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Settlers Crossing Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #15 of 82 Fredericksburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 December 2007

For our 13th Wedding Anniversary, my Husband and I stayed in the Bohl Cabin. From the moment we walked in, we were in love with everything. It was everything we expected and more.
We went for a weekend and wished for a few more extra days.
Because it was Christmas time, the cabin was decorated inside and out and we even had a Christmas tree too! How cool is that?!
Yes, the cabin is small, the bathroom is right next to the kitchen, and the stairs are steep but this is a restored cabin from the 1800's. That is what a typical home was like back then! You have to reaaaallly love the person/persons you are staying with, in this cabin!
We knew what we wanted and what we were getting when we booked this cabin. It's a cabin in the woods, not a luxury hotel!
Your stay at Settler's Crossing is not for the ultimate in comfort, it is for the ultimate experience and the chance to live the life of a pioneer without having to use an outhouse.
We were quite amazed they were able to update the cabin so well with modern conveniences.
A basket of delicious baked goodies was brought to the cabin each evening. They always seemed to know when we were gone and slipped in the cabin like Santa Claus, and left our treats.
The refrig. was stocked with juices, fresh milk, coffee, jelly, and butter. There was a wide variety of cereals and a basket full of cocoa, tea, popcorn, and instant oatmeal.
Plenty of towels, shampoo, soaps, etc. Everything you would have in your own home.
The only thing we looked for but they didn't have were ziplock bags to take home our leftover baked goodies that were so delicious!!!
Our one and only complaint was the seating in the livingroom. It was not very comfy for us to settle in and watch TV. So, we did what any good pioneer would do, we made a bed on the floor, in front of a warm fire and watched a good movie.
Both mornings we woke up early and took a walk on the grounds.
We visited the donkey, and the sheep. We watched the deer run and yes, that little red birdie would tap tap tap on the bedroom window, both mornings!
We know Bohl Cabin is a home away from home to many many people. But to us, it is "our" special place. We just left yesterday and we already want to go back with our 2 young Daughters and share the experience all over again, with them.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2007

For the high ended price:
Plenty of insects in the place,
Some bread and cereal for breakfast,
Signs telling you to clean up after yourself,
A bathroom directly opening to the kitchen (toilet first) with NO lock on the door,
No shower curtain on a tub with no way to bath but with a hand held shower head,
Outdoors were thick with mosquitoes,
You can hear every step you, and anyone else staying there, takes,
Rain water coming down the fireplace,

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled on business
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1  Thank drjas
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Reviewed 14 May 2007

Settler's Crossing was better than we had expected. The Indiana House was adorable. The grounds were beautiful and well kept. We LOVED the fact that we never saw the owners. I'm sure they're lovely people but we wanted a nice, quiet, relaxing getaway and that's what we got. We didn't mind spending the $200/night one bit. The ambiance/peace of mind was worth it. The location couldn't have been better, either. Close to wineries, Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, and wildflowers galore. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2006

We stayed in the Bohl Cabin for one night. My five year old daughter loved the cabin. She thought the smokehouse, outhouse (they do have indoor plumbing), and grazing sheep and donkey's were fantastic. She still talks about being awakened by a bird tapping on her window.

It is a slightly small place; but has two bedrooms upstairs. The stairs are steep and narrow, so older people and small children may have some difficulty navigating. This is especially true at night since the bathroom is downstairs.

We loved the quiet, solitude, and rustic beauty of the home. It was also a great opportunity to discuss what life was like in the 1850's when the cabin was built. This was really necessary after our daughter was dumbfounded that there was not a remote control for the TV. We would definitely stay here again; but would probably go for one of the larger homes on-site.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Huffman, Texas
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Reviewed 26 March 2006

My husband and I wanted to celebrate our 10th anniversary in a special way but we only had a few days off. We both love the Hill Country so I started looking for a nice Bed and Breakfast but still wanted some privacy. I stumbled upon Settler's Crossing on the internet.
I expected it to be nice but was not prepared for what awaited us! It was all we expected and more!
It was beautifully decorated in antiques befitting the era of the cottage. We did not have to run to store and pick up anything. Everything we could possibly want was there waiting for us!
We were able to enjoy the fireplace because it was quite cool at night. The animals were such a treat to see! I especially enjoyed Buster (the donkey)! He and some sheep came by to visit us on evening.
I highly recommend this to any couple looking to get away from the pressures of everyday life! We will remember this for the rest of our lives!

Stayed: March 2006
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 15 February 2006

Like previous comments, we never saw the owners, and just received email confirmation and instructions from Judy. However, they readily responded to email enquiries and were always friendly and informative. We didn't mind that, as we just had to go straight to your cabin - enjoy our stay - then pack up and leave when our visit was over.

We traveled with our children, two girls of 15 and 13 respectively. All of us (my wife, children and myself) loved the wonderful pioneer ambience of the cabin and the sense of seclusion the cabin offered us.

It will definately be our choice if we happen to be in Fredericksburg again.

  • Stayed: February 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 December 2005

We rented two houses at Settler's Crossing in December 2005 for a weekend getaway. Specifically, we rented the Kuesenberger Cabin and the Bohl Log Cabin. I like to be as positive about possible, so the good points first:
1. The houses are quaint and interesting. You feel like a pioneer in some ways.
2. The 25 acre plot of land is nice and open.
3. The pastries they gave us in the mornings were tasty.
4. The location is not too far from Fredericksburg and is on the way from Austin.
5. The fireplaces are cozy.
6. You can bring your dog.

Now, the negative points, and unfortunately this list is longer -

1. The "hosts" are not really hosts at all. You won't see them except perhaps right before you leave. They have maids come around to pass out the pastries, but they don't appear to do much if any of the work themselves. Someone told us that they are trying to sell the operation, which would make sense based on our experience - they just don't seem interested in it.
2. There is little or no service included for what are really pretty darned steep prices. We paid an average of over $200/night per house for the three day weekend. For that, they did not clean up the tiny houses every day. In fact, there are signs in the houses asking that you clean up the dishes, etc., yourself. There is mention in the inn's literature that they do this to protect your privacy, but in fact the maids come in every day to drop off the pastries and empty the garbage, so privacy is not the issue. They just are a little cheap and disinterested i am afraid.
3. If you stay in the winter, be prepared because the houses are VERY drafty. You could feel cold air coming in and if you use the heat, it gets very dry and stifling. The bedding in winter is summer bedding (see below).
4. The bedding is completely inadequate for what should be a very high end hotel at the prices they charge. The mattresses were comfortable but indented and clearly heavily used. The blankets were the thin wool and quilt variety and there were only two of them per bed. Pictures of the hotel show comforters, etc., so be prepared - you need to bring your own. When we asked for more blankets we were provided with exactly two more thin wool blankets (one per bed). There was no follow up about whether we were comfortable.
5. There is a 21 day cancellation policy and they enforce it. This is their right, of course, but it is worth mentioning as a negative. We didn't use the small cabin for one night we had expected to use it (a Thursday) and we gave 3 days' notice that we could not be there, but despite a considerable investment with them for the weekend they made no offer of giving us a midweek night at another time for free or anything of the sort. Mr. Bland, the owner, seemed fairly practiced at his response when I asked him whether he'd help us out because we were not using that night - the response was that we could feel free to arrive early the next day. Since we had paid for the night, that was a no-brainer, of course.
6. I took a look at the airconditioning/furnice unit in one of the houses and it was clearly rather old - probably dating from about 1987 when the inn was opened. Word to the wise - if you go in summer and that unit dies, you're going to be uncomfortable. You might want to ask in advance whether they would refund your stay if that happened.
7. The "continental plus" breakfast was tasty, but after 3 days it was not satisfying to just eat sweet pastries and cereal. Not one piece of fruit was provided. That was shocking, really.
8. There was no shower in either cabin. The bathtubs in the cabins, though "jacuzzi" tubs, were too small for a full grown man to be very comfortable. Due to the design of the tub/splash, you're likely to spill a lot of water.

While we most likely will go to Fredericksburg again for a weekend away, we will be happy to try another place. There are other "bed and breakfast" type places in the area and perhaps some of them are run with more energy and attention to guests by the hosts. If not, Fredericksburg does not have much of a future when compared to other vacations that cost about as much.

  • Stayed: December 2005, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Settlers Crossing Bed and Breakfast

Address: 104 Settlers Crossing Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-7451
Region: United States > Texas > Fredericksburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Fredericksburg
Price Range: £102 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Bed and Breakfast offers guest houses with history. ... more   less 
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