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Lake Whitney Mid-Century Modern Retreat 40 miles from Waco ideal for families!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2000 SF split level mid-century modern 3/2, wrap around deck, sleeps 8

This 2,000 sq. ft. 1950's limestone house is fully furnished with 3 Queen beds, 3 twin beds, plus a large couch in both the great room and downstairs.

The house is located on the southwest side of Whitney Lake only 40 miles from Baylor University on an over sized lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. The deck wraps around 3 sides of the home with a lake view, abundant natural light from picture windows, and sliding glass doors to the upper deck.

The house comes complete with:

- Cable with an HDTV

- Internet access (MiFi)

- Indoor fireplace

- Water cooler in refrigerator

- Microwave & Toaster

- Oven

- Refrigerator

- Brand new kitchen with open plan

- Outdoor propane grill

- Two walk-in showers (one a premium rain shower head)

- Coffee pot

- Washer and Dryer

- Linens and towels provided

- Air Conditioning

- Pantry items

- We have plenty of parking for a boat and vehicles.

The canyons afford a wide array of outdoor activities and a swimming cove inside the community; complete with a boat ramp, fishing dock, and easy access to all of Lake Whitney. There is a marina and several state parks with well maintained boat ramps scattered throughout the surrounding area.

More Details

Paul Johnson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Paul Johnson

Paul is a native Texan, born in Arlington. Barbara is from Mpls., MN. Paul and Barbara have permanent residence in Granbury, Texas. Paul is a graduate of Steven F. Austin University in Photo Journalism. Barbara is a graduate of the University of Texas Arlington in Interior Design.

Paul Johnson purchased this house in 2011

Why Paul Johnson chose Morgan

We are fans of Mid-Century Modern styles and fell in love with this home as soon as we toured it. Purchased from a former boot maker, we enjoyed the challenges of transforming this house from a craftsman's workshop to the cozy retreat it is today. We believe you'll enjoy the peaceful settings as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

Property is at the end of a cul-de-sac, private, quiet, and peaceful with plenty of parking including a boat. The Canyons at Whitney is a small residential community that has a full time security guard that patrols daily and is a member of the volunteer fire department. Abundant hiking trails and are great for mountain biking. Great bird watching, plentiful wild life, and serene location., plus canyon breezes year round and very little traffic.


Morgan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Rain Shower Head
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Game Room - 3 twin/ single , one bed has a slide out trundle under the twin bed
  • All mattresses and pillows have hypoallergenic covers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Lake Whitney Mid-Century Modern Retreat 40 miles from Waco ideal for families!
average rating of 4.8285713 based on 35 reviews

Clean, well equipped home, very spacious!

  • 5 of 5

Our family met here for a weekend including 6 adults and 4 children. I was really surprised that there were sleeping accommodations for all of us without anyone having to crash on the couch. A beautiful, clean home with everything you may need to cook for your family, plenty of pillows and blankets as well as towels. Very short drive to swimming cove and boat ramp. We would definitely stay here again, owners were very responsive and kind, the Home was well equipped and clean!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny, Thank you for your excellent and kind review! We're grateful to have you as guests in our home. We think the cove is a great "hidden value" as it's not available or known to most. Barbara and I are so pleased your family had a great Memorial Day weekend. We'd love to host you again! All the Best, Paul and Barbara Johnson
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Beautiful house with beautiful view! Would definitely recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with great view. Would definelty recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and cozy rustic home with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful weekend at this lovely home! Paul and Barbara are very accommodating and very responsive when we had a question or need. The view from inside out is amazing and the living area was perfect for our family. We especially enjoyed the starry nights on the deck. Surroundings were serene and the access to swimming and hiking were just a short 5 minute drive We hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is perfect with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

The wildlife surrounding this home along with the canyon and water views makes this home a perfect relaxation retreat. Highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great setup for 2 families

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cabin for my sisters family and my family to stay in while we attended a family reunion nearby. The space was perfect for what we needed. My wife and I took one bedroom on the main floor and put the little kids that went to bed early in the other. My sister and her husband took the downstairs bedroom and the big kids that stayed up late slept on the bed and couches in the game room. It allowed the adults to stay up playing games and visiting while the kids watched tv and hung out downstairs. The home was comfortable for two families and had a gorgeous view. We saw dozens of deer in the neighborhood and hummingbirds visited the porch feeders daily. The A/C unit in the game room did an excellent job keeping the room cool. We had to move some breakable items out of the reach of little hands, but that was minimal. The spare fridge in the game room came in really handy. Clean up instructions were minimal at the end of the weekend. All in all, the Johnson's do a great job making this an easy, comfortable and affordable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Paul & Barbara have a wonderful retreat, tucked away in a quiet, central Texas location.

The home is at the end of a cul-de-sac which overlooks a small bluff filled with trees and birds who constantly flit and float from edge to edge. When we first arrived for our girls' weekend, we saw a fox in the yard scurrying away with its prey in its mouth and cardinals flitting through the trees. The view was inspiring as we stepped up onto the porch which overlooks the bluff, as well as a distant, but magnificent view of Lake Whitney's blue-green waters sparkling below brilliant, white cliffs. Once we filled the hummingbird feeders and put fruit and seed treats on the porch railing, the birds were a constant source of joy.

We entered and explored the home which was well furnished with plenty of room for our party of 6. We chose our rooms and beds and quickly got busy unwinding. We lounged in the living area while laughing with friends, silently relaxed on the porch with coffee and tea in hand while observing the quiet beauty of the area, mixed drinks in the open kitchen as others prepared a simple dinner. Every item needed for our stay was was easily found and put to good use: from dinner prep to bedtime, from early morning coffee and breakfast making to hiking maps and gorgeous lake access, even to towels, sunscreen and noon-time shade.

While we were in the area, we made the short trip to Waco to do some shopping and see the sights. We visited Chip and Joanna's place, fell in love with the decor at The Findery and attended church in town. We ate dinner at Alpha Omega Mediterranean Grill and Bakery and all agreed that it was the best meal we'd had in years. Every item we ordered was tasted and shared by all. Mediterranean food is supposed to be the healthiest, but we ate ourselves beyond anything that could come close to being called healthy!

We did have a question during our stay and Barbara was quick to get back with us with a helpful answer. Do pick up all your groceries in town, as the nearest grocery is a little too far to make a "quick trip", but that is part of the joy of the location. There is no traffic noise, no light pollution at night, only natural, quiet beauty.

This property is highly recommended by us and would be good for couples, families, and small groups. Just don't tell too many people about it, because we all want to come back in our group, as well as with our families. We don't want it to be booked by others during our vacations!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
DFW or Waco
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Car: necessary

Our home is located on the south west side of Whitney Lake on the end of a cul de sac. A wrap around deck provides a peaceful view of the lake and the canyons. 40 miles from Waco in the Texas Hill Country where limestone formations abound and the cliffs overlooking the lake provide a wonderful escape!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax

No Unauthorized Dogs
Please pickup and dispose of your dog's waste
No CATS! We like cats, but are extremely allergic to cat dander
Weekly and Monthly rates available upon request.
Minimum age for renters is 30
Smoking is NOT allowed inside, only outside on deck or patio. Please put butts in trash

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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