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The Cattleman's Cabin, a Perfect Get Away!

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Rustic Cabin Sitting On Small Lake With Wrap Around Porch.

If you are looking for a nice little get away to enjoy Gods beautiful country come stay at Cattleman’s Cabin custom built by the eldest son, Brandon Gurley. A metal cabin with rustic interior that sits on the 246 acre ranch. Your choices to relax either on the wrap around porch, the concrete patio at the fire pit which are all steps away from the lake. Watch your step, occasionally the cattle will roam nearby. Enjoy on cool nights, a warm fire or roasted marshmallows and fishing in the day. Cattleman’s Cabin is a SMOKE FREE & PET FREE environment. It is one bedroom with a Queen Bed, one bath, kitchen and living room with a leather queen sofa sleeper, as well as the recliner. Provided: washer & dryer, Kitchen with a stainless steel Frigidaire refrigerator, a stove top, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and dishes for your use along with the supply of firewood and propane grill.


More Details

Property Manager
Leigha Pannell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Leigha Pannell

David & Stephanie, owners, are honored to work beside each other ranching cattle and in their family owned and operated steel building business, DG Construction. Stephanie is a Christian author, speaker and swim coach/water safety instructor. Together they are blessed with four children and three grandchildren.

Leigha Pannell purchased this cabin in 1993

Why Leigha Pannell chose Athens

SD Ranch was established by David & Stephanie in 1993. They have raised their children and shared a family owned and operated business near this cabin while also ranching cattle and enjoying the great outdoors. The Gurleys believe all blessings come from God, and that hard work, honest living, and appreciation for God's creation teach values of great importance in life. On this property you will see the evidence of their hard work and the beauty of the blessings which flow from it.

What makes this cabin unique

Experienced ranchers and greenhorns alike will appreciate the rustic ranch atmosphere. A beautiful cabin surrounded by a full wrap around porch overlooking the peaceful waters of the SD Ranch. Enjoy fine luxurious leather along with the cowhide rug, ranchers décor and whiskey barrel table. Add to that the full amenities including washer/dryer, refrigerator, stove top, microwave, coffee pot and furnishings, and you will feel right at home. Outside we offer opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors including fishing (Black bass, Blue Gill, Crappie , Catfish) horseshoes, washers, relaxation on the back porch and bird watching including an occasional bald eagle sighting who frequents our property. End the day around a beautiful concrete fire pit enjoying your favorite meal. Each reservation will also receive an autographed copy of the book written by cabin owner, Stephanie Gurley. With all this to offer, a stay at our cabin should leave you ready to return home "Refreshed in His Spirit".


Athens Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Shower/Tub Toilet Sink Limited Supply of Towels and Wash Cloths provided; Washer and Dryer available. Toiletries and Paper Goods provided. Hairdryer, Iron and Ironing Board provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • One Bedroom including a queen size hammered wood Mendocino platform bed with two-drawer storage on the end. A small dresser An antique wingback chair Room for a twin cot (Not Provided)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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average rating of 4.8421054 based on 38 reviews

Beautiful experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a fantastic weekend at this relaxing peaceful place for our 16th anniversary. The cabin was much nicer than we expected. Bigger too. It had plenty of unique features such as the wine barrel table and lonestar rug. We got a little reading in while sitting in the lounge chairs on the huge wrap around porch deck over looking our own private lake.

We were able to enjoy the many amenities such as fishing (we each caught a nice size one), canoeing, walking some of the pastures, and to top off the evening, we ate smores at the firepit by the lake as the sun went down. I even found a boomerang, but didn't really know how to throw it as it kept coming back to me :-)

The convenience of being so close in location to everything along with great restaurants was a real draw. 10 minutes to Canton and about that to Athens and Ben Wheeler.

We were welcomed by Leigha who was very helpful showing us where everything was at. They had provided everything we needed such as dishes, towels, and a good amount of food stuffs, wood for the fire pit, fishing poles and tackle, and life jackets. They even gave us a nice package of yummy smores items and an Inspirational Book written by one of the owners.

In all, it was about the perfect weekend. When my wife says I hit a home run, I guess I did alright. The price was amazing as I expected much less than what we got as everything was first class and better than described. We will definately return!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing stay!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The weather was the only problem, which is no fault of the owners. The cabin was exactly what we needed for a weekend getaway. Pretty much mid-way between Canton and Athens. Can't wait to come again in the summer to enjoy the lake with fishing, paddle boat, canoe, watching nature, etc. The hostess was tremendous, being so friendly and gave us so much information. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, we are sorry for the unfortunate weather being so cold, however we are blessed that you enjoyed what the cabin has to offer in the time you had to visit , and we look forward to having you stay again with us in the future. Thank you for your review and the compliments of the hospitality we strive to make our guest feel as welcomed and at home as possible. God Bless Rental Agent - Leigha Pannell
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It was great!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Smores by the fire and the cabin was very cozy.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are so blessed you were able to enjoy the fire and smore's and have a cozy time with how chilly it was outside. We look forward to having you visit again one day . God Bless Rental Agent - Leigha Pannell
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The property was beautiful and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

My overall experience was very good. The mattress sunk down in the middle. The edges was fine. to sleep on. But i will visit the cabin again

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are glad you had a good stay. Thank you for letting us know your comfort level of the mattress, so therefore we have added an extra gel memory foam mattress topper to the bedroom bed. We hope to have you visit again soon . God Bless Rental Agent Leigha Pannell
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STAY FROM 11/29/2017 TI 12/02/17

  • 5 of 5

It was a very enjoyable time staying at your cabin. The location was very convenient and easy drive to Canton and to I 20. The cabin is set up with every available item anyone would need. We loved the privacy of being there and the awesome calmness of the inside and the wrap around porch and the general area of the cabin with the water nearby.

The one drawback for us was the sleeping arrangement. We worked that out but it is not the most comfortable for two couples. Everything else overshadowed the sleeping so we would recommend this place to anyone who loves peace and quite.

Thank you for the time we got to spend at your awesome cabin.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review we are so glad ya'll enjoyed your stay and all the cabin offered and the short distance it is to canton. The sleeping arrangement we are sorry it is hard to accommodate everyone's needs but we try our very best, unfortunately with this cabin and having one bed room it is the best we can do by having a sofa sleeper in the living room for the extra couples or children. We thank you again for the kind review and were blessed to have meet y'all. God Bless Rental Agent- Leigha Pannell Update Mrs. Patricia We would like to let y'all know we have purchased and added a gel memory foam mattress toppers to the bedroom bed for more comfort, and for the pull out couch bed we have added a hypoallergenic Down Mattress Toppers. We hope this will help future guest with more comfort when sleeping. Thank you again for letting us know and your kind review. Rental Agent Leigha Pannell
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A stunning, and peaceful escape from reality

  • 5 of 5

It has been such a long time that i have simply been at a loss for words when it comes to traveling. The property was perfect, quiet, and was exactly what I needed to get recharged. From size of the cabin, pond, and amenities, everything was what I hoped for and then some. I couldn't believe how sad I was to leave, but i am certainly looking forward to visiting again soon as I can.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review , we are so glad you were able to take in what all the cabin has to offer and were able to recharge. It is a great thing knowing you were enjoying the cabin so well, we do look forward to having your visit again in the future. God Bless Rental Agent - Leigha Pannell
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tailwind Airpark
Nearest Train
53 Miles
Texas State Railroad Palestine Tx
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 20

World Famous 1st Monday Trades Day, Canton TX

Hog Festival, Moore Store Live Music, The Forge Restaurant Ben Wheeler, Tx

Black Eyed Pea Festival and Fiddlers Reunion, The Texas Fish Hatchery, The Boat House Restaurant Athens, Tx

Blueberry Farm and The Shed Restaurant Edom, Tx

Splash Kingdom Water Park Canton, Tx

Cedar Creek Lake, 4th largest man-made lakes in Texas


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates include lodging and fishing for 2 occupants. Children 12 and under are free. Please note: When booking, do not select additional occupants option for children 12 and under. Additional guests over age 12 are $15.00 a night per person. Horse Boarding available. Catch & Release Fishing available. Fishing privileges are for paid occupants only. Any guests under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket near the water. Life jackets are provided. Not Allowed: Riding on property with ATVs! GPS puts many guests in wrong place. Please message after booking for directions.

Manager'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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