Ice Cream Mansion

Better than ice cream? Take a peek at this luxury farm house in Blue Bell country

Take a peek at beautiful luxury farm house in Blue Bell country

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The main house at Morning Glory Farm was once a one-room school house built in 1925. Now it welcomes and invites after complete restoration and refurbishing. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Loblolly pines line the entrance to the farm at the entrance off FM 390 North in Brenham. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The drive to the estate passes a lighted pier and gazebo stretching out over the grand pond. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Across the front pasture, you can see the three houses awaiting your arrival: The five-bedroom guest house to the left, the bunk house in the center and the main house on the right. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The great room in the main house provides a warm gathering place. The dining room is in the background. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The fully equipped country kitchen is adjacent to the great room and dining area and provides an excellent place for preparing catered affairs or a family dinner. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The spacious master bedroom includes a sitting area and a study alcove for a desk. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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This second guest bedroom in the main house is light and airy and is connected to a Hollywood bath. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A third bedroom room looks on to the front porch with views of the pier and gazebo over the pond. It shares the Hollywood bath. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The five-bedroom guest house was built by the current owners in 1998. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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As does the main house, the guest house affords view of the property from a deep Texas-style front porch. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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This view of the living area shows the open concept with kitchen and dining table in the background. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The kitchen of the guest house is fully equipped and is open to the living area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The bunk house, built in 1998, includes eight bunk beds, a Hollywood bath and a sitting area with a sink, microwave oven and refrigerator.. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The main house back veranda is perfect for parties or just lunch by the pool. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The current owners added the swimming pool with waterfall by the main house in 1998. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Ring the school bell at the gazebo, located at the corner of the main house, when meals are ready. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The fenced garden is perfect for planting tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, corn and more when the season's right. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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This field blooms with bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Beyond is a pasture leading to a grove of trees. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another pasture meadow along FM 390 North. Notethe white fence, which runs the length of the ranch along the farm-to-market road. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A look again at the lighted pier and gazebo - an inviting venue for special events, parties, weddings or just relaxing. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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On the Market Morning Glory Farm in Brenham November 2014 guest house porch
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Experience a gentler, less-hurried way of life at the 10-acre Morning Glory Farm, a serene outpost within the hills and valleys of the historic Texas Independence Trail Region in the Blue Bell Ice Cream haven of Brenham, now for sale at $1,497,500 as a family vacation destination, corporate retreat or even a bed and breakfast.

A bit of background
The country estate began more than 35 years ago when previous owners, seeking to create a weekend get-away, moved a historic 1925 Washington County school house onto the land. Renovations followed when the present owners purchased the property in 1997 and added modern plumbing and electricity to the already spacious home.

 Pasture meadows and an organic garden are part of the country experience. 

They crowned the country gem Morning Glory Farm and set about further transforming the house and grounds into the attractive, manicured yet natural multi-structure estate that it is today.

Walk through
Native Loblolly pines line the front drive from the gate at FM 390 North to the main house as well as a guest cottage and bunkhouse, now part of the compound and fashioned after the remodeled school house. A meadow of Bahia grass and wildflowers and a constant-level pond with fountain, lighted pier and gazebo also welcome owners to the retreat.

The main house features a Texas-style front porch, opening to 15-foot ceilings, hand-sawed hardwood floors and a generously sized living and dining area with banks of windows. The updated kitchen includes artisan tile countertops and an island with pull-up seating.

The master suite extends to a sitting area and an office, with the master bath boasting double sinks, shower, jetted tub and a walk-in closet. Two secondary bedrooms, one with a play loft, share a Hollywood bathroom.

Perfect for extended family and guests, the guesthouse offers five bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The bunkhouse has an open kitchenette, living and dining rooms and a large dormitory-style bedroom sharing a Hollywood bath with the main living area. Both cozy structures come complete with deep front porches to relax on while catching a country breeze and taking in views of the property.

Step outside
Amenities abound in the great out-of-doors, including a grotto pool with a waterfall, wide stone terraces meandering from house to house and a gazebo with school bell to ring to rally guests inside for a hearty, home-cooked meal. Pasture meadows and an organic garden are part of the country experience. Horses are allowed at this leisure ranch. The two-car garage is detached.

Notes: Morning Glory Farm is only 75 minutes from Houston and 10 minutes from the Brenham airport. The estate includes two irrigation systems and two water wells. An additional adjacent 20 acres at Morning Glory Farm are available and may be purchased separately.

Square footage: 2,606 (main house)

Asking price: $1,497,500

Listing agent: Robert Frank, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty