Private Lakes/Views-Perfect for Birders & Families


Entire cabin hosted by Brian

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2 bathrooms
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Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country a whole new world awaits with the promise of adventure. A little more than an hour NW of San Antonio, Shadow Dance Ranch offers a private self-catered escape from the city. The newly remodeled 3/2 guest house decorated in Texas Farmhouse Chic offers all of the amenities of home. Surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes and rugged terrain, Shadow Dance offers wide open spaces to be explored and incredible views from every angle, sun up to sun down.

The space
Twenty-five acres of spring-fed lakes and three miles of Hondo Creek afford an opportunity for swimming, canoeing as well as catch and release fishing.
Herds of Axis, Fallow, Black Buck and White-tailed Deer, Aoudad and Native Wild Turkey create an excellent atmosphere for wildlife viewing.
Birding opportunities on the ranch and at nearby Hill Country and Lost Maples State Natural Areas and Garner State Park are abundant throughout the year. The Texas Hill Country is home to approximately 430 bird species, the most popular being the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.
Due to the dark skies at Shadow Dance Ranch star gazing is popular year round and great for viewing annual meteor showers.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Lake access
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable/satellite
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Fully fenced
Indoor fireplace
Children’s books and toys

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4.98 out of 5 stars from 60 reviews


Where you’ll be

Tarpley, Texas, United States

Accessing the ranch is easy via paved roads. The closest restaurant, Mac and Ernie's Roadside Eatery, is only 5 minutes away in Tarpley. Mac and Ernie's is a popular eatery and people come from all over the U.S. to enjoy their delicious authentic cuisine featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel.
About 20 miles down the road you will find Bandera, the self-proclaimed "Cowboy Capital of the World". Bandera is a popular spot for shopping, dining and nightlife. It is also home to the Bandera Natural History Museum. The museum is a fun and informative experience for children and adults alike with 18 life-size dinosaurs, play stations and six hand-painted dioramas. As part of Bandera's endeavor to "promote the cowboy way of life" it is not uncommon to see cowboys walking down Main street donning their boots, hats and spurs, or riding a horse along the roadside. All summer long various rodeos take place at the Mansfield Park arena, and they welcome you to grab your boots and hat and join them!
Seventeen miles the opposite direction is the small town of Utopia, population 227 as of the 2010 Census. Highlights of Utopia include the Laurel Tree Guest Table restaurant where you can dine in their tree house dining room. Yes, it is an actual tree house built by Pete Nelson's Tree House Masters. Other favorites include the Sabinal Canyon Museum, Sarah's Utopia gift shop and the Utopia City Park. The annual 4th of July fireworks display at the part is sure to please, and the annual rodeo and dance in June offers a true Texas cowboy experience. The Sabinal River runs through the city park and affords an opportunity to cool off in the summer or fish year round.

Other places to visit less than 60 miles from the ranch include:
Garner State Park - 29 miles Hiking, Birding, Swimming & Dancing
Camp Verde - 32 miles - halfway between Bandera and Kerrville. First established in 1857 as a general store to offer goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Fort Verde. Fort Verde was used as a camel outpost using camels for supply transport and othe military purposes from 1856 to 1869. Since 2003 Camp Verde General Store has evolved into a gift shop and restaurant.
Medina - 25 miles Love Creek Gift Shop & Cider Mill Restaurant also an annual Pumpkin Patch during the month of October
Lost Maples Winery - 28 miles Boutique winery offering award-winning Texas wines
Lost Maples State Natural Area - 30 miles Wild Flowers, Fall Color, Hiking, Fishing, Birding, Wildlife Viewing, Stargazing and Hunting for Geocaches
Hill Country State Natural Area - 14 miles Birding, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Mountain Biking and Equestrian Trails

Hosted by Brian

  1. Joined in October 2019
  • 60 Reviews
  • Superhost

During your stay

Shadow Dance is an unhosted guest house although we are only a phone call away. In case of emergency there is a ranch manager on-site.

Brian is a Superhost

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy