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The Mighty Oaks Retreat

Property Type : Houses

Property Description

Turn-of-the-century charm (we're talking 20th century here, of course), modern comforts and amenities, and the breathtaking beauty of the Texas Hill Country, all come together here in one of the best country cottage getaways in the Lone Star State! The roomy and inviting Mighty Oaks Retreat will fill the bill, whether you're looking for a family getaway or a romantic weekend away from the daily grind. It's remote, yet just down the road from the charming towns of D'Hanis and Hondo.

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Built in 1904, the Mighty Oaks Retreat has been beautifully maintained and restored, evoking both its 100+ years of history and a sense of modern luxury. This kid-friendly and pet-friendly cottage ranks up there as one of our most popular country house vacation rentals-one look, and you'll see why!

Behind the cottage, under the cooling shade of the trees, are country rockers for you to kick back in-and, should you need more space, there's also a shaded veranda with a comfy conversation pit for larger gatherings. A charcoal grill is also on hand for open-air dining. The property has 352 acres with a seasonal pond and the wide-open rural setting is ideal for hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and stargazing, and the property is surrounded by miles of country roads that are a sightseer's delight-perfect for a motorcycle tour! The rugged and scenic countryside is the perfect backdrop for a calming and authentic Texas vacation.

Inside, central air and heating assures comfort, and there's a spacious living room to socialize in-with a wood - burning fireplace, too. There's also a cozy little alcove that would serve equally well as a kid's play space or romantic snuggling spot. The kitchen's fully equipped with both appliances and basic utensils, and its centerpiece is a wood-topped island with stools. Mighty Oaks has two bedrooms-one with a King-sized bed, the other with two queens, and a sun room with a sofa pull out-sleeping up to six guests. Both bathrooms are equipped with roomy vintage tubs and the master also has a shower. All bathroom and bedroom linens are provided, as well, and there's a combo washer and dryer on site. Rounding out your modern tech needs are satellite TV, Wifi, and good cell coverage.

If you're looking for a guest house for rent in D'Hanis, convenient to miles of picturesque rural roads and the town of Hondo, too, the Mighty Oaks Retreat is your Hill Country hideaway! Give us a buzz at Backroads Reservations, and you'll be on your way to a peaceful holiday.

The House
Master bedroom one with king bed
Second detached bedroom with 2 queens
Master bath with tub and shower
Open kitchen with all needed utensils
Regular and K-cup coffee maker, range top, oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster
Living area with a couch, two chairs, wood-burning fireplace and TV with Roku
Central air and heat
Sun room with a queen pull out couch and small dining table and split mini AC

WIFI and Roku TV
Wood -burning fireplace in the living room
Washer and dryer
Ceiling fans
Outdoor veranda seating
Charcoal grill

Other Details
House sleeps 6 guests
The nightly rate is for 2 guests
Children under 2 stay free
Children welcome
Extra guest fee is $25, per day, after 2 guests
Pets allowed (maximum 2 allowed) at $20 per day, per pet
A pet fee discount may be available for longer term stays
Llamas and chickens on property. No agressive pets allowed
Smoking outside only
No discharging of firearms, fireworks or ATVs allowed
Hill Country river and lake water levels vary depending on rain  

Approximate distance to the following sites:
Frio River: 35 miles
Medina River: 45 miles
Guadalupe River: 85 miles
Lost Maples State Natural Area: 55 miles
Garner State Park: 45 miles
Hill Country State Natural Area: 35 miles

Step back in time in this historic little Medina County village! The majority of D'Hanis' buildings are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they give the town the aura it had when it was originally founded by French and German settlers. This unique and scenic village awaits, perched with the Hill Country as a scenic backdrop!

Backroads Reservations
Bandera, Texas

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  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Living Room
    Living Room
  • Towels
  • Washer
    Queen Size Bed
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Coffee Pot
    Coffee Pot
  • Bird Watching
    Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
    Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
    Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Veranda
  • Waterfront
  •  Smoking Not Allowed
    Smoking Not Allowed
  • Budget
  • Budget
  • Romantic

What guests are saying...

This is a very private, peaceful ranch stay. We were happy to see there is a separate shower stall in addition to the bathtubs. We enjoyed the privacy and escape from the city, walks down to the pond, isolation and quiet. The kitchen had the basics for cooking, the heat worked well on cold nights. Glad we arrived during daylight as it took us a little while to find the entrance and get to the house. The owner is very nice, Jess and Spencer are communicative, and we took lots of pictures of the guard llama. Close enough to take day trips to Hill Country but peaceful enough to just stay and relax at the house for the day.
We absolutely loved our stay. We stayed for a month, myself my 2 year old and our dog . Coffee was a god send there was a regular pot as well as K Cup coffee maker , with liquid and powder creamer as well as K cups and ground coffee and sugar and Splenda all provided . We loved feeding the longhorns and chickens and llama every day. This was the most amazing experience especially for my daughter!!!
I seek out ranch stays because the houses are usually older & more interesting, the wildlife plentiful and the stays private/quiet. Mighty Oaks is far and away my favorite in Texas to date. The sunroom at the back looks out on a pasture populated with calves and their guard llama, and a lone friendly horse. In the evenings, several bands of wild hogs can be seen making their way out of the brushline, across the pasture, to the next pasture. There's an armadillo who has his den in the prickly pear along the fenceline. Beyond the immediate area of the house are many trails and roads where I wandered several miles a day with my dog. We saw a few more wild friends on our walks. If wildlife and wide open spaces are your thing, this is a worthwhile stay. As far as the space itself....The dog-run style house, so typical of Texas architecture at the turn of the last century, allows the bedrooms to be split, giving everyone their space. The beds are firm (my personal preference) and the couches comfortable. The kitchen has a Keurig and a drip coffee maker (bring your own pods or grounds!) It had the pans & utensils we needed to make a stew and to cook breakfast...but we also hopped into town for Mexican food one night, and down the road to Hondo (about 20 minutes) for a pizza. Both bathrooms have comfortable cast iron tubs with hand showers. It was about 30 degrees each night of my stay. The fireplace was perfect, complete with a set of tools, but the central heat worked exceptionally well when the fireplace wasn't in use. Everything was warm and cozy. And, most importantly to me, everything from bathrooms to bed linens was clean. The owner does live on the ranch, not far from the Mighty Oaks house. You have his number for direct contact and you may see him roaming in the mornings to fill the horse's feed bucket, but otherwise you have the place to yourself. The folks who manage the property, Spencer & Jess, were immediately responsive to any questions I had before and during my stay. It was an enjoyable one. I needed the quiet and I found it.
The cow went Moooo (meaning it’s was good)
What a wonderful, quaint farm house out of town! It was just what we needed on this evacuation trip from hurricane Laura! So peaceful and calm and relaxing. We could not have asked for a better spot. We had a friendly little armadillo that visited each morning! Deer were everywhere in the pastures in the back and front of the house. House is clean and very stylish. We cooked steaks one night on the charcoal pit and ate out at some wonderful restaurants the other nights. It was very restful, which is what we needed! You will not regret renting this jewel!
Very serene, quiet and comfy. We saw one of every type of animal imaginable! Its a farmhouse style, modern home, and very comfortable.