No Container Ban! Hottest Part of the Guadalupe River Just Upstream from Gruene [#193039] | View Property
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths (Sleeps 4)
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My husband and I booked the Cottage last minute for our Wedding Anniversary weekend. It was exactly what we were looking for. Michelle was very easy to work with. She provided us with all of the property rules upfront so that we were aware of how they function. Some renters wait until you're on-site to slap you with pages of restrictions. These rules may scare you at first, but rest assured that they are in place for a reason. The property is extremely well maintained and the rules are in place to make sure it stays that way. I can absolutely appreciate the amount of time and effort put into the details of this property. It was super clean and tastefully decorated. Definitely felt like a home away from home. For a complete weekend bring your bikes (many nearby trails to explore) , fishing poles and a raft/kayak to use right off the floating dock located just below the property. Thanks for sharing this home with us!!! We will be back!!!
- Guest Clarissa R.
- Date of stay 03/28/13
- Review Submitted 04/01/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Manager response: You are so sweet to take the time to post such a lovely comment! We adored sharing the property with you and look forward to your quick return!
Fun Weekend in Gruene
Fun Weekend in Gruene
We enjoyed a great short weekend at Gruene Oaks Lodge. Both houses are beautiful decorated and felt like your own home. The property is close to the water with lots of space. Despite a rainy day, we enjoyed the house and Gruene. The owner was very helpful with any issues.
- Guest Rebecca P.
- Date of stay 02/08/13
- Review Submitted 02/11/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway.
Manager response: Thanks so much, Rebecca, for taking time out of your day to post your kind words. We look forward to having you back very soon!
Beautiful Natural Setting, Close to Town
Beautiful Natural Setting, Close to Town
This is our second year to stay at Gruene Oaks Lodge. Our favorite part is the riverfront property - the back view is of river and woods, so you feel like you're on a nature retreat. We had quiet morning devotions with the birds chirping and fish jumping in the river, and a lovely fresh-air inner on the patio. The houses were very clean and the decor feels luxurious without being overly formal or crowded. It feels like you "got away" from it all but is close enough to the Gruene shops that you can walk in 15-20 minutes. We have stayed in February both times, so it may feel busier in the summer when there is more river traffic. There are a lot of stairs, if that's an issue for you, and sometimes we wished for more water pressure, but it's a great place for girls' getaway or families.
- Guest Laura (Hewitt, TX)
- Date of stay 02/09/12
- Review Submitted 02/13/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Just returned from a great stay on the Guadeloupe river! The views from the decks are unbelievable! We had a large group of girls and the houses had everything we needed. We were even able to walk home after taking in a concert at Gruene Hall. Awesome place. The owner is so nice and easily accessible. I highly recommend staying here.
- Guest Kelly (Austin)
- Date of stay 01/06/12
- Review Submitted 01/08/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Uh, where did you say the bathroom is?
Uh, where did you say the bathroom is?
We stayed at the Gruene Oaks Lodge cottage recently with another couple. I should have read the previous 27 reviews more closely. Because two would have tipped me off to a potential problem. While we knew there was only one bathroom, we were not aware that the only bathroom was accessible only through the master bedroom. If you’re staying with your kids, or very close family, not an issue. Sneaking into your friends’ room at night to use the bathroom while they are sleeping, slightly awkward. And if you’re planning on bringing your computer or other Wi-Fi device instead of enjoying the scenery, service may be sporadic. The actual router is in a shed between the properties. So signal strength may be an issue. The location is close to town. I think each trip took less than five minutes. Ten minutes if you got caught behind one of the tubing (or is it toobing?) buses. And if you have allergies, it’s nice to know that no animal has ever been in the cottage. The cottage appears to have been recently remodeled with nice finishes. If it’s just the two of you and you don’t care about surfing the web, it’s the perfect spot. If you’re traveling with friends or planning to do some work, I would look into the cabin next door. It has two bathrooms and is closer to the shed.
- Guest JCN (Houston, TX)
- Date of stay 04/29/11
- Review Submitted 05/03/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway.
Manager response: We appreciate the feedback! Pround to announce that we've remodeled and added a water closet on the ground floor of this cottage! The only shower is still in the upstairs bathroom, but now those middle-of-the-night "nature calls" will no longer require disturbing your roommates. We appreciate our guests' input and strive to make our place better and better each season!
Great Place to Stay
Great Place to Stay
While I have never been to New Braunfels after 40 years of living, I'll have to say that this place was very well maintained. Everything from the house itself to the grounds were in excellent shape. We drove in on Friday and arrived around 4:30pm and stayed till Sunday. However, I would like to caution if you are planning an adults only weekend. Upon arriving, within 30 minutes the police showed up and stated that there were people that did not belong there. We had notified the owner and told them that 3 autos would be there and that is exactly what we had. Come to find out the police were at the wrong place. Then the next day we had two other couples, with one auto, come by to meet up and all go to the river together and was notified by a text that there were 10 people there and that they needed to leave. After having a great time on the river we swam right to our dock and was home, which was nice. Shortly, after arriving from the river, the police showed up again while I was napping and stated that they had been called on that a woman was in trouble. My husband told them noone was in trouble and that I was napping inside. Later that evening, we received yet another text stating that since our party remained at the dock after we got off of the river, people watching, that we were being rude to the other property renters next door and needed to think of others. Secondly, we were told that we had autos on the other rental property's side, which was ludicruis being two of the three autos had not moved since we arrived on Friday and were all parked on the cabin's side. Lastly, we were reminded of check-out time and to follow the check-out procedures list. We did leave at 10:30am and followed the list to a T. When I booked this cabin I was advised that they had survellience, but that they did not watch it unless a problem was brought to their attention. However, just as a caution, that survellience is watched at all times. I almost felt as if I was treated like a 21 year old that was out of control, which was not the fact at all. So, hopefully, if you rent this place you keep all of that in mind. The place is extremely nice, but unfortunately, I probably will not stay here again. When I go on vacation, I like to leave any problems at home.
- Guest C71 (Aledo, TX)
- Date of stay 08/06/10
- Review Submitted 08/24/10
Recommended for: Age 55+
Manager response: One of the biggest risk factors for problems and damage to a rental property is overloading, or bringing more people than the maximum capacity, even if not sleeping over; the outdoor areas are shared with renters of our second house on the same lot, so bringing all of your friends to use the property as a jumping off point for the river or to party on the bank/pier is not fair to them, not to mention that the facilities in this unit are not designed to support larger gatherings. We enforce our maximum occupancy limit, as well as all of our other lease terms, diligently, regardless of the age of our renters. This is one of the reasons that we are able to keep our property in such excellent condition; because we refuse to give up on our preventative measures and enforcing the legal lease agreement terms that we and our renters agree to in writing. In addition, our vacation rental is, like most, in a residential neighborhood. Late-night, loud partying is not allowed, and is inconsiderate. Neighbors may call authorities to complain, and we have nothing to do with that, in most instances. With regard to any visits by the sheriff; many people are unaware if they are not familiar with Gruene/New Braunfels, but the Guadalupe River at the height of the summer season is a very "eventful" place; many people get injured shooting the rapids. The sheriff's department and local EMS and Fire Department work hard to manage these various calls and emergencies, and once in a while they might make a mistake like knocking on the wrong door trying to find an injured person who may not be able to clearly indicate their location. For that, we have no responsibility, so we're not sure how it would be appropriate to mention those events here. So, yes, we monitor our property closely by viewing recorded video footage of arrivals, various peak activity times, and departure. This is our way of insuring that the lease terms that we both have agreed to are being honored, checking only for major infractions, such as bringing too many people, pets, fireworks, getting on the roof, etc. (see lease for terms). Most adults easily avoid these issues, and as indicated by the overwhelmingly positive reviews on this page, the vast majority of our guests never hear a peep from us - because they never violate their lease agreement.
We took advantage of a quick 2 night during the week stay found on the web page and was not disappointed the cabin was great and we had a great relaxing time. The only thing was the property needs more out back outside seating and seating on the grounds out back down by the river that would of made it more relaxing to beable to sit by the water. ThanksJamie
- Guest Jamie A. (Austin, TX)
- Date of stay 04/09/10
- Review Submitted 04/09/10
Manager response: Jamie, thanks so much for your feedback. We have found that permanent seating on this stretch of the river is susceptible to the elements and to being washed away by flash flooding. We recommend bringing camping chairs for additional seating on the river banks.
Had a wonderful time. The cottage was very nice and very clean and well kept. Plenty of privacy for couples. Great spot for a romantic getaway! The view was amazing from the room. And I liked the floating dock in the evening. Good place to just sit and relax and enjoy being with someone you love. The pictures of the place didn't do it justice..I recommend you go see it for yourself! Thanks for a great stay!!
- Guest Jenni10 (Beaumont TX)
- Date of stay 04/05/10
- Review Submitted 04/05/10
A gorgeous place with a fantastic location. The cottage was immaculate and almost everything (floors, fixtures, sinks, etc.) looked like it was brand new. We loved being right on the river. A perfect getaway in a perfect location. It has two bedrooms and sleeps 4, but make sure you're okay with the bathroom arrangement. It only has one bathroom and it's only accessible through the master bedroom. It was only the two of us, so it wasn't a problem. We will definitely stay here again.
- Guest The Wynns1 (College Station, TX)
- Date of stay 02/22/10
- Review Submitted 02/22/10
nice place to sit on the dock and watch the deer run by. Cottage very suffient for 4 people but perfect for 2.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/02/09
- Review Submitted 10/02/09
The cottage and property were clean and beautiful. We really enjoyed our stay and hated to leave. The only negative is that the one bathroom is upstairs.
- Guest Renee Kiser (Benbrook, TX)
- Date of stay 09/19/09
- Review Submitted 09/19/09
This is a lovely cottage with everything in excellent conditioning. A special bonus was the view overlooking the Guadalupe River. We appreciated the kayak available and used it daily. The kitchen isn't set up to do any real cooking but it met our purpose with having a quick bkfst. before we started each day.
- Guest Joan Niemiec (Mpls., MN)
- Date of stay 08/25/09
- Review Submitted 08/25/09
Manager response: Thank you for your kind comments. Although the kayaks are no longer available at this property, we have great purveyors nearby where a wide variety of watercraft and other supplies are available for rental or purchase.
Very well maintained property, great location. We stayed in Cottage B and at first wondered about the lack of kitchen facilities but never missed them. The floating dock stays in the shade all day and the breeze off the Guadalupe keeps you cool. The entire compound is probably over 1 acre so there is plenty of room and privacy. Will come back for sure.
- Guest Michael A1 (Cypress, Tx)
- Date of stay 08/09/09
- Review Submitted 08/09/09
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Gruene Oaks Lodge. The house is very spacious, well-decorated, and comfortable. We enjoyed being right on the river and being so close to Gruene for tubing, shopping, and eating in the wonderful Gruene restaurants. I would highly recommend this place for anyone!
- Guest Julie Jary (Superior, CO)
- Date of stay 07/14/09
- Review Submitted 07/14/09
We needed a break. We needed peace. We needed rest and relaxation. We got all of it from our stay in Cottage B. Starting each morning out on the deck was beautiful & peaceful. Walking around Gruene was very relaxing. I WILL recommend Gruene Oaks Lodge to ALL. It was exactly what the web site said and more.... THANK YOU!
- Guest Brenda Hittle (Flower Mound Tx)
- Date of stay 05/24/09
- Review Submitted 05/24/09