Daisy posing for the camera!
Our big red barn.
Watching the sunset with the Moo Crew!
Daisy posing for the camera!
Welcome to our Big Red Barn
Conveniently located between Houston, Austin, and Dallas
(1-3 hour drive by car).
Come to find rest and relaxation in a serene country setting, a warm southern hospitality, a big open sky during the day and thousands of stars at night, and our friendly farm animals.
Nestled in a peaceful and friendly town of Normangee, Texas. The newly renovated barn overlooks 110 acres of beautiful pastures.
Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted by our friendly chickens, geese, ducks, cows, guineas, the Great Pyrenees (Duke), the Golden Retriever (Jake), the Brown Labrador (Cocoa) plus 3 sweet cats.
While on a train tour in Europe, Dennis and his friend started thinking about building a barn with a home in it and drew out the plans.
After returning home, he turned his ideas into action. The red barn was built and originally used as a temporary home for Dennis. He lived there for a couple of years while building his family home.
Our homestead is well-maintained, clean, cozy and has everything for our guests of all ages. We love our place and want our guests to experience the joys of country living on a real working farm. Our part of Texas provides guests the availability of a variety of activities nearby as well as the opportunity to feel the freedom of the openness of nature, letting their concerns go. The starry sky and sounds of nature and wildlife will put you in a tranquil state, that you can relive anytime.
Whether you're looking for a short weekend getaway, a retreat from daily stress/city/ noise and lights, a fun family adventure with kids/adults, a new cultural experience, a true Texas farm/ranch stay or a surprise vacation ~ we'd like to welcome you to experience this tranquil beauty.
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."
Meet our friendly hosts
The Great Pyrenee. He is a brave and great guard dog.
Duke - the Great Pyrenees
Life is better here, with endless possibilities and new discoveries - according to our three farm cats.
Misty & Penelope
Our New Mini Horses or Unicorns?!
Our new addition is quickly learning from Duke to be a great guard dog.
Cocoa - A Playful Companion
The Moo Crews
They are a bunch of peaceful, grass loving folks who help keep our fields in good shape.
Daisy & The Moo Crew
The Ducks & Geese
They float the day away in the front pond. They enjoy snacks scattered around the pond by guests, of course, if Duke doesn’t get to the snacks first.
Ducks & Geese
Loyal & Lovable
Jake is a loyal companion to show all of our guest love. Oreo is playful, sweet and fun. They make a perfect duo.
Jake - A Loyal Companion & Oreo
The Sassy Chicks
Thanks to these hard working ladies for their oh-so-fresh eggs.
And don't forget about the handsome roosters.
The Egg Maker Team
The guinnea keep our bug and snake population to a minimum! They also sound an alarm once an intruder enters our property be it people, animal or stray leaf.
The Guinnea Fowls
Indoor & Outdoor Activities/Ideas
Imagine waking up to the sights of serene country setting, the sounds of birds chirping and cows mooing. Breakfast is just a few steps away; simply grab your basket and there are fresh-from-the-coop eggs waiting for you.
You will have full access to the onsite activities at no extra charge.
Guests share the farm/ranch with the owners, chickens, cows, ducks, geese, cats, and dogs and are welcome to walk around the property or simply relax inside our modern & cozy barn or view the sunset/starry sky from the porch.
Watch the big open Texas sky
Plan a picnic
Feed the animals
Cook-out or smoke your meal in the great outdoors
Collect fresh eggs from our henhouse for breakfast
Enjoy local flare eating establishments
Come along for a ride on our 4 wheelers & go feed the cows with us
Help yourself to any vegetation that is in season
Enjoy our fun board games
Play Badminton, Baseball or Croquet
Sit back and relax
Create memories that will last a lifetime....
Local restaurants & Nearby Activities
Great Local Fare:
Leona General Store & Steakhouse Thursday, Friday and Sat nights
N Leona Blvd, Leona, TX
Mallet Brothers BBQ & Grill
Shrimpy’s Seafood Restaurant
Interstate 45 S, Madisonville, TX
Texas Legends Steakhouse
S Madison St, Madisonville, TX
Tia Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant
FM 39, Normangee
W. Main Street, Madisonville, TX
947 Sty Mary’s Street
I 45 (South and North)
Broken Star Cafe & Czech Bakery (Open 6a-2p)
Country Cousins Barbecue
Various Fast-food Restaurants in Centerville or Madisonville
Jack in the Box
Brookshire Brothers Grocery - Normangee
Brookshire Brothers - Madisonville
Walmart (small) - Madisonville, TX
Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy - Normangee
Buc-ee’s -Madisonville, TX
Boggy Creek State Park (fishing/hiking) - Leona
Blue Lagoon Scuba - Huntsville, TX
Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, TX
Santa’s Wonderland - College Station
Lucille May Market
104 W Main Street
Heart to Heart
Antiques shops in Madisonville, Huntsville
There are no words to describe this amazing place.
We were immediately welcomed by the most loyal and caring dogs.
Duke, Jasper, Jake were beyond a pleasure to be around. Dennis and Christa were the epitome of Southern Hospitality. They make you feel so welcomed. They instantly felt like they were family.
WHAT OUR AIRBNB GUESTS SAY
“What a lovely spot! And I’m talking about the place, the hosts, and the animals! Beautiful countryside. Warm and welcoming hosts.
Jake and Duke are our new best friends. The space was perfect for our needs. It was very clean, comfy beds, fluffy towels, and all the little details that made our stay great. The kitchen is well equipped to cook most anything. Don’t forget to go out at night and look at all the stars.
Thank you for the tips on local restaurants, too. This is one of my favorite airbnb stays!.”
— Jeanne —