Owner's Description/Bio

Sustainable homestead.  23 fenced and improved acres with 3648 sq. ft. house and 4800 sq. ft. metal shop building and owner business on site (www,ancientovens.com).  Located far North Central Texas Approximately 6 miles from the Oklahoma border and Red River.  100 miles to Dallas.  97 miles to Fort Worth.  47 miles to Ardmore, OK. 5.5 miles north of Saint Jo, Texas (population 700ish).

Sustainable minded neighbors, including seller who plans on moving to adjacent acreage tract “next door”.   Local HI Way 82 corridor (Muenster and Lindsay) home to large communities of heritage German farm and ranch descendants.  Hard working, conservative and predominantly Christian.

House is 3648 sq. ft. total
Main floor (1824 sq. ft.)- sitting parlor, office, 2 bedroom, two bath, large kitchen and plenty of storage.
Walkout basement (1824 sq. ft.) – finished with 2 bedrooms, large family room, laundry room, bath and larder.

House built in 2004 with extreme sustainability designed in:

*2 x 6 interior and exterior wall studs with R-19 insulation
*Brick with rock accent exterior
*Thermal radiant barrier on roof decking
*External walls wrapped thermal radiant barrier
*House enclosed 3 sides by 12 ft wide porch roofing
*All windows are thermal low E double hung
*Summer cooling bills avg 125.00 to 150.00 /mo.
*No A/C in basement. Not needed.

Four wood fired stoves / ovens on property:

*Amish wood burning stove (Cunningham model) in basement will keep entire house between 70 – 72 degrees in winter.
*Amish wood cook stove (Pioneer Maid) with 10 gal water reservoir located in restaurant lodge kitchen
*Custom built, Alan Scott (“The Bread Builders”) style wood fired oven located in restaurant lodge. Interior cooking dimensions 3 ft x 4 ft.
*Second custom built Alan Scott style wood fired oven located outside at cooking pavilion. 3 ft x 4 ft interior also.

3 water sources:

*Property bordered by spring fed creek
*Well on site. Approximately 10 gal / min.  Very good water
*20,000 gal rainwater catchment system with sediment and UV filtration. Feeds entire house.  Plumbed off of metal roof shop.  1 in rain delivers approximately 3000 gals of water to catchment tanks. Avg rainfall 28-32 in annually.
*Stock pond

Ancient Ovens Wood-Fired restaurant (Owner business on site. Has been a world renowned dinner destination for 11 years. Serves guests on Fridays / Saturdays by reservation.  4 course wood fired Italian meal.  One seating per evening):

*Corner of shop building contains commercial kitchen.
*L shape lodge built on shop for inclement weather dining. Seats 75 guests.  Houses wood fired oven, dining area and guest restrooms
*The outside wood fired oven is under the cooking pavilion. Outside dining area seats 120 – 130 guests

Sale of Ancient Ovens restaurant and all proprietary information, including trademark, social media, customer list, telephone number, recipes and processes, restaurant equipment and  booking program will be a separate sale from the Real Estate Property sale.

Property Overview:

*Homestead is located on what is arguably one of the most beautiful "valleyed and hilled" locations in all of North Texas
*Xeriscape landscaping is low water and low maintenance
*Has orchard with fruit trees and brambles (Peach and Blackberry)
*Heavily wood chipped, no till garden area to grow vegetables
*Soil type sandy / sandy loam. No rocks
*Zone 7 longer growing season climate

Metal Shop Building:

*Contains a partially finished one bedroom and bath guesthouse
*Automotive and welding workshop
*10,000 lb capable two-post automobile lift
*Large overhead storage lofts with stairway

Property Features
Commanding Views, End of the Road, Fenced or Gated, Saferoom or Bunker
Barn, Fenced Pasture, Fields, Garden, Orchard, Pasture
Stream or Pond, Well, Well or Spring
Grid Connected
Cell, Internet, Phone
Airstrip or Helipad, Year Round Road
Home Features
4 bedrooms
5 baths
Additional Features

Property Features

  • 20000 gallon tank rain water catchment system
  • amateur radio tower
  • Business Opportunity with commercial kitchen and dining facility
  • wood-fired ovens/stoves



  • 857 Childress Road Saint Jo, Texas 76265
  • 33.7669538, -97.50601489999997