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Hill Country Equestrian Lodge

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1580 Hay Hollar Road, Bandera, TX 78003
Hill Country Equestrian Lodge
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things about this family-run horse facility. What was delivered was exactly what had been promised, and more. I had all the time with the horses that I wanted, lots of personal attention and instruction, and privacy when needed. My cabin was neat and cozy yet spacious. The property is located way out in the coutry... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife enjoys horseback riding and so I was looking for a Valentine's Day trip featuring horses, horsemanship lessons and pretty country to ride in. As well as a charming place to stay. The ranch had all these elements. For (Washington, DC) city dwellers the enveloping night sky and deep silence (except for a few coyote howls!) were peaceful and... More 

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Diane and Peter are amazing hosts. I attended the Women's weekend retreat which was an relaxing and rejuvenating. The ranch is gorgeous with sweeping views of the hill country. It is so peaceful to awake to horses grazing on the grass. The horseman workshop was amazing and allowed me to truly connect with the horse. The food was fabulous! Looking... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We spent three nights at the Lodge and loved every minute of it. Though it took us about a day to quit saying, "oh, we can just Google it..." :) Being unplugged was one of the best parts of the trip. We read books (real, page-turning, actual books!) and spent an evening under the stars in the hot tub and... More 

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Seabrook, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My wife and daughter were looking for a few days out in the country with horses. What they found was a jewel of a place outside of Bandera Tx. Dianne and Peter have created a welcoming eclectic environment perfect for learning horsemanship while enjoying the beauty of the West Texas Hills. They came back raving about the beautiful animals, the... More 

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Patchogue, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I visited the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge for an intensive clinic to improve my overall horsemanship skills and to overcome anxiety associated with a bad fall. The clinic was very comprehensive expanding my horsemanship knowledge and techniques and teaching about care for and maintaining your horse from the ground up. Dianne, the ranch owner and lead instructor, is an expert... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I attended the Horsemanship Instructional Week that is generally offered twice a month at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge (HCEL) in Bandera, TX, Cowboy Capital of the World. I had hit a plateau with my weekly riding lessons at home and wanted to jump start some improvement. That is exactly what I got at HCEL. Instruction in the mornings and out... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My Husband and I wanted to spend a non-traditional Thanksgiving together, so we booked a long weekend at the Hill Counrty Equestrian Lodge. Everything about the experience exceeded our expectations. We booked the smaller of the two accomodation options, and it was a rustic, quaint, fully equipped cabin overlooking the Texas Hills! Our hosts had stocked the cabin with everything... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I first stayed with Dianne and Peter in 2012. We tried to come back in 2013 but couldn't for personal reasons. This year we finally made it back and brought with us our two young children. We can't praise enough the thoughtful care with which Dianne treats both the horses and the property. The estate naturally fits... More 

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We try to return every year at Thanksgiving, it's a real highlight.Peter treats us all to a terrific family- style turkey feast complete with his signature sweet potato souffle. Very attractive cabins with stone and wood construction and great porches.Good barn with safe, clean stalls for our horses.The park is a great place to ride- there are great trails of... More 

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