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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
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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
  • Children welcome
  • 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 ...
  • Living Room
  • 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
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 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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  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay- we look forward to coming again and intend to stay longer! If you like the outdoors this is a great property to explore. Tranquil. Peaceful. Be sure to spend time in the nearby craft village and enjoy the market.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, beautiful, clean home

  • 5 of 5

My family ranging from 6 months to 84 spent 3 nights at the ranch. It was unseasonably cold during our visit--but we were so cozy in the house and the fireplace made it even warmer. The beds were all very comfortable, the bathrooms and kitchen super clean, and the surrounding area was lovely. We were in town to visit magnolia and the ranch was a nice location for driving back and forth.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway from the city, we really enjoyed our time at the guest house. Great communication with our host Curtis, would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Terrific cabin in a serene location! We definitely plan to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful house in the woods

  • 5 of 5

This property is secluded, clean and up-to-date. If you're looking for a place to get away from the city or a place to reflect inward, this house is great for that. Only thing I wish it had was internet. With poor cell service and no internet it made it hard for us to plan our trip (we're from another state). There is no TV - which didn't bother us as much as no internet.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I 've ordered a signal booster for the house that will allow stronger cell and mobile hot spot coverage.
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If only I could I buy the house and the land!!

  • 5 of 5

Without a doubt it is a place I’m pretty sure I’d go again each year. We stayed here for two days with our 3 kids as we drove through some parts of Tx doing the tourist stuff and visiting family from Dallas. The rooms are great. The master worked well. The downstairs bedroom was great for our baby (18mo) and our older two LOVED having the loft to themselves. This place could easily do two families or three that are close. If your going to be traveling down south from anywhere north of Waco this place is it 100% Make sure you drive through and allow an 45min to 1.5 hours at Fossil Rim(about an hour away) check it out! Totally worth it. It’s like being on an African safari, but your able to feed and pet the most interesting animals from baby deer to giant giraffes from your car as you drive through by yourself!!!!! Anyways...

Also we went to the Fixer Uper silos and the wood carpenter guys place. Both were cool. My wife really enjoyed it and I though it was pretty cool too, as I stuffed my face with amazing cupcakes. Only 18 min at 5pm on a rainy Tuesday driving there. Much different traffic then we are use to. You can quickly get everywhere in this town

As for the house and land it rests on I don’t think there’s too many of these hidden gems left. There’s no WiFi no TVs and just enough cell service to call in and out and get a message out and back, all Verizon. You can walk two or three minutes toward the river and have full service. In the crazy connected world we live in we couldn’t have been happier. Surprisingly our three kids didn’t care about no tv or WiFi, they ended up playing and exploring together for hours and hours every day. I didn’t tell any of the family until we got there there’s no WiFi or tv lol, you should too.

We had horse back riding lined up, but had to cancel. Others we saw riding looked to be very happy and enjoying it. If your staying in the house you get a pretty good discount. There’s endless trails, I’m just wishing I could have brought our dirt bikes.

Being from out of state CA, it is weird not having any mountains, staying on this property I think has some of the biggest hills I’ve seen driving through the state. Everything is green and lush. The pond on the property outside of the front door looks like something out of a post card.

If your on the fence about booking just do it already! You’ll be glad you did.

Your to the heart of Waco within 10min, rushhour 20 min tops. Do something fun, hotels are boring

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 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




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.