A beautiful land in the Texas Hills

There is a place in Texas where the tall grass grows,
The mighty tree covered hills rise high with a river flowing below.
The deer are many, also wild turkeys, exotic animals and more,
With a cottage on the river with a beautiful landscape to explore.
The river with it’s rippling, soothing sound,
Adds a measure of contentment to all who are around.
A canoe trip up the river to a beautiful waterfall,
Is a very exciting experience for all.
The fishing is good, the swimming is fun,
Some of it done in the bright summer sun.
To have this experience there is a place in the hills,
Come to Casa del Rio for excitement, relaxation and thrills.
We treat our guests with dignity, the privacy they desire,
To play all day in this beautiful land until nightfall when they retire.

Winter 2016

Casa del Rio Riverhouse is special this time of year. The river is up, flowing clear cold water and singing its song rolling over rocks and stones to the delight of anyone listening.

The white tail and axis deer look fat and healthy when they come to the river for their daily drink. The great blue heron flies by occasionally on his way to catch fish in the deeper water. There is a kingfisher who does his fishing in the river just below the house.

Fly fishing is a favorite sport here, also mountain climbing and star gazing.

It is just awesome here in the land that God built with peace and beauty all around.

Fall 2015 at Casa del Rio

Fall is here and all is well. It is calm and peaceful at Casa del Rio after a fun-filled summer with families and couples swimming, fishing and canoeing in the cool waters of the Guadalupe River. The fall will present a different season with cool breezes, trees turning colors, birds traveling south for the winter, and the ever flowing river being heard through open windows. It is time for relaxation; to walk along the river and see nature at its finest with huge trees providing shade all along the way.

Summer Fun!

There is a lot of summer fun at Casa del Rio. Many guests are coming to enjoy the cool waters of the Guadalupe River swimming, fishing and canoeing. There is a soft breeze coming off the river which makes being outside delightful, and many large trees offer a lot of shade.

The scenery here is spectacular with many trees on the 300 foot hillside, a cliff in view, rapids in the river as well as wide deep water.

It is a welcoming place for couples, families and singles as well with privacy, great beauty and unequaled serenity.

Winter and the new year

We’ve been celebrating the holidays and New Year at Casa del Rio, and truly hope your 2015 is off to a great start!

As I put away the decorations, I’m aware that the beauty of nature is all around me here in the Hill Country; the winter season is no exception. The Guadalupe still flows calm and steady, a gentle ever-present reminder to take each day in stride. Deer and other wildlife offer the beauty and perfection of the endless cycle of life in the wild. Life is good; the brand new year full of promise.

Every season is special at Casa del Rio Riverhouse – I invite you to discover your favorite in 2015. I look forward to seeing you in the coming year!


2014 Update!

We have had a really cold winter at Casa del Rio Riverhouse. With the leaves off the trees you can see the hills beyond and watch the animals scurrying around. The birds are beginning to sing their spring song and the sound is exciting. There are many birds in the area, and a naturalist staying here saw these species of birds:

Ash throated Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Lark Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow Throated Warbler, Black and White Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Gray-headed Vireo (Solitary Vireo) Turkey Vulture & Black Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Green Kingfisher, Northern Oriole, Rough-winged swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Chimney Swift, Purple Martin, Painted Bunting, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-fronted Woodpecker & Great-horned Owl. WOW!

This is a place of great importance to bird watchers. The river is singing its song also rushing over the rocks and winding through the land. The bass, catfish, sunfish and others can be seen through the clear water. Fishing and Fly fishing is a fun activity as well as canoeing up to Angel Falls. Spring will soon be here and a marvelous transformation occurs when the trees begin To get their leaves. The hills disappear into the background, and the cool Guadalupe Water invites tubing and swimming.

Each season has its beauty, and the tranquil life here sooths the soul.


-Betty Matteson

November 2013 // Thanksgiving is Getting Close!

Fall is here with the temperature from the 50’s in the morning to the 70’s during the day. There is an umbrella of color overhead with the trees turning from green to gold and rust. From the sense of fall in the air to the feel of peace surrounding Casa Del Rio Riverhouse, there is a desire to amble along the river, catch Guadalupe Bass, and sit in the rocking chair swings, hearing the sound of the river flow by. Thanksgiving in the Riverhouse is available, a time for a fire in the fireplace and turkey roasting in the oven.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spending time with family is so precious. As I spend time with my family this wonderful Thanksgiving it seems it’s also a time for reflection. Digging through some old photo abums we’ve found some memories we’d like to share with you. These photographs are pictures of our place on the river as it appeared in the 1930’s and 40’s (click on one to enlarge and scroll through). Right away.. my grand children are shocked at how small the trees were. All they know is what they’ve seen which are the Giant Cypress that all gather along the banks of the Guadalupe today. You can see them too if you compare some of the photos on this site with the ones here or visit us. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do… My how time goes by.

As a gift we’ve attached a scan of our family turkey stuffing recipe. It’s wonderful. It’s under great controversy even as I type this but most agree (at least) that the recipe is a collaboration between myself and my Mother, Ruby Dykes, who passed some time ago. We have many fond memories of her.. My Grand children affectionately refer to her as “Munna”.

Our Thanksgiving Blessing: We are thankful and at peace as we reflect on times past. We also acknowledge the gratitude we have today for the love of each other and excitement in the joy of things to come.


Happy 40th Shannon!

When the Browns reached out to ask about celebrating Shannon’s 40th birthday at Riverhouse we just couldn’t say no. Chip,Shannon and Bella your family and friends were a delight. We loved having you here. Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of your Birthday party on our patio!



Dune Buggy Extravaganza at Casa Del Rio!

It’s about time we got to post this wonderful event. We are honored that The Texas Manx Dune Buggy Club made Casa Del Rio Riverhouse one of their stops this year at their annual Buggy Round-up in Boerne (and surrounding areas). They’ve done this trip for 4 years running.  All buggies represent and ride in the Labor Day parade through downtown Boerne and then do a show in the Square afterwards.  After this they do a 90+ mile drive throughout the hill country making stops at General stores, parks and other quaint attractions along the way.  This year they had 23 buggy’s attend.. They say it was their best yet! Here are some pictures of their visit. Thank you Ricky and Cyndi for spending time with us and sharing the photos of your trip!