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Lowdown

  • Established

    1835. Guest ranch since 2002
  • Owner

    Carol Davis
  • Manager

    Carol Davis
  • Tel

    713-301-3235
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $99 - $195
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    50
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery

Experience nature and animals in peaceful, relaxing surroundings, watch spectacular sunsets, starry skies at night, and birdsongs in the morning. Enjoy hikes on the ranch, and we offer horseback rides, archery, fishing, trapshooting, animal feeding tours, ranch games, firepit with s'mores, golf cart & bike rentals, massages.

Good time to go

We are open 365 days a year, and our high seasons are spring and fall. Any time is a good time to come enjoy peaceful, relaxing surroundings!

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 1 and over

We allow children of all ages in our lodging. We offer childen's rides for under 10, and children over 10 can go on the guided adult rides.

Minimum age children can ride

10 and over

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, Washer throw, darts, corn hole/bean bag toss, archery, miniature basketball

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

We rescuse and foster Border Collies - , and we recycle.

We use green products as much as we are able to do so.

Community

Rescue and foster Border Collies, offer a restaurant in town, support local fundraisers.

Conservation

We conserve as much of the land in its original state and do not allow hunting on the ranch. We want the animals to be enjoyed in their natural environment.

Ranch History

Originally founded in 1830's by the first German settlers in the area and stayed in that family until the 1970s, when John Blocker purchased it and operated a Brangus Ranch, until it was sold to John Bradshow, author/lecturer, who used it for his own personal retreat. Then puchased by Carol Davis, 5th generation Texan, who operates it currently as a working cattle ranch and BlissWood Bed and Breakfast ranch.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    dining room (casual attire), bar & grille, in-room dining, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

We have a restaurant located a few minutes' drive from ranch, Carol's at Cat Spring Restaurant, where we serve a varied menu and have a full bar, nice wine list.

Guest Favourites

  • Flat-iron grilled Ribeye
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Grilled Pork Chops

Sample Menu

  • Appetizers

  • Pot stickers
  • Spring mix salad & Deluxe Spring mix
  • Caesar Salad
  • Entrées

  • Flat-iron grilled ribeye
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Pork Chops with Plum Garlic Thai sauce
  • Salmon plain or with Plum Garlic Thai sauce
  • Desserts

  • Homemade Triple chocolate Cake
  • Homemade Italina Creme Cake
  • New York Style Cheesecake

Lowdown

  • Address

    13597 Newberg Road
    Cat Spring
    Texas
    78933
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    250-1000

Nearest Town - Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas has a population of 3000000 (approx), and is situated 60 miles miles / 1 hour from the Ranch.

Facilities in Houston, Texas include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station.

For shopping Houston, Texas offers: small hometown necessity shops, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required

Nearest Airports

Houston Intercontinental, Bellville, Texas

Distance

12 miles / 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Horizon, Northwest, United Express, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required


Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin

Distance

80 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Horizon, Northwest, United Express, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required


Houston Hobby, Houston

Distance

85 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, United Express, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Beginner
  • Rides are grouped by

    Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    6
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 1 hour
    Afternoon - 1 hour

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Riding through open meadows, forested areas, and riding by the lakes on ranch.

Public Land (250-1000


Our Riding

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness

Hours in the saddle

Riding with the package is one hour.  Additional hours available at extra cost.  We usually do not do rides after dinner.


Why our riding stands out

  • Guided rides across the ranch, open meadows, forested areas, around lakes.
  • Guided Rides through open meadows and forested areas
  • Guided rides by experienced wrangler around lakes on ranch.

Sample Riding Itinerary

Hour guided rides and optional rides on nearby ranch for additional hours, as requested by guests.

Riding Lessons

Details

lessons are additional, basic riding lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

in the arena

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $99 - $195
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $99 - $195
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Glamping, Western rustic chic

BlissWood B&B Ranch can cater for up to 50 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Lehmann House

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $259 - $299
Winter: $259 - $299

Minimum Stay

1 night

Description

Antique 4-bedroom house, can accommodate up to 8 guests.

Rooms

6

Bathrooms

Shared bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer

Entertainment

jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

Deposit required is 1/2 of the total, balance is due 14 days prior to arrival. Cancellation policy: If cancelled prior to 14 days prior to arrival, there is a $75 cancellation fee. If cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival, there is no refund.

All rooms are double occupancy

Extras

Tax

6% hotel tax is charged at the time of making a reservation.

Gratuity

No gratuity included, and staff does appreciate gratuity from guests.

Massage

Individual massages and couples massages can be reserved in advance for extra charge.

Yoga

We do not have yoga instructors on staff. We encourage guests to do their own routines, inside or outside.

Guided Fly Fishing

Guided fishing, not fly fishing.

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    computer and fax hookups, AV equipment.

Onsite

Shopping

We have a small Gift Shop available.

Outdoor Activities

sporting clays, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays, Archery, golf cart rental, bike rental, fishing, massages, horeshoes and other ranch games

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, Canoe rental

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage


Fishing & Wildlife

We have stocked lakes with large-mouth bass, striped bass, Florida bass, croppie, sunfish.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, stocked pond, lake, guided inclusive, BYO equipment

Wildlife

You may see our native white-tail deer, sometimes coyotes, bobcats, armodillas; exotics in our exotic pasture, such as bison, black buck antelope, fallow deer, axis deer, red deer, oryx.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 30-40.

Retreats are offered for all size groups, up to 40.  We have team-building activities that we offer to retreats.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 75-100.

We specialize in Elopements and Intimate Weddings and most are held in the gazebo on an island at Enchanted Lake


Local Attractions

Bellville

Small Town nearby with old-time square and antique and other shops.

Distance

12 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required


Pleasand Hill Winery

Nearby winery that has tastings to schedule.

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Rental car

Required


Huff Craft Brewery

Local craft brewery that offers tastings.

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

no

Rental car

Required

Our comments

Highs

  • The beautiful, romantic setting is perfect for a special getaway with your loved one - there's an 'Enchanted' lake, gazebo and meadows to stroll through
  • The cabins are beautifully appointed, with vintage decor and antiques throughout
  • There's an award-winning restaurant on the property; Carol's at Cat Spring Restaurant
  • Good for large groups, weddings and corporate retreats as well as couples - packages can be customized to suit you and your travel companions
  • There are plenty of on- and off-site ranch activities available, such as horse riding, hiking, massage, fishing, picnics, bike riding, archery and more

Lows

  • Children must be over the age of 12 to ride horses

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

My 14 year vacation spot

We absolutely Love Blisswood B&B in Cat Spring Texas. 1st visit was in 2005 ... wonderful relaxing experience. Our family comes 2x a year, family birthdays and holidays. Only a 2 hrs from our home. Perfect When you need a mini vacation. It’s a real live working ranch with cows, horses and exotics. A few weeks ago our daughter fell in love bottle feeding the baby deer. There is always something exciting going on. We love going horseback riding, they are smooth horses. We love dining at Carols Restaraunt!! Don’t forget the Italian cream cake ... It’s Life Changing!

5 stars

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