We spent a weekend at the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge with a friend of mine beginning of February 2013. It's such a quiet and peaceful place to rest and revitalize yourself. We arrived almost at night. While walking to join Peter and have dinner, we looked at the sky upon our heads and a millions of stars appeared, which is quite difficult to see now with all lights from cities around in the places where we live. The dinner was simple but delicious and the night was really restorative as the silence is complete there.
We chose this ranch for its difference with other dude ranchs. As I'm a rider, I'd like to discover the other ways of riding horses (I'm French) and I like Dianne's approach giving the opportunity to attend riding clinics and horsemanship clinics. We were guided by Shannon who is really nice and patient, she made efforts to speak slowly and helped my friend in feeling at ease while riding (my friend is not a rider). I recommend Socks and Fancy as they are really good horses!
The cabins are very well equipped and comfortable with a nice view on the stable, horses and the landscape around. There's a kitchen which allows to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cabin but you can have lunch and dinner at Peter's and Dianne's home or easily find a place to eat in Bandera.
The only negative point is that the place is not very well indicated (our navigation system did not find the address at all!). Otherwise it's a great place to stay if you like nature and horses, peace, if you need to relax and forget about the rest of the world, only meet nice people and enjoy riding. What I really like is seeing horses grazing around the cabins, it really gives a feeling of serenity and peace, just as if time stops there.
- Also Known As:
- Hill Country Equestrian Hotel Bandera
- Hill Country Equestrian Lodge Bandera, Texas