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Peace & Quiet Cottage: A Private Woodland Retreat Less Than 2 Hrs East of Dallas

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Peace & Quiet Cottage is a two-bedroom, one- & a-half-bath, fully furnished house, situated on 3 acres, directly next door to Pine Mills Pottery, in NE Texas, less than 2 hours from Dallas. It is located less than an hour from Canton First Monday, Lake Fork fishing, Tiger Creek Big Cat Refuge, Tyler Rose Gardens and Azalea Trails. Peace and Quiet Cottage is located where the Central Flyway and the Mississippi Flyway converge, so it is a haven for birdwatchers. If you love handmade pottery, it is located next door to Pine Mills Pottery, the working ceramic studio and gallery of Daphne and Gary Hatcher. Perfect for small reunion groups, couples, naturalists, a private writers or artist retreat, a yoga retreat, birdwatchers, bicyclists and anyone wishing to get out of the city for a week, a couple of nights, or a weekend. The kitchen has new appliances, pots & pans, all necessary utensils & gorgeous Pine Mills Pottery dinnerware service for eight. There is a back sun porch with rocking chairs and a front porch with a porch swing and Adirondack chairs. Utility room with a washer & dryer. Covered parking for one car and ample parking for more. Central heat and air. The cottage sleeps 4 easily, and 6 if you open the queen sleeper sofa. The love seat also opens into a twin bed for one more. There is also a full size Dream On Me portable crib for an infant or toddler. Smoke-free. No pets.

Daphne & Gary Hatcher
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Daphne & Gary Hatcher

Daphne & Gary Hatcher live right next door to this guest rental cottage and have owned and operated Pine Mills Pottery there since 1979. They create fine handmade pottery for use in the kitchen, on the table and in your home or in professional spaces. Their work has been featured in magazines, books, museums and art centers all over the country. Walk next door and shop in their studio gallery. Daphne has taken the Texas Master Naturalist course and loves all things about Nature. Gary is also a fine musician and plays jazz guitar in his band, 'Purple Velvet Fox', at local wineries and other venues. Between the two of them, they love art, music, nature, books, bicycling, gardening and travel, and often use VRBO to book their own vacation rentals, so have equipped this cottage as they would like, if they were traveling away from home.

Daphne & Gary Hatcher purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Daphne & Gary Hatcher chose Mineola

We have had the very best neighbors for the past 30 years, who built this cottage themselves with the help of her father, who was a builder by trade. They eventually became elderly and passed on, and we purchased their home and renovated it to contemporary standards. It is a very comfortable and comforting space, to unwind, relax and recharge.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a place to get away from it all. It is peaceful and quiet. There are several nice wineries to visit on the weekends, and the small surrounding towns each have their own charm. Mineola and Winnsboro are both very cute little towns with restaurants and antiques. Tyler is less than an hour away for the Azalea Trail and the Rose Festivals. Quitman is the gateway to Lake Fork and big bass fishing and tournaments. First Monday at Canton is less than an hour away. Bring your bicycles and helmets for great back road cycling. Mainly, though, this is a place to retreat and recenter yourself.


Mineola Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Private Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Large half-bath with sink and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private bath, woodland view, blackout drapes for sleeping in
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Front woodland view, adjacent half-bath, blackout drapes.
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • limited accessibility
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • wildlife viewing
No ATV or off-road vehicles allowed on property. All woodland paths within the woods are foot-path only.


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Peace & Quiet Cottage: A Private Woodland Retreat Less Than 2 Hrs East of Dallas
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

So beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay! Very clean. Very organized. The owners were perfect hosts! We would love to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was just as it was described and had everything you needed.

  • 5 of 5

The home was cozy and had all the amenities listed. In addition, a snack and beverages were left in the fridge. There were also helpful notes left around the house.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, homey, and a perfect cabin/home surrounded by trees! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome! Perfect! Peaceful and quiet🌲�🌲�🌲�

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Maria. It was a pleasure having you and your friends as guests! Thank you for taking such good care of our guest rental! Hope to see you again sometime.
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Sugar Land Texas

Awesome House and Location

  • 5 of 5

Four ladies met half way, two from Fort Smith AK area and two ladies from Houston area. We were getting together for a girls weekend and Home Town Hang Concert by Kasey Musgraves. What an awesome house with woods with a trail that leads to a lake with a boat that your can use. Daphne was over the top awesome and the fridge was stocked with gourmet snacks and wine! I would highly recommend this house in location, what a beautiful part of Texas! We will be back!!! I see a girls weekend tradition in the making!!! Thanks Daphne!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Definitely peaceful, amazing hosts

  • 5 of 5

Nice location. Host went above and beyond by providing snacks, food in kitchen, stocked fridge , etc. This is a great location to rest, relax, and unwind.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Tyler Pounds Field, TYler, TX
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Mineola, TX
Car: necessary

Peace and Quiet Cottage is located in a rural, woodland area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are no gas stations or convenience stores in Pine Mills. This is a place to get away and relax. The nearest shopping is in Mineola, Quitman or Hawkins, each about 12 miles away. This is a perfect retreat to refresh and renew.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

CANCELLATION POLICY: The total room rate is charged to hold your reservation. This charge will be refunded when cancellation notice is received at least 14 days prior to reservation date less a $50 per room processing fee. For cancellations received 13 days or less prior to reservation date, the total fee charged is non-refundable but can be applied for a future stay based upon availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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