Bluebird Hill & Star Suite

Sleeps 4 to 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 (when it has water).
This home is sitting on 250 acre Indian Blanket 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. Swings in trees for kids.
Located 10 miles west of Utopia Texas, five minutes east of Garner State Park and the Frio River.  Close enough for tubing and river fun, yet far enough away for privacy.

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Property
Home

Sleeps
4 to 20 guests

Bedrooms
5

Bathrooms
3

Amenities

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What to Bring

(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
* Toilet paper, trash bags – 13 gal. for kitchen and 39 gal. for outside cans
* Your groceries and supplies: salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels, coffee, filters, dish soap, dish washer detergent, laundry soap
* Bath articles: shampoo, bath soap, hand soap, blow dryer
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.

Only 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.

Description

Bluebird Hill

Downstairs Amenities Include:   Sleeps 14* 3 Bedrooms: 2 kings & 1 queen
* Library room: 1 queen sofa bed
* Sunroom: single bed & double futon
*Living room: 1 queen sofa bed &         single window bed
* 2 full baths with tubs & showers
* Fully furnished Kitchen: glass top stove/oven, dishwasher, convection toaster oven, microwave, toaster, crock pot, blender, mixer, extra double burner, 2 drip coffee makers (flat filters)
* Central Heat & Air, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Washer/Dryer, Iron & board
*Ping pong table in Sunroom
* 52" Sat. TV / DVD in Sunroom
* 25" Sat. TV/DVD/VCR in living room
* 4 patios & 2 decks with tables & chairs
* BBQ grill & Picnic table in back by deck overlooking seasonal (dry or wet) creek
* Swimming Pool with hot tub spa
* Propane Campfire table on front patio
* Rock Campfire Ring in Backyard

Star Suite

Upstairs 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, Sat. TV/DVD, Wi-Fi
* Small under counter refrigerator, stove top with oven, microwave, drip coffee maker, toaster, blender, BBQ utensils
* No Freezer upstairs; Bring Ice Chest for Ice
* Great Views of the Hills, Stars & Sunsets from the Deck

Pet Policies

Pet Friendly Properties:
Bella Vista, River's Edge, Water's Edge, Bluebird Hill/Star Suite, and Hideaway
     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 when in their kennel/cage
  • 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 wildlife
  • Please pick up most of the dog hair from around the outside rugs, yard, patios & inside
  • No dogs allowed in Hot Tub or Swimming Pool
  • $10 per night per dog (covers normal pet hair & clean up, spraying inside for fleas & ticks)

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

Bluebird Hill & Star Suite are required to rent together during Summer and holidays

Fall/Winter/Spring

Excludes Holidays

Fall/Winter/Spring Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, Spring Break

Summer

Memorial Weekend
thru Labor Day

2 night minimum
$450 for 4 people
per night

3 night minimum
$500 for 4 people
per night

4 night minimum
$500 for 4 people
per night

  • $10.00 each extra person & dog per night; children 1 year & under are free. 
  • $500 deposit to hold your reservation. 
  • Deposit will be deducted from total & you pay balance before arrival.

  • $10.00 each extra person & dog per night; children 1 year & under are free. 
  • $500 deposit to hold your reservation. 
  • Deposit will be deducted from total & you pay balance before arrival.

  • $10.00 each extra person & dog per night; children 1 year & under are free. 
  • $500 deposit to hold your reservation. 
  • Deposit will be deducted from total & you pay balance before arrival.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Don't just take it from us, let our guests do the talking!
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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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5181 FM 1050 - Rio Frio Texas, 78879

Mailing Address:
PO Box 155 - Rio Frio Texas, 78879

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