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“Great relaxing retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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601 Pulawski School Lane, P.O. Box 533, Chappell Hill, TX 77426   |  
Houston, Texas
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“Great relaxing retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Saltbox for a couple, Greek revival for two couples together, or if you can get it without anyone el...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

If you're looking to get way out of the city, this is the place to be. Quiet and quaint, quaint, quaint! Goats, sheep, dogs & ponies roam the grounds. Bluebonnets are in full bloom. Just beautiful! Stay in the Saltbox cottage - great little place for a romantic weekend.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

3 of us went to see the wildflowers recently and wanted to stay in the Chappell Hill area. Wakefield Farms offered a Greek Festival House which had a hallway with 2 seperate accommondations on each side..........one master w/bath and a parlor; the other, a master w/bath. Both had flat screen TV's and every thing you could have wanted or needed. They were beautifully done with great beds and linens. We never saw the owners but were in touch with Susan. They raise Boer goats and sheep there so it was a lovely view out "in the middle of nowhere".

Room Tip: There are only 2 seperate houses to choose from but they do split up the Greek House if you prefer.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

The location of Wakefield Farms is perfect. The historic buildings have been re-claimed by the owner Susan. Looking for easy access to wineries, antiques and more? Wakefield Farms in historic Chappell Hill is a great place to experience modern luxuries. You will enjoy the serene setting as you lounge by the pool, drink wine and enjoy the open space.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

My wife and I stayed in this charming unhosted bed & breakfast with our son & daughter-in-law last weekend. We wanted a relaxed, comfortable getaway close to Houston, and found it – and more – at the Greek Revival Farmhouse at Wakefield Farms, about an hour west of Houston. The property is in the country outside Chappell Hill, quiet and remote, yet only 15 minutes from the shops and restaurants of Brenham. After spending a rainy afternoon in Brenham, the solitude and charm of Wakefield Farms was a delight.

The Greek Revival Farmhouse is an elegantly-restored farmhouse with two suites, one of which has a parlor. We reserved both and had the house to ourselves. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Each spacious room has a large bathroom with jetted tub, complete with luxurious robes. (The bathroom in the larger suite has a jetted tub without a shower – I was okay with that, but my wife would have liked a shower.) The beds were wonderful – firm but super comfortable – we all slept very well. The parlor has a large sofa and two soft and comfortable leather chairs and was a wonderful place to spend the evening with our “kids”. Both rooms have a small refrigerator and microwave and a table set for two, and were stocked with continental breakfast fare (fresh fruit, yogurt, a large muffin, orange juice and coffee). Each also had two large chocolate bars, a nice touch (too bad our very pregnant daughter-in-law couldn’t have sweets!) There were also bowls of apples and small chocolate bars and bottled water in silver ice buckets. Every touch, from the food to the decor, was perfect.

We really appreciated the combination of intimacy and independence the house afforded. We and our kids enjoyed spending time together visiting, yet each couple could get up in the morning and have breakfast when we wanted. While we never met the innkeepers, they were available by phone.

We also appreciated the three beautiful cats who greeted us on the porch as we came and went (they're not allowed indoors) and seeing the goats and dogs in the pasture.

The innkeepers request a minimum two-night stay on weekends. We only wanted one night, and since they weren’t booked, that’s what we requested. My only complaint is an upcharge was added for the one-night stay, which wasn’t explained when I made the reservation. The stay was worth it to me, but it might not be okay with others.

That said, we had a wonderful getaway that met or surpassed our every expectation! Well done! I hope to return in the fall when my son and daughter-in-law will surely need a get away from both Houston and their sure-to-be-delightful daughter!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 601 Pulawski School Lane, P.O. Box 533, Chappell Hill, TX 77426
Location: United States > Texas > Chappell Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Chappell Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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