Nestled in a valley where two creeks merge less than five miles from Brenham is Deer Creek Farm. The stewards of this ranch have transformed the land into an idyllic retreat that features the highest end of authentic Texas ranch lifestyle. The main home sits on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake and is surrounded by massive oaks. Sitting on the porch carries owners and guests to a simpler time, while offering extensive comfort and convenience. The additions of a wonderful guest home, a stunning party barn and multiple other amenities make this ranch one of the finest offerings to be found in Texas.
Location: The ranch is located just north of Brenham on the lightly travelled and paved Cedar Hill Road.
Habitat: Deer Creek Farm is a mixture of open pastures and heavily wooded creek bottoms which meander across the property. The mixture of tree species is incredible, dominated by tremendous majestic live oaks that dot the landscape. Other old growth trees on the ranch include water oaks, elms, pecans and osage orange, just to name a few.
The pastures on the ranch are in improved grasses and much of the understory in the forest has been opened up to create a park like look to much of the bottomlands. Other areas of the ranch have been left natural to provide shelter cover and sanctuary for the wildlife.
Wildlife: The white-tailed deer on the property are abundant and are frequently seen browsing in the the creek bottoms on the property. The diversity of the land also attracts a myriad of bird species and the lakes and large wetland marsh draw in wood ducks and mallards. Dove are very prevalent in this area; mourning dove are attracted to the grain fields that are common in this region while white-winged doves frequent the area due to its proximity to Brenham.
The ranch is currently utilized as a high end Texas Longhorn cattle operation. There are multiple fenced pastures to facilitate a rotational grazing program. Deer Creek Farm is famous for some of its Longhorn prodigy and the line has won many awards in competitions throughout the State.
The farm’s stately contemporary single story stone faced residence is located just off the Cedar Hill Road gated entrance and positioned on a hilltop overlooking the rolling landscape dotted with majestic trees and a large five acre lake. The home includes two living areas, dining room, kitchen, pantry, wet bar and four bedrooms – just perfect for a weekend retreat or full time living! Upon entering from the handsome double door with glass inserts, the front corridor opens to the dining and living areas with windowed walls overlooking the estate: the dining room is dramatic with its pitched ceiling and wrought iron chandelier; the family room is comfortable with its wood burning fireplace flanked by a built-in entertainment center and shelving; the additional living room is dramatic with its sky lights and windowed walls overlooking the backyard. The kitchen has been cleverly designed to afford an abundance of counter and storage space and is conveniently located adjacent to the wet bar and pantry. The graciously sized master bedroom features hardwood flooring, a brick-lined fireplace with granite surround and wood mantle, windowed wall with shades, door to access the wrap around outdoor patio, pitched ceiling, 3 skylights with shades and en suite bath with spa tub, walk-in shower, decorative tile counter tops with cabinets below, dressing area, storage closets with drawers/hanging rods and cedar closet. Three additional bedrooms are included in the home – two with en suite baths. All the rooms have hardwood flooring and the baths are noteworthy with their tile counter tops and decorative sinks with fixtures.
The Guest House is just a short walk away from the farm’s primary residence. With its covered porches, it also allows fantastic views of the lake below and countryside beyond. Upon entry, a spacious dining and living area is inviting with its gas/wood burning fireplace with brick surround, planked/pitched ceiling and door to the outdoor covered patio. A nearby fully equipped kitchen includes all stainless appliances and breakfast bar. The master bedroom is spacious with its carpeted flooring, pitched ceiling and en suite bath with tile counter tops/back splash, dual sinks with cabinet storage below and glass front walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms include either carpeted or hardwood flooring and guest bath with tile flooring/counter tops and walk-in shower with tile surround and glass-block divider.
The “party barn” is a modern steel building finished with reclaimed barn wood, giving it an amazing aura of being in an old barn with painted concrete floors. Located on a high hill overlooking the property, the party barn is fully furnished with rustic furniture and fixtures and includes a Texas saloon style restroom. It is designed in part to be a relaxing family gathering spot that can be transformed into an event center for large parties and other events. Roll up doors offer great views when the weather calls for a more open venue.
There is a large equipment barn with a concrete floor that is a recent addition to the property. All the large equipment the new owner will need to maintain the property, including tractors, mowers and implements, are included in the sale and are all very well maintained. The offering also includes a full complement of tools and other equipment currently used for ranch operations.
The horse stable has been transformed into a beautiful building for stabling horses, tack, feed and hay. It also includes a charming apartment that has been turned into beautiful guest quarters.
There are also several more equipment barns that house requisite ranch toys such as four wheelers, canoes and other equipment to keep the entire family enjoying the great outdoors.
Water: There are two creeks traversing the property such that the ranch enjoys both sides of the creeks. Deer Creek is the smaller of the creeks and near the middle of the property runs into Tommelson Creek which generally runs year round.
There are three significant bodies of water on the ranch including a bass lake that is over 4 acres and sits below the main home and has two boat docks extending out into the water. A smaller lake up the creek from the main lake is the catfish pond, great for taking the kids fishing. Below the main lake is a wetland lake that is designed to attract waterfowl.
There are water wells on the property that can maintain the lakes and provide water for the livestock and wildlife alike. The homes are hooked up to Central Washington County Water Supply Corporation water lines that are located along Cedar Hill road.
Electricity: Electric service is conveniently located on the property with many of the lines buried to retain the open feel of the ranch.
Minerals: 100% of the mineral rights are believed to be intact on this property.
Note: This property is marketed with: Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
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