• BEDS: 7

Casa del Rio River House

Property Type : Houses

Property Description

Planning a family gathering, or an outing for a good-sized group of people? Seeking a spot where your crew can enjoy the attractions of the Cowboy Capital of the World, and the fun and adventure of the Medina River? Stay right on the banks of the river at the Casa del Rio River House! With Bandera just a short journey down the road from this unique guest house, all the city, country, and river excitement of the Texas Hill Country will be yours at this beautiful and luxurious riverfront rental.

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This kid-friendly and pet-friendly rental offers great amenities and natural beauty for your group of up to 12 people. Also, if a couple in your group would like a separate and more private hideaway, the 1930s-era Casita on the grounds is available for them; please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this intimate cottage option. Please know this property does include several stairs from the decks to the meadow and walking paths below, and may not be safety-appropriate for kids under five or those who require wheelchair access.

Three shaded decks offer multiple places from which you can view the meadow, riverside, and Hill Country beyond, and wildflowers and butterflies add seasonal splashes of brilliant color. The decks are adorned by plenty of outside furniture, and there's even a romantic swing down by the river! Swim and tube on the Medina from your own private access, and kick back and enjoy a hearty outdoor meal afterward with the charcoal grill provided. The grounds here are tobacco-free, inside and out.

The four bedrooms and multiple beds and futons in this vibrantly colorful hacienda-style guest house comfortably sleep up to a dozen people-and if you book the Casita as well, up to 14. Three full bathrooms include shower stalls, and all the soft and comfy bed and bath linens you'll need are provided. Ample seating is available in the two roomy living areas and dining section, and the kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, and regular coffee maker. Smart TV, Wifi, great cell service, and climate-controlling central air and heating fill out the list of the tech and entertainment amenities here.

The unique accommodations and comforts of the Casa del Rio River House will play memorable roles in your Hill Country holiday!

*Water may be low. Contact us about water levels at time of booking*

The House
Bedroom 1 - king bed
Bedroom 2 - queen bed
Bedroom 3 - queen bed
Bedroom 4 - double / twin beds
Double bed-sized futon in living area
Fully-equipped kitchen
Three baths
Two living areas
Central air/heat
Casita is not included in the rental. Extra fee will apply

1/2 mile of Medina riverfront for tubing & swimming
Large deck overlooking meadow and Medina River
Front deck with outdoor dining table
Smart TV with Roku, Sling, Netflix.
Outdoor grills (charcoal)
Large meadow with seasonal wildflowers
Walking path
Blooming native plant garden with butterflies and hummingbirds

Original 1930 cottage on the grounds
Queen bed
Separate sitting area
$90/night double occupancy (only available with rental of Main House and requires two-night booking)
Weekly rate $450
Maximum two guests  

Rates and details
The minimum age to rent the house is 25 years old
12 total guests allowed in the main house
Additional guest is $20 per night,after 6 guests
$1,500 weekly for up to six guests (six nights)    
3-night minimum June 1 - August 31  
2-night minimum September 1 - May 31
Pets allowed (maximum 2 allowed)
Pet details $20/day/dog fee
A pet fee discount may be available for longer term stays
Dogs must be on flea preventive
Dogs must be crated in owner's absence
No discharging of firearms, fireworks or ATVs allowed
Backroads reserves the right to increase the nightly rate and fees within 5 days of all local event announcements
Event and holiday weekends may have a three night minimum requirement
Hill Country river and lake water levels vary depending on rain  
This property requires a release of liability
This house has a non-standard cancellation policy

Booking policies
Two night minimum September 1 - May 31
Three night minimum June 1 - August 31
Three night minimum for holiday weekends (Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving)

House policies
Children must be at least 5 years old
Check in time 3 PM
Check out time 11:00 AM
Parking on driveway area only
No smoking permitted on property - inside or out
No fireworks, discharging of firearms or ATVs
Fires in designated areas only

Other Important Information
House is situated on a bluff with multiple levels inside house  
Bluff steps leading down to meadow and river are uneven and do not have consistent handrails.
Guests must be able to navigate stairs. May not be suitable for small children or individuals with mobility issues

Distance to the following sites:
Frio River: 60 miles
Medina River: immediate access
Guadalupe River: 30 miles
Lost Maples State Natural Area: 40 miles
Garner State Park: 50 miles
Hill Country State Natural Area: 15 miles


  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Living Room
    Living Room
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
    Free Parking
  • Washer
    Cell Coverage
  • Washer
    Central Air and Heat
  • Washer
    Charcoal Grill
  • Fully-equipped Kitchen
    Fully-equipped Kitchen
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fridge
  • Fridge
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Pot
    Coffee Pot
  • Bird Watching
    Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
    Sight Seeing
  • Fishing
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Children Welcome
    Children Welcome
  •  Smoking Not Allowed
    Smoking Not Allowed
  • Romantic

What guests are saying...

We had an amazing stay with friends at this eclectic river house. It is located on a very quiet road with lots of privacy. Plenty of space with three bathrooms and spread out so everyone had plenty of space. The kitchen is fully equipped and everything we needed. The view from the back balcony was perfect. At dusk saw many deer and so peaceful. I would highly recommend this house. We will be back for sure
Have been coming to this house 2007-2015 - missed the past 4 years - back again in 2020. House is comfortable for large group - lots to do in the area
We had a wonderful stay and loved the home and the location on the Medina river. My only feedback would be to make it a little more explicit in the listing that the back porch hangs over a steep cliff with relatively low railings. it was referenced in the liability release but it would be good to include in the listing so folks traveling with small children (like us) are aware at the time of booking. Including a picture of the home from the River could suffice. We were wary of that the whole time because of our fearless 1 year old but all in all we enjoyed the home, the field for running around and the proximity to the river and walking trails.
Very quiet, clean, and comfortable. A great respite that (mostly) got my kids off their screens and outside in nature. We especially enjoyed going for walks along (and in) the river every morning. The house had everything we could think of, and it was exactly as described and pictured in the listing (right down to those steep stairs down to the river). There was great bird and wildlife watching without ever leaving the back patio. We were so relaxed that we didn't want to leave. We will definitely be back.
The Medina River is not big, but having this house right on the river was very nice. The water was flowing and crystal clear! There are a lot of very steep steps down to the river, so this isn’t the place for those who aren’t sure footed. The house also has steps into or out of most every room, so again it wouldn’t be suitable for disabled or weak footed. The house is very Spanish and quite large. We had 9 with no problems. The kitchen was well equipped with all the spices, bags, two bar-b-que grills, kayaks, a canoe etc. It was a very fun few days. The hosts were very responsive and we would come back.
We loved this house! There was tons of space to spread out in. It was clean and comfortable with fun decor. The views from the deck were wonderful and the river access was perfect. I loved the trail along the river. We'll be back!