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Mesquite Retreat - Lovely Country Home, 30min to Austin, 10min to COTA track

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

5 bdrm, 3 bth on wooded 10 acres 25 min to Austin and 10 min-Circuit of Americas

3500 sf Neo-classic design house with 1500 sf additional covered front and back porch and patios features the following:

•10-12 ft high ceilings with heavy crown molding throughout

•Brazilian Cherry wood floor in all common areas and Master Bed and Bath

•Music is piped throughout house including front and back outdoors along with Master Bedroom and Bath.

•Huge luxurious Master Bathroom retreat includes spa bath with chromo therapeutic lights, television, chandelier mood lighting.

•Over-sized Master Bedroom with striking pool view and access through a 12 foot sliding unit, 50' HDTV

•High end kitchen includes double ovens, warmer, striking granite counters with four bar stools. Plenty of room for gourmet chefs

•Indoor eating sits 12 in dining room.

•Front porch overlooks catfish pond. Activities include paddle boat, flat bottom boat, and fishing pier to hook those large catfish. Plenty of large catfish, fed daily to ensure good catch!

•Backyard patio features a paradise setting with outdoor fireplace with seating for 20+.

•Rock grotto and waterfalls flow into beautifully lighted pool at night with natural landscape surroundings with plenty of privacy.

•Soak away in our Clear water(R) spa with fiber optic lighting and separate sound system

•Outdoor grill, griddle, fryer for those outdoor cooks available.

• Exercise equipment includes Total Gym(R), Weight Machine, treadmill, dumb bells

•Movie and book library, board games

More Details

Hershel and Becky Sandifer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2017

About Hershel and Becky Sandifer

Hershel is a commercial construction project manager who loves to work on his land, restore classic cars, juke boxes, and coke machines. He loves cooking catfish and craw fish for large groups! While Hershel was building the house, Becky went back to school and received her PhD and Executive Coaching certification. They both love spending time with their family and four dogs.

Hershel and Becky Sandifer purchased this house in 2009

Why Hershel and Becky Sandifer chose Texas

Hershel used his construction experience to build their dream house. They began hosting events for their friends and family which led to the idea of sharing the house with others. Their son and his wife were married down by the pond in a beautiful outdoor wedding.

What makes this house unique

We chose this land because it was a country setting with plenty of privacy but in close proximity to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and outlet mall shopping San Marcos.


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Mesquite Retreat - Lovely Country Home, 30min to Austin, 10min to COTA track
average rating of 4.95 based on 40 reviews

Perfect for our family get together

  • 5 of 5
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The Mesquite Retreat was perfect for our family get together! The house is beautiful and comfortable with plenty of things to entertain and enjoy! Loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Property!!

  • 5 of 5
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Our extended family had a great time at Mesquite Retreat! Hershel was a great host and was there to meet us when we arrived to show us how everything worked. Our grandson enjoyed catching fish at the pond as well as riding on the golf cart. House is very spacious so we had plenty of room. The property is amazing and we enjoyed watching all the wildlife. We really loved the outdoor patio and fireplace. Will rent again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The pictures do not do this place justice - in person it was AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5
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We have stayed at several properties using services like this, not always pleased with what we end up with. THIS was the first time we got far more than what the pictures and description displayed. The property over-delivered on our expectations in EVERY way. It was THE perfect place to celebrate an important birthday with 10 of our closest family and friends. Driving up to the home, we were blown away at the landscaping, the HUGE house, and the beautiful property grounds. It was a great place to entertain: we had chef Michael Ward from Austin cook in the modern kitchen, games by the pool, star gazing, nature watching (we saw deer, road runners, hawks, falcons, lightning bugs, jackrabbits, bullfrogs, and more). All the while, only a quick 30 minute drive to Austin nightlife, grocery stores, and more. Highly recommended, we are already thinking of when we can return.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin, Tx

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We took our 12th family vacation together this year, staying close to home due to having a 2 month old granddaughter. This place was really fabulous with the pond, pool and hot tub to keep everyone busy. We enjoyed fishing and the grandkids caught 30 perch the first night. You can't put the bait on the hook fast enough. The outdoor screen for watching movies from the pool was really a neat feature. The game room garage had more to do and also a large screen for watching movies or playing Nintendo. Never had used an outdoor griddle before, but I've cooked breakfast one now. All of the rooms were comfortable and there was plenty of room for the 11 of us. We had a great 4 nights.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sugar Land, TX

Perfect house for large group

  • 5 of 5
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We celebrated 3 birthdays in our group of 6 couples, 170 years combined. This house was a perfect place for our long wknd. Being away from it all meant we could have fun, loud games of badminton and volleyball in the pool without disturbing the neighbors with our shouts. The kitchen had everything and more then we needed to cook all our meals and the bonus grills outside were much used as well. The movies at night with the big screen over the pool was enjoyed by those in the pool on floats and those on deck in comfy loungers. Watching catfish feed in the morning and night was a new experience for some in our group and while we didn't catch any it was fun trying. Everyone agreed it's the best house we have rented and we'd very likely rent it again. Thank you so much Hershel we will be talking again soon. June and the Greatwood group!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5
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We rented this home so that we can host a couples getaway weekend. Mesquite Retreat has all of the amenities you will need for any event where you want to stay in the rental the entire time and all of the custom things make it so comfortable and lush. The pool and outdoor movie screen is lovely and relaxing(we spent a lot of time here), they have a golf cart and paddle boat, multiple grills and a great game room! My favorite part of the home is the master suite, it is so spacious and the bathroom is the best thing ever, it comes with seating and tv! You can't go wrong with this home, if you need supplies, the city of Bastrop is really close.Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Cedar Creek House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $350 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are quoted in US Dollars. For non-event rates a deposit of one night is required upon booking. Full payment is due 30 days prior to arrival. For event rates a deposit of 25% is required upon booking. Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival.

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Cedar Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Large with 2 chairs and tv
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 double , Animal Room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Royal Room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bird Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ocean Room
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
Smoking allowed only in designated outdoor area.

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