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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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 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: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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 4.902174 based on 94 reviews

Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful well kept home in a secluded peaceful setting. Kitchen is furnished with anything you may need to prepare a meal. Or you can enjoy The Homestead Cafe which is a short walk from the house. We would love to spend every weekend there!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great! Exactly what we our family was looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The great outdoors in the great state of Texas! The only flip side, which the owner mentioned, is that wifi is very spotty but we were out and about away from the house a lot so it wasn't really an issue except for my husband who needed to be online for work and our son who 'needed' to connect with all the happenings of welcome week stuff at Baylor. We were here to move our son into Baylor so most of our time was spent doing that but had moments to catch-release-fish in the river, hang out by the pond, jogging through the property and of course browsing through all the great workshops and stores on the property! We'd stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, Peaceful, Pretty

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed touring the Homestead Heritage community. The Sorghum ice cream will live on in our memories. The home was clean and well appointed. We admired the tasteful decorations, enjoyed the perfectly country front porch, and noticed the quality in most the furnishings. Our only complaint was with the King mattress which felt quite worn out and left is a little more sleepless and sore with each night.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so surprised to hear you weren't comfortable in the bed. We've had nothing but very positive feedback about that bed. One review said it was the most comfortable mattress they had ever slept on. We wish we had personally heard from you while you were staying in the house so we could have tried to make you more comfortable. We understand that everyone has their own opinion about what makes a mattress comfortable, so a few years ago we bought a very expensive latex mattress that was not too firm and not too soft, hoping it would be comfortable for most. We have checked with our guests since you were here and they said the mattress was comfortable. We will do our best to provide a relaxing and wonderful stay for all of our guests.
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It felt like heaven on earth.

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful. My whole family was able to reset from the usual busyness and worldliness of the day to day grind. The rare horses were beautiful and friendly. I think there was something special in the wind there for more reasons than one. Curtis and Lem were courteous and great people. The community there gives me hope for the world. I was calculating exactly how often I could afford to stay there.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $500

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.