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1935 Hopkins House Front Porch Table and seating perfect for afternoon reading

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

5 Bedroom, 3 bath, 1935 Ranch House Sleeps 10

Established in 1901, south west of Sugar Land, Texas, the Ward Ranch, continues the cow calf ranching operation for which it was established. A perfect location for you and your horse should you choose to try the equestrian trails at the Brazos Bend State Park. Close enough to enjoy the culture rich Sugar Land-Houston area, but far enough away from the city to enjoy the songs of quail, dove, and the horned owl. Star filled skies gave the nearby George Observatory a home, complete with telescopes for public use. The ranch house was built in 1935 and is furnished with local Texas fine art and crafts. The walls act as a gallery for the art works of several generations of painters. The ranch house is in the midst of 300 acres of Gulf Coast Prairie land. A two acre natural wetland pond completes a picture of a small Texas resting spot. Families, Dogs, Horses are welcome. Brazos Bend State Park along with the George Observatory are 8 miles, Varner Hogg Plantation, the home of philanthropist Ima Hogg, open to the public is 9 miles, and George Ranch Historical Park also open to the public is 16 miles. Houston and the Sugarland area, with museums, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment are easy commutes. The Ward Ranch is a peaceful oasis, a good spot to rest while you take in the Gulf Coast Prairie. Photographers and Plein Aire painters are welcome to spend the days and nights roaming the 350 acres painting or photographing the many birds and abundant wildlife calling the Ward Ranch home. The quail, dove, and bull frogs are the sounds of the day.

Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 3800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children must be accompanied at all times by an adult while on the ranch....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking on the ranch allowed outdoors only Three covered smoking porches with outdoor table and chairs....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    $75.00 Fee 6 to 7 compatible horses. 10 maximum head of livestock....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    This bedroom is downstairs, closest to the bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 double

    Library table with small library. Chest of drawers, mirror...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 double

    Upstairs, Victorian Sofa, dressing room, bath, porch...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

    Built in Study...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double

    This bedroom not pictured...moreless

  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans in addition to central air. All bedrooms include paintings and drawings by the artist-ranch owner....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Downstairs...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Upstairs...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Upstairs...moreless

  • Towels, sundries, hairdryer provided

Other Amenities

  • The ranch is located in a rural farming and ranching area. Stephen F. Austin brought his original 300 to settle early Texas on land grants from Mexico. Fort Bend County and Brazoria County still celebrate these early landmarks. The Battle of San Jacinto left West Columbia as the first Capitol of Texas. The ranch itself is steeped in history and is not without its own treasure of ghosts. Ward Ranch is located close to Brazos Bend State Park which is accessible for horseback riding. Should you bring horses, I can supply a pen and grazing. George Ranch Historical Park and Varner Hogg Plantation Museum and Park are also close. Houston is a 30 minute drive providing shopping, entertainment, medical, restaurants. The Gulf of Mexico is a 30 minute drive....moreless

Entertainment

  • Television:

    50 inch flat screen Sony Netflix capable...moreless

  • Video Library:

    dvd collection of award winning movies...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    1935 Farm House on 340 acre Brangus cattle ranch with 2.5 acre catfish pond near Brazos Bend State Park and George Observatory ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Sound/Bay Fishing

Dining

  • Dining:

    A Romantic Evening or Scrapbook Workshop or Photography Workshop, the dinning room seats 8-10. It is a formal dining room. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is located in the utility room. Detergent and fabric softener supplied....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central...moreless

  • Internet:

    wi-fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    two loveseats, two tables, plasma flatscreen, 42 inches, dvd player, digital antenna...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking available...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The washing machine is located in the utility room. Detergent and fabric softener supplied....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Filters, sweetners provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 12 pottery, china, saltillo tin...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Electric Stove, Kitchen is fully furnished with casseroles, baking implements, Skillets, Cast Iron pots, ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Single Oven with seperate broiler...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    oil, salt, pepper, flour and sugar bottled water storage items supplied...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    No ice maker but freezer includes ice and trays...moreless

  • Stove:

    Free standing, electric, 4 burners, single oven broiler...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Upstairs Porch off master bedroom, with railing...moreless

  • Boat:

    small row boat limit 2 Children must be accompanied by adult...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two covered ground floor porches...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Cow Gazebo cattle only for resting and fresh water...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    350 acres of natural pasture grasses, cultivated jigs/tifton 85, milo, natural wetland pond...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal barbecue grill...moreless

 

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2 night min stay
$100
$700 $2,800

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6.75%

Notes:

2 Night minimum stay $300. deposit,

30 Day cancellation for 100% refund 15 day cancellation for 50%

$50. guest fee per guest charge if more than 2 guests per night

$85.00 per pet, small dogs with Vaccination Records Flea Perscription

check in 4:00 PM

check out 11:00 AM


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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Location

  • George Observatory

    "I love country living because the night skies are filled with stars. The George Observatory..."

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  • George Ranch Historical Park

    "The George Ranch Historical Park is a great overview of an earlier time on the Texas Gulf Co..."

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  • Varner-Hogg Plantation

    "The Texas Independence Trail is legendary! Varner-Hogg Plantation is another chance at an o..."

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  • Hawkins Furniture Co

    "True to the Texas Spirit, William Thomas Hawkins reuses historic buildings when history outl..."

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  • Texas St

    "SURFSIDE: A popular beach on the Texas Gulf Coast."

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  • Surfside

    "35 miles from the ranch, a look at the Texas Coastal Gulf of Mexico"

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  • Jay Cafe

  • Needville Animal Hospital

49 Miles
Nearest Airport
William P. Hobby Airport
10.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
36 Bar and Grill 13400 Texas Hwy 36 Needville, Tex
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ft Bend Country Club 2627 FM 762 Rd, Richmond
7.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Jay Cafe 16634 Texas Hwy 36 Needville, Texas

Car: Necessary

30 minutes south west of Sugarland, Texas. The 350 acre ranch is located in a peaceful rural ranching and farming community located near Brazos Bend State Park Needville, Texas., Varner Hogg Plantation West Columbia, Tx, and the George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1901

About the owner: I am the fourth generation on the Ward Ranch. My great grandfather migrated from Illinois to the Gulf Coast for the purpose of farming and ranching. 2014 the ranch was divided and I spent the year restoring three 1930s style farm houses. The Hopkins House has been a labor of historical love. I grew up here as did my father. I enjoy the tranquility of Texas prairie land , caring for the farm houses, and portrait painting.

Why the Owner Chose Damon, TX, USA:
My family has loved farming and ranching throughout the generations. I am no different. 350 acres of Gulf Coast prairie land, excellent for grazing, surrounds the Hopkins House. The pastoral environment is home to a multitude of wildlife. Retired now and focusing on painting and drawing, the ranch allows me a quiet peaceful place to work and witness first hand the living land.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
While being close enough to participate in the many activities the city offers, the Hopkins House is a 350 acre oasis of quiet calm. No horns honk here....the sounds are that of the dove, the cottonwood trees, and the windmill. If you are looking for a slice of the Lone Star, this is Texas: what was, what is, and what could be! It's also an excellent place if you are traveling with a horse and want to trail ride. It's only 8 miles to Brazos Bend where there are bridal paths. There are 350 acres to exercise your horse on the Ward Ranch.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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Photos

  • 1935 Hopkins House Front Porch Table and seating perfect for afternoon reading

    1935 Hopkins House Front Porch Table and seating perfect for afternoon reading

  • Sunset Fall sky and  a touch of northern air make walking at the pond a pleasure

    Sunset Fall sky and a touch of northern air make walking at the pond a pleasure

  • Elec stove, Dishwasher, Microwave, Coffe Maker, Toaster, Blender

    Elec stove, Dishwasher, Microwave, Coffe Maker, Toaster, Blender

  • Living Room, Library Table, Game Table, Pair of Love Seats, Dish TV & Internet

    Living Room, Library Table, Game Table, Pair of Love Seats, Dish TV & Internet

  • Downstairs Bedroom #1 Full Bed, Writing Desk

    Downstairs Bedroom #1 Full Bed, Writing Desk

  • An extensive library offering one or more biographies on each of our Presidents

    An extensive library offering one or more biographies on each of our Presidents

  • Sitting area in Bedroom 3 Perfect for morning reading

    Sitting area in Bedroom 3 Perfect for morning reading

  • Upstairs Bedroom #4 Full Bed

    Upstairs Bedroom #4 Full Bed

  • Upstairs bedroom #5 study area

    Upstairs bedroom #5 study area

  • Downstairs Full Bathroom

    Downstairs Full Bathroom

  • Upstairs Bathroom #3

    Upstairs Bathroom #3

  • Stocked catfish pond, bring your catfish pole

    Stocked catfish pond, bring your catfish pole

  • Welcoming Committee, KK Brangus heifers

    Welcoming Committee, KK Brangus heifers

  • Upstairs and Downstairs covered side porches with table and seating

    Upstairs and Downstairs covered side porches with table and seating

  • Dining Room Seats 6-8
 Chandeleir,  circa 1940

    Dining Room Seats 6-8 Chandeleir, circa 1940

  • Selected furniture by local artist David Marsh

    Selected furniture by local artist David Marsh

  • Downstairs Bedroom #2 with writing table and presidential library

    Downstairs Bedroom #2 with writing table and presidential library

  • Upstairs Bedroom 3, Two Full Beds, Dressing Room, Bathroom,  Covered porch

    Upstairs Bedroom 3, Two Full Beds, Dressing Room, Bathroom, Covered porch

  • Upstairs Bedroom, #3 Covered Porch

    Upstairs Bedroom, #3 Covered Porch

  • Upstairs Bedroom #5 Full Bed, plus single fouton

    Upstairs Bedroom #5 Full Bed, plus single fouton

  • Utility Room

    Utility Room

  • Upstairs Bathroom #1

    Upstairs Bathroom #1

  • The Gulf Coast Prairie features big Texas skies.

    The Gulf Coast Prairie features big Texas skies.

  • Small Row Boat, Limit two,  at least one adult

    Small Row Boat, Limit two, at least one adult

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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