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Joel Brown

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Brazos Bluffs Ranch: Come Horseback Ride, Hike, Canoe/Kayak Fish in Brazos River

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house

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1 king bedroom, 1 queen bedroom plus sleeping loft with 2 twin beds

The vacation cabin at Brazos Bluffs Ranch is a comfortable and beautiful log house for couples or the whole family who want a quiet get-a-way. This is the only guest house on our 300+ acre ranch.

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

Guests enjoy fishing, canoeing & kayaking in the Brazos River. We provide Canoes & Kayaks. House guests get a 20% discount for a guided horseback ride on the ranch.

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

Propane BBQ grill provided!

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

To look at the house you must call for a reservation and meet the owner at the property entrance.

There is not a telephone or TV in the house. Most cell phones have service in the house.

(No smoking on property)

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

This is a short drive to Baylor and the City of Waco.

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 directions to our ranch.

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 $40 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 225 - 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.

We offer a volleyball net, horseshoe pits and a ping pong table 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 easily handicapped accessible.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Joel Brown (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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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Brazos Bluffs Ranch: Come Horseback Ride, Hike, Canoe/Kayak Fish in Brazos River
average rating of 4.909091 based on 68 reviews

Lovely Place

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful, secluded place with a true, rustic feel. The King bed was very comfortable! The property was very clean and you have everything you need to cook a meal in the kitchen or on the grill. The front porch looks out over the pond and lovely flower bushes which draws hummingbirds. At the end of the road is a pavilion along the banks of the Brazos River where Canoes can be found if you choose to float the river. It was extremely hot during our stay, so we opted to not ride horses, which was our original intention. At the entrance of the property is a cafe which is a must-visit! There's also a craft barn there which we loved wandering through. We made this trip with another couple whom we travel with frequently. Their visit was cut short due to a family emergency. As the description of the property states, this property has no TV and no WiFi. We depend upon internet to help us determine what we want to do once we arrive at a location (such as where to shop, eat, sight-see, etc). Between us, we had 3 of the major cell phone carriers and none of us had good cell service. So with the absence of WiFi, we weren't successful with our internet searches. This is the only issue which caused us concern. We didn't miss the TV as they have cards and dominoes in one of the drawers and we brought our own games as well, but we did miss the wifi. Other than that, this is a gorgeous get away!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

I used to live in the country and living in the city so long it was a retreat to be able to just relax and enjoy the cabin. Also the Homestead was awesome to visit and watch them make things out of metal, potty, wood, and weave. Great place and surly will come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Idyllic Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We drove into the ranch under a canopy of trees. The cabin is nestled in a valley next to a pond, shaded by huge pecan trees. The cabin was spotless. The furnishings very comfortable. Our family reunited for the weekend from various Texas cities. We enjoyed rocking on the front porch and hiking the gorgeous ranch property. The owners were very kind and helpful. I highly recommend this rental, especially for adults looking for peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Comfortable, clean, updated, fun

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay. The cute little house was very clean and had every thing we needed and more. Convenient to the city and restaurants. The little community up the hill was fun to explore and has a great cafe.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the vacation home/cabin at Brazos Ranch.

Walking distance to breakfast, lunch, and icecream at Cafe Homestead.

Would recommend for anyone who is looking to unwind!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Our stay was wonderful!! Will be returning with entire family!!

  • 4 of 5

Brazzo's Bluff is a beautiful place to stay! There are many things to do for the entire family! From horseback riding, canoeing and hiking (which we didn't get to do because of rain). Just sitting outside on the front porch is enough reason to stay here!!

I will mention that when we stay again, I will bring everything I need for cooking! They have lots of things but there wasn't enough good sized pans and NO can opener!! It was very difficult to fix meals without these things!! Another positive was plenty of towels and washcloths!! It's a beautiful home!! We will return!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
12.7 Miles
Waco Regional Airport
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

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

After the first 4 people: $20/night for each additional adult and $10/night for each additional child, infants are free.
$275/nt for Baylor event nights and Holidays.
Minimum rates for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years of $1,200 for a 4 night weekend.
Baylor Homecoming weekend $1,500 minimum.
Rates subject to change until verified by owner. Call or email for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Texas Hill Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1620 sq. ft.
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 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Loft - 2 twin/ single , upstairs sleeping loft with lots of room on carpet for kids
    King Suite - 1 king , downstairs master suite with bathroom with shower
    Queen Suite - 1 queen , downstairs queen suite with bathroom with shower and tub
  • 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
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
$25 per night pet fee for well behaved outdoor dogs.

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