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The Depot House -Unique, Private Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

Country Cottage near TAMU. Great for Groups. 1 Bdrm, 1 sleeper sofa,

Country setting close to the heart and soul of the Brazos Valley. Easily ccommodates a crowd.

The Depot House is a one of a kind vacation rental property as well as meeting space in Bryan-College Station. The fully outfitted, air conditioned charming cottage sits on 30 acres of country land, including a catch and release fishing pond, a covered grill area, kids play gym, picnic tables shaded by mature oak trees-everything needed to create a great memory. For over twenty years The Depot House has hosted family reunions, retreats, leadership meetings, game day weekends, graduations, weddings & sports tournament events. Sleeps 5 comfortably – there is a queen bed, a fold out Ikea couch bed, great couches and 5 fold up cots. Floor space allows for lots more in sleeping bags. With TAMU, the Bush Library, and downtown Bryan only 10 minutes away there is always something drawing visitors to the Brazos Valley. The Depot House not only saves you money but provides a great environment for the event you are planning. We love people to enjoy the rich history, peace and charm that The Depot House offers.

Property Manager
James Connor Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

About James Connor Smith

James Connor [TAMU Class of '52] and Tucker Smith are proud to be your hosts at their country home. A place to gather family and friends and relax away from the busy city. Yet it is close enough to the happenings at Texas A&M University, College Station, and Bryan to allow easy access to all events and yet have that private retreat ready to welcome you back home. Only 10 minutes from George Bush Presidential Library. Perfect for Game Day weekends, Day use or your private event.

James Connor Smith purchased this chateau / country house in 1970

Why James Connor Smith chose Texas Lakes

The Depot House consists of a remnant of the former Wellborn community railroad depot, a few miles south of College Station. This depot building has an interesting history as it is situated at its third location. The original building consisted of a station agent’s office and two waiting rooms (white and colored) and a dock height freight warehouse section. Unfortunately no photographs of The Depot in its original location have been found. In 1930 the railroad abandoned service stops in Wellborn and The Depot was sold as surplus property to be removed from the site. Due to its size, the building was separated into two sections for placement at a local farm located at-the-then outskirts of College Station. At the farm, which is now the location of the shopping center at South Texas Avenue and Southwest Parkway a large cattle shed was constructed to connect the two sections. The freight section was used as a hay barn [now the living room] with the office-waiting room building [now The Depot’s] used for general farm storage. The Depot continued in this use until 1970 when the southerly growth of College Station dictated that the farm would be absorbed and it was purchased by the present owner as a real estate development project. As the development got underway it became obvious that some or all of the building deserved to be preserved so it was decided to move the freight section with the office-waiting room section salvaged for parts used in the remodeling. The property originally contained forty acres but ten acres were taken in the construction of the SH 47 project. The lake was built along an existing dry creek bed to provide the setting for The Depot House. The Depot House has hosted a lot of happy family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, church retreats, leadership meetings, football game day parties, graduations and holiday business functions.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The Depot House is a fully outfitted, air conditioned charming cottage sits on 30 acres of country land, including a catch and release fishing pond, a covered grill area and picnic tables shaded by mature oak trees. Sleeps 5 comfortably – and so much room to accommodate more on the fold out cots that are provided. The Depot House not only saves you money but provides a great environment for the event you are planning. We love people to enjoy the rich history, peace and charm that The Depot House offers.

Fabulous fishing hole [paddle around in a kayak, canoe or paddle boat - YOU choose]. and an outdoor play area for the little ones in your crowd. Want to chill out? Enjoy the porch swing for pondering life whilst overlooking the pond, play horseshoes, challenge your buddy to washer toss, or maybe a campfire in the fire pit?? Covered gather/grilling party space -And that is just outside!

Inside the house is a fully equipped kitchen, a sun porch, an over-sized living room, a full sized bathroom and one private bedroom - with new bedding & comfortable queen bed. For additional sleeping arrangements - on the sun porch there is double size brand new Ikea fold out bed, and in the living area there are two sofas, 4 cots and TONS of floor space for sleeping bags. The bathroom has been stocked with spa towels. The living room has a complete entertainment system – Satellite TV with 50“ flat screen LCD HD, combo Blue Ray or standard DVD, stereo and indoor/outdoor speakers to enhance your game viewing or movie watching. TThe Depot House can easily accommodate your department strategy session, group retreat, leadership gathering, whatever meeting presentation is on your agenda. There is a wireless microphone system, tables and chairs for a crowd - easily set up in the spacious living area to the configuration of your choice.


Bryan Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - The bathroom is stocked with spa towels and toiletries.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The Bedroom is well appointed with new comfortable bedding. A good night sleep is assured.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
Right on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail!


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

The Depot House -Unique, Private Cottage
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Rice Game Weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at the Depot. We enjoyed the fishing in the lake and spending time with family and friends after the game. This was an extremely hot weekend and hot game. The A/C stuggled to keep up with the 105 degree weather, but other than that, the weekend was great. I look forward to staying here again in the near future!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away for our Family

  • 5 of 5

The owners were so very accommodating and we enjoyed chatting with them. The reality was true to the listing description. It was clean and the bed was comfortable; the bathroom was well-stocked for guests. It really felt like we were visiting family!

Our family of 4 had a wonderfully relaxing time on the porch and on the dock. We caught some fish and had a campfire with s'mores under the stars. We made trips into College Station for Aggie Baseball games, walks around campus, and dining at our favorite restaurants from our college days. We visited the Bush Museum, as well. The location was perfect for our trips into town and to still feel like we were out in the country. All of us look forward to another visit to The Depot House in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful Weekend at the Depot House!

  • 5 of 5

We were in town to visit Texas A&M for Aggieland Saturday and needed a comfortable place that would also welcome our puppies. The Depot House was a perfect fit! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The location can't be beat and it is so peaceful! We were able to rest comfortably after a long day of touring the University. Our puppies adored playing outside and ran to their hearts content! The house is adorable and the beds were very comfortable, as well. It was so nice to have a home to come back to, rather than a cramped hotel room. Thanks to Ann and James for a wonderful, relaxing weekend in Aggieland! We hope to spend many more weekends with you in the years to come!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keri - we were so happy to know that you all were settled. The tree house with the napping high school junior - dreaming of her future in Aggieland - and the happy pups makes everyone settled. You will always be welcome at The Depot House! Thanks and Gig 'Em.
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Easterwood Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles

Only 10 minutes from Kyle Field on the Texas A&M University campus, The Depot House is an ideal location for Family Parties, football weekends, Outfit Picnics. Comfortable overnight accommodations in a renovated Train Depot, the 29 acre site with covered grill area, private lake with canoe and paddleboat is the perfect setting for your gathering or weekend away1


Rates & Availability

Bryan Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee per weekend $65 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Special charge for large parties (more than 15 persons) is an additional $100. Day only meeting rate is $200 plus cleaning fee of $65. Overnight meeting rate is $250 plus cleaning fee. Special events (weddings etc.) $600.00.

We accept PayPal, cash and check. Check out is noon - or can be arranged for special time with proprietor. Please ask! Reservation deposit of $100 applied to rental & is refundable if cancelled 30 days in advance. Invoice payment due upon occupancy.

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