El Rocio Retreat

2519 South Inspiration Road , Mission, TX 78572 USA (Show map)


El Rocio Retreat Center is a unique 18 acre property located on the outskirts of Mission, Texas. The main home, Casa de Luna, is nestled in its natural surroundings. The "Tree of Life" which keeps the house standing and all the other supporting timbers, were part of the original landscaping. Casa de Luna contains three bedrooms(1 king, 1 queen, and 1 with twin beds. There are two truly unique full baths and a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room with a fireplace in the Casa de Luna house. Casa Jardin is a free standing, recently redecorated cottage which has a queen sized bed,a full kitchen and bath. There are barbeques for the use of the guests. DVD,VCR,telephone computer connections,hiking trails, El Rocio is a non-smoking facility.


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  • Guest room1.0
  • Service5
  • Value2.0
  • Cleanliness3.0
  • Onsite Dining3.0

Sleeping with Waterbugs

2.8 on April 16, 2016

We booked 2 nights in Casa Jardin. The property manager, Mike, was very friendly and showed us our room and explained that he would come into our room each day to clean dishes, make the bed and provide fresh towels. I noticed mold around the refrigerator doors and based on the high humidity and moisture, I could see how this, along with the mold in the vents of the window a/c unit were likely difficult to keep at bay. The linens for the bed were nice. Décor was tasteful. The room was spacious and would easily meet our needs. Our first night was uneventful. The second night, we discovered a live waterbug in the bathroom sink. Within minutes, another very large waterbug was seen running across the floor of the main living area. Later that night, another waterbug was found in the sink of the bathroom. My husband killed all 3. I am aware that the location, with the humidity, tropical plants, climate, is most likely conducive to both the mold and the waterbugs, but I would rather not pay money to stay somewhere requiring my husband to kill bugs. I did discuss the waterbugs with the property manager and he advised that they have exterminators come once a month and they are due soon. I can appreciate their efforts, but I would rather have been a guest who benefitted from a recent visit by the exterminators. We did appreciate the proximity to local birding areas and were glad to see that this is a gated location, making us feel that our vehicle and lodging were more safe than had a gate not been in place. We both walked the trails on the grounds and would recommend bug spray, as the mosquitos were quite active. We were impressed with how well the trails were kept. There is promise here. A little more attention, bleach and bug spray would make it more promising.

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Location Type

Countryside, Ranch

Area Attractions

Concert venue, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Mexico, Golf, Butterfly park, Birding, Bicycle Trail, Hiking, Picnic area, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , birding, tranquility, intimacy, hiking trails, seclusion, relaxation

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, TV, Turndown Service, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2 PM
  • Check Out:: 12 NOON
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only NON SMOKING FACILITY
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1st Night Deposit.
  • Cancellations: 3 days in advance to receive full refund of deposit. After 3 days, half of deposit will be refunded.



Marsha & Dan Nelson

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Caged Birds

About the innkeepers

Bird Watching, Hiking, Golf

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self serve

  • Time Served: whenever
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Signature Dish

Chuckwagon cook out around a campfire.