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903-520-2069 Lodge, Cabin in Woods Near Edom, Ben Wheeler Artists, Canton, I-20

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 20+. Lodge-1,500sf 2br/2bth+Sleep Loft.cabin-700sf 2 Br/1 Bth. Decks+

Nature & Art at Every Turn.

A Unique Retreat on 25 ETX wooded acres, at 675' highest point between here to gulf coast.

Contact us directly for best options & rates: 903-520-2069

Jeffrey Lee Basehore, Architect, designed Dragonhead to be environmentally responsible & resource-efficient. Choice of Cabin, Lodge OR book both for larger group.

CABIN: 900 sq ft @ foot of hill

Rate: $125 to $200/Night.

Sleeps 5+ with loft & 1st floor bedrooms, full bath, kitchen & 400 sq. ft. deck out front w porch swing, hammock & seating areas.

PET Friendly, w cleaning $150 fee & Agreement.

LODGE: 1,500 sq ft @ top O hill

Rate: $150-$300/Night

Sleeps 9+ with 2 wheel chair accessible bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, common kitchen & living spaces; with a huge loft with sleeping, game & reading areas.

BOOK only space needed. 1-6 sleep rooms.

DRIVING HILL to Lodge? Front or 4-wheel drive vehicle recommended.

ASK about driving steep dirt road hill OR owner transport to top.

OUTSIDE LIVING/STAGE AREAS: 700 sq. ft. under covered area wbfireplace & great views. Park areas w swings, horseshoes, climbing rocks, hammocks, alter, etc

RATES: Cabin AND Lodge, $500/night.

SPECIAL RATES for groups, 4+nights, catering & tours.

MAIN HOUSE: Options for special Events or Retreats: 2,500 sq ft w use of gathering areas, main kitchen, 1 king bedroom & away room, 3 bathrooms, 2 upstairs sitting areas, 1st floor back porch & large 2nd floor deck overlooking view & Neches River bed.


•Kid & Family Friendly

•Wireless Internet (Inside & Out)

•Group Rates for Church, Family,


•Fire Circle in Open Meadow w

Hammock Hangout, surrounded by

deep woods

•Alter Glen for wedding/ceremonies.

•Grape Arbor Rock Garden, encirled by

trees, grape vines at edge of ridge.

Perfect for sunset smaller occasions.

LOCATION: E of Edom & Ben Wheeler Artists' communities, between Canton & Tyler, TX.

-11 Mi south of I-20, Exit 540

-Edom & Ben Wheeler Artists'

Communities featuring festivals,

weekly music venues/jams & great


-Tyler (15 Mi) w Rose Garden, Festivals,

museums, parks, zoo...

-Canton (18 Mi) boasts First Monday

Trade Days with 10,000+ vendors

More Details

Kathy Holdway & Jeffrey L Basehore
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Kathy Holdway & Jeffrey L Basehore

INNKEEPERS: Jeffrey Lee Basehore, Architect, & Kathy Holdway. Dragonhead Retreat is a labor of love for Kathy and Jeff, blending their strengths and dreams, personally and professionally, to create a unique bed & breakfast, designed to be energy efficient, with nature and art at every turn.

“I always wanted to live in a tree house!” is Jeff’s response when B&B guests comment that it feels like they are on top the trees.

From the B&B point of view: Hospitality comes easily to the innkeepers! Kathy puts folks at ease with her humor and storytelling. Jeffrey Lee’s calm spirit and good nature ensure every guest's comfort. Their songs and music bring harmony.

Both were raised in large families where “everyone was welcome at the table.' They kept that tradition going with daughters Faith, Alex and Jessi with monthly gatherings bringing multi-generational, diverse folks together for jam sessions, food, laughter and friendship.

Joy in harmony: B&B guests frequently make a point to drop by Edom for Tuesday night jam sessions and/or April, June, Oct or Nov Artisan Trails or Festivals to hear the Innkeepers sing/harmonize and play instruments with friends. Guests often request on-site jam sessions to highlight their stay.

Professionally speaking: Kathy's has spent 35+ years training/ empowering leaders and building the capacity of nonprofit agencies. She’s founder & president of A Circle of Ten, Inc.-Network for Collaboration and teaches a monthly 3-day grant writing seminars on site. It’s common for Dragonhead guests to return to the B&B for professional development.

Jeffrey, an Architect with 35 years specializing in energy-efficient design, technologies and construction of homes, churches and businesses, is renowned for his artistry in creating beautiful structures. Dragonhead Retreat exemplifies this.

Both are active in the Edom Area Chamber of Commerce working to increase artist and business opportunities in the area.

Kathy Holdway & Jeffrey L Basehore purchased this lodge in 1984

Why Kathy Holdway & Jeffrey L Basehore chose Ben Wheeler

Jeff bought the 25 acres in 1975 and built the Cabin in 1981 & Lodge build in 2008 to reflect beauty and function in nature.

The B&B's Lodge and Inn Keepers' Main House were built in 2008 reflecting an emphasis on energy efficient, sustainable and alternative building systems.

Plans are pending for an Eco-Environmental Arts & Education Center with cabins, amphitheater and trails.

The structure and lay of the land reflect Jeff's MOTTO as an Architect: Creating designs around the way you live, work and play, balancing beauty, aspirations and your environment.

What makes this lodge unique

Multiple Outside Decks, Porches, fireplaces, swings, hammocks, meadow, woods, trails, ... offer room to spread out and roam. KIDS DELIGHT in scavenger hunts, ping pong, butterfly nets, rock climbing, tonka trucks & 'SMore Kits.

Pet Friendly Cabin & Grounds.

ON-SITE INN KEEPER adds security.

MAIN HOUSE offers larger reception, party, bridal suite space.

BREAKFAST included with 'Top of the World' View OR ask for No Breakfast discount.

GROUP RATES, Multiple night Benefits.

JAM SESSION or Sing-a-Long upon request.

TAILORED RETREAT For groups of Artists, educators, etc include catered lunch, dinner and inclusion in Edom's Festivals.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I loved the cat!

Love, Peter. Age 4

Things to do:

*Climb the rocks

*Swing in chair hammock

*Play with Reece (dog)

*Play Ping-Pong & Checkers

*Take hikes in woods

Meredith, Age 9 1/2

I loved the trees, the house, the dog & cats, the scavenger hunt, the hammock, the games.

Allie, Age 7.

Beautiful pictures drawn in guest book not posted.
Mar 2014
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Tyler Pounds Regional, Tyler (TYR)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Ben Wheeler
Nearest Golf
5.1 Miles
Garden Valley Golf Resort
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Amtrack in Mineola
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Hwy 64
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Shed Cafe' Edom
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Lake Palestine. Ask about Big Fish Round-Up Barge
Car: necessary

Contact to Book: 903-520-2069

-ARTIST COMMUNITIES in Edom & Ben Wheeler with Artists, Music, Great Food & Festivals

-Tues Night Pickin' at the Shed Jam Session

-The Old Firehouse Acoustic Concerts

-Vintage Edom w Sat Acoustic Performers, Noon~3pm & 3-6 Songwriters' Circle; 2nd Tues Wine & Paint Party; + Gourmet Coffee & Shopping.

-Blue Moon Gardens

-Blueberry Hills Farm a Family Favorite, May-July

-Canton's First Monday Trade Days the largest in world.

-Tyler Rose Festival, the Rose Capital of the World.


Ben Wheeler Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • CABIN: Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Artist Potters' Brown Sink; Universal heighth toilet.
    LODGE: Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower , Adjoins North Bedroom; ADA Tub/shower & toilet.
    LODGE: Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private to North Bedroom; ADA Accessible.
    MAIN HOUSE: Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Guest Baths with access during Breakfast or Main House Use
  • -Hand-made sinks by Potters' Brown grace each bathroom -Two bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. -All Toilets Universal Height
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • LODGE: Bedroom 3 in Loft - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , LODGE: Loft Sleeping Area w N or S Room.
    LODGE: Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , LODGE: South Room, Potters' Brown Sink, Adjoining ADA Bath
    LODGE: Bedroom 1 - 1 king , LODGE: North Room w private ADA Full Bath
    MAIN HOUSE: Bedroom 6 'Bridal Suite' - 1 king , MAIN HOUSE: Special Use Only with Bridal Party.
    CABIN: Bedroom 4 Loft - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , CABIN: 1st Floor & Loft Bedroom
    CABIN: Bedroom 5 & 6 - 2 queen , 1 twin/ single , Cabin: Private Sleep or Game Room; Port-a-crib space in hall
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
CABIN is Pet Friendly. Ask about details, policy & deposit.


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903-520-2069 Lodge, Cabin in Woods Near Edom, Ben Wheeler Artists, Canton, I-20
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 19 reviews
Gun Barrel City, Texas USA

ANOTHER Extraordinary adventure to relax away from the noise of our daily lives!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to this haven of rustic, rest and some ROMANCE!!! You can make of it what you will. Each day, even each hour offers something for the person who wants to take part in what this property has to offer. We had a wonderful time in the most excellent CABIN. Just in AWE when we walked in, then I took pictures!!! Age 50+ and I have a slight disability from an accident Dec 2015. The Cabin made me feel safe!!! When walking around, etc. as much as I do at home. And the beautiful kitchen with great appliances made things easy!!!. The porch swing, walking on the deck, coffee by windows with wonderful views, and a nip in the air during our stay made this just right! These precious personable owners are more than helpful if you need it!. It is such a cozy place, and yet there is so much room to walk around on the huge decks! With Edom nearby, there is something for everyone to do, see or buy!!! WE WILL RETURN!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tyler, Tx

Wedding fun

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the Cabin. Plenty of space for our reception and very cozy. We enjoyed the wilderness and hammock area. Kathy had everything we needed there plus a basket full of smores item which was a great way to end the night. We will be back for sure! Great for our young kids ranging in age of 1 1/2-11

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to have you, your wedding party, friends & family. Good to see you spreading out in Hammock Hang-Out + kids working together in the Scavenger Hunt. Come again!
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Bossier City, La

GREAT get-away for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

This place is GREAT!!! It is VERY family friendly and the innkeepers are so sweet and welcoming. I stayed in the lodge with the whole family (myself, husband, 3 kids, in-laws, & grandparents) for a weekend and it was so relaxing. The Lodge is nice and clean with a basic kitchen with two burners, a microwave, utensils etc, - NO TV, just hammocks, nature, walks in the woods, fires with S’mores, and family fun the good ole fashioned way. The lodge has a small play area inside for kids so no need to bring toys, Tonka trucks for outdoor play, hula hoops, explorer kits for kids (binoculars, tweezers, hat, container with magnifying glass etc).

This place has something for all ages whether it be games by the fireplace, a game of ping pong or a nap in a hammock. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a nice relaxing weekend trip away from daily life and stress. We will be back!!

Thank you Kathy and Jeff for a great weekend

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awww thanks. It was a joy watching your kiddoes play, dig, find critters; adults in hammocks; happy hunters back from shooting range; granddad by the fire. His photo is awesome at Come again as spring bursts forth, for Edom's Festival, blueberry pickin', etc. Oh wait. You forgot your Puppy!
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Boerne, Texas

4th of July Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the weekend at the cabin down from the main house. It was adorable and very quaint just like the pictures! Myself, husband and two boys (4,7) we had the best time looking around the cabin and the woods outside! Jeff and Kathy had every detail planned out! I would highly recommend any family looking for a cozy and comfortable get away to stay the weekend! The owners were very accommodating, friendly, told wonderful stories and Kathy cooked us an awesome breakfast. I am so glad I signed up for the Breakfast it was more than I hoped for!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to have you. The Greater Edom Area has lots of "kid/family friendly" things to do. On Site: Tonka trucks, rock pile, scavenger hunt, hiking, 'sMore kits. Checkout Edom's Festival of the Arts, 3rd Weekend of Oct: April in Edom Street Faire (2nd Weekend of April); with hands-on art of kiddoes. Both have performers. Come on back! Kathy
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Palm Bay, Florida

So Peaceful!

  • 4 of 5

My family booked the cabin and lodge for a wedding weekend and we were so pleased. My husband and I stayed at the cabin, which couldn't have been more charming. Kathy, one of the owners, was on hand to guide us up the trail and showed us around this amazing cabin retreat. It was clean and comfortable and we had a great time. The kitchen is complete with all you could need (minus the food!) and we were happy with the wi-fi service. There is a twin bed downstairs and a queen upstairs; traveling down the ladder at night was an adventure, but well worth it. The price is amazing for this beautiful cabin. We would recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just added Queen Bed to downstairs bedroom. Come again just to play during Edom Festivals, Canton's First Monday Trades Day, Tyler's Rose Festival, .... Be lazy this time with Jam Session on site, 'S More Kits, Hammocks, porch swing, etc, etc. A wedding weekend is WORK!
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Little Rock, AR

hidden treasure

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed in the cabin last weekend and it was cozy, quiet, and perfect. Breakfast was great and the view from the lodge deck reminded us of the Ozarks.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to have you. Consider coming back to Edom for the Old Firehouse Concert series. Dragonhead is sponsoring our favorite singer/songwriter Randy Brown, Sept 27. Also consider Edom's Festival of the Arts, 3rd weekend each Oct. Maybe next time we can do a jam session together!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Tax Rate 7.25%

Contact us: 903-520-2069
CANCELLATION Policy is intended to be fair to our guests, yet prevent loss of income to our business. Due to our small size, cancellations do affect us significantly. Once we reserve space for you it is removed from market.
CONSIDER: Traveler’s cancellation Insurance is highly recommended & guest's responsibility, upon booking. Various company's are available:
VRBO 3Rd Party Company CSA Travel Protection:

Cancellation refund/fee schedule:
NO REFUNDS given for Group Rates; Extended Stay; Special Event Dates including *1st Monday Weekends, Spring Break, Holidays & Edom Apr & Oct Festivals.
OTHER Reservations Refund Policy: Up to 21 days prior to scheduled arrival date for a full refund less $35 (per room, loft) cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than 21 days notice will forfeit full deposit. Cancellations less than 14 Days, forfeit FULL RESERVATION CHARGE
CLEANING FEE: $50/Cabin & $100/Lodge, waived w 2+Nights.
PET DEPOSIT: $100 (Cabin Only). Lodge is Pet Free.
ALCOHOL on the property is restricted to Adults over 21 years of age, with moderation.
SMOKING: We are a Smoke Free inside all buildings. Outside only in designated areas.
HUNTING: Only with Cameras. Guns, bows/arrows not permitted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.