Nettles Nest Country Inn

209 Red River Rd. N , Texarkana, TX 75501 USA (Show map)


Nettles Nest is currently closed, effective January 2015. This will be for an extended period of time, but WILL reopen with improvements. Thank you so much for your interest. Please check back for a reopening date! Relaxing, romantic, and scenic - this is the place to get away from it all. Weddings, parties, reunions, second honeymoons, romantic getaways, family time… Nettles Nest is the perfect venue. If you are looking for lodging in a quiet, natural setting, you have come to the right place! Nettles Nest is a scenic inn located in northeast Texas amid 16 acres of woodland with nature trails winding throughout. Come and stay for a night, a weekend, or a week. Our cozy cabin on the lake will provide all the comforts you need for a refeshing break from the rush of modern life.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Ideal Woodsy Getaway

5 on November 17, 2014

My mother and I went to Nettle's Nest for a weekend retreat and couldn't be happier with the cabin and the surrounding area. We hiked, biked, sat by the fire, and generally enjoyed being away from it all. When it is warmer, we plan to return, so we can take advantage of the water and boats.

A lovely spot

4.2 on September 24, 2014

Nettle's Nest is an oasis created by the inn keeper's loving father and it shows. The cottage is filled with love. Gwen was very helpful in guiding me to her out of the way retreat. She made me and my good dog, Beau feel welcome. We slept well and enjoyed the peace and quiet. If you want to get away, come to Nettle's Nest.

Country Calm

4.0 on August 20, 2014

We loved the woodsy quietness, country feel, large pond, and the amenities: a paddle boat, small boat for fishing, horseshoes, pavilion, cooking grills, mountain bikes, and horseshoes for the guests. They were several trails to walk or ride. A deck to sit out on with the water just below was great for reading and having a drink of what you enjoy. A convenience store for bags of ice was a couple of minutes away. Breakfast items were furnished, but you did have to cook it yourself. Restaurants were available 15-20 minutes or more, but we had chosen to bring food for our dinners. We did not miss the Wi-Fi or TV, but she did have DVDs. It was all comfy cozy, and we felt so refreshed.

Hidden Getaway

5 on June 02, 2014

I took my granddaughters, ages 9 & 11 for a grandma, grandgirls mini vacation. We had a totally wonderful time. The girls enjoyed waffles for breakfast, then onto the outdoor activities. We paddle boated, canoed, swam, hiked, and fished. A great time was had by all. I was actually her 1st guest March of 2012 and had planned to return sooner, but wasn't able to. We will be making this our little "Hidden Getaway" place to go to as often as possible. The convenience of having a store nearby and close to the Texarkana area makes it the perfect place for us!

Amazing and Charming

4.8 on May 24, 2014

We arrived and were promtly greeted by the inn keeper, she was very friendly and helpful. The cabin is so awesome she truly thought of everything from snacks to DVDs to fishing poles with bait. Perfect place to getaway for a romantic weekend or just for fun! Thank you so much for making our vacation one to remember!

Quiet & relaxing get-away

4.6 on January 12, 2014

We were returning our Nephew to school after Christmas break. Having just finished a very hectic holidays and our busiest work time of the year. We really need a peaceful, relaxing hide away, this is what we found at Nettles nest. We had a wonderful time. In the future when we are in the area we will be sure to reserve a spot at Nettles Nest. Thank you Gwen for sharing your families get away location. The Cagles, Excelsior Springs MO

We always want to go back!

5 on November 30, 2013

My partner and I spent the past weekend at Nettle's Nest. He likes that its private and cozy, I like the peace and beauty. We have previously stayed here in July but wanted to come back the first opportunity that we got - and Gwen was very kind to let us come on Thanksgiving. We had an excellent time and we missed it the second we left - we grilled, watched the stars, biked, walked, watched the pond, and watched some dvds. It was all in all a perfect weekend and we can't wait to get back.

Excellence in every area.

4.6 on September 23, 2013

Wow. From the moment we arrived and were greeted at the driveway, you could tell that Gwen takes great pride in what she has created. It is a fantastic place with attention to every detail. It is cozy, serene and peaceful. The mornings are breathtaking as the sun shines through the trees and on to the lake. The nights are in incredible with the stars and moon. It is truly our favorite place that we have stayed, immaculately clean, comfortable bed, quality linens, all complimented by Gwen's exceptional hospitlity.....we can't wait to go back!

Keeping the Mrs and kids happy.

4.6 on August 12, 2013

Even though the mrs and kids pleaded with me to stay longer than the 1 day. Unavoidable circumatances did not allow us to do so. There is no doubt that Gwen has invested incredible amount of time and thaught into making nettles nest the perfect getaway. I could'nt think of anything that she has overlooked because as soon as you get there it's kick off your shoes revel in the beauty she has created for not just me. But for all of us who have the fortune of being able to take the time to put all of your worries aside and take in the enjoyment of what she has created for us. With that being said be assured that me the mrs and the kids can't wait for our next visit. Much thanks Gwen. See you soon!

Nature in concert

4.6 on June 11, 2013

It is Monday morning. I am, back home sipping coffee and reminiscing my weekend at Nettles Nest. I arrived there late Saturday afternoon with my dog. Nettles Nest is, as the website pictured. What it did NOT include, was Mother Nature's planned events for its guests. Saturday at dusk - I set the things on the cabin deck for the night. On cue - the stage was set for the night show to begin. The starter singer was on stage. I dressed for the night and sat out on the deck - front and center stage. The main event began. It was a duet of the frogs and crickets with several background singers. I was not alone. The night was clear and the stars came out to enjoy the concert. The coyote howled. It too listened to the music of the night. I woke up early Sunday and started my morning routine of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The only sounds were the birds welcoming the morning the sun. After a quiet breakfast on the deck, my dog and I set out for a walk on the trail. I heard a grumble of motor in the distance. But as it got closer - I realized it was thunder. We were a quarter mile out on the trail when the rain started. We ran and reached the pavilion drenched just in time for Mother Nature’s first act. I settled on the swing with my dog on the floor beside me. The birds were silent. The only sound was the rain tap dancing on the lake and on the roof. The banana plant and the garden by the lake rose from their withered form, like graceful ballerinas to show the world their own glory. Before the final act, I decided to enjoy it with a cup of fresh hot coffee. I was not disappointed. It ended with the soft tap of the rain - dancing to the gentle song of the thunder’s lullaby. Before long, the birds chirped as they clamored for an encore. IF only my son were still here in this earth with me. I could not have asked for anything more. My son’s spirit was with me in Nettles Nest. He was Mother Nature’s special guest.

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Rooms & Rates


Completely remodeled one room cabin with kitchen area and a bathroom. Has a queen bed and futon that converts to full bed. Two camping air-up mattresses available if needed. No satellite service but tv with good selection of movies. Kitchen has Nu-Wave cooktop,microwave, toaster oven, electric skillet, dishes, and most other necessities. Adjoining deck overlooks the lake.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $85 - $100

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakefront, Small town


Shreveport, LA (SHV) 89 miles

Directions to property:

Nettles Nest is located near the intersection of highway 67 and farm-to-market road 991 in Redwater, TX, approximately 15 minutes southwest of Texarkana, TX. From highway 67, turn north onto fm 991 at the red light in Redwater next to First Baptist Church. Go 0.4 miles, and then turn left at blacktop drivewayacross from the Redwater elementary school playground. Go .1 mile and exit driveway on right at Nettles Nest sign. Follow dirt road around lake to cabin.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Wedding Facilities , paddleboat and aluminum boat, Electric skillet, toaster over, waffle iron, NuWave Induction cooktop, pavilion,picnic tables and hammock, fishing dock, fishing supplies, fire pit, horseshoes, mountain bikes

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Running trails, Running trails, Running trails, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3:00-10:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Up to 2 pets allowed ($25 charge)
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of 1/2 the full amount due is required to secure reservations.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made 2 days prior to arrival, or a one night charge applies. If you must cancel within this time and we are able to reserve the cabin to someone else, your deposit will be returned. Special circumstances will be considered.



Gwen Whelchel

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , 1 Bird

About the innkeepers

I am a Texas Master Gardener, and I enjoy gardening and landscaping and anything to do with plants and flowers. I work with bricks and rocks to make flowerbeds, walks, steps, patios, and more. I do welding and like to make creative yard art from discarded items that speak to me. I am a distance runner and run marathons and trail runs. I also enjoy riding my road bike. I love my pets and spending time with them outdoors, walking in the woods and such.

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