• BEDS: 4

The Roost at Kingfisher Ranch


Property Description

You won't find this kind of luxury or homey detail in any hotel room! The Roost at Kingfisher Ranch occupies a sprawling 74-acre ranch and wildlife preserve, and provides country living, hiking, and all-around comfort, making it one of the best guest house vacation rentals in Tarpley. The Roost provides the space and surroundings for the perfect family weekend getaway; it really is a beautiful home-away-from-home setting. It's your cabin in the woods without giving up comfort and value!

Backroads Reservations has the perfect home for your Texas Hill Country family vacation! The Roost at Kingfisher Ranch has been lovingly cared for, and that attention to detail is apparent the minute you arrive. You'll find the best hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing available in the Hill Country. Country and city folks will be at home here, because it's close to towns and attractions such as Tarpley, Bandera, Utopia, Medina, and the Hill Country State Natural Area. This property is perfect for family gatherings, and is a kid-friendly space!

Roomy decks adorn the front and back of the Roost, complete with patio furniture, and there's a gazebo out back for even more socializing space. Cook dinner on the provided gas grill, and park your vehicles in the covered carport. Pet-friendly vacation rentals in Tarpley can be tough to find; the yard here is fenced in, making a perfect play space for your four-legged friends. Bountiful trees and a creek add the crowning touches to this property's natural Hill Country beauty (creek flow is seasonal, so please inquire when booking). The spacious grounds offer stargazers awesome skies on clear nights!

Inside, the living area is appointed with comfy furniture and a fireplace, ideal for relaxing. There are three bedrooms; the master and second each have queen-sized beds, and a double in the third. Add to that a queen-sized futon in the living area, and the Roost comfortably sleeps up to eight. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, utensils, and a bar-lined island and dining room table, each of which seats four. Two full bathrooms have both tubs and showers, and bed and bath linens are included. Your amenities include central air and heat, TV and DVD player/VCR, Wifi, land line phone, and a washer and dryer. Please keep in mind this is a no-smoking property. All these comforts make the Roost a perfect destination for family vacations in Texas!

**For a last-minute weekend stay, you must request to book by Thursday at 12:00 noon**

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

The House:
Queen-sized master bedroom.
Queen-sized second bedroom.
Double-sized third bedroom.
Queen-sized futon in the living area.
Spacious tub and separate shower in the master bedroom.
Tub and shower in the second bathroom.
Cozy fireplace in the living area.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Central air and heating system.

Regular Coffee Maker.
State-of-the-Art Roku Smart TV.
High-Quality Sony DVD Player.
Wireless Internet (WIFI).
Tranquil Spring-Fed Creek Behind the House (Seasonal, Inquire About Water Level at Time of Booking).
Exceptional Bird Watching Opportunities.
Scenic Hiking Trails.
Convenient Gas Grill.
Front and Back Deck for Relaxation.
Covered Parking Area.
Spacious Fenced Yard.
Availability of a Large Dog Crate (Please Inquire at the Time of Booking).
Complimentary NEMA 14-50 Amp Plug Connected to a GrizzlE LEVEL 2 Charger with a J1772 Connector.

Rates and Details:
Nightly Rate is for 2 Guests.
Complimentary Stay for Children Under 2.
Additional Guest Fee: $25 per Day, applicable after 2 Guests.
Children are warmly welcomed.
Maximum Accommodation Capacity is 8 Guests.
Pets are Allowed (Maximum of 2).
Pet Fee: $20 per Day, per Pet.
Discounts on Pet Fees may be available for Extended Stays.
Strict No Smoking Policy on the Property.
Prohibition of Open Fires, Charcoal Burners.
Restrictions on Discharging Firearms, Fireworks, or ATVs.
Three-night Minimum Requirement for Event and Holiday Weekends.
Water Levels in Hill Country Rivers and Lakes are Subject to Variation Depending on Rainfall.
A Complimentary Level 2 Grizzl-E EV Charger is Provided; Tesla adapter not included.

Distance from this home:
The Frio River is 45 miles.
The Medina River is 20 miles.
The Guadalupe River is 40 miles.
The Lost Maples State Natural Area is 30 miles.
The Garner State Park is 30 miles.
The Hill Country State Natural Area is 15 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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* Mapped pin locations are not exact

Other Details

  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Children Allowed
  • Pets Considered
  • Hiking Allowed
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Has a Grill
  • Cleaning fee is $75
  • Guest fee is $25, per day, after 2 guests
  • Pet fee is $20 per pet, per day
Call us now at 830-522-4661 for more information Or get an instant quote with the below form!


  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Living Room
    Living Room
  • Towels
  • Washer
  • Air Conditioning
    Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
    Free Parking
  • Washer
    Cell Coverage
  • Fully-equipped Kitchen
    Fully-equipped Kitchen
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurants
  • Fridge
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Coffee Pot
    Coffee Pot
  • Bird Watching
    Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
    Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
    Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Veranda
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Children Welcome
    Children Welcome
  •  Smoking Not Allowed
    Smoking Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
    Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Budget
  • Romantic

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What guests are saying...

This place was perfect for a quick, socially distanced Hill Country getaway. After driving about three-quarters of a mile off the highway on a dirt road, we walked into the house and immediately felt a wave of relaxation. The bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms were well-appointed and there were plenty of games, books, and puzzles to keep us occupied in addition to TV and wi-fi. While our main outdoor activity was hiking around Lost Maples State Natural Area (about 40 minutes away), the Kingfisher Ranch itself has some great hiking trails for early morning, late afternoon or moonlight strolls. Having a fenced-in yard for the dog was nice, too. All in all, a very nice place for vacation in isolation.
Cute, cozy home away from home! The property is beautiful and full of hiking trails plus a creek for those looking to get away from the city to connect with nature. So peaceful, quiet and relaxing - we loved it so much we added another day! We drove from Houston to get here, and it was well worth it. The days were filled with birdsong and the nights were filled with stars. Wonderful stay, highly recommend!
We had a wonderful time at Kingfisher ranch. My wife and I went with two dogs for most of the week, and had two friends from Dallas join us for the weekend. The location was exactly what we wanted - secluded, away from people and highways, with lots of trails to explore, memorable picnicking spots all over, a scenic (muddy) creek for the dogs to splash around in (and capability to hose them down afterwards), lovely deck area with an excellent grill, fully equipped kitchen for cooking out, and much more. Worth mentioning also that Hill Country State Natural Area is just 20 minutes away and has rugged and dramatic hiking; and there is an access point to the clean, shallow and wade-able Medina at the top of the road to Bandera, which are both extremely convenient from this property. Loved it and already planning our next trip back!
Watching the hummingbirds and other wildlife each morning while drinking our Morning coffee was peaceful, taking hikes on the trails up the hills and along the creek was wonderful . The location is close to towns for supplies and also river tubing enjoyment. A wonderful get away. Thanks again
This was a really nice place to get away for a few days. Loved watching the birds from the deck, and the view from The Perch was amazing. I brought my telescope for some star gazing and I was NOT disappointed!!
We needed to get out of town to rest, reset and recharge. This location met all of our needs. There was ample room for our family of four and extremely dog friendly. The dog bowls full of water on arrival were a nice touch! We put our own blankets on the furniture and the provided dog bed in the master to make our pup feel more at home. She loved exploring the area on our morning walks with her and meeting the rabbits and deer in the area. I fell in love with the hummingbirds off the porch and was happy to greet the owner who came by to tend the feeders one afternoon. It was not an intrusion at all, and she understood that our dog’s protective response was not aggressive. Being a getaway during COVID, I was concerned about running out of essentials but that was not the case at all. All new soaps, sponges and plenty of paper products were provided. WiFi was enough for streaming from our Fire Stick and a Zoom meeting and webinar were great on the WiFi. No Verizon cell service is available, mentioned only as an FYI, not a concern. I went there to get away and got what I wanted. Our family played games, watched movies and visited Garner State Park and Hill Country State Natural Area for day hikes. Lost Maples was close as well but we prioritized the parks we’ve never visited. Dinner at Mac and Ernies did not disappoint. We would return again to this delightful property!
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