"Peaceful River Guest House"

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“ Excellent ”
32 Reviews
235 Bella Vista Ln, San Marcos, TX 78655


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Guesthouse
Per night: $150 - $225
Per week: $700 - $1,200
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the San Marcos vacation guesthouse rental
Paradise on the River is a beautiful custom built home only 20- 30 min's away from Formula 1 Race . Opens up with vaulted ceilings, dimmer lights, comfortable furniture, surrounded with soft pastel walls and tasteful art decor to give you a warm welcoming at-home feel away from home. 50' Panasonic smart LCD TV w/DVD.
Pleasantly inviting, this 2B/2/B enchantment is nestled on 1 acre of woods off a private drive on the healing crystal clear San Marcos river shaded with majestic cypress trees.
On the banks of the river you can have a picnic,BBQ, have a campfire, try out the natural healing clay similar to those you have at a spa, do some star gazing, or just relax in the peaceful surroundings. There are a couple of hammocks to enhance your relaxation along with a several tubes for tubing and a boogie board for floating down the rapids. Spencer's Canoes(Shady grove camp ground) is just up stream for convenient canoe rentals.
The river offers fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and other water sports. This place resembles a resort that is fun, relaxing and affordable where many guests return yearly for their vacation.
Other options include: Band/Duo or solo live music for hire for your private party.
Therapeutic massage available with prior notice.
Also consider having your honeymoon here or even your wedding on the banks of the beautiful river if your having a small or medium size gathering. We have many package deals to offer that include professional musicians to perform for the ceremony as well as a four piece band for your reception.
Packages start as low as 1,200 for staying 2 nights and offering musicians,ordained minister and renting chairs. Looking for a place to have a family reunion?
Area Information
Martindale is a small country town only 7 miles from San Marcos, 35 miles from Austin or San Antonio Texas.
20 minutes from Formula 1 racetrack(Circuit of America's just off 130 Tollway.
San Marcos Outlet Mall-Tanger Outlet - 10 mins. away -Take the back way (Old Bastrop Hwy)
Schliterbaun water park in New Branfels- 30 miles
Canyon Lake- 45 miles
Many golf courses in the area- Quail Creek Country Club
Aquarena Springs- Glass bottom boats and glass bottom kayaks. Nature trails.
Martindale- custom home furniture outlet.
Cabellas in Buda
Gruene Hall in Historic Gruene
Sky Diving in Fentress
Wonder World Cave in San Marcos
Cotton Seed Cafe & Deli just off Hwy 80 in Martindale- upscale but not too fancy- best service and homemade cooking! Family owned.
Famous BBQ joints- Fuschacks in San Marcos
Lockhart offers Theatre- and many great BBQ restaurants and Live music @ Chisholm Trail and Gas light Theatre.

Other music venues- Austin- Live Music capital!
Wineries are becoming popular all over Tx and you can find many within a 20 mile radius-or along the Hill Country back roads.
Seguin is also another town close by that is known for their theatre for the arts.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Nov 14 2014 Nov 30 2015 $150 $150 $700 - 2 Nights
Mar 01 2015 Apr 30 2015 $200 $200 $1,000 $1,800 2 Nights
May 01 2015 Sep 30 2015 $220 $225 $1,200 $1,800 2 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 12 a.m.
Deposits: Circuit of the Americas week Oct. 26 - Nov.2nd If staying 2 nights -pay one night stay deposit if staying 1 week -pay 400.00 deposit or 1/2 of rent Deposit checks will be cashed unless specified. Rates subject to change We reserve the right to cancel if we do not receive deposit within 6 weeks of stay. We also reserve the right to not rent out the house to guests whom we feel might be a risk such as social fraternity and other groups.
Payment Options: Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Please no day guests without prior consent. Add $10. per extra person, per day if more than 4 guests add $20 extra for week(per person) for more than 2 guests in winter add $10 extra for dogs per day during seasonal months or $50 per month during winter Leave house as found or optional cleaning service- $75.00 We wash sheets, linens, towels and make the beds.


  • Beds

  • 2 King Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • High Speed Internet
  • Porch
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Water)
  • Beach Towels
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront
  • Deck
  • Heating
  • Pet Friendly
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Children's Pool
    (5 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (5 miles)
  • Beach
    (25 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Tennis
    (5 miles)
  • Lake
    (25 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
    (5 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (6 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
  • Park
    (5 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (10 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (25 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Playground
    (5 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Snorkeling
  • Restaurant
    (5 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
    (10 miles)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)
  • Bowling
    (5 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
We provide toys,books, Smart TV(computer) DVD's and board games for all ages. Tubes for floating and hammocks for lounging.
600 count sheets, cotton and flannel. One of the king beds has a Tempurpedic mattress.

Now opened- Cotton Seed Rapids Cafe and Deli off Hwy 80 in Martindale.

Reviews for this vacation guesthouse rental in San Marcos, Texas

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WF Strong



Loved, loved, loved the house and the river.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Mr. Strong,
Thank you for staying and for your nice comments.
We look forward to seeing you again!
The Corl's

Kathy Mahoney

Telluride, CO

Perfect for Us

We were in San Marcos for a water ski competition at the San Marcos River Ranch, which is 5 min from the house. We spent 5 long, hot, dusty days there - the saving grace was coming home to the river! Floating in lazy circles in the cool water was so refreshing - it made the whole trip. The house is very comfortable (especially the beds) - it easily adapted for 3 couples, since the younger generation didn't mind sleeping on the futon on the floor. Endless hot water, which is always nice. All in all, a great experience for us.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Kathy ,
Glad to hear your stay was enjoyable and
hope you all can come back again sometime!

The Corl's

ann treat

Houston, Texas

Very laid back

Tanner was very helpful and didn't ask for extra fees. My boys loved floating by the beach again and again while we sat on the bank. The house had everything we needed and we enjoyed its proximity to San Marcos.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay.
It is a blessing in deed to be able to share this special place.

Hope to see you again in the near future!
The Corl's

Arianna Aliezer

Houston, TX USA

Amazing Experience

The experience I had at our vacation rental was absolutely fabulous. Everything was clean, in the right spot, easy accessible, and just adorable. I loved how everything was set up and loved the location. Neighbors were very nice as well. A tablet was left at the house for any questions, the 24-hour phone line to contact for any additional questions were great. The fact that there was an option to download a phone application for easy access go to information was wonderful. The overall experience was definitely some of the best I could have asked for and I would love to rent again from this company my next vacation. It was a lovely stay and a great time. Thank you to your company for being so pleasant.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Hi Arianna. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay . We are a little baffled by the phone application option part because we do not actually have that to our knowledge but whatever surprises that you gained from your experience that were good for you works for us.
Keep on enjoying vacations!

Esther Streusand

Fredericksburg, VA

Peaceful retreat

The house worked very well for my husband and I, my mother, our two daughters and one son-in-law to have a nice get-together over Christmas week. The beds were very comfortable, and the main living section of the house was roomy. And it was equipped with enough comfortable seating that we could all pursue our own reading or on-line research or get together to talk or play games. We will consider renting it again on future visits to Texas. The river was great, but the outdoor features were not in good repair. I know there was a huge flood there in the fall, so maybe the hammock and the grill just hadn't been replaced. We would have enjoyed using them if they'd been in shape. The owners are responsive, so if this is important to you, just check the status with them when you book. I did see tubes and a compressor in the shed, so the summer river activities are covered!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Hi Esther,
We have 2 new hammocks and the place looks incredible now after all the work we put into after the flood.
Thank you for your comments and we hope you can come back again to enjoy the amenities!

The Corl's

Wanda Tipton Mendicino

Sugar Land, Texas

True paradise

The beds are so comfortable and both kings! Two bathrooms was fantastic to have. The open concept kitchen/dining/living area was very spacious. Internet and cable, washer and dryer! The walk down to the river was heaven. Watching the water rush by with not another person in sight was truly paradise. Hope Paradise is available every time I go to visit my son at Texas State for the next four years!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much Wanda! We hope it is available for your next stay as well! We appreciate you and Tx State!

Lauri Palmer Bradley Vosbury

Shreveport, LA USA

Quaint Getaway

Nice area and home featuring all the comforts of home. Nice for a family or a get-a-way for a couple. It is in a quiet, mostly secluded area but convenient to anything (Wal-Mart, restaurants, C-Store) you may need. Thanks for offering this place for rent as a welcome alternative to a hotel. We enjoyed our recent stay in your home. Thanks!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

You are welcome. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to having you back!

Stacy Adams

Austin, TX

Best Get Away Ever!

We just spent the weekend at this cute home in celebration of my husbands 50th birthday. We took are dogs, canoe and kayak. The house had everything we needed and we felt at home. The river is amazing. This is something everyone should experience. Close enough to town, but at night the stars were awesome!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come back again for more birthday celebrations!

Raye Ann Liescheski

Richmond, Texas

Great place for a get-together!

This was the perfect setting for our family to celebrate my son's graduation from Texas State. The kitchen and living room are very spacious. Also, the mattress in the master bedroom is extremely comfortable! Nice river access as well.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Congratulations on the Tx. St. Grad. Glad you were able to have a fun celebration at our guest house. I just discovered that we had not responded to your nice review. Thank you for staying and come back again!
The Corl's

Stacy Nichols


Paradise - visted

Our vacation was great! The house is wonderful and the river provided the perfect setting for my family to create life-long summer vacation memories. We met and talked with several Bella Vista Lane residents, the couple that prepare the house for guests, and the gentleman that removes the recyclable items. Each person was friendly and added to our trip. We will always treasure our time at your wonderful house on the river. Thank you. stacy

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Dear Nichols family,
So glad to hear you had a fullfilling vacation. Thank you for sharing and hope to see you again next year or whenever you can come back.

Tanner, MariLisa and Raeh Corl

Mike and Melanie Garza

Lubbock, Texas

Truly A Paridise!!!

This is the 5th year for my family to stay at this paridise..We always have such a wonderful time and it is truly an experience that we look forward to every year.. Thank you Marilisa and Tanner from the Garza Family

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

You are so welcome. It brings us joy to know how much you and your family have such memorable experiences that make you want to keep coming back each year.. See ya next summer.
Tanner and MariLisa

Janice Kay Cannon

Baytown, TX USA

River Hideaway

My family had a wonderful time at this guest house. The house is furnished with everything you need and the riverfront is one of my favorite spots on the San Marcos River. I look forward to my return!!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

So glad to hear you had a memorable experience and look forward to your return visit. We are blessed to have folks like you who know how to enjoy the river. Thank you for taking good care of the house as well.
The Corl's

Sherry Rutledge Knutson

Mansfield, Tx

Beautiful place

We loved the cozy, comfortable cabin. It was just what we needed for a relaxing get away. I will definitely be back again. The river is absolutely beautiful!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Glad you had a nice stay. Look forward to your next visit!
The Corl's

Alex Ledsinger

Houston, Texas

Nice, Clean, Great River Access

House was nice and clean upon arrival. Excellent river access, walk right into the river, or jump in from the cliff behind the house, an easy 25ft jump, but be careful! Good fishing in the same spot where you jump in, nice and deep there. The house is fairly remote, your GPS will not get you there. My GPS got me right to the dirt road that you turn on to get to the house. The house is small but nice. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. 1 King bed, 2 twin beds and a futon in the living room that can be used as a fourth bed. Good for a family or for a small group. Kitchen has up to date appliances, outside has a gas grill and separate smoker. The house also has a canoe, 5 or 6 tubes for river floating and life jackets. The only drawback was no cable/satellite or antenna for the nice flat screen tv. I did speak with the owner who said he would get that addressed. No big deal though, too much to do other than watch tv. Overall great house and friendly owner. We will rent this place again.

Jan Thompson

Cedar Park,Tx USA

Paradise Was Great!!!

We had a great time tubing down the river and site seeing.......I have stayed before with other friends and had to come back with some more to enjoy the place again...... We will be back again in the future.... Thanks for the great place to get away........ Jan Thompson

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Jan so glad you were able to enjoy your stay at the get a way. Hope everyone is well in your family. See you soon. MariLisa

Clydeen Shaw Johnson

Kenedy, TX

River House Rave

The river house is everything it says it is and more...had my daughter's graduation party there when she graduated from Texas State last month. The house is cozy and comfortable and ready to entertain. Great ambiance. Everyone who came to the gathering thought it was the best idea we ever had! This spot on the river is amazing! The kids floated the river from downtown Martindale...lazy 45 minute float...back to our sandy little beach area. Perfecto. Loved the cypress trees as well as the peacocks and owls. This place is a jewel...we will happily return! Thanks again Marilisa and Rhea! You are a delight as well...happy to have made your acquaintance!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Got any more graduates, bring em on. So glad you and your family enjoyed the river and got to see the peacocks and owls. The birds are such a treat to see them up and close.
Hope you can come back soon! MariLisa, Tanner and Raeh

Penny Muckleroy

San Antonio Texas


We rented this house so we could be close to our convention. It is awesome. The house was so nice, very comfortable with all the extras you have a home. You don't need to bring anything but your clothes to enjoy this little house. We didn't see the river until we were getting ready to leave. OH MY! it was like opening a window and stepping into heaven. What a beautiful spot. We saw peacocks, a herring fishing, red birds, and much more. The flowing river is beautiful to watch and relaxing to listen to. The owners have gone out of their way to offer their guests a LITTLE BIT EXTRA. I've stayed at a number of vacation homes and none of them have offered the warmth, beauty, and comfort of this house. The owners are to be commended. We plan to come back for a team party when the weather warms up. I highly recommend this place to anyone needing a place to stay in the San Marcos area.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Penny, Thank you for your sweet comments and am so glad you felt the enchantment of the nature that we do. Now that its rained a good bit , the river is higher and the birds are loving it.
Hope you can return soon. The Corl's



Just right!

Thank you very much Tanner for letting me and my family use your beautiful house and property. If I had the money, I would definitely make you an offer on it. Really though, it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely use you again for a vacation rental. The place is perfect to just relax for the weekend and get away from the stresses of everyday life. If I had more time off from work and school I would love to stay a week or two. I hope you hold this treasure for years to come as we have seen many vacation spots disappear to commercial and private properties over the years. Thanks again, you guys are great and very very reasonable on the price. I think I may have to reserve now for the same time next year.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

David, So glad you had such a lovely encounter at the property. Summer will be here again before you know it and the river is flowing very nicely. Though we had to adjust our rates a little, its still very resonable especially for all the ammenities. Cheers and see you soon. Tanner, ML and Raeh

Richard Murphy

Spring, TX

Great place

This was our second year to stay at this house. Great accommodations and the location on the river is the best.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Richard, Glad you were able to stay with us more than once. We hope you can return again soon.
Best regards, The Corl's


kingwood, tx


it was awesome.....thank you for sharing you home....

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Your welcome. Hope you can stay again real soon. The Corl's

Lisa Montalvo

Lake Jackson, TX


This was our first time to stay at this house and we had a great time. Very relaxing sitting by the River. We'll be back.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Glad you had a great first visit. I think you came back again another time but anyway hope you can visit again real soon.
Thank you,
The Corl's

James Hogue

Houston, Texas


We had a great time. The property was nice and the house had all the amenities you would have at your own home.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Glad you were able to stay at our guest house and have such a memorable experience. Please come again soon.
The Corl's

Terry Futschik

Stafford, Texas

Weekend get-away

I enjoyed staying the the house. It was quiet and peaceful. River access is great. Anxious to go back for sure!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Glad you were able to get a way for a relaxing retreat. Hope you can come back again soon!

The Corl's

Richard Murphy

The Woodlands, TX

Great place

The accommodations were great but the river access was fantastic. We spent every afternoon in the water enjoying the San Marcos River. We can't wait for next year.


Houston Tx


It's a very quiet neighborhood. River was great for swimming with a secluded feeling and very private. Even on Saturday we only saw three groups of tubers. It's a great place if you have small children. The house is very convenient to San Marcos and area attractions and the owners were easy to work with.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Glad you were able to have a good time and feel safe with the children. We feel so blessed to have this spot with a great swimming hole and shallow levels as well.
Hope you can come again soon.

The Corl's

Sylvia Valle



It was very relaxing and quiet atmosphere especially when we did not have a working TV. It was a comfortable setting.

Garrett Pierce

Houston, TX

Great Place

Had a relaxing week at this great little place on the crystal clear San Marcos river. Lots to do in the area around San Marcos, New Braunfels, Gruene, wish we had more time.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

So glad your time here was so relaxing. Its so good for us to have calm spot we can go to in such a fast paced world. Hope you can come back and get comfy and cozy again real soon.

The Corl's

Kirk and Pam

Sugar Land, TX


Perfect place to spend a week on the San Marcos river and enjoy this part of the Texas Hill Country. Aquarena Springs, Sea World, The Bertram Flyer... and the San Marcos river. Highly recommended!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Hi Kirk and Pam,
Glad you guys got to do so much and take advantage of all the offerings of this area.
I know your last visit was probably more rain than you were expecting but hope it didn't put too much a damper on your stay. Come back again when you can.
The Corl's


houston, texas

The Best for Rest

Very serene and private. Beautiful natural Hill Country landscape with easy river access. Love the wildlife, rabbits, owls, peacocks, etc. Best place to get away from the noise and lights of the city.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Mr. Charles,
Glad you were able to get away from all the hussle and bussle and relax at our little paradise.
Hope you can return real soon.

The Corl's


Houston, TX


This place was a wonderful place to stay, get away and unwind. I took my 3 nephews, all under the age of 9 and we had a blast. The house was clean and cosy and the river was breath taking. I am looking forward to going back at least once a year and encourage all who need a little peace and quiet, to visit. Thanks Tanner and Marilisa!

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

So Glad you and your nephews had such an incredible experience at our guest house.
Please come back again soon.

The Corl's

Julie Gibson

Houston Texas

Great Time

We loved every minute of it. It was truly the road to paradise. The owners were very easy to work with. We hope to return. The Gibsons

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can return in the near future.

The Corl's

Bernie and Mary Jo LaHaie

Cheboygan, MI USA

Peaceful River House

This comfortable guest house in a quiet country setting was truely a vacation for us as a mature couple and our one night guests. All the conveniences of home in a relaxed setting. We will do this again soon.

Marilisa & Tanner Corl

Owner's reply:

Bernie and Mary Jo,
Glad you had a nice stay at our guest house and hope you can return again some day.

Best regards,
The Corl's

Owner Supplied Testimonials

We had a devine time staying at your home in Martindale. It was wonderful to pull into Austin sunday evening well rested and inspired from the beauty that unfolded throughout our stay- you have a beautiful family- and genuine neighbors- who added to the magical weekend.
Thanks a million for everything.

Thanks for the Holiday, we had a lovely stay at your house and all and all we got about 6 fish one about 10 minutes after we arrived and that kept the kids involved thereon! You have a lovely house and we really enjoyed San Marcos as well. Thank you, Lynn Esson

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Food, clothes, drinks.
Q: How close is the river to the guest house?
A: 80 yards. There are 3 levels, lots of trees, so you can not see the river from the house.
Q: What Kind of TV does the Guest House Have?
A: 50" 2013 Panasonic Smart LCD with sound system

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    We are a husband and wife team with a 11 yr old daughter who live in the house on off season and enjoy staying at other guest homes during our travels. We are a family trio that performs in and around Texas through most of the year and touring during July and August.
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