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Remote 5bd/2ba, borders Fossil Rim, 900 acres w/ravines, ponds, hiking, wildlife

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Rate for 10 people ($425-$450), beds for 15+, three living areas, great porch!


Stay for a week and your 7th night is free!

Between hanging out and exploring our 900 acres full of trails, ravines, rest areas, breathtaking vistas and resting areas, and all that Glen Rose has to offer, you will have plenty to do all summer! We are happy to recommend suggested itineraries and even have DIY Nature Camp activities for you!

Have you wished for the kind of day where your biggest decision is, 'Do I sit on the porch and read, watch the birds and see what else wanders by, or go for a walk instead?' That is what our holistically managed ranch, and the Habari guest house is all about. Slow down! Enjoy! Relax, unwind, soak in nature's gifts!

Habari is the original and largest of our ranch’s three guest houses. Habari has had a rich history, starting out as the ranch manager’s quarters, then as overflow rental for Fossil Rim (your host owned and grew Fossil Rim for some 20 years!) and our ranch staff.

Visiting High Hope Ranch has always been a treat, so when we decided to open up for retreats, workshops, and respite for friends, we turned the duplex into an artfully furnished spacious home with bedrooms in three areas. You can fill up the bedrooms with 10 people, with futons and couches for a total of 18-20!

Three living areas flow together so groups can gather in one area, or small groups can spread out. A covered porch runs the entire length of Habari, making it another gathering spot, whether to eat and meet together, or just enjoy the majestic live oaks, pastures, country breezes, birds, deer and surroundings.

Habari is close enough to the county road for quick trips to Fossil Rim’s Overlook and into Glen Rose, but far enough off the road for quiet and solitude.

Habari is a great starting point to explore our ranch's trails and ravines. Habari (“Hello! How are you? You are Welcome Here!” in Swahili) is a “cozy but elegant” (as one guest said!) ranch style house with:

• 26 miles of fossil-laden trails to explore on our organically and sustainably managed Ranch and Sanctuary.

• 2 spacious living rooms separated by a smaller living area with a total of 5 futons

• A fireplace featuring local petrified wood

• Well-equipped, nicely stocked kitchen (you don't have to pack dish soap, salt and pepper or those kinds of basics)

• Washer/dryer

• Covered porch in front and patio in back, a grill and stunning views

• Free wi-fi

• No TV's to distract from the relaxing atmosphere of the ranch.

• Two other smaller guest houses on the ranch (with beds for 5 and 8).

• We welcome well behaved dogs but they must be on a leash at all times, and we have a small pet fee to cover the extra cleaning. Crated dogs get a 50% discount.

But wait, there’s more!

• Central heat/air

• Dishes for 12, gas stove and oven, microwave, Vitamix, (no dishwasher!)

• An outdoor gas grill, propane included

• Fire pit (fire ban permitting)

• Indoor (1) and porch/deck tables (2, one in front, one in back, both patios covered) seat 4-8 people each

• A short walk to see our goats and their guard donkey

• Ranch and nature adventures, tours and experiences are available by pre-arrangement

• Our smaller guest house, Mata’zamo has a 3 stall horse barn, 2 pens and a pasture right out the door, along with miles of trails, but it’s bring your own horse, there is a barn and pastures close to Habari, too!

• Habari’s library reflects our interest in sanctuary, nature and a healthy life and landscape, our CD collection from your Grandma or Great-grandma, board games for family time

• Our ranch has been managed organically for over twenty years, we keep our houses as non-toxic as possible, too.

• We have local naturalists that can help you plan your days, or can even be hired for your own private nature camp experience!

It is easy to get lost at Habari, lost in thought, lost in time, lost from stress and the city life! All of this in our little slice of the Hill Country, just 90 minutes south of the Dallas-Ft Worth area! We invite you to stay at Habari or any of our three guest houses, it’s the best cure we know for nature deficit disorder!!!

Each house is unique enough to provide a very different experience. Habari is great for larger groups, Mata’zamo is our most remote house, our “Bed and Barn”, great for singles, couples or a family, and Casa Kasa is our 2.5-story spa house with an indoor, built in hot tub and infrared sauna.

We welcome you in a way that feels like home away from home, you'll find familiar touches from your own kitchen, including tea, coffee, spices, paper towers, plastic bags - the basics, and maybe new things to try, organic food, composting, recycling, repurposing, reusing and all the comforts of home!

One of our family/team members will meet you at Habari, and help you get oriented to the house and our facilities. If you are bringing your horses, we’ll also match your horses to our trails so you’ll be safe and happy!

We doubt you’ll want to leave, but if you do, we have a nice notebook with a detailed list of local restaurants, we can help you set up tours at Fossil Rim, and have information on other local attractions like Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose’s new Riverwalk and Big Rocks Park, shopping the Square’s antique stores, galleries, clothing stores, weekend farmer’s market and pie shop (plan ahead and order gluten free!!!).

We also have a caterer who will shop for you or cook for you! You will feel like you have the place to yourself, but we have someone on call and on property while you are here.

Send us an email, give us a call, give yourself something to look forward to, and later talk about, book your stay at Habari! If you are still reading, ask about our Reader's Discount!

More Details

Property Manager
Sandra Skrei
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish, w/appointment Polish, Portuguese, French, Japanese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Sandra Skrei

It is a great joy to share High Hope Ranch's chief steward's generousity in opening up her ranch to people needing a get-away from the crazy and into our quiet nature!

Sandra Skrei purchased this guest house in 1988

Why Sandra Skrei chose Glen Rose

We bought this ranch because we love Fossil Rim! It's more than being able to dash to their Overlook for a quick look at the giraffes (which we occasionally see along our mutual fence line), grab a bite to eat, buy a gift or visit their contact animal area. It goes beyond hearing the wolves at night. We are also giving Fossil Rim an 1,125 acre gorgeous buffer against development. Combine this with the organic beauty of the land, having miles of walking trails and stunning spots to enjoy the view in areas that are often covered in bluebonnets and other wildflowers, we count ourselves lucky indeed to live here. It is our pleasure to share this special beauty with all of our guests!

We also enjoy helping people explore the Glen Rose area. We never get tired of being compared to Mayberry, it's great to have friendly neighbors and a great town to explore!

What makes this guest house unique

Step back to a simpler time! This is your chance to capture the feeling of going back to a special time when our connections were with the land and each other instead of our phones and computers! Come breathe in the open spaces, touch the land, embrace the sun, hug a tree even, pet a goat, it's all about slowing down and reconnecting with the very basic, forgotten pleasures of just being surrounded by nature's best!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Good Afternoon Sandi

Just taking a special moment to let you and staff know that our time spent there at the Ranch was truly spectacular. The family and friends got a chance to do some special bonding with God, nature and each other. It has been said that "hope springs eternal" and we are eternally grateful to you for the hospitality and attention shown to us during our visit at your ranch.

My friend Altha was truly blessed by the peace, and tranquility that the Ranch offered. We had an awesome commune with God on the front porch, and the spirit and freedom to call upon and Praise His name in the environment that He created was truly refreshing.

We look forward to coming back in the future.

Again, thanks. Much love to you. We pray peace and an abundant life is awarded to you.


Regenia and friends
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Glen Rose in Somervell County

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is actually in two rooms!
  • The bathroom in the area nearest the kitchen is split up into two rooms, one has the combination bathtub and shower, the other has the toilet and sink! It helps a lot when people are bathing in the morning and you want to use the bathroom!!!!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Froggy Room
    Other (See Description) - 5 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 single futons, 3 double futons, 1 sofa in living areas
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) in each of 5 bedrooms. Our three living areas (adjoining each other) have 3 single futons, 2 double futons and a teen-ager approved (my nephews favorite place to sleep) leather couch.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
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Remote 5bd/2ba, borders Fossil Rim, 900 acres w/ravines, ponds, hiking, wildlife
average rating of 4.827586 based on 30 reviews

A great family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The High Hope ranch family was friendly, welcoming and very accommodating. We had a large family gathering and booked Habari & Kasa Casa. It was everything that we had hoped for. There is something for everyone. If you want to just relax in comfort, away from the hustle and bustle, it is perfect for that. If you want to go hiking, see wildlife and discover really cool fossils, it is perfect for that (I definitely recommend going down through Goat Cave and down the Woods Trail). If you want to read books or play games, the houses are stocked with plenty of both. The ranch is just a few minutes away from the entrance to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center which boasts over 50 different species of wildlife from around the world (if you have never seen a baby giraffe running around on awkward and wobbly legs, you need to go). I would definitely recommend the High Hope Ranch, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better group of people to work with. My family will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We absolutely loved the fact that your brought your Dad here and the family to celebrate! What a great idea to rent the golf carts, too! Thank you for finding us, staying with us and taking the time to write a review. I appreciate it, and it does help other guests decide if they should stay! Hurry back! Sandy
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place with lots to do! We had 5 families (all with kids) staying at Habari and it fit all of us perfectly. The trails were fun and just staying at the house was great. Gigi was a great help when we got lost! Would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent communication, availability and service. Habari is our new refuge, far from the daily stress... Beautiful and unique!! Thank you for keeping this ranch pure, close to nature and as a sanctuary for animals as well. We loved every aspect of it <3

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your encouraging and kind words! We appreviate your taking the time to share your thoughts, too!
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Wish we had more time to explore, but its a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We were out for a team event at the Spartan Race. The house was nice and the property was beautiful I wish we had another day to explore the property a bit more. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place for larger groups. We slept 8 adults and two small children (both under 2 yrs) with plenty of room to spare. Would be great for a family reunion.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A real escape from the hectic routine.

  • 4 of 5

If you love nature this is a great spot. The floorplan is good for large groups. Trails, fishing and hiking right at your door. No need to get in the car. All necessities are supplied so it makes the packing easier.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to do your review, Rene, it really helps us! I spent many summer weeks at cabins on lakes in Minnesota where the kitchen cupboards were all totally BARE, and you are right, packing was much more difficult! We made so many trips for simple things like salt, toothpicks and cinnamon! Glad you found us and brought your great family together here! Thanks again! Sandy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Squaw Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Hwy 67
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Fossil Rim Overlook Cafe
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Paluxy River, parks and riverwalk
Car: necessary

We are on one of the highest points in Somervell County with several steep ravines and canyons cutting through the property. During good bluebonnet years, our fields look like large, deep blue lakes! Our walking trails take you to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's fences. Most people don't want to leave when they get to the ranch. Each of our three guest houses has a notebook with information on local attractions like Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose's Historic Square and other nearby small towns. Three of our ponds have been stocked with catfish and guests are welcome to try their luck with catch and release fishing. TPWD releases trout into the Paluxy River for fly-fishing, and Wheeler Branch Reservoir is popular for bass fishing, kayaking and swimming. One of the state's best public golf courses, Squaw Valley is less than 20 minutes away, as are Dinosaur State Park, Dinosaur World, the Creation Evidences Museum, The Promise and great shopping, browsing, and eating at Glen Rose's downtown square.

We share a fence line with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, we've seen giraffe and heard wolves at night along our trails. We are twelve minutes from Glen Rose's other incredible family attractions: The Paluxy River Walk and Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World, Brazos River, Historic Courthouse Square, Barnard's Mill and Art Museum. One of the state's best pie shops is on the historic town square, along with galleries, antiques, restaurants, gift shops and a weekend farmers market. There are nearby wineries (Barking Rocks Winery, Red Caboose Winery) and chocolate factories, too. Most people stay on property, but there is plenty to do within a 35 mile drive!

Common Ranch Activities:

Some people can't get off the porch, enjoying quiet activities such as reading, writing, watching the scenery, wildlife and sky. Others roam our 1,125 acres for photography and connecting with nature. Bird watching and casual to strenuous hiking are favorites. Multiple trails wander through woods, pocket prairies, fields and steep ravines frequented by a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobwhite, turkey, fox, bobcat, armadillo, raccoon, and rabbits. Game cameras have captured ring-tails and porcupine at Goat Cave. We have Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped vireos, Painted Buntings and lots of other beautiful birds. Habari is close to our barn area, guests often help feed our goats, donkey, horses and chickens. Panoramic views and forever horizons set the scene to include gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The night sky, still not clouded by city lights, allows for astronomical views into space with views of multiple stars, planets, formations, satellites, and meteors.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house in Glen Rose, Texas

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.08
Pet Fee £37.35 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £186.77

Please let me know the total number in your group. If you have infants sleeping in a bed that you bring, we won't include them in your extra guest fee! Also, please let me know if your pets are crated as we offer a 50% discount on the pet fee. Guests arriving with unannounced pets will be invoiced the $50 pet fee.

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