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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!
Come see us at http://casadelrioriverhouse.com for more pictures, video, info and the most up-to-date calendar information with The Guadalupe Room also available.
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.)...moreless
Maximum occupancy of 6 guests is based on many factors, including our septic system capabilities....moreless
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!...moreless
Lake Ingram is a small lake located near Ingram, Texas, 7 miles east of Hunt...moreless
Property is surrounded by the hills of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Cross the river on our footbridge to the south side of the property and hike up 250 feet to see the grand view from the top. ...moreless
Casa del Rio is in a resort area in the Texas Hill Country, surrounded by hills, huge cypress trees, private summer camps for children and scenic drives....moreless
The Riverhouse is perched above the Guadalupe River, which is easily visible from the windowed living/dining room. Picturesque rock stairs lead down to the clear, cool water of the river for swimming....moreless
Casa del Rio is unique as a 50 acre property right on the Guadalupe River, surrounded by the hills and trees of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. ...moreless
The village of Hunt is a mile away, and provides a restaurant, post office, and The Hunt Store, famous as a gathering place for many years....moreless
Gentle rapids and our swimming area are easily visible and just down the hill right outside the windowed Riverhouse living/dining area. The view of our deep water area upstream is just a few short steps from the doorway. ...moreless
The Riverhouse is on the river, and provides several swimming and fishing areas. There are both narrow winding and wide deep river areas. Waterfronts are available in 2 areas, and easily accessible....moreless
The Riverhouse is perched above the Guadalupe River. Picturesque rock stairs lead down to our swimming area and gentle, shallow rapids. A wooden footbridge takes you to the other side of the river. Walk upstream along either bank or through the shallow rapids to the canoe launch in our deep water area....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Dining and Kitchen area adjoin. Table seats 6. ...moreless
All dishes, utensils and pots and pans are provided for at least 6 people...moreless
Full appliance kitchen. Dishes, pots and pans, flatware, cooking utensils, blender, toaster, coffee maker and coffee provided. Two full-size outdoor grills (one gas, one charcoal); gas provided. ...moreless
Spacious, private outdoor patio area in back overlooks the river. Includes dining table and chairs for 6 people, reclining chair, and 2 rocking chair swings. Wire dome-covered fire pit....moreless
There is a municipal golf course in Kerrville 15 miles away...moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
There are 2 canoes with paddles and life jackets provided....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Spacious, private lawn area in back of Riverhouse. Property includes a large lawn area between Riverhouse and canoe launch, suitable for outdoor activities such as Frisbee. Picnic table by launch....moreless
Outdoor Entertainment Area
Gas grill (gas provided), separate charcoal grill...moreless
Private swimming in the river just below the house (shallow and deeper); also another area for swimming in the wider, deeper part of the river a short distance upstream. Sturdy footbridge with rail....moreless
Memorial Day May 22 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer Season Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 2 night min stay
Labor Day Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2015 3 night min stay
Thanksgiving Nov 25 - Nov 28, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas Dec 24 - Dec 31, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
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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.
Year Purchased: 1968
About the owner: 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.'
Why the Owner 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House: 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!