Secluded Western Ranch House on 4 Acres Near Bandera
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Bandera house description
If you are looking for a place close to Bandera yet in the country this 2 bedroom 2 bath home is the place. It is authentic vintage 1940’s Texas western. Located within a mile from Main street Bandera this home is situated on 4 acres and is a quiet and secluded getaway and offers perfect bird & deer watching. The house is loaded with character but has all of the modern amenities and is very comfortable with a restful atmosphere. This home will sleep up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed, the second bedroom has 2 twins, and there is also a fold out sofa bed that will sleep two. The house was built by my grandfather and father as a family vacation lodge in 1947-48. Outwardly it appears much as it did when it was built, but it has all brand new mechanicals, wiring, & plumbing. The large living room has a rock fireplace (wood burning), hardwood floors, finished pine walls and vaulted ceiling, & is decorated with Ranch Oak & W.R. Dallas furniture.
The breezeway with D’Hanis tile floors and large windows looks out onto the wooded property and serves as the dining area. The second bedroom has a western theme with cowboy wallpaper, sheets, and furniture. The kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances, except there is no dishwasher. The home has a security system, covered parking, new central air & heat, satellite TV, a MP3 / Ipod capable stereo AM / FM sound system , CD player, and a washer & dryer, and there is no telephone service but excellent cell coverage. The House features: -King size bed in master bedroom -First bath with glass enclosed shower -Twin beds in second bedroom -Second bath with tub / shower combination -Fold out sofa bed for two -Kitchen with coffee maker, microwave, range top & convection oven, and refrigerator- fitted out with good cookware and appliances -Large living room -Large front porch
Amenities: -Washer & dryer in adjacent shed -Bandera smoker & charcoal grill -Firewood available -Ipod / MP3 capable stereo sound system -Satellite TV -Water softener system -Security system -Covered parking -Dog kennel -All bath & bed linens provided -Utensils & dishes provided
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Covered Parking
- Washing Machine
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Water Parks
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
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Very relaxing & Nice fireplace 5 stars!Guest comment entered by owner
Very relaxing & Nice fireplace 5 stars!
Always a great stay here. Very relaxing with lots to see and good people to meet. Nice fire with wine tops it off!!
- Guest Jon, Janet & Leo (dog) a boxer
- Date of stay 12/24/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/14
Lovely & Quiet 5 starsGuest comment entered by owner
Lovely & Quiet 5 stars
How exciting to have picked such a wonderful slice out of history house! So calming. Lovely. Quiet! Watching the deer and wild life, drinking coffee on the back porch was great. Tried the smoker too- Yummy!! Hope this hideaway will be here next time and we can escape real life. Thanks again!
- Guest Tracy & Richard
- Date of stay 10/21/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/14
We enjoyed our stay at Anchorage Ranch House in Bandera, TX. Cottage was clean and very well stocked with most everthing you would need. The patio area was very delightful with party lights and outdoor cooker. Very nice and we enjoyed it throughly. We really enjoyed watching the deer in the backyard.
- Guest Jim (Tulsa, Ok)
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/03/13
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
Relaxing place inside Bandera. It was a great place to rest and relax after busy days in the Hill Country.
- Guest Houston Family (Houston)
- Date of stay 07/18/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Can't wait to go back!
Can't wait to go back!
Deep in the heart of Texas, you will find one of the most charming guest cottages in Bandera. Loved the location and felt secluded and spent time watching the deer. Loved feeding them the corn the owner left ...enticed the deer to come closer to the window. I was taking pictures and was sending them to friends. What was so wonderful about this cottage is all of the vintage items that had been carefully selected for the décor. It was like going to my Grandmother house and feeling like I was there for comfort food. They even had the same table cloth as my Grandmother. The bed was so comfortable and I slept all night feeling so rested the next morning. I found the cottage very neat and clean and the heat had been turned on prior to my arrival. I liked that. I would recommend this cottage to anyone. The pictures were totally accurate. Visited some fun restaurants. Even the stars were brighter! Big applause to the owner. I'll be back.
- Guest Peggy (San Antonio, Texas)
- Date of stay 12/27/12
- Review Submitted 07/15/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Not as Represented.
Not as Represented.
Let us start off by saying that we are experienced VRBO vacationers and have enjoyed the places we rented in the past. We rented the place for a week, and we stayed four days. The Bandera property was not as presented on the website. The actual building and location were as presented. The condition of the property itself was significantly exaggerated and the detractors based on its physical location were not disclosed. Starting with location, the owner represented it as being quiet and restful at the outskirts of town. He did not disclose that the property is located between two highways which are roughly 1-2 blocks away. One is the main thoroughfare (Hwy 173) to Kerrville and has significant volumes of truck traffic. The traffic is heaviest from 6-9 am and can be heard from any room in the house. Also, within a block is a commercial sand and gravel operation. The yard place at one time was landscaped and we assume well groomed. Today, it needs a lot of attention. There was an abandoned air conditioner lying out in the weeds along the driveway. The grass had not been mowed in some time and was about 6-8 inches high. There were numerous branches on the ground, old stumps and a debris pile in the corner of the yard. A wonderful place for snakes. During our stay a tree limb about 4 inches in diameter came crashing down and nearly landed on the front porch. When we went to investigate the noise we discovered there were two more “widowmakers” just like it hung up in the live oaks. We realize the Hill Country has experienced a prolonged drought, however, there are several dead tree hazards in the yard that need to be removed. Parking was not covered and we took precautions not to park under the trees. The better part of our first day was spent cleaning. We noticed right off that the air conditioners had a hard time keeping the house cool during the heat of the day. With a little checking we discovered the air conditioning filters were so plugged with dust and dirt that they would physically be sucked inward when the unit(s) would come on. We went to town and bought replacements. There were serious “dust bunnies” under the beds and in the master bedroom. We are talking a half-inch carpet of dust. There were cobwebs on every window inside and outside the house, and a number of them at the ceiling corners and along the porch, which we vacuumed or swept away. There was a persistent musty/mold like smell in the master bedroom. Again,
- Guest Diane B.
- Date of stay 06/30/13
- Review Submitted 07/10/13
Owner response: I was warned that everyone eventually gets a bad review, but this blindsided me. One of the worst parts of this one is that this guest and I spoke on the telephone numerous times before their stay, but never once after their arrival and certainly no opportunity was given to me to address, compensate, ameliorate, or even check into any of their issues. No communication- not even a note when they left. I had no idea until now that there had been a problem. After I received this review I immediately called my housekeeper who has been getting good reviews for almost 2 years to meet me out there then I ran out to the house (I live an hour away) to see how bad it looked. I was greatly relieved. Although I cannot deny that some of these complaints are based in fact, but the degree to which they are represented is unreasonable. The noise level is just not that bad, in fact I stood in the house trying to hear it and I had to concentrate on it in order to hear it. I have pretty acute hearing. I even asked people I know who have stayed there and no one has even noticed it. The A/C filters had been in the garbage can- they were 4 months old but are only used on the weekends and not even every weekend. They had some dust but not enough by far to change them out- I pay the electric bills and repairs on the A/C and I do look after them. We are in an historic drought and I did lose some trees this year- I know they need to come down but I was hoping they'd come back- I used to climb them as a kid. The grass was high because the wildflowers are re-seeding- this house doesn't have a lawn, it's a country house in a natural setting. I know for a fact that there were no dust bunnies in the master bedroom where these two people were staying as I personally, with the housekeeper, changed out the dust ruffle and duvet cover a week before their stay and we moved the bed and thoroughly cleaned. Maybe there were dust bunnies in the bedroom they were not using!?! The housekeeper and I tried to detect a musty smell in the master bedroom but all we could smell was the normal smell of the house, a 1940's pine cabin, not unpleasant in the least.
Anchorage Ranch House
Anchorage Ranch House
We had a wonderful stay! The house is very quaint, we really enjoy the fireplace in the evenings and feeding the deer. Very, very relaxing!
- Guest Staci T. (Santa Fe TX)
- Date of stay 02/15/13
- Review Submitted 02/25/13
Loved this house 5 STARSGuest comment entered by owner
Loved this house 5 STARS
Four of us and our cocker spaniel had a great time enjoying the secluded surroundings, lovely weather, and watching the resident deer family outside our picture windows. Took a day drive to Lost Maples Park, Kerrville, and the Old Post Office at Camp Verde nearby. The kitchen was amazingly well stocked with every utensil imaginable, and we grilled steaks outside from the meat market in town. The beds were all comfortable, even the fold-out, and we enjoyed the vintage cowboy furnishings. In all, a great getaway. Thanks!!
- Guest Bill
- Date of stay 11/23/12
- Review Submitted 11/28/12
Awesome Cowboy House
Awesome Cowboy House
My husband and I loved our stay in the cowboy house. The decor was authentic and nostalgic but not overdone. The accommodations were very comfortable with a variety of spaces to spread out and enjoy the outdoors. We could see deer feeding on the adjoining property in the evenings while sipping wine on the back porch. We had to contact the owner with a minor alarm system problem which he responded to quickly. We look forward to a return visit!
- Guest Pie C. (null)
- Date of stay 11/06/12
- Review Submitted 11/19/12
Wonderful vintage lodge!
Wonderful vintage lodge!
We loved this house. The main living room is something out of a movie. It will take you hours just to take in all of the little details and decor that the owners have obviously worked hard to perfect. We were still noticing cool stuff days in. We had 5 people and there was plenty of room. All of the beds were extremely comfortable, especially the master. Both bathrooms were great too - good showers. We loved the fact that you could close the bedroom area off to the rest of the house (living room and kitchen). The kitchen had everything we needed to make a few good 'ol Texas meals including a great smoker we used to smoke some ribs. They also had a really good sound system that played throughout the house and allowed you to plug your iPod in - good for lots of listening to Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. We also had constant visitors in a family of deer who liked walking around right outside the windows at all times of day. You really feel like you're in a wilderness lodge. I bet this place would be the cosiest home imagninable in the winter. We'll just have to come back and find out!
- Guest Lauren B.
- Date of stay 08/02/12
- Review Submitted 08/12/12
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2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The nightly rate for 2 people is $185.00. Extra person is $20.00 per person per night
- Pet Fee: $10 + tax
- Tax Rate 12%
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- Nearest Airport: San Antonio at 50 Miles
About the owner: This house has been in my family since it was built and I have just restored and updated it with modern amenities. This was our vacation house and I have spent many happy days here.
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Main living room
Comfy wood burning fireplace
Covered parking and back patio
1st bath with tub / shower
Dining room with a view
Front porch overlooks property
Horseshoe mirror in the western bedroom
Frontal view of the house
Large bedroom with comfortable king size bed
Western decorated second bedroom
2nd bath with shower
Lighted ship's wheel in living room
Dining room / breezeway
Picnic on the porch
Vintage western furniture in the cowboy bedroom
Cozy fireplace & living room at night
Garage light at night to welcome you home
Side view of the front porch
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2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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