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Ambush Hill Ranch at the end of the road with clear water and abundant wildlife.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Rock Lodge with two bedrooms and two baths and sleeping porch with twin beds.

A beautiful rock lodge with wide porch overlooking Bullhead Creek. The lodge features a full kitchen with ice maker, a bedroom and bath with queen size bed, second bedroom with double bed, large sleeping porch with two twin beds, trundle bed and queen sleeper sofa. . Large patio, fire pit, propane barbecue pit, TV in large living/dining area, WiFi and a land line for local calls. This is a remote end of the road ranch, where peace and solitude reign. There are game blinds near feeders that go off daily so that wild life viewing is available for photo opportunities. Fishing in the clear spring-fed creek is allowed, catch and release. The water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming to your bait or lure. Swimming is refreshing. Hiking is encouraged. Exotic game roams the ranch as well as native species. Aoudad sheep from Africa, Axis deer from India, elk, Sika deer, fallow deer in addition to white tail deer, turkey, wild hogs, skunks, porcupines and many others. Bird life is abundant.


Barksdale Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
For more about the owner and the ranch, visit her website at This property is not close to Garner State Park or the Frio River, both of which are about an hour and a half away.


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Ambush Hill Ranch at the end of the road with clear water and abundant wildlife.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

I loved this place even more than I knew I would. Will definitely be coming back!

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and relaxing. The swimming hole was our favorite part. Great fishing also and tons of wildlife. The accommodations were A+ and very clean. This was the best getaway I've ever experienced hands down.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you.
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Beautiful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Spent Thanksgiving week at Ambush Hill with my family. It was a great opportunity to get away, unplug and spend time with family and nature. Comfortable house with an awesome view. It is a beautiful place to hike, see wildlife, and fish in the crystal clear creek. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Ambush ranch was a very relaxing. We enjoyed the stay very much. Beautiful view from the front porch right along the river. The house was very cozy and had everything we needed. Enjoyed swimming,fishing and hiking on the property.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway from the city. Total seclusion from civilization. Mrs. Klein was very nice and welcoming to her home. Beautiful clear water swimming hole and creek. Make sure you pack everything you need, it's a 30 minute drive to the nearest store. Plan on making this an annual vacation .

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A true gem!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a little slice of paradise! My friends and I stayed in the stone lodge for three nights. We loved the tranquility and seculusion this ranch offered. Sonjia was very accommodating. The water was crystal clear and easy to access. But most of all the stars!!! We spent hours gazing at the stars and even the Milky Way. Can't wait for our next trip back to visit Ambush Hill Ranch!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot express the true beauty of this hidden gem. The ranch is tucked away neatly between little mountains with a creek that has water so clear you are sure to want to jump in for a swim or to grab your fishing pole. The array of wildlife that call this place home can be easily seen from walking along one of the many trails, sitting in a blind by a feeder, or even from the front porch. There are plenty of photography opportunities so be sure to take a camera! All of the cabins on this property are kept very clean and up to date. We were pleased to find some additional amenities that we did not expect such as a crockpot and large stock pot outside to have a crawfish boil. They are fully furnished and decorated in such a unique, rustic way. The warm welcome we received from Ms. Sonja Klein (the property owner) was so inviting that it instantly makes you feel right at home. If you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and re-connect with nature, Ambush Hill Ranch is the perfect place. Great for families, romantic get-aways, or even a girls trip. I cannot wait to visit this amazing place again!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sonja Rose Klein
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2018

About Sonja Rose Klein

Sonja Klein is a native Texan and author of two books, 'Honk If You Married Sonja,' and 'Round Trip from Texas,' two non-fiction books of travels and essays. She has traveled all over the world to adventurous destinations, including the Silk Road, the near and far east, the Trans-Siberian Railroad and other exotic countries. She resides on the ranch and grazes a few sheep and conducts hunts of exotic free-ranging game that roam the area.

Sonja Rose Klein purchased this lodge in 1994

Why Sonja Rose Klein chose Barksdale

Sonja purchased this ranch 20 years ago. As a 5th generation Texan whose ancestors emigrated to Texas in the 1800's, she and her family are people of the land. Her three brothers also own ranches and value land ownership and love of nature.

What makes this lodge unique

Ambush Hill Ranch is unique, beautiful and remote. The quiet at times can be unsettling. The unspoiled nature of the ranch is left to Mother Nature who cannot be bested. If you desire, peace, solitude and natural beauty unblemished by human desire, Ambush Hill is for you.


Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Camp Wood
Nearest Golf
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Highway 55
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Car: necessary

Ambush Hill is remote, scenic, private and very quiet. The nearest village of 80 is 16 miles and the next town 20 miles from the ranch, the town of Camp Wood, Texas. There is a convenience store, a family dollar store and some restaurants serving Mexican food and excellent barbecue. Beer and wine are available in the town but a liquor store is in Uvalde 60 miles away. Also in Uvalde is a large

grocery store and Walmart as well as restaurants, a hospital and

other services. This ranch is only 20 miles from Camp Wood where kayaks, floats and other water recreational toys are available to use on the Nueces River, larger than the Frio and much less crowded.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

No Pets allowed due to abundance of skunks, porcupines and other predators. First four guests included in the $300. Each additional guest $50. Liability release to be signed upon arrival.
******* if you book for 6 nights the 7th Night is Free***************
Maximum Occupancy 8 Adults

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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