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Luxury Estate Pedernales River/Lake Travis- POOL and Dry Sauna!

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 7 Bedrooms + Detached Units, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14 to 20)

BOOK NOW for Fall 2017 and winter , spring and summer 2018 dates! Lake Travis is full full full again so we are good to go again for boating and watersports fun! Anytime is a good time of the year in The Texas Hill Country! PLEASE NOTE: In the summer months we normally need a 4 to 5 night min booking. We can at times take a shorter stay if it fits between another booking or is availabe and within 14 days of your arrival date. Rate is based on 6 guests in the home with a small extra charge for 6 or over in the home.

Welcome to Casa Rio Vista Hill Country Ranch! Here is your chance to vacation in this truly spectacular Hill Country vacation property, located on a stunning 8 acre mini-ranch, overlooking the Pedernales River and its Canyon. This property is so unique with it's quiet and beautiful country location, the moment you drive up, you feel relaxed and totally at peace.

Casa Rio Vista is a First Class Home on this mini ranch and is conveniently located off Hwy 71 between just 15 minutes from Hi way 620 and the Hill Country Galleria Mall area and 40 minutes from the Austin airport. Yet we are nestled peacefully in a private community of estate and ranch homes surrounded by mother nature at its best. Casa Rio Vista has a distinct advantage over other homes, it's incredible view of the Pedernales River with the Texas Hill Country all around you. Casa Rio Vista now offers a total of 7 bedrooms with 3 bedrooms in the main house with a huge Master Bedroom with King Bed, private bath, shower, and large size tub. Our beautiful 2nd bedroom with Queen size bed, shares a full bath, shower and tub with the 3rd bedroom which offers twin sleigh beds and gaming systems for kids on a Flat Screen TV. To top it off the bedrooms have Plasma TV's, and DVD players! The home has a large living and dining room area with rock fireplace that opens to a large covered patio area and overlooks the swimming pool/ dry sauna area.

I just love the back patio area as its the best place to sit and relax while watching the deer and other wild life that pass by. The home also has a well equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, Jenn Air stove, convection oven and microwave plus all of the other small appliances that you would need to make a simple or even gourmet meal! We also have available a large media room complete with a 55 inch plasma TV, stereo / video game systems and a 2nd stone fireplace. And for larger groups the home also has TWO separate guests houses one of which is a large guest house with 3 nice size bedrooms, one with a king bed and a hide a sofa bed and the other bedroom with King bed and the 3rd bedroom with two twin beds a nice size kitchen and dining area and a small living room area's with TV's and stereo systems. A smaller but very nice 7th bedroom for the property is in the 2nd guest house just off the garage which has a queen size bed and LCD TV and nice patio over looking the Hill Country and all of the beds in the main house and both guest homes have pillow top mattress which makes sleeping sooooo nice!

The house was professionally decorated and furnished in a manner you would expect from a first class home. The entire home is done in a combination of tile and berber carpeting with lots of windows which gives you a very open feeling or you can close it off. The main house has a large family room of all glass doors across the back, an elevated dining area, that seats 8 to 10, a separate bar area and a beautiful new kitchen with dining area in the kitchen that seats eight. Located out the glass doors in the living / family room is a beautiful patio area with plenty of table and chair and perfect for dining or relaxing. Off the kitchen is the laundry room that is yours to use at no extra charge. The house has a water purification system and other amenities include its own private lighted tennis court...I mean what other home do you find with a private tennis court! PLUS...a private play area for the kids and its own private boat dock (river water level does vary from time to time but as of July 2017 its perfect!) with boating just behind the home via the steps that leads down to the river. If you bring your boat a public boat ramp is just 15 min away in Pace Bend State Park! This Estate Home is located in a very quite and natural setting and is the best spot for riding bikes, walking, bird watching and seeing lots of other wild-life in its natural setting. What else would you need to make this the best vacation EVER!

The entire property perfect for family retreats, church retreats, tennis retreats with the gals, guys or couples and Casa Rio Vista Hill Country Ranch makes a prefect spot for large family gatherings.

OCCUPANCY POLICY. Because of the quality of our home we can not rent for parties or to minors and sorry we can not do weddings on the property or anything with lots of extra people on the property. We work very hard to maintain a quiet family atmosphere for the enjoyment of our guests and neighbors. Any use of the home for purposes other than family vacations must be addressed at the time of the reservation. This website indicates the maximum number of guests allowed in our home. If this number is exceeded you may be asked to leave without a refund.

I love this comment from a prior guest review.

xxx....This is not a perfect house but being an imperfect family we found it delightful and so relaxing that minor issues were rapidly

And such is life! No the home is not the Ritz perfect but we do try every day to make it as nice or perfect as possible and most see that in the home. For those that know about Hill Country vacation homes and pricing you will find this home to be very competitively valued for the size of home and property and the amenities offered.

One final thing. We have taken a lot of pride, effort and money to furnish these homes in a top notch, first class manner that you don't find in most rental homes. We offer Casa Rio Vista to guests who like and appreciate nice things as we do...and more important we only will to rent this home to people who know how and will take care of nice things and will respect the property. Another words, wild party animals need not reply! lol We work on a first come first serve basis so call or email me today to check your date request. You will be glad you did and we look forward to seeing you at Casa Rio Vista!

NOTICE: AGAIN.... The BIG news is that the lake and rivers are pretty much full and drought is long over. You can now launch a boat just 15 min away at Pace Bend Park or at Briarcliff marina. and thier is plenty of water in Lake Travis for lots of fun. You can also rent boats and jet ski's close by. We only rent this home and property to one group or family at a time so everything is private to just you. We look forward to seeing you in the Hill Country at Casa Rio Vista!

Attention Celebrity and High Profile Managers and Agents. FYI, Yes we do routinely sign confidentiality agreements to protect your clients privacy.

Keywords: Villa, Lake House, Waterfront, Ranch, Retreat, Boat Dock, Private, Church Retreat,Family Retreat, Luxury

More Details

Property Managed by Brian Cleveland Vacation today!
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Property Managed by Brian Cleveland Vacation today!

We own or manage properties around the world and feel very lucky to be part of something so nice and something so special. We work very hard to make sure your time at Casa Rio Vista is the best it can be and that you have the best vacation possible. We look forward to seeing you at Casa Rio Vista Hill Country Ranch. See you soon at Casa Rio Vista! MaryAnn Casa Manager

Property Managed by Brian Cleveland Vacation today! purchased this house in 1993

Why Property Managed by Brian Cleveland Vacation today! chose Spicewood

Breathtaking view overlooking the Pedernales River / Canyon area and the Hill Country. Total privacy yet only minutes from shopping, restaurants, water sports, hiking etc and just 45 minutes to Austin the live music capitol of the world. Marble Falls is only 20 minutes away, and Johnson City and Fredrickburg and other fresh water springs and pools are just a short car ride away.

What makes this house unique

So much to offer...very quite setting while over looking the river and hill country canyon area.


Paleface Homesteads House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Once you book your dates we will be turning others away but if you need to cancel and can do so in enough time for us to rebook house we will refund.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Master bathroom, large oval tub, glass shower, double sinks.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is the bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3 in the main house.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , THis is the bathroom in the larger guest house.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in smaller single bedroom guest house
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom walks out onto patio and pool - TV
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , bathroom just across hallway - TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bathroom just across hallway - TV
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , located in larger guest house - TV
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Located in larger guest house - TV
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Smaller guest house attached to garage.shower,patio, view!
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Third bedroom in guest house with hideabed sofa
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) The larger 2 bedroom guest house also has 2 full size sofa sleepers in 2 living area's which are perfect for kids,etc.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our property offers its own private tennis court and its own private play area for the kids! Sorry..... NO WEDDINGS NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE NO LARGE PARTIES without permission first NO RV's or OFF ROAD BIKES without permission first


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Luxury Estate Pedernales River/Lake Travis- POOL and Dry Sauna!
average rating of 4.362069 based on 58 reviews

Good property for large groups

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. This place was ideal for hosting larger parties and the three separate buildings gave us plenty of space. And with the pool, the water access, nearby lake Travis, hiking and wineries I would definitely recommend this spot for an awesome group get together in the hill country.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear that your family and friends had a great time at Casa Rio Vista like so many guests before you. The property is really perfect as you said with lots room so everyone has their own privacy when needed. Lots to do in the area or just sit and enjoy the pool and view. Fall and Winter are really the perfect time to be in The Hill Country. We have 2 nice stone Fireplaces and lots of wood around for that cozy fire. We are always doing things to update and improve so please do visit us again and again. Thanks for the Visit!
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Perfect location. Imperfect accommodations.

  • 2 of 5

The view is great. The swimming pool is well maintained.

In the main house: The stove did not work. The oven did not work. The gas grill did not work. There was no way to prepare food.

Look at past reviews. You'll see that several guests note these serious deficiencies. The owner always seems to have an excuse.

We did get a small discount on our stay when we complained.

The guest quarters are run down and don't feel clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sort of Old review. They did have some minor issues that are fixed now. This was their second visit To Casa Rio Vista this year so I find it a little funny that they are saying the accommodations are imperfect. Then why return? The stove top has four new burners now and works fine, oven does work but maybe she did not understand it, gas grill didn’t work because they ran it out of gas. We do by the way have a brand new gas grill and two new smokers and new Maytag dishwasher. These are not excuses , these are factual answers! The guest quarters are absolutely NOT run down and are clean , just look at the pictures online that’s how they look today and will when you arrive. Just don't come with your white gloves on or looking to do a property inspection......its in a hill country home and not meant to be the RITZ CARLTON for a great price. NO way to cook?? The funny thing is 30 seconds away is the guest house with a full kitchen that everything works so there was easily way to cook meals if they tried. The main house also has 2 counter top new burners and at least one electric skillet. Yes definitely look at the reviews, your gonna see a few recent negative ones from the same group of grumpy very perfect people out of Apx 50 mostly great ones. They asked for a small refund and that’s what I gave them back. Staff does try to please everybody but we know you cannot please all the people all the time obviously. This is a great property with a great location and view and most people by far have a great time. Come visit and you will love it. Thanks.
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We are going back

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, we had an amazing time, very spacious with everything you need for your stay. Yes there are some things that might be updated but nothing to really ruin your stay. The owner and on-site person are on constant communication just in case you need anything to make your stay better.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the typical kind of family that visits. Non complicated and just happy to spend time together in a prefect setting having fun. The house does stay very busy but we do find the time to improve and update where needed as we are doing now. Thanks again for your visit!
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As long as your outside it's great except for the ants

  • 1 of 5

Renters beware. The owner is a pro at answering questions about the unlimited things that don't work in this home. I don't even know where to start. We rented this house for a week and I swam every day. It's seems I am the first person who developed a pseudomonas bacteria rash from the pool because the clorine level is too low according to my dermatologist. The stove in the main house is possessed. Yes it might turn on, them off and then again you have to call the grounds keeper because it will not turn off. The owner turns off the refrigerator when no one is there. This is why it doesn't work. Forgot having any ice. The dishwater didn't work. The showers in the guest house and the main house with the exception of the main bathroom have no water pressure. They are courdoated so no water comes out. The fixtures need to be replaced. There's a wet bar with an ice machine and small refrigerator that of course doesn't work either. I did smell the oil in the other guest house. He has all the rights answers when you mention these problems. He claims hundreds of people stay there. Oh well he is just not going to fix anything. There were plenty of towels. The pots in the kitchen don't seem to have matching lids. We had a large group of people and I had to use the stove in the guess house and haul food back and forth. I can't believe I was so stupid to rent a house where things in the kitchen didn't work. Seriously if your having a family reunion this is not the place for you. The oven does work the micro wave is old. This house hasn't been updated properly since 1983. The grounds are beautiful so if your not going to cook or shower it's great. He said he was going to give me credit for the problems we had, surprised I haven't seen that either. All the TVs have closed caption and you can't turn it off. The grounds keeper couldn't turn it off. You have to ask for the jets to be turned on in the pool. Yes he has an answer for that too. It's a complicated system, really I have a pool don't get that either. Do not rent here. Don't be fooled at how pretty the grounds are as there are other places. Probably where the major applicances work. It was a week of stress instead of a vacation. Hope this helps others so you don't make the same mistake as I did. Again he is a pro at resounding to the same complaints. I didn't believe it either however it's all true. Notice there are no pictures of the bathrooms.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate all of our guest and realize the importance of a great vacation and try to achieve that for everyone. But it is very hard to make someone happy in this house that's not even happy in their own house. First the obvious, this property has over FIFTY Four or Five star reviews and just a few negative ones. Yes hundreds of guests have visited. The issue is not with this house. Except for the stove issue which is fixed. She asked a question, we gave her a true answer but she always had a better idea. The staff was there daily for one thing or another. She had another problem for every solution. There's so much misrepresentation here and I don't even know where to start. First the pool. Her claim is ridiculous. The pool is maintained by professional company every week. Just Google what she claims. "Pseudomonas infections are diseases caused by a bacterium from the genus Pseudomonas. The bacteria are found widely in the environment, such as in soil, water, and plants. They usually do not cause infections in healthy people. If an infection does occur in a healthy person, it is generally mild" If she even had a problem it had nothing to do with the pool! She got this refrigerator issue in her head from a previous review only because that guest left the door open too much to get cold and it froze up. If it was ever unplugged that's why. I did have Sears repair check it and it works fine, I text her the receipt to prove it. Yes the stove was a issue, 2 burners didn't work but she didn't want to take five minutes to figure it out. We do have pics of the nice bathrooms always have so that's not true either. We have 8 TVs but I could find NO issues. Pool spa works and controlled by pool, she didn't want to figure that out either. Its a house. If something is broken we fix it ,why wouldn't we?? That's ridiculous. Bathroom fixtures are not new but good quality. Its the country but no Ant issue. No reason for stress here. The week people in Texas we're dealing with hurricanes and major flooding and losing their homes this lady complaining about pots lids! Get the picture here? You have to laugh sometimes. The managers and partners decided to donate $250 in her memory to the American Red Cross for Texas flood relief. Will post the receipt online. Is the house perfect? NO. Are we looking for perfect guests? NO! This is a great property, don't let 3 out of over 50 great reviews ruin your chance to visit. Thanks!
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Nice property

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyable place to spend a few days, very secluded.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having this group and they enjoyed all the great things to house and Texas Hill Country has to offer. Thanks for the Visit and keep us in mind for the next time!
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Nice big property. Quite a few flaws.

  • 2 of 5

So the best part of this place is the space. It's very open and plenty of room for large groups. The media room is pretty nice for relaxing.

The rooms in the main house and the 3 bedroom guest house were pretty nice. The beds were not terribly comfortable but they were ok.

The standalone guest house is not good. It is small and worst of all, it stinks of motor oil. It hits you in the face when you open the door.

There are 3 big refrigerators on the property and none of them work well. The guest house one, the refrigerator part flat out doesn't work. The freezer part gets about as cold as a refrigerator. We adjusted the settings to try and fix it but nothing happened. We called the maintenance guy and he said he would text the owners. That's all we got. The refrigerators in the main house worked intermittently. When we arrived we put our sodas in there and 12 hours later they were still room temperature. It wasn't until the next day that everything managed to get cold in the fridge.

The bathrooms were not great either. Poor water pressure. Inconsistent temperature. It was manageable but it was definitely not a nice shower ever.

The 3 bedroom guest house was infested with millipedes when we arrived. The sofa bed in the king bedroom is just gross. Urine stained with dead bugs squashed in the very thin matress.

The cable channels at the house are extremely basic. Better than nothing but not much. The wireless internet was so slow that everyone had better speed by just using phone data.

Also the wireless internet is only in the main house, and again it is extremely slow, so no Netflix.

The pool was decent. We didn't love that it was basically 8 feet deep throughout. So you couldn't really stand in the pool you had to swim or float the whole time. Also the hot tub was not hot. Nor could the jets be controlled. They were random. Perhaps it isn't meant to be a hot tub though. We weren't sure.

There were broken blinds in the house. Only half the burners in the kitchen worked. The microwave cooked very slowly. The washing machine and dryer were also very slow. Taking hours to do a single load. Which isn't a big deal if you dont need to do any laundry but it is just one of the many issues we encountered.

It's a nice big property for large groups, but its age is showing. Very old appliances. Chipping paint. Bad odors. Bad plumbing. Broken redrigerators and barely functioning stove.

If not for family, I would not have enjoyed this visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, the property is large and very well laid out for larger groups. I am sorry to hear about your issues, some I knew about and working on fixing or replacing. Very few issues / complaints after hundreds of guests and 50 or so mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. We could have helped more I heard nothing of these issues until I read online other than the fridge that staff came out to help with. The refrigerators both within 5 years new. The issue was it was hot and humid and the doors left open when loading so it froze up. That simple and next day was fine. Water pressure normally ok but its not city fast but normally ok. Sounds like a hose or something was left on running and not much pressure to the home. I am looking into a storage tank and booster pump to help with that. It summer and The Texas Hill Country but we really don't have a bug issue. When we do we do have the home sprayed and will have them back out there next week. I will have staff check that bed and take care of that, easy fix. Washer and dryer are fine...I guess the water pressure issue made the tub fill slow, again easy fix if we had heard about it. But how can the dryer be slow? The pool is one of the things that most guests love the most....I can stand up in it fine and I'm just 6 feet, if you would have asked we could have shown you the jets or bubbles. We control the pool online and the water temp was always hot...its August in Texas. 4 of 25 blinds along the living room (not bedrooms) are out for replacement. When I bought the home they never had any blinds in the living room so I could really just take them all one would care. Not needed. Yes...the stove I think 3 out of 4 burners ok and dishwasher are older. I have a new one on order. Microwave slow.....that's a new one on me. This review is sounding more like a home inspection to buy it rather than a nice vacation. Some issues correct some misleading. That's ok , some folks just more opinion but if kept you from having a great time I am sorry for that. Staff does try hard to make everyone happy and normally does. But some people can see the exact thing in two totally different ways. Internet and TV are Time Warner Cable 100's of channels. Odor small guest house...happens when the return vent is open. Peeling paint? I am sure someplace. Summer is busy so very quick turns between guests. As one guest said, their family was not perfect so not perfect house ok too flaws too. Thanks again!
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Krause Springs
"Not far from the house, maybe 15 or 20 min drive. Lots of fun on a nice day."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Austin Texas - Airport code is AUS
Nearest Train
25 Miles
In Austin
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Texas Hwy 71
Car: necessary

Private boat dock and great to swim off of too! NOTE...River is mostly dry as of Jan 2015 due to drought but getting better.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
For the Housekeeper $150

My rates are based on 6 people staying in the house with a small extra charge for over six. In the summer I need a 4 night min stay and over some holidays longer. Depending on the dates I can normally offer a discount on larger groups so email me for more info and the best rate quote. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund