|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Three bedrooms, three baths, fireplace, outdoor patio and fire pit with barbecue pit. Laundry room, TV in game room. Scenic views, stars at night and lots of wildlife. Wifi and land line phone for local calls. Cell phones don't work in this area. Fishing, swimming, hunting additional. Not recommended for pets or small children. Hiking, birdwatching, star gazing, very quiet and remote. Road's end.
Sonja Rose Klein is a native Texan, fifth generation. She is a published author, having traveled the world and writing essays and adventure tales. Her two published books are , 'Honk If You Married Sonja,' and 'Round Trip from Texas.' The are non-fiction. Between her travels, she raises a few good sheep and gardens organically. She is currently working on her third book, 'Ambushed by America.'
Sonja Rose Klein purchased this lodge in 1994
Ambush Hill is a unique property located west of the popular Hill Country, in the badlands. The road ends at this ranch, amid thousands of acres of low fences and free-ranging native and imported exotic animals that have escaped the treachery of high fences. The quiet can be unsettling so much that the buzzing of a bee is intrusive. Once you arrive, it is 20 miles to questionable civilization, a small town of 600 with few amenities. Best to arrive and enjoy. Don't plan on leaving for Chinese food or pizza. Bring your favorites with you and settle.
The view is commanding, a limestone cliff, clear water, but the sounds are entrancing, the caw of the crows, the trumpet of the axis deer, the bark of the fox and the howl of the coyotes. The sounds of the insects in the summer, the hummingbirds, the woodpeckers and even the windmill will spook. As I stated earlier, not for the faint-hearted.
Quite and relaxing. Stars are amazing at night and the chayotes and creeking of the windmill add something I can't really describe. I'll be back.
First morning ruined, owner claimed she had no knowledge of our presents, shouted we had not payed or reserved her property. Thus resulted in trespassing. All was resolved with confirmations on MY end (thanks to this app) and emails the owner and I have shared. Owner saw the facts and agreed then left us feeling "somewhat" welcomed. Owner came back 30 mins later during our breakfast with a printed confirmation asking us to leave imidiatly due to the simple fact our head count was off and we didn't claim our children when booking, whom by the way are free under 12. My child is 7 months old. Ultimately my family drove 3 hours to a nightmare destination. The name suites this place well.. We sure felt ambushed at 8 am! Had the owner offered us to pay extra or help us to resolve the issue our family could have forgiven the 8 am ambush and accusations of FRAUD. However she could not wait to kick my family off her property in return of a full refund on her end. Sadly our only vacation of the year has been ruined. Please do not waste your time, money, or travels on this destination!
As a friend of the owner, I have occasionally stayed at the Lodge at Ambush Hill Ranch. If you are looking for a place to get away from the rushed pace of modern life, then this is the place. If you like the peace and quiet and solitude of nature then this is the place. The lodge itself is very modern and if you have the need to connect to the outside world, there is internet service along with Direct TV. However, why bother when there are magnificent views, starry nights, the sounds of coyotes in the distance, wild game in abundance, and more to occupy your time. Walk along Bull Head Creek and enjoy the sounds of nature. Climb to the top of the bluffs and enjoy a view that goes on forever. Enjoy a BBQ on the gas grill or sit around an open fire in the fire pit. Take pictures of deer, turkey and various other wild life as they come to the feeders late in the evening. Yes, there is all of this and more at Ambush Hill Ranch. I caution you though. If you want large city amenities and close by fancy restaurants, you are out of luck. However, if you like adventure and want to truly get away, there is no better place than the "Lodge" at Ambush Hill Ranch
Ambush Hill Ranch is not for the faint-hearted, located deep in the middle of nowhere. The ranch is located in the middle of thousands of acres of free-ranging wildlife. Cell phones don't work. Facilities are far away and the silence can be unsettling. The natural beauty and sounds of nature are awesome. In addition to the native species, exotic game animals roam the ranch which is not high fenced. Liability Release will be required to sign upon arrival. You may see elk, aoudad, sika, axis and barbados as well as a skunk, possum, armadillo, porcupine, bobcat and even a mountain lion. Blinds are on the property within walking distance of the lodge. Feeders go off every evening at 5 pm. A bird list is available for the area. The fishing is vigorous whether with lures or live bait, preferably worms. If you wish to get away from it all, this is the place. The ranch is not located near Garner Park or Concan which are both about an hour and a half distant. Bullhead Creek which originates on the property is clear and you can float but there are no rapids and you must bring your own tube. If you want to get away from it all and have complete privacy, this is the place.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Not suitable for small children Additional guests over 4 are $50 per guest
*** 6 Adults Maximum Occupancy***
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.