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Ambush Hill Ranch, Remote With Running Creek, Canyons, Cliffs, End Of The Road

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,299 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Mountain Views, Running Creek And Scenic Cliffs

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.


Barksdale Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2299 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Very roomy with two lavatories
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tiled bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully tiled
  • Two bathrooms have tubs, one has shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms with queen size beds, master bedroom has king-sized bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
There are nine blinds and feeders on the ranch. Mineral blocks and salt blocks are at each of them. Feeders are not filled and activated except during hunting season.


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Ambush Hill Ranch, Remote With Running Creek, Canyons, Cliffs, End Of The Road
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for my wife's 30th birthday. There was a small group of us and the house was absolutely perfect. It gave us the peaceful getaway that we were needing. Lots of wildlife, nature, and beauty. The host was greatand made sure that we were having a good time. Thank you Sonja!! Mike

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always my pleasure to have such enjoyable guests. Sonja
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San Antonio, Texas

Lovely, rustic, elegance in the midst of The Texas Hill Country.

  • 5 of 5

This property is an absolute must visit. The Lodge is nestled in a canyon with all of nature at your fingertips while in a beautifully, rustic, elegant home. You have every amenity of the modern world while looking out through large windows at wildlife and all of the beauty of the Texas Hill Country. The Lodge fronts a beautiful running creek with cliffs and rocks that beckon you to explore.

The home owner is available if needed and immediately responsive. Our trip included all ages and it was perfect. The property begs you to enjoy the outdoors as well as the lovely indoors! Don't miss out!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you`for the kind words.
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Beautiful remote location.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Angry owner, 8 am ambush = kicked out of cabin

  • 1 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The guests were not unexpected. The number of guests was the surprise. There were 14 people, including 8 adults, for an advertised property that sleeps 6 with 3 beds. I counted four vehicles. The reservation was for 2 adults. I never met or spoke with the man in whose name the reservation was made, only the young woman who wrote the review.The woman demanded I issue a check for a full refund or she would write a distasteful review. The experience was unfortunate and unpleasant for all involved. Please be truthful when making reservations as to the number of guests and such situations will be avoided. The issue was resolved in favor of the landlord.
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Modern Accommodations in a remote setting

  • 5 of 5

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

Lee Sweeten

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • 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:
February 18, 2018

About Sonja Rose Klein

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

Why Sonja Rose Klein chose Barksdale

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.

What makes this lodge unique

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.


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

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Not suitable for small children Additional guests over 4 are $50 per guest
*** 6 Adults Maximum Occupancy***

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.