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Casa del Rio Riverhouse, on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom/One bath; Sleeps 6

Wrapped in the green forest of summer, Casa del Rio Riverhouse is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the winding, cool water of the Guadalupe River. Guests reside in a lovely stone and stucco cottage overlooking the river below. Fall colors tantalize the senses as we progress to the stark beauty of winter with sight of the cliffs and hills that were hidden from view. All through the year the starry night is ablaze at this tranquil retreat. This beautiful property offers water, wings and wildlife for photographers and nature lovers, quiet seclusion for romantic getaways, and a comfortable, river-centered atmosphere for family fun. Whether looking for the perfect setting for a family gathering, or just a respite from the daily grind, you will find it under the huge Cypress and Chinkapin Oak trees at Casa del Rio Riverhouse!

Something for everyone!

The Riverhouse has 2 bedrooms which sleep up to 6 people, a full bath, central heat and air, homey living/dining area with stone front wood-burning fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. A spacious private outdoor area overlooks the river, and includes a table with 6 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and 2 rocking chair swings hanging from a stately old Chinkapin Oak tree. Enjoy all this while listening to the timeless sound of the river flowing amid the rocks and sprawling Cypress trees. Abundant wildlife, featuring Whitetail and Axis deer, mingle with the foliage, completing your Hill Country retreat.

Famous TX Resort Area!: We are within a 5 mile radius of many private boys and girls camps, and a mile away is Crider’s rodeo and dance hall since 1927. The nearby Hunt Store is a tradition in these hills where cowboy and city folk share stories. Fredericksburg, a popular shopping place, is only a 45 minute drive away. Our area is also known for its art, music, arts & crafts, outdoor summer plays, wineries and antiquing. We welcome you as our guest!

More Details

Property Manager
Betty Matteson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Betty Matteson

A lifelong Texan, Betty Matteson grew up in La Grange, and resided in Houston for 30 years. Betty permanently moved to Hunt in 1987. For the past 20 years, Betty has been Innkeeper of Casa del Rio, where her easy, gracious hospitality keeps people coming back year after year. 'I've met some wonderful people and made many good friends through the guests that come to the Riverhouse. I look forward to my friends returning and to meeting new people.'

Betty Matteson purchased this house in 1968

Why Betty Matteson chose Texas Hill Country

Vacationing in Hunt has been a Matteson family tradition since 1930. Family patriarch and businessman Lewis W. Matteson Sr. and his wife Lillian Hall Matteson came from the Dakota Territory to Texas around 1917 to make Houston their home. Lew got his start with W. D. Cleveland & Sons selling groceries to the soldiers fighting Poncho Villa in south Texas. He continued on to find success in a variety of arenas including outdoor advertising and banking, significantly impacting the Houston community through his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. The Mattesons first became acquainted with Hunt in the late 1920s at the invitation of Houston Mayor Oscar Holcombe. Lew and Lillian fell in love with the rustic, picturesque beauty of the Hill Country, and in 1930 they established their home-away-from-home, Camp Dakota, on the South Fork of the Guadalupe River just east of what is now Casa del Rio. The Mattesons, together with their children, Sarah Belle, Buster (Lewis W. Matteson Jr.), and Jeanne, enjoyed many years at their Hill Country retreat. Thirty-eight years after Camp Dakota was first built, Buster Matteson and his wife Betty Dykes Matteson bought neighboring property Casa del Rio to continue with tradition and make a place for their own children to discover what Lew and Lillian first fell in love with in Hunt. Generations of Mattesons are still enjoying this legacy.

What makes this house unique

Casa del Rio is unique as a 50 acre property right on the river. Its river frontage boasts both narrow and wide, shallow and deep, rushing and calm water textures. The variety of wildlife, including Axis and Whitetail deer, Big-Mouth bass, catfish, wood ducks, fox and even a Blue Heron, inspires a spirit of adventure and the land begs to be explored. A stay at the Riverhouse is comfortable as well as outdoorsy, a get-away retreat experience with every convenience of home. The owner is nearby in order to handle any question or need, yet guests maintain autonomy both within and outside the Riverhouse. Casa del Rio's flexible accommodations, including the additional space offered in our Guadalupe Room, make it suitable for one guest or parties of 10. We offer the beauty of the hills and river, comfort, and convenience. Join us!

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is the loveliest property on the South fork of the Guadalupe River 1.5 miles from Hunt, TX. My three girls and I were there for six days this past week. Can one ask for more than cool river breezes, rippling waters that sing to you, fabulous accommodations and an Innkeeper who recognizes exactly what her guests need and provides abundantly? It was truly what my family needed...ultimate relaxation. Thank you Betty...We love you
Jul 2012
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Hunt House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Maximum occupancy of 6 guests is based on many factors, including our septic system capabilities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Main bedroom features a comfortable, king-sized bed; second bedroom easily sleeps four. Both bedrooms are spacious with large dressers.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Casa del Rio is located on an unusually beautiful stretch of the Guadalupe River. A stay at the Riverhouse provides a unique get-away experience, while also offering the conveniences of home, including access to groceries, ATM and even two churches a short distance away. We would love to welcome you to this versatile property deep in the heart of Texas!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Casa del Rio Riverhouse, on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX
average rating of 4.9 based on 72 reviews
Cedar Park, Texas

Beautiful, fun, and charming

  • 5 of 5

Our family went to Case del Rio Riverhouse for my husbands birthday. We had never been to Hunt, Texas before and were surprised at the beauty of the town. The house is right off the main road and easy to find. We arrived and met Betty and were greeted warmly and shown to the cabin. It is pretty close to the main house but we felt we had the whole property to ourselves. And what a property it is. The cabin sits a little high on a cliff and you can hear and see the rushing Guadalupe below you. As you walk down the property you can go down the stairs that lead you to a foot bridge and to hiking or you can walk down across a wide open lawn to grab a canoe or fish from the river side. Our kids spent hours playing in the river, hiking, climbing, and canoeing. After a busy day we made our way up to the cabin and used the fire-pit to roast hot dogs and s'mores. The cell service was awful but that added to our experience of being forced to disconnect. There was wifi,the signal was just strong enough that we could check in but kept us from being on any technology. I over packed because . . kids but the cabin had everything we needed from coffee to walking sticks. It was a perfect weekend and we hope we can make it back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kristen, Thank you for your wonderful review. It thrills me to know you and your family loved all the wonders that Casa del Rio has to offer. It is always exciting to me to meet great people like you and to make new friends. I look forward to your return and wish you a happy and relaxing summer. Love, Betty
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McAllen, TX

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect river getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and relaxing stay in this clean, comfortable home. Betty was so gracious and welcoming! Will definitely return and recommend to my friends and family. Her riverfront is gorgeous. Kept all the windows open to hear the water and birds!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review. The winter and spring rains have made Casa del Rio green and lush. The weather is in the 70's with a cool breeze which makes it delightful to be outdoors. It was wonderful to have you return, and I hope you have a wonderful summer. Betty
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Beautiful place, very peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Super cute home, loved the yard and the river. Thankful for the use of the canoes. Ms. Betty was a doll!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa del Rio Riverhouse, Hunt, Texas.

  • 5 of 5

Case del Rio was comfortable, clean and beautiful. We had a great time and felt right at home due to Betty's hospitality. We are looking forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overdue review

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed at the Casa Del Rio about two spring breaks ago (March 2014, or 13) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hiking in the area, swimming, tubing and canoeing in the river, and hanging out and enjoying the beautiful nights and stars of the Hill Country all led to an amazing trip.

The house is very convenient to Hunt, minutes away, and Betty is a gracious and thoughtful hostess. Our kids want to come back and we hope to do so in the near future. Thank you, Betty!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
San Antonio SAT
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Hunt Store
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Several in Kerrville
Nearest Train
85 Miles
85 miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
I 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Elaine's Table and The Hunt Store
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Ingram Dam - water ski
Car: necessary

Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Casa del Rio Riverhouse is on 50 beautiful acres overlooking the Guadalupe River. You can swim, fish, canoe, rock hunt, and enjoy the beauty. Listen to the sound of the river, star gaze at night, and hike in the hills behind the Riverhouse. The winding roads along the river for many miles are very scenic. The area offers art and theatre at the Cailloux Theatre, the Hill Country Art Foundation, the Cowboy Art Museum in Kerrville, and the Point Theatre in Ingram. The famous Kerrville Folk Music Festival and Texas Arts and Crafts Fair are recurring favorites every May/June. In Ingram (7 miles east) there is a dam for dam sliding, swimming and boating. Crider's, established in the 1920s, just 1 mile away, is a rodeo with dining and dancing under the stars from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The surrounding area (within a 4 mile radius) is well known for many private summer camps for children and teenagers. Many of these camps have been operating since 1927.

An abundance of wildlife, including whitetail and axis deer, graze in the fields surrounding the Riverhouse. There are many exotic ranches in the area where hunters from all over the country come to hunt bison, sika, fallow, axis and white tail deer, black buck antelope, addax, dama gazelle, aoudad, scimitar oryx and water buffalo.

The beautiful foliage of the maple trees in Lost Maples State Park, about 45 miles to the west, is at its peak in November.

The area here has remarkable beauty with many hills 250 to 300 ft high. There are cypress trees along the river, as well as pecan trees, oak trees and sycamores. You will love it here and be so welcome.


Rates & Availability

Hunt House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Peak 1
May 30 2017 - Jul 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 July 4th
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Peak 2
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2018 Winter
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 Memorial Day
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Peak 1
May 29 2018 - Jul 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 July 4th
Jul 3 2018 - Jul 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Peak 2
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 Labor Day
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Thanksgiving
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Christmas
Dec 21 2018 - Dec 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a 6% tax added to the rental fee.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Deposits apply only to the dates originally reserved and cannot be transferred to a reservation for different dates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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