of reflection on how fortunate we are to have this time and place. I could say that spending evenings as a group playing games around this table was the best part, but I wouldn't want to take away from how great it was to soak in the hot tub, or from lounging around the comfy chairs by the outdoor fireplace. Even just sitting around the living room on the couches and recliners watching the giant TV was great. Of course if your party has more than 12, there's still another large round table inside and several tables outside.

I'm at 5 stars, and I haven't even mentioned outside the main house yet. Hiking up the bluff provides a view from what must be the highest point in miles. From here you look down over the house, the large grass field next to it, and the crystal clear creek that wraps around the whole thing. Longhorn cattle, bison, and Scimitar Oryx too, not to mention all the deer and turkeys. No worries, only the turkeys come into the yard. Grab any of the boats (canoe, kayaks, pedal-boat) to get a closer look at the cliffs abutting the water with bass and huge catfish below you.

Not enough space for a complete review as I could go on and on. Tennis courts, basketball. We had a masseuse visit the house and arranged a limo-bus tour of the nearby winery, brewery, and distillery too.

Eternal thanks to the owners!

Love HHR!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful tribute to the place! I'm so glad your group enjoyed it. You have so eloquently described what guests have been telling us for years - a perfect mix of a retreat and plenty to do. We welcome your group back!
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Houston, TX

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to hold our family reunion. We had people fly in from Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Carolina. There were 14 adults and 5 children, ranging in age from 4 months to 92 years. We were a little worried about the 100 degree temperatures, but thankfully there was a lot of wind which saved us. Everyone enjoyed the swimming pool and paddles boats. Thank you for having the pools toys and life jackets for the kids to use. Really enjoyed watching the deer & wild turkeys in the evening and hiking the hills to see the cattle and the sunsets. The little kids had a fun time fishing in the creek and throwing them back. Lots of reminiscing and laughs. It was a wonderful time. Gig 'em Aggies

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for posting this great review! We hosted my wife's family's reunion there the very next weekend and also had a blast. The deer and turkey came to the feeder every morning and evening, and the longhorns and buffalo even came down off the hill once. It's amazing how the breeze blows through the valley every day to help make the heat tolerable. Frequent dips in the pool help too. I hope you visit us again sometime!
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Sherman, TX

Heart & Soul of the Hill Country

  • 5 of 5

For those who relish the chance to unplug and enjoy the countryside showcasing magnificent vistas and a delightful assortment of wildlife, the ranch is an oasis with a grand history. Evidence of the owners' thoughtfulness is everywhere. From extra life jackets to extra refrigerators, the property accommodated our 3-generational family gathering with easy grace. The home is beautiful and well-equipped, but it is hard to leave the majesty of the outdoor surroundings to go inside. An amazing experience we will not soon forget.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your family enjoyed our ranch. We would welcome you back!
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Perfect place for a multi age reunion

  • 5 of 5

From two years to eighty nine we all had a relaxing and fun time reconnecting with family and friends from Texa, Oregon and Hawaii ! All used the pool hot tub and especially the boats in the creek. The creek is deep enough for boats and swimming but shallow enough to let small children ( with floaties) to be left "alone". The house is extremely well outfitted to meet every need. And HEB is close by. The tennis court and

Basketball court were well used. The indoor round table was always in use for dominos and Candy Land . I cannot think of a lack of anything. We plan on coming back for third time

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having your group again. See you next year!
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Beautiful, Peaceful, Everything was Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful venue with comfortable room for everyone in our group. The gathering spaces were comfortable and inviting. The kitchen allowed for space to cook and serve, providing every kitchen utensil we could need. The outdoor spaces with water features in addition to the pool and hot tub, were so relaxing. We made memories with our group that will carry us through the season. We'll come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate this review. I'm so glad your retreat was a success. Looking forward to having y'all back.
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When and how soon can we go back? LOVE this place!

  • 5 of 5

There are places you stay that you thank your lucky stars that the owners are generous enough to share it with you - this is that kind of place! Sure, they receive compensation but we still feel extremely lucky as they share so much with their guests - beautiful & LIGHTED tennis/basketball court, horseshoes, corn hole, pool with jacuzzi, frisbees, stream (with this humongous fish just tantalizing us & refusing to be caught), paddle boat, canoe, kayaks (plus life vests - thank you!), & acres upon acres to hike! Everyone can find something to do! [Plus it's all there right outside your doorstep - no added fees or carting everyone around town!]. Here's the true test - everyone, young and old, was outdoors doing something & NOT on their phones! We were all busy night and day just having fun with each other! Healthy fun with lots of physical activity! And kids could laugh, call out to each other, run round & just be kids because it's a huge space all to yourselves! We LOVED that the main lodge had big beautiful wrap-around porches & balconies with lots & lots of chairs! Near the pool is also a covered area with a fireplace! All of these spaces allowed those with us who did not want to or could not participate in every activity to be right there with everyone & enjoy it as well! Plus - they were perfect places to hang out with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine & visit! So quiet & peaceful out there on the porch at night - no city lights to interfere with star gazing. Lodge also has lots of seating inside - we were there for our large family Christmas get-together & loved that, for Christmas dinner, we could all sit at tables within view & we could all gather in the large living room to play games. We also had room to set up a folding table for our traditional Christmas puzzle so it didn't take up eating space. Ahhh - the steaks on the wood grill were incredible - my brother is now determined to buy one. Plenty of kitchen utensils, pans, spices etc & appreciated the labelled drawers so we could find everything. Downstairs master was perfect for my husband who had knee surgery & the upstairs master was Texas big! Plenty of room for everyone to sleep in comfort. Loved the homey ranch feel with quilts not fussiness. The lodge outshines the guesthouse but the teens & 20-somethings enjoyed having a place to themselves. We write this gratefully but a bit grudgingly because we (& all we've told) can't wait to come back & hope upon hope it will be available!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! What a fantastic review. Thank you so much for posting it. I'm glad your family enjoyed sharing Christmas at Henly Hill Ranch. We've spent many New Years, July 4ths, and various other holidays there, but never a Christmas. Sounds like your group made excellent use of the many amenities. As I read your post, I could envision it all since I've spent so much time out there. By the way, we've caught some of those large catfish, but they are much slower to bite when the water is cold. Looking forward to having you back again. Have a great 2017!
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Paul Hudson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Paul Hudson

Paul was born and raised in Austin and has lived there all his life with the exception of one year in Brazil and 4 ½ years at Texas A&M University in College Station. In addition to a B.B.A. from Texas A&M in Business Analysis, he holds a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, with specialization in real estate and finance. Immediately after graduation from UT in 1989, Paul started a consulting business, which has evolved into a commercial real estate firm now known as Hudson Properties, Inc. Paul is a licensed real estate broker in Texas. He is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and the Commercial Brokers Association.

Paul is very active in the community where he has served in various capacities including President of the Westlake Rotary Club, Chairman of the Westlake Rotary Club Foundation, and President of the Capital City Toastmasters. He is also a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Class of 2003.

Paul is active in the life of the United Methodist Church. He has served in many leadership roles at First United Methodist Church of Austin, including Lay Leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Property Committee and Co-Chair of a capital fundraising campaign. He is currently a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and as President of the Companions Sunday School Class.

In addition to his work, community service and church responsibilities, Paul enjoys playing the guitar, singing, songwriting, and many outdoor activities including coaching volleyball and soccer, boating, fishing, snow skiing, hiking, and generally spending quality time with his wife and three children.

Paul Hudson purchased this house in 2004

Why Paul Hudson chose Dripping Springs

Close proximity to Austin, outstanding live water (creek), dramatic elevation changes, beautiful houses, lovely pool and hot spa, lighted tennis/basketball court and other amenities. Paul says, 'when we first previewed the property, it was mostly just for fun because it was too expensive and too 'fancy' for us, but when we walked through the place, crossed the flowing creek and drove up to the overlook on the hill, it took our breath away. We then partnered with our family and found a way to buy it. We are so glad we did!'

What makes this house unique

Unparalleled natural beauty, comfortable accommodations, a multitude of things to do for both children and adults, and quick convenience to Austin and San Antonio!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fun time here as a family (17 people) staying the week after Christmas. We came from Seattle, Minneapolis, Austin, Bozeman, MT& Lincoln, NE. There was something for everyone! We enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, fishing, hot tubing, playing tennis, hiking, shooting hoops, wildlife spotting, playing cards & cribbage. We also watched lots of football! The house had plenty of room for the adults and the grandchildren enjoyed bunking in the guesthouse. The property is gorgeous. We loved catching up and making memories. Thanks for providing a wonderful place for our family gathering!
Dec 2014
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Car: recommended

Texas Hill Country

Other Activities: Bird watching, wildlife viewing




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Admin fee $250
Cleaning Fee $500 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 6.0%

The nightly rental rate for any stay over the 3-night minimum is $450 per night.
Please disregard the auto-quote for stays of 4, 5, or 6 nights, as Homeaway's system does not work properly for these length stays.
Please email for quotes.
The 10% "Tax" figure actually includes a 6% tax and a 4% administrative fee.
Rates are for Lodge AND Guest House. They cannot be rented individually.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.