RiverNook Pet Friendly Zen River Retreat

  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bathroom

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

Enjoy discounts when booking 3 nights or more!

RiverNook is a pet friendly, zen inspired retreat located on the banks of the beautiful Colorado River in Bastrop Texas. You’ll lose yourself on our shady sculptured grounds, three sitting decks, a lighted fishing deck, a swimming platform, outdoor grilling and dining pavilion and, you’ll love our zenhammocks. 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 are popular. You’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the water flowing by and hundreds of bird songs. It is the perfect Zencation spot!

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

We have a feeling, like so many others over the years, you'll fall in love with RiverNook.

The Space

RiverNook is a cozy relaxing garage apartment. It does have a flight of stairs at the entry. The space is 400 square feet with a Queen bed, kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, dining table and mini fridge. There's even an outdoor grilling and dining pavilion! 

A large Smart TV allows you to access your favorite apps and Our High Speed Wi-Fi extends over a good portion of the property for you modern convenience types!

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

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 3. 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 or a weekday, week or weekend adventure, we are sure that RiverNook will delight the nature lover inside and rejuvenate your soul!

While a 2-night stay is possible, the vast majority of our guest’s 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 seldom possible to add a night at the last minute. 

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!

Should you need to house more guests, you can rent our Main House, RiversEdge located on the same grounds or The RiverHouse and Harmony House which are just down the road, if they are available.

Guest have access to RiverNook, and the features located on the grounds... river access, hammocks, decks, seating areas and chairs. Kayaks and Canoes may be rented from us if needed.

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

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 RiversEdge, located on the same grounds. However, the grounds are large with ample patios and spaces for all.

Your driveway parking is limited to 2 cars parked in front of the garage.

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 a 35-minute drive.

Bastrop State Park is 4 miles

We cannot wait to share our sanctuary with you!

Home highlights


Pets welcome

Wireless Broadband Internet


Shady Deck with views of expansive grounds and River

Welcome To RiverNook

Start The Day with a River Sunrise

Kitchenette features Mini Fridge, Microwave, Toaster Oven and Coffee Maker and Dining Table

Queen Bed and 2 Recliners

Smart TV and High Speed Wi-Fi Enabled


Parking & facilities

Parking available and Shared Garden


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Suitable for events, Pets welcome, Smoking not allowed and Wheelchair inaccessible

Location features

River, Rural and Waterfront

Bathroom & laundry

Bed linen, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower and Towel-set

Heating & cooling

Air conditioning and Heating available


TV (Satellite)

Internet & office

Wireless Broadband Internet

Kitchen & dining

Coffee machine, Grill, Kitchenette, Microwave, Refrigerator, Toaster and Vacuum cleaner

Home Safety

Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit and Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Smoking not allowed

  • Wheelchair inaccessible

Check in: 04:00 PM

Check out: 11:00 AM


235 B El Camino Real River Road , Bastrop County, United States


Policy and notes


August 2023


About host

Andy Tuerck

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