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Mark Bunting

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Family Reunion, Retreat, Couples Weekend - an Entire East Texas Luxury Compound

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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90 mins from Dallas: 5 Bedrooms + Bunk House + pool + Gazebo + Lake - sleeps 18

First watch our story on Channel 8 ABC to see The Veranda in all its glory:

Reunion, Anniversary, Wedding, Family Retreat or Couples Weekend - enjoy an entire compound! Originally a bed & breakfast - The Veranda is a glorious 1920’s Victorian Home (and accompanying bunkhouse) that served as the areas most posh, upscale B&B for many years. Wealthy patrons from Dallas with lake homes on the beautiful Lake Cypress Springs referred to the “Mansion of Mt. Vernon” as the finest dining and one of the most picturesque setting in East Texas. Having just undergone a $1m+ restoration, the retreat is a 120 acre paradise incorporating a sanctuary of rest and relaxation as well as activities galore. Originally envisioned and operated by Robert Whiteside & Warren Butler, new owners Mark and Kelly Bunting made cautious (yet significant) upgrades to this famous property during the 2010-2012 season. The result is a fabulous retreat true to original intentions of the earlier owners, yet greatly enhanced and expanded. Just 100 miles due East on I-30 from Dallas – this paradise of tranquility and peace feels more like 1000 miles away!

Featured June 9, 2013 on ABC's Designing DFW segment (see video below).

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mark Bunting (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Mark Bunting chose Texas

It is simply THE most tranquil and beautiful places you can imagine within 90 minutes of DFW and Shreveport. It is perfect for a family reunion, anniversary, couples weekend, corporate executive retreat work weekend de-compress. Perfect for large families - lots of activities for kids, tons of entertaining spaces and a fabulous commercial kitchen.

What makes this house unique

Picturesque setting on 120 acres / (7 landscaped)

5 bedroom Main House - luxury finish 1920's Victorian

Bunk house (8 bunk beds + 2 Queens) - great for kids

Gazebo on Lake for dining and fabulous keepsake photos

5 Acre Lake - great fishing

Full length pool and Cabana

Full length basketball court (night lighting)

Nature trails

Fire pit

11 flat panel TV w/Satellite

wrap around porches (some screened)

Jon Boat / 4 Wheelers / more

Acreage with over 100 night lights - Gorgeous at night


based on 8 traveler reviews

Family Reunion, Retreat, Couples Weekend - an Entire East Texas Luxury Compound
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at the Veranda. The well manicured and beautiful property provides an abundance of activities for our growing and active family. Even though the temperature soared, the wrap around porch, pool and lake allowed us to enjoy the gorgeous out door in perfect comfort. Mark and Kelly were very accommodating to our every need and question. I think our grand daughter said it best as our weekend came to and end. She said, " I wish we could stay 100 days."

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, LA

Spectacular property

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time at the was just as is a beautiful and well-maintained property with stunning grounds and lake views. There is so much to do there that we did not have to leave and it provided the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy being together. The Buntings were great to deal with and always responded quickly to any question.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect wedding venue

  • 5 of 5

The Veranda was the ideal location for our small family-centered wedding. The property was large enough so that our parents and relatives were able to stay with us for the entire wedding weekend. The house is very well maintained and has everything you could possibly need while you are there. The commercial kitchen made meal preparations a breeze. The grounds were also very impressive. The kids enjoyed the swimming pool and the men had a blast fishing on the lake every day.

We held our entire wedding weekend on the property; rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. The gazebo was the perfect setting for our ceremony. It was large enough to comfortably accommodate forty of our nearest and dearest friends and relatives. We utilized the pool area as the setting for our cocktail hour. Our candlelight dinner reception was held along the bank of the lake, which was incredibly beautiful. If you are considering the Veranda for your wedding we highly recommend that you use the owner’s restaurant to cater the event. The majority of our guests were from Louisiana and they were very impressed with the cajun style dinner. The restaurant staff members were professional, easy to work with, and genuinely excited to be a part of our special day.

We were truly touched by the owner’s genuine interest in making sure that our special day was everything we envisioned it to be. We highly recommend the Veranda for a small wedding.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio tx

Just as it appears

  • 5 of 5

Our family takes a vacation in a different location every summer and we always rent a house. Many times the houses are not as they appear on the web, but the Veranda is definitely an exception to that rule. It is truly just as in the pictures. The grounds are clean and manicured and the house is homey with the high ceilings as is customary in an older home. We have kids of all ages so the guys liked the fishing and us ladies, and some girls too, did some pool stuff and just enjoyed the porches, putting puzzles together and the big tall pine trees. The first thing for me was walking out the back door and the fragrance of the many gardenias was just mind boggling. We have a hard time growing them where we live so that was a real treat. Plenty of room for everyone and just an all around great place to vacation. The owner was so very attentive to any questions I had and I always have a lot. We also went to some of the small towns around and found some antiques that were amazing. Don't hesitate to visit the Veranda. You won't be sorry you did!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Venue for a Large Group - Something for Everybody

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Veranda with a large group of adults and kids. There were tons of activities for everyone - full court basketball, fishing, swimming, fire pit, ATVs, ping pong, grilling etc...The property is very tastefully decorated and exceptionally well equipped/ reason to leave once you are there.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plano, TX

Amazing Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated here with our family & friends for our daughters 16th birthday. This property is amazing! No words can fully describe how beautiful & relaxing it is there! There is so much to do & so much space for everyone to relax & have a good time. We hope to go back again & have a family reunion. It's a great place for a large group of people! There are many rooms. A great house with 5 bedrooms for adults & then a separate house with 8 bunk beds & another apartment upstairs w/two queen beds for either adults to supervise or more kids. Just a great place for families to go together with their children & have a wonderful time while both age groups can do something different & stay in separate quarters. The fishing was amazing on the privately stocked pond. We highly recommend staying here! We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
7 Miles

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70 acres in secluded area near major highway / lush landscaping – over 5 acres manicured / Spring Azaleas and summer Crepe Myrtles are gorgeous / beautiful lawns front and lakeside to accommodate activities. Tall swaying pines and thick forest enclose the property for a total confined escape. 3 miles of walking trails thru the property / security entrance.


Rates & Availability

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Sep 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee upon depart $250

WEEKLY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Will consider partial weeks at $2,200 per night (minimum of 4 nights).

Full Rental is required up front and will be fully refunded if booking is cancelled more than 90 days out from arrival. Cash or check only.

$5,000 security deposit required for damages. Refunded within 7 days if no damages. Credit card accepted for security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Texas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • King size beds (5) 5 bedrooms all with separate baths/many Jacuzzi tubs – all with King size beds, Bunk Beds (4) Kids bunk house sleeps 8 / playroom – Game room with ping pong table/x-box/big screen TVs and more / separate kitchen with state of the art appliances and television / gym with elliptical and recumbent bike - TV / shop and fully furnished fishing tackle / 2 Four Wheelers / bath & shower / Upstairs separate quarters with 2 Queen bed & living room + TV / enclosed outdoor full length basketball court with lighting / all wired for outdoor and surround sound
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Formal living and dining areas / library / delightfully furnished with antiques and country bedding & tin roof that makes for a magical night in the rain / bright & sunny with vibrant colors / grand piano / oversized master with 16 foot ceilings and 3 sided views of bunk house, grounds, lake and front entry. Grounds keeper – cook – housekeeping – all available upon request.

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