The Hill Country Portico is located in Lakehills, Medina Lake, Texas which is a 45 minute drive from San Antonio, and a 20 min drive to Bandera, the "Cowboy Capital of the World". Beautiful hiking is 5 min away at the Red Bluff Creek wilderness, limestone cliffs, rocks and swimming holes. Horseback riding nearby. Fishing in the lake.
Take long walks on the lake shore, sit by the river, lay in the hammock, enjoy the outdoor kitchen, make a fire by the river, but most importantly, this is an amazing place to relax, slow down, do nothing, write, and paint.
Wifi Internet, private painting classes available by arrangement with Laurence K. graduate of the Royal Academy of Art, London, plein air or at his "Cypress Studio" on the property.
Fresh Linens and Towels provided.
we had a wonderful time. spent the weekend by Laurrnce, who was very welcoming and a true Texan - English gentleman :) the place was very quite, and although the river is dried out we had a realy nice hike in the area.
This place was a little piece of heaven for us. It was rustic & charming & out of the way. We cooked in the outdoor kitchen & had only the deer & birds for company for morning yoga. Very relaxing, an ideal place to do nothing. Lawrence was a gent & we enjoyed the philosophical debates with him. Highly recommended.
Had a very nice time at Laurence's little portico in Lakehills. We almost missed the entrance to his place but caught him waving a pink flag (His instructions to his place are descriptive; you shouldn't have trouble). His home/guesthouse sits in a remote area full of cacti and wildlife. Birds will wake you up in the morning, and if you're lucky Laurence might offer you some of his fresh squeezed orange juice. We had a rustic, romantic dinner outside after utilizing the outdoor kitchen -- unconventional but one for the memories. Full bathroom with shower, soap, hot water. As others have stated, the lake is dry, but you can find other swimming holes close by. The best part was being able to see Laurence's artwork and home studio and talking with him about almost anything late into the night.
Laurence was a perfect host, we could have spent the entire weekend talking to him and enjoying his company.
Rustic perfectly describes Hill Country Portico, everything you need and nothing you don't! Laurence was an unexpected surprise and it turned he had a lot in common with my wife and I. We were attending a folk festival in Kerrville so didn't spend too much time at the Portico, but we enjoyed the time we spend there. Would go back in a heartbeat!
Laurence was a very friendly welcoming host. Our room was nice and we slept well. We enjoyed the conversations with Laurence and he gave us very helpfull advices about locations to visit and to get there. We would like to stay here again.
Thank you for the hospitality.
We opted to stay at the portico because we wanted a peaceful, quiet break from our road trip. What we got was so much more! The portico is tucked away next to the lake, which is currently dry but still very beautiful. Laurence gave us plenty of advice as to what to do and see, including maps for stunning walks and scenery we would have otherwise missed. He is a very warm, charming and interesting host and we spent every evening in his company with a beer and his beautiful dog, Zoe (who also acts as guardian and a very effective alarm clock in the morning!). His incredible artwork adorns the walls, making the place feel like home and adding to the sense of vibrance and originality. The room was exactly as described; we slept like logs the whole time we were there and wanted for nothing. Had there not been so much to see outside Lakehills, we could have happily spent out entire time at the portico! The kitchen is well equipped for small meals with a nearby grocery store that stocks all the essentials, but with a decent Mexican restaurant just down the road if you don't fancy cooking.
We can't recommend staying here highly enough, we only wish we could have stayed longer and would love to come back in the future if only to remind Laurence of the British idioms he's been missing!