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

A True Sanctuary

4.8 on April 12, 2016

MY wife and I stayed for three days at Rainbow Hearth, and found it to be a genuine sanctuary. Our room at the top of the main house, had a superb view of the lake and was fabulously quiet. The food was nourishing, if slightly repetitive--al the chicken and soup you ever could have imagined--but it was good and well-prepared. Food was extra to the room, but not overly expensive. Room and food made for a significant cost but not beyond other B&Bs we have been in. The place is remote, far from any traditional civilization, but that is its charm. If you want seclusion and beauty, this is the place for you.

Another Day in Paradise

5 on March 29, 2016

We were there for our 35th anniversary. The place is full of romance with the beautiful lake views and quiet rooms. No TV, no noise except nature, there is nothing to interrupt the ambiance. They prepare excellent healthy food, three meals a day, BYOB. They also have a nice hot tub on site with available body work by proprietor, Mariah. I have massages on a regular basis and she was tops.

Amazing Space on Lake Bucchanan

5 on March 18, 2016

Mariah is an amazing hostesses - rooms were clean/comfortable, food was delicious and plentiful, and library was well stocked with many interesting books. The property is amazing - always hear bird sounds, the area of the lake is very peaceful and land has nice places to walk and sit in nature. Brenda is an incredible healer - recommend scheduling a massage.

Beautiful Personal Retreat Sanctuary B&B

5 on March 17, 2016

I really enjoyed my stay at Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary. The location on the lake, bodywork treatments, cottage I stayed in and the food was excellent. It is a great place for a personal retreat. I will be returning asap.

Where Time Stands Still

5 on February 29, 2016

It's wonderful to be at a place where Time doesn't matter and there is no hustle or bustle. I love to spend time in nature and there are plenty of opportunities for that. The stars are spectacular. I even saw a falling star! The food is delicious and healthy, the rooms are very comfy, and the view is fantastic. I'll be back soon!

Time Stands Still

5 on February 29, 2016

It’s wonderful to be at a place where Time doesn’t matter and there is no hustle or bustle. All is quiet and still. I love to watch and listen to nature and there are plenty of opportunities for that! After dark there are so many stars. I even saw a falling star! The food is delicious, the rooms are comfy, and the views are fantastic. I am missing it all. So, I’ll be back soon.

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.

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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: $0 - $139

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 , 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $199

Sunset Guest House

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

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $179

Sky Loft Suite

The Sky Loft Suite is the 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 - $199

Blue Heron Suite

The Blue Heron Suite is in 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, a long twin Sleep Number daybed, and a wonderful, wide view of the lake and the blue heron-graced inlet below. Full a/c, King sleep number bed, twin 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 80 miles

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, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, 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, 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 less than 7 days before arrival you will forfeit your entire deposit.



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 can be accommodated if discussed at time of booking.