During a recent visit to the Red River Valley to visit Arché and Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, we needed a place to stay. Since we were going with a few other couples, we needed to find a place which could handle all of us.
Fortunately, I talked with Patrick and Julie Whitehead of Blue Ostrich at TWGGA’s Grape Camp. They told me they had recently opened a guesthouse near the winery which could handle four couples. The guesthouse is managed by Blue Ostrich but is a joint business venture with several family members and it is located at Fredrick Farms. Our group decided to take advantage of this location as it would be a perfect ending for the day so we could have dinner and then just relax instead of worrying about driving home.
After our winery visits were done for the day, we easily found the guesthouse just down the road from Blue Ostrich Winery and is even within walking distance. It is located on a working cattle ranch, Fredrick Farms, which you can see as you drive through the ranch gate.
The guesthouse has a wide front porch with great views of the valley and a large rear porch too. The weather was cold while we stayed, but I could easily see all of us sitting on the front porch in nice weather enjoying the view and wine.
We entered the guesthouse and checked out the living arrangements. There is a master bedroom with double bed and a master bath on one side of the house. On the other side of the house are three bedrooms all with twin beds. This gives the total sleeping arrangement of eight people. One of the other bedrooms had a private bath, but the other two bedrooms share a hallway bathroom.
The large kitchen has a coffee pot and all the accessories needed for your breakfast and other meals, so be sure to bring breakfast items and other food as wanted. The house has a large living room where all can gather to relax. There is no television, but the purpose of staying in the guesthouse out in the country is to relax and leave technology at home. However, there is Wi-Fi available for those who cannot get away from the Internet. It worked some of the time we were there, but it again enforced the idea of just relaxing.
Also available on site is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi to enjoy during warmer weather, although the Jacuzzi was steaming if we wanted to brave the cold and enjoy a hot soak. Some rules of the guesthouse are no children are allowed, no pets, and it is a non-smoking facility.
The guesthouse was a very nice place to stay, and we would highly recommend staying there if we aren’t staying there first!
Reservations may be made by contacting Julie Whitehead at (940) 995-3100 or [email protected].