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“Fabulous Getaway!!”
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Canyon Lake Ranch
Katy
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“Fabulous Getaway!!”
Reviewed 26 June 2011

My family and I just returned from the Starview Lodge at Canyon Lake Ranch in Hill Country. Have to be honest...my husband and I were hesitant to even write a review because we felt like we found a true hidden gem in the Strarview Lodge (we wanted to keep the secret to ourselves - but it's just so darn awesome that we couldn't).

Where to start? Well, the pictures on the website simply do not do this ranch the justice it deserves. The moment you start your drive up the rolling hills through this country acreage while passing the old windmill and Longhorns on the property; well, you know that you've found something special in Canyon Lake Ranch.

The Starview Lodge is an understated, smartly designed Lodge with all the comforts you could ever need (and so much more). The moment you walk through the door, you feel at ease; and this was exactly what we were looking for. The owners (who by the way were so kind and accommodating) had a bottle of wine and glasses, chocolates, nice bowl of fruit and cookies waiting on the table for us when we arrived. The Starview Lodge features a pool, gorgeous pool deck, 1/2 basketball court, sauna (indoor) and an outdoor hot tub. There are Longhorns to feed at the ranch (which was fun for the whole family). Each night we took long walks out across the ranch and then returned to watch the stars (the place has the perfect name by the way!!).

The location is PERFECT!!!!! The Starview Lodge sits behind the main house on the property and is very secluded (we only saw one person the whole time we were there and that was one of the nice owners that came by to say hello as we were leaving). It sits 1/2 way between the Guadalupe river and Canyon Lake so we were able to get in plenty of other activities around Hill Country without having to travel too far at all. We were so comfortable and had such an amazing time at Starview Lodge, we didn’t want to leave, but we’re definitely planning a second trip in the future!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Southlake, Texas
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Reviewed 16 March 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at Canyon Lake Ranch. The basketball court, hot tub, pool, and the longhorns were awesome....and gave the kids something to do while we were there. We also had Grandma with us so allowed separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Grandma enjoyed walking around the ranch. The ranch is centrally located to many great sites and things to do around the area. Was nice to have a spot to go after site-seeing that was away from the more crowded areas.
The things most important to us were great: cleanliness, decent beds, HOT water!, location, the house is as advertised, and the owners went out of their way to ensure we had anything we needed...and extras like the cookies, wine, and fruit upon our arrival! There are some things in the house that could be updated/repaired, but none were significant enough to put a damper on our stay. If you are looking for spa-like luxury in linens/decor this not the place for you....but if you are looking for a unique family-oriented, great location...this is it!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Deer Park, Texas
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

Nice little get away spot. Would be nice to have at least one king size bed in one room. Hot tub didn't work properly on second night, but was good when working properly.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 11 October 2010

We stayed at the Longhorn cabin with our dog. It was a quiet and relaxing visit, and we took advantage of the hot tub, porches and grill while we were there. The fenced yard made it perfect for dog owners. This is not the place to go to be constantly busy or pampered, but it was just right for us! The cabin was clean and tidy. Obviously with a well you have to deal with the sulfurous water, but that's how country water smells. We will definitely return for a longer visit.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leander, Texas
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

Having pool and hot tub to yourself was nice and the reason we picked this place. BEES like crazy... even inside the house... I spent lots of time killing bees... probably 30 or so in the 2 days we were there. Entry door did not lock and I had to lock my son and I in one of the rooms since I was scared of someone just walking in (although there is not any traffic out there in the country). Beds were small size but bed linens were very nice. Very nice views... for the price I was disappointed in the poor septic system that seemed to smell up the bathroom (smell coming from water in sink and shower). Closet door fell off when I tried to open it and one bathroom we could not use since every time you flushed you had to open the tank and fix the ball thing. Indoor sauna did not work for us. For the price and by the description I thought that the robes and welcome basket would be higher class -- the robes are not the thick white ones you get at a spa type place ... they are just used old small/short length robes. We had a good time but would not go back.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Beaumont, Texas
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

My family of 5 stayed in Starview Lodge on Aug 1-4th and was really pleased with our stay! If you are looking for 5 star accomodations..this isn't the place for you, but if you are willing to look past the lack of "fluff" and let the beauty of the area be your judge...then you won't be disappointed. Quaint cabin with it's own kitchen was what attracted me! We didn't have to eat out every meal while on vacation..which was a wallet saver! The ONLY thing I would say that needs to be addressed is the fact that we continually had wasps inside the house...not a swarm, but one by one, they would appear inside throughout our stay...The Longhorns were SO fun to feed and the hikes on property were great!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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clranch, Owner at Canyon Lake Ranch, responded to this review, 10 August 2010
Dan and I were amazed to hear about the wasps and immediately dealt with them. Why they suddenly appeared is a mystery to us, as Starview Lodge has been in use almost every day this summer. However, the house has been treated and the problem resolved. Robbi.
PS. . . and . . . I thought we have "fluff" complementary wine, a fresh fruit basket, cookies, soaps by Bath and Body Works and bedside chocolates!
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Pinehurst, Texas
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

The B & B is very nice. Loved having a pool to ourselves. We love coming to the hill country. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Canyon Lake Ranch
Address: 1610 FM 484, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Region: United States > Texas > Canyon Lake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Canyon Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs and Pet Friendly near Canyon Lake. More private than a bed and breakfast and much nicer than cabins and cottages, Canyon Lake Ranch offers a choice of two highly inspected romantic vacation homes on our Longhorn Cattle Ranch near Canyon Lake. Guests are welcomed with a basket of fresh fruit, complementary wine, great cookies and bedside chocolates. Starview Lodge sleeps up to 6 guests (2 queen bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths). Swimming Pool, Wi-Fi, sauna, stone fireplace, half basketball court, horseshoes and shaded pool deck area. Longhorn Lodge sleeps up to 8 guests (3 bedrooms – 2 queen, 1 two singles, 2 baths). Secluded location, shady fenced yard that welcomes pets (extra charge), covered parking, two porches. Both centrally air conditioned homes have private hot tubs, satellite television, DVD, completely equipped kitchens, are fully furnished, have charcoal grills, guest robes and hot tub towels. ... more   less 
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