|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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 home-theater entertainment center with HDTV and Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc player.
At night, sit outdoors on the deck and grill your favorites on the BBQ pit, roast Smores on a fire pit down at the windmill, or go down to the creek at sundown and play the owl tape. It's guaranteed to attract a chorus of large-feathered fowl high in the trees above you--something you'll never forget!
AFFORDABLE. NO HOLIDAY RATES. FREE BOAT USAGE (row boat and peddle boat).
Free hi-speed, wireless, internet access now available (wifi).
There is a small spring 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.
Piney Creek is deep in the woods, away from it all; great for exploring, fishing, swimming and camping. Or bring your bicycles or four-wheeler and enjoy miles of trails deep in the woods and out in the open range. (Limit 2 ATVs!) We have two boats you can use on the large pond (row boat and pedal boat). Life vests are provided. Swim and boat at your own risk!
Down at Piney Creek there's a large cabin called “Hog Heaven.” There are bunk beds for 4; bring sleeping bags for more. Next to it is the best little outhouse in Texas (give it a try!). See if you can find Hog Heaven!
Bellheim is located on a country road a few miles outside of Bellville. Corriente cattle roam the back 90 acres--a Mexican breed used for Texas rodeos (slightly smaller in stature).
The house has a large family room downstairs with an HDTV and Yamaha home-theater system. The master bedroom is downstairs, and there are two bedrooms upstairs. Each level has a bath.
After the wildflowers finish blooming, we let them go to seed for the next year. This takes about one month--mid-April to the third week of May--where we do not mow. By Memorial Day weekend we have the property mowed again.
Outdoor activities include:
-- Two ponds for fishing, swimming and boating (row boat & pedal boat provided).
-- 1/2 mile of sandy-bottom Piney Creek for fishing, swimming and camping.
-- Acres of wildflowers around the house when in season (Bluebonnets, Texas Stars, Black-eyed Susan). Season is March to mid-April.
-- Miles of trails to explore with your four-wheeler (ATV, side-by-side) or bicycle. Four-wheel-drive is a must when grounds are wet.
-- Fire up the large BBQ pit in the evening out on the deck (just bring charcoal).
-- Roast your Smores and other favorites on the fire pit down at the windmill.
-- Play the owl tape down at Piney Creek. Owls will come and join in!
-- Trek through Bellheim Springs on stepping stones (kids love it!)
-- Check out a working outhouse and the Hog Heaven cabin.
Pets ages 1 year or over are welcome.
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
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.
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!
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,
We had a death in the family and needed a place we could all be together and were so thankful Bellhiem was available. It is a beautiful property. Everything you could possibly need is there and ready to use - just bring your clothes and some food. Hopefully we can stay again for happier reason.
We really enjoyed our stay. We had a large family birthday party and there is enough chairs and tables things to do around the property. The kids finished height play ping-pong and just overall enjoyed the outdoors. We ended it with a bonfire which just was so relaxing. We had an amazing time !
This was a girls' get away and what a great place to do just that! We shopped during the day and grilled out on the patio looking out to the pond and bluebonnets. Bellville has a wonderful bakery and quaint town square. Kermit and his family are so well organized! Everything is labeled, organized, and clean. Although I will say the house really only sleeps 8. We were a party of 9 so the smallest of us slept on the couch. I would suggest adding a few more towels and cloths. We barely had enough for one night (I had to dry off with a hand towel) so each morning we had to wash for that night (cutting into our shopping time--lol) Great place and would love to stay there again!
We had a great time on our trip. This was truly a relaxing vacation. We had no agenda and were able to relax, play games, and explore the property. The kids were able to run free without worry. The property is beautiful which provided really nice walks, and the children loved feeding the horses and seeing the cows. Mr. Graf is very helpful and has a quick response time. I was pleased with how well stocked the kitchen is with utensils, dish ware and pots/pans. The bedrooms are comfortable. We hope to return again. Thank you, Mr. Graf, for sharing your space with us!
We had an amazing experience, really enjoyed the property. Nice place to relax and getaway from the city.
Ten family members (4 generations) just completed a weekend stay at Bellheim. It was absolutely wonderful! The house and its surrounding acreage is beautiful. We have never stayed on a rental property that is so completely inclusive of everything you could possibly need - from kitchen furnishings to recreational opportunities. Highlights of our weekend: hiking, paddle boating, fishing (catch and release), grilling, ping pong, relaxing on the covered porch with a beautiful view of the lake, and the 6 yr. old family member with us had a grand time playing in the children's size playhouse and sandbox! We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Kermit the owner - a gracious host who made us feel most welcome. We look forward to another opportunity to stay at Bellheim again!
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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Summer Season 2016
May 27 2016 - Sep 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$85 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
NO HOLIDAY RATES (same low rates year-round).
FREE BOAT USAGE (row boat & peddle boat).
3-night minimum for Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends
A booking is fully refundable when cancelling up to 7 days before arrival.