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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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

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 Hunt

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 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 queen , 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
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • 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
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • 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!


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Casa del Rio Riverhouse, on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX
average rating of 4.885246 based on 83 reviews
Houston, Texas

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful time at Casa Del Rio. The house was great. It had all modern amenities while maintaining its older and charm. Be prepared for minimal cell and wifi service although anyone should have no issue turning off the electronics while here. The private backyard area complete with firepit, grill, chairs, and swings overlooking the river created the perfect way to end an evening.

The property has endless activities for family members of all ages. In addition to endless spots to relax and enjoy the scenery, there are so many things to do. While we had a wonderful time hiking and exploring the large hill and property behind the river, it was the river itself that provided the best entertainment. The water on the property features the unique ability to offer all water activities your family desires. There are areas to fish, canoe, swim, and even ride a tube without even leaving the property.

The town of Hunt is minutes away with Kerrville a short and enjoyable drive further. The host could not have been more pleasant to deal with. She is available to answer any questions you may have. Betty is truly a sweet and caring woman that will make you feel like family. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful property with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your awesome review. It was wonderful having you here. It is difficult to explain the beauty of this place, it really has to be experienced. it is reminiscence of days gone by with the peace one feels, the beauty of the huge trees and outstanding landscape, the meandering river that flows below the house, the canoe trip up the wide deep part of the river to a waterfall, the deer that graze in the meadow, and the chats around the fire pit in the evening. It is truly a heavenly place. Betty.
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Great getaway-even in winter

  • 5 of 5

Lovely grounds-quiet and peaceful in off-season. Betty is so gracious, just wonderful all around.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a beautiful, quiet place in the hill country

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the cottage and the beauty around it. The Guadalupe River is just a few steps away. We’ll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend at Casa del Rio Riverhouse-- exactly what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful weekend at Casa del Rio Riverhouse. Betty was a kind and generous hostess, and the property exceeded our expectations. We loved being so close to the river, and the stretch of river the guest house was on could not have been prettier. We enjoyed all of the amenities-- taking the canoe out, a fire in the fire place, enjoying the outdoor furniture, and a little hike. We parked the car on Friday evening and didn't start it again until it was time to leave on Sunday. It was the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and peace of the river. Thank you, Betty, for making our fourth anniversary weekend so special! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming to Casa del Rio, and for your great review. It was a joy to meet both of you wonderful people, and I am so happy you enjoyed being in this beautiful. peaceful place. In this Heavenly place, life slows down and nature takes over. Betty
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Peaceful Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The property is one of a kind. Betty made us feel welcome and at home. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great part of the river having both rapids and calm water to enjoy

  • 5 of 5

We took our grand kids, 2 boys. They both enjoyed hiking, fishing and swimming. It is a great location on the river and a good location for proximity to other small towns plus Kerrville not being far away.

Betty was a very pleasant host to visit with.

One of the boys is ready to go back next year. I would recommend this property to anyone wanting to stay on the river.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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