Private Retreat with Sport Court on Working Ranch

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Entire home hosted by Neal

  1. 14 guests
  2. 5 bedrooms
  3. 10 beds
  4. 3 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
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One of a kind full home country getaway on a working ranch.

Experience how Texas was meant to be lived. Hike, Relax, Play, Fish.

The 3,700 sq ft 5 bedroom Twin Creeks Ranch House which can sleep 14 with Tennis and Sport Court and huge outdoor living space with wrap around covered porch, back deck overlooking waterfalls and creek, and outdoor firepit, is the centerpiece of a 180 acre working ranch equidistant from Houston, Austin, and Dallas, and a short drive to both Texas A&M and Baylor.

The space
Twin Creeks is a century old working ranch, and has been known in the area for its gorgeous pastures and the two spring fed creeks which give it its name meet just below the house in a pair of sandstone waterfalls.

Relax, Play, Work, Explore

Plenty of local attractions to try out, wooded ranch and open fields and walking trails to explore, a mile of creek bed, and a 2 acre pipe fenced yard around the ranch house and newly reconditioned Sport Court with Tennis, Basketball, Shuffleboard and Pickle Ball.

Relax: Enjoy your pick outside of three porch swings, 6 rocking chairs, two back porch seating areas, two outdoor couches, hammock, several chaise lounge chairs, picnic table etc, with a massive wrap around covered slate porch and back deck. Inside, choose from two living areas with wifi and satellite TV included on two TVs in the downstairs and upstairs living rooms, three window seat reading nooks in each upstairs bedrooms. Relax at the kitchen bar while you make dinner, chill on the day bed in the master suite, or disappear into the private office to work.

Work: Sunny office with large desk available for use, wifi, office desks, and printer available, bring your own laptop and tablet and move your remote work to the country.

Explore: Trails are cut through 50 acres of woods, a mile of creek beds, and 100 acres of pasture with a pair of ponds. The ranch is packed with wildlife, birds, whitetail deer, hogs, coyotes, armadillos, cottontail rabbits, ducks, herons, red ear and snapping turtles and yes it's a working cattle ranch with cattle, chickens, and even a couple of donkeys to feed.

Stargazing: Equal distant from the major Texas cities, the skies are the clearest you find outside of West Texas itself. When was the last time you had cocktails on the porch and could actually see the Milky Way?

Play: Besides the Sport Court with Regulation Tennis, Pickle Ball and Shuffle Board, and a 55' Basketball Court with adjustable backboards for kids, play games outside with swing set, cornhole boards, bocce, horseshoes or croquet on the lawn, cards, and a selection of board games available. Bring your bikes and pets. Bring your fishing poles and try your luck with catch and release bass fishing.

Eat: Friday night is catfish buffets, order for pick up or try out the fabulous New Baden General Store for dinner, check out the Chicken Fried Steak at the Dixie Cafe or try Mary's El Alamo (called by one guest the best Mexican Food in Texas) and Ama's Mexican Cafe in Hearne, and don't forget to check out Farmers to Market Coffee, Wonkey Donkey Pizza, and Twisted 6 BBQ in Historic Calvert.

Sport Court/Games

Newly reconditioned sport court available for guests' private use. Regulation Tennis, Pickleball, and Shuffleboard, and 55' basketball court, along with swing sets. Balls and rackets provided, or bring your own.

No motorized recreational vehicles, offroading, hunting or shooting without permission. Excellent local fishing as well at the nearby Franklin Ranch Community Park.

Cooking/Grilling/Fireplace

Take advantage of our large fully equipped kitchen with builtin cooktop, oven, and microwave and wraparound granite counters.

Enjoy the gas propane grill on the back deck, and charcoal grill with smoker at the fire ring.

Wood fireplace inside, and huge firepit steps away from main house for roasting smore's and relaxing on cool evenings. The s'more fixings and all the wood and charcoal you need are waiting for you.

Sleeping Arrangements

Downstairs

Master Suite – Large downstairs master bedroom with private entrance to the side porch, sleeps up to 4 with King bed and day bed with trundle, and private master bath.

Creek Bedroom – Downstairs bedroom sleeps up to 2 with Queen bed, private entrance to back porch and deck, and two chest of drawers decorated in country floral style, adjacent to full bath which serves as the powder room.

Upstairs

Texas Bedroom – Upstairs corner bedroom with private window seat reading nook. Sleeps 2 in rustic cedar log Queen Bed.

Bunk Bedroom – Upstairs corner bedroom with private window seat reading nook. Sleeps four in double rustic pine log twin bunk beds.

Quilt Bedroom - Upstairs middle bedroom with private window seat reading nook. Sleeps two in quilt covered elegant Queen bed.

Upstairs bedrooms open onto large entertainment room with entertainment center with satellite TV, double love seats, long bench window seat, vaulted ceiling and windows overlooking the creek and back deck, and shared full bathroom.

Dining

Formal dining under for 10 under an antler chandelier handmade from dropped antlers on the property.

6 seat eat in kitchen bar dining

6 seat antique dropleaf mahogany dining set available

Outdoor seating on the back deck

Picnic table at the Sport Court

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 2 single beds
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Lake access
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

Franklin, Texas, United States

Ideally situated for visitors to the Ranch at Franklin, one of the largest sporting centers in Central Texas, Franklin Safari, Santa's Wonderland in College Station, Historic Calvert, or Texas A&M or Baylor games and visits. Perfect set up for extended stay or remote work/school home away from home in the pandemic.

Local Area Activities

40 minutes to College Station and Texas A&M University, Santa's Wonderland, and Messina Hof Winery, 50 minutes to Baylor in Waco.

5 minutes to the Franklin Safari - 100 acre world class drive through Safari, don't forget to visit the Baby Room, and feed the animals!

15 minutes to Calvert Historic District and Shopping - The largest collection of Historic Victorian Mansions in Texas, once the 4th largest city on Texas, and a must see small town main street right on Highway 6. Check out the local En Gedi Winery Tasting Room, and Farmers to Market Coffee, as well as art galleries and shops.

10 Minutes to the free Hearne Railroad Depot Museum, a fun quick stop with a massive model railroad.

50 Minutes Old Fort Parker Historic Site in Groesbeck, TX - Old Fort Parker, not to be confused with nearby Fort Parker State Park, was the the site of a famous early Texas settlement and rebuilt by the CCC in the 1930s, the wood replica is now quietly a massively realistic depiction of early life on the frontier.

15 Minutes to The Ranch at Franklin - The Franklin Ranch Community Park is now open to the public every day from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM. The community park is 84 acres of year-round family fun located just north of Franklin on FM 46. The park features six baseball/softball fields, and one multi-purpose space that is large enough for two full sized football fields or two full sized soccer fields or multiple smaller football or soccer fields. In addition, there are two pavilions, a splash pad, an amphitheater, three concession stands with restrooms, and nine miles of walking trails. The park also has a fishing lake and fishing shack, an outdoor education center, and several playgrounds and large open areas for play.

45 minutes to highly regarded bass and crappie fishing at Lake Limestone for serious fisherman. Bring your boat.

Hosted by Neal

  1. Joined in August 2020
  • 52 Reviews
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Co-hosts

  • Sarah

During your stay

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Climbing or play structure

Cancellation policy