Shabby Chic Train Caboose #1

Private room in guesthouse hosted by Pamela

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 private bath
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Great location
95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
90% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.


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This Caboose is on 18 acres of wooded property on the access road for I-35, between San Marcos & New Braunfels and 8 miles from Gruene. It is 1 of 3 cabooses, a “Shack,” and a Missouri-Pacific depot that all rent separately. Click on our hosts picture to see them. Common areas include a pool, a tented deck beside the pool with 2 large grills, and lots of play areas for kids including a firepit for S'mores. Also, we are happy to put up simple birthday or anniversary decorations.

The space
Our property has a Missouri Pacific train station from the late 1800’s that was originally the depot for Buda, Tx. Around it we have added 3 guest quarters cabooses and the “Shack,” once a deer hunting camp building. There is an oval pool that is about 3’ at the shallow end to apx 8’ at the deep end. Beside it is a large 20’ X 40’ deck covered with a tent. There are 2 Weber charcoal grills that guests are welcome to use. You will need to provide your own charcoal, lighter, etc. Do NOT move the grills anywhere away from the pool deck! There are numerous places for kids to play including an over-sized, covered sandbox, a playhouse, a treehouse, a recently added S'mores firepit area, and vintage playground equipment. There is a nice gazebo between the depot and the pool and each guest building has it’s own porch and/or deck. The outside of the cabooses has been left original but the insides are totally remodeled into a comfortable bedroom and bathroom. Due to our love of antiques, this caboose is decorated with antique furniture and antique hardwood has been repurposed for the floors. We hope you will find it a happy medium between the beauty of the vintage look and the comforts of a great mattress & bedding, and a modern coffee maker.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.88 out of 5 stars from 86 reviews


Where you’ll be

New Braunfels, Texas, United States

Although this property is out in the “country,” it is only 5 miles from San Marcos and Southwest Texas State Univ, and only about 8 miles from New Braunfels, home of the best waterpark, Schlitterbahn, and river tubing in Texas. It is less than 10 miles from Gruene, Tx, where the John Travolta movie, “Michael,” was made, where great antiquing is found, and where Gruene Hall is located for live country music. It is half way between Austin and San Antonio, about 30 minutes either way. It’s a great location for day trips to Bourne and Wimberley.

Hosted by Pamela

  1. Joined in January 2017
  • 455 Reviews
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I’m a retired nurse, wife, Mom of 3, and “Grammy” of six. My hobbies are cooking, scrapbooking, antiquing, and canning from our fruit & vegetable garden. I grew up in Kansas but have been a Texan since 1975.

During your stay

There is no interaction between guests and host. You will be directed how to access your caboose by text. There will be a number you can use to call if there is a serious problem. There is no maid service while you are there.
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

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Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Heights without rails or protection
Climbing or play structure

Cancellation policy