28 November 2009


aubergine is a country retreat for inspired travelers located on eighteen scenic acres in North Central Texas. We cater to artists, writers, musicians, dancers, knitters, dreamers and peace makers as well as the weekend visitor in need of respite from the city. We offer space for classes, workshops, meetings, studio use and overnight accommodations. 

aubergine is giving. Through the generous support of our friends and sponsors, we are able to provide important opportunities to schools and non-profit groups. Our Friends of the Farm program lets school children experience what it is like to tend to crops and animals and learn about sustainable practices. Our Starving Artist program provides all artists with an inspiring place to create.

aubergine is preserving the past. Our guest cottages (as well as the studio, owner's residence and barn) are a collection of restored historic structures that were once in the path of development and were moved to our property to enjoy a new life. Cottages are available for rent daily, weekly or long term. Our property is surrounded by over one hundred acres of restored native Blackland Prairie which was converted to a conservation easement in 2011. This effort ensures that this land will remain in its native state and not be intensely developed for housing.

aubergine is sustainable. We make every effort to conserve resources. These efforts include: recycling and composting our waste materials; cleaning cottages between guests rather than daily; providing cloth or hand knit towels and napkins in all facilities and closely monitoring water and electricity use. The water well is our main source for filtered drinking water. Rain water runoff is captured in cisterns and in the pond and used for irrigation. Gray water and runoff from the septic systems is collected and filtered for irrigation. A wind turbine provides electrical power to the main house, studio and cottages which are also equipped with solar panels. We grow our own organic vegetables and have pecan and fruit tree orchards. Les Poussins de la Campagne (The Country Chicks) provide us with a daily supply of fresh, organic free range eggs. The knitting sheep generously give their wool for spinning and knitting. Organic cotton grown in our fields is often blended with their wool. We are soon expecting our first harvest of Afternoon Tea from our very own tea plants that have been maturing in the southern field.

aubergine is convenient; away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but close to many nearby attractions. The shops, restaurants and thriving arts culture of Dallas are 45 minutes away. Nearby smalll towns offer you the charm of their historic homes and antique and gift shops.

aubergine is rejuvenating. Unwind with a relaxing massage. Experience healing and wellness in a session with one of our professional team members. Re-center with yoga and meditation. Hike the trails through the woods and down to the edge of the lake. Sit and reflect next to the pond. Relax in the salt-water pool. Borrow a bicycle or kayak for some invigorating exercise. Harvest from our garden and delight in the wonder of a local and sustainable meal.

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