Bluebird Hill & Star Suite

Sleeps 18

Bluebird Hill and Star Suite has everything needed for an adventurous and relaxing vacation! The beautiful free-form swimming pool with a waterfall will relax your stresses away. This property is on Blanket Creek, which is seasonal and great for wading and catching tadpoles.

This home is sitting on Indian Blanket Ranch, a 250 acre ranch, which has Bluebird Nestbox Nature Trails for bird watching, hiking, jogging, and mountain bicycling. There are six benches spread out on the ranch for viewing wildlife and nature photography. The large deck upstairs is great for stargazing or bird watching. Relax in the hammock, hot tub, or pool, after a fulfilling day of hiking or cycling the trails.

It is located 10 miles west of Utopia, Texas and five minutes east of Garner State Park and the Frio River. This property is close enough for tubing and river fun, yet far enough away for privacy.

Property

Home

Sleeps

18 guests

Bedrooms

4

Bathrooms

3

Amenities

5 miles to Frio River

Wi-Fi

Satellite TV

Hot Tub

Swimming Pool

Rock Fireplace

BBQ Grill

Fully-equipped kitchen

House Phone

N

Washer & Dryer

Description

Downstairs Amenities Include: Sleeps 12 (14 with two foam mattresses)
• 3 Bedrooms: 2 kings & 1 queen
• Library room: 1 queen sofa bed
• Sunroom: single bed, 1 queen sofa bed
• Fireplace window bed: short single mattress
• 2 full baths with tubs & showers
• Fully furnished Kitchen, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, crock pot, blender, mixer, on counter double burner
• Central Heat & Air, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Washer/Dryer, Iron & board
• 52” Satellite TV / DVD & Ping Pong table in Sunroom
• 25” Satellite TV/DVD/VCR in living room, Wi-Fi
• 3 patios & 2 decks with tables & chairs
• BBQ grill & Picnic table in back yard by deck overlooking the seasonal (dry or wet) creek
• Hot Tub & Rock Campfire Ring in Backyard
• Propane Campfire table on front patio

Upstairs Star Suite Amenities Include: Sleeps 6
• 1 king bed, 1 queen bed & 1 queen sofa bed, 1 Full Bath has Shower/No Tub
• Heat & Air, ceiling fans, Satellite TV/DVD, Wi-Fi
• Small under counter refrigerator, stove top with oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender, BBQ utensils
• No Freezer upstairs; Bring Ice Chest to have Ice
• Great Views of the Hills, Stars & Sunsets from the Deck

We leave one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom and one trash bag in each can. Bring Extra.

What to bring:
• Bath towels, wash rags, hand towels, river towels
• Extra toilet paper and extra trash bags – 13 gal. for kitchen and 39 gal. for outside cans
• Your groceries and supplies: salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels, coffee, filters, and dish detergent for dishwasher.
• Bath articles: shampoo, bath soap, hand soap, and laundry soap for washer
Suggested items:
• Flashlight, batteries, matches, lighter fluid, charcoal for grill, firewood for fireplace and campfire (please do not use wood cut from trees that died from Live Oak Decline)
• Stereo, camera, binoculars, bug spray, sun block, river chairs, river shoes, Fishing License, black oiled sunflower seeds for bird feeder, sugar to make nectar for hummingbird feeder (1 cup of sugar)
*Beer, wine and liquor is sold in Leakey. No alcohol is sold in Utopia, Rio Frio, or Concan.

**If traveling from out of state, plane, or bike: Towels available upon advance request at no extra charge. Please let us know at least two days ahead of time.

Read our policies on our website, or you can download a copy here.

Pet Friendly Properties: Bella Vista, River’s Edge, Water’s Edge, Bluebird Hill and Star Suite, Hideaway & Farhaven.

Pet Rules

  • Maximum of 2 dogs allowed, weighing 50 lbs or less each
  • Only well behaved, house-trained; Won’t chew on furniture, rugs or scratch floors, walls, doors
  • Dogs allowed Inside Only in their kennel/cage (can be loose Only inside at Farhaven)
  • Don’t allow them on furniture or beds
  • Only leashed or tied when outside
  • Pickup & throw away poop
  • Do not allow dogs to dig in yard or flower beds
  • Dog owner responsible for dog’s safety, and for any damages to lodging property
  • Do not allow your dogs to bark excessively, run free or chase other animals
  • Please pick up most of the dog hair
  • $10 per night per dog (covers normal pet hair clean up, spraying inside for fleas & ticks)
  • Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay. If no damages or extra cleaning is needed, we will refund your entire deposit to your account.

*Please let us know if you will be bringing your dog.

**Please Note** The cell towers here are AT&T, so only AT&T cell phones work here. Even then, cell service can be spotty driving through the hills. Bluebird Hill has a house phone, so please provide that to your family or friends for emergency. Bring a calling card to make long distance calls from the house phone.

Fall, Winter, and Spring

excluding holidays
$450 for 6 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 2 night minimum.
  • $500 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in. If your party is 10 or more, your deposit will be refunded after your stay, if no damages or policies broken.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

Holidays

Winter Holidays, Spring Break, Easter
$500 for 6 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 3 night minimum.
  • $500 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in. If your party is 10 or more, your deposit will be refunded after your stay, if no damages or policies broken.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

Summer

Memorial Weekend through Labor Day
$500 for 6 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 4 night minimum.
  • $500 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in. If your party is 10 or more, your deposit will be refunded after your stay, if no damages or policies broken.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our guests do the talking!

My husband and I came out to Rio Frio Lodging (we stayed in the Star Suite) to get to a good dark sky. The nearby state parks, Garner State Park with a Bortle 4 rating and Lost Maples State Park with a Bortle 3, were very appealing coming from Houston. We set up our telescope at the entrance to the bird reserve (quite near the house) and saw Bortle 3 skies on the two very clear nights of our four night visit. By staying at the lodge, we also avoided the annoying (and quite damaging if taking pics) headlights from passing cars that are a problem at Garner SP. Since the site for the scope was close to the house, we could also come into the house to warm up during long exposures. It was heavenly.
I was expecting a cabin similar to those at the park or nearby sites nearby and was very pleasantly surprised to be staying in an honest-to goodness house. Good, non-drafty house with full kitchen, hard wood floor, bathroom with shower, wall partitioning off the one bedroom, sleeps 5 if have children. There was also a wonderful hot tub (great for post-star gazing on cold nights), three small round tables outside, a big hammock and a rock fountain that made for a great relaxing atmosphere. There are no separate rooms in the Sun Suite, so it would be quite cozy (but completely doable) for 5 adults. Large shelving unit in the middle of the common room that we used for telescope lenses and other supplies (just put the knick-knacks back when you’re done).
Overall a fantastic place to gaze at the stars within reach of Houston, Beaumont, and (of course) San Antonio. We definitely plan to come back for our next 3-day weekend!!

Terzah: Houston, TX

January 2015

My family rented from Rio Frio Lodging last year in August 2016! We had a wonderful visit. We stayed upstairs in the Star Suite. It was clean and homey. My kids enjoyed the beautiful swimming pool every evening. It was a great visit, very reasonably priced, and we look forward to renting from them again soon.

Laura R: Baytown, TX

August 2016

Hi LeAnn, First of all, I just wanted to say that we had another wonderful time at Bluebird Hill. Your mother’s house is fascinating, filled with such character and life. One of our women wanted to write a letter to her expressing that sentiment. If you think she would appreciate it, please do let us know, and we would love to write such a communication to her, thanking her for creating such a beautiful place. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that we appreciate it being one of the offerings of Rio Frio Lodging.

Kimberlyn: San Antonio, TX

February 2014

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