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Brazos Bluffs Ranch: Amazing Home, Horses, River! 100+ 5-Star Reviews!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,620 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

1 king master suite, 1 queen master suite plus loft with 2 twin beds

Our 200+ acre ranch stretches over a series of majestic bluffs and valleys on the Brazos River.

The only guest house on our ranch is a beautiful stone and log home.

Located 5 miles north of the Waco city limits and 10 miles from Baylor University and Magnolia Silos, but feels like you're in a state park.

We provide canoes & kayaks for our Guests to enjoy in the Brazos River.

Bring your fishing gear to fish in the river.

House guests get a 20% discount for a guided horseback ride on the ranch.

Pet Policy: Only dogs approved by Owner are allowed.

Renter must complete the Pet Addendum with the contract.

$25/night for dogs less than 30 lbs.

$40/night for dogs more than 30 lbs.

Propane BBQ grill provided.

The house is accessed by a private road through gated private property.

There is no telephone or TV in the house. Verizon cell phones have good service in the house. AT&T is working on their tower in the summer of 2017. (T-Mobile does not have good service on our ranch.)

No smoking on property.

Location Details: Brazos Bluffs Ranch is accessed through the Brazos De Dios Farm where the popular Homestead Heritage Craft Village is located.

The map on Yahoo is not correct. See the ranch website's map for directions.

You will need to call us before you come so we can provide access to our ranch.

See the photos of the aspen wood ceilings, granite counter tops, American elm wood floors, antler chandelier.

Horseback Riding: Brazos Bluffs Stables, LLC offers western horseback rides year-round along the Brazos River and on the rim of the overlooking chalk bluff plus miles of other scenic trails on our ranch. The ride is normally $45 per person but as a house renter you get 20% off!

Horses, tack and helmets are provided.

No experience is necessary.

For your comfort it's best to wear appropriate riding apparel: jeans or riding skirts and closed-toe shoes or riding boots. Most of the horses can carry a maximum of 250 lbs. up the steep hills. If you will need a larger horse, please mention that when you call for reservations.

River Pavilion: The ranch's 800 sq. ft. screened-in river pavilion and 1,330 sq. ft. deck (35' x 38') overlooking the Brazos River plain is an ideal place for family gatherings and business retreats.

Vacation House guests are entitled to a discount to use the river pavilion for events.

We offer a volleyball net, horseshoe pits for you to enjoy, along with an outdoor BBQ pit and gas grill for parties of any size.

The kitchen inside the pavilion includes a refrigerator and sink. The pavilion, deck and separate restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.

More Details

Property Manager
Curtis Brown
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Many thanks to all of the Brown family. We enjoyed the peaceful time we spent at your wonderful home. The beauty & craftsmanship of the cottage make it my favorite of places. The horse ride in the morning and the hike on the trail was a great blessing. Thanks again.
Feb 2011
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Waco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1620 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large walk-in shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King Suite - 1 king , downstairs master suite with bathroom with shower
    Queen Suite - 1 queen , downstairs queen suite with bathroom with shower and tub
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , upstairs sleeping loft with room on carpet for kids
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
See Pet Addendum attached to Rental Contract for pet policy.


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average rating of 4.8977275 based on 90 reviews

Peaceful, quiet getaway, yet conveniently close to everything

  • 5 of 5

My mother, aunt, and I enjoyed our girls' 3 day getaway out at the ranch. It took a little getting used to the absence of wifi and electronic noise (there is no TV), and cell service was spotty. But once we decompressed a little and unwound from technology, the silence and sounds of nature were awesome. The beautiful cabin had everything we needed and was cozy and comfortable. We enjoyed walking along the road to visit the cows and horses, standing on the pavilion overlooking the river, and sitting on the front porch chatting and listening to the fish jump in the pond. The best part was our little place of relaxation was so close to anything we wanted to do in Waco. Not only was it less than a mile from Homestead Craft Village (and the AMAZING Cafe Homestead) it was only a 10-20 minute drive from downtown Waco and all that it offers. If you are looking for a way to disconnect from technology and reconnect to those you love, this is the place to go.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 4 of 5

This is the place to disconnect and relax. Full disclosure - there is no wifi and no TV. Cell service was sketchy. But, after the initial adjustment, we decided it was what we needed. The owner informed us of some issues with the water supply (slight, but noticeable smell), but a separate filtration system has been installed for drinking/cooking. We were completely captivated by the adjacent Homestead community. Unique offerings and a wonderful restaurant. The craftsmen/women at the Homestead were very welcoming and informative. We stocked up at the market on our way out. This is a working ranch - 1) the cattle are not pets, and 2) watch your step. Waco is close by for all of the standard amenities. Finally, the drive in is not "rugged", but it is a bit rough. We were fine; but, if you vacation using a low-clearance sports car this is not the road for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deep in the Heart of Texas Fourth of July

  • 5 of 5

Brazos Bluffs had everything we needed to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. The house had all the accommodations needed for sleeping 6 comfortably. AC worked great! Kitchen had everything we needed to prepare all of our meals as well.

The kids made good use of the kayaks by heading up river to sandbar to swim and skip rocks. We also loved hiking to top of bluff to watch sunsets and fireworks. This place makes you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere even while Waco is just a few miles away.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Cozy and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for the weekend. House was so cozy, and amazing. I really enjoyed the beautiful place where my family were able to make good memories. The owner kept in touch and made me feel so welcomed. I would recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Ranch house

  • 4 of 5

The property was great and me and the wife enjoyed watching the deer in the evenings. We enjoyed our stay very much and really enjoyed Waco.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beautiful setting, gorgeous cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time relaxing, and visiting the Homestead shops.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12.7 Miles
Waco Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Lake Waco Golf Club (open to the public)
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
F. M. 933
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Homestead Cafe
Car: necessary

Brazos Bluffs Ranch is located next to the popular farm of Brazos de Dios, home of award winning craftsmen. Take time to tour its numerous historic structures, including its working gristmill built in 1760, and its pottery, blacksmith, spinning, weaving and woodworking shops. Its craft campus, general store and restaurant featuring all natural beef and locally grown grains and vegetables are open Monday through Saturday until 6:00 p.m. You may want to sign up for one of their many craft or homesteading workshops, e.g. cheese making or woodworking. See the schedule at


Rates & Availability

Waco House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 6.0%

Must return signed Rental Contract to Owner to confirm stay.
See Rental Contract for rates for holidays and Baylor events.
Contact Owner for minimum stays for holidays and Baylor events.

Pet Policy: Only dogs approved by Owner allowed.
Renter must sign Pet Addendum with Rental Contract.
$25/night for dogs less than 30 lbs.
$40/night for dogs more than 30 lbs.

See Rental Contract for Cancellation Policy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Contact Manager