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Reviewed 24 February 2016

My wife, 1 year old daughter and I were interested in a long weekend away. My wife was a moderately serious rider when she was younger but has been out practice. We sought out a location with a standalone cabin which would allow us to have space, privacy and an extra room for our daughter. HCEL provided exactly that! We...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, dchalen. We're glad you enjoyed the privacy and space that our cabin provided you, and that our educational and interactive riding program was what you were looking for. Also glad that you were able to take advantage of the many safe and scenic hiking and jogging trails that our location provides. Since we are not a one-size-fits all...

Schertz, Texas
Reviewed 12 February 2016

It was ad adventure just finding it, but the directions are very good. Once you get there, you are in a different world. The place is rustic but very very nice. The suites were FULL of amenities! Fully stocked with milk, OJ, eggs, bacon, bread! I was amazed. Cooking tools if you want to bring food and cook. Diane is...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to review us! We were happy to provide you with the experience you wanted, and we look forward to seeing you again. Till then, take care!

Bellevue, Washington
Reviewed 8 February 2016

My Fiance and I are avid horse riders and keep horses on our property at home. I wanted to find a place with an authentic experience that wouldn't disappoint us given that we have our own horses to ride at home. Doing my research I found that HCEL holds riding clinics for experienced riders taught by Dianne who also owns...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post such a thorough and well-written review. I truly enjoyed leading your rides, and was glad to make the adjustments to make your ride more comfortable and enjoyable. I have to admit that our weather this February has been pretty close to perfect! We hope you'll visit us again, the next time you...

Reviewed 11 January 2016

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge and I was utterly impressed by the cozy cabins, the beautiful ranch and all the friendly animals (horses, dogs, etc.) walking around, and not the least the staff that took care of us. All in all, a very memorable weekend!

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

You're welcome, Nils! I'm so glad you spent your special time off here with us! We look forward to your next visit! Take care!

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 5 January 2016

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic stay at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge over the New Year holiday. We stayed for two nights in a suite which was the perfect size for us and our dog, Harley. The kitchen was well-stocked with tasty breakfast foods, and I really appreciated the lack of internet/cell service in our suite - it provided...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

You are so welcome for everything. It was our pleasure getting to know Harley! Such a cutie and so well-behaved! I'm glad you appreciated the quiet and privacy provided by our intentional lack of electronics in your room. However, if any of our guests are "jonesing" to be more connected, we do provide free wi-fi at our office, and a...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 31 December 2015

HCEL provides the best kind of ranch vacation for people who really ride. The horses were top notch. We loved seeing the Hill Country from horseback in the adjoining nature preserve and I enjoyed the luxury of a private lesson to brush up on my equitation. We enjoyed having our own cozy cabin and some time alone for meals (after...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to spend your "post-Christmas" time with us. We love providing quiet and privacy for people when they need it. If someone does not want to cook or go to Bandera for meals, we can provide them here at our 120 year old ranch house. (We offer options for meals.) And I agree, our horses are amazing....

Sugar Land, Texas
Reviewed 29 December 2015

We usually come back every year for Thanksgiving, but this year we felt like spoiling ourselves so we came back for Christmas as well. HCEL is a perfect place to get away, to relax, and to be with your family in the nature. This time we stayed at the Lindig cabin, which in reality is a royal suite, very spacious...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you again, Daniel! We love your family's visits! Seeing Rebecca take her first rides on Molly and Impy, (including posting perfectly with her tiny little legs!), has been an extraordinary experience! And meeting your parents this trip was equally wonderful. Take care, and we wish you and your family all the best!

San Diego, California
Reviewed 14 December 2015

We went early November and the weather left much to be desired, but we had a great time. Went for the sorting and penning clinic. I'd never done that before and it was a blast. The lodging was clean and the kitchen was very well stocked. We had dinners at the house with Dianne and everything was very tasty. I'd...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Oddly enough, all of our rain in November came on the weekends, when our ranch was busy and when we had special events scheduled! (The weekdays, when we weren't as busy, were beautiful!) However, the Cattle Sorting and Penning Clinic came off beautifully, since we have a covered round pen to sort in, and we did have sun for our...

Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard, Canada
Reviewed 4 December 2015

We arrived in terrible weather that made a ride impossible, and hostess Diane generously upgraded us to a cabin with a fireplace to make the best of the weather. The accommodations are really first class and, with better weather the next day, Diane gave us a full day of riding with well-trained horses and delightful and knowledgeable commentary on local...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

Janis, thank you for your adaptability and appreciation of what we could offer you in order to make your stay enjoyable! We look forward to your next visit!

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 4 December 2015

Texas Hill Country at it's best! Horses, wildlife , scenic views, snug cabins, fireplaces, and terrific hosts - and NO electronics! And easy access to shopping of Kerrville or Fredericksburg. Bring your own trail riding horses or take advantage of riding instruction for beginners , children or just "back in the saddle" from expert horsewoman Dianne. Thanksgiving dinner is amazing...

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JustMeBandera_TX, Owner at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, responded to this review

It's always a pleasure having you join us for Thanksgiving! And yes, I Peter's homemade Thanksgiving Dinner is amazing- with his own live music afterward to boot! Take care. We look forward to your next visit!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
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  • Breakfast included

Additional Information about Hill Country Equestrian Lodge

Address: 1580 Hay Holler Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-4270
Region: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Hill Country Equestrian Hotel Bandera
Hill Country Equestrian Lodge Bandera, Texas
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