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The River House Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The river house retreat is the perfect place to get away from it all. The two and a half acre lot is located on the beautiful San Marcos River, nestled under a canopy of pecan and cypress trees. It's your ideal home base for Texas State events, river fun and outlet shopping. We are a short drive from Austin so keep our property in mind for F-1 Circuit of the Americas, SXSW, ACL Fest & more!


Amenities include a full kitchen (stove, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher and cookware), a washer, dryer and three bathrooms. The main attraction of this property is the river and beautiful yard.

The house features one large master bedroom with a king bed and en suite bathroom. Upstairs has one small bedroom with a queen size bed, and one large room with three full size beds and one twin bed that allow for dormitory style sleeping. The main living area has a large sectional which seats 4 people, along with 2 other chairs. The second entertaining area has a couch that seats 3. Two of the seats recline. Also there is another love seat with drink holders and reclining seats. Both rooms have smart TV's. and DVD players. There is a small seating area off of the kitchen. The futon couch allows for extra sleeping. The house offers a deck off the back of the house for relaxing as well as a large covered pavilion down closer to the river with a BBQ pit and picnic table. The cement bank allows for easy access to the river via a triangle metal swing or ladder. You will enjoy sunbathing or reading your book on the floating dock.

FOR THOSE WITH CAT ALLERGIES: Though there are no cats living in the house, the property is home to five felines friendly felines, who are known to show up in the backyard for some impromptu petting. They're cats; that's what they do.


--> Please read before booking with us!


Check in after 2 pm. Check out 12 pm. We'll happily accommodate special requests whenever possible.


Non-negotiable. Please don't even bother asking.


Since this is a residential neighborhood, we ask that you please keep noise levels at a minimum throughout your stay, and that you especially observe quiet hours after 10 p.m. and before 8 a.m.


If more than the number of registered guests arrive, you will be asked to leave. Per VRBO policy, your reservation will be canceled without refund.

Booking with us means you agree to All Things. Do us both a favor and book only if you find our rules acceptable.

The short term rental city ordinance requires that no more than 12 people be allowed to stay on the property during the rental. We have limited driveway space so all cars must fit in the driveway and cannot be parked out on the street. WE WILL NOT RENT OUT TO COLLEGE STUDENTS looking to have a party and violate noise ordinances or damage property.

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Rio Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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The River House Retreat
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Longview, TX

Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

Excellent Location!!! Very Comfortable!!!! Perfect for enjoying the river, visiting Texas State University, or just a little get-away. Loved it!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Temple, Tx

Fun weekend

  • 5 of 5

It was a great location and awesome property on the river.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Angelo, TX

Texas State Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Great location, plenty of room for all the family and what an awesome backyard! Highly recommend! The only downfall is the train (next to the house) that goes by often...other than that this place is GREAT!!! Thanks Jennifer for sharing your home with us, great memories were made! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quick getaway for friends and family!

  • 5 of 5

We decided last minute to do a river trip and Jennifer's house was available. Fantastic layout and slept everyone well. The outside is like your in your own park to hang out in and float in your own tube right at the house! Betty and Jennifer were great! We will be back! Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

A group of about 12 of us friends/family went for the weekend and had a blast. The house is very convenient, right by the water. We parked our truck up river and floated back to the house, the only downfall was the time to float back to the house was very quick, but we all tied our tubes together and tied off at one of the trees across from the house and watched everyone float by. We will definitely be renting from Jennifer again. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tammy I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay. We look forward to you renting from us again. Jennifer
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Property Manager

Jennifer Richards
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Jennifer Richards

The River House was purchased by my grandparents in 1965 as a weekend vacation home. They retired from Southwestern Bell in Dallas a few years later and it then became their retirement home. They spent the next 30 years there entertaining family and friends. This property is near and dear to our hearts and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.

Jennifer Richards purchased this house in 1965

Why Jennifer Richards chose Rio Vista

We inherited this property from our grandparents and plan on keeping in in the family for future generations to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

We are one of only eight houses located on the San Marcos River with the largest lot. Our property is located one mile from the beautiful Texas State campus.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Austin/Bergstrom Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Green Parrot
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Herberts Mexican Restaurant
Car: necessary

The beautiful San Marcos River with endangered species of the Blind Salamander and protected Wild Rice are outside your door. For the shoppers in your group the well known San Marcos Outlet Malls are 10 minutes away.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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