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 listen to the coyotees, or go down to the creek at sundown and play the owl CD. It's guaranteed to attract a chorus of large-feathered fowl high in the trees above you--something you'll never forget!
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Free hi-speed, wireless, internet access now available (wifi).
Piney Creek is deep in the woods, away from it all; great for exploring, fishing, swimming and camping. Or bring your four-wheeler and enjoy miles of trails deep in the woods and out in the open range. (Limit 2!) We have two boats you can use on the large pond (row boat and paddle boat). Life vests are provided. Swim & boat at your own risk!
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 (2 boats).
-- 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). Four-wheel-drive is a must when grounds are wet.
-- Fire up the large BBQ pit in the evening out on the deck (wood provided).
Pets ages 1 year or over are welcome.
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!
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.
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 mid-to-late 2013.