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Beautiful Lakeside Cottage - On Private Lake

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Pittsburg Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Paula & Jim Archer
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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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 12 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 37 traveler reviews

Beautiful Lakeside Cottage - On Private Lake
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews

Great family weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights in October. We enjoyed fishing, checking out the farm and just relaxing. The Archer's were wonderful!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway. Paula was fantastic to work with. The cabin and property are very nice and stocked with just about everything you might possibly need. We relaxed, fished, and had a ton of fun spending time with family. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property, amazing hosts, great get-away from everyday life. Do not think twice!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families that stayed at Jim and Paula's Lakeside cabin in late July.

CABIN: Around 2 hrs from the DFW area, this cabin is completely secluded and on the lake. It is very well kept with well manicured and maintained front and back lawns. Inside the cabin is very clean, and all basic amenities are provided. Attention to detail is in every corner, with a well stocked kitchen to high end toiletries in the bathroom.

VIEW/PROPERTY: Cabin sits on a beautiful private and secluded lake. It is absolutely beautiful sitting and walking around the property. Fishing is very convenient and nice. There are these beautiful white egret (birds) that come to the property every day, and the entire landscape is pristine.

THE HOSTS: Probably one of the best parts of the cabin (and not to take away from how amazing the cabin and it's surroundings are)! Jim and Paula are genuinely extremely nice hosts. They called to make sure when we arrived that everything was good. Jim offered to take us around a tour of their ranch/property and we had a great time hearing about him and Paula, the property, and seeing a working ranch. They even left a bottle of home made jelly in the fridge! And if you want, for a small charge, they can leave you a dozen of farm fresh eggs.

OVERALL: Do not think twice about this place, everything about it is wonderful (and I travel a lot domestically and globally). I only wish they also had a 3 bed / 3 bath cabin along with this one for slightly larger groups to go!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Close enough to town yet far away. We loved the beautiful rooster and Red the cat. Everything we needed was there and we slept so good. I would recommend this to my friends. Thanks for everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with the cottage and didn't want to leave. We spent most of our time on the back porch watching the birds and the cows, it was so incredibly peacefully. The owners thought of everything, and we have never found a place so welcoming and well-appointed. We thoroughly enjoyed the homemade blackberry preserves and biscuits, and ate our breakfast every morning on the porch. The tour of the property was very interesting and our hosts were so gracious. They even brought us fresh corn and tomatoes which we enjoyed for dinner that evening. We have a feeling that as beautiful as it was it may be even more beautiful in the fall. Wonderful mini-vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and very well maintained. The house was so comfortable and well appointed. We had everything we could need and want.

Thank you to the Archers for being excellent hosts. They gave us tomatoes from the garden and let us go hold the baby goats!

My kind of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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

Pittsburg Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
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 only.
Special rates available for a stay of three to six nights. For this property three night rate is $575 plus tax.
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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Pittsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located upstairs.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is located downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bedroom downstairs with adjacent bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom upstairs with ensuite bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Daybed converts into two twin beds in this room.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
Additional Outdoor Features: barbecue, boat, canoe, dock boatslip, parking; Onsite Equipment: boat+paddles. 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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