Remote 5bd/2BA Ranch House, Bordering Fossil Rim on 900 Acres with Hiking Trails

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Some people rarely leave the front porch!


Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Property description

Have you ever wished your family had a ranch out in the country where you could go kick back, relax, enjoy each other's company, let the kids experience the joy of exploring the great outdoors, not only see stars, but feel like you can almost touch them, and not hear any traffic or city noises?
Have you wished for the kind of day where your biggest decision is, 'Do I sit on the porch and read, watch the birds and see what else wanders by, or go for a walk instead?'
That is what our holistically managed ranch, and the Habari guest house is all about. Slow down! Enjoy! Relax, unwind, soak in nature's gifts!
Habari is the original and largest of our ranch’s three guest houses. Habari has had a rich history, starting out as the ranch manager’s quarters, then as overflow rental for Fossil Rim (your host owned and grew Fossil Rim for some 20 years!) and our ranch staff.
Visiting High Hope Ranch has always been a treat, so when we decided to open up for retreats, workshops, and respite for friends, we turned the duplex into an artfully furnished spacious home with bedrooms in three areas.
Three living areas flow together so groups can gather in one area, or small groups can spread out. A covered porch runs the entire length of Habari, making it another gathering spot, whether to eat and meet together, or just enjoy the majestic live oaks, pastures, country breezes, birds, deer and surroundings.
Habari is close enough to the county road for quick trips to Fossil Rim’s (free!) Overlook and into Glen Rose, but far enough off the road for quiet and solitude.
Habari is a great starting point to explore the trails and ravines.
Habari (“Hello! How are you? You are Welcome Here!” in Swahili) is a “cozy but elegant” (as one guest said!) ranch style house with:
• 26 miles of trails to explore on our organically and sustainably managed Ranch and Sanctuary.
• 2 spacious living rooms separated by a smaller living area with a total of 5 futons, the fireplace room has a leather couch, a love seat and the biggest futon
• Well-equipped, nicely stocked kitchen (you don't have to pack dish soap, salt and pepper or those kinds of basics)
• Washer/dryer
• Covered porch in front and patio in back, a grill and stunning views
• Free wi-fi
• No TV's to distract from the relaxing atmosphere of the ranch.
• Two other smaller guest houses on the ranch (with beds for 5 and 8).
• We welcome well behaved dogs but they must be on a leash at all times, and we have a small pet fee to cover the extra cleaning. Crated dogs get a 50% discount,
But wait, there’s more!
• Central heat/air
• Dishes for 12, gas stove and oven, microwave, Vitamix (no dishwasher!)
• An outdoor gas grill, propane included
• Fire pit (fire ban permitting)
• Indoor (1) and porch/deck tables (2, one in front, one in back, both covered) seat 4-6 people each
• A short walk to see our goats, donkeys and free-ranging chickens
• Ranch and nature adventures, tours and experiences are available by pre-arrangement
• Our smaller guest house, Mata’zamo has a 3 stall horse barn, 2 pens and a pasture right out the door, along with miles of trails, but it’s bring your own horse, there is a barn and pastures close to Habari, too!
• Habari’s library reflects our interest in sanctuary, nature and a healthy life and landscape, our CD collection from your Grandma or Great-grandma, board games for family time
• Our ranch has been managed organically for over twenty years, we keep our houses as non-toxic as possible, too.
• We have local naturalists that can help you plan your days, or can even be hired for your own private nature camp experience!

It is easy to get lost at Habari, lost in thought, lost in time, lost from stress and the city life! All of this in our little slice of the Hill Country, just 90 minutes south of the Dallas-Ft Worth area! We invite you to stay at Habari or any of our three guest houses, it’s the best cure we know for nature deficit disorder!!!
To see more pictures of all three of our guest houses and our surroundings, please go to Each house is unique enough to provide a very different experience. Habari is great for larger groups, Mata’zamo is our most remote house, our “Bed and Barn”, great for singles, couples or a family, and Casa Kasa is our 2.5-story spa house with an indoor, built in hot tub and infrared sauna.
We welcome you in a way that feels like home away from home, you'll find familiar touches from your own kitchen, including tea, coffee, spices, paper towers, plastic bags - the basics, and maybe new things to try, organic food, composting, recycling, repurposing, reusing and all the comforts of home!
One of our family/team members will meet you at Habari, and help you get oriented to the house and our facilities. If you are bringing your horses, we’ll also match your horses to our trails so you’ll be safe and happy!
We doubt you’ll want to leave, but if you do, we have a nice notebook with a detailed list of local restaurants, we can help you set up tours at Fossil Rim, and have information on other local attractions like Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose’s new Riverwalk and Big Rocks Park, shopping the Square’s antique stores, galleries, clothing stores, weekend farmer’s market and pie shop (plan ahead and order gluten free!!!).
We also have a caterer who will shop for you or cook for you! You will feel like you have the place to yourself, but we have someone on call and on property while you are here.
Send us an email, give us a call, give yourself something to look forward to, and later talk about, book your stay at Habari!


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years old minimum age for renters...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome children who are old enough to explore the outdoors safely. Habari is best enjoyed by kids six years old and older as we are a working ranch with wild lands, wild animals and varied terrain....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We do allow smoking outside the house and in your car, but not in the house or on our trails....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    There are no fenced in areas for your pets. We have a resident German Shepard (too friendly for his own good!). We require an extra fee for pets to cover our extra clean up costs. Dogs must be on a leash when not inside the house. Crated dogs have a discounted pet fee. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The kitchen, the split bath, three bedrooms and one living area are on one level, there is a low step to get to the other rooms, the bathrooms are not ADA....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 10-16

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 1 king

    Froggy Room...moreless

  • Other (See Description): 5 sleep sofa /futon

    2 single futons, 3 double futons, 1 sofa in living areas...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) in each of 5 bedrooms. Our three living areas (adjoining each other) have 3 single futons, 2 double futons and a teen-ager approved (my nephews favorite place to sleep) leather couch....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This bathroom is actually in two rooms!...moreless

  • The bathroom in the area nearest the kitchen is split up into two rooms, one has the combination bathtub and shower, the other has the toilet and sink! It helps a lot when people are bathing in the morning and you want to use the bathroom!!!!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Join the SLOW movement!


  • Books:

    Fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, self-help...moreless

  • Games:

    Good old fashioned board games, decks of cards...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Guest can create the feeling of visiting the old family ranch, gathering family and friends to spend time together visiting, walking, exploring, seeing horses & other livestock, or just slowing down!...moreless

  • Village:

    Standing in the front yard at night gives you a view of Glen Rose's twinkling night skyline....moreless

  • Water View:

    Two of our stock tanks are visible from the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen table, and tables on the patio and covered porch...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Real exercise available on our 20 plus miles of trails!!! Our smaller guest house Kasa Casa has our collection of exercise and spa equipment....moreless

  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Another benefit of being in the country!...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Hi Speed...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood provided...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Available upon request at additional charge, healthy choices including organic and vegetarian....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    We have a nicely equipped kitchen and keep basics in the pantry....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, spices, some baking items, plastic wrap, the things you'd expect to find at your grandmother's (well, not the cookies!)...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Whilte relaxing on the deck or patio, deer, fox or the occasional bobcat may cross your vista....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    If you want a hot tub, please see our listing for Kasa Casa, our spa house VRBO # 438256....moreless

  • Sauna:

    If you want an infrared sauna, please see our listing for Kasa Casa, our spa house VRBO # 438256....moreless



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This beautiful ranch has plenty of space and the views are AMAZING!  10/18/2015

VRBO Bear stayed here:

This property is in a great location for family/friend gatherings and is just such a beautiful place! We invited our dear friends and their kids to join us. They told me how awesome the house and views were as soon as they arrived. The pictures don’t do justice to this eclectic house with each space/room having a theme which embodies the spirit of the ranch. We had 6 adults and 6 kids between the ages of 4-12 and the layout of the house gave it a roomy and spacious feel. The front porch views are AMAZING! You can see far off into the valley and a pond with a beautiful huge tree across from the deck. The house has a fully stocked kitchen making it easy for us to cook our own food. The kids loved the space to run and visits to the pond to feed the catfish. If you want to a nice visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park, it’s just 5 minutes down the road. Sandra the property manager was so nice and greeted us upon our arrival. She took our kids to feed the goats which was a huge hit! She was very knowledgeable about things to do and offered us tickets to the park to purchase at a discount. She also sent us thorough directions to the ranch which saved travel time. There are many well thought of details to make not only the stay enjoyable, but also the journey to this place easy. Our friends and I talked about staying at the ranch again. Oh and next time we will definitely hit the walking/hiking trails.

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$425 $450
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$2,700 $9,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 13%


Please let me know the total number in your group. If you have infants sleeping in a bed that you bring, we won't include them in your extra guest fee! Also, please let me know if your pets are crated as we offer a 50% discount on the pet fee. Guests arriving with unannounced pets will be invoiced the $50 pet fee.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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80 Miles
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Squaw Valley Golf Course
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 67
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Fossil Rim Overlook Cafe
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Paluxy River, parks and riverwalk

Car: Necessary

We are on one of the highest points in Somervell County with several steep ravines and canyons cutting through the property. During good bluebonnet years, our fields look like large, deep blue lakes! Our walking trails take you to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's fences. Most people don't want to leave when they get to the ranch. Each of our three guest houses has a notebook with information on local attractions like Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose's Historic Square and other nearby small towns. Three of our ponds have been stocked with catfish and guests are welcome to try their luck with catch and release fishing. TPWD releases trout into the Paluxy River for fly-fishing, and Wheeler Branch Reservoir is popular for bass fishing, kayaking and swimming. One of the state's best public golf courses, Squaw Valley is less than 20 minutes away, as are Dinosaur State Park, Dinosaur World, the Creation Evidences Museum, The Promise and great shopping, browsing, and eating at Glen Rose's downtown square.

We share a fence line with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, we've seen giraffe and heard wolves at night along our trails. We are twelve minutes from Glen Rose's other incredible family attractions: The Paluxy River Walk and Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World, Brazos River, Historic Courthouse Square, Barnard's Mill and Art Museum. One of the state's best pie shops is on the historic town square, along with galleries, antiques, restaurants, gift shops and a weekend farmers market. There are nearby wineries (Barking Rocks Winery, Red Caboose Winery) and chocolate factories, too. Most people stay on property, but there is plenty to do within a 35 mile drive!

Common Ranch Activities:

Some people can't get off the porch, enjoying quiet activities such as reading, writing, watching the scenery, wildlife and sky. Others roam our 1,125 acres for photography and connecting with nature. Bird watching and casual to strenuous hiking are favorites. Multiple trails wander through woods, pocket prairies, fields and steep ravines frequented by a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobwhite, turkey, fox, bobcat, armadillo, raccoon, and rabbits. Game cameras have captured ring-tails and porcupine at Goat Cave. We have Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped vireos, Painted Buntings and lots of other beautiful birds. Habari is close to our barn area, guests often help feed our goats, donkey, horses and chickens. Panoramic views and forever horizons set the scene to include gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The night sky, still not clouded by city lights, allows for astronomical views into space with views of multiple stars, planets, formations, satellites, and meteors.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1988

About: It's not about me, but about our land, the animals and inviting you to enjoy it with us! I came to work with Fossil Rim in 1988, and stayed!

Why Glen Rose:
We bought this ranch because we love Fossil Rim! It's more than being able to dash to their Overlook for a quick look at the giraffes (which we occasionally see along our mutual fence line), grab a bite to eat, buy a gift or visit their contact animal area. It goes beyond hearing the wolves at night. We are also giving Fossil Rim an 1,125 acre gorgeous buffer against development. Combine this with the organic beauty of the land, having miles of walking trails and stunning spots to enjoy the view in areas that are often covered in bluebonnets and other wildflowers, we count ourselves lucky indeed to live here. It is our pleasure to share this special beauty with all of our guests! We also enjoy helping people explore the Glen Rose area. We never get tired of being compared to Mayberry, it's great to have friendly neighbors and a great town to explore!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Step back to a simpler time! This is your chance to capture the feeling of going back to a special time when our connections were with the land and each other instead of our phones and computers! Come breathe in the open spaces, touch the land, embrace the sun, hug a tree even, pet a goat, it's all about slowing down and reconnecting with the very basic, forgotten pleasures of just being surrounded by nature's best!

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Speaks: english, spanish, w/appointment Polish, Portuguese, French, Japanese

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Some people rarely leave the front porch!

    Some people rarely leave the front porch!

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • The Froggie Room, remodeled Fall 2013 by Marcia Bennett, king bed.

    The Froggie Room, remodeled Fall 2013 by Marcia Bennett, king bed.

  • Yin Yang Room

    Yin Yang Room

  • Savannah Room

    Savannah Room

  • Blue Mesa Room, queen size bed

    Blue Mesa Room, queen size bed

  • 1st bathroom between Four Posters and Savannah room

    1st bathroom between Four Posters and Savannah room

  • Hallway to the kitchen with access to Yin Yang room and shower on the right

    Hallway to the kitchen with access to Yin Yang room and shower on the right

  • View from Habari's covered porch

    View from Habari's covered porch

  • This trail map is available for all of our guests!

    This trail map is available for all of our guests!

  • Habari, means 'Hello, how are you and you are welcome here' in Swahili.

    Habari, means 'Hello, how are you and you are welcome here' in Swahili.

  • Kitchen at Habari

    Kitchen at Habari

  • Dining table in the kitchen

    Dining table in the kitchen

  • The Froggie Room

    The Froggie Room

  • Savannah Room, king size bed

    Savannah Room, king size bed

  • Four poster room, queen size bed

    Four poster room, queen size bed

  • 1st bathroom between Four Posters and Savannah room

    1st bathroom between Four Posters and Savannah room

  • 2nd bathroom accessible from the kitchen

    2nd bathroom accessible from the kitchen

  • 2nd Living room

    2nd Living room

  • Entrance to High Hope

    Entrance to High Hope

  • From our guest book.

    From our guest book.

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