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

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 - 3 nights


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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 (with additional space available in our Guadalupe Room), 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
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Betty Matteson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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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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Casa del Rio Riverhouse, on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX
average rating of 4.8809524 based on 64 reviews

Beautiful place

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time and Mrs Bette was a sweetheart. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Casa Del Rio River House is on a beautiful property. A great place to relax and enjoy nature.

  • 5 of 5

During our three day stay at Casa Del Rio, we were able to enjoy hiking, bird watching, rock hunting, kayaking and fishing. We brought our kayaks with us and found the river a top notch place to kayak and fish. The setting was peaceful and relaxing. A great place to leave a busy life behind and relax for a few days.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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nice river vacation.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice stay by the river. The main downfall was the amount of traffic right next to the house. Lots of cars going by. The river however was great. The house was very clean with the most comfortable bed ever! My kids had a great time swimming. The canoe trip to angel falls was perfect! And hiking the hill across the river was great also. Just hard enough for a 6 and 10 year old to make it to the top.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The road travels along the river and some of the lovely resort homes are on the river, and some across the road from the river. Fortunately Casa del Rio is on the river and has an 8 foot fence separating the property from the road. The guests who stay here love its beauty, direct access to the river, a 250 ft. mountain to climb, and canoes to reach a waterfall. I am happy you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for coming. Betty
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Great river experience

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay. The river having the faster rapids for tubing and also the calm water for just relaxing was nice. We used the canoes and paddled way up river to some amazing views. My grandson and daughter caught many perch, catfish, and one bass. Did not keep any, but fun to just catch and release. The scenery with the trees is incredible. The house was clean and had all we needed. AC kept us cool. If I had to express one opinion for improvement it would be the king size bed. I am a fan of a bit more firm. We will definitely consider future visits again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Peaceful and Siren

  • 5 of 5

If you ever just need to get away and rejuvenate, this is the place. Quaint and peaceful with the sweetest owner ever!!!! We will definitely go back. Thank you Mrs. Betty.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great property in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property. Clean, spacious, and well appointed. The location is stunningly beautiful, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, tubing, and canoeing in the pristine Guadalupe river. We will definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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
2016 Fall 1
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 Fall 2
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 End of Year
Dec 30 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
2017 Winter
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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
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.

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Hunt House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
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. (For parties over 6, please ask about our Guadalupe Room.)
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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!

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