An Enjoyable Escape To Hill Country Casitas

As part of an escape from work and a short staycation, we spent four really fun days in Dripping Springs sampling some great craft beer, sipping some wine, overindulging in some excellent food, and listening to some good music. Our home base for the first couple days was a rustic casually elegant stay in a Casita at Hill Country Casitas about 12 miles northwest of Dripping Springs.

Hill Country Casitas

Casita at Hill Country CasitasAs we drove toward Hill Country Casitas through the beautiful rolling and heavily treed countryside along a roller coaster back country road with graceful prancing deer crossing the road, I could start to feel the everyday workday stress fade away. Hill Country Casitas is located on 13 magnificent cascading acres and it's home to eleven custom built new one and two bedroom Casitas that opened in October 2016. There are also 2 two bedroom two bath Casitas, four one bedroom Casitas, and four studio Casitas - altogether they can sleep a total of 40 people. About three tenths of a mile from the Casitas is The Ranch House which is a three bedroom, two bathroom guest house that sleeps seven.

Some of the amenities common to each of the Casitas include:

  • vaulted 16 foot tongue and groove pine ceilings
  • stained concrete floors
  • quartz counter-tops
  • expansive porches
  • enormous windows that let the outside in and provide stunning views for miles of beautiful rolling heavily treed Hill Country terrain

The Pauline CasitaWe stayed in the "Pauline" and loved it! It's a luxury one bedroom one bathroom 600 square foot Casita that's perfect for a weekend or romantic getaway. It's somewhat isolated from the other casitas and has a large outdoor porch with a stone fireplace, rocking chairs with blankets, wood for the fireplace, a gas BBQ grill, and a stunning view for miles. A two person soaking tub contributes to making Pauline perfect for a romantic getaway! As cool as the soaking tub was, I may have liked the Mexican imported king size bed with an amazingly comfortable Serta Plush mattress better - a great nights sleep.

Some of the other amenities of Pauline included:

  • a large living area with a 16 foot natural wood ceiling, ceiling fan, and large picture windows letting the outside in and overlooking miles of beautiful Texas Hill Country
  • painted cement floors for a rustic look
  • a round table with four chairs for eating plus a, large comfortable queen size memory foam sleeper sofa, an upholstered ottoman, dresser, sofa table, and floor lamp
  • as part of the great room it has a residential refrigerator, microwave, two burner cook top, coffee pot, toaster, and blender plus a full set of cookware and some basics: like spices, olive oil, coffee, creamer, and tea
  • in addition to the comfy bed, the bedroom had two end tables and lamps, a large stand up mirror, and a ceiling fan plus three large windows overlooking the Hill Country
  • the bathroom had lots of natural light, a huge all tile shower with two shower heads and a wood bench, a vanity with double raised sinks, plenty of fluffy towels, large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash plus that great two person soaking tub
  • very fast and reliable internet

Our Casita was sparkling clean and it seemed as if we were the first to use it! And it was so quiet we could hear the squirrels scurrying up the trees. Dripping Springs is a dark sky city and the stars at night were magical.

The RetreatOne morning we walked around the property and enjoyed one of the hiking trails to a grotto with chair swings and hammocks (I fell asleep until I was rudely awaked by my wife) and past 3 cascading seasonal waterfalls. On our way we stumbled across The Retreat which is 525 square foot space with natural sunlight, stunning hill country views, and 12 foot walls with vaulted ceiling for meetings, weddings, or special events. A little farther down the road is an 1125 square foot double roofed Pavilion with rows of tables and chairs, an oven for baking or broiling, high speed internet, and satellite TV. A large grassy area next to the Pavilion has a large stone fire pit, yard games, volleyball, and a covered seating area. A cool new pool and hot tub was just about finished and ready to be used.

Pool at Hill Country CasitasInside of the PavillionFire pit at the Pavillion

Bottom line - what a fantastic place for a weekend or romantic getaway, a wedding party, reunion, or corporate event. It's clean, comfortable, and beautiful - and the innkeepers and owners, Mary McRoberts & Ron Turner, are the nicest and friendliest people we've met in a very long time. And they are committed to making sure that you have a relaxing, comfortable, and enjoyable stay!

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