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Reviewed 8 September 2015

Tucked away in the woods just south of Palestine, Texas just off FM 2419 is a small slice of rustic heaven. Our long holiday weekend plans were to take our grandchildren to Grapeland Safari (Grapeland, Texas) and for a ride leaving from Palestine on the Texas State Railroad. An internet search pulled up the Bar-S Ranch Resort that I figured would add another flavor to the adventure.
It turns out that the Bar-S fit the bill, a quiet place away from the noise, hustle, and bustle near our two entertainment destinations that you would be hard pressed to find something more rustic. Our accommodation was one room of an 1891 dog-run design house. Granted, it was a bit crowded for 5 of us but three were children ages 2, 3 and 5. So, inside camping was not a negative for them.
The owners don’t pull any punches on trying to prepare their guests for the rusticity. They let you know on their webpage that it is in the woods with ants, ticks, spiders, mosquitos, lizards, frogs, snakes and other critters. It has a stocked fishing pond, children’s playground, a wedding chapel, tent camping area, and benches where you can relax and read a book.
Breakfast of the bed & breakfast offering was at very minimum equal to any Holiday Inn Express – a place I stay 30-40 nights a year. AC was working just fine in the 1891 house providing an adequate barrier to humid 95 degree temperature.
Our assigned room was the "La Grange Room." It is named after the famous "Chicken Ranch" remembered fondly by several decades of Texas A&M-College Station students. It features an antique bed, 1800's settee, and a breakfast bar that is a glass top and a galvanized chicken hatchery with antique bar stools. There is also an antique armoire. The bath features a maids tub with a shower ring.
Our grandkids loved it, despite a few ant bites. Their world was opened up to roam as opposed to being confined to a hotel room. We antagonized doodle bugs, chased lizards, captured a frog, a decorative concrete chicken with its head broken off, and discovered a rusting ghost of a Model T.
My wife and I agreed that this place would not be for everyone, so don’t go expecting the Ritz. Go to have a good time. After all, it is rustic.
Check out the ranch at their web page: http://www.barsranchresort.com. It’s a good place to sip, play checkers, and relax.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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