Brenham Estate Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10
Bellheim lies in the rolling hills of the Texas Bluebonnet Country, one hour west of Houston, on a 100-acre ranch offering peaceful, scenic views and outdoor activity. The house is two stories (1,700 sq ft), with beds for 10, thick foam mattresses and bedding for an additional 4, and a large family room featuring a home-theater entertainment center with HDTV and Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc player.
At night, sit outdoors on the deck and grill your favorites on the BBQ pit, roast S'mores on a fire pit down at the windmill, or go down to the creek at sundown and play the owl tape. It's guaranteed to attract a chorus of large-feathered fowl high in the trees above you--something you'll never forget!
AFFORDABLE. NO HOLIDAY RATES (rates same year-round). SMALL-FAMILY DISCOUNTS. LATE-BOOKING DISCOUNTS (when dates available). INQUIRE FOR DETAILS.
Free hi-speed, wireless, internet access now available (wifi).
There's a small spring that feeds our smaller (spring) pond and we have a stone trail to walk through and observe the springs. Children, especially, enjoy the trail!
Bring your favorite Blu-ray/DVD movie to enjoy the Yamaha home theater system. Or better yet, drive the Yamaha with your own audio/video content (e.g., Netflix or Amazon Prime movies, presentations, etal.), displaying video on the 37” HDTV and sending sound to all speakers. The Yamaha has cables for connecting your laptop computer or other personal portable video or music device. If your video player device has a HDMI or VGA jack, you can connect to the Yamaha. If it has neither, you will need to purchase or provide a special HDMI adapter for your device. All other cables and instructions are provided at the house.
Piney Creek is deep in the woods, away from it all; great for exploring, fishing, swimming and camping. Or bring your bicycles or four-wheeler and enjoy miles of trails deep in the woods and out in the open range. (Limit 2 ATVs!) We have two boats you can use on the large pond (row boat and pedal boat). Life vests are provided. Swim & boat at your own risk!
Down at Piney Creek we’re building a large camphouse called “Hog Heaven.” It’ll sleep 8 people when finished. Next to it is the best little outhouse in Texas (give it a try!). See if you can find Hog Heaven!
Bellheim is located on a country road a few miles outside of Bellville. Corriente cattle roam the back 90 acres--a Mexican breed used for Texas rodeos (slightly smaller in stature). The neighboring ranch has over 40 head of Longhorn cattle, an impressive breed.
The house has a large family room downstairs with an HDTV and Yamaha home-theater system. The master bedroom is downstairs, and there are two bedrooms upstairs. Each level has a bath.
After the wildflowers finish blooming, we let them go to seed for the next year. This takes about one month--mid-April to the third week of May--where we do not mow. By Memorial Day weekend we have the property mowed again.
Outdoor activities include:
-- Two ponds for fishing, swimming and boating (row boat & pedal boat provided).
-- 1/2 mile of sandy-bottom Piney Creek for fishing, swimming and camping.
-- Acres of wildflowers around the house when in season (Bluebonnets, Texas Stars, Black-eyed Susan). Season is March to mid-April.
-- Miles of trails to explore with your four-wheeler (ATV, side-by-side) or bicycle. Four-wheel-drive is a must when grounds are wet.
-- Fire up the large BBQ pit in the evening out on the deck (just bring charcoal).
-- Roast your S'mores and other favorites on the fire pit down at the windmill.
-- Play the owl tape down at Piney Creek. Owls will come and join in!
-- Trek through Bellheim Springs on stepping stones (kids love it!)
-- Check out a working outhouse and the Hog Heaven camphouse.
Pets ages 1 year or over are welcome.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
About Kermit Graf
In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families.
We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!
Kermit Graf purchased this estate in 1973
Why Kermit Graf chose Brenham
Our grandparents farmed along Piney Creek, starting before the Great Depression, raising cotton, watermelon, chickens, geese, et cetera, living off the land. That property was sold in the early 1970's, but my parents 'got it back' two miles downstream on Piney Creek, even bigger and better!
Bellheim includes 1/2 mile of Piney Creek, and we own both sides of the creek in most places. It's great for the young and young-at-heart, exploring the creek bottom-land and miles of trails. We try to keep it in its original, undeveloped state.
What makes this estate unique
We're in the early stages of building a large camphouse down at Piney. Stage 1 is complete--an outhouse...see if you can find it! The camphouse will sleep 8 comfortably when built and will be a marvelous additional attraction to Bellheim. It should be complete sometime in 2015.
Guestbook comments from the owner
I wanted to email you for several reasons, mainly to let you and your family know how much we enjoyed our stay at The Bellheim this past weekend. If it's possible to "feel" the history of a home, we felt an ambience of real hospitality and warmth, and we hope our family's happy time there added to that. There was not an amenity we could have asked for that wasn't provided and, if it hadn't been, the beauty of God's creation would have more than made up for anything we lacked. Everyone, from age 2 1/2 to 66, enjoyed him/herself!
We loved the blackberries and made a crisp on Sunday night using some leftover oatmeal cookies we already had with us. The fresh air increased our appetites and all our food tasted twice as good as usual.
We caught and released about 10 fish, although our grandson is convinced he caught the same fish more than once. And that's one of the other reasons for my email. When we talked with each other after coming home, we realized that no one had taken the WORMS we had stored in the fridge. If they're still alive, and I suspect they are, can they go into your blackberry beds?
We hope to come back to The Bellheim again and will recommend it to friends. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
With joy and gratitude,