High Hill Farm offers getaway spot with many amenities.
Mother Nature was kind to 70 acres of rolling hills just southeast of Tyler, and now a resort-type property is available to anyone throughout East Texas who wants to enjoy a relaxing retreat without having to hop on a plane or drive 5-6 hours.
High Hill Farm opened in September 2015, and by May 2016 the vacation getaway in Arp graced the cover of Texas Monthly magazine for an article about the top 10 places to stay in Texas. The destination offers luxury, comfort, good food and wine, and beautiful surroundings.
“We were living in Dallas and looking for some land to make our own personal escape, so we happened to accompany our daughter to Tyler for a horse show and fell in love with the topography and rolling hills of Tyler,” says Sharon Romano, High Hill Farm co-owner with her husband, Jason. “I’m a former events planner and Jason is a successful builder who is always looking for what’s next to develop, so we found this property and decided to create an escape.”
Sharon Romano says the couple went to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce with their idea, and officials got excited because nothing like it has been previously available in East Texas.
“We offer high-end luxury but still embrace the scenery that includes piney woods and a vineyard cascading down the rolling hillside,” she says. “Tyler and East Texas have gorgeous countryside that is often overlooked, and this is an ideal getaway for vacationers as far away as Dallas, which for them is a 1 hour, 45 minute drive.”
Unplug and Relax
She points out that High Hill Farm is not a bed-and-breakfast and it isn’t a place for camping. All rooms are private bungalows similar to what vacationers might find in the California wine country.
“We started with three private bungalows and are in the process of constructing four more. There are currently two deluxe bungalows with king accommodations and priced at $245 a night, while our bungalow suite has king accommodations, an extra living space and a large bathroom with spa tub priced at $280 a night.”
Other resort amenities include an open courtyard, outdoor swimming pool, casual Southern-French restaurant, Côte, complete with a master chef, and the Napoleon Bar cocktail lounge. Accommodations include continental breakfast delivered to bungalows each morning. Also on site are several nature walking trails.
“During the day, guests can sit at the pool with a cocktail, go for a walk along a trail, then enjoy in-room or poolside dining in the evening,” Romano says. “This is a place to unplug and relax, and there is also an outdoor fireplace for enjoying evening cocktails under the star-filled skies. In addition, we are building a small spa and treatment room.”
500 Wedding Guests
So in 2017, more than a year into their venture, how are things going for the Romanos at High Hill Farm?
“Things are going well, with more and more people learning about us. We have welcomed several return customers, which is what we want,” Romano says. “Weddings and other large events have occurred here, with our ability to accommodate up to 500 guests using a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.”
She reiterates that High Hill Farm is all about combining laid-back luxury with the natural beauty of the Tyler region.
“This destination resort is the perfect getaway for guests who want to experience the good life along with a variety of outdoor activities.”