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A Hill Country Destination Resort Working Ranch With Lots of Water

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A comfortable bunkhouse great for families and friends who appreciate nature.

Check out the Riachuelo Ranch Web Link and our web site <www,>

Also note that we have another vrbo listing (our Creek House) Property #562812.

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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Bernard Syfan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Bernard Syfan

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.

Bernard Syfan purchased this lodge in 1976

Why Bernard Syfan chose Texas

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.

What makes this lodge unique

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.


Mountain Home Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed
    Living area - 2 queen , 2 bunk bed , Living room has two couches that make into queen beds.
  • Living room has two sofa beds and one set of bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
We have a picnic area, with horseshoe pitch, washer pitch and a volleyball setup. In this area is a drinking fountain, new outdoor bathroom; all near the Lodge.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

A Hill Country Destination Resort Working Ranch With Lots of Water
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Relaxing time for the adults, adventure time for the kids

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay of four days and nights. Everything was just the right pace, the cabin was nice enough but the outdoors stole the show, the spring, the swimming hole, the stars at night, and the 1200 acres to wander. Very nice!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful property with lots of adventures to be had!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 spent 5 days at the ranch in July. Our kids are 10,9 and 6. Upon our arrival Bernard and Rosalie welcomed us into their home to complete check in. To our surprise they loaded our 3 kids in their "Polaris" and headed to the lodge. My husband and I enjoyed a nice peaceful ride following behind them! The Lodge was very nice and clean.Rosalie had prepared a welcome basket of wine, cheese, fruit and snacks! It's feels bigger than it looks in pictures. The leather sofas are clean and comfortable with plenty of room to spread out. The kitchen is totally stocked with lots of counter top space. The bedroom linens are good quality and the beds are comfortable. You will find ample closet space and drawers to unpack in. The bathrooms are clean with good water pressure. The house it very well taken of. No dust on the baseboards or window seals. (I'm usually cleaning when we check into VRBO's.) The view from the deck is amazing you can hear the waterfall rushing and it lends to kid play! Our kids caught crawfish, raced tin foil boats and floated the shallow natural pool! Bernard gave us a tour of the ranch and called the goats so we could feed them! We drove over to feed them everyday, my kids loved it! The lodge is walking distance from the beautiful swimming hole-which we spent a lot of time at. The swimming hole has a nice wood deck with two rubber tubes for floating and nice lounge chairs. There is also a crystal clear creek for catching tadpoles and exploring.

Our family also enjoyed hiking, climbing the rock cliff and fishing. My husband and the kids used the shooting range daily. It's also nicely done with targets set at a variety of ranges. I enjoyed running and the change in elevations. The volleyball court is shaded, they even provide a ball. Take your camera there are many family photo ops! The ranch is a gem. They have taken great measures to preserve the integrity of the natural surroundings and create a space that's explorable and beautiful. Every stone is perfectly placed, every detail tended to! I highly recommend staying at this 5 star ranch. Before our trip was over we were already planning our next visit! Prior to arriving we had plans to travel into Hunt to explore, but we found no need to leave the ranch! Our only outing was to Criders rodeo and dance which is about 30 minutes away but well worth the experience! Thank you both for creating and sharing this beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is said that "A picture is worth a thousand words". The reviews we get and comments heard say the opposite is true. Our guests say that our pictures do not nearly convey the mystique of Riachuelo Ranch. And what picture could be presented that would nearly tell the story that our Reviews tell. Thank you great guests.
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Full of life!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for families! Lots of frogs, black squirrels, turkeys, fish and fun adventures!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our Lodge is ideal for families and close knit groups who would enjoy spending time on a working ranch that is blessed with a number of springs which furnish the water that fills the lakes and feed the rock strewn streams that find their way under canopies of trees for some 3,000 feet through the property. This stream feeds our Swimmin' Hole and the many ponds where this group had a special time finding frogs, tadpoles, crayfish and of course schools of minnows all of which thrill the children and adults alike. When our guests arn't enjoying the water there is a whole ranch to explore checking out and throwing corn out to the hundreds of goats that we raise and encountering the many wild animals that roam the ranch on their own. We also have shooting ranges, so bring your guns and enjoy a free and easy respite from city life in the quiet and privacy that is here for the seeking.
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  • 5 of 5

Rosalie and Bernard are delightful folks that we enjoyed meeting and talking with. Their property is beautiful and peaceful, each morning drinking my coffee on the deck and watching the turkeys come in to eat started my day off perfectly. My family and I used the gun range each morning and shot about 900 rounds while we were there which was awesome bonding time. Kids enjoyed feeding the goats, shooting, swimming and just hanging out and relaxing. We will be back and recommend others to check it out and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, the new, longer and characteristically naturally located Canyon Shooting Range situated in the middle of the ranch is a big hit. Our new project is the construction of a new picturesque lake which will back water 350 feet up a smooth rock creek-bed and provide still another aquatic play area which is destined to be a favorite. You have to see this one. The dam is built with great slabs of rustically stacked natural rock. It will offer a wonderful climbing and exploring opportunity for the the young ones and any that remember being young.
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A Magical Adventure!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying that if you are even remotely considering this property, just book it, it is impossible to go wrong!

My wife and I, and our 3 children (12,10 & 9) were looking for a little something different this summer for a vacation, and I stumbled upon this during a search on VRBO, and I am so grateful I did!

Bernard and Rosalie are absolutely wonderful. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Our singular regret on this trip (besides being in position to stay much longer than a week) was not inviting them down to the lodge for dinner. They are so wonderful, and I would love to hear more stories on their life, Bernard's sailing and Rosalie's book. When we go next year we will for sure!

So I will start with the lodge. Very comfortable, and can handle much more than our family of five for sure. In the back you will find a beautiful area to relax day or night. There is a wading pool the kids had a blast in cooling off, and catching crawfish! A great fire ring, and fire pit for outdoor cooking (gas grill on deck too, but we did not use that since I do that at home all the time). We had some great nights out there talking about that day's activities over the roar and glow of a fire. Plenty of s'mores of course.

Although not really needed, I did rent two side-by-side utility vehicles to bring out there. We would usually start each day with a ride picking a different part of the beautiful property each time. The property has plenty of wildlife to see and we all loved it! We would also go out at night with spotlights, spotting the dear, rabbits, and other animals out there. One night we stopped on the main trail turned off all the lights and let our eyes adjust. What an amazing site that we do not see in Houston. Beautiful night sky, full of stars, we even were able to see two satellites, and 3 shooting stars. Really cool. As a dad, I still reflect back on that and think how neat it was to have my family out there at 10:30 at night, seeing these incredible things, vs. what we would normally be doing at that time back at home.

Funny, I was typing away and did not realize I was out of the character space allowed, so I have to redo the rest and keep it short: we took full advantage of the lakes, swimming hole, shooting range, and the gorgeous land Bernard worked so hard to clear. I wish I had the space to share so much more. Lord willing, we will be back as often as we can. Go and I am sure you will too!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can I say but , Thank you for so appreciating the fruits of our labor.. Every Review hits this same theme but none quite so flattering. The wonder is that the land and its features of water, canyons, grassy rolling areas, wooded land all teeming with wildlife, goats and such is so rare and new to almost anyone that passes our way. We are truly a destination, a quiet wonderland of nature at its best. Come, stay and enjoy.
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Dear Roslie:

We so enjoy our stay during the weekend, it's a great place!

The families of the Wangs and the Lians

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These families were young orientals and their language skills are limited, but it did not slow them down. The five youngsters were in or around the pond from can to can't. We loved meeting them out on walks looking for the promised fire-flys along the road against the bluff and by the lakes. They had a ball. One had a new gun and asked if I knew "how to play shooting" His "gun would shoot but it couldn't hit anything". They all came up to our home and we had a long tutorial on ballistics and how to mount and sight in a new scope on a really nice new rifle. I just love it.
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
San Antonio - 68 miles - Austin 80+ miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ingram, TX
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Train
68 Miles
San Antonio
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Highway 27 One mile-I-10 Mile post 492-4mls
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Nearest Ski
500 Miles
New Mexico
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Corpus Christe

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.


Rates & Availability

Mountain Home Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 2017 - Aug 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning fee $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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