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"'Shady Springs Guest House "

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4-6)

***Please call or email for week or more quote*** SMALL PETS ONLY CONSIDERED

Guest house has 2 bedroom, 1 bath, and has an open family room/dining/kitchen/wood fireplace and is perfect for family gatherings. Car port has patio area with table and chairs, plus second patio area close to the one acre spring fed lake with table and chairs. Patio has gas grill for your use. Concrete table and pit area. July, 2016 Two new docks on our spring feed acre lake. One dock platform close to Guest House where you can sit at a table with two chairs and have coffee, drinks, etc. One large dock off the dam with glider , rocking chair, side table and plenty of room to fish..

Guests are free to roam the woods where wildlife and birds abound. Fishing is available in the lake. Lake is stocked with catfish, bass, and bluegill. Paddle boat may be used. It can be so relaxing to sit on the patios or get in the paddle boat on the lake and just listen to the county sounds. NO SWIMMING in 1 acre lake, Only Fishing,

Cozy guest house in the woods is perfect for a family vacation, long weekend retreat, guys fishing retreat, girls get away, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of town and forget about the 'real world' and relax! Quiet and peace surrounds you in the middle of 'Shady Springs' 85 acres with a gated entrance. We furnish lots of extras. Wood for fireplace, salt, pepper, sugar, flour, some basic seasoning, coffee,tea, paper towels, tissues, etc. All you need is your food, clothes and fishing supplies if you fish.

Located 100 miles east of Dallas, 100 miles west of Shreveport and within minutes of Pittsburg, Mt. Pleasant, Winnsboro and Gilmer. A 45 minute to an hour drive away is Jefferson, Minneola, Canton. All the towns have unique little shops and wonderful antique shops plus beautiful scenic drives along the way.

Some of the best fishing in the area is Lake Fork, Lake of the Pines, Lake Palestine, Lake Holbrook, Lake Winnsboro, Lake Gilmer and more. Guests can experience the country but enjoy the amenities of town.

In the spring fresh strawberries, and the summer fresh peaches, blackberries and blueberries are sold or you can pick your own at nearby orchards. A winery 10 miles away and restaurants are within 15-30 minutes of the farm.

If more than 4 adult guests there is a cost of $10 per person per night. Welcome to have guests to visit but NO Extra Overnight Guest.

Check in 3 pm -- Check out 12 noon

Unless other arrangements are made with owner.

Owners live on property and are available if any problems arise.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jim & Jodi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Jim & Jodi

Jim & Jodi moved to 'Shady Springs' in 2001 from Dallas, TX. The land has been in the family since the mid 1800's. Jim's mother inherited her part in the mid 1950's and started carving out their little niche in the woods on weekends and holidays. Parents retired and built their home in 1970. Jim designed and built our log home 'Mi Mi's Tree House' on the land in 2001 to be near 90 year old mother. 2005 we redid parents home for guests and family. We live on the property and take care of everything.

Jim & Jodi purchased this house in 1856


based on 46 traveler reviews

"'Shady Springs Guest House "
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
Denison, Texas

Awesome Experience!

  • 5 of 5

This property was awesome! Clean, comfortable, relaxing, and in such a beautiful setting. Jim and Jodi were superb hosts, and we look forward to our next visit to their little piece of heaven!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We hope you will visit again. Didn't get to ask you before you left how the fishing was at Gilmer Lake? Hope it was as good as we hear. Thanks again for choosing Shady Springs. Jodi & Jim
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Favorite place to getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We visited for spring break with the kids, 8, 10 and 15. The kids liked it so much, we went back at the end of summer. Jodi, Jim and Remi were awesome hosts and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away among tall trees, far from the madding crowds! My family of four enjoyed our weekend at Shady Springs tremendously! The guest house is beautifully decorated, welcoming and impeccably clean. It's well equipped with everything that a family might need. If the indoors are charming, outdoors take your breath away. Serene and green! Brand new socks by the pond offer lovely sit-outs. We could go for walks in the trails and even paddle-boat in the pond.

Jim and Jodi are great, super friendly and welcoming. And what can I say about their dog Remi! She is absolutely adorable!

Highly recommend place!

Till we meet again, next time, Jim and Jodi and Remi!


  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you taking time for a review. So glad you enjoyed your weekend. We are very pleased with our new docks and happy that you enjoyed sitting out on the water. I know the water is muddy looking because of the piers being placed and we were told it takes some time for it to clear up. The water is usually much nicer. Thank you for choosing Shady Springs and hope to see you again. Jodi
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Quiet, peaceful,

  • 5 of 5

This was just what we needed Owners were so very nice and the cabin was perfect. Both the cabin in the property are very well kept. No problems at all

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review. Hope to see you again. Jodi & Jim
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Amazing home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Total relaxation is achieved here! Even just the drive there was relaxing and I loved how far off the road the house was. All you can hear is the water and the breeze. They had so many extra little touches in the kitchen, bathroom and all over! I felt like I was at a country home of my very own. We grilled out for almost every meal, took a walk on the water and got great sleep! I am counting the days until I can book again!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Shady Springs. Thank you for the response that we have lots of little extras. We want people to feel at home and have a relaxing time. Hope you can come back. Thanks you for choosing Shady Springs.
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  • 5 of 5

First off Jim and Jodi are delightful people. They respected our privacy and offered assistance if anything was needed. We didn't need assistance because everything was perfect for me and my 2 friends while we wrote music and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. We enjoyed the comfortable couch and lazy-boy chairs at night while watching a movie that we picked from a nice selection of DVDs and VHS tapes on the flat screen TV. We used their propane grill for steaks and hamburgers, and the oven came in handy for beer chicken. The beds were very comfortable, the shower was better than most, and overall this lake house and surrounding nature is a gem. Well kept and clean. Jim shared that his family property goes back to the 1800's. I recommend anyone looking for a relaxing get-away from busy life (Like we were) to check out the Shady Springs experience. I promise you, you won't regret it.


  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad it was a good get away for you and friends. We love that our Shady Springs can give guests the peace and quite that is so hard to come by with very busy life styles. We have been there and done that. Now we know why Jims Mother loved her home place and didn't want to leave to come see us in Dallas after spending 50 years away in the big city. Thank you so much for choosing us and hope to see you again in the future. Jodi & Jim
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Longview, TX
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 271
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Gilmer House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

For weekly rate please call or email for quote. ****Rate are for 4 people and a fee of $10.00 per person per night for each additional adult up to 6 . Only small pets will be considered.

Check out Events and Festivals in East Texas. Examples ; **October - Jamboree 3rd weekend,Gilmore; Tyler Rose Festival; Winnsboro Autumn Trails **December - Christmas events ** Spring - Dogwood and Azalea Trails **Canton Trade Days once a month, yearly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Gilmer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shampoo, hair conditioner, bath soaps, hair dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Room 1 -King Room 2 - 2 double bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
Check in 3 pm Check out 12 noon No Guns - including children BB and Air Soft.

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