We had a wonderful time, despite the epic flood we really enjoyed the Ranch and loved remembering coming up here as kids!
Webb Family Vac
Our family had an amazing time. We loved the hiking trail and all of the animals. The rope swing was a fan favorite. We definitely have to come again.
Atwood Family Vacation 8/2 – 8/7 Houston, TX
What a beautiful place! We had such a great time = so incredibly relaxing! Kids loved the swimming hole and spent hours on the rope swing! Plan on a return trip – loved it!
Burba (Houston), Brister (New Braunfels, Spring) Berchelmann (Cypress/Woodlands) Trip 7/14-7/17
Had a great time water hole, animals, weather all such an amazing, blessed time. Great family vacation! Loving the natural spring pond. Thanks for having us!
Gary & Marie, Poole Family Vacation 7/5-9/2022
We had such a wonderful time! Your ranch is beautiful. The spring fed pool is amazing, and the lodge made us feel at home. We loved being able to hike and see all the animals, especially the wildebeest and zebras. And the baby foxes by the house gave us lots entertainment! Thank you for everything!
Love, The Hilton, Royal, & Mehrmann Clan 6/28/22
We had a blast! Mimi’s Mountain was a blast! The watering hole was amazing for the 90+ weather. The animals are beautiful. Our overall stay was wonderful and exactly what we all needed. Thank you for the amazing experience!
The Molsbee Tribe 6/22 P.S. The lonely zebra needs a friend (donkey)
Had such a wonderful time! We loved the lodge, hikes & swing! Animals were amazing too. Celebrated our son’s 12th birthday with all his friends. We will certainly be back! Thank you.
We had a great trip! Thank you!
Kelsey, Jesse, Luke, Shaina, Khloe, & Chase
Thanks for a great, relaxing time on your lovely property! We enjoyed a hike up to the peak & lounging in the shade by the pool. It was perfect weather to set up our projector outside and watch movies at night, and on our last night we enjoyed a little party in the cantina. What a fun place! Cheers!
We survived Leakey 2021! We had so much fun! When children are entertained for hours & adults can socialize! An AMAZING TIME! We survived the hike with 8 kids & 8 adults! Hope to be back again!
SOTEX – 8/26- 8/29-2021 The C. B. T. & Future T Family
Well, this was our 5th year to come here for our family vacation. We love this place! Party all day & Cantina at night!! So nice to unplug from all the bad news & tech world, and get back to nature. Thanks for sharing your slice of heaven with us! See you all next year! Cheers!!
The Mooneys, Kovars, Fry, and Jeske Families 7/23-7/26/2021
Fantastic time. Very relaxing! Very calm. Loved watching animals & birds (morning & night). Swimming hole was a blast. Hiking trails & views & scenery were great! Only hard thing is having to leave.
USA David & Mary (Houston, Tx) Eric & Rana (Atascocita), Francis & Jay (Irvine, CA) & Kids! 6/27-7/1/2021
Relaxing weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family. Dreamy views & so fun to drive around to see the animals. Fire pit & cantina. Thank you for letting us come for the weekend to make memories with family.
Gossett Family November 27-29, 2020
Been coming here since 2003 & it is just as magical now as it was then! You can imagine all the different experience that have happened here… from the Native Americans passing through to the lodge being built in the 1800’s, to all the celebrations here now. It’s an amazing place! Thank you for letting us share in it – we have great memories!
Washburn, Steinberg, & Griffith Families 11/23/20
Such an amazing time!! Incredible views, elegant lodging. Peacefulness and beautiful scenery. Who could ask for more? We had a lovely family vacation and look forward to many more!
The Agular & Brenner Families November 12-15, 2020
Halloween Weekend 2020. We just came to the Circle H about 23 years ago. When we needed a break from overcrowded Austin, this place came to mind. It did not disappoint. We will return soon with friends as we did back then. It’s just magical here! Thanks for sharing this treasure.
Ben & Susan (Austin, Tx.)
This is just what we needed to get a break from Quarantine Life. What an amazing change of scenery! We loved spotting wildebeest and zebras on the Mimi’s Mountain lookout hike and also had a great time hiking and swimming at Garner State Park. Relaxing at night was perfect – had a blast jumping into the pool using the rope swing, grilling out back, drinks in the cantina, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores in the fire pit. This place is an incredible treasure. Thank you so for sharing it, Jen & John!
The Moore Family (Austin, Tx.) October 12, 2020
Tom’s 70th BDay 9/20
Perfecto!! Our family loved everything. Had a birthday surprise party in Cantina with hats, ponchos, and fun.. Thanks!!
Beautiful Ranch – Awesome wildlife! Gorgeous House – Can see having Thanksgiving at the table.
Jason & Kurt Families (9/15/2020)
Had a great time on your lovely ranch. There is so much to do and we really loved it. Many Thanks!
I love the pool! This house is cool!
Lilly Emmite (6 years old) 9/8/2020
What a great place for a family vacation – thank you for sharing!
We love this place!!! We had a great time. I loved all the animals. I loved being out in the woods. Pool is great. I want to come back most definitely, but that’s up to my mom.
Kassie (August 20, 2020)
Thanks so much for a relaxing and peaceful stay! Everything was perfect. The outdoor areas were the perfect hang out spots.
The Neely’s, Hammond’s, Denton’s 8/16/20 (Bluff Dale, Tx)
Thank you for such a great time and a beautiful place.
Thanks for the memories and the relaxing time. It has been awesome! Beautiful Property!
Thanks so much for a relaxing and peaceful respite from the current chaos. We had a wonderful time!
The Patterson’s (Aug 7/8, 2020)
John & Jen Thank you so much for everything. We will definitely be back. Lots memories to make. Beautiful Ranch.
J. Rodriguez (Eagle Pass, Tx.) Aug 6, 2020
Thanks for the memories. We had a wonderful time. Very relaxing, all the kids enjoyed the pool, the animals, and the stars at night.
Texas A&M, B. &A. Rodriguez ’66 (Eagle Pass, Tx.)
4th year here & it gets better every year. Thanks for sharing your beautiful property with us. Can’t wait for 2021!!
The Mooney’s, The Jeske’s, The Kovar’s (7/24- 7/27)
Thanks for another great time! Everything was great and everyone enjoyed their stay. It was a great time to get away and relax during these uncertain times. We hope to be back again.
The M. G. &D. Families (July 17- 20, 2020)
The last time we were here was 2009, and we had always made such great memories. I had been wanting to come back desperately, but my family had convinced me that it wouldn’t happen. This week they surprised me with this trip for my graduation and these will forever be my best memories. We love Leakey and the Circle h Lodge! Thank you for keeping it the same all these years!
The Tidmore & Dawson Family (2020)
Another magical time at Circle H Lodge. Thank you for welcoming us to a much needed escape!
The Toney Family (Austin, Tx.), The Schroller’s (Victoria, Tx.), Nelson (Briggs, Tx.) Year 5!
Thanks for sharing this most magical place. It was inspirational, healing, and energizing all in one. What a perfect place to spend time with family. Again, thanks for allowing others to appreciate your paradise in the Hill Country. Viva Terlingua!
July 1, 2020
We have loved our stay sooo much. Had a blast at the pool and on the grounds. A good time was had by all 7 of us! The animals are beautiful. Thank you Jen!
Brenda Seeds (June 11-15, 2020)
Wow! What a perfect place for our family. We had such a great time- the kids loved everything it was awesome! We hope to return again
May 27, 2020
Dear Harwood family and staff, How can we thank you enough at this difficult time in the world, to welcome us into your amazing lodge. We feel truly blessed to have found you. The Lodge is so charming and full of whimsical character. It has all the comforts of home with a few differences. We would never expect a visit from a zebra or wildebeest. As animal lovers, we were so delighted to see the variety of exotic animals. We also watch the baby birds in the small next on the porch and of course the hummingbirds! We were only here three days but could have stayed a month. Once our daughters feel safer in the world, we will definitely come back with our family. Thank you again for a time we will always remember and want to experience again. Your hospitality was much needed. God bless you and keep you safe.
Doug & Debbie Schultz (Richmond, Tx) Russel & Linda too. (April 28, 2020)
Once again, a long weekend of good friends, good times and some much needed down time from our hectic lives. We love all the changes made to the lodge and grounds… swimming hole is super awesome!
Sharp, Fox, Westphal, & Fitch Families (Sept. 12-16, 2019)
To the Harwoods! & Staff!! What an amazing experience! Thank you for letting us come & stay here. Breath taking views, all the exotic animals, star gazing, swimming and fishing oh and also hiking. So much to do in such a little time. We cannot thank you all enough. Hoping to be able to come back every year! Thanks to All.
(August 5, 2019)
What a beautiful place! We had so much fun swimming, hiking, and seeing all the animals! Thank you for being such amazing hosts and sharing your slice of paradise with us! We plan to return soon!
McDougall’s from Odessa (July 28 – July 1, 2019)
We had a wonderful time! The grounds are beautiful and getting to see the animals was exciting for everyone! Thank you for a wonderful time, we can’t wait to come back again!
The Callanan’s, Lozoyas, Wilkinson’s, & Blomstroms! (July 28th, 2019)
WAY TO MUCH FUN ------------ WAY TO LITTLE TIME!!!
M. J. K. & F. Families 7/20-22/19
Had a great time! Thanks for your hospitality!
S. S. & T. Families 7/15/19
We had a great time hiking and swimming. The pool is awesome. This house is so comfortable, and we had too much fun in the Cantina! Ha! Thanks!
M. G. D. Families 7/12/19
This place is magical. Thank you for sharing. We baptized our son in the spring this trip.
July 2019 Nelson S. Mead Clan
This place is AWESOME! Thank y’all so much for having us. We hope to come again in the future! God Bless!
Kaitlyn, Aubrie & Avery (6/26/2019)
We had a blast! Thank you all y’all do to make this such an enjoyable place! Happy! Happy! Happy!
C. B. T. Family 6/24/19
We are so happy we found your beautiful paradise in the Hill Country. We are having a fabulous time from swimming, hiking, exploring the springs. BBQing and The Cantina! Believe the little ones enjoyed the Cantina fun! Thank you for sharing your beautiful lodge! See you next year!
The Flanagan & Smith Family
Thank you for having such a pretty home available. All of us had a fun time hiking, swimming, and sitting on the porch enjoying the view. We can’t wait to come back.
6/7/19 Dailey Family
What a wonderful place! Thank you for making a great get away!
Sweetwater, Alabama Y. Family June 8th, 2019
We had such a wonderful time. Feeling so blessed to have found you on Home away. From youngest to oldest we all had such fun. Swimming and hiking was a great time with the entire family. We are so looking forward to next year. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
R. D. and Y. Families (6/7/2019 Pleasanton, Tx.)
What a great time I had with family. This place was amazing. Thank you.
Kevin D. 6/7/2019
Wonderful relaxing spot with great open views.
Very pleased. Best part was how well the house accommodated my very large group. Large well-appointed kitchen, large dining area and open outside patio made for a great experience.
T.M. Family, Corpus Christi, TX. Date of stay: May 2019
Natures "real" valley
Driving through the front gate gives the impression of privacy, however as we continued on through the ranch we were very impressed by the views and different species of animals. Being able to hike our own private trails was a nice feature and really set the mood for relaxation in nature. Waking up in the morning it was awesome to see different animals grazing by the house and were close enough to get great pictures! If you are wanting to float the Frio, we found it to be conveniently close (maybe a 10 minute ride). Overall this guest house was worth the experience and was the vacation we needed!
K.S. Family, College Station, TX. Date of stay: March 2019
All the spectacular beauty of the Hill Country in one place
Even though it was just a 5-10 minute drive into Leakey, being surrounded by the ranch's tall hills made us feel like we were a thousand miles from the stresses of civilization. The exotic animals we encountered on our hikes, and the quiet solitude, added to the sense of remoteness. What we liked most about the guest house was the many gathering places, whether we were on the porch, congregating in the large kitchen, or just relaxing in the living room, we always had a place for family or even private conversations. Can't wait to go back!
D.B. Family, Denton, TX. Date of stay: November 2018
The views from the house are beautiful! You can spend hours on the large porch taking it all in. It's also just minutes from the Frio river making floating the river very convenient. Always a great time staying in this house!
C.S., Jarrell, TX. Date of stay: April 2018
If you are looking for a great place to unwind, then Circle H Ranch is the place! The owners, Jenn and John were very personable and made us feel right at home.
The G Family- Seguin, TX. Date of stay: March 2018
Texas Hill Country hide-away
This rental is perfect if you like to get away from the crowd but still be within minutes of the hot-spots in the area. It was great to tube the Frio and see all of the folks in the water...but it was really nice to retreat back to the secluded location of the "guest house". One of the more enjoyable aspects of our stay was "kicking back" on their large deck area. Had our early morning coffee out there (and a few evening beverages). And lots to see from that vantage point.... we saw a variety of different exotic animals in the valley area and the mountain side directly in front of deck. Wish I would have kept a listing of the critters and different birds we saw.... take your binoculars. They also had a hiking path/road to the top of one of the mountains. Once you make the hike (a moderate effort for seasoned folks like us)...the view is simply spectacular. We had a picnic lunch "on-top". If you are a fan of the Texas Hill Country....I would definitely recommend this as a stop. And the ranch folks are a nice bunch too.... very helpful.
C.N. Family, Cornhill, TX. Date of stay: September 2017