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Relax among the oaks! Make new memories in this country-like setting!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa Encino-a beautiful guesthouse with private drive located on a 3 acre estat

The property is conveniently located in a busy corridor of northwest San Antonio near the Medical Center with quick and easy access to interstate travel, upscale restaurants, varied shopping malls, theme parks, grocery stores, and downtown San Antonio’s River Walk and Market Square. Military bases are only short distances away. The property is near USAA, Valero, UT Health Science Center, UTSA, La Cantera/Rim Shopping centers, and Six Flags/Fiesta Texas.

At the same time, you will find privacy and quiet once you drive onto the shady, oak-laden estate. Large outdoor spaces are available and include a front yard rock patio and a back yard deck for hanging out and relaxing. The grounds include a ranch-style main home and workshop, and the acreage provides ample space for all. Don’t be surprised to see deer grazing on the property and neighbors riding their horses around the area. After all, this is Texas country!

The retreat property has a pleasant, soothing ambience. It is spacious, fully furnished and complete with linens, kitchen ware, coffee makers, cable TV, internet service, washer/dryer, and iron/ironing board. Its 2-bedrooms, 1-bathroom with shower are tastefully decorated with all the comforts that make you feel right at home. The bedrooms have queen beds that sleep 4 comfortably.

There are three alternative seating areas for reading, conversations, or media. Villa Encino is stocked with games—Rummikub, Scrabble, Cards, Checkers, and Chess. Or you can try your luck at pitching horseshoes!

More Details

Jhane Ivers
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Jhane Ivers

I'm a native Texan but love to travel! My first experience with vacation rentals was as a guest staying in several of them in my travels across Europe, especially across Spain-- Barcelona, Torla, San Sebastian! Great way to experience the culture and flavor of the places you visit! You get a real experience. Think that is true about San Antonio also. It's a great city with so much to offer! The best gift you can give yourself is to stay in a place that provides an authentic look. You will love our place because it does exactly that! This is Texas, and this is San Antonio. Come stay with us.

Why Jhane Ivers chose North Central

Life among the oaks is a beautiful life! Rural acreage in the heart of busy city living. When you drive onto our property, you can feel at ease. Stress free living with a calm vibe! You will love our place!

What makes this house unique

You are quickly within reach of major shopping (LaCantera) and entertainment (Palladium theatre, Six Flags), a variety of wonderful restaurants, and the medical center.


North Central House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 2 bedrooms with comfortable Queen beds in each
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • racquetball
  • tennis
Within a couple minutes from bustling, busy suburb... but once on property, all that hustle and bustle melts away. Put your feet up and recharge! High quality living here! Life is good!


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Relax among the oaks! Make new memories in this country-like setting!
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We can’t say enough about the Encino

park cottage. I’ll begin with Jhane and Norman’s five star service. You both were so very nice.

Who needs the Marriott Spa Resort when you have a cottage like this! The cottage had everything we needed plus more. And the views were breathtaking!! It’s hard to believe that this beautiful place was only 1 block away from a major street! However, it was beautifully quiet & still. It was such a heart smiling moment to wake up to a nice cup of coffee and see baby deer and cardinals outside the kitchen window. Also, my son loved running and exploring the beautiful shaded yard and the swing set. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. It exceeded our expectations. Although we are moving to San Antonio, this will not be the last time you see us. We will be back for R&R weekend getaways!!! Blessings and Love,

V&B-stayed 7/16-7/20

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So wonderful to hear from this beautiful family! You guys went so far above and beyond what is expected! Your children are angels, and your cooking was delicious. We LOVED your thank-you gifts for us! Thanks for sharing with us! We will not forget your stay, and we are so very happy you will be moving to San Antonio. If we can help in any way, just let us know. Thanks again and wishing you the best of everything! Jhane
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Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage guesthouse was perfect for our weekend getaway! Jayne and Gordon were the perfect hosts. Pictures on website portraits this home perfectly. All attractions are only 10-15 minutes away. Will return. Home very clean which is a must for me!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy the guesthouse worked out for you guys! You traveled a long way, and we so wanted you to have a great time. Come back soon! J & G
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Lovely Property

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Staying here was peaceful and gave us the opportunity to relax, but be close to anything we needed during graduation. The cottage was very spacious and well equipped. We would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We enjoyed having you for this special family occasion. Loved that you made use of the property. Please come back soon! Jhane & Gordon
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Absolutely fabulous! Highly recommend staying here.

  • 5 of 5

The property is a relaxing country oasis right in town. An absolute gem. The little house is stocked with anything you might need, has super comfy furniture and beds, and is clean and wonderful. We loved watching the wildlife through every window and from every porch. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! We loved that you guys took walks and enjoyed the outdoor property. It was a pleasure. Come back any time! Jhane & Gordon
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Perfect stay in a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at Villa Encino. The house was very comfortable, clean and one of the best equipped rentals we have ever stayed in. Jhane and Gordon have put a lot of thought into the house, which is beautifully decorated with comfy sofas and chairs in several sitting areas so you can make best use of the light.

The location is perfect, only 20 minutes from the Riverwalk and San Antonio’s other main attractions yet the house and garden were so quiet you felt as though you were in the countryside. The back deck was very private and we enjoyed watching the deer each morning.

Jhane and Gordon were the perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. We loved every minute of our stay and would recommend it the house to anyone visiting San Antonio.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed your stay with us! As widely traveled guests, we enjoyed our conversations about the many different places you have visited. If you come back our way, we would love for you guys to stay with us again! Wishing you exciting future travels! Jhane and Gordon
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Great property and hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property. Everything you need. Relaxing but close to everything. Would come back and recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you chose us! Enjoyed your stay in San Antonio and hope to see you again soon! Take care! Jhane & Gordon
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Antonio Texas Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Twin Peaks and others
Nearest Ferry
140 Miles
Port Aransas
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
LaCantera Golf; Oak Hills Golf
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Restaurant Row off Interstate 10
Nearest Beach
140 Miles
Port Aransas
Car: necessary

Activities in Area

LaCantera Shopping Center

—an open-air shopping complex near Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 that houses high-end retail stores (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus) along with technology shops (Apple, Microsoft) and upscale restaurants (Whiskey Cake, Perry’s Steakhouse).

—Perry’s Restaurant is a favorite! On Fridays, the amazing pork chops (none like them anywhere!) are the lunchtime special. You will truly remember them forever.

Shops at the Rim

—LaCantera’s sister shopping complex within 10 minutes with World Market, Target, JC Penney, Nordstrom Rack, James Avery, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shop, etc.

Great restaurants— Maggiano’s Little Italy, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, BJ’s Brewhouse, The Hofbrau. There’s outdoor seating and entertainment at Hofbrau, and you can enjoy a variety of good beer!

Santikos Palladium IMAX Art-house Movie Theatre with AVX Entertainment

—a multiple screen complex located in the Rim Shopping Center

Before your movie, you can sit upstairs at the bar and order Margaritas and Nachos!

There’s even a band playing outdoors on the upper balcony on most Saturday nights.

Boerne, Texas

—a small town 20 minutes from guesthouse in the county seat of Kendall County and part of the Texas Hill Country. Every 2nd Saturday, there are goods for sale by private vendors in the town square. Have a glass of wine at Boerne Wine Company. Shop at multiple antique stores on Hauptstrasse. Eat lunch at Dienger’s on market square or one of many great restaurants along River Road. Have a bear claw dessert at the famous Bear Moon Bakery. You won’t regret spending your day here.

Top Golf, Fiesta Texas, Sea World

—Top Gold & Fiesta Texas— 10 minutes

—-Sea World— 20 minutes

Restaurants on Interstate 10--

—we call this Restaurant Row along this interstate. They are numerous and in close proximity. Some of these are—

Mexican— Chuy’s, Alamo Care, Pappasitos, Mamacitas

Steak— Outback, County Line, Saltgrass

Italian— Olive Garden, Carrabba’s, Macaroni Grill

Burgers— Chester’s, Whataburger

Restaurants on Loop 1604

—another Restaurant Row. Some of our favorites are close to the 1604/10 exchange area.

Seafood— Wildfish (excellent!)

Italian— Paesano’s (5 star!), Scuzzi’s

Steak— Chama Gaucha Brazilian, Silo (New York style!)

Downtown San Antonio

—shop at Market Square for Mexican goods for sale. Be sure to check out the Katrinas, Mexican dishes, and pottery. You will find them as reasonable as shopping at the Mexican border. No visit is complete without a visit to the Alamo, rich with Texas History. Have a drink at famous bar on the bottom floor of the old Menger Hotel. (Many claim Menger is haunted.) Then take a walk along the river. A river barge ride on the San Antonio River and a quick visit to River Center Mall are well worth the time.

—Mi Tierra Restaurant at Market Square— Your visit won’t be complete without a visit here. Drink a margarita at the bar and purchase a pastry/candy from the amazing bakery of world-famous Mi Tierra’s Restaurant. Mariachis will serenade you during dinner here. Be sure to taste their flour tortillas.

New Braunfels and Gruene, Texas

—New Braunfels is located about 45 minutes from the guesthouse. A city in Comal and Guadalupe counties and popular as a tourist town. Home of Landa Park, the Comal River for tubing, Schlitterbahn, and Canyon Lake. Many restaurants in the area serve authentic German food.

—Gruene, Texas is designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas. Visitors love Gruene so much they come back every year. Gruene Hall is a bar and dance hall built in 1880’s and is the oldest Dance Hall in Texas. Learn how to do the Texas Two Step here. Legends perform here—Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, and John Travolta in the movie Michael. There are antique and hand-crafted stores and a great restaurant—the Grist Mill! Market Days here are the 3rd weekend from February -November.

Austin, Texas

an hour and 30 minutes drive from the guesthouse on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, Austin is not only the state capital, but lays claim to being the live music capital of the world. Home to the University of Texas and Formula 1’s Circuit of the Americas raceway. It’s a fast-growing city with residential prices more like New York and LA. Great shopping on Congress and famous Guero’s Mexican restaurant. A swim in Barton Springs and visit to Zilker Park round out a great day!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

State, county, and city taxes that we are required to charge are included in the total.
The rental amounts listed are for 4 guests. If there are more than 4 over night guests, there are additional charges per night-- $30.00 per guest per night.

Owner'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.