Just 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, this spectacular country getaway on 210 pine-studded acres is a true sportsman’s paradise the whole family will enjoy. The sparkling, spring-fed Lake Athens is home to some of the best boating, skiing and championship bass fishing in all of Texas.
Beyond its iron gates and long tree-lined driveway, the white plantation-style estate shimmers in the sunlight with the deep blue lake in the background. The classic two-story home offers wraparound porches with soaring columns on both lower and second floor. These wide verandas offer gracious Southern style living with abundant shade on all four sides.
The location is serene and quiet and easy to access on the South side of Lake Athens. The property is mostly high-fenced and is sanctuary to a lot of wildlife. It is heavily wooded except for the improved pastures around the barn and main home. The dirt trails are manicured for ATVs, hiking, and horses and the main improvements are accessible by a long system of paved blacktop roads. This is a ranch property with a lot of appeal and diverse options for recreation.
Inside, the home’s clean lines and fabulous woodwork create a luxurious yet comfortable mix that’s perfect for country living. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in filtered light from all sides, and light walls beautifully contrast with the dark hardwood floors. The private library offers French doors, custom built-ins and a cozy fireplace – making it the perfect retreat for reading and relaxation.
Just off the double height foyer, the formal living and dining areas are spacious and comfortable, with exceptional views and outdoor access. Both have wood burning fireplaces, hardwoods and custom built-ins for easy access to electronics and abundant storage when guests are in residence. The open family room is a place to spread out in style on couches near the fireplace or in the adjacent kitchen.
The gourmet kitchen is light and bright with Carrara marble counters, white wood cabinetry and high-end stainless Viking appliances. Here you’ll enjoy fabulous lake vistas from the wall of French doors on two sides leading to the wraparound porch. A large breakfast area and separate lounge seating area with fireplace anchors one side, while the open family room sits opposite.
Upstairs, there are five lovely ensuite bedrooms – all with veranda access and gorgeous lake or meadow vistas. The master retreat includes a large private sitting room with sisal carpet, fireplace, integrated sound system and bird’s eye views to the pool below.
In addition to the infinity-edge pool and spa, there’s also a lighted tennis/basketball court and a separate grass sports field that’s perfect for football, soccer or lacrosse. And that’s just the start of the recreation! With 1,500 feet of shoreline, you’ll also enjoy incredible amenities right on the water, including a three bay boathouse with boat and jet ski lifts, plus a large covered deck and separate floating bunkhouse that kids of all ages will love.
Nearby, an outdoor living and entertainment pavilion features a massive stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and grill/kitchen area with everything you need to serve up a Texas-sized feast for family and friends. And that’s important after a long day on the lake or a trail ride on horseback around the stables, pastures and barn.
After sunset, guests can gather ‘round the fire pit before bedding down at the main home, the bunkhouse, carriage house apartment or a separate guest house also on the estate. No matter where you lay your head, the sounds of crickets and wildlife will lull you to sleep, with dreams of yet another day in this private paradise.
If you’re looking for a truly special place to create new and unforgettable memories, Camp Menehune is just place for you and your family. Come visit this East Texas jewel and experience all the beauty, serenity and magic of this magnificent lakefront estate.