We stayed in the Saltbox for our 24th anniversary weekend.
With the Saltbox, you basically have a small house to yourself, so this is more of a private getaway place. There is a queen bed in one room and a twin bed in the entry room (I guess in case you have a lover's quarrel or someone gets sick?) There is a nice-sized bathroom (for a farmhouse from the 1800's) with a jacuzzi tub for two, with a separate potty room. Satellite TV in both the living and bedrooms (we only used it for background music) and the most ingenious armoire converted to a wet bar with sink, coffee maker, mini-fridge, microwave, and serving plates/wine glasses/utensils. Not exactly a kitchen, but what wife wants to see a kitchen when she is on vacation? And the nice thing is, you can close it up and hide any mess and it looks like - an armoire! It was perfect, and Susan, the owner, even had the coffee maker ready with the timer set so when we woke up, voila! Hot coffee ready.
The Saltbox, along with the Greek Revival House and the Schoolhouse are each on one side of a large rectangular pool, so you have plenty of room separating the three. The Schoolhouse is more of a small reception hall so there is no lodging there but there is a full kitchen and seating space as well as a small stage and open floor space for a little dancing if you rent the whole place for a small wedding. As far as accommodations, I think there are only enough beds for a total of 6-8 people but I might be wrong so check on this. We had the place to ourselves - this was an off-week for the whole town so that's no reflection on Wakefield farms. The owner lives up the hill in a separate residence and drops by from time to time to make sure all is well.
All three structures were moved to this property. The Saltbox house dates from the 1800's. Wooden floors squeak, doors have daylight coming through, so you know it is the real deal, but Susan and George, the owners, have transformed it into an air conditioned lover's cottage complete with Ralph Lauren towels and a jacuzzi tub. Lots of touches show an attention to detail, like small silver trays under the bedside drinking glasses, information printed and framed and placed in key locations, lots of discrete labels for things, etc. Remember, this is the country, so there are a few bugs/critters, but the fully occupied purple marten birdhouse just outside makes sure there are virtually no mosquitos, and sweet bird sounds for free. And lots of butterflies.
We loved the fact that there were sheep, goats, donkeys, miniature horses, and dogs roaming in the rolling pastures surrounding us, with beautiful big pecan trees shading some parts and wide open pasture in other parts. We loved the two goats and the little kid and the three miniature horses that roamed pretty much freely. They were always present but never a nuisance, and were a joy just to sit and watch. Susan loves the whole organic, farm-to-plate culture that is experiencing so much growth today, and she raises the goats and sheep as a business in addition to running the B&B on their 60 acres, so that is what is meant by "working farm". You will not be rolling up your sleeves and raking hay so relax. Donkeys and 7 Great Pyrenees dogs keep the coyotes at bay (well, they must, cuz we never saw or heard even one). All very peaceful, rustic, and removed from the city, only an hour from West Houston.
This is a great place that delivers all the things you expect from a bed & breakfast except the breakfast, which is handled at the local Chappell Hill Cafe. So you won't get the experience of sitting around a community table and meeting other travelers (although that will happen at the pool, if anyone else is there). You may prefer this, so just understand this is what you will experience. The Chappell Hill Cafe is only about a 10 minute drive on rolling country roads, back to Highway 290. Awesome home style bacon-and-eggs country cafe with great biscuits & gravy and pancakes, all for the price of a wooden token, included in your room charge.
If you like quiet, wide open spaces mixed with lots of trees, low rolling hills, a heated swimming pool with a cozy cottage all to yourself, and a phenomenal country breakfast just a short country drive away, and great antiquing in Brenham nearby, this is the place for you. And we weren't here for the bluebonnets blooming so I imagine it's even better in March and April.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you visit us at our historic bed and breakfast just a stones throw away from the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory and around the corner from the Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill, you will enjoy luxurious Ralph Lauren linens when tucked under the covers! ... more less