"Native Texans, but now living in St Louis, our daughter wanted to get married in East Texas, at her grandparents home overlooking a small lake outside of Gilmer. Family was coming in from Boston, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. Working the logistics of a wedding, coordinating accommodations, finding an adequate rehearsal dinner venue in the Longview/Gilmer area, etc, can be quite a task. After reviewing many hotel options, I found Paula and her properties on VRBO about six months prior to the wedding. She was fantastic from the start, offered several great ideas for some of our issues, and ended up renting us three of their properties to accommodate quite a few of the out of towners: Lakeside Cottage, Pine Grove and Tree House - all within a few hundred yards of one another, but sufficiently secluded for plenty of privacy. She also recommended Los Pinos Ranch Vineyard in Pittsburg for our large rehearsal dinner. (We rented the Barrel Room there for the evening, and I was more than pleased with the food, wine and service.)
Paula's houses were perfect for us, well-stocked, had all the amenities we needed (wi-fi, washer/dryer), were clean, and provided peaceful and relaxing settings when we had a chance to break away from all of the preparations and events. The main house was large enough that we were able to have about 15 people over for a pancake breakfast on the morning of the wedding as the girls then headed off to get nails/hair done and the guys did a modified bachelor's party at an outdoor gun range in Longview. It was enjoyable to wake up and find cows 50 feet from the bedroom window - not a common experience in St Louis. At night, the pond frogs sing you to sleep. After all of the distractions and chaos surrounding a wedding, I would like to go back to Lakeside Cottage now to just relax for a few days!
I would add that Paula and her house cleaner were extremely flexible with us. We had a few people with erratic arrival/departure schedules. One couple checked out on a Saturday morning to leave after the wedding, while another couple took their place in Tree House that evening after the wedding. Paula made sure the house was turned over and ready for the incoming couple. Thank you for taking such good care of us!"
Guest: Micheal "Todd" R.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 25, 2015