Today we’d like to introduce you to Purdon Groves. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Before Founders Houston and Sherry Clark purchased the acreage that is now Purdon Groves, the previous owner, Freddie Eads, hand cleared the property, thoughtfully creating manicured groves and open pastures. We want to continue pouring that kind of care into Purdon Groves, specifically by handcrafting experiences for our guests that inspire them to connect, retreat, celebrate and create.
We do this in a variety of ways:
Farm – The Farm at Purdon Groves is made up of our hydroponic farming operation, orchard and livestock. We strive to provide our community with wholesome, chemical-free produce and meat – whether that’s for PG farm to table dinners or our wholesale and retail customers. With 16 hydroponic towers, we are able to grow more produce in a smaller space, while using no soil and 90% less water than in traditional farming methods. We are breeding our Kunekune pigs and Rouen ducks to provide a sustainable and healthy protein source for the farm, as well as the community.
Table – Our Chef’s Table experience is an intimate (up to 20 guests) meal under our majestic oak trees. We connect over food, wine and conversation, while a gifted Texas artist shares with us their creative journey. The evening is highly interactive, with our chef introducing each course and paired wine, explaining cooking methods while preparing, plating and serving. Overnight guests may book a Private Chef’s Table Experience to enjoy during their glamping stay.
Venue – We believe there’s something magical about getting married under a natural canopy of giant oaks; holding your reception in a bright white party tent and dancing under a starry Texas sky. And if you’re looking for an outdoor space for a birthday party, family reunion, movie night or acoustic concert, we’ve got you covered at Purdon Groves! With a perfect combination of Texas pastureland and groves of trees, there’s a place just right for your event and price point.
Retreat – Our Retreat Experience is made up of Glamping tents (two wall tents and one bell tent) with comfortable bedding, rugs and the things you’d expect in a nice hotel room, including A/C or heat (depending on the weather), with creation right outside the door. But rather than waking to the person in the room next door, blaring his TV, you’ll wake to the sounds of nature.
During their 35 years of marriage, Houston fell in love with the creative community and developed a passion for sharing the artists’ gifts with others. At the same time, Sherry found her calling in hosting and fostering community around the table. The result is a joint desire to provide experiences that nourish the creativity of artists and enrich the lives of all who enter the gates at Purdon Groves.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
We had no idea when we bought our property four years ago how challenging it would be to get to where we are today. It’s taken longer and cost more than we could ever have anticipated. We bought a beautiful piece of property, but had to finish the necessary infrastructure – water, power, road – in order to accommodate guests. The weather has also played a major role in the development of our property. Who knew it could rain so much in Texas?!
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Purdon Groves?
One of the unique aspects of our property is the opportunity guests have to experience a true farm stay while Glamping in a spacious and comfortable canvas tent. (Did we mention air conditioning in the summer?) We also offer private farm tours for overnight guests and locals.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Houston has a background in business, while Sherry is a freelance writer.
- Glamping – Wall Tent – $125
- Glamping – Bell Tent – $115
- Private Farm Tour – $50
- Weddings/Special Events – contact for pricing
- Chef’s Table Experience – $125
- Email: Info@purdongroves.com
- Website: Purdongroves.com
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