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Paula & Jim Archer

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Lakeside Cottage - On Private Lake

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Fully furnished cottage overlooks a beautiful spring fed four acre pond. Lakeside Cottage is brand new and has wood floors, farmhouse sink, silestone counters, central heat/air and a beautiful gas log stove for ambiance. Perfect for a family retreat or a romantic getaway. Located on our 250 acre working ranch, Pine Grove Cottage is tucked away on its own corner of the property. A sun room can double as a third bedroom as the daybed there can convert to two twin beds. An open family room/kitchen is perfect for family gatherings. Guests are free to roam the ranch property which includes several small lakes (four to seven acres in size) and large expanses of wooded acreage where wildlife and birds abound. Fishing on the lakes is available on a "catch and release" basis to ensure our fishing stays good for future guests. Lakes are stocked with bass, catfish and brim. Spring Lake has Hybrid Bass and nearby Oak Grove Lake has Florida Bass along with catfish and bream. Just 10 minutes to Los Pinos Ranch Vineyard Winery (Pittsburg) and Bella Stella Winery (Winnsboro).

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paula & Jim Archer (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Paula & Jim Archer

Jim and Paula Archer own and operate Lone Star Cattle Company, a working 250 acre ranch in Northeast Texas. Jim is a recently retired Professor of Chemistry and Paula is a recently retired software sales leader for a major corporation. They moved to the ranch over 10 years ago. Jim remains active as a District Governor for Rotary International. He is also Chair of the local ambulance board. Paula raises Shorthorn show calves and breeding stock. She is on the Board of Directors for the Texas Shorthorn Association. Both enjoy sharing the relaxation and enjoyment of the ranch through the vacation rental program.

Paula & Jim Archer purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Paula & Jim Archer chose East Texas

We love the beauty of the area and the wonderful community of small town friends and neighbors. We moved to East Texas more than 20 years ago. After living in 'town' (Pittsburg TX) for 10 years we bought the ranch and fixed up Pine Grove Cottage for our weekend getaway. We loved staying there so much we sold our home in the city and moved to Pine Grove Cottage while we began plans for a new home on another corner of the property. During this time we needed more room for family and friends so we added Spring House on still another corner of the ranch. In 2005 our home was completed and we moved out of Pine Grove Cottage. We decided to offer both Pine Grove and Spring House on VRBO at that time so others could share in the beauty and fun of the ranch. We were so pleased with the wonderful guests that visited, we have added a third VRBO guest apartment and a Bed & Breakfast to allow larger groups to stay. We often host extended families looking for a retreat, wedding parties and multiple families who want to come together to visit. Now we can accommodate all. Our return rate is very high so many of our guests have come to view the ranch as their own special place in the country...without all the hard work!

What makes this cottage unique

We love the peace and quiet, the wildlife and the wonderful neighbors and sense of community in rural East Texas.


based on 26 traveler reviews

Beautiful Lakeside Cottage - On Private Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Garland, Texas

Quiet, clean and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Lakeside Cottage. The cabin is well maintained and well equipped....and clean! My hubby got to fish and caught 89 fish during our stay. He fishes out of a float tube and the lakes were perfect for that. They do have fishing boats available if you want. I enjoyed reading my book on the porch and watching nature. I saw blue jays, cardinals and real life Woody Woodpecker. At one time I was engrossed in my book and heard a loud buzzing near my head. I thought ....a wasp! But it was a hummingbird a foot away from me. I have never seen one so close. Very cool! It was exactly what we were looking for solitude and beauty with all the comforts of being home. At night we watched movies and they even have cable TV service. Our bed was a big comfy king. We loved that our fur baby was welcome and she had a big yard to be walked in. Thanks to much to the Archers! We hope to see you again soon!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property in a relaxing location.

  • 5 of 5

The Lakeside Cottage is a great location for a relaxing getaway.

The Cottage is well kept and has some nice design features that I would

like to include in my own home if I were to build in a different location.

The Archers were very helpful in getting everything set up for the weekend.

We had to change the day of arrival just a week out from the visit and it

was handled with no problem. Great folks.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful pastoral perfect vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our stay at Lakeside cottage. Paula and Jim are the most friendly and helpful hosts to make sure your stay is pleasant and fun. We loved the farm fresh eggs, perseveres and biscuits. The scenery is beautiful and the setting is peaceful. We also liked to watch the sun setting while looking over the pond from the deck. A much needed respite from the busy city life. Thank you for sharing your vacation home with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic weekend at Lakeside Cottage at Lone Star Cattle Company. We just needed some quiet time away from the big city, and this place was perfect! The house is right next to the cow pasture and on a fishing pond. It had everything that we needed for a relaxing and fun visit. The owners say that all that you need is your fishing pole and food, and they weren't kidding. This is one of the best stocked vacation rentals that we have used. The owners have thought of everything. They even have the first day's breakfast waiting for you in the fridge. There is coffee, tea, popcorn, and butter in the kitchen. There is ample paper products, toiletries, dish washing soap, and detergent. There are inside and outside games. The deck and patio have tables and chairs. The fire pit has wood enough for days. There are camp chairs for fishing by the lake or on the pier

The property is about 150 acres, so you have plenty of room to roam. There are several small lakes/ponds to fish with fishing boats for you to use. The cows eat breakfast and dinner outside your bedroom window. It is so relaxing to wake up to the sight. The chicken coop is a short walk away. You can order fresh eggs for your stay. This city girl was excited by the green ones! The goats are at the other end of the property, but is still an easy walk. The pygmy goats had babies which were adorable. The goats were so friendly. They really loved a good scratch behind the ears.

The house looks like it is just a few years old. It is very clean and well decorated. The furniture and bedding are comfortable.

The location was perfect for us. It is away from any city, but close enough for a supply run if needed. I honestly cannot think of a thing that needs to be improved or changed. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing in the country!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Lone Star Cattle co! Our family was just looking to relax, unplug and do a little fishing and that's just what we did! The property is beautiful and the lakehouse was very cute, clean and well stocked. We enjoyed doing the tour around the farm as well with Jim! We took our 9 year old daughter and a friend of hers and they told me their favorite thing to do was roam around in the woods and of course check out the adorable pygmy goats......numerous times! I fell in love with them too! Thanks for a wonderful time - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place for a Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

My family loves to get together at Lakeside. It is pefect for celebrating or just relaxing. The young kids and "grown-up" kids alike enjoy exploring the area. We do go into town for hotlinks. (It's a tradition!) But the cabin, pond and ranch offer so much, we really don't need to leave! I definitely recommend Lakeside for your getaway!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tyler Pounds Field
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Los Pinos Winery
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Pittsburg Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Pittsburg, TX
Nearest Point of Interest
Lakeside Cottage
Car: necessary

autumn foliage, pond, forests, bird watching, hiking, freshwater fishing, winery tours, scenic drives


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
6% Tax applied to all stays.
Special weekday rates apply for non-holiday stays from Sunday thru Thursday.
Rates are for 4 people up to 8 people total occupants can be added for $25/person/stay. 6 adults maximum.
Heavily discounted monthly & weekly Snowbird rates available for January and February. Please contact owner for a quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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East Texas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) A sunroom with a daybed that converts to 2 twin beds and can serve as a third bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Additional bedding available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
Additional Outdoor Features: barbecue, boat, canoe, dock boatslip, parking; Onsite Equipment: boat+paddles, fish cleaning table; Others: alarm clock, ceiling fans, central heating, chauffeur, hair dryer, laundry soap, shampoo, toilet paper, soaps basic Lakeside Cottage is a non smoking environment. Pets are often allowed but require advance approval from the owner. The cottage has a 55' large screen tv and home theater system.

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