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8 Cozy Cabin Rentals Near Dallas, Texas

by Cindy Brzostowski
Updated August 19, 2022

Cabin Rentals Near Dallas, TX
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Love city life but feel like it’s time for a little breather? Go enjoy the great outdoors at a cabin just outside of Dallas.

There’s a lot to love about Dallas that doesn’t have anything to do with football (or its cheerleaders)—from its top-quality museums to its fun nightlife to its first-rate shopping. But it’s also no secret that Dallas is a sprawling metropolis and notorious for its traffic.

If you’re craving a break from all that noise and commotion (and, you know, a break from getting stuck yet again on congested roads), then a getaway to a cabin somewhere could be just the ticket.

Spending some time with fresh air, a calmer atmosphere, and fewer people sounds appealing, doesn’t it? The good news is you don’t have to drive far from the city to find a scenic place where all of that is possible.

From picturesque spots with private lakes to inviting abodes with hot tubs, these are the best cabin rentals near Dallas. By booking a stay at one of these, you’ll be well on your way to some much-needed rest and relaxation in nature.

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1. WhiteTail Lodge

WhiteTail Lodge
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Why you should stay: A private lake and fun ranch activities come with this log cabin.

  • Nearest town: Eustace
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $495/night

Located at the Cedar Cove Ranch, WhiteTail Lodge offers a dreamy escape to the countryside. The cabin has simple but comfortable furnishings, but its best feature really is its location. It has a prime spot on the 700-acre property since you’re just 100 yards away from the private lake.

You certainly don’t need to worry about getting bored out here. The property has activities that guests can book like horseback riding, hunting, and UTV rides.

Aside from these, you’re free to hike, swim, and play the assortment of yard and board games. There’s even a foosball table inside the lodge! If you’re into fishing, bring your own rods so you can cast a line off the dock.

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2. The Miner’s Shack

The Miner’s Shack
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Why you should stay: Go off the grid a little at this quirky, secluded cabin where animals abound.

  • Nearest town: Terrell
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $325/night

Like rentals with a good dose of personality? Then, come out to The Miner’s Shack. This cabin is spruced up with artsy, vintage decor, and don’t be alarmed when you don’t see a bathroom inside. Full facilities are located in the nearby silo building.

Along with its interesting design, another distinguishing feature of this cabin is its unusual neighbors: Lions and tigers living in the wildlife refuge next door. Before you panic: You may hear them roaring, but you won’t see them running around. It is likely, however, that you’ll come across the host’s animals, including dogs, chickens, and horses.

During the day, consider checking out The Scuba Ranch, a local attraction where you can dive and snorkel. It’s okay if you didn’t bring your own gear since they offer day rentals.

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3. Winding Ridge Guest House

Winding Ridge Guest House
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Why you should stay: Enjoy the slow serenity of country living (plus excellent sunrises and sunsets).

  • Nearest town: Palmer
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

Situated on a 22-acre property, Winding Ridge Guest House is a ranch-style cabin with a large covered patio great for relaxing. During your stay, don’t be shy and go say hello to the local residents: A few miniature horses, some donkeys, and some goats.

To bide your time, unwind by lounging in the hot tub, or gather around the fire pit for s’mores. Any avid anglers should remember to bring their own pole so they can do some catch-and-release fishing in the pond. If you’re coming in the summertime, ask the hosts about using the pool at their nearby property.

This area is known for its abundance of wildflowers so if you time your trip right, you’ll be able to see a bunch of beautiful bluebonnets, the beloved state flower.

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4. Private Cabin

Private Cabin
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Why you should stay: Soak up the peace and quiet at this cabin on a ranch with more than 200 acres of woods.

  • Nearest town: Sulphur Springs
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

This private cabin on a 450-acre game ranch proves that leaving behind the city doesn’t have to mean giving up any luxuries. Decorated in country chic, this stay is fully outfitted with the modern amenities you’re used to at home like a full kitchen and TVs.

What might be different from home, however, is the pool table upstairs and the hot tub on the covered porch that you can enjoy rain or shine.

There are acres upon acres of woods to explore while you’re here plus a stocked pond for fishing if that’s something you’re into. For something more low-key, walk down the stone pathway to the little sitting area around a fire pit by the pond. With a cold beer in hand, what more could you ask for?

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5. Luxury Cabin

Luxury Cabin
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Why you should stay: This attractive property puts you right next to a wildlife preserve and a lake.

  • Nearest town: Quinlan
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $499/night

If you’re searching for a cabin rental so you can spend lots of time doing outdoor activities, then this luxury cabin is perfectly suited for you. For starters, the property connects to an 800-acre wildlife preserve where you can hike and horseback ride.

Secondly, you’re super close to Lake Tawakoni, a state park with excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of bass. To top it all off, Chisolm Trail Rides operates on the same ranch, meaning it’s a piece of cake to book a guided trail ride starting at two hours long and up.

When you’re tired from all that adventuring, come relax on the hanging day bed in the screened-in porch, or rinse off under the rain shower. While this cabin can already hold a sizable number of guests, there is another rear unit you can ask about renting to fit a few more friends or family members.

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6. Ulrich Cabin

Ulrich Cabin
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Why you should stay: At these laid-back accommodations, you can enjoy plenty of lake time.

  • Location: Midlothian
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Make yourself at home at Ulrich Cabin, a log cabin on a 165-acre property with its own lake. Said lake isn’t just for looking at (although it is quite beautiful during sunsets)—you can take out one of the kayaks to paddle around, and you’re welcome to go fishing.

Seeing as the sleeping situation here is a master bedroom with a queen bed and another bedroom with bunk beds, this stay is a particularly good option for small families. Kids will also love seeing the cows, donkeys, and longhorns on the property.

For more to do, head down the road to TexPlex Park where hours of fun can be spent riding go-carts, UTVs, dirt bikes, jeeps, and more. Bring your own vehicle or rent all the gear you need there.

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7. Triangle House

Triangle House
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Why you should stay: The Brazos River is your backyard at this A-frame cabin.

  • Location: Granbury
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $219/night

There’s nothing standing between you and the water at the Triangle House. That means that you only have to go a few steps to go swimming or fishing, and that from the back porch and deck you’ll get prime views.

The lofted sleeping area is split into two sections so whoever’s up there can have a bit more room to themselves. Up on the second story, you’ll also find front and back balconies for more spots to leisurely lounge about.

If you can squeeze it in, take some time to go into Granbury to visit its historic town square. It’s the first downtown square in Texas to make it onto the National Historic Register, and along with many boutique shops, you’ll see interesting buildings like the historic Hood County Courthouse and the restored Granbury Opera House.

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8. Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods
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Why you should stay: If you love to fish, you’ll definitely love having the pond right outside your front door here.

  • Nearest town: Royse City
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $269/night

This quaint little cabin in the woods is situated right by a stocked pond, making it particularly suitable for anyone who loves fishing. You don’t have to be an angler to enjoy your time here though seeing as the pond makes for a nice view as you enjoy your morning cup of coffee or read your book from the porch.

Need more room for you and all your travel buddies? The property has three more cabins that you can also reserve.

If you’re looking for something to eat and aren’t in the mood to cook, head over to the nearby Sweetwater Grill, a popular restaurant that holds events like open mic, karaoke, and poker nights.

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