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Steve Brister

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Spacious Riverview Lodge at Family-Friendly Hill Country Resort

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Texas Lodge Rental Photos and Description

3BR/2BA Lodge + Optional 1BR/1BA BunkHouse - Sleeps 10 (+6 with Bunkhouse)

The Ponderosa is the premier rental lodge at Roddy Tree Ranch Resort, featuring beautiful Guadalupe River views from the family room, dining area, and multiple outdoor porches. Enjoy the comfortable, spacious Ponderosa and the adjacent sunlight-filled Bunkhouse with up to 16 family members and friends!

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country riverfront setting - or explore the many attractions in the surrounding area including Kerrville, Fredericksberg, Bandera, and San Antonio. Enjoy quiet evenings reading by the fireplace, or stargazing on one of the porches.

The Ponderosa has plenty of room for relaxing indoors and out, making it the perfect gathering place for a family reunion, couples getaway, or simply reconnecting with family and friends. Western furnishings and décor throughout the lodge and Bunkhouse enhance the Hill Country setting.

Inside the Ponderosa, there is a large river-view Family Room with a limestone fireplace, large-screen HDTV (with satellite TV/DVR service), comfortable sitting area, and a large table perfect for card games or jigsaw puzzles. One of the sofas in the family room has a fold-out double bed, making it a cozy fireside place to sleep!

The Living Room has another large limestone fireplace, TV with DVD, and comfortable couches for relaxing in front of the fire or a good movie.

The large window-wrapped, eat-In Kitchen is fully equipped, has a large island for food prep and serving, and a large dining table that easily accommodates 8-10 diners. Views of the cypress-lined riverfront and nearby hills make it a wonderful place to dine.

Multiple Outdoor Patios complete with cushioned wrought-iron outdoor furniture provide additional space for grilling & al fresco dining, reading and relaxing – all with direct views of the beautiful riverfront below. If it happens to rain, don't worry - there's a large covered Screened Porch with additional seating and dining space.

Master Bedroom features: a king bed, plenty of closet space and a Private Bath with a large walk-in shower (no tub).

2nd Bedroom features: a queen bed plus bunk twin beds, and lots of closet space.

3rd Bedroom features: two twin beds, and large-light-filled windows.

Shared Bathroom (for 2nd and 3rd bedrooms) features: bathtub with showerhead, and plenty of cabinets to store your toiletries.

The Bunkhouse has a wide-open cabin-style floorplan, with a queen bed, a full-size futon sitting/sleeping area, and bunk twin beds.

Bunkhouse Bathroom features: Shower (no tub), large vanity for storing toiletries.

Both the Ponderosa and Bunkhouse have heating and air conditioning, but you’ll be tempted to open up the many window to let in the lovely Hill Country breezes!

The Ponderosa and Bunkhouse are located on Roddy Tree Ranch, a 50-acre riverfront resort property with lots of amenities availalble for your use: 2 pools, a fishing pond, a large riverfront (canoes, paddles, & life-jackets provided), basketball court, volleyball & badminton courts, horseshoe pits, 2 large playground structures, a tree-house, a game room with ping-pong and Foosball, and a terrific outdoor pavilion with jukebox and live music (seasonal).

You’ll feel comfortable letting your kids loose to explore the secured property while you relax, but with so many options for activities around the property it will be easy to find something you all enjoy together!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steve Brister (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Steve Brister

We're Austin-based and love the Hill Country in all seasons. The Hunt area is a long-loved vacation spot for Steve's family, including 3 generations of campers at Camp La Junta, Camp Arrowhead and Camp Mystic! We spend over 30 nights a year at the Ponderosa ourselves entertaining family, Austin neighbors, and friends from near and far.

Steve Brister purchased this lodge in 2004

Why Steve Brister chose Texas

We love the combination of having a spacious, comfortable vacation home plus the amenities of a resort where we don't have to get into a car to enjoy the riverfront, pools, and lots of other recreational facilities.

We're new to HomeAway, as we've relied on our property manager to generate rentals in the past - so we don't have many reviews here yet. But our guest book is full of really wonderful notes our Ponderosa guests have left over the years!

What makes this lodge unique

Our favorite spot in the house varies by season. In the winter, it's definitely sitting by the fireplace in the evening after a nice hike in the afternoon. In the spring and fall, it's sitting on the porch stargazing after a drive to see wildflowers and wildlife in the area. In the summer, it's on the screened porch playing Canasta and listening to the live music drifting over from the Lazy Days Canteen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (large and 3 generations) love coming here every year, the space could not be more perfect and beautiful. We love the Guadalupe and we find so much to do for every age level. The house is however our favorite, space for all of us, great kitchen and space for us all to sit and eat. The openness allows us all to be together but each doing our own thing. There is space for small children, large children and grown-ups. Best vacation spot ever.
Jul 2013
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based on 3 traveler reviews

Spacious Riverview Lodge at Family-Friendly Hill Country Resort
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
West Central Texas

We LOVE this house!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has had a reunion at this property annually for the last six years. The house itself has enourmous charm. Wood floors, cabinets aplenty, big tables for feeding our army of children, plenty of games, and a nice, open floor plan make the Ponderosa perfect for hosting large family gatherings. The back patio has a great view of the river and the lower portion of the property. There is also a small patio off of the master bedroom that overlooks the river and has a very intimate feel. We spend the majority of our time swimming in the river and the pool, and on the back patio cooking barbecue and visiting. The Lazy Days Canteen is an open air cantina on site that has karaoke and good live music on the weekends. A tunnel connects to the riverside portion of the resort so that visitors need not cross the highway that cuts across the property. The staff at Roddy Tree Ranch are very friendly, attentive and personable. Our family will be returning for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We agree that it's a great place for family gatherings!
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Bastrop, Texas

Amazing Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, we had an AMAIZING time. The home was very clean and spacious, my husband said he got a work out just walking around the home. The view is impeccable, spent our morning drinking coffee and listening to the birds on the patio. Check in was convenient and the staff friendly. I most definitely recommend this to friends & family.

During our stay we took advantage of the canoes and rowed down to the dam where the kids played all day, then came back and played some more at the pool. There was so much more to do, however, we were all so content with what we did that we did not venture any further. Maybe next time.

Thank you again, looking forward to our next visit.

Danny & Monica C.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Expansive/cozy/fun/romantic -- all in one spot!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay!! Perfect weather with warm days and chilly nights and a big yet cozy house to spread out in. One night, my husband and I relaxed in front of a roaring fire on the comfy couches with good books in hand. The next night, the fire provided backdrop while we snuggled up to watch a good movie all together. The kids enjoyed the basketball court, the books, the games, and exploring the grounds. We strolled down by the river, sunned ourselves on one of the outside porches, enjoyed the breeze on the screened-in porch, and totally relaxed. The wonderful huge dining table allowed us to linger comfortably at our meals and just delight in the time together. My husband enjoyed cycling those wonderful Hill Country roads and I enjoyed spreading out and cooking in the well-equipped kitchen -- I even tried out several new recipes which is something I don't usually have the time, space or energy to attempt. I only wish we had had more days so we could've tried out the grill. The pavilion is adorable and we look forward to coming back on a weekend so we can take in the live music on the grounds. I especially look forward to getting out on that sweet dance floor. What a great vacation spot! We'd hope to return with extended family in the future. The several living spaces and so much room in which to spread out make it ideal for both small and large groups. And my husband and I may be back on our own, too. I totally recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback and compliments, Karen! While most folks think of the Hunt area as a summer resort, we like the temperate weather of the Spring and Fall best! We're glad you enjoyed the features of the Ponderosa, as well as all the great amenities provided by Roddy Tree Ranch!
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
San Antonio International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Lazy Days Canteen
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Elaine's Table
Car: necessary

In the Hunt & Ingram Area: Schumacher's Crossing (swimming/fishing/picnicing), the Hunt Crossing (rope swing/fishing), the Hunt Store, numerous summer youth camps, MoRanch, Lake Ingram, Lake Ingram Dam spillway (dam-sliding), Point Theater (live theater - outdoors in summer), Stonehenge II, and the Old Ingram Shopping Loop (antiques, rustic decor).

In Kerrville (10 minute drive): all of the amenities you would expect of a small recreation-oriented city including many shops and restaurants, Louise Hays Park (swimming, canoeing), historical downtown, Museum of Western Art, Schreiner College, Rio 10 Cinemas, 2 family fitness centers, public (Schreiner) and private (Riverhill, Comanche Trace) golf courses, etc.

Fredericksberg (30 minutes): Charming tourist town with very busy old downtown shopping area full of antique stores, unique retail (Christmas store, old-time 5 & 10 store, etc.), and restaurants - many with a German theme. Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War is interesting for all ages.

Within 30 minute drive: Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Quiet Valley Ranch (home of the Kerrville Folk Festival, and Wine & Music Festival), and James Avery Craftsman (main workshop & retail store).

Within 1 hour drive: Enchanted Rock State Park (hiking, views), Lost Maples State Park (hiking, fall foliage), Medina (farming community), Bandera (Cowboy Capital of Texas), the LBJ Ranch, Wildseed Farms (wildflower showplace), the Y.O. Ranch, and the many wineries surrounding Fredricksberg.

Just over 1 hour: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World of Texas, the Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk, and all other San Antonio tourist sites.

Scenic Drives in EVERY direction (It's the Hill County!): Highway 39 to Hunt, Highway 39 past Hunt along South Fork of Guadalupe, Highway 1340 from Hunt along North Fork of Guadalupe, Highway 27 from Ingram to Mountain Home, Highway 16 from Kerrville to Medina and Bandera, Highway 27 from Kerrville to Comfort, Highway 16 from Kerrville to Fredricksberg.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Rates - Ponderosa Only
May 22 2016 - Sep 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates include housekeeping service prior to your stay, and at the end. You are also welcome to exchange your used linens and towels for fresh one during your stay at no charge. There is an additional charge for housekeeping requested during the duration of your stay.

To confirm your reservation a 50% deposit is required.

Cancellations must be made within 30 days. Cancellation fee is 10% of full amount of reservation.

Deposits are forfeited if cancellation is made after the 30 days, unless we are able to rebook the Ponderosa (not guaranteed).

No-shows will be charged the remaining balance. No refunds for early departures. No cancellations due to weather.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Texas Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Resort
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower
    Second Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunk House Bath - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Twins = bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twins are not bunks
    Bunk House - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twins = bunk beds, Futon = double width
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa Bed = Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Property manager lives on the Ranch, and staffs an office with snacks, beer/wine, ice and specialty items.

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