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100-acre ranch with beautiful creek, ponds, woods, livestock

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10

NEW SPECIAL! $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 4 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 the Hog Heaven cabin deep in the woods along Piney Creek (1 MILE FROM HOUSE). Play the owl tape at Hog Heaven. 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.

-- Trek through Bellheim Springs on stepping stones (kids love it!)

Down at Piney Creek there's a large cabin called “Hog Heaven.” There are bunk beds for 4 (bring your own linens); bring sleeping bags for more 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.

This year (2017) solar power and air conditioning are being installed in Hog Heaven. Do NOT plan on overnighting in Hog Heaven during summer months until finished--it's too hot in Texas! Will take this posting down when complete. Will try to complete by summer 2017. Day use is free and wonderful year-round!

There are Bellheim Springs that feeds our smaller (spring) pond and we have a stone trail to walk through and observe the springs. Children, especially, enjoy the trail!

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.

More Details

Kermit Graf
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

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 Texas

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Kermit,

I wanted to email you for several reasons, mainly to let you and your family know how much we enjoyed our stay at The Bellheim this past weekend. If it's possible to "feel" the history of a home, we felt an ambience of real hospitality and warmth, and we hope our family's happy time there added to that. There was not an amenity we could have asked for that wasn't provided and, if it hadn't been, the beauty of God's creation would have more than made up for anything we lacked. Everyone, from age 2 1/2 to 66, enjoyed him/herself!

We loved the blackberries and made a crisp on Sunday night using some leftover oatmeal cookies we already had with us. The fresh air increased our appetites and all our food tasted twice as good as usual.

We caught and released about 10 fish, although our grandson is convinced he caught the same fish more than once. And that's one of the other reasons for my email. When we talked with each other after coming home, we realized that no one had taken the WORMS we had stored in the fridge. If they're still alive, and I suspect they are, can they go into your blackberry beds?

We hope to come back to The Bellheim again and will recommend it to friends. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.

With joy and gratitude,

Jun 2014
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Bellville Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bath - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 king
    Large upstairs - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Sleep sofa + 2 twins
    Small upstairs - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 queen , Sleep sofa
  • There are 4 foam mattresses under the beds, along with additional sheets and pillows, for a total sleep capacity of 14.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Outdoor fire pit. A small spring feeds our smaller (spring) pond and we have a stone trail to walk through the springs.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

100-acre ranch with beautiful creek, ponds, woods, livestock
average rating of 4.980392 based on 53 reviews

Beautiful place, even in the rain! We had a wonderful time!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to get away from everything with family and friends. Dog friendly was a nice bonus, so the whole family could be together. It rained most of the time we were there and I would like to return when it's not so wet to enjoy the grounds. The house is beautiful and we'll cared for, organized and labeled, very easy to use.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Bellheim. The property was fantastic. The house was clean , well organized and plenty of space for our group. We took advantage of using Hog Heaven and my group also enjoyed that. Should we ever have the opportunity to return to the area without a doubt we would return to Bellheim

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Bellheim

  • 5 of 5

Your family will love Bellheim. Ours certainly did. We had a large family gathering and there was something for everyone. You can fish, play ping pong, horseshoes, hike, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Very well arranged, good and clear signage. Owner has made it easy to have a good stay. We hope to go again.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property all the comforts you could ask for and amazing nature to explore

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing time with a group of 14! plenty space for us all and everyone had an amazing time enjoying all the property had to offer. Would def come back to this space!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful and such a fun place!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented the house for my wedding weekend and it was absolutely perfect! The property has so much to do and it's a great place to relax and have some fun. We played ping pong, horse shoes, BBQ'd, and a couple of the guys enjoyed one night at Hog Heaven. There was so much more to do that we didn't get to take advantage of with all the wedding activities, but I would highly recommend this place and we would absolutely love to go back sometime and enjoy everything else it has to offer! The paddle boats looked fun and there's a firepit by the water to make s'mores!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An hour from Houston but a world away!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in many VRBO properties and Bellheim is at the top of my list. From the moment we walked in we felt at home. The house is spacioys with beautiful sitting/gathering places and lovely vistas. The owners prepared us in advance, making it an easy check-in/out. Loved reading about the family/land history. The only shortcoming was that we only got to stay 2 nights! When you need some serious R and R, Bellheim beckons.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Bellville Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round).
FREE BOAT USAGE (row boat & peddle boat).
Hog Heaven overnighting $50/nt (day use free)
3-night minimum for Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends
A booking is fully refundable when cancelling up to 7 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Brookshire Brothers
Walmart Supercenter
Walmart Supercenter
Blue Bell Creameries
Bellville Meat Market
Cielito Lindo Restaurant
Galileo's Mexican Grill
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Bellville Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Car: necessary

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.


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