Situated on a private 58 acres and carefully restored over 18 months, "The Cottage" is reminiscent of turn of the century agricultural structures originally found throughout the South. The cottage is very comfortable and unique containing period correct artifacts, furniture and art. From the massive oak framing, to the tongue and groove walls, beadboard ceilings and variety of pine hardwood flooring, this structure was built to stand the test of time. The builder and former owner was one of the first individuals to ever sketch and document the plant and animal life as well as the topographical features in this part of East Texas and at a time when the area was growing and changing rapidly. A naturalist and rancher, this 58 acre retreat was his "Walden". Homestead Cottage housed his woodworking shop and the upstairs loft was his study where he filed his naturalist diaries and records going back to the 30's. He also was the original recycler and would store items collected from decades of salvaging and recylcling in the many outbuildings of the Homestead. The renovation, which was started in early 2009, attempted to use as many of these materials as possible to retain the character of the structure and continue to reflect the spirit of the original builder. If you like to cook you will love our country Kitchen! Modern amenities have been added to the house to provide guests with a comfortable stay, including a full kitchen, modern bathroom and central heat and air, but the house retains its early agricultural and naturalist roots. Ranch raised beef, free range eggs and area fruits and vegetables may be added to a stay to give our guests both the sights and tastes of East Texas.
3.0 on November 19, 2014
We had a good time! :-) The cottage is decorated with all sorts of interesting things.
5 on September 01, 2014
Gee Vic! Don't know why our review wasn't a 5 star !!! We stayed there Feb. 3th, 2012---Was wonderful as I said. Please feel free to change our rating to "top-notch" with a high 5 !!! Thx, Chris Heermans
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4.4 on October 07, 2013
I surprised my husband with a weekend away at the Cottage. What a treat! We had such a relaxing time away from our busy life at home. The owner, Vic, was great to work with. He even came down one afternoon to check on us and make sure there was nothing we needed. He shared stories with us about the history of the property. The cabin itself is quaint and quiet.
5 on July 29, 2013
My wife wanted to surprise me with a getaway for an early celebration of our 31st anniversary. I travel up to 40 weeks a year, so another trip wasn't high on my list. Trusting her reliable instincts, I hopped in the car for the easy 80 mile trip East of Dallas. It might as well as been 10,000 miles and a few decades to end up at The Cottage at Homestead Farms. Vic has recreated a idyllic set with all the pleasures of simple living. No rush to do every activity, or see every site, but rather just relish the simple pleasure of honest relaxation.
4.8 on June 19, 2013
I loved the remote feeling of this property, yet close to town. The birdwatching is exceptional and a pleasant surprise was the screened in porch--outdoors but no mosquitoes! The bedroom was very comfortable and the nice oscillating fan was a great touch. The directions from the owners were helpful and the communication was excellent. Highly recommended--and I will return!
5 on January 28, 2013
Didn't do the breakfast so didn't rate "dining" but host offered to clean the fish he had caught for us okay so had to rate dining and rated it high because there was everything we needed at the cabin including fresh herbs
3.2 on August 06, 2012
My husband and I enjoyed spending our 33rd wedding anniversary at the Cottage at Homestead Farms. We found it very quiet and relaxing. The Cottage decor was great, country living combined with outdoor theme. We recommend it if you are looking for a quiet place in the woods. It is located near the quaint town of Mineola TX where you will find antique shops, and other quaint shops. If you are looking for a good place to eat dinner on a Friday or Saturday night be sure to eat at Kitchens .
4.6 on August 06, 2012
Great, little cottage that worked well for stay by my husband, me, and our 2 year old son -- our son loved being outside, could make noise and no worries about neighbors.
5 on April 26, 2012
The Cottage was one of the most relaxing stays that my wife and I have had in a long time. We usually try to stay at a B&B as apposed to a hotel and this was great. We spent the weekend doing a whole lot of nothing.
5 on March 21, 2012
If your looking for a private,quiet,peaceful place to stay near lake fork,this is it.This place takes you back in time from the old buildings to the antique decorations.Awsome place.Owners are very friendly and hospitable.A must stay.Enjoyed very much.Will return again.
Farm Homestead, East Texas, Piney Woods, Countryside, Ranch, Small town
Antique Shopping, Concert venue, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Lake Fork Bass Fishing, First Monday in Canton, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo
Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Farm
BBQ grill, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, TV, Videos , Full kitchen, Screened porch, Fire Pit, Ponds, woods, pasture, Walking Trails, Abundant Nature
Air conditioning, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Microwave, Private entrance
Bird watching, Fishing, Hiking trails, First Monday in Canton, Lake Fork Fishing, Shopping, Sight-seeing
"Make your own with our Country Ingredients"