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The Gap Creek Ranch- Beautiful Historic Home, Private Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Hico House Rental Photos and Description

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

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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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Sandy McMahan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016
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About Sandy McMahan

Sandy & Kevin McMahan manage the Gap Creek Ranch from their home in Dallas.

Sandy McMahan purchased this house in 2000


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

The Gap Creek Ranch- Beautiful Historic Home, Private Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
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: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent and clean property, great completely private getaway

  • 5 of 5

My quick summary on this cabin

A. Extremely well kept property, totally private and beautiful cabin

B. Nice clean interiors, looks like the owners and their family are very well travelled, cultured and globally aware, looking at the wonderful book collection in the library.

C. Private pond is beautiful and access/facilities are well manicured. Good fishing, some of us got more lucky than others.

D. As everyone says, photos on vrbo/ home away do not do justice to how beautiful the entire property is is reality!! Do not think twice when booking his cabin!!!!

We will definitely return!!! Thank you for a wonderful time!

Suggestion: put a wraparound shower curtain around the tub on the first floor bathroom so that folks can use it as a shower using the telephone shower. That will save your bathroom for getting water on the floor, and provide an option for a quick shower. Also having a small boat for your guests would be great!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Venue!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful well kept property! Sandy was great to work with. She was there to answer any questions and help with setting up. My daughters wedding was beautiful and we would recommend this venue to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family had an amazing time at this Ranch and we are planning on returning. Plenty of fishing, cooking and just relaxing.Property is very well maintained and clean. Sandy was very responsive and helpful on every question asked.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for a wedding/dinner/family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The property is stunning and the owner is so kind!!! We had our wedding reception there, she set up/cleaned up everything!! We literally had to show up have fun and go home. We rented it for two nights for the wedding party to stay they fished on the lake, saw turkeys and deer, and were able to just relax. The pictures don't do this place justice, take a drive out to visit the beautiful property!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Gap Creek Ranch

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation we've had in a while. Quiet, beautiful Texas ranch, excellent fishing, hiking, shopping, etc... We use our vacation time off to "decompress" and just take it easy. This wonderful property was the answer to that. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Rates & Availability

Hico House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Christmas / New Years
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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

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Hico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking

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