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The Lodges at Lost Maples
Reviewed May 21, 2012

If you wan't to be away from the rat race of city life, this is the place for you. The cabins are clean and comfortable. The view is gorgeous. Perhaps because of the nearness to RR 337, there wasn't much sign of wildlife. Bring your own food.... you are in the middle of nowhere.

I found the experience enjoyable and will return.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Doc5015
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

Came from Fort worth to stay here in mid October. We stayed in the Sweetheart cabin(Solomons Den). Word of caution from the start..Make sure to buy groceries and maybe a couple of magazines BEFORE getting here, as the nearest store is pretty far, but the owner did warn us. Other than that, we had the most relaxing, peaceful and romantic get away EVER! After a day of exploring Lost Maples Park, we ventured off to find a grocery store and fell in love with the mountains and spectacular views. Came back to the cabin and cooked steaks on the outside grill and enjoyed the beautiful evening. Woke the next morning to tastiest breakfast made by Jeralyn, that was an awesome sausage cream cheese roll with sides of homemade pastries and fresh fruit. I have since recreated the sausage roll! We spent the early day exploring the area and ate lunch and came back to the cabin. I laid in the hammock out under the trees with a magazine and afghan and was soon asleep! I left there being the most relaxed I have ever been in my life! We will definately come back one day! Even my husband is still talking about the place and it has been a few years ago when we went.

Room Tip: If you want a shower, ask which cabins have showers as some only have baths. The Sweetheart(Solomons...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Jane L
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Let me first say that we really enjoyed our stay at the Lodges at Lost Maples. These are 5 cute individual cabins partly clad in wood with front and back porches, set alongside a very quiet dirt road and surrounded by trees.The cabins are sufficiently far apart from each other that each feels very private. They are all very tastefully and individually decorated with antique furniture and rugs. Our cabin, Red Rooster House, consisted of one large room with a fully equipped kitchen at one end, an eating area, a living room area with a fireplace, a sleeping alcove with a king-size bed, and 2 built-in very comfortable bunk beds, plus a bathroom. We arrived at 3pm on a hot and sticky day and found that the AC was not working. This is where it gets problematic. There is no office and no staff on the premises. No indication as to whether there is anyone nearby who can help. There is no cell phone coverage in the area. So to get in touch with the manager, you need to drive a few miles up the hills to find a spot where your phone works (forget it if you have a Sprint phone, but AT&T works sometimes). We had to leave a message on their answerphone. It took a few hours for the manager to turn up. She was not able to get the AC going, so she told us she would send her husband to take a look. Fortunately, he was able to fix it. Now for the breakfast: it is set for 9am every morning (rather late for those who want to beat the heat of the day on a hike) and they drive a plate of warm goodies to your door in their pickup truck. Things like warm muffins, sausage roll, apple scones, banana bread etc., and also some fresh fruit and orange juice. Because the plate is covered with cling wrap, the steam from the warm baked goods settles back on them, making them somewhat soggy. Also, there is very little flexibility on the time. Personally, I think they should dispense with the breakfast, or just supply the ingredients the night before (such as eggs, bacon, toast, fruit, muffins, whatever) since there is a fully equipped kitchen in every cabin and everyone can then do as much or as little cooking with it as they want. Or give guests a choice of one or the other. Just a thought! One more thing: the cabins are located in a valley, so the photograph on the website of far-reaching mountain views is slightly misleading. You do get those views if you drive up to the top of the surrounding hills... So all in all, a very pleasant stay, but some inherent problems could do with being addressed. In particular, I do think that guests should be able to get hold of a person in charge much more easily and quickly.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Tricountrygirl
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We drove 330 miles looking forward to our two days mini vacation. Let me start by telling you that there are no wild life of anything. The place is not on a mountain and it is within 100 feet of the major road. We were promised breakfast every morning at 9, no one came. We did not have enough towels and there is no shower in the cabin only a bath tub that you need buckets to take a bath.
No one checked on us to make sure everything was O.K. I do not understand how can anyone give them a good review except if they were family members and friends.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank Alfie N
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happy2bTexas, Manager at The Lodges at Lost Maples, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2012

The Lodges at Lost Maples are located in a rural area of the Texas Hill County. They are situated along a county road that runs through private property, and it is by no means a major road. The only roads in this area for at least 11 miles are two-lane winding country roads. As indicated in the review The Lodges are not on a mountain top and do not claim to be. They are located in a valley and offer a view of the mountains. On occasion we do provide the breakfast in the cabin ahead of time, as we did with this guest. It allows them the flexibility to leave earlier than 9 a.m. if they would like to get an early start, especially during busy holidays when the nearby state parks fill up and close their gates to additional entrants as early as 11 a.m. It also allows them to sleep in if they desire. We appreciate the opportunity to reflect on our practices and determine what is best for future guests. The Lodges does strongly suggest that anyone making a reservation read the description of the cabin and the list of amenities before choosing a cabin as some of them offer a shower only, two only have a bathtub and one has both. This information is provided to prospective guests during the reservation process.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed in the Treehouse, an upstairs cabin. Fortunately, the downstairs is unfinished. It is cozy, aesthetically pleasing with a high ceiling lined with old corrugated tin. I wasn't thrilled with the delivery of two days worth of muffins on the first day. The venue is serene and clean. The bed is not so good. If you are looking for no tv, cell service, or internet, this is your place.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

I have stayed in "cabins" before that kind of smelled funny or had cheapo furniture, but this lodge was beautifully decorated with unique, comfortable furnishings. Solomon's Den "Sweetheart Suite" is so worth checking out. I slept so soundly on the king bed, had a wonderful bath in the jacuzzi tub, I loved the fireplace and the stock of board games. We did not want to leave! The breakfast is really yummy too.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

I wanted to take my family way from all of the extras living in the city includes. This was perfect! We took our two little ones and had a blast! Breakfast came around 9:00 which is great if you're not in a rush to go anywhere. It was delicious and well worth the wait. The kids loved the built in bunk beds immensely. We roasted marshmallows and they saw fireflies for the first time. In the city there are too many lights and you can't enjoy the beauty of nature. We sat up, played games and told stories under the stars. Each day we were greated by the family dog who was simply adorable. My daughter loved the horses across the street and the drive to the park was breathtaking. We plan on making this an annual trip!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Lodges at Lost Maples

Address: 77 Lower Sabinal River Rd, Vanderpool, TX 78885
Location: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Vanderpool
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Vanderpool
Price Range: $100 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private cabins located between Lost Maples and Garner state parks offering private porches with mountain views, fully-equipped kitchens and central air/heat. Linens provided. Close to Utopia, Vanderpool, Leakey, Medina and Bandera. Nearby activities include horseback riding, river tubing, and hiking. On-site activities include stargazing, wildlife viewing, birding, campfire rings and BBQ grills. Spa,romance and birthday packages available. ... more   less 
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