You won't believe the views! El Cielo means "the heavens."Deck chairs just waiting for your evening glass of wine.
Cool Hill Country Retreat, Pool & Spa at El Cielo
Cool Hill Country Retreat, Pool & Spa at El Cielo

Entire home/flat

3 guests


1 bed

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About this listing

Ready for spacious comfort, starlight and seclusion? Romance?
Our separate art studio apartment offers that and more: memory foam top queen bed, 20 mile hilltop views, complete kitchen, original art, Netflix TV, private outdoor table plus screen porch and decks to use when you wish. Steps away (behind the main house) --above ground pool and sparkling spa. We've hosted couples, friends and newlyweds. Near Bandera, Boerne, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, San Antonio, wineries, Sea World and more.

The space

An artful studio (next to the owners' art studio/home) is the perfect private romantic getaway: Texas and Mexican hand-crafted furniture, colorful textiles, luxe bedding, kitchen - near Hill Country music, wine and more. Hot tub/Pool with views, too. We provide breakfast goodies for you to enjoy at your own leisure.

This is a large studio apartment (about 600 square feet) with one queen sized bed, a seating area, full kitchen, bathroom with tub/shower, all dishes and cooking utensils. It's furnished with antiques and rustic handmade furniture, art by the artist owner and her friends, folk art and books for browsing. There is a TV with internet service only -- Netflix and Hulu are turned on, you can add your own Amazon Prime account!. Pandora, news spots and more on the ROKU. (Or tuck it away and go screen free for the weekend!)

We are about 30 minutes from Bandera, 35 minutes from Loop 1604 and Helotes, an hour from downtown San Antonio, an hour from Kerrville and Fredericksburg. In the vicinity: wine tours, dude ranches and day rides, western museums, great shops and western wear, art galleries and much more. Not to mention the beautiful views from our home and the winding scenic drives nearby.

The apartment has wifi internet and if you bring a computer or laptop you can watch with our Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts. IF needed, we may can arrange for a computer loan for your viewing pleasure! But no regular or cable TV is available. Bring your own cell phones, please. We do not have a land line. The apartment has a bluetooth speaker if you wish to use it for music or radio via your phone.

IF you have a young child, we can make a floor mattress available, but do be aware that we parents are totally responsible for their children's safety, as there are numerous cliffs, high decks, not-sop-secure rails and other dangers for young children.

The entire apartment is yours alone. The artist owner has an adjacent art studio and if you'd like to use the studio for your own creative endeavors, it is available for a $20 a day rental fee, to be paid in cash during your visit. Please let us know if you want to do this so we can have it tidy! Art lessons -- drawing, fabric dyeing and printing, art quilt construction also available -- just ask.

You'll also have access to all the outdoor areas of the compound: decks, grill area, gardens, above-ground swimming pool, hot tub, etc. With prior arrangement we can also rent you the inside apartment that shares our downstairs with us.

Find that listing on Airbnb at If both spaces are available and you rent both for the same dates, we will send you a special offer with a discount.

Bandera county and town are famous for cowboy culture and and Dude Ranches. You will find a complete set of brochures and information about touring, day rides and more when you arrive. We have a neighbor with a paddock if you want to bring a horse, BUT let us know in advance so we can get permission and a rental rate for you.

Backyard Bistro is a nearby restaurant with local great country fare. It is open generally Thursday through Sunday brunch. Bandera has several restaurants and Boerne also has a number of good options. Ask for recommendations!

Other nearby towns: Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Comfort, Welfare, Boerne, Utopia. Lost Maples State Park is nearby and you'll see lots of bluebonnets in the spring if the weather cooperates!

You are welcome to (carefully) hike down the hillside. It is steep, but kind of fun. Our property goes all the way to the fence at the bottom of the hill. There is a rough trail behind our neighbor house to the right of the house (facing the house) that you can access by walking back of the studio/garage -- you’ll see it and they do not mind if we or our guests use it.
It’s also just fun to walk up the dirt road portion of Timbercreek Rd. It dead ends up the way about a mile. There may be barking dogs but we have never had any problems -- just holler at them.

Here is some additional information:
First, if any questions or issues, call us first. You can email us, (EMAIL HIDDEN) or (EMAIL HIDDEN)

I will check in with you, and make sure you have everything you need. Please do text or phone when you get in so I know you are here safely. Our neighbors are great problem-solvers if we can not be reacher (or cant help by phone. Our neighbors Bill and Mary Ellen Hardy live in the yellow house at top of the hill. Their phone number is ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).

Guest access

You'll have access to the entire apartment, about 800 sq. feet of fun. Outdoor common spaces are yours to enjoy: decks, above ground pool, grill, hot tub and hiking. The spa and pool are behind the main house, so you do have to walk a bit to get to them. We respect your privacy when you are here, so they are yours to use on your own.

We have an in-house private suite that is rented only to friends or family of those renting the studio apartment, so if you have a larger group check and see if it is available. With advance arrangement you can use the art studio,

Please, no extra guests or parties unless you ask first. This is not s place for special events or even small gatherings unless you have checked in advance for approval, and that is RARELY granted as we don't want the extra liability of strangers without AIRBNB registration.

Interaction with guests

We may be next door or away on our own travels, but we have help at hand if you need it. We'll leave complete information and emergency contact numbers! Expect us to send complete house and grounds info about a week before your stay. If you need it sooner, let me know through Airbnb.

Do be careful when you are out in the rocks or woods, for as with any Hill Country area there may be unsteady ground, steep drop offs and critters, like snakes, spiders and scorpions. We have never seen a poisonous snake in our yard area (but that does not mean they are not there...) Just take the caution you would in any rural area. IF you do have a medical emergency, the closest place to go is about 30 minutes away at the intersection of 1604 and Hausmann Road. back toward San Antonio -- Baptist Emergency Hospital. BUT I hope that isn’t needed!!

My across the street (in the mobile home) neighbor Rick Murray also knows the house and can be an emergency contact as well. His number is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). He is very good with all the animals in case you notice something wrong with one of them and can’t get in touch with us. He will be feeding and taking out the dogs and cat if we get in late.

Other things to note

You'll be close to Bandera, Pipe Creek, Medina Lake and Helotes and the edge of San Antonio. Downtown SA is about an hour away; Sea World and Fiesta, TX are about 30 minutes away. Fredericksburg and lots of vineyards are within an hour drive, too.

The owner is an artist and has her studio adjacent to the apartment, but she leaves the studio when you are in residence so you have complete privacy.

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The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 8 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 16
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price: 79 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Please treat this house as you would your own (or your parents'). We expect you to leave it neat and the dishes washed (by hand as there is no auto dishwasher. )

We have pets on premises but not in your apartment!

NO Smoking inside, and bring an ashtray for outdoor spaces. No pets please, since ours are territorial .

Complete info about the house will be furnished before your visit including key and wifi information.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card

2 nights minimum stay

59 Reviews

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Alison User Profile
July 2017
The views from the deck were wonderful to wake up to and end the evening with. If you enjoy a dip in a pool or hot tub, these are great. The studio apartment was just enough space for two. The grill and oven were nice to cook meals on and maximize out outdoor time. Perfect for a getaway from the city or just a relaxing vaca.

Kristen User Profile
June 2017
My husband and I stayed for a weekend getaway and could not have asked for a better experience. Communication: I am amazed how communicative Susie was leading up to our trip. Upon arriving, both Susie and Linda made every effort to make sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. For example, at one point asking "how could we make this better for you?" That really impressed me. Location: Their home is located in a gorgeous area. it is a bit of a drive (20 minutes or so) to the grocery store, but the scenery makes it very worth it. Interior of space: We really liked how the space was filled with art. Everything we needed was available (including food in the kitchen for breakfast/ basic dinners). Exterior of space: GORGEOUS view. Very calming. Very quiet. It was the perfect place to spend quality time together and get some R+R.

Charlotte User Profile
June 2017
Susie and Linda are welcoming hosts, and their guest house is an intimate, private retreat with world-class sunset views. This is the place you're looking for!

Gustavo User Profile
June 2017
Susie and Linda were perfect Hosts! The guest house is all one needs...clean and private with a comfy bed. The views are magnificent and both the hot tub and pool are a welcome treat after a long day hiking or visiting the local State Parks.

Tiffanie User Profile
June 2017
The beautiful views of the hill country are well worth visiting again and agian. The host have Beautiful personalities and are verry helpful and kind. Everything was neat and clean and well stocked. The host provided us with suger and milk and just about did everything they could to save us a trip to the store. The place was well stocked with commonly forgoton items ranging from Quips to sunscreen. The hot tub and pool were clean and so relaxing. I don't think we could have chosen a better place if we tried.
Susie User ProfileSusie is a superhost.
Response from Susie:
Thanks for your visit. We certainly enjoyed meeting you both!
June 2017

Brandon User Profile
May 2017
Susie and Linda were great! Everything was as specified and listed. The place was very quiet and relaxing. The hot tub is great and the view is unbeatable. Recommend for a weekend getaway.

Giuliana User Profile
May 2017
This place was absolutely gorgeous! My husband and I visited for our two year anniversary and the peace and quiet was everything we needed to relax. The sun room is beautiful to sit out and have a meal while taking in a breathtaking view. The studio itself was great with all needed essentials for cooking and extras here and there to make the stay a bit more enjoyable. The patio are was great to sit out and relax by the pool and jacuzzi at night. Susie and Linda were great attentive hosts. It was a bit of a drive- 30 min average to other towns larger towns but the peaceful hill country views made the drive easy. It was a great place and we would love to visit again.

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Susie User ProfileSusie is a superhost.

I am an artist and with Linda, my partner, share a home and studio in the Texas Hill Country, and a small second home/studio in San Antonio. We love to travel, make art, and enjoy the pleasures, surprises and adventures life provides. We recently completed walking a stage of the Camino Santiago and spending a week in Barcelona -- with Airbnb stays in both Madrid and Barcelona! And this summer we travel and walk in Italy and Hungary, both with AirBNB stays!
I speak English and rudimentary basic Spanish (though I do teach in Spanish, it's a lot of point and show), and Linda is bilingual.

We are longtime residents of San Antonio and the Hill Country and can give our guests all kinds of suggestions for off-the-beaten track adventures, both in the city and out here in South Texas. I have also worked as a food writer and can provide suggestions for great meals in the region, from outdoor picnic table gourmet outings to fine Italian and French in San Antonio.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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