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Sugar Land Country Side Ranch Retreat Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

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Catherine Ward
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2018

About Catherine Ward

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.

Catherine Ward purchased this farmhouse in 1901

Why Catherine Ward chose Damon

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.


Damon Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed on furnishings Pets must be on leash outside
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
  • Towels, sundries, hairdryer provided
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bedroom is downstairs, closest to the bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Library table with small library. Chest of drawers, mirror
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Upstairs, Victorian Sofa, dressing room, bath, porch
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Built in Study
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , This bedroom not pictured
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans in addition to central air. All bedrooms include paintings and drawings by the artist-ranch owner.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • sound/bay fishing
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.


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Sugar Land Country Side Ranch Retreat Pet Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Sugar Land Country Side Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Catherine is a friendly, wonderfully warm and welcoming owner who greeted us upon arrival with a fresh-from-the-oven, warm and delicious banana bread/cake. Yum. We celebrated our 35th annual "Sister's Week-End" at the Hopkins House and enjoyed every minute of it. The family history of the property was a treat to learn about and the family treasures we discovered throughout the house were a bonus; evidenced by examples of delicate china painting, personally painted pictures in every room in the house, books, etc . The house is well supplied with amenities, has a nice big yard, and is an easy commute to many area attractions. Excellent home for the perfect relaxing vacation. Be sure to enjoy at least one meal at Jay's Cafe. You won't be disappointed nor will you go away hungry!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ellen and Sisters, What a joy it was to have you! I have two daughters. I can only hope that they have the same relationship that you have with each other. Hosting your "Sister's Week-End" was inspirational. It was as if my own family were home. The care you took with the 85 year old farm house was greatly appreciated.
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So Close to the City but oh so Peaceful!!

  • 5 of 5

The Hostess with the mostest! Hospitality at the Ranch just can't be beat and it includes lovely spacious living areas , bedrooms and patios and Wonderful bedding & towels that made our trip extra comfortable. This place just can't be beat! We can't wait to come back! This property is beautiful, peaceful & we slept like babies :) The fresh from the oven Liquer Cake was the best we have ever tasted ... Thank you so much Linda ... you are Amazing!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nicolle and Robert for thinking of booking a rural location. Your visit at the time of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath was fraught with hurdles. It was impressive that you put family at the forefront of your concerns. I appreciate the attention and care you brought with you to the Hopkins House. Hosting a dog with Bella's accomplishments was also appreciated. ..........and not to be forgotten was the bags of fresh vegetables you arrived with, when our entire county was on lock down and produce such as your gift was hard to find. Texas, Brazoria County, and the Hopkins House will miss you.
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Perfect peaceful setting for family & loads of charm.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the farmhouse. A great way to enjoy a quiet, peaceful country setting with lots to do. The house is absolutely charming, with lots of character and we really enjoyed the books of family and home history. Nearby we had lots to do with our daughters-- Brazos State Park, George Ranch, and visiting family around nearby in SugarLand, Richmond and Needville. We really enjoyed the cows and bunnies, and every night when the girls went to bed I loved having a glass of wine with my hubby out by the lake. We had such a wonderful stay and can't wait to visit again. An absolutely perfect place to stay for our family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, thank you for considering a rural location for your visit to the area. My two girls have moved from Texas to other states for work, and I know how important visits home are to your husband's family and friends. Thank you for the care you took with the Hopkins House. Your family was a pleasure to host!
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Very relaxing, worth the drive

  • 5 of 5

Catherine greeted us with a fresh loaf of banana bread, that pretty much says it all. The house feels just like the greeting only with wifi. This is where I land when I am in Houston.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy Time in the Country

  • 5 of 5

This was a second visit for our group of old friends. We love coming here because there is plenty of room to spread out and plenty of room to come together. We've made some lovely memories here.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies for returning to the Hopkins House. Its a rural location not far from Sugar Land, and to have you return makes me feel really great. I want it to be a place exactly as you described: plenty of room to spread out and plenty of room to come together. Thank you Sincerely!
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Perfect Country Getaway for Large Family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Ranch this past weekend. The house is a great place for large groups- 5 separate bedrooms, 3 baths and extra beds too. Catherine was a great host- the welcome cake was gone the first night!! Now everyone wants the recipe. Thank you for a terrific family retreat.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Adrienne! So happy the girls liked the cake. It is the cake most requested by my two daughters and their friends when they come to the ranch! And, thank you for your kind words about the Hopkins House, you make me think saving it is a worthwhile endeavor! Cathy
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
William P. Hobby Airport
Nearest Barpub
10.2 Miles
36 Bar and Grill 13400 Texas Hwy 36 Needville, Tex
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
Ft Bend Country Club 2627 FM 762 Rd, Richmond
Nearest Restaurant
7.2 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $125 + Tax

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 Prescription
check in 4:00 PM
check out 11:00 AM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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