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“Hell of a Good Time...a must do for everyone!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rancho Cortez

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Rancho Cortez
Certificate of Excellence
Bentonville, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hell of a Good Time...a must do for everyone!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This was one of the best weekend vacations our whole family (8 adults, 2 young children) has ever had. We are from south Texas and come from a rural community where we are used to roping, riding and feeding Longhorns however we were given such royal treatment from the Wranglers and owner, Larry that it was a whole new experience for the whole family. All but one of us were pretty much novices with horseback riding and so the trail rides where the best! The two young children (ages 3 & 7) had the BEST time of their young lives. They both love horses and were able to ride either on the trail ride for the 7 year old or around the arena for the 3 year old. Mingling with the wranglers while practicing how to rope a steer dummy was so much fun and enjoyed by all. I HIGHLY recommend this place if you want to ride horses and have some fun down time away from cell phones and work business. There is NO cell service or TV so that made it even better than usual. Our accommodations were great...it's not the Hilton but it was nice and clean. We hope to make this an annual event for our family!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cdkaiser
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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Thank you so much! See you next year.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Booked to go here for the day and have a cowboy/ranch experience. We were on a tour of Texas,Tennesee and Loiusianna. Coming from the UK and not used to horse riding i suppose you could say we were complete novices. Having checked in and signed the disclaimer we were pointed in the direction of the rope practise area...wow !!! a rope and a make shift metal steer. I would have to say we did have fun getting the knack of "the flick process" however i did find Larry the owner annoying and somewhat condisending to my partner Julie who really was trying her best.
after about an hour we were asked to saddle up and go for a pony trek , again the cowboy responsible for our short trek was somewhat condisending and at times rude,,but apparently he had just wrtten his cowboy truck off so i suppose he was a little stressed out (best not fetch your personal problems to work!!!) .. We then had lunch...quite nice actually and got to meet some other guests who were staying on the ranch .
Then somewhat of a lull !!! what do we do next ? So larry took us on another trek to see the longhorns and the views, again it was enjoyable but only lasted an hour.
We then decided that there seemed to be no structure as such and called it day as we had a tight schedule.
Overall i would have to say to...Larry and team...Stick to horses and cattle...your people skills are somewhat lacking.
Oh..and dont be condisending to your payroll ,we had travelled a long way for a special day !

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank KEITH O
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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Sorry you were disappointed. There are lots of activities throughout the day, but also plenty of "down" time to just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful environment.
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

I just spent the last two nights at Rancho Cortez and it was fabulous. Must Do! You have the opportunity to go on three trail rides in the morning and three in the afternoon. I did one each in the morning and afternoon. I also got a chance to ride a Peruvian in the corral that is not quite ready to be used as a trail horse. Learned how to make a horse backup. I had a bad back and the staff were terrific getting me a solid horse and helped me to mount and dismount. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to ride at all. I wore my back brace and everything was great.

They also have a fat farm. Talked with one guy who had been there for two weeks and had lost 12 lbs. Meet people from England, Egypt, Scotland. Apparently more people from outside the US go there, than Americans. Larry, Mark and Alex were wonderful, as was Cheryl in the office.

I was traveling alone and had a private cabin complete with a king size bed and a bunk bed in the main room with an adjoining room that had bunk beds and a single bed. Room for a whole family. Of course there was also a bathroom and a front porch to sit out on and enjoy the beautiful Texas hills.

Breakfast at 8 AM, Lunch at Noon and Dinner at 6 PM. You won't go hungry, after riding you work up a good appetite. There is plenty of hearty food and healthy food to suit everyone.

If you can stand to unwind and let go of phones, television and the internet, this is the place. There is limited internet access, but why ruin the experience with technology. We sat around the campfire at night and exchanged stories, learned a lot about American history, horses and culture. This is a bucket list adventure, I left a few hours ago and miss it already.

Room Tip: Area is very remote, I got better directions with SIRI than mapquest.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank moej50
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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Thank you!
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Cypress, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

There were three couples in our group. We left Houston for a 9 day Wild West Vacation. Our last two nights were spent on the Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch. We had an awesome experience there. We rode horses, fed the steer, stood on the back of a horse (seriously, I did!), learned to twirl a lasso and lasso a steel steer, hiked, and sat in a hot tub enjoying a bottle of wine. The campfires were the highlights of the trip. Listening to Larry tell stories is a true treat. He will make you laugh and giggle as if you were a kid again. The food was homemade and very good. The kitchen staff and Chris helped us coordinate a surprise birthday celebration the last night of our stay for one guy. They even baked a cake and cupcakes for us. We drive into town to shop one afternoon I. Bandera and then spent the last night dancing and drinking at 11th Street Bar in Bandera celebrating our friend's birthday. The drive to and from isn't that far really. The beds weren't that comfortable but then again we were on a dude ranch so luxury was not what we were looking for. If you're looking for a place to stay in Bandera then check this place out. Lots of history to enjoy and lots fun to be had. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Darlena E
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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Thank you! We are always happy to co-ordinate birthdays or other celebrations. Just let us know in advance.
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oxford
Level Contributor
50 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and had such a great time! We wished we could of stayed for longer!! Larry the owner was a brilliant host who made us laugh a lot but also taught us a great deal! Mark, Chris and Alex were fantastic and really looked after us on the trial rides. We loved riding the beautiful horses and found it so relaxing. The food was healthy and homemade. The campfire was lovely at the end of the day and we had out first s'mores!! Thanks to everyone at rancho Cortez for an unforgettable experience! We hope to be back to see u all one day!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sammie18
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Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

We were a party of four who stayed here for 2 nights in the middle of a Texas adventure. It exceeded all our expectations. The staff couldn't do enough. The trail rides were great, the food good and we especially enjoyed the two camp fire experiences. A big thank you to our host Larry who couldn't do enough for his guests and to Chris for teaching us to ride and for being a really nice guy. We wished we could have stayed longer but had a busy itinerary. We are now back in the UK and we all agree our best memory was of the Rancho Cortez!! Thank you all so much for making our Texas experience special.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank Diane M
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Oslo, Norway
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

We spent a weekend on Rancho Cortez and had a good time riding slow walking horses in a narrow tree landscape.If you are above beginners level of riding, don´t expect much. They had two overloaded horsemen on the whole ranch and big groups of families and a few from the younger generation. If your looking for value for money, don´t go there

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank Karihelen
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Additional Information about Rancho Cortez

Property: Rancho Cortez
Address: 872 Hay Holler Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-4364
Region: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Bandera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Rancho Cortez! Located in the cowboy capital of the world, Rancho Cortez is a Texas Dude Ranch and Cowboy Fitness Farm offering horseback riding, lodging, day trips, hiking, and more! Saddle up and live your dreams at the Texas Dude Ranch! Cowboys, cowgirls, and experienced riders will enjoy horseback riding with expert cowboy, Larry Cortez. We offer plenty of Texas-style fun with hayrides, campfires, cattle roundups, lasso lessons, swimming in our pool, or soaking in our hot tub. With a broad array of wildlife species and ruggedly beautiful landscape as far as the eye can see, the ranch is the perfect escape from urban life. Lost weight and get fit on the Cowboy Fitness Farm! Fitness and weight loss visitors will work with personal trainers under the direction of Mary Cortez. Come for our popular 30 day weight loss camp or spend just a few days or weeks. Guided hikes, water aerobics, yoga, weight training, aerobics, pilates, and horseback riding - along with classes in the air-conditioned gym - will help you meet your weight loss goals. We can get you started on the road to a healthier life and teach you new skills to take home! Come to the beautiful Texas Hill Country for the getaway of a lifetime at Rancho Cortez! ... more   less 
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