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Cedar Country Cottage




Cedar Country Cottage & Lone Oak Room

Covered patio area

Through the French doors on the left you will find

our Spacious Lone Oak Room at Cedar Country Cottage

which features a king bed & full bath on the first floor

The covered porch is great for sitting outdoors and extends the living area.

The Lone Oak Room in Cedar Country Cottage


To the left of the sofa and table is a door that leads into the kitchen of the Cottage Dorm side. 

It can be completely closed off or left open if you are leasing both sides. 





A full bath is through the door beyond the bed featuring a marble vanity & tub 


The Lone Oak Room has a microwave, coffeemaker & double door refrigerator




The Cottage Dorm may be rented in conjunction with the Lone Oak Room or either side may be rented separately EXCEPT during Antique Festivals.

 The Dorm side has 4 beds upstairs all in one room and 1 bed downstairs.  Pets are NOT allowed upstairs.







Notice the little sitting area next to the staircase and the beadboard ceiling. 
Also, there is Direct TV upstairs as well as down.


 Downstairs is the front entry with one twin bed, a kitchen and a shower bath.  There is a maximum capacity of 6 persons in the Dorm side.


Entry bedroom of Cedar Cottage Dorm has a downstairs twin and a china hutch filled with dishes and crystal.




Sitting Room Entry goes through to eat-in full kitchen
Stairs in background go to dormitory style second floor bedroom












 When leasing both the Lone Oak Room & the Cottage Dorm, the door between the kitchen and Lone Oak is open.  When leasing only one side, then it is locked shut.





The Right side of Country Cottage is dormitory style upstairs. 

It includes a front bedroom sitting area downstairs with a twin bed and upholstered rocker, a full kitchen with stove, microwave,

double door refrigerator w/ icemaker & water thru door, table & 6 chairs, coffeemaker, shower bath downstairs. 

Upstairs TV, king bed, queen bed, full bed & twin bed, settee, chaise lounge and rocker. 

It has a covered patio with glass top table and chairs and two metal rockers.  Also there is a firepit and charcoal grill.

  There is a two night minimum on the Cottage Dorm during normal times

and three night minimum during Antique Festivals.


During regular times, a non-refundable cancellation fee of $100 will be charged for bookings cancelled within 21 days of the reservation date.  This policy is in regard to the Cedar Country Cottage only and not other cabins.


 Please note that the Cottage & Lone Oak Room together have a total of 7 beds
so in order to be fair on our rental rates, we will quote by the number of beds used. 
The prices are for one bed/double occupancy.
 If more beds are required, please add $50 per bed to the double occupancy price.

Dorm + kitchen only: Off season (Jan 2-Feb 28 & July 7- Aug 29),

 Sun- Thurs $150 double occupancy, Fri & Sat $175

Peak season (March 1-June 1, Jun 30-July 6, & Aug 30 - Dec 31) 

Sun-Thurs $175 double occupancy, Fri & Sat  $195

Holidays and Special Event weekends $200

Spring and Fall Antique Shows (3 night minimum)

 $250 (includes 4) combo with Lone Oak Room included = $400 includes 6

Combining the Lone Oak with the Cottage dorm = 2 kings, 1 queen,

1 full, 2 twins, 1 rollaway, sofa, 2 tables 12 chairs, 3 rockers, 2 baths,

kitchen, utility room & 2 dbl door refrigerators with ice makers,

2 microwaves, 2 coffeemakers, 1 range.

Please add $20 per person over 2 for normal times, $25 per person during Antique Festivals. 

  • Price quoted is Double occupancy (unless otherwise noted)+ hotel tax, cash or check
  • Deposit is equal to 1 night stay or 50% of entire stay. 
  • $350 is NON-REFUNDABLE in case of antique festivals when renting whole cottage. 
  •  If we are able to re-lease the room, we may give you a partial refund at our discretion.
  •  There will be no refunds given if cancelled within 4 weeks of the Festival.
  • Active Military, handicapped or disabled Veterans receive special discount. 
  • Ask for quote (not applicable during antique festivals, special events or holidays).
  • Two night minimum
  • The Lone Oak room, if available, can be leased for an additional charge during normal times. 
  •  It has an adjoining door through the kitchen that can be locked from both sides.

Limit 6 persons in Country Cottage Dorm normal.

10 persons total if the Lone Oak Room is included.

LONE OAK ROOM ONLY (KING BED, FULL BATH,)  Two night minimum weekends off peak $135, week days $125/dbl occup + tax, Peak weekends $150, week days $140 ( includes two persons)

Pets are allowed in the downstairs portion only of the Cottage. 

There is a separate $50 refundable pet deposit required.


 The Lone Oak Room in Cedar Country Cottage

Located on the left side of the Cottage and accessed through the French doors,
it is also accessed by a door that locks from both sides that goes into the kitchen
of the Cedar Country Cottage Dorm.   The Lone Oak Room may be leased separately from the Dorm side.
  The spacious Lone Oak Room is downstairs with a ceramic tile floor,
is wheel chair accessible, has a covered patio, King bed, private bath with tub/shower and marble vanity,
sofa, table & 4 chairs, double door refrigerator with ice & water thru the door, coffeemaker, microwave,
direct TV, central heat/AC.  A comfortable rollaway bed is available for an extra person. 
Limit 4 in Lone Oak Room.
Same restrictions as Country Cottage
  • Both sides of Country Cottage can be combined as one unit
  • Max limit 4 persons in the Lone Oak Room
Both sides of Country Cottage can be rented together at a reduced rate depending on number of guests.
There is a limit of 10 total persons including children during regular time.
Children under the age of 2 are admitted free.
Pets stay free!  There is a $50 refundable pet deposit required.
Price quoted is cash or check.
We can invoice you through Paypal in advance for the full amount if you prefer to use a credit card. 
 There is a small administration charge for this service. 
We have a strict cancellation policy.  Please click here to review our policies.

HOLIDAYS & Special Events Calendar (Higher rates apply) 2 night minimum applies except for MS150

February  Valentine's Day week

March Spring Break & Antique Show (March 16-April 6)

April  MS 150 

May  Memorial Day 

July  4th of July 1-7

September Labor Day  Aug 30 -Sept 3

October Halloween Oct 26- Nov 2

November Thanksgiving week of Nov 20-30

All weekends in December+ Dec 21-31

January 1


Meet your hosts!



Betty & Del Meischen, owners of Trails West Retreat, lived in the Cottage for a year during the construction of Eagle's Nest Lodge where they now live.

 Below, are some pictures of Betty & Del and their family. 



Betty & Del Meischen
One of the most memorable events that I have ever had in my entire life was landing on the Ruth Glacier on Mt McKinley in Alaska. 
It truly was reaching out and touching the face of God.  As called by its Indian name, Denali, the Great One, McKinley is the highest mountain in North America. 
We went up in airplanes two times before to get a glimpse of the Great One but clouds shrouded this elusive mountain.  The third time was the charm.
The day broke crystal clear, and there before our eyes was this enormous mountain, far larger than all the others.
We took off from the small village of Talkeetna and flew over a rescue operation to get a group of stranded climbers off the mountain. 
What a treat it was to sit at a small cafe that evening listening to their stories.There is nothing I can say to compare with standing there,
snow all around us, looking up at a the circle of ragged, lofty peaks.
It gave us a true feeling of humility to know how small we are and how great are the works of the Lord.



Above, Del Meischen in our Cessna 182 flying near Bellville.  Betty is actually flying the plane at the moment the picture was taken. 

Del as instructor always sits in the right seat when we fly.  Even though I have had my pilot's license for over 25 years, he still thinks he needs to instruct me.

I still make pretty decent landings but we don't fly near as much as we did in our younger years.

An occasional flight to Dallas to see our son Scott or down to Port Mansfield near Padre Island to go fishing with our son Jeff. 

When the kids were little we flew to California, Alabama and Colorado with all three in the back. 

We really had a great time flying to Oshkosh Wisconsin to the big airshow there.

The original name for Cedar Cottage was the Hangar.   

We called it that because Del and I are both general aviation pilots.

So are our sons Jeff and Scott. Del was a Captain in the USAF 1970-75 flying T38's and the Convair T130.

He became a flight instructor in the civilian world in 1980.


Betty & Max in a field of foxglove at Trails West Retreat


Betty & Del with grandsons Jake & Sam and our new lab Mack

in a field of foxglove & bluebonnets on the north side of the TWR creek.