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The Gap Creek Ranch- Beautiful Historic Home, Private Lake

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Last updated: 07/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Travel back in time, amid the comforts of the present at this beautiful ranch house overlooking a private lake on a 270 acre ranch. The ranch house is an architectural gem, combining Old-Texas charm with a uniquely spacious open layout.

Originally built in 1920 by the Martin Knudson family, the Knudsons were part of the Norwegian immigrant community that is centered around Cranfills Gap and Clifton. Many old-timers in Cranfills Gap still remember it as 'the old Knudson place'.

The original 1200 sf house sat alongside the road, right next to the entry gate. Then in 2004 the current owners had it moved to the present location, and added another 2400sf to create the current home.

This “new-old” house was designed and decorated to reflect the look and feel of a fine Texas ranch house from the 1940's. The downstairs areas feature stained wood floors covered with beautiful rugs, bead paneled wainscot, and a unique stained wood ceiling that adds a warm color to the rooms. Each of the bedrooms has a distinct character, (three with queen beds and one with three twin beds) and the house offers a lovely library whose shelves are stocked floor-to-ceiling with hardcover classics, histories and more.

Outside, the wide wrap-around porches offer a cool spot of shade for sitting on one of the porch swings and looking out over the 12 acre lake and surrounding hills. In the evenings gather with friends and family around the firepit. Far from the lights of the city, at night you'll see a gazillion stars.

While the look is entirely Old-Texas, the amenities are modern and plentiful, including:
-kitchen fully stocked with dishes, cookware, and appliances
-clothes washer/dryer (available for stays of 5 nights and more)
-satelite TV
-wi-fi satelite internet
-backyard fire pit overlooking lake
-outdoor cooker

Horseback riding and hiking trails are available on-site. You are welcome to bring your horses (no stable or pens, plenty of water).

Bring your fishing poles and enjoy catch-&-release fishing for Florida Hybrid Bass!

With all of this, and more, the Gap Creek Ranch has one of the most uniquely authentic country settings to be found.

The Gap Creek Ranch is perfect for reunions, retreats, weddings and more. Catering is available

Location note: While the address is 'Hico' (where the mail comes from), the ranch is actually about 20 miles southeast of Hico. The closest town is Cranfills Gap, about 5 miles away.

Local Attractions & Restaurants
Cranfills Gap (5 miles)
-The Horney Toad Bar & Grill (a classic Texas saloon)

Hico (20 miles)
-Lots of antiquing and shopping in this lovely old Texas town.
-The Koffee Kup Kafe
-Jersey Lilly's

Meridian (20 miles)
-The Red Caboose Winery
-Bosque Valley Golf Club (excellent 9 hole course)

Hamilton (20 miles)
-Circle T Arena
-Perry Country Club ( another great 9 hole course)

Clifton (22 miles)
-Bunkhouse Barbeque

Keywords: Historic Ranch House, Private Lake, Old-Style Comfort

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Non Smoking Only:

                No smoking inside. Smoking allowed on porches....moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Refrigerator
              • Ice Maker
              • Microwave
              • Catering Available
              • Stove
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Kitchen
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishwasher


              • Washing Machine:

                Available for guests staying 5+ nights...moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Wood Fireplace
              • Fireplace
              • Towels Provided
              • Air Conditioning
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Garage
              • Linens Provided
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Covered Parking


              • Ping Pong Table
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo


              • Telephone
              • Wireless Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                Wrap-around porches, terraced patios...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Location & View

                  • Lakefront:

                    House overlooks private 12 acre lake...moreless


                  • Restaurants
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Shopping
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf


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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  Christmas / New Years
                  Dec 22 - Dec 31
                  3 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Tax Rate 6.75%


                  Standard rate for up to 6 guests is $300 per night

                  Additional guests: $25 per guest per night

                  Holiday rates include up to 8 guests

                  Additional guests: $25 per guest per night

                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

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                  Last updated: 07/11/2014
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                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About: Sandy & Kevin McMahan manage the Gap Creek Ranch from their home in Dallas. When they must be at the ranch they stay in their hayloft apartment above the red barn. They are always readily available to assist with your visit.

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                  Speaks: english



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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, July 10, 2014

                  $300 - $500 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

                  View calendar: Updated 07/11/14
                  Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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