A Hill Country Destination Resort Working Ranch with Lots of Water(10 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Lodge
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
A comfortable bunkhouse great for families and friends who appreciate nature.
The Lodge at Riachuelo Ranch is ideal for groups who would like a working ranch outdoor experience with lots of room to spread out and enjoy nature at its finest.
And, we also have the Creek House ( property # 562812) which allows us to accommodate even larger groups.
The Lodge itself is for gathering, eating and sleeping. Then there is a wonderful deck abobe a flagstoned patio by a rushing spring and wading pond..
For most of those that stay with us, this is home base for endless activity. The big attraction here is an outdoor, ranch experience. You will be able to relax, read, swim, hike, fish, shoot, explore, or visit with nature. That is what keeps them coming back.
This is not just a five star place to stay, we offer more that just clean sheets, soap and towels. Out on the patio is a fire ring with plenty of fire wood and a BBQ pit surrounded by plenty of seating. Just above the patio is an ample deck with a gas grill, tables and more comfortable seating. Relax and read from our ample library or chat with the others you have gathered around you.
The house is just yards from several small spring fed lakes that teem with worm eating perch, bottom living catfish and lots of large mouth bass many of which have been caught a number of times no doubt, due to our catch and release policy which allows you to keep only those that are less than 15' long. Eat all the perch and catfish that you are skilled enough to catch.
The house itself has two bedrooms, two baths, the kitchen and a laundry with a washer and dryer. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and a set of bunk beds. The bunk room has two sets of bunk beds. Each bedroom has a small closet. In the living area there are two bunk beds and two couches that fold out into queen sized beds.
The kitchen is well stocked and equipped to handle the crowd. There is a barbecue pit on the tree shaded patio for outdoor open pit and grill cooking and on the deck is a gas grill if that is your preference. You have two patio tables with chairs and a seat height stone wall to accommodate the crowd and on the patio there is a masonry fire ring where our guests often gather around at night with their feet to the fire, roast hot-dogs or marshmallows or listen to tall tales. There are stacks of cut firewood all over the ranch and you are free to gather as much as you want to burn and we burn a lot.
A rock lined wading pond adjacent to the flagstone patio which has been watered by a rocked in spring that it is said was once just off the back porch of the original homesteaders house but has now slowed to a trickle in the drought. Pray for rain.
The park-like setting is next to several spring fed lakes surrounded by trees with overlooking cliffs in the background. There are 1,200+ acres over which you are free to walk or ride for miles through meadows and woods.
If you have horses, we have a riding ring and a corral as well as a fine tack room. Your animals and all of your tack will be safe when they are not in use. Or maybe you have ATVs. You will not run out of interesting trails to explore in any case.
The spring-fed lakes give birth to over half a mile of rock-strewn tree-lined stream ripe for wading and exploring. Fishing anyone? Bring your rods and try your skill. Large mouth black bass over 11 inches and under 15 inches are OK to bring back to be eaten, but all over 15 inches are 'catch and release' only and many well over 20' have been landed and live to be caught another day.
We have a first class shooting range well away from the housing and situated in a tight valley and is backed by a steep bluff. The shooting stands are tree shaded and under roof with gun stands and two concrete topped rest tables with adjustable height benches with a stand up table built in between them. If you need to sight in your guns there are sand bags, padded block rests rests as well as a commercial adjustable two point rest if you want to get it dead on. Bring your your own targets and remember to pick them up when you are finished for the day. We like to have the whole ranch clean. Down range there are celotex target boards at 27' for pistols as well as 25, 50, 100 and 200 meters, so enjoy, but remember that safety is our first concern so follow a strict set of safety rules. If your preference is shotguns, there are a couple of flingers for clay pigeons. Again, pick up after yourself.
We do not allow 'plinking' around the property.
When you are here you can enjoy a freedom to roam that you seldom experience or even dream about if you live in a city or even where you can see another person, house, or building.
Your hosts house is on a high bluff overlooking the lakes and the Lodge in the valley far below. We are up in years but young in spirit and are eager to share our wealth of freedom and nature with any who respect the land and would like to drink from our cup.
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Member since: 2014
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 14
- Events Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 10-14
- Living room has two sofa beds and one set of bunk beds.
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
The Swimmin' Hole is just a stones throw down the creek. It is a walled in, rock bottomed spring fed place to rest in the shade and dip to your hearts content or rest on the tree shaded deck....moreless
- Lake View:
- Mountain View:
We have under construction a 40' x 50' x 5' deep spring fed swimming hole nestled against a dam, a limestone bluff and infinity edged walls with an ample deck and a sand beach. Ready by March 2015....moreless
Mountain Home, Tx. Riachuelo Ranch is surrounded by other ranches and is within 20 minutes of the cities of Kerrville or Hunt. Fredericksburg is 40 miles away. The Guadalupe River 10 minutes away....moreless
- Water View:
The Lodge is adjacent to a rocky spring-fed creek with a rock bottom. The creek is dammed and there are a number of lakes just steps away from the deck. Go fishing or just stroll the banks and stream....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 26 - Aug 7, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
- Cleaning fee $200 + tax
- Pet Fee $200 + tax
- Tax Rate 6%
The Standard Rate covers ten (10) guests. Additional guests over ten will be charged $50 per person, up to four, for the stay, not per night.
The Pet Fee covers two (2) dogs maximum.
Check in time is 4:00 pm, check out time is 10:00:am. We can be flexible on this if there are no reservations on the days before and after your stay.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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We think that once you see this park-like 1200 acre Ranch with its canyons, lakes and streams and the Western opulence of natural beauty, you will want to stay right here and enjoy a quite relaxing visit with nature and plenty of things to experience within walking distance.
We offer a big sky view of the stars as you roam the ranch in the evening or just relax and enjoy the beauty at hand.
If you have horses, bring them along and ride the endless trails on the ranch through canyons and among the oak trees or across the expanse of grassy meadow lands. We have a good coral and ring to hold your mounts when they are not under saddle and a fine tack room to keep your tack out of the weather.
Don't forget just old fashioned walking. Take to the many ranch roads or stroll up the tree-lined creek looking for minnows, frogs or fossils that are evidence that the limestone formations that you walk on were once an ocean bed eons ago.
Many of our inquirers have asked if we have a comfortable place to go swimming. Now we have a 40' x 50' x 5' deep Swimming Hole. It is nestled against a concrete dam/retaining wall and against a steep limestone bluff. The pool is enclosed by a wall with 40 feet of infinity edge, a small sand beach next to the bluff on one end and an 9' x 25' willow tree shaded deck at poolside against the existing dam.
The water that tops the infinity edge is gathered and directed to the downstream corner of the pool where it trickles down steep boulder waterfall features.
This is new and ready for the summer fun. We are sure that anyone that strolls up the creek will be enticed to just sit a while at poolside and enjoy the quiet flow of natural spring water as it makes its way on down the creek.
If you chose to wonder the area there are many interesting places to go and things to do. The giant Cyprus trees that line the Guadalupe River make the river one of the Hill Country's crowning glories, 20 minutes drive along the river to Hunt there is a restaurant called Elaine's Table, a good place to dine as you view the flowing river and dam. As you approach the city of Hunt you can chose either of the two fork of the Guadalupe river for a scenic drive. Either forks is defiantly a photo opportunity drive. The Guadalupe River originates in this area with the man.
But most of our guests stay right here on the ranch. There is privacy, solitude and plenty to experience close at hand.
Year Purchased: 1976
About the owner: Bernard's family came to the Hill Country for vacations and weekends since his parents came here on their honeymoon in 1915 via train and buggy. He likes to say that he has been coming to the hills since before he was born and has spent the best part of his life here. When he got out of business in California and came home from sailing for five years of sailing from Seattle to Turkey and back to the US it was to 'the hills' where his heart had always resided. All of his family was here and his roving the world was put aside. He decided to settle down and ranch. Bernard's grandfather established the first vacation subdivision in Kerr County on the Guadalupe river and his parents had their honeymoon there in 1915 after a three day train and buggy ride to 'the hills' as we always called it. Bernard likes to say that he has been coming to the hills since before he was born which was in 1926. After a stint in the navy he graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Civil Engineering, He worked as an engineer, builder and developer until 1983 when he went sailing on his five year Odyssey. When he came 'home' it was to 'the hills' where his heart had always resided. Rosalie grew up in California & Oregon. In Beaverton, OR she took classes in appreciation of literature, worked as a hairdresser & taught dancing. She lived in the Los Angeles area for 42 yrs. Rosalie was president of the Hidden Hills Community Theater for four years and was instrumental in starting their children's theater program. She is a past president of the Valley Chapter of Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, which raises seed money for cancer research at UCLA. She took classes at a local college & made the Deans list for three years. She also had a jewelry business for 20 yrs. In 2005 she moved to Kerrville, Texas where she met & married Bernard 2013. Her most recent accomplishment was publishing her book 'Destruction of Innocence', a memoir by Rosalie Hollingsworth is a must read.
Why the Owner Chose Mountain Home, TX, USA:
Bernard liked this particular property because of its character, uniqueness and potential for conversion from a brush and cactus tangled old ranch into a self supporting, productive and park-like place of serene beauty. The naturally stocked lakes and ponds yield up plenty of fish. Black bass are put back if they are under 11' or over 15'. We are sure that many of the over 20' bass have been caught a number of times. Eat all of the mid-sized bass, catfish and bluegills you are skilled enough to catch.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
If you stay with us Lodge, you will you will be in an atmosphere of quit serenity surrounded by nature where you can pick up a book or stroll along the creek or hike over miles of ranch roads and trails. There are lots of books on the shelf. Just pick one up and read. You can sit on the shaded deck and enjoy listening to the out of doors. The Lodge its self is an ideal place for a gathering of families or groups that want to just get away and be with each other, away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of city life. It is not fancy. If that is what you want, then check out our Creek House on VRBO listing number 562812.
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The Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty in serene seclusion
Dinning area sets in the Great Room near pass-through from Kitchen.
Queen size bed plus bunk beds adorn the master bedroom.
On the right is the bunk room that sleeps four & 2n. Second bath
The old shooting range with target boards at 32 ft. and 25, 50, & 100 meters
A spring feed stream flows over a five foot high dam into the Swimmin' Hole
Less than 300 ft. this spring fed lake is a spinning rod fisherman's delight.
Cactus flowers in the Spring
The Spring Trap with Irises along the creek under a canopy of pecan trees
Birthing is an exciting time on our working ranch.
The spring fed, rock lined, Wading Pool
You have arrived at Riachuelo Ranch, your home away from home.
A birds eye view of the deck, wading pool & fire pit
Living/Dining room toward the Master Bedroom
A well equipped kitchen holds more than you will ever need.
Plenty of seating in a comfortable great room with WiFi, TV & DVR
The Swimmin' Hole has a deck , water falls & sand beach set in a secluded canyon
Steps away from the deck is the middle lake with it's flowing fountain.
A Wedding Site with the Fountain Lake just beyond. One of many areas available
From the Cliff House across the Upper Lake. The lodge is just to your left.
We Have a working ranch raising Line Bred Badger Faced Black Spanish Goats
Take a walk at sunset along a quiet ranch road. Life is good.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017
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