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1 / 19 Large deck & backyard perfect for entertaining



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

2 Full baths

Description from owner

Location, Location, and much more!! This waterfront home is the perfect vacation spot for fishing, tubing, cycling, enjoying local activities or just relaxing. Close to local river outfitters, fishing guides, Gruene and New Braunfels antique and specialty shops, day spas, wine tasting, beer gardens, taverns and restaurants, annual Wurstfest festivals, and popular live music venues, including Gruene Hall and the Whitewater Amphitheater. This comfortable, well-furnished vacation rental property boasts a huge deck overlooking a backyard of pecan trees with picnic area and one of the best fly fishing holes on the Guadalupe River! The property sleeps up to 12 and is ideally suited for group and family gatherings.

Roast marshmallows in the fire ring out back. Cook up your catch or BBQ on the grill. Rent a tube at the neighborhood water outfitters and float the river. Bring your bicycle or motorcycle and enjoy a scenic ride down River Road into New Braunfels. Head over to Gruene to be pampered at a day spa, browse the antique and specialty stores or grab a bite to eat at Mozie's or the Gristmill. Kick up your heels to live music at Gruene Hall, one of the oldest working dance halls in the country. Check out the music concerts down the road at the Whitewater Amphitheater. Enjoy at day at Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels. Spend a day boating or fishing on Canyon Lake. Plan a shopping spree to the Outlet Malls in San Marcus and beat the Holiday rush. Check out the local beer gardens, taverns and restaurants. Relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings and gentle breezes on the spacious deck. Whatever your pleasure, year-round fun awaits you at the Little Ponderosa River Retreat.

Book now for a place to stay during Wurstfest, an annual New Braunfels' festival that takes place over 10 days each November celebrating the German culture with food, beer, music, carnival rides, shopping, games and dancing. Keep us on your calendar for a place to stay during the Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival, a three-day event each March or April featuring live music, food trucks and craft brews.

The home has a spacious and open cook's kitchen, dining, and living areas, outdoor BBQ grill, shaded backyard with picnic tables and seating for all. Indoor amenities and entertainment include: flat screen HDTVs, DVD player, movies, board games, and high speed Internet.

The home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and beds to sleep 12. Two bedrooms down contain a queen bed and double down/twin top bunk beds and each comfortable sleep five people. The upstairs master bedroom has one king and two queen beds and sleeps six. The master bath has a double vanity and walk-in shower.

Maximum occupancy is 12 guests. No smoking inside the property, but allowed on the deck. No pets allowed.

We would love to host your next vacation getaway at Little Ponderosa River Retreat on the Guadalupe river!

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Tripadvisor Property ID: 6783875

About the area

Close to local river outfitters, fishing guides, Gruene and New Braunfels antique and specialty shops, day spas, wine tasting, beer gardens, taverns and restaurants, annual Wurstfest festivals, and popular live music venues, including Gruene Hall and the Whitewater Amphitheater. The Little Ponderosa River Outfitter is a short walk down our street where you can rent tubes to float the river. We love the food and casual dining at both the Gristmill and Mozie's bar and grill next to Gruene Hall. Both have great onion rings. Our favorite place for hamburgers and fries is Jay and Diane's picnic table outdoor dining at the corner of Hwy. 306 and 2673.

Getting around

A car is recommended if you want to enjoy the sites and activities surrounding the property. Little Ponderosa River Retreat is close to the Schlitterbaun water park in New Braunfels, the antique and specialty shops in Gruene and New Braunfels, and the large outlet shopping mall in San Marcos. Be sure to visit Gruene Hall, the oldest working dance hall in the Country. The Whitewater amphitheater, an outdoor music venue down the road in Sattler, TX, draws famous country and rock musicians and bands.

Getting here

The Little Ponderosa River Retreat is located on the Guadalupe river off Ponderosa Drive in New Braunfels, Texas. Take the Ponderosa bridge off River Road and turn left. The bridge is located between the 3rd and 4th river crossing of River Road. Google Little Ponderosa River Retreat for further directions.

Interaction with guest

We will send you a welcome email a few days before your arrival date with details about the property and your upcoming stay. We will meet you at the property upon check-in to show you around. During your stay, we are available if you need us. Google Little Ponderosa River Retreat for more information.

Owner profile

Joyce, Owner L.

Tourist License

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Languages spoken: English

About the owner

The Little Ponderosa Riverhouse has operated as a vacation rental for over 30 years. We purchased it in 2009 and began an extensive remodel inside and out to make it our family’s favorite vacation retreat. We have created many wonderful memories here — catching trout and bass from the ri...

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Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
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This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $300.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: King bed 2 Queen Beds
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed Full bed Twin bed
    Bedroom 3: Queen Bed Full bed Twin bed


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Private garden
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Towels provided
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi available


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


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 2 Full baths

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12-29-13: This month I celebrated my 80th birthday. My family surprised my husband and I with a long weekend here at Lil Ponderosa. There were 15 family members. I will have so many beautiful memories to hold in my heart. Your big welcoming home was perfect for the event. You have thought of everything. . . . I really can't find enough words to describe our visit here and all of the memories we created. . . . Thank you for sharing this beautiful home with us.

11-26-13: We had our family Thanksgiving here. The house worked out perfect. There was plenty of room and more than enough kitchen items we needed. The fishing was great & ended the stay with a fish fry. We had a great time and everyone enjoyed themselves. Plenty of room!! Thank you.

9-15-13: My four children planned this for my 60th birthday! We had a blast! Thanks for sharing this beautiful place. Blessings to you!

8-5-13: We had a great time! Thank you --

7-25-13: We had a great time!! The house was wonderful - Plenty of space and stocked wonderfully. The kids fished and played and a good time was had by all!! We will surely be back!! Thanks for everything

7-21-13: What a great place to create memories with our family. We celebrated my mom's 70th birthday and had a family reunion as well. She was totally surprised. We will be back again.

6-30-13: We had an absolute blast here! It was ___'s 27th birthday (today) and a college reunion (Hook 'Em). Class of '09 + '08. We floated on Saturday, then went to Whitewater Amp to watch Stoney LaRue! Can't wait to come back!! See ya again!

9-3-12: Awesome River House. Perfect deck. Enjoyed Our Stay.

8-4-12: Fabulous time for group family and friends to celebrate 60th birthday. Lots of room for big family. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.


7-16-12: I cannot begin to say how much we have enjoyed this stunning river house! This is an anniversary I will never forget! The house is huge, beautiful, cozy, and smells wonderful! We enjoyed using the river tubes and the canoe! The view and the neighbors are lovely as well!! I am overcome with gratitude for your royal hospitality! Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us! . . . Everything was beyond my expectation and I was particularly delighted with the porch/deck and river lights! How beautiful and serene. Thank you again for making this unforgettable weekend possible.

Thanx had a great time!!

Had an awesome time!

Great house, great friends, great time.
Awesome weekend! Great memories!

Absolutely beautiful home. We all had a great time.
Great place.

Thank you!

8-4-11: This is the 2nd year the family clan gathered here to celebrate my birthday with our family. All five of my children were here which is the best gift ever. . . . This house perfectly fits our needs & we look forward to the 3rd reunion next year.


Wonderful stay, full of memories!

Soooo enjoyed our stay -- the house was perfect -- loved the views and access to the river -- memories of a lifetime!!

Enjoyed our stay, loved the place and view.

7-24-11: Had a great stay. Love the house, deck and the river. Thanks for everything.

6-19-11: Had a great Father's Day weekend.

6-10-11: The house worked out perfect for our group. Everyone is already talkin' about next year already. Thank you so much for opening your home to us.

6-4-11: We enjoyed our 2011 family vacation here in Texas. There was 13 of us and this was the perfect house for us. Nothing was more enjoyable than walking out to see the Guadalupe river. We can't wait to come back to Texas. It was a blast. We also loved the waterpark Schlitterbahn! New Braunfels Texas is the best and this house is sooo amazing!

I loved ya'll's backyard and deck & living room & kitchen & bedrooms. I loved Texas. I want to come back one day. I loved ya'll's cabin.

5-29-11: Our music fraternity stayed here 2 years in a row. We enjoyed the float, fishing and the quiet tranquility. We all play in the UT band. This house is awesome and we had a great time. Book us for next year.