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The RiverHouse Pet Friendly Zen River Retreat

  • 8 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms

There's this place that allows you to forget the world...

Enjoy discounts when booking 3 nights or more!

The RiverHouse is a pet friendly zen retreat located on a beautiful stretch of The Colorado River in Bastrop Texas. It features a 2000 sq foot 3 bedroom 2 and a half bath 110 plus year old farmhouse remodeled and modernized in a way that retains its old character and charm. Our popular air-conditioned sunroom offers views of the grounds, doors which lead onto the upper deck which is a popular gathering spot with a propane griddle, tables and seating areas. You’ll lose yourself on our shady sculptured grounds featuring eight different patios, each with their own theme and energy, our four zen hammocks and the abundant sounds of nature. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re only 2 miles from downtown Bastrop!

The property is truly Zen Central with access to the river where water activities such as swimming, kayaking, tubing and fishing are popular. You’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the water flowing by and hundreds of bird songs. Visit our tropical plant dome, home of our popular Koi fish, who think they are the star attraction as well as hundreds of plants. It is the perfect Zencation spot! We are also minutes away from two incredible State Parks where hiking and bird watching are popular. 

We have a feeling, like so many others over the years you'll fall in love with The RiverHouse. This is where my vision of ZenRiverHouse get aways all began and it is still the favorite of thousands of guest who have visited over the years. We have been told by many of our guest this is the nicest booking they have ever made. Its no wonder thousands of guests have visited us over the years and refer their friends and family to come out and enjoy the place.

Note: While the house is private, grounds may be shared from time to time with guests from our sister property Harmony House, located on the same grounds, but the grounds are large with ample patios and spaces for all.

The Space

The RiverHouse features a downstairs Master Bedroom with gorgeous double shower and huge soaking tub. 2 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, Living Room, Full Kitchen, Sunroom and our beautiful grounds which include our tropical plant dome.

The Downstairs Master Bedroom has a King Size bed and its own double shower and soaking tub, a guests favorite. The Upstairs Master Bedroom has a queen size bed and a futon which will sleep an additional two. Inside bedroom two is a large bathroom with a walk in shower that offers panoramic views of the property. Bedroom three has a queen size bed. Both upstairs bedrooms have their own Smart TV’s.

The Kitchen has a full size electric range with oven. A breakfast bar which overlooks the food prep area as well as a bistro table for two. Microwave, juicers, pots pans and coffee/tea makers are available as well.

The Living/Movie room is equipped with a huge TV as well as theatre seating.

The Sunroom overlooks the property and doors lead to the spacious upper deck, a favorite gathering spot. The Sunroom is a great place to watch the large variety of birds we have on the property and is a guest favorite. The sunroom features a dining table, which seats 4 as well as its own TV and ½ bath.

Smart TV’s allows you to access popular streaming apps and Alexa will play your favorite tunes, give you restaurant recommendations or play games. Our High Speed Wi-Fi extends over most of the property for you modern convenience types!

It's a beautiful relaxing setting where you can truly forget about the world.

While a 2-night stay is possible, the vast majority of our guests have told us they wished they had booked an additional night. If a 3-night stay is possible we recommend booking at least 3 days as it is rarely possible to add a day at the last minute. Should you need additional space for more guest, check out our sister properties, Harmony House located on the same grounds or RiversEdge and RiverNook Located just down the street. 

We also offer The Serenity Kayak Experience, The Serenity Hiking Experience as well as tube and Canoe rentals. The Experiences are great ways to explore our beautiful river and forests with me as your guide and have become very popular with our guest. Or, try our rental packages if you prefer to explore on your own... Just message me for more details!

Please keep in mind that this is a nature Sanctuary and not the 20th floor of a high-rise building. You may see a harmless dirt dauber flying in the house. Outdoors you may find a spider web, dirt or leaves on the outdoor furniture and hammocks. We try our best to keep them wiped down but it is nature, it changes daily, just wipe it off with one of our pet towels and enjoy the place for what it is, nature in its entire splendor.

We love having well behaved pets explore the grounds with their families. We do have a $75.00 per pet per stay fee that helps keep us pet friendly. The maximum number of pets for this property is 4. Emotional Support Animals are not service animals and will be charged the fee. If you did not include and pay for your pets in the reservation, please inform us of the number of pets joining you during your stay, we can bill your card or you can leave it with us before you leave. (Please see house rules for pets)

Whether a romantic getaway, family gathering or corporate retreat we are sure that The RiverHouse will delight the nature lover inside and rejuvenate your soul!

My greatest joy is having happy guest, please look over the photos before you book as well as reading the description and rules. Should you require additional room for more guest, please see our sister property Harmony House which is located on the same grounds if it is available. Or, Rivers Edge and RiverNook which are just down the street.

You may see us while we tend the grounds or gardens, just say hi and we'll introduce ourselves. We do give our guest privacy but we love to entertain and chat if you are so inclined.

Guest access

Guest have access to The River House, the tropical plant dome and the features located on the grounds... river access, hammocks, 8 patios, seating areas and chairs.

Other things to note...

The occupancy listed is the max occupancy this property can accommodate. If you intend to host any event, celebration or other function, you will need to disclose this to us in advance and obtain approval, including an agreement to all additional fees and terms.

We strongly advise trip insurance to cover your booking and will provide any documentation you may need to facilitate your claim. Our cancelation policy will be adhered to at all times during your reservation. We do not refund reservations outside of our cancelation policy. Unlike hotels who typically overbook reservations, we do not have that option. We have blocked off the property from all advertising once you booked it and typically have a hard time re-booking on short notice. If you do cancel outside of our policy, we will do our best to rebook the property and will send you any funds we collect to offset your losses. These funds may be less than you originally paid.

As mentioned above, while the house is private, grounds may be shared from time to time with guests from our sister property Harmony House, located on the same grounds, but the grounds are large with ample patios and spaces for all.

Your driveway parking is limited to 2 cars. Parking for an additional car can be found in the grassy area across from the drive.

Other Policies to Note...
We are in the hospitality business and work hard to provide clean, comfortable accommodations at a very reasonable rate for the properties we offer as attested by hundreds of 5 star reviews at our properties. Should you have any issues we are only a message away and typically can be to the property in 15-30 minutes. If you have a situation that we can help with, we will be there and most likely have replacements for common items.

We do not discount or refund for light bulbs, coffee makers, or any electrical appliance going out as they do not give advance notice that they are going out. We do not offer refunds or discounts because you saw a bug, mosquito, spider, lizard, gecko, snake, armadillo, squirrel, rabbits, deer, turkeys or flying insects. This is a river front property in a tropical environment and they live here. We use a pest control company and spray indoors regularly for pest. If doors are open for any length of time they will find their way inside the house. Keep the doors closed. We do not offer discounts or refunds for feelings, premonitions, thoughts, wants, opinions, dislikes, medical emergencies, death in family as well as any early departures unless it is a County or State issued mandatory evacuation which includes the address of the property and then only for nights not used. We provide in advance pictures of the property on the listing site, which are true to each property, not doctored, and many reviews state the property is better than the pictures we provide. We use professional cleaners and linen services. We take pictures of the property immediately after it is cleaned and hold those pictures for our protection. Likewise we take photos immediately after your stay. We stock the property with ample towels and wash cloths and a starter supply of soaps, shampoos and toilet paper for the size of the property. If you run out of soap, toilet paper, shampoo, message us. If you have booked a property that does not have a washer and dryer, you can use one of the local laundry mats to wash them or message us to discuss additional linens and the fee for that service.
We do not have a bug problem, we do not have an unsafe neighborhood problem, we do not have a cleaning problem. We have never had bed bugs but we preventively treat for them, have encased mattresses and the likelihood of you finding said bug is practically zero. We do not barter discounts for alleged sightings of them or for promises of 5 star reviews for said discounts, and will immediately report such language to The Hosting Platform. If you have any situation we need to address, message us on the platform and we can typically be there within 15-30 minutes. Reporting after the stay, or not reporting the situation to us first, in an attempt to garnish a free or discounted stay, will be considered fraud. Should you attempt to cause us harm by reporting any misleading information to the Hosting Platform without first reporting this information to us, allowing us access to see said situation, document it, attempt to rectify it, and that information causes the Hosting Platform to suspend any or all of our listings, we will seek legal remedies against you for any and all lost revenues, cancelled reservations, time and money spent rectifying the situation with the Hosting Platform, court and legal cost and any other damages recommended by our council.
If you are the typical person wanting to enjoy a wonderful vacation at our properties we apologize that you had to read a disclosure primarily meant for the growing numbers of scammers out there.

Austin is about 33 miles

Bastrop State Park is about 5 miles

We cannot wait to share our sanctuary with you!

Home highlights


Pets welcome

Wireless Broadband Internet


Watch it all flow by...

Foggy River Sunrise

Down Master Bath3

The Dome, Home to hundreds of plants and our Koi Fish

Breakfasdt in the Dome anyone?

Tropical Oasis in The Dome


Parking & facilities

Parking available, Parking included, Shared Garden and Shared Porch


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Suitable for events, Pets welcome, Suitable for elderly or infirm and Wheelchair inaccessible


Deck chairs, Stereo system and TV (Satellite)

Kitchen & dining

Gas BBQ, Blender, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Kitchenette, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster, Vacuum cleaner, Water cooler and Water purifier

Location features

River, Rural and Waterfront

Bathroom & laundry

Bathroom & Laundry, Bed linen, Hair dryer, Clothes dryer, Essentials, Iron & Board, Shower, Towel-set, Bathtub, Washbasin and Washing machine

Heating & cooling

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating, Electric heating and Heating available

Internet & office

Wireless Broadband Internet

Home Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit and Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Suitable for elderly or infirm

  • Wheelchair inaccessible

Check in: 04:00 PM

Check out: 11:00 AM


123 El Camino Real River Road , Bastrop County, United States

28 Mi



Policy and notes


August 2023


About host

Andy Tuerck

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