|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, is a spacious, relaxing cottage that invites you to “get out of town - come and stay a while”. Located inside Holly Lake Ranch, East Texas’ premier gated-vacation resort, you’ll enjoy amenities such as nature-watching swimming, tennis, fishing, canoeing, golfing, bicycling, archery, not to mention an activities center with a game room, a mini-theater and 2 restaurants on premises. This fully-furnished, 4-bedroom 3,000 square foot chalet, which backs onto a nature trail, sleeps up to 20 people and is perfect for family vacations, family reunions and retreats of all kinds. With expansive areas for gathering, nooks for reading, places to play, 3 full-baths, a fully-furnished kitchen and something for everyone, you’ll want “our place” to be your “your place” for regular gatherings and getaways.
100 miles east of Dallas and within minutes of Mineola, Gladewater and Jefferson with scores of antique shops, lakes, wineries and some of the best motorcycle riding in the country, you may find yourself saying, “Why don’t we just move here”?
Allen and Rhonda Sanders love living in East Texas. Married for 42 years with 2 incredible daughters and 6 grandkids, we're still crazy in love with each other and love to see families slow down and reconnect with each other and sometimes that means getting out of town and getting away from it all. Technically, we're 'retired', but stay busy with our 3 vacation rentals - but it really is a labor of love. We love opening our hearts and homes to folks who need to just need to chill for a while. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys all kinds of crafts, quilting and almost anything creative. Allen enjoys fishing and riding his Harley. They are both very active in leadership in their local church.
Allen/Rhonda Sanders purchased this chalet in 2006
We actually bought this home for our daughter and her 3 children, who recently moved away to Colorado. We loved the house so decided to make it a vacation rental.
The house worked very well for vacationing with our adult children, our six young children, and my elderly mother during the week of Thanksgiving. Just behind the backyard is a fun trail that leads to a great park with two playgrounds, a boating area, shuffle board, disc golf course, etc. As for the house, the open den and kitchen area accommodated us well for eating and socializing. Young children, of course, have to be watched carefully if they are near the staircase leading to the bedrooms. There are a few updates that would make the stay even more enjoyable, but the Sanders proved to be wonderful renters who were very responsive and helpful! We had a great time!
This is a great place to get away from it all. You can wifi but no cell phone service. I recommend that you bring any food that you may want for the visit. Also, this is more of a summer retreat if you are looking for activities outside the home. The house was clean with large bedrooms and adequate baths. The central heat was great as the nights were cold. There was a large wood heater but we decided to not to use it because of the young children. We did enjoy the Barbecue located down the road. My wife was surprised that she was required to clean the house and put the garbage on the street then charged a 100 dollar cleaning fee. I would recommend the residence to my family. The owner was cooperative and always answered my calls and questions.
House was wonderful for a large gathering. Fully equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Well maintain and clean. The only negative is it is not handicapped friendly. The drive way has such a large sloop getting into the house, makes it extremely dangers for our senior and handicapped quest in our party (5 people out of 19). Limited sleeping space down stairs for our Senior guest. Upstairs bed rooms plenty of space, just our quest could not get up the stairs very well. All this said, I would strongly recommend this home as a wonderful home away from home
I live here in Holly Lake Ranch so I knew this was the perfect place for our celebration! We have 12 ladies 65 plus, a few with disabilities and this home worked perfectly for everyone. Plenty of room for everyone! Coffee on the deck, games and just enjoying the beauty of the area. We enjoyed the afternoon at Lake Hawkins, A Taste of Italy, great lunch and then wine on the deck. We hope for a return in the spring!
Our stay at the Holly Lake Retreat was fantastic! My parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and many of us had to travel from out of state to the ceremony. The house was perfect for two of the families to stay. With four bedrooms and tons of beds, it was easy for the 13 of us to find a place to crash. And with 3 bathrooms and showers, we didn't have to wait in line.
The spacious living room allowed us to spread out and relax in front of the wood stove and watch TV or talk the night away.
The pool table was an instant hit with the kids as they practiced their shooting ability (or lack thereof) at all hours of the day and night. And with the wifi, they were able to get their daily dose of internet and keep them out of the adults' hair.
The well-equipped kitchen was excellent for cooking regular meals or just popping snacks into the microwave. And the outdoor grill helped to provide some variety in the cooking. We were able to save money on food, but still enjoy home cooking.
The biggest complaint - that we had to leave. After staying several days, the kids would have definitely called that place home if we gave them the chance.
I would definitely recommend this home for anyone who is planning on staying in the Hawkins area for a few days. But, be sure to stay for a while and enjoy the place. Otherwise you'd be missing out.
Thanks again Allen and Rhonda for opening your place to us. We hope to be back there again soon!
We had a great time at Holly Lake Ranch. The house was wonderful. It fit our large family gathering. The bedrooms were all upstairs, which made it nice when it was bedtime for the kids. The downstairs was the living space with the gameroom/living room area, dinning room, kitchen, and a full bathroom. We stayed for a long weekend and there was plenty to do: swimming, boating, fishing, putt putt golf, hiking, etc. The pool was a short hike from the house, so we were able to walk there. The owner, Allen, was super nice and helpful. He answered all of our questions ahead of time and was easily reachable during our stay. The description and pictures are accurate, although the daybed was downstairs during our stay, which was great for us. The property was clean and maintained. We had a great stay.
Convenient grocery shopping, great antiquing, kid-friendly, fabulous motorcycle riding and nature-watching.
Other Activities: Canoe and pedal boat rentals, Horseshoes, Biking, Basketball, tennis, archery, shuffleboard, 18-hole golf (fees apply) Miniature golf, Wildlife Viewing.
Golf: 18 hole golf on premises - fees apply.
Ski: Water skiing and tubing.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
|Cleaning Fee||$75 + Tax|
Weekend Rate $900 - 4:00 pm Friday arrival, 11:00 am Sunday checkout
Weekday Rate $900 - 4:00 pm Monday arrival,11:00 am Friday checkout
Weekly Rate $1,600 - Friday through Friday or Sunday through Sunday.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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