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
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Janis and doggie at Rainbow Hearth

5 on January 16, 2017

It seems right to whisper the entire time I was at Rainbow Hearth. So relaxin big. The dinner was excellent. Go. Go often.

The Perfect Time Out

5 on December 12, 2016

Rainbow Hearth is the perfect place to distress & unplug. Mariah always is a delight and makes me feel welcome and special. I can't wait for my next retreat!

Amazing Retreat

5 on November 06, 2016

I chose Rainbow Hearth hoping for a peaceful stay and bonding time with my pups. I gained so much more than relaxation. Having no intruding technology, quiet time to reflect, and getting to spend time with Mariah from the body work to conversation was so healing. I could feel myself changing, getting back to my personal place of power, once again owning my journey and my choices. The time to reflect is invaluable and helps you put everything into perspective. I stayed at the Sunset cabin and it was wonderful, awesome views of the lake and the sunset. Very clean and well cared for rooms. The meals are all healthy and delicious. We wandered trails every day, visited Medicine Rock and enjoyed the tranquility. I am planning another trip next year, it's a beautiful place!

A little piece of Heaven in the Texas Hill Country

4.2 on November 03, 2016

My husband 87 yrs and I, 80 yrs, stayed at the lovely Garden Cottage. I was very disappointed that we did not get to meet Mariah as she was on vacation. The Rainbow Hearth is truly a Sanctuary, but the walking is not for "Old Folks." Every path is plastered with flat, uneven rocks/stones. While hiking to the Ceremonial Grounds, my husband fell backwards close to the top of the hill near a steep down drop right into a "sticker bush" caused by stepping on a flat, wiggly stone that was not secured in the ground. I was able to help him up and he was unhurt. The food was healthy, the surroundings uplifting, and the air filled with love and dedication to this piece of heaven. I will be back to rejuvenate my soul, my husband decides not to visit again.

A true sanctuary.

5 on October 24, 2016

This was the fourth time we've stayed at Rainbow Hearth -- we keep coming back because no B&B or cabin stay we've found matches the beauty, serenity, and hospitality here. It's really a jewel.

Anniversary Trip

5 on October 18, 2016

My wife and I love the Tree House Yurt., the trails and view of the lake, and the food was delicious.

Rejuvenating retreat

4.4 on October 16, 2016

Beautiful property, very accommodating owner. Can't wait to return.

Relaxing stay as always

5 on September 20, 2016

We returned to Rainbow Hearth and our expectations were high because we've always enjoyed the experience. The visit was great as always. We enjoyed catching up with Mariah. The new massage therapist was excellent. The sunsets from our balcony were fabulous and the lake views were better than ever. It was nice to see the lake benefitting from all the rains.

Love it. So peaceful.

4.8 on September 12, 2016

Mariah was so nice and friendly. Make sure book a bodywork massage with her. She was amazing. We booked Blue Heron room. Cute purple room. Our daughter love her own twin bed and love to play with a dog and 2 cats. Spent hours to sit on our private porch read book and listen to the lake wave. Wake up with birds singing and lake view. Wanna go back already.

Awesome Sanctuary

5 on August 14, 2016

I booked my reservation at the last minute, so I only got to stay two nights in the middle of the week. But they were the most relaxing two days! The entire place has such a calm, quiet ambiance that you can't help but stop, take a slow deep breath, and just be in the moment. For nature lovers and anyone who wants to get away from the busy city life, this place is the perfect retreat. Strolling thru the typical Texas Hill Country woods (sans the invasive cedar) and sitting in the shade on the shore of the lake, you'll see all manner of birds and damselflies, black squirrels, and perhaps even a doe and her twin fawns. Mariah, the owner, also prepared all our meals, which were tasty AND healthy, and she was able to work around all my dietary restrictions. She's very personable and a pleasure to talk to. I will definitely be making this an annual gift to myself!

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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

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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.
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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.

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