Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat Center

1330 Waterway Lane , Burnet, TX 78611 USA (Show map)


Nine lakeside acres of lush tree-covered hills and panoramic views. Featuring: deliciously prepared organic and natural food, intimate candle-lit dining, "Sleep Number" beds, hiking trails, swimming off the private shoreline, and spa with highly experienced massage therapist.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Nice and Quiet

4.4 on January 23, 2016

We were eager to get away from the hustle and bustle of Houston for our 30th anniversary and Rainbow Hearth delivered the comfort and quiet in spades. Unfortunately my husband started to feel sick the day before our arrival so we were not able to enjoy the full experience of all Rainbow Hearth has to offer. The owner, Mariah was very personable and pleasant and made our stay very comfortable. We definitely recommend this place for your next getaway.

Wonderful Experience

5 on December 26, 2015

I gave myself a 4-day personal retreat, based on the recommendation of two friends for Rainbow Hearth. I was not disappointed. This is a wonderful location and property. I highly recommend it.

I am rejuvenated!

5 on December 13, 2015

The beauty and serenity of location are only outdone by Mariah's warm hospitality and great cooking and Brenda's bodywork magic. I came for 2 nights and wish I could have stayed for 5 - next year I will! Truly, Rainbow Hearth is a haven for tired souls. I have already recommended it to numerous friends. Can't thank you enough.

sister trip #6 - staying in unusual places (yurt)

5 on October 09, 2015

Staying in a yurt was our 6th annual sister (& nieces) trip of staying in unusual places. The Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat was an awesome experience. Our theme for staying here was"health", because of the Bodyworks massage. The healthy meals were great, especially the omelets and smoothies. It was very quiet, except for our laughter. There were beautiful views of the lake and hiking trails to venture on. My thanks to Mariah, Brenda & Scott for a very memorable weekend.

Peace on Earth

5 on September 21, 2015

We loved the peacefulness, medicine rock, intensity of stars, and the incredible food Mariah made. After only two nights we felt rejuvenated.

Wonderful place to stay!

5 on July 28, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at Rainbow Hearth Retreat . It was much more relaxing than we expected. The view from each room was beautiful and the constant breeze made the Texas heat bearable. Mariah has done amazing things with this property. She is an exceptional hostess and she uses her gifts of hospitality to make you feel right at home. The meals were home made and hand made with love and extremely delicious and healthy to boot! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get away to relax.


3.8 on May 10, 2015

Friendly service, with a relaxing stay.

A hidden gem!

5 on May 07, 2015

I had an amazing time at Rainbow Hearth. So much so that I stayed an extra day. The service and hospitality are the best! This is not like staying in a hotel. This is an experience........ The bodywork sessions are the most thorough and relaxing that I have ever experienced. I will definitley go again! If you need to unwind, I completely recommend Rainbow Hearth!!!!!!!

Perfect Retreat with Beds & Breakfast

4.8 on April 02, 2015

Our family was on a road trip to see caverns & camp. We stopped here after for a restful & relaxing few days. It was more peaceful and beautiful than we imagined. The location is mostly secluded so you feel like your in a separate place from the rest of the world. The food was fresh, homemade and always smelled and tasted very good. The library hallway had some unexpected gems to borrow to read at the top of the hill in a peaceful spot. The prayer / spirit circle was amazing.... as well as the journey to get there and back. We would definitely go back only we would book the treehouse yurt in time to get it next time. its gets booked up pretty quick. Every room is clean and well stocked, but if you want to have access to the fridge, library and be close to breakfast... stay in the blue heron room. :)

Just what I hoped for

5 on March 25, 2015

I just couldn't be happier with my visit. I wanted a "get-away-and-recharge" retreat. The grounds are beautiful, the staff were very friendly and helpful, my room was bright and airy with a great view of the lake, and the food was both healthy and tasty. I had two body work sessions with Mariah that were both relaxing and helped reduced some knee pain that I've had for years. I'll definitely go back again in the future!

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Rooms & Rates

Garden Cottage

As you approach the walkway to the Garden Cottage, you may catch the sweet scent of jasmine flowers. The covered deck shaded by a huge fig tree is a perfect spot to enjoy tree-lined views of Lake Buchanan and watch hummingbirds dart around the plants and flowers surrounding the cottage. Inside the cottage, soothing pastel hues and a cozy sitting area greet you, inviting you to settle into one of the plush chairs, put your feet up and relax by reading or simply watching the water as you listen to the birds sing outside. King Sleep Number bed, a/c, living room, private deck with lake views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

Tree-House Yurt

Set amongst the whispering trees, this unique setting offers deep privacy amidst nature, while providing all the comforts of home. As you step into the spacious, circular building, take in the beautiful wood lattice structure of the dwelling and the large dome sunroof that filters in lots of natural sunlight. Lounge on one of two futon couches or nap on the King-size Sleep Number bed. Afterward, relax in the private two person soaking tub. Features a/c, King-size Sleep Number bed, private two-person soaking tub, private deck. Bathroom does not have a/c.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Panorama Guest House

Perched above the trees, the Panorama Guest House offers spectacular, panoramic views of Lake Buchanan. The open living room, complete with a writing table and comfortable sofa, provides a serene space for writing, intimate conversation, reading or simply gazing at nature’s beautiful scenery. With two bedrooms, this suite is our most versatile accommodation. The master suite features a King-size Sleep Number bed and the second bedroom features two twin Sleep Number beds. Full a/c, two bedrooms, living room, Sleep Number beds and private bathroom. Panoramic views of Lake Buchanan.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $159

Sky Loft Suite

The Sky Loft Suite is the new penthouse on top of the lodge. Its roomy bedroom, with a king Sleep Number bed, looks out into the tree tops. The spacious living room, with its La-Z-Boy chairs, table and chairs, and day bed has a spectacular endless view overlooking the lake. The toilet room is separate from a large lounging tub and vanity room. Special care has been taken to make this a private and quiet space. Full a/c, King size Sleep Number bed, 2 Lazy Boy recliners, private deck overlooking Lake Buchanan.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $179

Blue Heron Suite

The Blue Heron Suite is in the new section of the main lodge. Care has been taken to build in privacy and quietness. Our guests describe it as cozy and nest-like. The soft, nurturing colors add to that feeling. The bedroom has a king Sleep Number bed. One of its endearing features is its shady, east-facing deck off the bedroom that catches a cooling breeze most of the year. The spacious living room has two La-Z-Boy chairs, table and chairs, futon couch, and a wonderful, wide view of the lake and the blue heron-graced inlet below. Full a/c, King sleep number bed, and a private deck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $159

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Location Type



AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport

Directions to property:

Please visit the website for directions. Do not rely on GPS or "Mapquest" type software/websites as they will get you lost.

Area Attractions

Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Movie Theater, Nature area, Picnic area, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Library, Wedding Facilities , King-size Sleep Number beds, Nutritious organic food, Lake side for easy swimming/fishing, Massage & Bodywork, Private roads and trails, Ancient Native American ceremonial site

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 12:00 p.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Please call for approval. Not all suites may have pets.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Cancellations: First night’s stay deposit taken at time of booking. If cancellation is made at least 7 days prior to arrival date, a full refund minus a $35 refund fee will be applied. If cancellation is made between 6 days and 72 hours prior to arrival, no refund will be made however, that one night stay may be applied to your future visit if made within 90 days. If the cancellation is made within 72 hours of arrival, you will be charged for you entire scheduled stay with one night’s stay being applied to your next visit if made within 90 days.



Mariah Wentworth

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Cost: 12.00
  • Time Served: 9:00 - 10:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Most diets accom.