The Lyles Ranch House was built in the 1920s and sits on a working cattle ranch in northern Archer County, about a mile south of Holliday, Texas.
This spacious ranch house boasts four bedrooms (plus a study converted to a bedroom), two full baths, two half baths, a furnished kitchen, den, dining area, library, office, and game room. The entire house was remodeled and updated in the 1990s, but still retains so much of the early 1900s character that makes it so special to us.
You can enjoy an evening on the front porch or by the fire pit watching jack rabbits, cottontails, road runners, lizards, hummingbirds, and the frequent passing of wild turkey (we're still talking about animals), not to mention numerous other bird species. If you're extremely laid back and quiet, there are ample opportunities to see feral hogs and their young, deer, bobcats, ducks, dove, quail and other beautiful wildlife. The sound of coyotes communicating through their yelps, howls and barks around sunset is sure to give you a bona-fide country-living experience during your stay at the ranch.
Although we don't allow outside hunting on the property other than a few select dove hunts each season, we do offer a great opportunity to bird watch or nature walk on the ranch. The creek, stock tanks, and mesquite and other hardwood pasture provide a prime habitat for nature and wildlife to flourish. If you are interested in booking a hunt in the area, we have contact information for several hunting guides and outfitters.
The ranch is a great place to stay for hunters, family gatherings or get-aways, ladies scrapbooking retreats, or any other reason to get out of the city.
The Lyles Ranch House is an awesome opportunity to experience the country, but sits only a few minutes from civilization. The small rural town of Holliday is less than 5 minutes away and you can be in Wichita Falls in less than 15 minutes.
Archer City, the county seat, is only a 20 minute drive to the south and provides lots of historical opportunities.
Ranch-life disclosures: If you're looking for "Ritz-Carlton-style" accommodations, or you're worried about getting dust on your yuppie-mobile, you might should stay in the big city somewhere. Some weekends are busy for our community and although we try to keep our online calendar updated with correct rates, availability, pictures, etc., we'd rather be feeding cows and chasing pigs! Consequently, we MAY not always be 100% up-to-date on the "www". So, if you are visiting for a "special" event and don't see "special" pricing, just shoot us a message!
We love the ranch and hope you will come get a real "taste of Texas" during your stay at the Lyles Ranch House!