|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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The classic ranch home was built in 1950s -- it retains the character of an East Texas ranch home of that era. Cattle still graze the rolling hills and rest under the shade of the large oak trees.
The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeping has been arranged so that 12 people fit in beds. The home is often used for large family get-togethers and reunions, where several generations enjoy family time, the outdoors, and the amazing scenery of East Texas. Kids love to set up tents and 'camp' under the trees surrounding the home. The property is ideal for these family times, but would also be great for church or company retreats, scrap-booking or quilting weekends, or a romantic escape from it all.
Bedroom accommodations include a room with a double bed, a room with 2 queen beds, and a room with two twin beds. A large living room has been set up to accommodate guests in a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa. The family room also has a sleeper sofa. There is seating for 12 with 6 at a dining table and 6 at a kitchen bar area.
Outside, there is a picnic table under the covered patio. There is a bar-b-que grill and fire pit available outdoors, as well as several portable chairs.
One of the best aspects of this rental is the 250 acre ranch land that is part of the experience. There are three ponds, and you are sure to spot turtles resting in the sun at the ponds. The pond closest to the home has an aluminum boat for rides on the pond -- offering fun for children or romantic escapes for couples. An early morning or afternoon stroll to observe wildlife and experience the tranquility of the outdoors is a great way to spend some time in the country. Bird-watchers can find wood ducks, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and several other native species of birds from East Texas. Other wildlife can be seen on a hike down to the creek. Though the water level varies with drought and rain conditions, there is always a stream of water in the natural creek. An old wooden bridge (for foot traffic only) leads to heavy thicket area that abounds with more critters, such as raccoon, possums, dear, and pigs.
Our family and friends have loved getting away to the country home -- always disappointed to leave the beauty of it all.
Most visitors to the ranch home claim that their favorite activity is just hiking around the property, visiting the ponds and the creek, enjoying the solitude of being away from the hustle and bustle of it all. The several trees and rolling hills create a serene environment, enjoyed by young and old alike.
For travelers who would like to use the ranch as a stopping off point for area sightseeing, the ranch is located in proximity to many East Texas tourist areas. The home is 18 miles to Athens. In Athens, you can visit the East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens Scuba Park, Lake Athens, the Athens Opry, or enjoy shopping at the farmer's market or for antiques at the many area shops.
Palestine is only miles away too. In Palestine, people can visit the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Lake Palestine, The Museum for East Texas Culture, the Palestine Community Forest, the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, or the Famous Texas State Railroad -- which boasts the Polar Express Train ride and many other interesting dinner and themed train rides. Also located in Palestine is Reagan Park, which host Classic Movies in the park and Splash Day in park.
There are several vineyards in the area that offer winery tours: Tara Vineyard and Winery, Sweet Dreams Winery, Texas Vineyard and Smokehaus, and Granny Muffin Winery.
Rated as a Best of Texas Adventure Tour -- the New York, Texas Zip-Line tour is located only 15 miles from the property.
Canton, which is famous for its First Mondays and several antique shops, is located only 40 miles from the home. Tyler and its famed rose gardens is 45 miles from the ranch.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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