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The Bear Haus - Beautiful House on the Water at Lake Dunlap

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Last updated: 07/31/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This beautiful lakefront home has a unique history. It was originally the home of Emil and Hanna Pallenberg, who became internationally famous with their Pallenberg Bears from the 1940's through 1970. Their travels included Austrailia, Mexico, South America, Canada, and all over the United States with various circus companies, and actually housed the bears at this home during their off seasons. You will find pictures and historical accountings of their travels and shows in the game room.

There are magical twinkling lights in the mature oak trees, and giant cypress trees providing a perfect evening ambiance for family gatherings. The yard is large and will accommodate any evening or day functions for a family gathering, family vacations, company functions, etc.... PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS DOES CURRENTLY HAVE A BURN BAN IN EFFECT.

Family reunions are a natural event here, as are corporate retreats, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and simpler family vacations. The home is kid-friendly, with a designated swimming area just off of the over-the-water deck in shallow water for youngsters, bunk beds, large flat screen tv's, and Wii Console/Games.

The game room is 40 x 25 feet in dimension, providing for the bar area (including a complete back bar), a kegerator (special request), a friendly game of pool, while others sit around the large sectional couch and watch the 55 inch screen tv or play a game of darts. A full bathroom is available in the room. The game room opens from the front of the house and also to the rear of the house onto the yard and waterfront areas.

The yard is completely fenced, providing safety for pets, but the owners will need to interview the pets! A Pet Deposit is also required.

Adjacent to the over-the-water deck is a boat slip, and a long pier with expansion at the end where you can swim or fish (A fishing license is required). The huge area of water covered by water lilies provides excellent fishing for bass, tilapia, catfish and perch. There are rod holders at the end of the pier.

Whether cooking in either of the two beautiful kitchens or BBQ'ing on the patio, plenty of food can be easily prepared to serve multitudes of guests. There are outdoor dining areas on both the upstairs deck and the downstairs patio.

Keywords: waterfront, fishing pier, swimming, over water deck, outside decks, patio, huge yard, handicapped accessible, renovated kitchens, new appliances, unique designs, game room, corporate retreats, family reunions, family vacations, pool table,


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No one under the age of 25 will be considered for rental...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    protected swimming area....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smokers may smoke in any of the outdoor areas, but not in any of the houses or enclosed areas....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Large fenced grassy yard - however, there is no fence blocking passage to the lake....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Doors are not exceedingly wide, but are sufficient to accommodated a wheelchair and/or scooter or power wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, Beds for 18-22

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (2) King bed in both master suites, Queen size Beds (4) Two queen beds in bedroom #2 upstairs, one queen bed in bedroom #3 downstairs, 2 queen bed in bedroom #2 downstairs., Twin or Single Beds (1) fold out bed, Bunk Beds (2) set of bunk beds (twin) in bedroom #3 downstairs...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • This huge home has two separate homes available for rental all together, with the game room, yard, pier, over the water deck and boat slip as common areas. Each of the two houses have uniquely designed tile and rock work incorporated into the decor, huge kitchens and living areas. The game room includes a full sized pool table, huge rock bar with back bar to match, full sized-bathroom, entertainment center, and comfortable furniture. The upstairs house has a full length deck at the water view providing an unobstructed view of the lake, with ample seating and multiple conversational group settings. The downstairs house includes a beautifully appointed patio and is handicapped accessible with ground floor location, large shower room with bars for stability and a bar by the toilet. The waterfront is lined with Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old and app. 50 ft. tall....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (9) cable available in each bedroom, living room, and game room - large flat screen tv's in both living rooms, small flat screens in each of other bedrooms....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Video Library:

    expansive library of DVD's...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Lake views are amazing from both the upstairs and downstairs houses....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Huge yard flows to the private waterfront that includes fire pit, over-the-water deck, pier and expanded fishing pier at the end...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Heat/Air, window unit in Game Room....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    (2) Located in each house...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    (2) Located in each house...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi provided throughout the entire home....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    all dishes, pots and pans, silverware, glasses, barware provided in each house and in the game room....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    (2) Both houses have updated dishwashers...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    (2) Each kitchen has fully equipped microwaves, ceramic stove tops, and ovens, large refrigerators, and tiled countertops, expansive cabinet space All appliances are new....moreless

  • Microwave:

    (2) Microwaves in each kitchen...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    (3) Both houses have large french door/bottom freezer units, as well as a full sized refrigerator in the game room....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Upstairs house has front balcony for main entrance...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Upstairs house has huge deck overlooking the waterfront, downstairs house has large patio on the waterfront side....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 4.8
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 7 - Sep 2, 2015
2 night min stay
$800 $1,000
Thu, Fri, Sat
Labor Day
Sep 3 - Sep 7, 2015
3 night min stay
Sep 8 - Sep 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$800 $1,000
Thu, Fri, Sat
Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2015
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $250
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6%


Additional $250 pet deposit is completely refundable, provided there are no damages or waste left behind.

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Last updated: 07/31/2015
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life jackets are available and required for children under 12 or for anyone who cannot swim.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1950

About the owner: The home is now owned by the remaining family, John Haas and his wife, Robbie (upstairs), and Barbara Williams, widow of John's brother James Williams (downstairs). This has been a family home since its inception in the 1950's, as the Pallenbergs built on to the original A-frame house to expand it to the size it is today. The family then updated and remodeled the home to the state it is currently in, and remodeled the huge double garage into the completed game room.

Why the Owner Chose New Braunfels:
Our family was fortunate to have this family home in this wonderful location, and now wish to share it with others as we have worked long and hard to rennovate it into this beautiful home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The sunsets over the lake are the most incredible you will find. The waterfowl add to the magic of the environment, with cranes, wood ducks, cormorants throughout the year, and migrating white pelicans and mud hens vacationing through February. A family of Great Horned Owls has lived in the neighborhood for many years, and you can hear their calls in the evening as you watch the sunset on the water. Hummingbirds, woodpeckers and hawks also call this their home, and provide hours of interesting bird watching.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Bear Haus Lakeside View

    Bear Haus Lakeside View

  • Bear Haus-1 Kitchen

    Bear Haus-1 Kitchen

  • Bear Haus 1-Master Bedroom

    Bear Haus 1-Master Bedroom

  • Bear Haus 1 Guest Bedroom

    Bear Haus 1 Guest Bedroom

  • Bear Haus 1 outside deck above the hot tub

    Bear Haus 1 outside deck above the hot tub

  • Game room entertainment center

    Game room entertainment center

  • Bear Haus 2 Bar

    Bear Haus 2 Bar

  • Bear Haus 2 downstairs patio dining table

    Bear Haus 2 downstairs patio dining table

  • Bear Haus 2 Guest Bedroom 2

    Bear Haus 2 Guest Bedroom 2

  • Bear Haus Lake Front

    Bear Haus Lake Front

  • house at night

    house at night

  • Front of Bear Haus

    Front of Bear Haus

  • Bear Haus 1 Living Room

    Bear Haus 1 Living Room

  • Bear Haus 1- guest bedroom

    Bear Haus 1- guest bedroom

  • Bear Haus master bath-upstairs

    Bear Haus master bath-upstairs

  • Game room pool table and bar

    Game room pool table and bar

  • Bear Haus 2 Living Room

    Bear Haus 2 Living Room

  • Bear Haus 2 Kitchen With Aquarium

    Bear Haus 2 Kitchen With Aquarium

  • Bear Haus 2 Master Bedroom

    Bear Haus 2 Master Bedroom

  • Bear Haus 2 Guest Bedroom 3

    Bear Haus 2 Guest Bedroom 3

  • Bear Haus Lake Front

    Bear Haus Lake Front

  • Bear Haus sunset on the waterfront

    Bear Haus sunset on the waterfront

  • grandkids on the pier

    grandkids on the pier

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