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Mesquite Retreat - Lovely Country Home, 30min to Austin, 10min to COTA track

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

5 bdrm, 3 bth on wooded 10 acres 25 min to Austin and 10 min-Circuit of Americas

3500 sf Neo-classic design house with 1500 sf additional covered front and back porch and patios features the following:

•10-12 ft high ceilings with heavy crown molding throughout

•Brazilian Cherry wood floor in all common areas and Master Bed and Bath

•Music is piped throughout house including front and back outdoors along with Master Bedroom and Bath.

•Huge luxurious Master Bathroom retreat includes spa bath with chromo therapeutic lights, television, chandelier mood lighting.

•Over-sized Master Bedroom with striking pool view and access through a 12 foot sliding unit, 50' HDTV

•High end kitchen includes double ovens, warmer, striking granite counters with four bar stools. Plenty of room for gourmet chefs

•Indoor eating sits 12 in dining room.

•Front porch overlooks catfish pond. Activities include paddle boat, flat bottom boat, and fishing pier to hook those large catfish. Plenty of large catfish, fed daily to ensure good catch!

•Backyard patio features a paradise setting with outdoor fireplace with seating for 20+.

•Rock grotto and waterfalls flow into beautifully lighted heated pool at night with natural landscape surroundings with plenty of privacy.

•Soak away in our Clear water(R) spa with fiber optic lighting and separate sound system

•Outdoor grill, griddle, fryer for those outdoor cooks available.

• Exercise equipment includes Total Gym(R), Weight Machine, treadmill, dumb bells

•Movie and book library, board games

More Details

Hershel and Becky Sandifer
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Hershel and Becky Sandifer

Hershel is a commercial construction project manager who loves to work his land, restore classic cars, jukeboxes, and coke machines. He loves cooking catfish and craw fish for large groups! While Hershel was building the house, Becky went back to school and received her PhD and Executive Coaching certification. They both love spending time with their family and dogs.

Hershel and Becky Sandifer purchased this house in 2009

Why Hershel and Becky Sandifer chose Cedar Creek

Hershel used his construction experience to build their dream house. They began hosting events for their friends and family which led to the idea of sharing the house with others. Their son was married down by the pond in a beautiful outdoor wedding.

What makes this house unique

We chose this land because it was a country setting with plenty of privacy but in close proximity to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and outlet mall shopping San Marcos.


Cedar Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1) If cancellation occurs, credit card fee that was incurred upon payment, will not be refunded.
  • 2)Permission is needed in advance for bands/djs/live entertainment or parties that include guests outside of the booked guests of 12 or less.
  • 3)Please inform owner of anything broken or amenities not working so we can fix for the next guests.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Large with 2 chairs and tv
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 double , Animal Room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Royal Room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bird Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ocean Room
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
Smoking allowed only in designated outdoor area.


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Mesquite Retreat - Lovely Country Home, 30min to Austin, 10min to COTA track
average rating of 4.948276 based on 58 reviews

Fantastic Setting, Home, and Host - You Won't Be Disappointed

  • 5 of 5

Came to Austin with family for a birthday party. We are ages 25-65 and this house had something for everyone. The front porch is fantastic to relax and to watch wildlife (especially at the feeder at night). The pool area and giant screen are incredible. Seriously one of the best pool setups any of us had ever seen! The fishing pond was great and we had a lot of fun fishing (poles were provided, we bought bait) and tooling around in the paddleboat. There are built-in sound systems everywhere, which was awesome. The beds were comfortable and clean. There was plenty of towels, linens, soap, etc. The kitchen was stocked with every utensil and cooking device you could imagine. There were lots of board games, giant connect 4, giant Jenga, a pool table, a Foosball table, large dvd collection for the viewing areas, great outdoor BBQ and cooking equipment, etc. The three outdoor fire pits were stocked with plenty of wood. Hershel could not have been nicer or more accommodating. It is about 30 minutes driving to downtown Austin, but we knew that when we booked and the drive was definitely worth it. I am trying to think of constructive criticisms and I really can't think of any. We all loved our stay and hope to be back in the future!!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plano, Texas

One of the most beautiful rentals we have ever had the pleasure of stain at.

  • 5 of 5

Far exceeded our expectations! We want to come back again and again. The attention to detail was amazing.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Second Stay

  • 5 of 5

This the second time that we’ve stayed at this home, and I was so impressed to find it even better the second time! The owners have made improvements since our stay a year ago. Some of the bedrooms had new flooring and there were new super comfy couches in the living room and game room! There were big versions of connect 4 and Jenga. Our kids had so much fun playing games, swimming in the pool and watching movies at night on the screen above the pool. The house is so clean and comfortable! We took lots of walks around the property and RELAXED! We stay at lots of VRBOs and this is one of the best!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

Quiet, peaceful, luxurious home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family would not hesitate to re-book this beautiful home. We especially enjoyed all the attention to detail: comfortable beds, nice linens, plenty of clean towels, TVs everywhere (even by spa tub), multiple grills, awesome game room and movie projectors, access to washer/ dryer, incredible sound system and a spotless home. Thanks for being dog-friendly too. We made some great memories fishing, swimming and relaxing on the porch! We didn’t want to leave...

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Tranquil Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Our party of ten adults (five couples) recently stayed at the Mesquite Retreat, and this peaceful jewel far exceeded our expectations! The home was beautifully appointed and very spacious, with lots of privacy as well as numerous gathering areas both inside and out that easily accommodated our group. The well-equipped kitchen was large enough for several cooks to work together, and had everything we needed for preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals. Towels and bathroom supplies were plentiful, and the master bath was just a delight! The GIANT outdoor tv screen overlooking the oasis-like pool was definitely a hit--perfect for taking in nightly sports events and movies. Nature lovers enjoyed the abundant wildlife, with everything from owls to armadillos, and deer that greeted us each day. Everyone agreed this was the perfect place to unwind and have fun--a truly relaxing retreat that we all hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mesquite Retreat was great. Herschel and Becky are great hosts.

  • 4 of 5

The house and grounds and amenities were everything and more as described.

The outdoor screen by the pool was amazing. We watched Sports in it every night.

House had everything we needed.

A bit secluded for easy access for night life downtown but the amenities made up for it after a long day of golf.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $350 + Tax

Rates are quoted in US Dollars. For non-event rates a deposit of one night is required upon booking. Full payment is due 30 days prior to arrival. For event rates a deposit of 25% is required upon booking. Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival.
2 night minimum in effect November through February only for $700 per night. Inquire with host.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.