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Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary and Retreat Center

1330 Waterway Lane , Burnet, TX 78611 USA (Show map)
29 Reviews
$129 - $179
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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

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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining4.9

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hot retreat

4.4 on June 25, 2014

The full body massage was amazing and refreshing. I have a whole new appreciation for car tools. The Yurt was a greatstay and the wash room amazing and relaxing. The bbest romantic getaway ever.

A gem!

4.8 on February 16, 2014

We stayed at Rainbow Hearth over the Valentina's Day weekend, and wish we could have stayed longer. Beautiful, spotlessly clean room; soothing views of water and of hillside; only the gentle wind chimes and birdsongs to contrast with total peace; kind, cheerful staff, and visionary owner; altogether it is totally unpretentious and accepting. Yes, this IS a sanctuary! We opted for all meals and body work, and are so glad we did.

Heven on earth

5 on August 19, 2013

I had a wonderful time!! Clean rooms with all essentials already supplied for you. The food is indescribably delicious!!( and organic ). If you stay here, you have to book a session and have bodywork done, it will top off a picture perfect trip!!

5 Star Plus!

5 on August 19, 2013

I have traveled to many 5 star resorts around the world and non compares to the quality of food, service and accommodations at Rainbow Hearth. It is heaven on earth! The extra touches such as dimmer reading lights above each side of the bed, and the Sleep Number mattress is incredibly comfortable. The level of care and attention given to every guest is beyond compare. The body work with Mariah should not be missed.

Incredible service, food, and peace

5 on January 29, 2013

Mariah is an absolute gem. My husband and I stayed in the treehouse yurt for part of our honeymoon and he was sick with the flu. Mariah was so kind when we met her and suggested several teas to help him out, gave us a free breakfast (including her homemade smoothies), found a tray so I could bring it up to him in bed, and just made us feel so taken care of. We loved the food, too! It was healthy, organic, and so tasty. It inspired me to go to Whole Foods and take better care of myself since I felt so good there. And I couldn't get enough of the water, there, either. They purify their own rain water! You wouldn't think it makes a difference, but it does. I felt so in tune with nature and myself, and a short walk up to Medicine Rock helped with that, too. It has a strong spiritual energy, and even though I am not religious, I felt very comfortable, safe, and cared for when I went there to seek guidance about my new marriage. The area is beautiful and peaceful. We loved being in the woods and our yurt was secluded and quiet. We loved having our own two-person tub in our little bathhouse. It was just wonderful and we plan to come back for many anniversaries!

Great best friend get away

4.8 on November 12, 2012

My best friend and I take a fall trip every year. This year it was my chance to pick and I selected Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary because of the great reviews of the organic food. This place far exceeded our expectations. The rooms were great. The food was amazing! The grounds were great for hiking and relaxing. We also loved the fresh pitcher of purified rainwater in our room. We were able to relax, disconnect from the busy world, and be pampered. The staff at the retreat are warm, inviting, and there to make you feel comfortable. Did I mention how good the food was? We will definitely be back again! Thank you Rainbow Hearth for a great retreat. We both needed it!


4.4 on August 17, 2012

A great place to get away from it all. Close enough to Austin yet far enough away. A fantastic drive to get there too. (For me, the best way to get here is 1431 to Marble Falls, with the requisite stop at Flat Creek Estate for refreshments, then up to Burnet and onward.) No TV, no clocks, no stress. There is Wifi so you're not completely cut off, but you'll find yourself off the net more than on. Sleeping in is encouraged. Probably not a great place for kids due to lack of TV. Activities within/around Burnet could help but really this place is for the "Big Kids" to unwind/reset. We stayed in the Sky Loft; lots of room, best views, nice little patio for nighttime star viewing, great breezes. We looked at all the other rooms too; they all are nice. The accommodations aren't 5 star NYC type, but nice and relaxing. The food is simple but tasty. Majority is organic products. Mariah grows her own sprouts/microgreens for the salads and they are wonderful. The meals were customized per our requests, based on what she had on hand, which is a great touch. The bodywork. You must have the bodywork. I'm not sure how else to describe it. Just get it. Mariah has a great touch and the power tools are the bomb. (It was my first massage, but I've developed a new addiction I think. And guys, if you've never had one, Mariah is probably the best person to start with; very calm/trustworthy. Don't worry about having your Man Card pulled or your hairy back.) The grounds are great. There is a nice little hike up to medicine rock as well as down to the lake. No flip flops though; you need something sturdier. We loved hearing the lake water lapping on the rocks and the wind chimes that are scattered across the grounds. Can't wait to go back.

Perfect Honeymoon

5 on November 03, 2011

I put the honeymoon choices up to my husband and he could not have picked the most perfect place. We only had 24 hours to stay however it will make an impression on me for the rest of my life. The Treehouse Suite is a must of any honeymoon and the food, peace and quit (and hottub) really added the perfect touch.

I LOVE Rainbow Hearth!

5 on July 31, 2011

I’ve been to Rainbow Hearth twice now and both experiences were fantastic. It is the perfect place to decompress from the stress of finals and work. The property is vast and peaceful, with lots of nooks to explore and have a quiet moment to yourself. Mariah is a fabulous caretaker—her hospitality and warmth are unmatched! The Sunset Guest House is a beautiful two-bedroom space, with a balcony overlooking Lake Buchanan. Catching the sunrise and set are bookends to a fabulous stay. You won’t find a television here, but there is plenty of nature to take in—the scenery is vast and beautiful. Perhaps my favorite part of RH, however, is the delectable eats that Mariah serves up. Breakfast features a wide spread of granolas and jams, as well as fruit smoothies and omelets made to order. Lunch and dinner feature micro-green salads, made from homegrown sprouts. I dream of these salads; they are really that delicious. Lunch also consists of fish or chicken dishes, while dinner surrounds a hearty soup with cornbread or other side. Homemade chocolate acts as the perfect compliment for dessert. Though I have not tried any of the spa treatments that Mariah has to offer, I am sure they would not disappoint. The surrounding area lends itself to many activities during your stay. There are plenty of water sports and tours, long river cruises, local wineries, and parks that surround RH. I would also recommend Longhorn Caverns and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours as well (though the drive is a little longer that some might like). Believe me, one visit to RH and you’ll be just as hooked. I can hardly wait for next summer! Becca

I can't stop telling people about this place!

5 on July 19, 2010

Awesome! Rooms were immaculate! The quiet was a gift. Mariah filters all the rain water for our use! Another gift...she grows fresh sprouts for her guests! The salads and the food was so healthy! I used the hills for quiet walks and loved the wildlife. This place is small, which is a gift to all of us that want privacy and true retreat rest and relaxation. Thank you Mariah!

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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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited Please call for approval. Not all suites may have pets.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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

2 Cats , 1 Dog

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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.

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

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