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"'Shady Springs Guest House "

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

***Please call or email through VRBO/HomrAway for week or more quote***

NO PETS 903-762-1839

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 with benches and pit area has 2 concrete benches. 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 fish feeder 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, red ear and bluegill. Re-stocked 4/2017 PLEASE CATCH AND RELEASE until they get larger. Paddle boat may be used. It can be so relaxing to sit on the patios, listen to the water fountain or/ and 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 from the farm.

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

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

Jim & Jodi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 1855

Why Jim & Jodi chose Gilmer

Relax with the peace and quite surrounding you.

Lots of fishing lakes close by.


Gilmer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • 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
  • limited accessibility
  • 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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"'Shady Springs Guest House "
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

A PERFECT 10 in my book!!

  • 5 of 5

As the sun rises through the pines, you can hear the steady fall of water on the lake and the echoing calm sounds of woodpeckers tapping nearby trees. This was our typical morning pleasure as we breathed in the cool East Texas air at the Shady Springs Guest House. Our special friend Remi is truly quite the guide dog and our kids loved her immediately. We vote Jim and Jodi for hosts of the decade, such kind hospitality! This place has all that you need for the perfect getaway weekend and we are very glad that we found it. We will be back for sure.


Aaron, Melanie and the Kids

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful words. Loved the message your daughter wrote in the guest book. I really really want to know which of your children did the drawing. I am planning on framing the picture. I will give you a call soon. Appreciate you choosing Shady Springs, Jodi & Jim
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this great property several times now, and always have a great experience. Besides being super clean, it's relaxing and homey, and Jim and Jodi are perfect hosts--super easy to work with, but never intrusive. The kitchen is roomy and well stocked, and the king size bed is super comfortable. Shady Springs is the perfect "home base" for everything in east Texas. We will definitely book this beautiful property again, and highly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoy your visits and hope to see more of you with the cooler weather coming. Safe fishing!! Jodi & Jim
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Great place for our family!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this place justice. It was clean and well stocked. Beautifully decorated and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Worth, TX

Simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfectly quiet and peaceful. It was clean and well stocked. The hosts were friendly and hospitable. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your wonderful guest house with us! We were blown away by how nice the rental was. Beautiful property, wonderful hosts and peace & quiet. Nice fishing pond and plenty of trails to walk around on within the property. Brecken, our 2 year old, was asking for Remi and Breck when we got back home...I guess we'll just have to come back soon to see ya'll!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting our little bit of heaven. It is our sincere wish that your experience was a good one. We look forward to having you and your family joining us again. Brecken should be a little older and really bond with Remi. Thanks, John
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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: October 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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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Longview, TX
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 271
Car: necessary

Small towns with nice shopping and restaurants.

EX: Jefferson,TX48 miles

Winnsboro, TX 22 miles

Mineola, TX 45 mile

Mt. Pleasant, TX 30 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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 .

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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