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Rancho Cortez

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872 Hay Hollar Rd, Bandera, TX 78003
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Harmelen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So here I was, early 2015, 26 years old and pushing 400 pounds. This was the time to do it. I got my Visa in order (I'm from the Nerherlands) and on april 23th I arrived at the ranch for a 7-ish month stay. To break the ranch down really quick: One half is a Dude ranch where people can... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I thought about what I was going to write for quite some time now. (it is NOT going to be good) I read the reviews before I booked ( so I should have known better) So lets get started: Once you book and decide to cancel - your deposit will not be reimbursed. When you arrive, you are asked to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose this place for a weight loss / fitness program. Very little was, as advertised. My fitness evaluation consisted of a mile hike. Before signing up, I stated my health issues, age ( senior ) and was assured, a program would be set up, for my abilities, and fitness level. I was not evaluated, and nothing was designed for... More 

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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

Fitness and health are lifetime goals demanding hard work and commitment. The following activities were offered during this guest's stay, all with modifications to suit her fitness level: walking, hiking, strength training, morning wakeup, essential oils, balance and core, water aerobics, dinner demo with organic grower, myofacial foam rolling class, stability ball workout, healthy snack preparation, KK kickbutt workout, tabata,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We just spent 3 nights with Larry and his team (Butch and pro rodeo rider Neil) at Rancho Cortez. A great experience! They took really good care of the children, getting them to ride horses and poneys, even on Christmas Day. The evening campfires were really nice, cosy and homey (S'mores!!!!)as Larry regaled us with picturesque stories about Texas and... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Decided to surprise my husband with half a day at a dude ranch for something different to do when visiting San Antonio and chose Rancho Cortez. The look on my husbands face when we arrived I thought I had made a mistake as he was very apprehensive. As it turned out we had a great time. The wranglers were brilliant... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Room=dead bugs and dirt. Black hair on the bed sheets when I pulled the spread back. Cowboys=expect offensive and inappropriate jokes about race and gender. I was appalled. Safety=total disregard. On the intake form, I checked the box that my family would wear riding helmets. All available helmets were hanging from a rail, half full of rain water, leaves, dirt... More 

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Banderamary, Manager at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

Recently a prospective guest informed us of this negative review on TripAdvisor. Following is an excerpt of the email sent in response by our manager Cheryl. "Our housekeeper is appalled at the photos as she takes great pride in her housekeeping skills, and went looking high and low for the particular window sill referenced without finding it anywhere on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My two kids 7&10 yrs old wanted to go horseback riding for the first time and we could not have chosen a better place to do so. The staff was super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They made you feel safe on our horseback ride through their ranch by always checking up on you and making sure everyone was comfortable at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Our parents opted for a non-traditional 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration. We chose Rancho Cortez for the family to join together to honor them. They accommodated us just perfectly! There were nearly 30 of us and we used several rooms on the ranch. My family was the largest so we used the Navajo (3 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, living room) and... More 

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Heading from San Antonio to Santa Fe and decided on trying a dude ranch for half a day's activities. Rancho Cortez was absolutely brilliant. Everybody from Larry the owner to the wranglers Butch and James wanted us to have a great time.....and we did! Lovely horseback riding trails, fun western activities, longhorn cattle, swimming pool to cool off in and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

My co-leader and I took our girl scout troop to Rancho Cortez for an over night stay. The girls, ranging in ages 8 to 11(9 girls total) loved the ranch and did not want to leave the next day. The bunk house was fantastic. The older girls loved having their own room and both adults got to have our own... More 

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