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9 Awesome Cabin & Cottage Rentals Near New Braunfels, Texas

by Cindy Brzostowski
Updated August 19, 2022

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“Life is good in New Braunfels” — boasts the town saying, so why not come see for yourself?

Nestled in the Hill Country, New Braunfels may be a small city but it’s got some big attractions. From the expansive Schlitterbahn Waterpark to the quaint, historic area of Gruene, there’s more to see and do here than you might think for a little spot sandwiched between the two powerhouses that are San Antonio and Austin.

Really, the best thing about New Braunfels is how the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers run right through it, offering endless hours of tubing, paddling, and fishing amid their winding curves.

When you imagine yourself spending the day out by the water, what’s a more fitting place to come back to than a cozy cabin or charming cottage? From authentic log homes to chic retreats, these stays encourage you to take things slow, let your worries wash away, and enjoy that good New Braunfels livin’.

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1. The Log Haus

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Why you should stay: This homey log cabin is full of Texas pride — and is within easy driving distance to an action sports heaven.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $311/night

There are cabins, and then there are log cabins — and that distinction can make all the difference to some travelers. The Log Haus brings all the warmth of the latter with its rustic, totally wood interior plus the addition of Texas and cowboy-themed decor throughout. But by no means does this country charm mean you’ll be roughing it. Just look at the kitchen, which is spacious, modern, and fully outfitted so you can gather around for delicious meals with your friends and family.

Outdoors, you’ve got a porch swing for relaxing, a gas grill for barbecuing, and a gazebo for chatting late into the night. When you’re looking to get out of the house, Texas Ski Ranch is just across the way with its wake park and paintball.

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2. La Casa Blanca

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Why you should stay: The quaint mixes with the quirky at this cottage close to historic Gruene.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $335/night

La Casa Blanca scores high in charm factor with its mixture of clean, white spaces and retro decorations. All throughout the private cottage, you’ll come across special touches like the old-timey skis on the wall in the common area and the old-school lunchboxes hanging in the kitchen, bringing a bit more fun and flavor to the place.

Step outside and you can play a round of horseshoe or enjoy some downtime by the firepit. And while it may not be directly outside your door, Gruene Historic District is super close so you can continue to embrace those quaint small-town vibes.

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3. Farmhouse at Opie’s Cabins

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Why you should stay: You’re right next to the river at one of these colorful, restored cabins.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

If you’re in New Braunfels for the river, then it doesn’t get much closer than a stay at Opie’s Cabins. Just have a look from your deck and you’ll see the Comal River right there.

Inside the cabin, there’s a cute farmhouse vibe going on, but don’t worry, the only wild animals here are the ones featured in the decor—and maybe whatever friends you decide to bring along… Speaking of friends, since the cabins (which are restored, century-old cabins by the way) are all right next to each other, you can book multiple places if you’re rolling deep during your New Braunfels trip.

In the neighborhood, you’ll find Texas Tubes, 444 Tubing Company, and the Tube Chute, so you won’t be short of options when you’re ready to have some fun on the water.

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4. River Road Treehouses

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Why you should stay: Elevate your New Braunfels getaway — literally — at one of these riverside treehouses.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $134/night

Prefer a more quiet piece of paradise? Found outside of the city proper, River Road Treehouses is by a stretch of the Guadalupe River not too far from Canyon Lake. This property has six different rentals to choose from, each with its own special something.

While there is one ground-bound lodge available, chances are you’re more interested in the actual treehouse options. For example, there’s the Mourning Dove Haus and the Whippoorwill Haus, which are great for groups since they’re connected by a shared deck. Then there’s the Birdseye Perch, which offers wonderful views of the greenery outside thanks to the many massive windows. Whatever one you decide is your perfect fit, you can expect a full kitchen, full bath, high-speed WiFi, and Smart TVs — plus they’re all temperature controlled.

Last but not least, look at that price. If you fill up the place to capacity, it’s hard to complain about the low per-person cost you can get here.

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5. Luxury Bungalow

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Why you should stay: You can tell every touch is carefully chosen in this design-forward stay.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

This luxury bungalow offers a more contemporary, minimalist spin on the other, low-key bungalows you might be used to. The simple, white-washed exterior looks picture-perfect, and things only get better when you step inside and see the tastefully chosen furnishings. It’s sleek, it’s modern, and it’s a great option for those who like to stay somewhere with more style.

When the sun is burning bright, you’ll find a cool place to sit and enjoy a refreshing beverage under the covered porch. Here, you also get some more peace and quiet since you’re out of the city center, but you’re still not too far to head into the Gruene historic district for nice food, drinks, and shopping.

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6. Vintage Cabin

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Why you should stay: From this comfortable abode, you’re in a prime spot to float the river and explore the local historic district.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $300/night

This vintage cabin feels like you’ve traveled back in time (not TOO far back) and like you’re visiting a dear relative all at once. There’s not necessarily a common decor theme but there’s a certain simple, homey feeling to the place that you can settle into. One of the best things about this stay is its large yard, which includes a little seating area around a fire pit and plenty of trees.

Another big plus to this cabin is its location. Two blocks one way brings you right to the river, and go one block further than that and you’ll arrive at downtown Gruene with attractions like the Gristmill River Restaurant. Needless to say, you’ll be at an excellent base whichever way your New Braunfels adventures take you.

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7. Log Home in the Hill Country

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Why you should stay: Say hello to some private river access along with this roomy home.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

If you and your travel gang like to sprawl out during your trips, this custom-built log home is certainly worth considering. First off, it’s spacious, and not just because you have an amazing wraparound porch to hang out on. Second, it’s surrounded by a large property so you can all run free on the big lawn. While it’s a great place to hang with a group of friends, the home makes for a particularly good rental for families (there’s actually a playground for little ones!).

Aside from all of that, one of the biggest perks here is that you get private river access. You may have to drive like five minutes to get to the actual place where you can get into the river, but still—you can’t deny it’s nice to have.

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8. Gruene Cabin

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Why you should stay: This century-old cabin is perfect for a pair — and their furry friends.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $158/night

Here’s another inviting log cabin for you, but this one is tailored for two — humans that is, but your pets are welcome too! While Gruene Cabin still has its original interior from the 19th century and some antique decor, you won’t feel stuck in the past given the upscale amenities (yes, that’s a Smart TV and a rain shower head!).

If you’re here on a romantic getaway, you and your partner might enjoy a sunny stroll through the landscaped gardens. The gazebo is also a sweet spot for a romantic date night. If you don’t mind cutting into your alone time, the property puts on a social hour in the afternoons and live music in the evenings almost every day of the week.

This cabin is actually one of a few rentals on the property, so if you’re coming to New Braunfels in a group bigger than two, check out what else can be booked next door.

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9. Historic Cabins near Guadalupe River

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Why you should stay: You’ll get amazing Hill Country views and you’ll be surrounded by history.

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $800/night

Situated on 12 acres of Hill Country heaven, these historic cabins put you close to the river, which is probably where you want to be if you’re in New Braunfels after all.

There are a lot of special features to catch your eye around this stay like the stone tub in the master bathroom and the viewing loft with a telescope, and you can just tell the walls are full of history. Outside, you have an enviable sitting area where you can settle into one of the Adirondack chairs around the fire pit and look out at the green hills stretching to the horizon. Another unique area is the so-called dipping pool where you’ll surely want to have a refreshing splash after a hot day in the sun.

At these cabins, there’s room for all your besties and then some — except for your dog bestie that is. Sorry, no pets are allowed here!

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