I have been delaying reviewing Livia's location for a few days because I don't want her location to be completely booked when I want to come back.
I don't want people to know how welcoming and comfortable we all felt at the barn. I don't want people to get to enjoy the swimming pool that has the Prince symbol at the bottom. I don't want people to take advantage of the views or cooking areas.
Seriously though, this place is wonderful. Livia took a converted barn and farmland space and has turned it into a great camping space. Despite having in a full "house," my group and I were still able to have space to ourselves. The location is set up to have a few secluded areas, and there's some shared indoor space if you feel like ducking in for a minute.
Livia was on site during our stay, which I don't know if that is the norm, and she is delightful. A real human being with a punk rock attitude and love of life. She makes the place run and is super approachable.
My hope is that the people who continue to trek into the land of Bacchanalia will take care of it so that we can come back!
Antje is very communicative -- after we made our reservation, she asked me to call her so we could go over the directions to her place (bad signal in the middle of the desert, GPS gets confused ) and to also let me know about who would be around if we needed any help.
The bunkhouse itself is very cute, and we felt safe in it. It's a raised house with one room and a full bathroom attached to it. The house is very tidy and clean, full of cool little rodeo and cow memorabilia. There is another room that looks like it is used as an office for the owners. Be warned, summer campers: while there is a fan and a small refrigerator, the heat gets above 100 degrees during the day. We found places to go with A/C during the day, especially needed because we brought our dog.
Our dog loved the place! So many sniffs to explore around the property. The longhorns weren't around so we didn't worry about her getting trampled, and the feeding stall gave her plenty to do with exploring and climbing.
Antje and Web were away during our stay, and they had their housekeeper and grounds guy on hand. The housekeeper Debbie was easily accessible by phone and very helpful if we had any questions, and the grounds guy, Wayne, was buzzing around on a gator and stopped by to say hi. Both were super nice and made our stay better.
If you want to cook your own food, there is a raised grill as well as a fire pit. We didn't use them due to the risk of fire being so high at this time of year. We used a propane grill to get our cooking done.
A note on the roads: the road the bunkhouse is on is PAVED! We were very happy that our tiny city car (fiat) could drive up no problem to the house, and the small dirt part we drove into the property was flat enough to safety traverse.
I'd like to come back here during the winter when the weather is a bit chiller. It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from the world and get alone time but doesn't want to pitch a tent.