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Hershel and Becky Sandifer

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

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

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Hershel and Becky Sandifer (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.


based on 31 traveler reviews

Mesquite Retreat - Lovely Country Home, 30min to Austin, 10min to COTA track
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews
waco , tx

Simply Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful rolling landscape ,cut straight out of paradise. This by far was the most amazing VRBO trip we have ever experienced .

This home is truly geared to be sure to have everything for the family. This incredible back yard has a stunning pool , horseshoe pit

and projection system with a grand view over the pool. This stunning home is beautifully decorated and is equipped with a game and

media room. THE FISHING WAS OUTTA THIS WORLD! The pond is stocked with a variety of fish and was the hottest catch and release

fun we've ever had. From my family of 10, let's do it again !!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Amazing property with so many amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 10 stay at this great property and everyone was extremely pleased. There was so much to do there, it would take two paragraphs to describe. We have stayed at 10 other properties throughout the last 10 years and this one surpassed all by far. Hershel was so great to work with and showed us how everything worked. We will definitely be coming back! Thank you Hershel.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Country Christmas Celebration

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I with our three children and their spouses plus 5 grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mesquite Retreat for the holiday. We cooked great meals with all the equipment you would need provided. The house was all decorated for Christmas and besides the gift giving and games, the children and adults enjoyed the pool table, the golf cart rides, watching movies outside on the giant screen, (We had great and unusually warm weather for December.), the hot tub and roasting hot dogs, making s'mores over the fire pit. Herschel and Becky were very responsive to any of our needs. The house and amenities were all better than described. I would recommend this property and stay again. One afternoon we all drove to Lockhart for Texas barbeque at Smitty's. Other than the long wait, the food was great. Mesquite Retreat felt very homey and comfortable for a family gathering of 13. Would do it again.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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DEFINATELY will be returning!!!

  • 5 of 5

Party of 12 for my 27th birthday weekend getaway at Mesquite Retreat was a success!!! This place is beautiful! The pictures posted do not do the justice! We had an amazing time and are already planning a summer getaway at this same place. Large private property, very spacious, quiet, relaxing and most importantly the owners are great! We had everything we needed. The ONLY thing we would change, is the length of our stay from 2 days to 2 weeks! You will have not one disappointment renting this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Private, spacious, and lovely getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5

My mom, sisters, and I celebrated our 5th annual "women's retreat" at Mesquite Retreat this summer. We've rented other houses the last 4 years and enjoyed ourselves, but our accommodations at Mesquite Retreat this year were the best by far so much so that we've already booked again for next summer!

Mesquite Retreat sits on a large and very private lot with a pond, dock, paddle boats, fire pits, and horse shoes. The large pool was clean and cool complete with a waterfall and nifty nightlight lighting, and the large outdoor movie screen behind the pool made for awesome dive-in movies at night!

There were lots of umbrellas for shade and ample seating immediately beside the pool as well as on the covered back patio all complimented by an awesome sound system that piped music throughout the house and out beside the pool.

Overall, the house was large with a nice flow and layout and plentiful and comfortable sleeping options. We had 10 guests and lots of room to spare. The kitchen, adjacent to the living room, featured ample counter space and a nice bar allowing everyone to congregate as meals were being prepared with the many seating options in the living room allowing for additional overflow.

The dining room table was huge with space for all 10 of us to gather for dinner each night, towels were abundant, and the master bathroom was a sight to behold! Overall, we're sure glad we took a shot on Mesquite Retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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As advertised!

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this house as our base for exploring the Austin and San Antonio areas. When we showed up we were given a tour of the property by Hershel and Becky. They were very friendly and quick to respond to a few small issues we had during the week. The house was even better than we expected and we high fairly high expectations! We rent houses several times a year (usually on the Oregon Coast) and this was by far the most well equipped house we have stayed at. We had everything we needed and a lot of things we didn't know we needed until we needed them (hello basket of cozi's by the pool door).

I would highly recommend this house (and its owners) to anyone that is looking for a great place to stay in the area. Other than the weather (not Hershel's fault) we literally had no complaints.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Austin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 26 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2016 - Jun 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2016 - Jul 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor DAy
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Formula 1
Oct 19 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas / New Years
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
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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Texas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • 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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