FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ What is luxury camping?
Commonly known as glamping, luxury camping seeks to preserve all of the enjoyable elements of spending time the outdoors while providing a comfortable environment to stay in. Walden's tents are 500 square foot rooms that feature air conditioning, heat, running water, private bath, king size bed and full kitchen.
+ What are the tents like and what do they come with?
Our tents are 500 square foot canvas safari style tents. Each room is outfitted with:
- King size bed with Casper® bedding
- Air Conditioning & Heat
- Clawfoot Bathtub
- Aesop® Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner
- Flush toilet
- Cotton towels
- Gas grill
- Cast iron pots and pans
- Wüstof® cutlery
- Cooking utensils
- Breville Smart Oven®
- Moccamaster® drip coffee maker
- Ground coffee
- Olive oil
- Water filter
- Jøtul® wood stove
- Wool blankets
- Kammok® hammock
- Tivoli® bluetooth radio
- Fishing rod with spinner bait
- Salt and pepper
- Wine opener
+ What should I leave at home?
Walden was created to provide guests with a turnkey camping experience. With that said, here are a few things we suggest you leave behind:
- Bottled Water - There is a water filter in the room
- Guns - No guns and/or hunting is allowed on the property
- Firewood/Charcoal - We provide firewood as well as a gas grill for cooking
- Matches - We provide a lighter and matches
- Wine opener - There is one in each room
- Pots/Pans - There are two large cast iron skillets and two small/medium size cast iron pots
+ How many people can fit in each tent?
The maximum occupancy for our tents is 2 adults and 2 children.
+ Do the tents stay cool in the summer?
Yes and no. Each tent has air conditioning and three ceiling fans to keep it comfortable. The air conditioner is located directly above the bed in order to always keep it nice and comfortable, especially at night. However, because the tents are open air and not insulated, the rest of the will get warm during the heat of the day in the summer.
+ What should I bring?
A few things you may want to considering bringing
- Groceries - If you plan on cooking. Otherwise there are several restaurants in Johnson City that we recommend.
- Rain jacket
- Hiking boots/shoes
- Bug spray
- Flash light
+ Where do we park?
All visitors must park in the parking lot 200 yards from the tents. We have large wagons you can use to carry your belongings to your tent.
+ Do I need to bring charcoal and firewood?
No. Our grill is propane and firewood is included in your stay.
+ Do I need to bring toiletries and cleaning supplies?
No. We provide Aesop soap, shampoo and conditioner in each bathroom. We also provide soap and paper towels for general clean up in the kitchen.
+ Is there a refrigerator?
Yes! Each room has a small 5 cubic foot refrigerator with a freezer compartment.
+ What is the river like?
We have 1,500 feet of private frontage along the Pedernales river. While the majority of the river does dry up during the end of the summer, we are fortunate to have a natural pool which is full year round. Fish you may see or catch include large mouth bass, carp, and sunfish.
The river is a 10 minute walk from the tents, the last part of which includes a descent down a steep road. We have provided a rope that guests may use to assist them if necessary. Guests are not permitted to drive their vehicle down to the river under any circumstances.
+ Can I bring my own boat for the river?
No, please do not bring your canoe, kayak or any other boat to the property as you will not be able to get it down to the river.
+ Where is the property located?
Walden Retreats Hill Country is located 5 miles northwest of Johnson City, TX overlooking the Pedernales River. We are 1 hour from downtown Austin and 1 hr 15 min from San Antonio. Click here to see an area map.
+ Do you provide food services?
No we do not have any on site food services. However, each tent is set up with a full kitchen for you to cook your own delicious meals. If cooking isn't your thing, there are several great restaurants in Johnson City which is just 10 minutes away.
+ What is there to do on the property?
The property is a 96 acre piece of private land along the Pedernales River. Activities include exploring our hiking and biking trails, swimming in the river, fishing (you must bring your own pole), and canoeing.
+ Will there be an on site manager during my stay?
No there will not be any staff staying on site overnight. You will greeted upon check in and then have the tent and property to yourself. The manager will be available by phone in case of an emergency.
+ What happens if it rains?
The tents are very weather proof and will keep you safe and dry in the event of a storm. We do not offer refunds for any inclement weather.
+ Do you allow primitive camping?
No we do not have any primitive camp sites and do not allow guests to pitch their own tent
+ Do you provide cleaning services during my stay?
We do not provide any cleaning services during your stay. However, each tent is equipped with extra towels and linens should you need them.
+ Do you allow visitors?
Yes. However we do limit day visitors to 1 person per guest. Visitors are not permitted to spend the night under any circumstances.
+ Is there WiFi?
No, the property does not have WiFi. Rather, we want to help people unplug from their phones and enjoy life at a slower pace. That being said, there is cell phone data service on the property but it can be hit or miss depending on where you are.
+ Are there animals on the property?
Although we are just one hour from Austin, Walden Hill Country is a wild and relatively untouched place. Thus, there is an abundance of wildlife just as there would be in a national or state park. The main animals you may see during your time with us include turkey, deer, dove, quail, a variety of song birds, buzzards, hawks and armadillos.
Also, while it is unlikely you will see them, there are snakes in the area. As unpopular as they may be, they do help control the pest and rodent population. Simply staying on the paths and roads will keep you out of their way and allow them to play their role in our ecosystem.
+ Is hunting allowed on the property?
No hunting is allowed on the property at any time.
+ Can I bring my kids?
Yes however please know that the rooms are designed to accommodate 2 adults. We do not provide cots or rollaway beds for children. A pack n play will fit comfortably in the bathroom. Also, all children are asked to respect the quiet atmosphere we have created and not interefere with other guests.
+ Can I bring my pets?
Yes! We do allow dogs (sorry, no cats) for a $30 per night charge. All dogs must be leashed while on the property and are not allowed to be left alone in the tents at any time.