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Hill Country Equestrian Lodge

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1580 Hay Hollar Road, Bandera, TX 78003
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oakland, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My Fiance and I are avid horse riders and keep horses on our property at home. I wanted to find a place with an authentic experience that wouldn't disappoint us given that we have our own horses to ride at home. Doing my research I found that HCEL holds riding clinics for experienced riders taught by Dianne who also owns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge and I was utterly impressed by the cozy cabins, the beautiful ranch and all the friendly animals (horses, dogs, etc.) walking around, and not the least the staff that took care of us. All in all, a very memorable weekend!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic stay at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge over the New Year holiday. We stayed for two nights in a suite which was the perfect size for us and our dog, Harley. The kitchen was well-stocked with tasty breakfast foods, and I really appreciated the lack of internet/cell service in our suite - it provided... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

HCEL provides the best kind of ranch vacation for people who really ride. The horses were top notch. We loved seeing the Hill Country from horseback in the adjoining nature preserve and I enjoyed the luxury of a private lesson to brush up on my equitation. We enjoyed having our own cozy cabin and some time alone for meals (after... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We usually come back every year for Thanksgiving, but this year we felt like spoiling ourselves so we came back for Christmas as well. HCEL is a perfect place to get away, to relax, and to be with your family in the nature. This time we stayed at the Lindig cabin, which in reality is a royal suite, very spacious... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We went early November and the weather left much to be desired, but we had a great time. Went for the sorting and penning clinic. I'd never done that before and it was a blast. The lodging was clean and the kitchen was very well stocked. We had dinners at the house with Dianne and everything was very tasty. I'd... More 

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Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We arrived in terrible weather that made a ride impossible, and hostess Diane generously upgraded us to a cabin with a fireplace to make the best of the weather. The accommodations are really first class and, with better weather the next day, Diane gave us a full day of riding with well-trained horses and delightful and knowledgeable commentary on local... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Texas Hill Country at it's best! Horses, wildlife , scenic views, snug cabins, fireplaces, and terrific hosts - and NO electronics! And easy access to shopping of Kerrville or Fredericksburg. Bring your own trail riding horses or take advantage of riding instruction for beginners , children or just "back in the saddle" from expert horsewoman Dianne. Thanksgiving dinner is amazing... More 

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Celina, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We just returned from our 4th or 5th trip to Hill Country Equestrian Lodge. This place is simply paradise! The lodging is very comfortable and the people are so nice and inviting. Having direct access to the state park is wonderful. You can walk out your cabin, saddle your horse, and be in the park in less than 20 minutes.... More 

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Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Staff was fantastic. Clean cabin, comfortable, and cozy. No phones, tv, or internet, just sit back and enjoy the quiet country atmosphere. We made breakfast every day, prepared a few meals in our cabin, and went to town for a few dinners to sample the local offerings. Had a fire in the wonderful limestone fireplace every night. We brought and... More 

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