If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in the Texas hill country then Abundance is the place for you. Abundance is an adult only (no kids allowed), dog-friendly retreat with two guest houses: Sundance and Moondance. Moondance is the smaller of the two and the house we stayed in. It sleeps up to four people and has all of the amenities of home with some great additions like a dry sauna, a Jacuzzi bath for two, a wood burning fireplace, and deer grazing on the land.
Moondance has a CD/DVD player, cable TV, a full sized kitchen that comes with everything you could possibly need like dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, placemats, salt, pepper, sweeteners, coffee, napkins, paper towels, cleaning sprays, sponges, soap, and dish washing liquid. There is a full size refrigerator, a microwave, toaster, dishwasher, and coffee maker so it’s pretty convenient f you want to stay in and cook or heat your dinner from a local restaurant.
There is a wooden booth that is next to the kitchen in the living area where we sat and ate our meals. I was spoiled while on vacation because my husband cooked me breakfast – a rarity in our house.
Moondance has one large king bed which was big enough to fit my tall husband, me ,and of course our dog, Euri – although Euri thought the entire bed was his. There is also a pull-out couch that sleeps two so Moondance is great for up to four people but I would only recommend two and a dog.
The Moondance guest house has some really unique wooden furniture made from cypress, and comfortable leather chairs for watching a video. Speaking of entertainment, the owners even provide a plethora of videos, CDs, and games. They also provide umbrellas, walking sticks, an iron, ironing board, hairdryer, an extra dog leash and tennis ball, magazines, books, stationery, pencils, and toiletries. Now you know this guest house is owned by women because they even remembered to include tampons in the toiletry basket.
There are extra linens, towels, and two cotton robes. The one thing I think they could have provided (and yes I’m complaining about nothing really) is a pair of slippers since there is no carpet. The floor is stained concrete which is perfect for dogs but on a cold winter night, a pair of slippers would have been great.
There are rocking chairs on the porch and both properties are on an abundance of land – get it?
The land goes all the way to the local creek where you can use one of their canoes and paddle around for a bit, although you won’t get too far. You can however, park your canoe, get on the trial and walk to town. Abundance is located in the town of Wimberley which is a quaint, charming area where you can walk everywhere.
Moondance is only 800 square feet but everything is large enough where you won’t feel cramped. Our dog had the time of his life there and even had his first canoe ride. He loved running around the field, smelling everything, and being close to nature. It was dog paradise.
Speaking of nature, we did find one scorpion in the bathroom but apparently it was the kind whose venom would only sting, not kill. Of course I’m from the northeast so I never saw a scorpion before and when I did spot it (after stepping out of the shower) I screamed bloody murder. My dog – who is afraid of his own shadow – ran out of the guest house as quickly as possible and refused to come back in. So I was left to fend for myself; good thing it wasn’t a snake or I would have been in real trouble. Fortunately my husband came in and saved me only to find out that the scorpion was dead.
We had an opportunity to view the Sundance guest house which is beyond spectacular; it sleeps up to eight people and is just gorgeous.
The owners of Abundance, Tina Sabuco and Shelley Arnold, are extremely helpful and friendly. They provide all guests with detailed information on where to eat – including dog-friendly restaurants, things to do in the area, directions, and instructions for the guest house. They even left two pewter acorns on our pillows as a gift.
Moondance is not cheap but nothing in the hill country is so I think it is great value considering the memories you’ll make. The location is perfect for traveling to Canyon Lake, the Guadalupe River State Park, and Austin. If you’re interested in learning more about the guest houses at Abundance click here. On their web site you can view pictures, obtain rates, and even make a reservation.