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The serene beauty of a hidden treasure with Texas Hill Country character!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 180 nights


About the property

Experience the beautiful Texas Hill Country outdoors with your family!

A COUNTRY RETREAT OFFERING OFFERING HUNTING and FISHING PRIVILEGES. Be SURE to read all "Additional Information about Rental Rates"! Read this section THOROUGHLY! I DO NOT accept Direct Booking through HomeAway/VRBO unless you first give me a REFUNDABLE deposit of $100 against a major credit card to my phone number as well as the Rental Agreement signed, scanned and emailed to me. My contact information can be found in "Additional Information about Rental Rates" This is a unique property.

Google Location: 31°39'54.8"N 97°40'49.7"W OR CLICK ON MAP ICON ABOVE!

Be sure to see the Seasonal Rates and AVAILABILITY posted below. As the 2018 fall hunting approaches, I'll be posting updated photos from the 5 game cameras placed on game trails or around the numerous tree stands, ground blinds and game feeders on the property. "Short Notice" rates are often negotiable by contacting Owner directly. Return guests are often given special treatment!

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 downtown 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,, and located on your personal copy of an aerial map available to you by email.



• 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


• 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!


More Details

Winston C Heron
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Winston C Heron

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!

Winston C Heron purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Winston C Heron chose Clifton

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!

What makes this cabin unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We did have a good time. Even my 16 and 18 year old girls enjoyed it. We saw lots of wildlife. Missed a couple of does (wife shot at her first deer with a crossbow). I chased a buck around in the field next to the pond/creek early on morning...he won. Saw some hogs. I had a 3D target of a hog set up in the front yard by the house for target practice. Apparently it doubled as a decoy because my daughter saw three hogs in the yard next to it one morning. It was a good time!
Oct 2017
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Clifton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First aid supplies in cabinet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Caretaker's Quarters - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath with shower, kitchenette and dining table.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Washer, dryer, private entry, large window to north view
  • All rooms are served with central air and heating.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Specifics regarding hunting privileges, property map or other questions are available by contacting the owner at or calling at 936-499-4749 Winston Heron Owner


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The serene beauty of a hidden treasure with Texas Hill Country character!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 23 reviews

Great place for a family weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Heron Hollow was more than my family and I could have expected. I loved fishing in the pond while the kids swam in the swimming hole. There was plenty of land to explore. There was firewood ready for us to make a fire each night. My family enjoyed the games that were there to play. My son left his BB gun and Mr. Heron went out of his way to send it to us. We will be staying here again without a doubt. If you are in the Waco area and need a place to stay this is it. Thanks for everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Special favors are granted to those who write such great reviews! Hope to see you again this summer. Winston
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A true jewel in the heart of Texas within just a couple of hours from Dallas!

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodations, beautiful valley and good hunting and fishing! Something for everybody to do!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very peaceful and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and has all the basics.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond Your Expectations

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Heron Hollow. The house is clean and cute and the beds were comfortable. The property is fantastic. The pictures do not do it justice. My son really enjoyed fishing (we did, too). Winston, the owner, is extremely nice and helpful. Everything you would expect from someone who shares a first name with one of the greatest men in history. I recommend getting a hamburger from the Horny Toad in Cranfill's Gap. Make sure you get it on the "toad bun." It is so good we may drive an hour and a half from home just to get one. Seriously, it's that good. We had the best weekend!

Thank you, Winston. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Special favors are always granted guests such as Y'all who left the property in the condition as you found it-- or better!
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Perfect place for exploration, rest and relaxation!!

  • 5 of 5

We are so happy that we found Heron Hollow!! We had an amazing time!! The views all around are spectacular!! The pictures don't do it justice! We loved the creek, pond and waterfall. It was too cold to swim on our visit. There are some spots along the creek that are so beautiful, you could just sit and look at them for hours. We crossed the pipe bridge to check out the cave shelters. They were so neatl!! We named some rock formations "the bunk beds" because that's what they looked like they could once have served as. We enjoyed some bird watching and photography in the back porch tree. We only saw one small rat snake in the woods and it did not try to bother us. The California King was so comfortable! The games and books were also nice touches to the house. We could not get real good cell service, so no Internet for us. But, we had the Blu-ray player, the hot tub and this gorgeous property. So, we had all we needed and it was so nice to unplug!! We would love to come back! Thanks again for everything and the great communication!!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything that was promised was delivered!

  • 5 of 5

Springtime was in the air and the bluebonnets were starting to bloom! The hot tub was delightful and the furnishings were very comfortable and clean. The indoor and outdoor cooking facilities were more than adequate for providing any kind of meal one would wish to cook! We'll definitely be back for another visit in the near future.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
in Temple-Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Gatesville public
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Gas grille per night $15
Refundable damage deposit $200
Hot Tub per night $25
Pet Fee $20

A $200 refundable deposit to ME/Owner, Winston at 936-499-4749, 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 HUNTING PRIVILEGES/RATES ARE EXTRA and they are 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. 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 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.
CALL OWNER, Winston Heron at 936-499-4749 if any questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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