About the property
- Estate1700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10
BREAKING NEWS! May 2017: Hog Heaven cabin now powered by the sun, using 2,925-watt solar array! It demonstrates the latest in solar technology, including A/C and heating! You are sure to be impressed as you solve all the problems of the world relaxing in Hog Heaven and watching your children play in clear, sandy-bottom Piney Creek! FREE DAY USE!! FREE OVERNIGHT STAYS when booking for 14 people! For a Hog Heaven video, go to YouTube and search for "Hog Heaven Cabin".
$195 EACH WEEK-NIGHT! CHECK OUR REVIEWS; COME ON OUT!! (Does not apply to summer bookings.)
Bellheim lies in the rolling hills of the Texas Bluebonnet Country, one hour west of Houston, on a 100-acre ranch offering peaceful, scenic views and outdoor activity. The house is two stories (1,700 sq ft), with beds for 10, thick foam mattresses and bedding for an additional 4, and a large family room featuring a Yamaha home-theater entertainment center with HDTV and Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc player. The master bedroom is downstairs, and there are two bedrooms upstairs. Each level has a bath. The house has free hi-speed, wireless, internet (wifi).
Bellheim is located on a country road 3.5 miles outside of Bellville.
AFFORDABLE. NO HOLIDAY RATES. FREE BOAT USAGE (row boat and peddle boat). FREE DAY USAGE OF HOG HEAVEN CABIN (overnight for $50/nt).
Outdoor activities include:
-- Two ponds for fishing, swimming and boating (row boat & pedal boat provided, including life vests). CATCH & RELEASE fishing only (large bass, perch, catfish).
-- Acres of wildflowers around the house when in season (Bluebonnets, Texas Stars, Black-eyed Susan). Season is March to mid-April.
-- Fire up the large BBQ pit on the outdoor deck (just bring charcoal).
-- There's a ping pong table in the garage, setup and ready to play.
-- Roast your Smores and other favorites on the fire pit down at the windmill.
-- Enjoy solar-powered Hog Heaven cabin deep in the woods along Piney Creek (1 MILE FROM HOUSE). Play the owl CD at Hog Heaven. Giant owls will come and join in!
-- Enjoy 1/2 mile of sandy-bottom Piney Creek for fishing and swimming (1 MILE FROM HOUSE).
-- Explore miles of trails (throughout the 100 acres) with your four-wheeler (ATV, side-by-side) or bicycle.
Down at Piney Creek there's a large cabin called “Hog Heaven.” There are bunk beds for 4 (bring your own linens) and sleeping bags for 3. Next to it is the best little outhouse in Texas (give it a try!). Overnight in Hog Heaven for $50/nt; day use is free. Hog Heaven and Piney Creek are 1 MILE FROM THE HOUSE set back in the woods, accessible by car, AWAY FROM IT ALL! ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED! OVERNIGHT STAYS REQUIRE AN ADULT.
As of May 2017 Hog Heaven is now powered by the sun using a 2925 watt solar array! A highly efficient heat-pump provides both A/C and heating. Enjoy the latest technology offering quiet heating and cooling comfort in a beautiful setting away from it all! You are sure to be impressed as you solve all the problems of the world relaxing in Hog Heaven!
There are Bellheim Springs that feeds our smaller (spring) pond.
Bring your favorite Blu-ray/DVD movie to enjoy the Yamaha home theater system. Or better yet, drive the Yamaha with your own audio/video content (e.g., Netflix or Amazon Prime movies, presentations, etal.), displaying video on the 37” HDTV and sending sound to all speakers. The Yamaha has cables for connecting your laptop computer or other personal portable video or music device. If your video player device has a HDMI or VGA jack, you can connect to the Yamaha. If it has neither, you will need to purchase or provide a special HDMI adapter for your device. All other cables and instructions are provided at the house.
Corriente cattle roam the back 90 acres--a Mexican breed used for Texas rodeos (slightly smaller in stature).
Pets ages 1 year or over are welcome.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
About Kermit Graf
In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families. We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!
Kermit Graf purchased this Estate in 1853
Why Kermit Graf chose Bellville
Bellheim is 104 acres of land owned by the Grafs, a family of German immigrants who settled here in 1853. Johann Graf immigrated from Posen, Prussia (currently, East Germany), in 1853, landed in Galveston, then settled in this area and called it the “Piney Community.” Bellheim includes ½ mile of a clear, sandy-bottomed creek called Piney. During the 1800s, the Grafs originally had approximately 700 acres of land in the Piney Community. Cotton, and then watermelons, were agricultural crops, and many Graf descendants lived and farmed in the area. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, our grandparents had a bumper watermelon crop. They shipped a full train carload to Kansas for sale and got a good price for them. The second carload they got a bill because the melons were sold at such a low price it did not cover the cost of freight. Life was difficult. The land is mostly ranch land now as families have either died off or moved to the big city (Houston) where life was easier. Bellheim is the only remaining land owned by the Grafs in what was called the Piney Community. We opened it up for all to enjoy and is great for the young and young-at-heart to explore the creek, its bottom-land and ponds, and miles of trails along the creek and pasture land. The Bellheim house was built in 1978 by Ralph Frank, Otis Graf’s first cousin and son of Olga Graf Frank. Like Otis (our father), Ralph grew up in the Piney Community. Ralph was a master homebuilder in the area, much in demand, and had a colorful character. One of his helpers would always hold a hammer halfway up the handle. Ralph sawed off half the handle and gave it back to him.
What makes this Estate unique
We've built a large cabin down at Piney creek. Included is an old-time outhouse! The camphouse will sleep 8 when furnished in 2016. Bring your sleeping bags now and try it out! Mom tells Dad and the kids: “Does everyone want to stay at Hog Heaven tonight?” Then, she can have the house all to herself in peace and quiet!
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Check-out: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful home and property
Would return again in a heartbeat
Beautiful Ranch and well manicured.
We stayed here while visiting the Antique show in Round Top. It is a beautiful ranch and very well taken care of. It rained very hard while we were there so we did not get to go down to the second house on the creek, or enjoy the lake. We would love to come back and bring the grandkids. We will come again when going to Round Top for sure.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The house is great. Fishing was good and the kids loved the boats. The girls loved the playhouse! We had so much fun exploring the back 90 acres. Listening to the owls was awesome!!! Everything was exactly as it was described in the emails and pictures. Had a great time and will be renting again.
Great house and view! the pictures don't do it justice! Wonderful and quick getaway from Houston. Owner is great at responding too. Beds were all comfy and the house is stocked better than any rental I've ever stayed in! Not really a negative, but because the area around there is so pretty, you can definitely hear the motorcycles on the weekends if the weather is nice. But the view somehow makes all the road noise disappear :) We hope to be back one day soon!
Great property. 2 nd time we have used this location and will continue to do so in our travels
We travel with a team of 12 baseball players and this place is perfect. Very clean. Very accommodating. Very peaceful with lots to do should you want to stay active. Definately our favourite property we have stayed at.
Bellheim was perfect!
The property was immaculate, felt like home. We were less than 5 miles from the wedding venue that my daughter got married at. It was great having a place so close and not having to stay at a hotel.
Bellheim is a country home on a 100-acre ranch with 2 ponds and a clear, sandy-bottom creek. The nearest town is Bellville, 4 miles away, where there's a Brookshire Brothers grocery store and small-town shopping and restaurants. The nearest Walmart is in Sealy 15 miles away.
Additional information about rental rates
NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round). FREE BOAT USAGE (row boat & peddle boat). Rates are based on 10 guests; add $12.50 per night, per additional guest. Hog Heaven overnighting $50/nt (day use free) 3-night minimum for Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends