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Private Lodge on the San Saba River

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Lodge, 7 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Come enjoy our 'adventure retreat ranch' in the heart of Texas! Your vacation in the hill country begins with relaxing on our massive, wrap around porch overlooking the crystal clear San Saba River. You'll have plenty of space to explore on our 750 acres including hiking, fishing, or photo safari. Take advantage of the peace and quiet with a picnic on the banks of the river. Spa services are also available for those who need more R&R. Like a little more action? Practice your skills at our skeet shooting or rifle range. The ranch is also a great place for a private destination wedding. We are located in the center of Texas, just 10 minutes from Brady and just 45 minutes from everyone's favorite small town, Fredericksburg.

Our main Lodge is a 5,000 sq.ft, 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath log cabin on the San Saba River. Our 4 wood burning fireplaces keep you warm in the winter and our wrap around porch beckons you to stay for hours. This home has 2 full size kitchens, fully equipped for you to do your own cooking, or we can cater your stay. This cabin can sleep up to 15 comfortably. We also have another cabin available on the ranch, which sleeps an additional 10 people (VRBO listing #367671) - as well as a barndominium and event room which sleeps 8 more. Please visit our website or contact us for information on our Bunkhouse.

Our ranch is perfect for family reunions, family vacations, church retreats, corporate retreats and weddings. We have something for everyone!

Keywords: log cabin, river front, ranch, acreage, retreat, country, pool, private, porch, weddings, hill country weddings

More Details

Phil Chavanne
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About Phil Chavanne

My wife and I are the full-time managers of the Ranch where the two cabins and the event barn are located. We are in love with the Texas hill country and in particular the rolling hills of the San Saba River valley. We both have a love for people and sharing this place and our hospitality with them is our top priority. God has blessed us with this place and our hope is to share that blessing as often as possible.

Phil Chavanne purchased this lodge in 1995

What makes this lodge unique

Although there are several unique features on this property the two words that stand out most when people describe their experiences on the ranch are probably 'quiet' and 'adventurous'. With 750 acres to yourselves to explore and no civilization for miles this really is a place to pause and to rest., while at the same time to fish, hike, explore, camp, picnic or take a swim in the river. No matter what age you are there is something for everyone.


Brady Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Downstairs bedroom #1 - 1 king , This room has porch access and it's own fireplace
    Downstairs Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , This bedroom has a private porch access
    Upstairs Bedroom #1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Upstairs Bedroom #2 - 4 twin/ single , 4 rollaway beds are available as well
    Upstairs Bedroom #3 - 1 king , This bedroom has its own jacuzzi tub
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Private Lodge on the San Saba River
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
-Baytown, Tx

Texas - as good as it gets

  • 5 of 5

In Texas - this is as good as it gets. I've been thinking about this property ever since we left. If I had friends from another country come to visit and I wanted to show them what Texas was really like - this is where I would take them. They have everything! Amazing!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Might just be the prettiest place in the Texas Hill Country

  • 5 of 5

I still can't believe this place exists. I've lived and worked and camped all across the hill country all my life and there is no other place like this one. The owners have spent 19 years grooming this property. On the mile of private river frontage there is zero cactus, no loose rock. Just giant elms and sycamore trees and smooth grass. The place looks like a park. You can play football along the river. There are hiking trails, off road trails, caves to explore, natural springs bubbling up out of the ground, campsites, lookouts, canyons, scavenger hunting maps, tree maps, shooting ranges. There is a magnificent lodge on the river. The San Saba river no less. In all the Texas Hill Country there is no prettier river than the San Saba. It's crystal clear. Everything was first rate - everything we needed was provided to us. You are 10 minutes from town but 1000 miles from stress. What an unbelievable property.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, Texas


  • 5 of 5

Oh my God!! Amazing!! Wow!! That's all that kept coming out of my mouth all weekend!! Thank you Andrea and Phil for entrusting us with your Ranch for the weekend!! We all had such an Awesome time, everyone loved the Lodge, the beautiful scenery and the river was perfect for the young and old!! The Lord guided us all to the most perfect gathering place so that we could honor the life of our beautiful mother. We felt showers of blessing the whole weekend!!!! God is Awesome!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The wedding of our dreams!

  • 5 of 5

Our wedding was superb! This ranch is a great testimony to the owner's vision for hospitality and we can't say enough about how great a time we all had! Places as classy as Selah Springs are generally a little stuffy, but not here. The ranch was opened to our enjoyment and enjoy it, we did. Beautiful river frontage with the kind of accommodations and hands-off hospitality that truly encourage relaxation. A perfect combination of rugged hill country and wildlife for the fellas, coupled with a first class lodge and full ammenities for the ladies. I can see us spending several anniversaries and/or getaways on this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jason this is what we love to hear. You guys were a blessing to host and we hope to see you all on a vacation on the ranch again someday. What a fun crowd of friends you had gathered there. God's richest blessings upon your marriage!
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North Richland Hills,Texas

Girls Weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had our annual girl's weekend here and had a wonderful time. There were a couple of issues when we first arrived but Phil was very apologetic and quick to remedy them . The lodge was beautiful and had more than enough room. Two kitchens were a plus, one was used for cooking,the other we used as a wet bar to keep our drinks. There were 16 of us so some stayed at the bunkhouse up the road. We did see quite a few deer and the view was really nice. I would definately stay here again!

Caren Costley-Hill

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Glad the ranch was what you guys needed to get away. We appreciate your patience for that hour as we got the AC up and running. You were great sports and we're thankful you had the pool to relax in while we got her working. Blessings to you guys!
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Austin, TX

Perfect Marriage Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our anniversary at Selah Springs Ranch in August. The log cabin is beautiful! The meals and massage were amazing! It was the perfect retreat to spend time together to slow down from our busy lives with three young children (9,7and 5) and reconnect together. The ranch is beautiful even in a Texas drought! We slept late, walked along the dry river bed, and enjoyed God's beauty all around us! We are looking forward to staying here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we are looking forward to having you guys back! Thanks for being some of our favorite guests on the ranch. We've learned a great deal from you guys and are very impressed with your kids. Thanks for sharing so much of yourselves with us. It was an honor to share our home with all of you. Glad we met!
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Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
The Locker - sports bar and Grill
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Spread Pit Bar B Q

The ranch is located 9 miles from the town of Brady where guests have access to groceries, gas, and shopping/tourist attractions. Guests can also head south to the charming towns of mason (15 minutes away) and Fredericksburg (50 minutes away) where there are countless Hill countries treasures to explore. Some day trip favorites are: Kayaking the llano river, exploring the shops in Fredericksburg, visiting Luckenbach, seeing the Eckert Bat Cave or hiking up Enchanted Rock

If you are flying in the Airports in San Antonio and Austin are both just over 2 hours from here and San Angelo is 1:15 minutes.

African wild game viewing, photo safaris, fishing, target range, skeet range


Rates & Availability

Brady Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekend rate is for Friday and Saturday night combined

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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