Blue Fork Ranch
Blue Fork Ranch is one of the most unique properties in all of Hopkins County. Originally built as a bed & breakfast and private dinner club, the property has been used as a private residence and weekend get-away for the last ten years. Blue Fork Ranch has been beautifully groomed and nurtured to highlight its unique natural features and emphasize its highest and best use. This really is a must see for anyone looking in Eastern Texas with an interest in cattle, horses, recreational activities, or a bed & breakfast, event venue, etc. This property is being offered turnkey, with no detail overlooked or expense spare during the build/remodel of each of the homes and structures.
The property is situated 10 miles north of Lake Fork in Southern Hopkins County, less than ninety minutes east of Dallas, one hour and ten minutes north of Tyler, and twenty minutes south of Sulphur Springs. It can be accessed from the east side of state highway 159 and has frontage along County Road 1442. Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is located 52 miles from the ranch gate and offers both commercial and private options.
Habitat & Topography
The ranch offers a variety of mixed-use habitat, within the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion, including a blend of open pasture, scattered hardwood timber, scattered pines, and floodplain. Extensive improvements have been made to the environment around the residences and throughout the ranch. Numerous pastures have been cleared and improved with Coastal Bermuda for grazing. Native grasses are prevalent throughout the limited wooded areas, which include majestic mature hardwoods and scattered pine trees. The soils primarily consist of Freestone fine sandy loam, Nahatche soils, Pickton loamy fine sand, Wolfpen loamy fine sand, and Woodtell loam. Elevation varies from approximately 460' to elevations of approximately 510' in the northeast corner of the property, lending itself to beautiful views of the property and surrounding area.
The ranch has one 1.5-acre lake fed by a small creek north of the lake. This small creek has an electric pump that recirculates the water from the lake down the creek and over a rock waterfall spillway back into the lake. The property has two stock tanks, one in the northwestern pasture and another in the southern pasture.
There are four working water wells on the property with excellent water quality. The well that supplies the main home is 300 +/- feet deep and located within the pump house.
Habitat, Wildlife and Cattle
Blue Fork Ranch provides a great opportunity to capitalize on wildlife already on the property. Although not historically used for hunting, the layout could easily be enhanced to provide great hunting opportunities. Directly adjacent to the property is a heavily wooded area that provides excellent habitat for various wildlife. The foreman stated that it is not uncommon to see whitetails feeding in the pasture both early in the morning and late in the evening and a large number of doves.
With a great perimeter and cross fencing in place, the ranch runs a very productive cattle operation that has the capacity to support 40 - 50 head of cattle. All the hay feed comes directly from the property, and hay pastures have historically produced 2,000 +/- square bales or 300 +/- round bales allowing three cuttings per year.
Improvements, Structures & Roads
The owners have done a wonderful job of maintaining the historical significance and character of the preexisting structures, while restoring and updating with some modern touches. The new structures were designed to blend in with the original aesthetic of the established edifices. No detail was overlooked during this arduous process, including materials, furnishings, and decorations that were collected from all over the country.
This beautiful two-story main home was initially built to be utilized as a bed/breakfast and a private dinner club, but it has since been renovated to be used as a private residence. At approximately 7,500 +/- sqft., it includes 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. This home was truly built to stand the test of time due to its combination of steel, low density concrete, and wood frame, and its pier and beam on slab foundation. The home is heated and cooled by 9 HVAC units (7 small capacity units and 2 larger units) outfitting each room with its own thermostat. The home is supplied with 4 water heaters, two gas powered and two electric. The kitchen is perfectly laid out for entertaining large groups with a large main island, pastry area, two ovens, and a coffee bar. Features also include a large library/study, three fireplaces, a large dining/living room, stereo system throughout the home, and a beautiful master suite.
Pavilion (Main Residence)
Directly located next to the main home, the pavilion is perfect for entertaining large groups of people and also has been used to host multiple weddings. It was built in 2013 and is 35' x 40'. The pavilion has a beautiful, oversized fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of the outdoor area as well as a grilling station.
Approximately 1,802 sqft. and built in 2000. The cottage has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and was completely renovated in 2015 with improved sheetrock walls, wood and tile floors, and a fireplace. It consists of a wood frame, hardy board siding, and a composition shingle roof.
Two-story house built in 2012 and approximately 3,892 sqft. The bottom floor is a three-car garage with finished slab flooring, sheetrock walls, a small bathroom, and plenty of room to keep tools and work on equipment. The top floor is 3,500 sqft. and currently used as an office. The second story is improved with a bathroom, fireplace, wood floors, sheetrock walls, and has plumbing in place suitable for a kitchen. It has a slab foundation, wood frame, hardy board siding, and a metal roof.
Approximately 3,300 sq ft. +/- and built in 2000. The stable has a bathroom, storage/office space, wash rack, large tack room, and 6 horse stalls. The stable has a slab foundation, wood frame, hardy board siding, and a composition roof.
The foreman's house was built in 1967 and is 2,700 sqft. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The home is on a slab foundation, wood framed, brick veneer siding, and a composition roof.
Other Notable Structures and Improvements
Electric, gated entrance with remote monitoring/activation, rock facade, landscaping, lighting
Professional landscaping surrounding the main home
10' x 10' pump house
60' x 60' metal hay barn
25' x 50' metal storage shed with 6 garage doors
1,000 +/- sqft. one bed/bath apartment
Old dairy barn used for storage
Three-sided metal storage barn; 1,500 sqft.
A large inventory of furnishings and equipment are included with a qualifying offer. Contact agent for further details.
Minerals & Production
A significant portion of the mineral rights and all the surface and executive rights related to the minerals are believed to be owned by the seller. Please contact the agent for additional details. There is currently no production or mineral leases on the ranch.
The property is under an agricultural tax exemption program.
This ranch is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by TT Ranch Group with Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty. Buyer's broker must be identified on first contact, must accompany the buying prospect on first showing and continue to fully engage in any and all negotiations and communications to qualify for full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at the sole discretion of the Listing Broker. Prospects will be required to provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing. The information contained herein has been collected from sources deemed reliable, however, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of such information. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their own satisfaction.