In November, the air at Little Pines Lake feels warm during the day but crisp and cool at night. Steam rises from the lake most mornings, and the fresh, clean air invites peace and relaxation against a colorful backdrop of brilliant shades of yellow, red, and orange foliage. Wood ducks paddle along the lake, and occasionally, a bald eagle swoops down to catch a fish.
Now imagine experiencing these natural wonders without leaving behind the luxuries of home. That’s why guests say Little Pines Lake Barndominium and surrounding 100-acre property near Daingerfield, Texas, just 90 minutes from Dallas, is an ideal destination.
When Jacquie and Kris Von Hohn of Houston purchased the property from members of Kris’ family in 2017, they wanted to enhance it in ways to help others enjoy nature in the peaceful setting.
Jacquie used her skills as an interior designer, and Kris helped with the remodeling to transform the barn into a comfortable haven.
“I wanted to make it like a cute, cozy barndominium where people could come to unplug and enjoy nature and the beauty of East Texas,” Jacquie says. “Once you get out there, there’s no one else for miles around. Many people have appreciated being away from other people, but there are still lots of things to do.”
Without Wifi but lots of real activities, the site helps visitors of all ages connect with nature. There’s fishing for bass and crappie in the stocked lake and a pier for fishing and paddle boating.
Guests can also explore the private walking trails, an outdoor fire pit with plentiful seating for enjoying nippy evenings with hot cocoa and s’mores, an outdoor picnic table, and an oversized porch swing with a mattress soft enough to sleep on all day.
The beautifully-furnished barn accommodates up to four guests with three beds in two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a kitchen stocked with cookware and dining ware.
The downstairs playroom offers four full-sized games: pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, and a basketball challenge known as pop-a-shot. Indoor games and toys for all ages await in the upstairs loft.
When not enjoying evenings around the outdoor fire pit or dining in the modern kitchen, guests can enjoy watching a range of movies on DVD while cuddling in front of the loft’s large-screen TV.
The barndominium lies just 12 to 15 minutes away from Daingerfield State Park — one of the state’s finest — where visitors enjoy picnics and swimming during the summer. Jacquie recommends making reservations to visit ahead of time.
Visitors describe the barndominium as a great place to unplug and unwind. They’re leaving glowing reviews of the service and communication they receive during their stays, as well as the amenities, furnishings, and cleanliness, on airbnb.com.
Cindy Walkup says she enjoyed a birthday getaway with her girlfriends at the lake.
“It was so nice to get out of the city and stay at this beautiful hideaway,” Walkup says. “We could really enjoy each other’s company without distractions.”
Amanda Thomas says she enjoyed reading and relaxing while her family played in the game room.
“The barndominium is impeccably clean and very stylish with all new amenities and appliances,” Thomas says. “The beds were very comfortable, and it was just enough space for our family of four.”
Melissa Stowers compliments the getaway’s natural setting and plentiful equipment for activities.
“The game room was truly impressive, but our kids were so busy outside we didn’t even have a chance to indulge in all of the games that were there,” Stowers says. “It was totally worth escaping ‘normal’ life to experience true country living. We cannot thank our hosts enough for being so helpful and thoughtful.”
Jacquie says hosting the property is an enjoyable experience because people are so appreciative.
“It’s been so much greater than what we expected,” she says.