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Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission hike and bike trail. Our casa is right next door to one of San Antonio's five mission's, Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are on the San Antonio River and the wonderful newly renovated hike and bike trail that connect all the Missions. Skip rocks on the river, watch the sunset or curl up in our comfortable, charming home. With extensive grounds, nestled on 2 acres, we have a real 'getting away from it all' feel while still being conveniently located to all of San Antonio's best attractions -10 miles to downtown- 3 miles to grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater and shopping!

Keywords: homey, cozy, comfortable, updated, historic, convenient, inspiring

More Details

margaret walker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

Why margaret walker chose Southside

We fell in love with this historic treasure and renovated it to preserve its roots. When we bought the house it needed a lot of love - it had gone to disarray, but after a lot of sweat and restoration magic, it is now a treasure. The original house was built pre1900. The rest of the house was added in the 30s. It used to be a ranch (cows, sheep, goats) and a pecan orchard. There have been whispers of it being a stagecoach stop, brothel and popular spot during prohibition. The ruin across the street is what's left of Berg's Mill. San Juan, the mission next door was built mid 1700s. The ambiance of our property is seductively peaceful - we are so glad the house can continue to enchant visitors!

What makes this house unique

We have a fountain and a pond - our kids love looking for frogs, or feeding the fish. The birding on and around our property is spectacular. In the wintertime, we love having fires in the fireplaces, especially the fireplace in the master bedroom. Our property is surrounded by national park land so we are very secluded.


Southside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 1 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds 2 ikea bunk beds in the basement that comfortable sleep children or smaller adults There is a twin and daybed in the loft and a cot in basement/playroom. We have one pack-n-play and can provide a high chair., Baby Cribs (1) pack-n-play
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Small, shaded plunge pool, great for kids! Bikes, jogging stroller, basketball hoop, fishing poles


Your stay in San Antonio can be cozy, unique and truly charming. Don't miss it!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Aug 13, 2017

This home in San Antonio is pure magic. Every corner of this thoughtfully appointed space is full of eclectic treasures from around the world. The effect is cozy, unique, and utterly charming. Even though we were a convenient 10 minutes to the heart of downtown San Antonio, we felt like we were in another world. My friends and I enjoyed an unforgettable weekend sipping wine under the trees, taking selfies with the friendly chickens who live on the grounds, and looking for shooting stars while enjoying the plunge pool. The kitchen is fit for a master chef, and the beds are soft and comfortable. I would recommend this home for anyone looking to escape for a relaxing weekend or reconnect with family or friends.

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Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail
average rating of 4.9342103 based on 76 reviews

Lovely Home Convenient to Mission Trail

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is perfectly located as a base to enjoy the mission trail. The walking/biking trail allows for easy access to the missions, or if you prefer to drive, the location is equally convenient to do so. The property is perfectly kept and quiet. We look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country feel without having to travel

  • 5 of 5

Born & reared in San Antonio I’ve been to many points of interest however this one is special. A ten minute drive from downtown takes you to an oasis of charm, comfort, beauty, and history.

The main house is nestled between the San Antonio river and Mission San Juan. It’s character describes the families close ties to San Antonio. Every eminity from the decked out kitchen to the sip n dip will put you at ease. Highly recommended for a vacation even if your from San Antonio.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the atmosphere. The walking and biking trail access was fantastic.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay at a GEM of a place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this gem of a place! We had two adults and 6.5 kids and all enjoyed the Stay immensely! Thank you Margaret for giving us a perfect homeaway experience...we will be back :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home to stay in for a vacation in San Antonio

  • 5 of 5

I love the decor and quirkiness of this house. This trip was for business, but I will definitely be taking my family here for vacation in San Antonio. Oh and the guy complaining about the "Angry Bird" he is back and a great addition to the property. Those who don't know about guinea fowl, it is nice to have a few of them around. They keep snakes away and are great watchdogs for letting you know when something is not right.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. We came down to my sons graduation and had the whole family stay with us. We had plenty of room, since our party was 10 we had to organize the bathroom times. The property was beautiful and so peaceful! I loved the chickens and and walking to the missions. It's a great get away! We felt like we were away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to run into town and do our shopping. I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Car: recommended

We are located inside the loop in South San Antonio! Walk right next door to visit historic Mission San Juan (a UNESCO World Heritage site), kayak or canoe right in front of our house, ride bikes on the mission trail (the longest linear park in America),

We are: 8 miles to the Alamo and Riverwalk

23 miles to Six Flags and Sea World

11 miles to Lackland AFB

34 miles to Natural Bridge Caverns

You can hop on the new VIA bus line. VIA VIVA is a new service line from VIA Metropolitan Transit that takes you to the most-visited sites and attractions in the heart of San Antonio.

Three distinct VIVA routes connect riders with historic places, opportunities to learn and discover, classic and contemporary art, and popular dining and entertainment spots. There’s something for everyone on VIVA, including stops at the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site, the Alamo, King William Historic District, Southtown, Downtown, Market Square, the River Walk, Pearl, and the South Broadway corridor.

The best value for VIVA is with a $2.75 Day Pass, which gives you unlimited rides all day (available on the bus).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

We have an event fee. Please no events without notifying owner. Please inquire. No guests of guests, only rental party allowed on premises. We have a country septic system, so please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. PLEASE recycle, use your towel more than once and be conservative with AC and heat usage. Help us do our part for the environment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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