Enchanting retreat on the San Marcos River in Martindale, TX. It is haven for rest and rejuvenation and graced with majestic trees, native, wildlife friendly gardens, stunning views of the San Marcos River, a peaceful Courtyard, and a variety of calming meditation spaces. GraceGardens has several guest rentals on the one acre property: Rustic Oak Cabin, Rustic Studio, Cypress Room (in Main House), Willow Room (in Main House, The Bunk Room (in Main House).
Enjoy a relaxing stay in our charming Cypress Room. The room and its spacious bathroom are located in our guest wing of the Main House. The Cypress Room has a full bed that sleeps two. A plush twin futon can be made available to sleep one more, but it will be cozy.
Mid March to Nov 1 no early check in or late check out available.
Check-in: Anytime after 3pm and before 9pm.
GraceGardens is a haven for rest and rejuvenation. Our sanctuary is graced with majestic trees, stunning views of the San Marcos River, a peaceful Courtyard, and a variety of calming meditation spaces.
Other amenities include a tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit (bring your own wood), free wifi (no password) and touring bicycles. We are located about half way between Austin and San Antonio. Several tubing outfitters are minutes away.
We do not have direct river access because we are 40 feet straight up. There is a lovely low water crossing about 1-1/2 miles from us on a quiet country road. At this crossing is a place where you can sit in the San Marcos River's cool, rushing water. Also Martindale has a small city park with a trail that leads down to the river.
Our gardens are wildlife friendly. They are a mixture of planted perennials and native plants that go dormant in the winter. In early spring you will start to see the magic of new growth. In the summer and through early fall the gardens are lush with an almost tropical feel. Also, what some folks consider weeds, we consider food for honey bees and butterflies. Some areas of the property and the river bank are allowed to grow wild to curb erosion and to provide shelter for birds and wildlife.
If you enjoy bird watching, check out the San Marcos Loop, the San Marcos River Birding Trail or one of these popular, local bird watching sites. Painted Bunting, Summer Tanager, and Great Blue Heron are just a few of the many spectacular species of birds you may behold. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!
Before check-in, if possible, let us know if you want to use the hot tub. It requires manual turning on and off, therefore one of us needs to be here. The fee is $20.00 per each hour of use. Upon checkin you can place your name on the reservation spreadsheet and pay for usage.
Tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub (hot tub fee $20/per hour use, payable when you reserve it). Gas/Charcoal BBQ grill (must provide own charcoal), fire pit (we have kindling, but bring your own wood), outside eating area, free wifi (no password) and touring bicycles. Several tubing outfitters are minutes away.
We provide linens, bath towels, pillows. Bring your favorite pillow and beach towels.
Main house kitchen may be available (1) for limited use only, (2) upon special request prior to booking, (3) with $10.00 per adult, per use fee. Due upon check-in.
Interaction with guests
We leave our guests alone but are always available to meet any needs or answer any questions.
There are several units on the property, so if other spaces are booked there may be other guest interaction.
Other things to note
Come prepared to experience country life and all it has to offer. We strive to keep things simple here. Our grounds are maintained in a rustic manner, and we share this magical space with all the creatures who call this home too.
The Cypress Room and Willow Room are located in the Guest Wing in the Main House. They share a bathroom that is located in the Guest Wing.
Smoking is only allowed *outside* of the Courtyard and pool area, only when children are not present, and butts must be disposed of properly.
Children are always welcome! They will love the sights and sounds that come with staying on the river: looking for fish, chasing butterflies, digging in the sandbox, playing in the tree-shaded swimming pool and enjoying the “Kids Only” tree-house that comes equipped with a slide and a climbing wall. We also have an infant swing and tree swing for older kids and kids-at-heart. During summer months we continually watch for wasps and try to remove any nests that they may build. Parents please take a look before you allow kids to play on playscape.
Complimentary coffee is provided in the morning. Refrigerated storage is available for any additional food and/or drinks you bring. A BBQ pit is available for grilling.
You will have access to GraceGardens’ tree-shaded swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, outside dining space, touring bicyles. No life guard on duty, swim at your own risk. There is a $20.00 fee for hot tub use and must reserve time(s) when you check-in.
Don’t forget to bring beach towels for swimming and tubing, sunscreen, any desired food and/or drink items, inner-tubes and/or rafts, swimsuits and swim-shoes.
GraceGardens is a fun, yet peaceful place. We enjoy music and laughter, but we ask that you keep the noise level down after 10pm.
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Lee Williams is a free spirit, nurturer, modern day hippie and Minister. She has a calm nature and an easy smile. When she's not working around GraceGardens, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Lee lives part-time in the Main House along with her "chaweenie" named Blue and Zelda the fat cat. Frank Bowen, co-owner of GraceGardens, lives full time on the property along with Zhu-Zhu, his Shih Tzu fur baby.