• BEDS: 4
  • BATHROOMS: 1.5

The River Rock Retreat

Property Type : Houses

Property Description

Break loose from the day-to-day grind with an amazing riverside holiday retreat in the picturesque Hill Country! Even though the River Retreat is a few miles from downtown Bandera, you'll find a peaceful country setting with private access to fun water activities on the Medina River. Bring along the kids, and even the family dog, to this charming, clean, and modern guest home. From relaxation to rowdy adventure, this great vacation rental fills the bill no matter what's on your holiday schedule!

Embark with us on our amazing Hill Country Eclipse Journey! By astronomical luck, the Hill Country will be in the path of total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. We have 125 great vacation homes in the region, covering 21 Hill Country towns, all in the eclipse "bullseye." Experience the enchantment of the darkest night skies, while witnessing the finest solar eclipse viewing in the Hill Country.

The three-acre property features private Medina River access at the back of the lot (5 minute walk), with a stunning view of the bluffs overlooking the river. Fish, swim, and float to your heart's content!  For those hankering for "in-town" time, the nightlife, food, and antiquing of Bandera is right down the road.

Relax in three outdoor gathering spaces: a second-story deck off the master bedroom; a lower-level deck with built-in benches, and a side patio furnished with rocking chairs. The upper deck is a prime location to take in the wide-open Texas skies, day or night. Nothing tastes better than BBQ in the fresh air, and there's a charcoal grill for just that. While away a quiet night and admire the starry skies above the fire pit out back. One of the kids' favorites here is the giant-sized checkerboard, a fun twist on a family favorite. The property also has an enclosed dog run (dogs only, please; no cats). Smoking is allowed, but in the fire pit area only.

The fully remodeled Retreat has a bright, cheerful atmosphere that exudes its own refreshing energy. All sleeping spaces are upstairs, with king, queen, bunk, and roll-away beds that sleep up to eight guests (upper bunks and roll-aways are specifically for kids) and Roku-enabled TVs in each room. There's a full bath with a shower/tub combo upstairs, and a half-bath with a washer and dryer on the main level. All the bed and bath linens you'll need are included. The open-concept living, dining, and kitchen areas are furnished with modern furniture and appliances, and tech pluses like smart TV and Wifi.  The entire guest home is kept comfortable year round with central air and heat, and ceiling fans throughout.

Give us a shout at Backroads Reservations to book this amazing family vacation getaway! The River Rock Retreat is sure to book quickly.

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

The House
Master bedroom featuring a King bed and an outside deck furnished with chairs and a table
Second bedroom equipped with a Queen bed
Third bedroom with full-sized bunk beds (upper bunk intended for children only)
Upstairs bathroom featuring a shower/tub combo, supplemented by a half bath downstairs
Workspace included in the Master bedroom
Spacious living room with seating for three on the couch
Dining table with seating for four
Large bar area complemented by four barstools
Well-equipped kitchen inclusive of an oven/range top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, Keurig coffee maker, and all essential pots, pans, cutlery, flatware, utensils, dishes, and glasses; central heat and air conditioning available

Private access to the Medina River, situated behind the property
Three outdoor patios furnished with seating
Large flat screen TV with some free Roku channels available
Roku TVs installed in each bedroom
WIFI with internet access provided
Washer and dryer facilities available
Spacious outdoor porch adorned with string lights and ample seating
Firepit with six chairs for outdoor gatherings
Charcoal grill available for outdoor cooking
Full-sized outdoor checkers game and a selection of board games
Opportunities for wildlife viewing, birding, and hiking
Provisions for swimming, tubing, and fishing
Outdoor lights enhancing the ambiance

Rates and Details
Eclipse pricing structured around maximum occupancy
Nightly rate specified for 4 guests, with an additional guest fee of $25 per person per day after the initial 4 guests
Estimated 5-minute walk to the river, advisable to wear appropriate footwear
Minimum age requirement for the primary guest is 25 years old
Accommodation for six adults and two children in beds, with two additional roll-away beds available upon request (fees may apply)
Pets are allowed, with a limit of 2 pets; no cats allowed, all pets must be approved at the time of booking
The pet fee is $ 25per pet per day
Potential discounts on pet fees for extended stays
Enclosed dog run on the property
Children under two stay free
Smoking and vaping allowed only in outdoor areas
Strict prohibition against hunting, discharge of firearms, fireworks, or ATVs
Requirement of a release of liability to stay
Variability in Hill Country river and lake water levels based on rainfall
Encouragement for all properties on the Backroads website to reserve for the 2024 eclipse; reservation acceptance or denial is at the discretion of management at the time of booking.

Approximate distance
Frio River: 60 miles
Medina River: immediate access
Guadalupe River: 25 miles
Lost Maples State Natural Area: 45 miles
Garner State Park: 55 miles
Hill Country State Natural Area: 15 miles

Welcome to the Cowboy Capital of the World! With museums, rodeos, horseback riding, motorcycle rallies, and boot-scootin' live music venues, Bandera's got it all for fans of the Hill Country and the Wild West! Celebrate this uniquely American heritage, and take some time for a trip down the scenic Medina River.


  • Hairdryer
  • 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
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Pot
    Coffee Pot
  • Bird Watching
    Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
    Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
    Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Fishing
    Fishing Freshwater
  • Swimming
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Events Not Allowed
    Events Not Allowed
  • Children Welcome
    Children Welcome
  • Long Term Renters
    Long Term Renters
  •  Smoking Not Allowed
    Smoking Not Allowed
  • Budget
  • Budget
  • Romantic

What guests are saying...

Thanksgiving getaway with my husband and two kids. I enjoyed being away from everything and surrounded by the quiet. We enjoyed seeing the family of deer who visited the front yard each morning. The river was dried but it was a nice little walk. Everything was clean and the hosts had provided coffee and skewers, which I was not expecting, nice plus. This was our first time staying in a Airbnb and it was a really great experience. We will definitely be back in the summer to enjoy the river!
We stayed at river rock retreat in Bandera TX. It was a great place with a beautiful view of the River in the back yard the fire pit was perfect for the cool nights and a very peaceful environment. We seen numerous types of wildlife while we were there too. Would highly recommend this place to anyone just looking for a quiet and peaceful place to stay with all kinds of history in this town. Thanks for a great place to stay absolutely pleased with everything.
The house and property is exactly as described. The river had water and was very refreshing. The inside of the house had all necessities and more. There was more than enough linens, the complimentary towels was very helpful. In all, the family enjoyed the stay and I recommend to all, especially if you have dogs.
Our stay at the house was great. We loved the spacious kitchen. The bedrooms were great and the beds were very comfortable. The view from the balcony of the master bedroom was nice in the mornings. We were able to build a fire and make s’mores with our grandsons and they enjoyed playing the games they had for them. I would definitely stay they again.
Kristi Dudley
It was great! We loved the location! Spencer and Jess were so sweet and went above and beyond for us. We were celebrating a friend's birthday over the weekend. I contacted Spencer to see if it was possible for them to have balloons and cake/cupcakes waiting for us when we got there, to surprise the birthday girl. They did and it was just perfect. She was so surprised! We will definitely rent other properties. I'm looking now to find a place that I can take my husband for a get away with our dogs. I will definitely be recommending Backroads Reservations to others that want to travel to the Hill Country.
Serenity Rios
Highly recommend!! I’d give this place a thousand stars if I could! Everything was perfect! If you have questions you get a response right away. Best birthday weekend ever! Property and home is so comfortable and beautiful! Can’t wait to go back
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