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Perfect Nature Lover's Retreat With Outdoor Shower & Outdoor Fireplace

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 1 outdoor shower, Sleeps 2-3, cot available

Off the beaten track, nestled in the canyons between Tarpley & Utopia. Perfect as a writer’s/artist’s retreat---two cabins (bedroom & kitchen) connected by a covered breezeway, with deck, private outdoor shower, with hot & cold water, under an old growth juniper offers an exciting & comfortable immersion into nature while safe & as green as possible. Bathroom is a separate room outside the bedroom, built around a tree branch, with an incinerator toilet, which works great. Kitchen is fully equipped. Queen bed with excellent mattress. Air conditioning & eco-heaters in both rooms.

There is also a tree house/platform built in a white oak tree & outfitted with a hammock You are welcome to climb at your own risk for a bird's eye view.

More Details

Sally Garrett
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

About Sally Garrett

I am an herbalist, naturalist & photographer. I love being in the country near wildlife & stewarding beautiful properties. I've lived in the Texas hill country for 11 years & the wildlife continues to fascinate me. Ravens nest in the cliff wall of the canyon & often fly overhead, croaking their harsh call. My cabins are a prefect artist's or writer's retreat. The deck is surrounded by Little Blue Stem, a native tall prairie grass. And It's important that my guests feel safe, comfortable & relaxed. The kitchen will be stocked with some basic food items.

Sally Garrett purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Sally Garrett chose Tarpley

I've always enjoyed places off the beaten path, connected to nature. While completing a graduate degree in Environmental Studies, I traveled & worked in Africa back in the 90's, studying hippo communication. It was a dream come true to be immersed in Africa like that. Now, 20 years later, this place in the hill country is the closest I've come to being as close to nature as I was in Africa. No, there are no hippos or crocodiles, but there are white-tailed deer, fox, rabbit, coyote, armadillo & sometimes a gazelle can be seen.

What makes this cabin unique

Optional for an additional cost upon request:

guided plant walks

yoga classes

herbal consults

energy-based body work - Reiki, Therapeutic Touch

customized food basket


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Tarpley in Bandera County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Composting toilet with sink & hot & cold water. Privately fenced outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • limited accessibility
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


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(16 traveller reviews)

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Perfect Nature Lover's Retreat With Outdoor Shower & Outdoor Fireplace
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Arlington, Tx


  • 5 of 5

This cabin was even better than we expected. There is nothing we didn't love about it. From the location, the set-up, the outdoor shower, the tree-house hammock, and the outdoor fireplace (which we fell asleep in front of, under the amazing stars). It was indeed a magical experience all the way around. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Getaway in the Hill Country

  • 5 of 5

Even in the Texas summer heat, this place was like Heaven. It is delightfully decorated, and everything you'd need is supplied. We were a bit skeptical of the outdoor shower, but it turned out to be one of our favorite features! It is completely private, and showering in the beautiful setting was not only refreshing, but inspiring. Our hostess was perfect----there to welcome us and show us around, available if we needed her, but never ever intrusive. The property is blissfully secluded, but close enough to restaurants, a little shopping, and lots of awesome hiking, to make it perfect. Be sure to get outside in the evenings! Once the sun dips below the hills, the temperatures quickly become pleasant. The stargazing is unprecedented, all to the soundtrack of crickets and tree frogs. There is no better way to relax and unplug from life!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was my pleasure & honor to host you all. You were considerate, respectful & perfect guests. Please come back any time.
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Friendswood, tx


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, TX 79707, USA

An Out of the Way Place for a Quiet Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Sally's cabin is located near a small stream about 5 miles west of Tarpley, TX. The owner's house is about 50 yards from it and partially concealed by trees so it is very private. Everything in the cabin shows great attention to detail. Everything that we might have had questions about had very well written and detailed instructions. The outdoor fireplace had wood in it with extra wood stacked nearby. The bed was very comfortable. One thing that was impressive was how well stocked the kitchen was. Everything that we needed to cook simple meals was available. All in all, this was one of the most pleasant cabins we've rented.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John! You all are were lovely guests and are welcome back anytime!
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Floresville, Texas


  • 5 of 5

We love finding great distinctive properties to stay in and this one definitely fits the bill. Sally was a great host. This gem was our base for hiking in Lost Maples. Each night we enjoyed a fire on the deck and a shower under the super moon. We had dinner at the Lost Maples Cafe in Utopia and the pie was yummy as promised. The general store is a must. I asked where I could get a cup of coffee and the clerk guided me to the rear of the store where a few of the locals where gathered to tell some "good bull" and to savor the complementary coffee. We also stopped by the food truck park in the morning to get delicious tacos. An afternoon stroll in the Utopia Park was thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife went to this awesome spot in the canyons for her birthday weekend. It was beautiful and inspiring. We unplugged and did a lot of talking and relaxing. The hike up the side of the hill to the lookout point to see the canyons almost brought my wife to tears. It is a wonderful place to go to to get away from all of the "noise" of a busy life. The drive out there is very calming and beautiful as well. This is a great getaway for anyone but especially couples in my opinion.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brett. It was a total pleasure to have you all...and always a special honor for those who appreciate this land so much. I look forward to your return.
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Mac & Ernies is a sought-after, casual, gourmet eatery famous for grilled meats & fish & good sides. They've been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" & many people travel to Tarpley just for a meal here. Open Friday-Sunday: lunch 11-4, dinner 5-8 Fri-Sat; breakfast 10-11:30, lunch 12-2 Sun


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Tarpley, USA

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £32.28

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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