3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 11
About Kermit Graf
In 2011 I retired from 31 years as an engineer with Schlumberger. My wife and I own and manage three vacation rental properties. We enjoy providing relaxing and safe properties for our guests and their families. We are both originally from Houston, then moved to Austin in the late 1960s when attending, then graduating from, the University of Texas, where we met each other in the Longhorn Band. Hook-em Horns!
Kermit Graf purchased this Estate in 1853
Why Kermit Graf chose Bellville
Bellheim is 104 acres of land owned by the Grafs, a family of German immigrants who settled here in 1853. Johann Graf immigrated from Posen, Prussia (currently, East Germany), in 1853, landed in Galveston, then settled in this area and called it the “Piney Community.” Bellheim includes ½ mile of a clear, sandy-bottomed creek called Piney. During the 1800s, the Grafs originally had approximately 700 acres of land in the Piney Community. Cotton, and then watermelons, were agricultural crops, and many Graf descendants lived and farmed in the area. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, our grandparents had a bumper watermelon crop. They shipped a full train carload to Kansas for sale and got a good price for them. The second carload they got a bill because the melons were sold at such a low price it did not cover the cost of freight. Life was difficult. The land is mostly ranch land now as families have either died off or moved to the big city (Houston) where life was easier. Bellheim is the only remaining land owned by the Grafs in what was called the Piney Community. We opened it up for all to enjoy and is great for the young and young-at-heart to explore the creek, its bottom-land and ponds, and miles of trails along the creek and pasture land. The Bellheim house was built in 1978 by Ralph Frank, Otis Graf’s first cousin and son of Olga Graf Frank. Like Otis (our father), Ralph grew up in the Piney Community. Ralph was a master homebuilder in the area, much in demand, and had a colorful character. One of his helpers would always hold a hammer halfway up the handle. Ralph sawed off half the handle and gave it back to him.
What makes this Estate unique
We've built a large cabin down at Piney creek. Included is an old-time outhouse! The camphouse will sleep 8 when furnished in 2016. Bring your sleeping bags now and try it out! Mom tells Dad and the kids: “Does everyone want to stay at Hog Heaven tonight?” Then, she can have the house all to herself in peace and quiet!
Pets allowed - $50 fee for up to 2 pets$50 fee for up to 2 pets
Parties/events allowed - Daytime gatherings up to 30. Plenty of parking. Daytime gatherings up to 30. Plenty of parking.
No smoking - Smoking outside only. Smoking outside only.
Max guests: 15 (sleeps up to 15 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Beautiful and relaxing
This was one of the best properties we've ever stayed at. The listing was spot and and the house was super clean. It was also the best stocked property we've stayed at as well. The ponds and yard were amazing and we all had a blast fishing. If you stay here bring an ATV or rent one the back 90 are a blast to explore! You won't regret staying here.
This property has never let us down. It has been our go to destination 4 consecutive years running. Always well maintained and in great condition.
Booking with the owner is simple and easy and well
Communicated throughout the booking,check in and check out process.
We had a wonderful time. My grandkids loved the pond and the play house.
It is a very nice country setting with amazing sunrises and sunsets. We enjoyed the back 90 acres .
Great place to getaway. Great place for family reunions.
This property was beautiful! Very relaxing and adventurous at the same time. We relaxed on the patio and soaked in the more breeze while listening to nature. Later in the morning we road our 4-wheeler to Piney Creek to check out Hog Haven and really enjoyed the scenery. My husband, dad and son enjoyed hours of fishing. Will be back!
Bellheim is a country home on a 100-acre ranch with 2 ponds and a clear, sandy-bottom creek. The nearest town is Bellville, 4 miles away, where there's a Brookshire Brothers grocery store and small-town shopping and restaurants. The nearest Walmart is in Sealy 15 miles away.