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

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
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. 4 kings, 1 queen, 2 twins, 1 fold-out sofa and 4 baths and 1 half bath. Guest house has 2 bedrooms, including 1 queen, 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.

Paul Hudson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

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 Texas Hill Country

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Hill Country Ranch with creek, pool, hot tub, pavilion & tennis court
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 68 reviews

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: Dec 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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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: Jun 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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A relaxing and fun filled get away

  • 5 of 5

As soon as you enter the property you know you chose the right get away. We had an extremely successful family reunion

With ages 17 months to 88 years. We asked for favorite activities and everything was mentioned the pool, Onion creek, hot tub, fishing, the paddle boat, canoe, kayak, ,hiking to the top of the hill , seeing long horn cattle , deer ,, the bison and those wonderful rocking chairs on the porch . And all within a short drive to the grocery and pizza parlors. Forgot to mention all the fun around that round table playing cards and dominos- chicken foot and train. The kitchen is fully furnished ...A fire in the patio with somemoers , a guitar and singing was enjoyed by everyone . So much fun we booked it for next year!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that your reunion was such a success! We host 2 or 3 reunions each year at Henly Hill Ranch for different branches of our extended family, not to mention a men's group I'm in that meets there each April, and periodic other gatherings. It's just a perfect place to gather family and friends! If it's hot, we swim. If it's cold, we build fires and play games. If it rains, we sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery and clean air! More often than not, the weather is just right and we do all the stuff that you mentioned. Looking forward to having you back next year. Now that you know what to expect, you'll enjoy it even more!
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The Best Hill Country Stay in Texas!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this site. Our family loves Henly Hill as it is the perfect location for an annual reunion. The main "lodge" offers 6 bedrooms with comfortable beds. It has great amenities - pool, hot tub, pool cabana, tennis court with basketball hoops, tetherball, ranch roads and wildlife. They even have yard games! If you want a slower pace, sit on either of the wrap-around porches (upper or lower) and take in the fabulous views.

This is a private site not within views of any neighbors. You and your family do not have to share amenities with other folks. For my wife and I, the creek and kayaking is over the top! We love it. Other family members loved the fishing - bass, perch and catfish!

The house is well stocked and the owners and ranch caretaker are always helpful should you need assistance.

We are considering a fourth year!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had another great reunion at Henly Hill Ranch! Coincidentally, I'm headed there today for the same purpose (we host 3 a year there for different branches of the family). Can't wait to get a hook in the water! I saw you guestbook entry about the big catfish caught by one of the kids. How exciting! Thank you so much for this glowing review! And now that Homeaway/VRBO gives us the opportunity to review our guests, we will be able to return the favor and give you the highest possible review. Your group always leaves the ranch clean and tidy. I know our cleaning crew appreciates it, as does our family! We look forward to having you with us again in 2017!
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Urbana, MD

Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We had family wedding in the area and needed space for out of town guests.

Henley Hill was absolutely fantastic. Wonderful accommodations-everyone loved it. And the outdoor space plus activities were so numerous, not a single adult or child was bored!

The kitchen is so well equipped we didn't want for anything, even with the number of people we had.


  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad y'all had a good time. We try to make the ranch work for guests of all ages.
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Wonderful place for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

What a great stay we had. So many different things to do - hiking, pool, tennis (with lights), all sorts of games, boating on your own creek. My large family group was always entertained. Plus the house is fully stocked. You are staying in a functioning home that has everything you could possibly need. There are 4 refrigerators if you count the guest house, which offered a little seclusion if some of the family have little ones. Our favorite activities were the 3 mile hikes on the property that took us to great views, midnight dodgeball, and playing games in the large living area with all 20 family members participating - can't do those things in many places. It was wonderful to be so secluded,a nd to have everyone under one roof. If we had neighbors, we didn't know it. We had a great experience, and were well taken care of by Cynthia, the agent, and Joe, the ranch foreman. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciate the thoughtful review. And I'm so pleased that your family made the most out of Henly Hill Ranch's amenities. I'm headed there for our own family reunion tomorrow, and another one (my wife's side of the family) in 2 weeks. It is truly a magical place to gather with loved-ones. Looking forward to having you back!
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Car: recommended

Texas Hill Country

Other Activities: Bird watching, wildlife viewing


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

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

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Dripping Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
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
  • 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 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 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Set of bunk beds
    Bedroom 8 - 4 twin/ single , 2 Sets of bunk beds
  • Lodge has 6 bedrooms, 1 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd floor, 2 on 3rd floor. Four bedrooms have 1 king-size bed; 1 bedroom has 1 queen-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 queen-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
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • 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 Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 30 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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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