About this listing
Enchanting retreat on the San Marcos River in Martindale, TX. It is haven for rest and rejuvenation and graced with majestic trees, native, wildlife friendly gardens, stunning views of the San Marcos River, a peaceful Courtyard, and a variety of calming meditation spaces. GraceGardens has several guest rentals on the one acre property: Rustic Oak Cabin, Rustic Studio, Cypress Room (in Main House), The Bunk Room (in Main House).
The Rustic Studio is on the compound of GraceGardens Retreat. Though our property is on a high bank of the San Marcos, the Studio is on the front part of the property, just a short walk to an overlook of the river. The Studio is a large, but primitive one room space for those travelers who need little more than a bed and a coffee pot. A large full bath is a short walk through a patio into the main house. We've updated the studio with a comfy king size bed and a wall unit that provides air-conditioning and heating. Please note, however, that in Texas our July, August, and September temperatures can be very high, so that the space may stay a bit warm during the days and in mid 70's at night. Think camping with a king size bed, microwave and refrigerator. Along with basic needs, you get is the rest of the amenities of GraceGardens that include a tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub, wifi and touring bicycles. We are located about half way between Austin and San Antonio. Several tubing outfitters are minutes away.
We do not have direct river access because we are 40 feet straight up. There is a lovely low water crossing about 1-1/2 miles from us on a quiet country road. At this crossing is a place where you can sit in the San Marcos River's cool, rushing water. Also Martindale has a small city park with a trail that leads down to the river.
Mid March to Nov 1 no early check in or late check out available.
Check-in: Anytime after 3pm and before 9pm.
Our gardens are wildlife friendly. They are a mixture of planted perennials and native plants that go dormant in the winter. In early spring you will start to see the magic of new growth. In the summer and through early fall the gardens are lush with an almost tropical feel. Also, what some folks consider weeds, we consider food for honey bees and butterflies. Some areas of the property and the river bank are allowed to grow wild to curb erosion and to provide shelter for birds and wildlife.
If you enjoy bird watching, check out the San Marcos Loop, the San Marcos River Birding Trail or one of these popular, local bird watching sites. Painted Bunting, Summer Tanager, and Great Blue Heron are just a few of the many spectacular species of birds you may behold. Don't forget to bring your binoculars
Before check-in, if possible, let us know if you want to use the hot tub. It requires manual turning on and off, therefore one of us needs to be here. The fee is $20.00 per each hour of use. Upon checkin you can place your name on the reservation spreadsheet and pay for usage.
Tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub (hot tub fee $20/per hour use, payable when you reserve it). Gas/Charcoal BBQ grill (must provide own charcoal), fire pit (we have kindling, but bring your own wood), outside eating area, free wifi (no password) and touring bicycles. Several tubing outfitters are minutes away.
We provide linens, bath towels, pillows. Bring your favorite pillow and beach towels.
Main house kitchen may be available (1) for limited use only, (2) upon special request prior to booking, (3) with $10.00 per adult, per use fee. Due upon check-in.
TV with local stations available upon request when you book for $5.00/night due upon check-in.
Interaction with guests
We leave our guests alone but are always available to meet any needs or answer any questions.
There are several units on the property, so if other spaces are booked there may be other guest interaction.
Other things to note
Come prepared to experience country life and all it has to offer. We strive to keep things simple here. Our grounds are maintained in a rustic manner, and we share this magical space with all the creatures who call this home too.
Dogs are welcome as long as they are socialized and friendly with other people, animals and children. Please bring bags for cleaning up and disposing of your dog's waste. If you plan to leave your dog while you leave to do other activities, must bring your own crate and the dog must be crate trained. Please note that if the dog is upset (crying, howling) when you leave, we will call you and ask you to return.
PLEASE NOTE: You will only be permitted to leave your dog in the Studio if the outside temperature is between 85 to 60 degrees.
Smoking is only allowed outside of the Courtyard and pool area, only when children are not present, and butts must be disposed of properly.
Children are always welcome! They will love the sights and sounds that come with staying on the river: looking for fish, chasing butterflies, digging in the sandbox, playing in the tree-shaded swimming pool and enjoying the “Kids Only" tree-house that comes equipped with a slide and a climbing wall. We also have an infant swing and tree swing for older kids and kids-at-heart. During summer months we continually watch for wasps and try to remove any nests that they may build. Parents please take a look before you allow kids to play on playscape.
Complimentary coffee is provided in the morning. Refrigerated storage is available for any additional food and/or drinks you bring. A BBQ pit is available for grilling.
You will have access to GraceGardens' tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, outside dining space, touring bicyles. No life guard on duty, swim at your own risk. There is a $20.00 fee for hot tub use and must reserve time(s) when you check-in.
Don’t forget to bring beach towels for swimming and tubing, sunscreen, any desired food and/or drink items, inner-tubes and/or rafts, swimsuits and swim-shoes.
GraceGardens is a fun, yet peaceful place. We enjoy music and laughter, but we ask that you keep the noise level down after 10pm.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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Lee Williams is a free spirit, nurturer, modern day hippie and Minister. She has a calm nature and an easy smile. When she's not working around GraceGardens, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Lee lives part-time in the Main House along with her "chaweenie" named Blue and Zelda the fat cat. Frank Bowen, co-owner of GraceGardens, lives full time on the property along with Zhu-Zhu, his Shih Tzu fur baby.