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Steve Host

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Hill country retreat

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 8
Property type estate


Texas Hill Country Estate Rental Photos and Description

1 cabin, 2 bed and 2 bath sleeps 6; 2nd cabin, 5 bed 2 bath sleeps 12

This Hill country retreat consists of 2 cabins on our property which hosts majestic views of the Texas hills, wildlife and birds. Lounge on our wrap-around porches enjoying the breezes that blow year round. Hike to the top of our mountain and observe the landscape for miles. Play tennis on our tennis court or shoot some hoops on our basketball goal. Play horseshoes or roast marshmallows in one of our 2 fire pits. Enjoy a Texas sunset with a glass of wine in hand while sitting at our wine cellar. The cabin's feature full kitchens, air-conditioning/heating, full baths, and washer/dryer. One cabin features a wood burning, stone fireplace.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steve Host (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Steve Host

Susan and Steve Host are small business owners in Richmond, Texas.

Steve Host purchased this estate in 2002

Why Steve Host chose Texas Hill Country

Susan and Steve both vacationed at Garner State Park growing up, and always dreamed of having their own place. When they saw the property, they fell in love with it. They built all the structures on the property, and cleared the land. They have created a vacation place for their families and hope you enjoy it as much as they do.

What makes this estate unique

Steve and Susan hand picked where to place the cabins for optimal views as well as to take advantage of the breezes that blow through the porches year round. They have taken a great amount of time, energy and care to make the property a wonderful vacation destination for you and your family.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Hill country retreat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Blown away.

  • 5 of 5

My whole family was just blown away by the property and accommodations. The pictures don't do it justice. We had a family reunion at Garner State Park and it rained on and off for most of the weekend. We hated to leave the property to go to the park and the river. We just wanted to sit on that porch and watch the kids play in the rain. It was hard to leave.

Steve, I've got some great photos if you're interested to add here.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorial Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely gorgeous and is set up very well for large groups. Loved the crosses and scriptures thought that was an incredible nice touch. Thanks to the Host family for sharing their little piece of heaven here on earth.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Couples Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at the Host Retreat May 15-17, 2015. The property exceeded expectations for everyone! After large amounts of rain the previous week, everything was so green and the creek on the property flowing. The sounds of the water and view of the surrounding hills was comfort for the soul. Our small group enjoyed hiking on the property and playing basketball on the court. The Hosts had everything ready when we arrived, even cake plans and a hand mixer since I had mentioned to them making a cake while there! Thank you Steve and Susan for sharing this wonderful place with us.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Piece of heaven in the hills.

  • 5 of 5

Property is amazing! Perfect for larger groups. Even though we were on our motorcycles and got hit by sever thunderstorms, it couldn't have gotten any better. 3 days were definitely not enough. I especially love the crosses and scriptures throughout the property. Praise God for creating all of this beauty and the owners for sharing.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice property. Better management needed for stay

  • 4 of 5

We were actually there 7/13/2013 and, I believe, the first people to rent this property. We had to wait 2 hours to get in and the time was prearranged. Steve was great to talk to, but follow through was not so great. It was the first time for them to rent it so I'll give leeway there. We had a family reunion and 7 kids of various ages. At some point, supposedly one of the grandchildren put the guest book in the freezer so I was told. I paid for it, but the tenor of the conversation led me to believe we are not welcome there anymore. Things happen with kids that we don't always know and I was happy to pay for the book and doubt it was ruined as quickly as they found it. I thought this trivial. The rest was as described and I would stay there again, but got the distinct impression we are not welcome there again. It's too bad because it's a beautiful property and we left it clean. I'll give it 4 stars because the experience was one star less than expected even when I take responsibility for the book. No river access detracts too, but all of the other activities there more than make up for it.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

I think we were the first people to ever rent this property. It was very nice. We had a family reunion with lots of kids. We were there 4th of July, 2013 and it was nice, but still had kinks to be worked out. The cabin wasn't open when we got there and we waited almost 2 hours for the property manager to get there. Everything was as described and the property manager was most accommodating. Apparently one of the grandchildren ended up putting the guest book in the freezer and I paid for it, but got the distinct feeling that we were not wanted back and this directly from the owner. All in all, we loved the place and would go back, but I was disappointed in the owner's communication skills when we only tried our best to do all we were asked to do. Things do happen with kids that grandparents don't know. Oh well, it was a great experience. It is not on the river and that is the drawback.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Concan Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

The Host Reserve is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Drive the scenic highway from Leakey to Utopia. Enjoy antiquing and shopping at one of a kind shops and boutiques. Hike our property or visit Garner State Park for views of the Texas hills. Golf at the Concan Country Club. Tube or fish the Frio River. Lounge on our spacious wrap-around porches gazing at the Texas wildlife and birds. Play tennis on site at our tennis court. Watch the sun set with a glass of wine in hand at our wine cellar.


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Rates are for the first 12 guests. For each additional guest there is a $25 per night fee.

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Texas Hill Country Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Barn - Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Barn - Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Cabin - Combination - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Cabin - Jetted tub - toilet , jetted tub
  • Linens not provided. Please bring your own towels.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Barn - Rm1 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Barn - Rm2 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Barn - Rm3 - 1 queen , Downstairs - door accessed via outside
    Barn - Rm4 - 1 queen , Downstairs - door accessed via outside
    Barn - Rm5 - 2 bunk bed , Downstairs - door accessed via outside
    Cabin - Rm1 - 1 king
    Cabin - Sleep sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep sofa in living area
    Cabin - Rm2 - 1 queen
  • The cabin has 2 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa. The barn has 2 bedrooms upstairs. The remaining 3 bedrooms at the barn are accessed from outside. Linens not provided. Please bring your own sheets/blankets/towels.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
One cabin, sleeps 6 - 1 king bed, 1 queen bed and a pull-out couch, or a barn that has 2 queen beds in an apartment, 2 rooms below both with queen beds, and 1 room with 2 twin bunk beds sleeping 4. Each of the cabins have 2 baths, a full kitchen, a living area, and washer and dryer. Linens are not included. Please bring your own sheets/towels.

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