• BEDS: 3
  • BATHROOMS: 1.5

BlueBird Cottage in Tarpley

Property Type : Houses

Property Description

If you're looking for a wildlife-focused Hill Country getaway, the BlueBird Cottage in Tarpley is your perfect vacation cabin! It's a brand-new rental home on 20 acres of wildlife-exempted property; that means the land is set up specifically to support native animals and birds. On top of all that, it's also within a half hour's drive of the Hill Country and Lost Maples State Natural Areas. But you won't be totally isolated if you want some in-town fun; Tarpley, Bandera, and Pipe Creek are all close by!

Here's a quick overview of the birds you'll see at the (the aptly-named) BlueBird Cottage: vividly-colored painted buntings, cardinals, bluebirds, black half chickadees, and vermilion flycatchers, among many others. Deer, turkeys, kit foxes, and other species visit the grounds regularly, too. There are tons of bird feeders, and seating around them, for optimal viewing. There's also a 3/4-mile hiking trail on the property, as well as tree swings to enjoy. While small pets are allowed, they must not interfere with the wildlife.

BlueBird Cottage has both a screened-in porch and an open-air patio, complete with outdoor seating, for taking in those amazing Hill Country views. There's a hammock to relax on, and cornhole (bags) game to enjoy outside, too! In you're in the mood for BBQ, you'll find a charcoal pit and a fire pit where you can gather round and enjoy a feast. Please keep in mind smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property.

Inside this bright and beautiful brand-new guest home, it's bright and roomy, and loaded with comforts like central air, plush furniture, Wifi Internet service, TVs with a library of DVDs and Firestick with free channels, and even board games to play! There are two bedrooms here, each with a roomy and comfortable queen-sized bed, plus a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living area, offering peaceful slumber for up to six people. The full bath has a large shower, and there's also a convenient additional half-bath. Clean and fresh bed and bath linens are provided here, too! BlueBird Cottage has a fully-appointed kitchen with two different coffee makers, and there's also a washer/dryer combo on hand for cleanup convenience.

Discover the great outdoors, and all its colorful inhabitants, at this wonderful wildlife retreat right in the heart of the Hill Country. Make your getaway plans at BlueBird Cottage by contacting us at Backroads Reservations today!

The House:
Master bedroom furnished with a queen bed.
Second bedroom equipped with a queen bed.
Queen-sized sleeper sofa located in the living room.
Bathroom complete with a spacious shower.
Additional half-bath for added convenience.
Fully equipped kitchen featuring regular coffee and K-cup facilities.
Central air conditioning and heating system.
Firepit available on the property.

Washer and dryer provided for guest use.
Firestick offering free channels for entertainment.
DVD player with a selection of movies.
Board games for leisure activities.
Wi-Fi accessibility throughout the property.
Dedicated workspace available for convenience.
Telephone service included.
Opportunities for exceptional bird watching.
Access to hiking and walking trails.
Charcoal grill for outdoor cooking.
Cornhole game for added entertainment.
Front patio offering stunning mountain views.
Screened back patio furnished with seating.
Outdoor ceiling fans provided.
Property partially fenced for security.

Rates and Specifics:
Maximum allowance of 6 guests.
Children below 2 years stay free; children are welcome.
Consideration for one medium-sized pet, subject to approval prior to booking. Pet should not chase wildlife. Pet fee stands at $25 per day, with potential discounts for extended stays.
Smoking is strictly prohibited on the entire property.
No discharge of firearms, fireworks, or use of ATVs allowed.
Certain event and holiday weekends may require a minimum stay of three nights.
Water levels in Hill Country rivers and lakes vary based on rainfall.

Distance from this home:  
The Frio River is 40 miles.
The Medina River is15 miles.
The Guadalupe River is 40 miles.
The Lost Maples State Natural Area is 30 miles.
The Garner State Park is 35 miles.
The Hill Country State Natural Area is 10 miles.

Some say tiny Tarpley is easy to miss; those folks just don't know what they're missing! The Hill Country surrounds Tarpley, offering some of the most beautiful views in Texas. Check out Mac and Ernie's Roadside Eatery, which has been featured on two shows on the Food Network for their cuisine.

Backroads Reservations
Bandera, Texas

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Other Details

  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Children Allowed
  • Pets Considered
  • Hiking Allowed
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Has a Grill
  • Cleaning fee is $150
  • Pet fee is $25 per pet, per day
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  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Living Room
    Living Room
  • Towels
  • Washer
  • Air Conditioning
    Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
    Free Parking
  • Washer
    Queen Size Bed
  • Washer
    Cell Coverage
  • Washer
    Central Air and Heat
  • Washer
    Charcoal Grill
  • Fully-equipped Kitchen
    Fully-equipped Kitchen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fridge
  • Fridge
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Spices
  • Coffee Pot
    Coffee Pot
  • Bird Watching
    Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
    Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
    Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Veranda
  • Waterfront
  • Events Not Allowed
    Events Not Allowed
  • Children Welcome
    Children Welcome
  • Long Term Renters
    Long Term Renters
  •  Smoking Not Allowed
    Smoking Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
    Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Budget
  • Budget
  • Romantic

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25 May


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What guests are saying...

Beautiful and comfortable home, well stocked, and very pretty land with awesome views and trails. Great location with lots of birds and deer. Our family really enjoyed our stay there. Thank you!
Hi Spencer and Jess! We had a great time walking around the ranch and barbecuing. Our dog also got to freely run around for a change. We also loved the fully stocked kitchen and how well kept the house was. The only bummer was the rain which made the soil stick to our shoes. Overall was perfect for us.
When it’s time to unwind this is your destination. Great place to stay to go hiking and just relax. I almost cried because I didn’t want to leave. Can’t wait till I can come back.