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The Serene Beauty of a Hidden Treasure with Texas Hill Country Character!

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  • Minimum stay:2-180 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Experience the beautiful Texas Hill Country outdoors with your family!

A COUNTRY RETREAT OFFERING OFFERING HUNTING and FISHING PRIVILEGES
Google Location: 31°39'54.8"N 97°40'49.7"W OR CLICK ON MAP ICON ABOVE!

Spring has SPRUNG and the bluebonnets are in full bloom! The hot tub is cranked up and waiting for you too! There are always plenty of hogs coming in across the creek and the gobblers are gobbling. See recent photos.
Heron Hollow is a 95 acre resort that features a myriad of outdoor leisure, hiking, fishing and limited hunting experiences as well as a place where you can rest your weary bones, watch the sunset or retire in the comfort of a "TRANE" air conditioned cabin complete with a 12' x 16' deck with a HOT TUB, covered activity shed and outdoor dining with views of the magnificent surroundings and night sky! It’s a perfect place to take the family to escape the pressures of city life any time of the year. Solitude best describes the setting in the northernmost corner of Coryell County, Texas, about a four hour drive from Houston, two hours from Dallas-Fort Worth or Austin and just fifty minutes from Temple or Waco. The cabin overlooks a spring fed stream in a valley bordered by limestone cliffs and small caves where arrowheads and scraps of Indian pottery can still be found. The stream has been dammed to create a pond that extends several hundred yards back to a low level crossing and a natural swimming hole with a ladder to a rock overhang and pergola with picnic table that doubles as a hunting during hunting seasons. Hiking and hunting trails traverse the property with several leading to tree stands, hunting blinds and deer feeders all of which are described in the DETAILED VIDEO TOUR, https://youtu.be/ihd6_TBskhI and located on your personal copy of an aerial map available to you by email.


ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK OVER MOSTLY NATURAL BUT ROUGH TERRAIN! Suitable outerwear should always be worn!

COST OF HUNTING PRIVILEGES
• Hunting Privileges are ONLY granted to guests staying for two nights or longer at Heron Hollow and are in ADDITION to SEASONAL ACCOMMODATION rates detailed below.
• HUNTING RATES WILL BE QUOTED WHEN YOUR INQUIRY REQUESTING SAME IS RECEIVED. Hunting Rates and Accommodation Rates are subject to change at any time at Owner’s discretion. See hh-hunting dot com for more information on hunting. Quoted rates will be honored when a damage deposit quoted with the rate is received along with a signed and addressed Rental Agreement that will accompany the quote. HUNTING RATES are now offered as detailed on the "Hunting Rates/Agreement" page of hh-hunting.com.
ALL TPWD REGULATED GAME KILLED MUST BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH APPROPRIATE TAG ATTACHED AND EMAILED TO OWNER/CARETAKER AT wheron12@gmail.com!
• Hunting Privileges include access to blinds several of which have operating deer feeders during hunting seasons, and specific hunting areas defined on property maps. Hunters and others in their registered party will also have free access to fishing, hiking, swimming and any other non-motorized outdoor activity they may wish to pursue.
• The hunting party will have exclusive access to all hunting areas on the property for the length of their stay.
• The Caretaker’s quarters adjoining the Main Cabin may or may not be occupied by the Caretaker during all or a portion of your stay for supervision and maintenance purposes only.
• Only one party of no more than six hunters is permitted on the property at any one time.

o The Main Cabin can accommodate four hunters or non-hunting guests in one California king bed size and two twin size beds in the two bedrooms.
o Two twin size beds are available in Bedroom#3/Laundry Room to accommodate additional persons in the party. This room has a private entry, HVAC and a large screened window with a view to the North. The Bedroom 4/Suite with kitchenette, queen size bed, sleeper sofa and private bath OR bedroom #3 containing laundry facilities can be made available for larger groups parties.
• No guests other than those registered at check-in will be permitted to hunt.
• All hunters are required to have a valid TPWD hunting license that will be registered with the caretaker/owner prior to check-in.
• Check-in and Check-out times can usually be negotiable to accommodate guests depending on the status of adjoining reservations.
• All regulated game birds and animals taken MUST BE PROPERLY TAGGED, logged with the caretaker/owner and removed from the property at the conclusion of the hunt.
• Hunters will be required to provide their own coolers for game.
• A CLEANING TABLE and game hanging equipment is provided in the TRACTOR SHED. BE SURE TO LEAVE THE CLEANING TABLE IN THE CONDITION IN WHICH YOU FOUND IT!! A water hose is available at the corner of the cabin for cleaning. All carcasses and animal material in the gut bucket MUST be dumped down on the left side of the dam. My pet buzzards will love you for it!
ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR TPWD HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR SEASONAL DATES!

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Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1250 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years or older per OWNER....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are allowed in the cabin at the discretion of the owner. All animal feces within 100 yards of the cabin must be picked up in plastic disposable bags and placed in the outside trash drum....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Accessible from garage into living area but difficulty in accessing bathroom....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Master: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

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  • Caretaker's Quarters: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Private bath with shower, kitchenette and dining table....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Washer, dryer, private entry, large window to north view...moreless

  • All rooms are served with central air and heating.

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Specifics regarding hunting privileges, property map or other questions are available by contacting the owner at wheron12@gmail.com. Winston Heron Owner...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A wide variety of books and a few toys, dominoes and games on the bookshelf....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Provided together with a few children's movies and video tours of the property....moreless

  • Games:

    See picture details above. A grassed activity field is under construction and should provide a suitable area for softball games, pasture golf, football practice, etc. by mid summer 2016. ...moreless

  • Television:

    "Smart TV" with outdoor antenna only providing 30+ channels including major networks, PBS, English, Spanish and other language channels....moreless

  • Toys:

    A few "inside" toys for younger tots including dominoes/blocks, beanie babies, tot's kitchen, puzzle, playing cards....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The Hurst Branch Stream Valley extends East and West across the property with small farms at both boundaries providing a pathway for large and small game to browse the surrounding acreage....moreless

  • Water View:

    The cabin overlooks a large pond in the Stream Valley created when we dammed up Hurst Springs Branch. A low water crossing provides vehicular access to the southern part of the property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Table expandable to seat six with folding chairs. Might need to move some of the furniture around! Outdoor dining also available on deck and in activity shed for 8 to 10 persons....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    For stays exceeding one week....moreless

  • Garage:

    Single-car garage can be used as a change room for those pursuing outdoor activities and wishing to keep mud and dirt in the cabin to A MINIMUM---PLEASE! Keep garage door closed when not in use!...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Via your ATT or Verizon cell phone "HOTSPOT"...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    One set per week. Laundry can be made available for stays exceeding one week....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Floor plan of building provided upon your emailed request....moreless

  • Parking:

    Car/truck/ATV port can also be used as a shaded activity deck with dining and games provided in cabinet at far end of the deck as described above. Provides protection from inclement weather or sun....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Via your ATT or Verizon cell phone only. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    4 towels per week. Laundry can be made available for stays exceeding one week....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    For stays exceeding one week....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plastic glasses for use in or around the hot tub as well as regular glasses and dishes for use elsewhere....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    It works, but please don't use it. Don't be lazy! Do your dishes after you use them----or come with a good supply of paper plates and plastic silverware....moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    But please don't use it or, if you do and don't thoroughly clean it before departure, you'll be charged a cleaning fee....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, sugar, some coffee and creamer for your first evening on the porch or the new deck!...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    All GREASE producing items should be cooked outdoors on gas grill provided. Charcoal and gas grills must be left in the condition in which you found them or a $15 cleaning fee will apply to deposit....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    The porch overlooking the stream and two fire pits also has comfortable outdoor furniture seating for 6 people and access to the 12' x 16' deck with 4 lounging chairs, table and hot tub....moreless

  • Golf:

    Available in Gatesville on a public course about 25 minutes away....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    I called it a Pergola and it's streamside, next to the all natural swimming hole. It also doubles as a hunting blind during the seasons....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    I'm not sure you could call it that, but there's 95 acres of YARD and TRAILS to play in, hunt and explore!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill and charcoal grill with gas and charcoal provided....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Bring your snorkeling gear and swim with the fish in the cool water coming from Hurst Springs! WATER SHOES ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    A 7 person (4 adults & 3 children) hot tub on a new outdoor dining deck is available on request for $25/nignt. ...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    "Swim with the fishes!" in a stream with swimming holes and a pond fed by Hurst Springs----weather permitting. Bring your snorkeling gear for a face-to-face with large-mouth bass, sun perch & catfish...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Apr 15 - Jun 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$190 $200
Fri, Sat
$1,120 $4,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

July 4th weekend
Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$240
Summer
Jul 5 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$200 $220
Fri, Sat
$1,090 $4,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2017
4 night min stay
$240

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Fall hunting/Dove
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$200 $220
Fri, Sat
$1,100 $4,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Fall hunting-Rifle
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$220 $240
Fri, Sat
$1,400 $4,800

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
180 night min stay

$3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Hot Tub per night $25
  • Pet Fee $20

Notes:

A $200 refundable damage/cleaning deposit by major credit card FROM VALID PHONE NUMBER plus EMAILED signed Agreements required for a tentative reservation of your requested dates. 50% of NON-REFUNDABLE Balance due paid by personal check (or "e-check") within 15 days of my receipt of deposit and agreements to avoid forfeiture of deposit. 50% of the remaining Balance 15 days prior to check-in.

Rates ARE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS ONLY and apply to 4 persons in beds and no more than 2 children on your sleeping bags. Rates for FEWER or MORE persons are available by calling Winston at 936-499-4749 or email wheron12@gmail.com. HUNTING PRIVILEGES/RATES ARE EXTRA and they will be detailed on the HUNTING RATES/AGREEMENT required in order to hunt.

• WEEKDAY and WEEKEND reservations for accommodations ONLY during prime hunting seasons will only be accepted within 2 weeks of planned arrival date.

• SAFETY FIRST! You will be in a registered TWPD “Wildlife Management Area” meaning that we have committed to protecting, maintaining and cultivating wildlife habitat to benefit regulated game species. This property is known to be inhabited with numerous unregulated critters such as coyotes, feral hogs, snakes and cats. You are advised to be constantly aware of your surroundings especially when hiking OFF TRAILS or along rock cliffs. Heron Hollow is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any injury relating to hiking, hunting or swimming caused by any form of terrain or wildlife per your Rental Agreement.

•NO SMOKING inside any building or blind.

•NO SMOKING OR BURNING inside OR OUTSIDE during Coryell County Wide Burn Bans. Access BURN BANS at http://www.coryellcounty.org/ or by calling the County Sheriff's Office at (254) 865-7201.

•NO pets permitted unless previously agreed to in writing by owner.

•Call owner in advance to make alternate accommodation for ANY pet.

HUNTING PRIVILEGES can be provided at costs contained in property description.

CALL OWNER, Winston Heron at 936-499-4749 if any questions.


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
in Temple-Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Gatesville public
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Waco-public park

Car: Necessary

Clifton and Gatesville, the county seat of Coryell County, are the two closest towns providing country style cooking, a drive-in movie theater and a myriad of services, grocery stores, retail shops, antique shops and just about anything you would normally find in a small town in Texas. Clifton and Gatesville are both about 20 minutes distant from the property.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: I purchased this 95 acres with the thought of sharing a real jewel with my wife, Jane, friends and family. In order for them to enjoy it properly, I had to have a decent place for them to stay and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. So, become friends of the family and visit! Visit once and you'll return often!

Why the Owner Chose Coryell County, TX, USA:
Enjoy the recently added 12' x 16' wood deck with a 4 adult + 3 child = 7 person hot tub filled at guests' request with COOL FRESH WATER when otherwise heated to 90 degrees. Temperature can be adjusted to accommodate individual preference depending on the weather. The shed area adjoining the main cabin can be used as a SHADED activity area protecting you and your children from summer sun. Outdoor games include washer toss, bean bag toss, child's golf ball "ladder toss", baseball, child's archery and a couple of water toys. A few indoor games and a bookshelf of many educational and children's books are provided for when the weather outside becomes unbearable!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The main focus of this property is on the outdoors any time of the day from bird watching to stargazing and even enjoying the sound of rain on a metal roof during an occasional downpour. Remember, if you don't like the weather in Texas, wait 30 minutes or so and it will change!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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Photos

  • Just an example of the raw beauty that awaits you. CLICK VIRTUAL TOUR ICON ABOVE

    Just an example of the raw beauty that awaits you. CLICK VIRTUAL TOUR ICON ABOVE

  • The pond extending back to the low water crossing. Bring snorkels and floats!

    The pond extending back to the low water crossing. Bring snorkels and floats!

  • Be sure to visit the little waterfall and DEEP swimming hole below the dam!

    Be sure to visit the little waterfall and DEEP swimming hole below the dam!

  • Enjoy star gazing, lunch, cocktails or dinner from the new deck with HOT TUB!

    Enjoy star gazing, lunch, cocktails or dinner from the new deck with HOT TUB!

  • You'll hear these guys in the mornings and evenings.

    You'll hear these guys in the mornings and evenings.

  • Living room to MBR on left and BR#2 on right.

    Living room to MBR on left and BR#2 on right.

  • Bedroom #2 with closet and small dresser.

    Bedroom #2 with closet and small dresser.

  • Complete but small kitchen with necessities--including coffee, salt, pepper, etc

    Complete but small kitchen with necessities--including coffee, salt, pepper, etc

  • Include Bean Bag Toss, Washer Toss, Ladder Toss, Softball, Badminton

    Include Bean Bag Toss, Washer Toss, Ladder Toss, Softball, Badminton

  • "RACK MAN" at East feeder

    "RACK MAN" at East feeder

  • Flock of turkey and two deer at East feeder--getting on towards NOON!

    Flock of turkey and two deer at East feeder--getting on towards NOON!

  • Shows all features of the property-water, blinds,stands, feeders & boundaries.

    Shows all features of the property-water, blinds,stands, feeders & boundaries.

  • Early Spring Redbud tree and Plum blooming along the creek.

    Early Spring Redbud tree and Plum blooming along the creek.

  • View from the valley floor to the cabin. Springtime with bluebonnets!

    View from the valley floor to the cabin. Springtime with bluebonnets!

  • This bearded guy and his girls at the hillside feeder across the creek.

    This bearded guy and his girls at the hillside feeder across the creek.

  • These guys cruise through in the late evening or early morning near tree stands.

    These guys cruise through in the late evening or early morning near tree stands.

  • Master BR-King Bed, Dresser, closet, lockable entry

    Master BR-King Bed, Dresser, closet, lockable entry

  • BR#3-Private entry, twin beds, washer and dryer, storage.

    BR#3-Private entry, twin beds, washer and dryer, storage.

  • Caretaker's - kitchenette with microwave, refrig, toaster oven, dishes, etc.

    Caretaker's - kitchenette with microwave, refrig, toaster oven, dishes, etc.

  • Cliffs around the Ravine. Cave on the left is where arrowheads have been found!

    Cliffs around the Ravine. Cave on the left is where arrowheads have been found!

  • 3 young bucks at East feeder-time and date stamped

    3 young bucks at East feeder-time and date stamped

  • Activity deck w/ gas grill, charcoal grill & games.

    Activity deck w/ gas grill, charcoal grill & games.

  • Not legal this year---but will be ready for next year!

    Not legal this year---but will be ready for next year!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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