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Family Reunion, Retreat, Couples Weekend - an Entire East Texas Luxury Compound

(11 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

90 mins from Dallas: 5 Bedrooms + Bunk House + pool + Gazebo + Lake - sleeps 18

First watch our story on Channel 8 ABC to see The Veranda in all its glory:

Reunion, Anniversary, Wedding, Family Retreat or Couples Weekend - enjoy an entire compound! Originally a bed & breakfast - The Veranda is a glorious 1920’s Victorian Home (and accompanying bunkhouse) that served as the areas most posh, upscale B&B for many years. Wealthy patrons from Dallas with lake homes on the beautiful Lake Cypress Springs referred to the “Mansion of Mt. Vernon” as the finest dining and one of the most picturesque setting in East Texas. Having just undergone a $1m+ restoration, the retreat is a 120 acre paradise incorporating a sanctuary of rest and relaxation as well as activities galore. Originally envisioned and operated by Robert Whiteside & Warren Butler, new owners Mark and Kelly Bunting made cautious (yet significant) upgrades to this famous property during the 2010-2012 season. The result is a fabulous retreat true to original intentions of the earlier owners, yet greatly enhanced and expanded. Just 100 miles due East on I-30 from Dallas – this paradise of tranquility and peace feels more like 1000 miles away!

Featured June 9, 2013 on ABC's Designing DFW segment (see video below).
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/27/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bunk Area


  • King size beds (5) 5 bedrooms all with separate baths/many Jacuzzi tubs – all with King size beds, Bunk Beds (4) Kids bunk house sleeps 8 / playroom – Game room with ping pong table/x-box/big screen TVs and more / separate kitchen with state of the art appliances and television / gym with elliptical and recumbent bike - TV / shop and fully furnished fishing tackle / 2 Four Wheelers / bath & shower / Upstairs separate quarters with 2 Queen bed & living room + TV / enclosed outdoor full length basketball court with lighting / all wired for outdoor and surround sound...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Formal living and dining areas / library / delightfully furnished with antiques and country bedding & tin roof that makes for a magical night in the rain / bright & sunny with vibrant colors / grand piano / oversized master with 16 foot ceilings and 3 sided views of bunk house, grounds, lake and front entry. Grounds keeper – cook – housekeeping – all available upon request....moreless


  • Books:

    Huge library with hundreds of books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    xBox, big screen TV, ping-pong and ard table...moreless

  • Television:

    All bedrooms and kitchen/living areas with new flat panel televisions – all with Direct TV and wifi...moreless

  • Toys:

    Assorted (board games in living room) - lots of games in bunk house...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Dining room table seats 10 in formal dining room. Numerous outdoor and casual eating locations....moreless

  • Dining Area



  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet commercial kitchen / diner counter kitchen seating with lake views / fully stocked pantry / bar...moreless

  • Microwave:

    One in each house...moreless

  • Oven:

    Commercial over and one consumer oven...moreless


  • Boat:

    Jon boat and electric trolling motor on site and available for use....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Full 360 wrap around decks (1/2 screened in) with views of grounds and lake / lots of outdoor seating & tables, even porch swing...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Gazebo seats 70 for dinner/events by lake...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    7 acres are manicured and landscaped around main houses...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    on site...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    5 foot depth - large sized pool – great for lounging or volleyball / dozen+ outdoor chairs / covered shade deck / audio enabled / views of grounds and lake...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    3 bathrooms in Main house have hot tubs...moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee upon depart $250
  • Taxes Not included


WEEKLY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Will consider partial weeks at $2,200 per night (minimum of 4 nights).

Full Rental is required up front and will be fully refunded if booking is cancelled more than 90 days out from arrival. Cash or check only.

$5,000 security deposit required for damages. Refunded within 7 days if no damages. Credit card accepted for security deposit.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/27/2017
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7 Miles
Nearest Motorway

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70 acres in secluded area near major highway / lush landscaping – over 5 acres manicured / Spring Azaleas and summer Crepe Myrtles are gorgeous / beautiful lawns front and lakeside to accommodate activities. Tall swaying pines and thick forest enclose the property for a total confined escape. 3 miles of walking trails thru the property / security entrance.


Owner info

Why the Owner Chose Mt Vernon, TX, USA:
It is simply THE most tranquil and beautiful places you can imagine within 90 minutes of DFW and Shreveport. It is perfect for a family reunion, anniversary, couples weekend, corporate executive retreat work weekend de-compress. Perfect for large families - lots of activities for kids, tons of entertaining spaces and a fabulous commercial kitchen.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Picturesque setting on 120 acres / (7 landscaped) 5 bedroom Main House - luxury finish 1920's Victorian Bunk house (8 bunk beds + 2 Queens) - great for kids Gazebo on Lake for dining and fabulous keepsake photos 5 Acre Lake - great fishing Full length pool and Cabana Full length basketball court (night lighting) Nature trails Fire pit 11 flat panel TV w/Satellite wrap around porches (some screened) Jon Boat / 4 Wheelers / more Acreage with over 100 night lights - Gorgeous at night

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/27/2017

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  • The Veranda 1920 Victorian - former B&B

    The Veranda 1920 Victorian - former B&B

  • main house side view from pool

    main house side view from pool

  • Main house living room

    Main house living room

  • Main house kitchen - diner seating view

    Main house kitchen - diner seating view

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • The blue bedroom

    The blue bedroom

  • The green bedroom (only downstairs bedroom)

    The green bedroom (only downstairs bedroom)

  • Veranda bunk house - great room

    Veranda bunk house - great room

  • Veranda bunkhouse - upstairs quarters with 2 queens

    Veranda bunkhouse - upstairs quarters with 2 queens

  • full length basketball court behind bunkhouse

    full length basketball court behind bunkhouse

  • one view of lake

    one view of lake

  • lake front next to house - back yard

    lake front next to house - back yard

  • Veranda main house - porter cecere view

    Veranda main house - porter cecere view

  • view from front porch to front circle drive

    view from front porch to front circle drive

  • kitchen table

    kitchen table

  • Main house kitchen

    Main house kitchen

  • The pink bedroom

    The pink bedroom

  • The red bedroom

    The red bedroom

  • Veranda bunk house

    Veranda bunk house

  • Veranda bunk house - 8 bunk beds

    Veranda bunk house - 8 bunk beds

  • Bunk house porch - lake view

    Bunk house porch - lake view

  • pool and cabana

    pool and cabana

  • Gazebo


  • lake view from dam

    lake view from dam

VRBO #435994

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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