About the property
- House1130 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Two bedroom/One bath; Sleeps 6
Wrapped in the green forest of summer, Casa del Rio Riverhouse is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the winding, cool water of the Guadalupe River. Guests reside in a lovely stone and stucco cottage overlooking the river below. Fall colors tantalize the senses as we progress to the stark beauty of winter with sight of the cliffs and hills that were hidden from view. All through the year the starry night is ablaze at this tranquil retreat. This beautiful property offers water, wings and wildlife for photographers and nature lovers, quiet seclusion for romantic getaways, and a comfortable, river-centered atmosphere for family fun. Whether looking for the perfect setting for a family gathering, or just a respite from the daily grind, you will find it under the huge Cypress and Chinkapin Oak trees at Casa del Rio Riverhouse!
Something for everyone!
The Riverhouse has 2 bedrooms which sleep up to 6 people, a full bath, central heat and air, homey living/dining area with stone front wood-burning fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. A spacious private outdoor area overlooks the river, and includes a table with 6 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and 2 rocking chair swings hanging from a stately old Chinkapin Oak tree. Enjoy all this while listening to the timeless sound of the river flowing amid the rocks and sprawling Cypress trees. Abundant wildlife, featuring Whitetail and Axis deer, mingle with the foliage, completing your Hill Country retreat.
Famous TX Resort Area!: We are within a 5 mile radius of many private boys and girls camps, and a mile away is Crider’s rodeo and dance hall since 1927. The nearby Hunt Store is a tradition in these hills where cowboy and city folk share stories. Fredericksburg, a popular shopping place, is only a 45 minute drive away. Our area is also known for its art, music, arts & crafts, outdoor summer plays, wineries and antiquing. We welcome you as our guest!
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 16, 2018
About Betty Matteson
A lifelong Texan, Betty Matteson grew up in La Grange, and resided in Houston for 30 years. Betty permanently moved to Hunt in 1987. For the past 20 years, Betty has been Innkeeper of Casa del Rio, where her easy, gracious hospitality keeps people coming back year after year. 'I've met some wonderful people and made many good friends through the guests that come to the Riverhouse. I look forward to my friends returning and to meeting new people.'
Betty Matteson purchased this House in 1968
Why Betty Matteson chose Hunt
Vacationing in Hunt has been a Matteson family tradition since 1930. Family patriarch and businessman Lewis W. Matteson Sr. and his wife Lillian Hall Matteson came from the Dakota Territory to Texas around 1917 to make Houston their home. Lew got his start with W. D. Cleveland & Sons selling groceries to the soldiers fighting Poncho Villa in south Texas. He continued on to find success in a variety of arenas including outdoor advertising and banking, significantly impacting the Houston community through his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. The Mattesons first became acquainted with Hunt in the late 1920s at the invitation of Houston Mayor Oscar Holcombe. Lew and Lillian fell in love with the rustic, picturesque beauty of the Hill Country, and in 1930 they established their home-away-from-home, Camp Dakota, on the South Fork of the Guadalupe River just east of what is now Casa del Rio. The Mattesons, together with their children, Sarah Belle, Buster (Lewis W. Matteson Jr.), and Jeanne, enjoyed many years at their Hill Country retreat. Thirty-eight years after Camp Dakota was first built, Buster Matteson and his wife Betty Dykes Matteson bought neighboring property Casa del Rio to continue with tradition and make a place for their own children to discover what Lew and Lillian first fell in love with in Hunt. Generations of Mattesons are still enjoying this legacy.
What makes this House unique
Casa del Rio is unique as a 50 acre property right on the river. Its river frontage boasts both narrow and wide, shallow and deep, rushing and calm water textures. The variety of wildlife, including Axis and Whitetail deer, Big-Mouth bass, catfish, wood ducks, fox and even a Blue Heron, inspires a spirit of adventure and the land begs to be explored. A stay at the Riverhouse is comfortable as well as outdoorsy, a get-away retreat experience with every convenience of home. The owner is nearby in order to handle any question or need, yet guests maintain autonomy both within and outside the Riverhouse. Casa del Rio's flexible accommodations make it suitable for one guest or parties of 6. We offer the beauty of the hills and river, comfort, and convenience. Join us!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
outstanding property and the best host Betty
This place was great, never a dull moment always something to do we canoed, fished, roasted marshmallows, hiked, and played in the water at the water falls. Betty was so nice she met us at the main house told us about the house, the river and all her acreage that can be hiked on. The house is fully stocked with everything you will need on preparing your meals we usually bring our own plates, cups and cooking gear but this place has it all even a washer and dryer to clean clothes while there. My wife and I have always used vrbo and Betty is the best host one can have. Would recommend this house to anyone wanting to get away. Thanks so much Betty. John and Cindy
Great experience on a lovely property.
Betty is a kind and gracious host, and the property is beautiful and peaceful. Our family of four had a wonderful time in our weekend there. We used the canoe, we fished, we swam in the water (whoa, super cold) and we had a fire one night in the fire pit. There is a TV there with a DVD player and some discs, but we told our kids this was a media free weekend, so we didn't take advantage of it. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils and a coffee maker, and there was some coffee provided.
In the two mornings we had there, we opened the windows above the kitchen sink so we could hear the babbling of the river below. We would definitely stay here again, it was a great time for our family.
This wonderful family enjoyed many of the amenities that Casa del Rio provides.
Spring is approaching, the trees are getting their leaves, and the many birds here are building their nests, including the humming birds.
I delight in knowing my guests are enjoying their stay and is my policy, I do not visit with them, allowing them to be free of intrusion to enjoy the peace and beauty of this exceptional place.
It was great meeting you. Have a super summer.
The house is located on the most beautiful piece of property. A great place to recharge. Betty is a sweetheart. ❤️
Thanks so much for coming to Casa del Rio.
My guests are the best.
I love to share this beautiful, peaceful place.
Great getaway-even in winter
Lovely grounds-quiet and peaceful in off-season. Betty is so gracious, just wonderful all around.
Thank you for coming to Casa del Rio Riverhouse.
I am so fortunate to have you as my wonderful guests.
Winter is a special time here with the hills visible through the trees.
It is a time for sitting in front of the fireplace and viewing the river, and
for sitting around the fire pit and roasting marshmellows.
It is a time for reflecting on the year ahead and vacation plans to make.
What a beautiful, quiet place in the hill country
We were very impressed with the cottage and the beauty around it. The Guadalupe River is just a few steps away. We’ll definitely be back.
Wonderful weekend at Casa del Rio Riverhouse-- exactly what we needed!
We had the most wonderful weekend at Casa del Rio Riverhouse. Betty was a kind and generous hostess, and the property exceeded our expectations. We loved being so close to the river, and the stretch of river the guest house was on could not have been prettier. We enjoyed all of the amenities-- taking the canoe out, a fire in the fire place, enjoying the outdoor furniture, and a little hike. We parked the car on Friday evening and didn't start it again until it was time to leave on Sunday. It was the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and peace of the river. Thank you, Betty, for making our fourth anniversary weekend so special! We'll be back!
Thank you so much for coming to Casa del Rio, and for your great review.
It was a joy to meet both of you wonderful people, and I am so happy you enjoyed being in this beautiful. peaceful place. In this Heavenly place, life slows down and nature takes over.
Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Casa del Rio Riverhouse is on 50 beautiful acres overlooking the Guadalupe River. You can swim, fish, canoe, rock hunt, and enjoy the beauty. Listen to the sound of the river, star gaze at night, and hike in the hills behind the Riverhouse. The winding roads along the river for many miles are very scenic. The area offers art and theatre at the Cailloux Theatre, the Hill Country Art Foundation, the Cowboy Art Museum in Kerrville, and the Point Theatre in Ingram. The famous Kerrville Folk Music Festival and Texas Arts and Crafts Fair are recurring favorites every May/June. In Ingram (7 miles east) there is a dam for dam sliding, swimming and boating. Crider's, established in the 1920s, just 1 mile away, is a rodeo with dining and dancing under the stars from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The surrounding area (within a 4 mile radius) is well known for many private summer camps for children and teenagers. Many of these camps have been operating since 1927. An abundance of wildlife, including whitetail and axis deer, graze in the fields surrounding the Riverhouse. There are many exotic ranches in the area where hunters from all over the country come to hunt bison, sika, fallow, axis and white tail deer, black buck antelope, addax, dama gazelle, aoudad, scimitar oryx and water buffalo. The beautiful foliage of the maple trees in Lost Maples State Park, about 45 miles to the west, is at its peak in November. The area here has remarkable beauty with many hills 250 to 300 ft high. There are cypress trees along the river, as well as pecan trees, oak trees and sycamores. You will love it here and be so welcome.
Additional information about rental rates
There is a 6% tax added to the rental fee. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Deposits apply only to the dates originally reserved and cannot be transferred to a reservation for different dates.