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The Gap Creek Ranch- Beautiful Historic Home, Private Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

*Be sure to check out our reviews below!

The Gap Creek Ranch is a 5-Star vacation rental & outdoor wedding venue on a secluded ranch, far removed from the city.

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 rooms with queen beds and one room 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

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 at an additional cost. Local catering 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

-Hart's Firehouse BBQ

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

More Details

Property Manager
Sandy McMahan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Sandy McMahan

Sandy McMahan manages the ranch.

Sandy McMahan purchased this house in 2000


Hico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size beds (3), twin size beds (3) queen inflatable mattresses (2)
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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(28 traveler reviews)

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The Gap Creek Ranch- Beautiful Historic Home, Private Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Dripping Springs, TX USA

Outstanding property

  • 5 of 5

I am almost reluctant to leave a good review of this property because I want to make sure it is available when we want to go back! This place has everything you could wish for in a rural getaway - hikes, views, quiet serenity when you want it and a large fishing pond! My boys both caught 8-lb Florida bass while we watched from the front porch. Don’t hesitate to book this place, you will not regret it. As a bonus, Sandy, the owner, is a pleasure to work with.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed at this property for a weekend getaway with old high school and college buddies and the property is absolutely fantastic. There is a large pond that dominates the view from the huge wrap around back porch and hills behind that in the distance. The house is easily big enough to accommodate a group of that size, along with large indoor seating areas and a charcoal grill for outside cooking. I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at this beautiful, secluded country home. The house is huge and comfortable with lots of room for everyone to spread out. The grandchildren (ages 4 and 7) loved exploring the grounds, hiking to the tank to collect fossils, fishing in our own private lake, and getting to know Cowcat. The five adults loved the peace and quiet and dark starry sky. It was close enough for a leisurely day trip to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park. We hope to make Gap Creek Ranch a yearly family spring break trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gap Creek Ranch

  • 5 of 5

We had another amazing trip to the Gap Creek Ranch. The stay couldn't have been better. We had 6 adults and 9 kids, and there was plenty of space for everyone. The property was in excellent shape. The land is gorgeous and the accommodations were fantastic. We'd recommend this to anyone and look forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Due to distance and work schedules, we seldom can all be together for Thanksgiving or Christmas AND we have four December birthdays. Several years ago we started having a family reunion on the second weekend of December. As we were leaving on Sunday, my cousin said, "This is the best place we've had for this party." My 11-year-old granddaughter said, "Let's make it the tradition to come here." We played board games, put together our Christmas jigsaw puzzle, took long walks, played outside, and made s'mores in the firepit. The house is beautiful, well kept, and perfect for a big family. Thank you for a lovely three days together.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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College Station, Texas

Wonderful Restful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week of rest and relaxation ranch. Lots of fishing and quiet country rest. House was roomy, clean, and beautiful. We will be back in the future.

Diana & Larry Walker

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 6.75%

Standard rate for up to 6 guests is $350 per night
Additional guests: $25 per guest per night
Holiday rates include up to 8 guests
Additional guests: $25 per guest per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.