We built the Rock Castle “Dala Hus” in 2017 to be our vacation and retirement home. We chose three adjacent lots in Canyon Lake Village in the Canyon Lake area on a bluff above Skyline. The real estate is reasonable and prices generally are tolerable. We came from Lakeway, northwest of Austin, where real estate and general prices are out of sight — as is true of the entire gridlocked Austin area.
We love the Canyon Lake area, the clear Canyon Lake water, the neighbors, the flora, the fauna, the restful view at Rock Castle. Since we cannot get to Canyon Lake as frequently as we would like, we decided to make our home available to vacationers when we are not using the home.
Morning coffee on the screened porch is a great, calm way to start the day. We have a comfortable two-seat swing and other swing seating. We may watch the hummingbirds at the feeder, and very often we will see deer. [Maybe we’ll start to name them :-)]. We also tend to the landscape flowers and bushes that the deer haven’t eaten.
We like to do in-house dining, walks in this hilly Hill Country, visits with our neighbors, dining in New Braunfels, artistic painting, Kindle and iBook reading, visits to Tye Preston Memorial Library, shopping at Kathi’s Resale shop, and runs for pastries at KafeKali. Check out our pages on day trips and other activities for more info
Rock Castle Dala Hus is a ‘green’ home with Sun Power solar panels on the roof, rainwater collection for the shrubs and flowers, Mitsubishi split-system heating and cooling, Velux Smart Skylights, septic system and lots of nascent wildflowers.
General Facts Each room has an independent heating and cooling system. Each of the seven Mitsubishi systems have fan speed, heat & cooling controls. There are remote controlled Velux skylights which can provide extra ventilation. Some of the house power comes from the solar power panels on the roof. Rainwater is captured in 300 gallon tanks. Lastly, we have a self-contained septic system (!).
Why the unusual name? The house, which was completed in 2017 has a Swedish flavor to it with its blue and yellow tones, Ikea furnishing in kitchen, living room, bed rooms, & baths and paintings of Swedish scenes. Hus means “house” in Swedish and Dala comes from the colorful Dala Horse Swedish tradition. Additionally, we traveled in Sweden and enjoyed it.