Very Good

9 reviews

1 / 19 November at Strawmanor



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Description from owner

On the Lake, Luxurious, Hot Tub, Fire Place, filled with the latest technology, eco-friendly and several yards walking distance from Canyon Lake. Email or call us now to reserve your getaway in this wonderful home on the lake. Watch the sunset from our great deck, enjoy the hot tub, sail, swim, visit a winery, or feed the deer.

Four bedrooms sleeps 16, large gourmet kitchen, fireplace, hot tub, latest technology including surround sound stereo, dvd, sattelite TV, internet. Out door grill, smoker,gazebo, picnic space and grounds to simply enjoy nature!

We have plenty of space for family vacations, reunions, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthday parties, group getaways and corporate team building!

We offer a free wine tasting for up to six (6) people at Dry Comal Creek Winery, an award winning winery for all who stay at Strawmanor during November 2009 through March 2010. Moreover, our rates are discounted in the Fall and Spring!

We are made with a recycled resource, straw bales. We donate a portion of profits to the Texas Hill Country Conservancy to protect land and water in Texas.

We will also be hosting a painting and landscape sketch class in the Spring 2011. Contact us if you would like more information.

Beds: 8 Queen Beds, 3 Sofa Beds

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4903721

About the area

The Hill Country now boasts 24 excellent Texas Wineries!! Strawmanor is a few miles away from Dry Comal Creek Winery, an award winning Texas Winery and the start of wonderful day trip to the remaining Hill Country wineries. Other easy day trips can be made to nearby New Braunfels, Gruene, Wimberly, Austin and San Antonio! We are steps away from the Lake where great bass fishing abounds in the Fall, Winter and Spring. There is also fun sailing, water skiing and swimming on the Lake. Moreover, the Schlitterbahn Water Park is fifteen minutes away and tubing on the near by Guadalupe River is a popular adventure in the summer. This region is warm most of the year and enjoys plenty of sunshine. During the Spring months, the Wildflowers of Texas are in bloom and wonderful to see. Bike rides through the hills of the Texas during this time of year are a great treat. Moreover, there are Lavender Farms and Olive Oil Orchards to be enjoyed in this region. If you prefer city life, Austin and San Antonio are 60 minutes away, filled with people, music, museums and other fun things to see and do!

Owner profile

Bernardine T.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English



  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Wheelchair users


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports

Reviews (9)

Very Good – based on 9 reviews Very Good
9 reviews

“Too expensive for what you got.”

Reviewed 5 Aug 2015

It was $2800 for 5 days plus a $500 deposit that was suppose to be refundable. It has been a month and it still has not been credited. Many bugs in the house, toilet upstairs did not work well, all of the fans downstairs did not work, beds were too hard, the staircase was entirely too hard to go up and down. Too far to walk to the lake. We have already looked into other houses for next year. For this price you can be right on the river and in a much nicer home.

“Women's retreat”

Reviewed 19 Nov 2014

A group of us (13 women) stayed a night and we really enjoyed the manor. Strawmanor had plenty of beds so we were able to sleep comfortably. The big kitchen and dining area allowed us to come together in the open area to cook, eat and play our traditional board games at the table. When we wanted to hang out near the gas fire in the living area, there were plenty of couches and chairs to pull together for that group time. It was very homey and inviting on our cold evening and for dinner we went less than five minutes down the street to an Italian restaurant that accommodated us all...(The Italian Cafe and was very good). Strawmanor was exactly what we were looking for in our stay and we plan to reserve again in the future.

Owner's reply: thank you! Thank you for your review. I am so glad that your group had a great time during your stay at Strawmanor the Eco-Friendly Retreat Center. We look forward to serving your vacation needs in the future for your stays at Canyon Lake, Texas, located in the Texas Hill Country.

“Great for families, sailing”

Reviewed 14 Nov 2012

We (two families with kids under 12) had a great weekend at Strawmanor. House is large, very well appointed and spotlessly clean. Yard was a hit with the kids and the hot tub with us all. Easy access to Lake Canyon Yacht Club topped it off.

Owner's reply: Thank you Matt, I appreciate your taking the time and effort to write this review. I know that days can be hectic and finding the time is not always easy. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Strawmanor the Eco-Friendly retreat house. This is how my husband had always hoped that the house would be used before he passed away, as a place for families and friends to gather and enjoy themselves. It sounds to me like both of your families, adults and children had a great time enjoying the

“Family Vacation”

Reviewed 12 Jul 2011

This house was a perfect fit for our family, consisting of us and our two sons and seven grandchildren. It was very clean and everyone had a very comfortable bed. We loved being away from close neighbors so we could have rousing games of water volleyball without disturbing others. The pool was certainly enjoyed by all of us. The views were incredible, especially at the prayer garden, where we went each evening to watch the sun set. Even though the home was a distant up the hill, it was still an easy drive to San Antonio and New Braunsfels for outings. We look forward to returning in the future.

“Great place to unwind with family and friends”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2011

Rented the house to celebrate my 50th birthday with family and friends. Everything was awesome and everyone enjoyed. I think the best thing about the house is that you feel at home right away and there is plenty of space and bathrooms to make it comfortable for everyone. We cooked all our meals in kitchen or grilled and the spacious kitchen and supplies in the kitchen made this easy. would definitely stay here again!!

“Graduation Celebration”

Reviewed 19 Oct 2009

We stayed at Straw Manor for our daughters College Grad Celebration. It was so roomy with adequate space to sleep 8 to 10 couples (16 to 20 people) It has several large bathrooms, showers....The Kitchen was Huge as was the Livingroom. The Sunset View from the deck in the evening was amazing. We would highly recommend Straw manor & Bernadine(owner) very helpful throughout the entire process. Located very Close to Canyon Lake Marine, Gruene, The Horse shoe, New Braunsfel and so much more.

“Perfect for family with kids”

Reviewed 18 Feb 2008

This house was perfect for my children, husband and I. We used it as our home base, and took day trips through Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country. Plus with the excellent kitchen I was able to cook for them and keep their meals healthy something I would have had a very hard time doing if we stayed at a hotel. Also, they had the opportunity to see deer close up, gaze at the stars and we told ghost stories at night. We had great fun and every amenity we could possibly need. Because of the washer and dryer we were able to pack light and save room for souvenirs. I also enjoyed sending my husband to the water park with the kids while I stayed at home, enjoyed the hot tub and relaxed. This house was beautiful, the furnishings were new, everything was very clean and we were very happy here. We will return again next year. I almost forgot to mention how neat it was to stay at a straw house, my kids and I had the opportunity to contribute to helping the environment and have fun!

“Great for Stressed urbanite”

Reviewed 7 Feb 2008

My husband and I lead very hectic lives in a major metropolitan city and welcomed the opportunity to be in a warmer, calmer place during February. The fireplace, hot tub and quiet of this manor were exactly what we needed to have a respite from the stress of our hectic city lives. I was very impressed by the clean, new, spacious and well appointed, rooms in this house. We had every amenity we needed. We were able to unwind, have a glass of wine next to the roaring fire, watch the sunset and check our email when we felt like it. Plus I was able to indulge my gourmet side and cook for us, something I rarely do at home because of my schedule. It was well worth the weekend rental price and a serious bargain compared to city prices. Being able to unwind like this and without the loud noise of the city probably saved my husband and I years of marital counseling. Places like this are hard to find. I highly recommend it and will return again every year.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

We all had a blast. Everyone liked the house and the fact that we all could room together. Thanks for all your help. We will be back. My family is still talking about the house and how comfortable it was for all us even when we were all in one room. Matter of fact it came up again last night while some of us were visiting mom and dad. You should be proud that you have a place that family can gather and have special times together. We use to always talk about the cruise we took mom and dad on. But now, your place has filled our hearts with memories with them. You should put that song "Making Memories of Us" on your web page to play while people visit. That is what your house has been titled in our family. Just a thought. Family Gathering:27 adults and 2 children

Excellent service! Terry told us about swimming and fishing access to the lake. Thank you. The manor is spacious, well- appointed, and the choice of colors is tasteful. It is exceptionally comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We all felt very relaxed and at home here. Thank you!

The view is beautiful from the deck. Everything was incredibly clean and looked very nice. The sound system was great. The kitchen was excellent and we had everything we needed.

The view from the deck and the stars were beautiful!

As someone with architectural training, I can say it was a great experience. The thick walls give the house a Mediterranean feel (enhanced by the lake water colors, the stone and outdoor spaces). Congrats to everyone involved in designing and building the house.

This was our 50th Anniversary. Our 3 children and their children joined us (15 all together). It was a wonderful experience. Our children and grandchildren planned a second wedding for us with flowers (you gave us) and photos. The grandkids were the flower girl, bridesmaid and groomsman. It was outdoors and under the pagoda with music and pictures taken. My wife said it was better than the original. Needless to say there were lots of tears. We could not have stayed at a better place for all of this to happen. We have been blessed and Strawmanor was a part of it. The grandkids want to know if we can all come back again. They loved the big house, tubing, and outdoor adventures.

Strawmanor had the most beautiful view of Canyon Lake from the balcony. It was relaxing and the house was beyond satisfactory. Bernardine was very helpful in setting up our retreat.

Everything was perfect!

We had all we needed, plus! Everything was very well supplied!

The staff was great about getting back to me on short notice and helping me book my reservation right away. We found Straw Manor to be in great condition and easy to use. An excellent facility all the way around. The restaurant information was great, we loved eating at the Grist Mill. Duncan Nebraska

Thank you Bernardine! The flowers and card for my birthday were very thoughtful. Great master bath and shower. Great kitchen and table. Loved the deck. A. Smith Houston, TX

Bernardine, Thank you for allowing us to have our wedding ceremony and reception at Strawmanor. The setting was beautiful with natural outdoor surroundings and then walking indoors to the magnificent great room where our reception was held! We received compliments from all of our guests about everything from the outdoor ceremony in the gazebo to the incredible view from the 2nd floor deck. It was an intimate event of 60 family and close friends and having sleeping accomodations for the entire family was a huge plus! It was a perfect day that we will always remember! We can't wait to come back next year! Thanks Again. The Fords

We really loved the house. It was great to have a place big enough for the whole family. We really loved the kitchen and all the wonderful appliances! Thanks for letting us stay here! The Ballards

Strawmanor, What a beautiful house! We really enjoyed staying here. Very spacious and peaceful. A great time was had by all 18 of us! We will see you again next year. Texas River Rats Texas River Rats Houston

Bernardine, Thank you for a fanstastic weekend at Strawmanor, we absolutely loved the house and it really was perfect for our getaway. What a great design and beautiful location! We were also very lucky with fantasic weather which made it even better! We'll be in touch about our next stay! Many Thanks Again, Lorna Texas

This is a great house and we had a great time! We love the amenities this house has although the spiral stairs can be difficult. Granny enjoyed rocking her grandchildren in the rocking chair and we had plenty of room for all 13 of us. We even enjoyed eating all together in the same room. There were plenty of deer coming to drink from the pond and the kids really enjoyed it. A couple of frogs croaked throughout the night but were not bothersome once we were inside. All in all we had a wonderful visit and would choose to stay at Strawmanor again. Thanks! The Harveys, The Cannons, The Jimenez family and The Reeds


A WEEK OF CELEBRATION; We couldn't have chosen a more perfect place for our family celebrations! We celebrated Jennifers graduation as an R.N., Joshua's graduation with his Masters of Science and Athletic Trainer Certification, Grandson's 1st. birthday party, a 27th. birthday party, an engagement party for two upcomming weddings and we also celebrated the blessing of just being together! We made memories to last a lifetime and bonded relationships that mean the world to us! God has truly blessed us and Strawmanor. Thank You!








Sarah's Birthday Weekend 2012 at Strawmanor. What a wonderful place that catered to all our needs. This place was amazingly located and very well stocked. Loved the kitchen and ample space. Also loved the friendly deer. Definitely comming back! Trevor and friends.