|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The classic ranch home was built in 1950s -- it retains the character of an East Texas ranch home of that era. Cattle still graze the rolling hills and rest under the shade of the large oak trees.
The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeping has been arranged so that 12 people fit in beds. The home is often used for large family get-togethers and reunions, where several generations enjoy family time, the outdoors, and the amazing scenery of East Texas. Kids love to set up tents and 'camp' under the trees surrounding the home. The property is ideal for these family times, but would also be great for church or company retreats, scrap-booking or quilting weekends, or a romantic escape from it all.
Bedroom accommodations include a room with a double bed, a room with 2 queen beds, and a room with two twin beds. A large living room has been set up to accommodate guests in a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa. The family room also has a sleeper sofa. There is seating for 12 with 6 at a dining table and 6 at a kitchen bar area.
Outside, there is a picnic table under the covered patio. There is a bar-b-que grill and fire pit available outdoors, as well as several portable chairs.
One of the best aspects of this rental is the 250 acre ranch land that is part of the experience. There are three ponds, and you are sure to spot turtles resting in the sun at the ponds. The pond closest to the home has an aluminum boat for rides on the pond -- offering fun for children or romantic escapes for couples. An early morning or afternoon stroll to observe wildlife and experience the tranquility of the outdoors is a great way to spend some time in the country. Bird-watchers can find wood ducks, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and several other native species of birds from East Texas. Other wildlife can be seen on a hike down to the creek. Though the water level varies with drought and rain conditions, there is always a stream of water in the natural creek. An old wooden bridge (for foot traffic only) leads to heavy thicket area that abounds with more critters, such as raccoon, possums, dear, and pigs.
Our family and friends have loved getting away to the country home -- always disappointed to leave the beauty of it all.
We are originally from Houston -- and visited this ranch growing up and visiting family. It is currently owned by two brothers, a sister, and their mother. It is a family get-away that continues to build beautiful family memories.
Keri Shannon purchased this farmhouse in 2010
The ranch has been in the Price family since the original Price brothers settled in Texas from Ireland. The current home was build by Uncle Jake, a WWII veteran and member of the famed Merrill's Marauders. The ranch was passed down to us from Uncle Jake and Aunt Evelyn. It has been our family get-away all of our lives. We invite you to create many special memories as we have over the years.
The home is large enough to fit many people comfortably. However, the best part of the ranch is the serenity you find in the natural surroundings. Looking out the kitchen window, you see pastures surrounded by thick forests and rolling hills. Take a stroll and enjoy the sounds of crickets and frogs or the smell of clean air and fresh grass. It is a nice escape from the pressures of everyday life -- like traveling back in time to a simpler way. Sitting on the outside patio in the evenings enjoying simple conversation, reading a book, or laughing with children creates memories that will last a lifetime. A trip to the ranch is perfect for family get-togethers, mother/daughter or father/son adventures, or romantic escapes.
Renter beware. The owner came two days before our check out date and insisted he was unaware of the remaining days of our rental. Even after showing him the confirmation email he still asked us to leave as he would be staying there. He knocked and proceeded to walk into the house before my wife could get to the door. The Home Away property manager was very nice, apologizing and made refund quickly. But we had to find a hotel for the remaining days of our trip. Would NOT stay there again.
This is a very comfortable, home away from home place to meet up with family. We enjoyed being able to relax, have kitchen accessibility and time away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
This was our second year to stay at the ranch and it was another pleasant stay. Everything was provided as listed. Great place for a ladies weekend
We had a wonderful stay at the Family Ranch House. Everything was just as was advertised and we are already talking about going again. Keri Shannon was very helpful and friendly to visit with when we talked to her on the phone. We were meeting friends for a shopping trip to the Trade Days First Monday weekend sale in Canton. Local motels had more than doubled their prices for the weekend. Having a house allowed us to visit and eat together rather than suffer the uncomfortable cramped motel rooms had we elected to pay their jacked up prices. The drive to Canton was approximately 42 miles which allowed more time for us to visit. The cattle around the house were pleasant to see especially since we had raised cattle a few years ago. We sat outside on a covered patio and really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely recommend this place to our friends.
We utilized this property for a bachelor party and spent the entire weekend hanging out outside, playing dominoes, and enjoying the property. All of the essentials were available upon arrival and the house was well-suited for our needs.
Keri is quick to respond via email and was very informative and gracious throughout the planning of our trip and after. We really enjoyed being able to stay at the house and enjoy some time away from the big city.
The house is well-situated for home rentals, but the property is even better. There is plenty of land to keep everyone entertained - while there, we saw lots of cows (and plenty of calves, since birthing season had just occurred), rabbits, geese, and squirrels. There were also some feral hogs on the property, which we were allowed to hunt since they are a nuisance to land owners all across Texas.
I highly recommend this property and look forward to staying there again in the future.
Most visitors to the ranch home claim that their favorite activity is just hiking around the property, visiting the ponds and the creek, enjoying the solitude of being away from the hustle and bustle of it all. The several trees and rolling hills create a serene environment, enjoyed by young and old alike.
For travelers who would like to use the ranch as a stopping off point for area sightseeing, the ranch is located in proximity to many East Texas tourist areas. The home is 18 miles to Athens. In Athens, you can visit the East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens Scuba Park, Lake Athens, the Athens Opry, or enjoy shopping at the farmer's market or for antiques at the many area shops.
Palestine is only miles away too. In Palestine, people can visit the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Lake Palestine, The Museum for East Texas Culture, the Palestine Community Forest, the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, or the Famous Texas State Railroad -- which boasts the Polar Express Train ride and many other interesting dinner and themed train rides. Also located in Palestine is Reagan Park, which host Classic Movies in the park and Splash Day in park.
There are several vineyards in the area that offer winery tours: Tara Vineyard and Winery, Sweet Dreams Winery, Texas Vineyard and Smokehaus, and Granny Muffin Winery.
Rated as a Best of Texas Adventure Tour -- the New York, Texas Zip-Line tour is located only 15 miles from the property.
Canton, which is famous for its First Mondays and several antique shops, is located only 40 miles from the home. Tyler and its famed rose gardens is 45 miles from the ranch.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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