Farhaven

Sleeps 4

Farhaven is a 76 acre private hideaway horse ranch (horses not for hire) nestled in the beautiful Sabinal Canyon between Utopia Texas and Lost Maples SNA. It offers you a peaceful back-country experience, with all the comforts of home, minutes from popular area attractions. Experience the awesome beauty of this place called Utopia.

Farhaven Ranch is also home to your hosts, Mark, Nancy, Bear and Ace (black Labs), and four beautiful Horses in training for English Dressage and Jumping competitions. Guests may bring their own horses and ride on the property. Horse accommodations include two small pens and two stalls.

In addition to the hiking trails through shaded ravines, down to the pecan bottom, and beautiful views from the top of the property, Farhaven boasts abundant wildlife (Axis deer, whitetail, turkey, many species of birds). We also offer tours of our sustainable living infrastructure to interested guests and especially their children. This includes two solar systems generating over half of the power we require to run the ranch; 45,000 gallons of rainwater collection; a state of the art passive solar greenhouse; and extensive organic gardens. We enjoy sharing seasonal produce with our guests. Farhaven also has access to a private swimming hole with huge cypress trees a 5 minute drive from our gate. We are committed to providing our guests with an enjoyable hill country experience.

Property

Home

Sleeps

4 guests

Bedrooms

2

Bathrooms

1

Amenities

1.6 miles to Sabinal River

Wildlife & Birding

BBQ Grill

Fully-equipped kitchen

Description

Amenities Include:
• 2 Bedrooms, 1 Queen & 1 King, 1 Queen Sofa Bed, 1 Bath
• Full kitchen with microwave
• Central Heat & Air
• Gas & Charcoal BBQ Grills
• Picnic table, hammock, campfire ring
• TV for DVDs only, plus CD Player
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Horses Welcome: Rate is $15 per night per horse
We have two 30′ steel-panel pens, water troughs, and shade for the horses.
Must have current Coggins!
Bedding, hay & feed available for purchase locally in Utopia

We leave one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom and one trash bag in each can. Bring Extra.

What to bring:
• Bath towels, wash rags, hand towels, river towels
• Extra toilet paper and extra trash bags – 13 gal. for kitchen and 39 gal. for outside cans
• Your groceries and supplies: salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels, coffee, filters, and dish soap (no dishwasher)
• Bath articles: shampoo, bath soap, hand soap, etc.

Suggested items:
• Flashlight, batteries, matches, lighter fluid, charcoal for grill, firewood for fireplace and campfire (please do not use wood cut from trees that died from Live Oak Decline)
• Stereo, camera, binoculars, bug spray, sun block, river chairs, river shoes, Fishing License, black oiled sunflower seeds for bird feeder, sugar to make nectar for hummingbird feeder (1 cup of sugar)

*Beer, wine and liquor is sold in Leakey. No alcohol is sold in Utopia, Rio Frio, or Concan.
**If traveling from out of state, plane, or bike: Towels available upon advance request at no extra charge. Please let us know at least two days ahead of time.

Read our policies on our website, or you can download a copy here.

Pet Friendly Properties: Bella Vista, River’s Edge, Water’s Edge, Bluebird Hill and Star Suite, Hideaway & Farhaven.

Pet Rules

  • Maximum of 2 dogs allowed, weighing 50 lbs or less each
  • Only well behaved, house-trained; Won’t chew on furniture, rugs or scratch floors, walls, doors
  • Dogs allowed Inside Only in their kennel/cage (can be loose Only inside at Farhaven)
  • Don’t allow them on furniture or beds
  • Only leashed or tied when outside
  • Pickup & throw away poop
  • Do not allow dogs to dig in yard or flower beds
  • Dog owner responsible for dog’s safety, and for any damages to lodging property
  • Do not allow your dogs to bark excessively, run free or chase other animals
  • Please pick up most of the dog hair
  • $10 per night per dog (covers normal pet hair clean up, spraying inside for fleas & ticks)
  • Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay. If no damages or extra cleaning is needed, we will refund your entire deposit to your account.

*Please let us know if you will be bringing your dog.

**Please Note**

The cell towers here are AT&T, so only AT&T cell phones work here. Even then, cell service can be spotty driving through the hills.

Fall, Winter, and Spring

excluding holidays
$130 for 2 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 2 night minimum.
  • $130 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

Holidays

Winter Holidays, Spring Break, Easter
$130 for 2 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 3 night minimum.
  • $130 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

Summer

Memorial Weekend through Labor Day
$130 for 2 people
  • $10.00 each extra person per night; children 1 year & under are free.
  • 4 night minimum.
  • $130 refundable deposit to hold your reservation. This will be deducted from your Balance Due, when you check-in.
  • Dog-friendly rate: $10 per dog/night. Your deposit will be kept throughout your stay and refunded after you check-out, if no damages or extra cleaning was needed.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our guests do the talking!

We had a great time at Farhaven! Nancy and Mark were very nice. We brought our horses and rode on their 75 acre ranch, the views and wildlife was amazing! We were sad to leave but would love to visit again!

Heather

July 2016

My family, plus our friends, just had a wonderful time at this cottage. We enjoyed the house, outdoor area for playing board games and firepit for making s’mores. They have great trails on the property, beautiful horses and great stargazing. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. We especially enjoyed their garden and eating asparagus from it. Even our black lab had a blast! Would definitely stay here again!

Ashley

March 2016

We had a wonderful time staying at Mark and Nancy’s cottage. They are both the friendliest people in the world. The accommodations were comfortable and had all of the conveniences of home. Nancy is such a great host and she taught our kids all about horses. We all had such a lovely time, we will definitely turn this into a tradition!

Phillip

November 2016

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