|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Elk Ridge Ranch-Located just 9 miles from the French Lick Resort and Casino in the midst of the Hoosier National Forest. Patoka Lake just 12.8 miles and scenic White River 8 miles.
The property has been a working elk ranch with a few Elk to see and feed.
Hay wagon rides can be arranged on-site. Also a 9-hole-par-3 golf course, fitness center gym, a vineyard, berries, wildlife on 120-acres.
Property has a full workout gym. Gym has 2000 sq. feet full weights room, three cardio machines, yoga room, gymnastics mat), plus....a private par three golf course, a stocked fishing pond, bon fire pit , sauna, commercial kitchen.
This is a perfect property for a large family gathering or a corporate meeting and retreat. Room for several RV's too!
PRIVATE GET AWAY !
This place is remote and private yet close to all the tourist activities in French Lick, Indiana. The entire property sits on 40 acres of Vineyard, Lavender and herb gardens. The Par three golf is beautiful. Its a working ranch
Should you require a place for a very private meeting or party .....here it is!
PRIVATE CHEF OR HOG ROAST on site
The Elk Ridge owner is a former steak house owner and trained as a chef in Bangkok. Ask us about catering your event with a special dinner or a HOG ROAST and or hay ride!
Owner is also trained in a few RAW foods dishes.
Or....ask us about supplying your group with some elk steaks or burgers!
HAY WAGON RIDE- or Wine Ride
Ask us about a haywagon ride for your group Perfect for kids of all ages. Either the kids on an evening ride or the adults enjoying a glass of wine on the hay wagon.
Sleep among the Vineyard !
Nestled in the vineyards of Elk Ridge ranch, the Blanch house is a quiet get away for both couples and adventure seekers. With over 1000 mature grape vines, Elk Ridge is becoming a destination. Just look at our bookings page!
Only 15 minutes from the French Lick casino and resort. Massage table on site and massage therapists available if you plan ahead.
Snuggle up at the bonfire at Elk Ridge Ranch. Ask us to cook up a hog on the hog roaster for your group! Inquire about our local caterer at reasonable rates per person.
Personal Chef Available
Dave & Wendy Marshall and our son Rob work and manage the ranch as a small family business.
We restored the Big Barn Lodge as our weekend vacation home and family vacation retreat.
We enjoyed flying into French Lick from our home in Lansing Michigan as a weekend retreat. Here in southern Indiana, we enjoy a slower pace of life, a beautiful countryside and our own private 9-hole-par-3 golf course. We think you too will find that things slow down here and that you will find it a unique place to share with family in our rustic Big Barn Lodge that we restored from a vintage family farmhouse and barn.
Our life and business ventures now include the lodge rental business- Where we rent out our two lodges:
Our properties are: The Big Barn Lodge with vintage farmhouse, 'Blanche House.' The Big Barn Lodge is designed for larger groups and it is where we host many wedding in the Lavender gardens and the Vineyards.
Fitness Retreats: We also manage our fitness retreats here at the ranch when we are not renting the property for family reunions, group outings, corporate retreats, church groups or other events.
Elk Ridge Ranch is the perfect setting for a country themed wedding. At Elk Ridge Ranch we host many indoor and outdoor weddings in the Vineyards, or among the Lavender fields.
The entire family enjoys aviation and fitness sports. The owner and his son are both pilots. We hope to meet you soon!
Wendy Marshall purchased this lodge in 2000
Why this property?
This property came available at auction and we started on the restoration of the 1890s barn & 1901 farm house. The property had been in the family since 1816, so it has some historical charm too!
We decided to build a vacation home on the family farm because it was less than a two hour flight from our primary home.
We loved the warmer weather in southern Indiana compared to where we lived in Michigan. We enjoy boating at Patoka Lake. We like to relax in the southern Indiana country surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest and close to the ambiance at historic French Lick Springs Resort and Casino. Living in a tourist town is like being on vacation all year long with Patoka Lake, PGA golf courses, tons of tourist attractions.
Here we get 3 cold months a year and much better spring, summers and beautiful colors in the fall.
We like the wooded lay of the land as a great spot to put up high fence for our Elk and Buffalo. Raising our own grass fed organic meats is important to us.
We also wanted gentle rolling hills to build our personal / private golf course. Our golf course is a huge hit just because it is invitation only. It's available to renters of the Big Barn Lodge and our Grand lodge at Elk Ridge Ranch.
Keep in mind....this is quite possibly the worst golf course in the USA! It is quite difficult and it is very beautiful as its fairways are lined with grapevines and lavender plants.
Here you can shoot Clay pigeons, handguns, have a bonfire, play golf, fish and make some noise if you want. In nearby French Lick, Indiana there are activities of all types to keep you amused.
We are deep in the woods of The Hoosier National Forest but just 15 minutes from a 5 star hotel and world class steak house. We feel our location is a perfect balance of remote ranch living and activities in town that compare to some of the finest attractions in other well known resort towns.
Unique Benefits of our property?
We liked getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relaxing in the country as a change of pace. But we still like modern amenities, so we built our own 9-hole par 3 golf course on the property. For an extra activities fee, we can take you on a hay wagon ride or invite you to participate in one of our fitness classes. We have a full weight gym with cable weights, free weights and cardio equipment, so you can come back from vacation with a whole new physique.
The Big Barn Lodge is a rustic western post and beam building with wagon wheel chandeliers, a pool room, a full commercial kitchen and lots of space to hoot-n-holler like in the old west. It is large and comfortable. The kitchen is all commercial grade - as in just like a restaurant! appliances and comes stock with all of the plates, pots and pans that you will need for a group of 50.
The covered deck is a great place to sit and rock in a chair and enjoy the morning coffee and that glass of wine in the evening. The pergola deck is also huge and it is a great place to sunbathe and enjoy a nice dinner on the deck.
Our infrared sauna seats 3 people.
If you are looking for something that is a bit more on the high end of country living, see our listing for the Grand Lodge.
We had barn house & farmhouse. Since we mostly had adults in the farmhouse, it was always quiet there. The farmhouse has all window air conditioners (that only worked so-so) & ceiling fans. The barnhouse has the kitchen & all the living and eating areas plus full bathrooms on the main floor & upstairs. The vast majority of the barnhouse is rough-hewn wooden beams which makes it virtually indestructible. Compared to other rentals where I worry the kids might damage something, the barnhouse was great for the kids to play and run with no worries. There was 1 queen bed in the laundry room behind the kitchen on the main floor. Upstairs were 3 private bedrooms (2 with queen beds and 1 with a queen and a twin). There was also a big dormitory-style bunk room with 8 bunks that worked well for filling up with kids. The upstairs also has lots of tables & seating. Mostly the kids used it for playing board & card games or sitting on the sofas to watch TV. There was also a long bar where we sat & talked one evening. Plus there was an area with a very long table & chairs. We didn’t eat there but did move them out to make a big open space for our square dance. Elk Ridge Ranch is quite isolated from neighbors which made it nice so we could be as noisy as we wanted and not worry that we were bothering anyone. Also it was comforting to know the kids could run all around and there were no busy streets or hazards like a swimming pool. There is no place for bigger kids to ride bikes or skooters since all the driving surfaces are gravel - though small kids can ride trikes on the sidewalk. The wifi doesn’t always work; comes and goes. Adults enjoyed walking over to golf & to fish on the grounds. We also had a lot of fun sitting on the wooden benches around bonfires in a giant wire basket. We paid Dave, the owner, to take all of us on a hay ride. It was fun & he let the kids take turns helping him drive the tractor. They loved that. Our group also enjoyed going to the pioneer village at Spring Mill State Park, Holiday World Amusement & Water Park, deluxe golfing at Sultan’s Run, the French Lick casino, and swimming at a beach at Patoka Lake. We were lucky the big Stassenfest Festival was going on in Jasper when we were there. There were more things in the area that we wanted to do but ran out of time so will have to wait for our return to Elk Ridge Ranch.
I would definitely stay here again! There were 25 or us and we had plenty of room. We stayed in the barn & Blanche house combo. We hiked the propery--beware of ticks! We had a nice, private time here. It was close enough to town we could enjoy local attractions and still be away from it all. Print your map for the last section of this trip. GPS is spotty, at best!
Elk Ridge Ranch farmhouse & barnhouse in August 2014 was the 6th rental place we’ve used for our annual, week-long family reunion of 25-30 people. It is by far the best we’ve rented. Everyone LOVED the big barnhouse’s giant, eat-in commercial kitchen (after all the years we’ve been cooking for so many people cramped in a standard kitchen not much bigger than the one you have at home). The kitchen had 2 big refrigerator/freezers plus a third commercial “frig” with big drawers. The stove top was big (6 burners I think) with a large griddle (maybe 2’x3’) that was perfect for our pancake breakfasts. There was a big commercial oven, 3 laundry-tub-size sinks, tons of dishes and every utensil imaginable. Even a blender we used for smoothies. The kitchen table seated 10 which was about perfect for our trickle of people as they woke up for breakfast. We also used the outdoor gas grills. The only cooking problem we ran into was the big, commercial microwave tended to burn microwave popcorn. Though there was a long table upstairs in the barnhouse, we never ate there. Instead we enjoyed eating our dinners on the 4 picnic tables on the giant covered deck. Being shaded, it was comfortable with the weather in the 80s that we had. The deck had a long, narrow bar that worked great for making a buffet line for dinner each night. Because the deck is very roomy and open to the air, it didn’t feel cramped and noisy when the kids left the table and ran around the deck playing. From the covered deck we could walk through a door into a silo that had been converted into a workout room and theater. The silo has weights, machines, yoga mats and such. It also has a giant screen and a projector. When we arrived, the owner Dave showed me how to plug my computer into the projector. Every evening after dinner we moved chairs into the silo (or sat on yoga mats on the floor) and watched videos and family slide shows from my computer. Was so easy after all the years we’ve been in rentals where we had to bring our own projector as well as create a make-shift screen by clearing pictures off a wall or hanging a sheet outside on the wall of a building. Elk Ridge Ranch is so gigantic, it was easy for people to get their space if they needed it. The barnhouse and the farmhouse are on opposite sides of a gravel parking lot. The farmhouse has 5 bedrooms (no kitchen or living areas). Four of them had queen beds and a toilet, sink & shower. The 5th room had a queen and a twin
Our extended family just had a wonderful week-long get together staying at the barn and Blanche house. They were perfect for a group that wants to relax and have fun. The large kitchen is a godsend and the rec rooms and gathering areas are great. Will make sure to bring more outdoor stuff next time, as we didn't realize all of the things to do around the ranch. Dave and Wendy were very friendly and helpful whenever we had a question and worked hard to make it an enjoyable stay.
Our family outing was fabulous. We rented the Grand Lodge on top of a hill for 19 family members in Feb. Our skiing plans were trashed because of the warm temps, but we took kids to the indoor water park, and adults went gambling. The gym was tremendous for indoor games and some exercise. Plenty of beds, well stocked kitchen, wifi was a must for those with homework. Owners are very helpful. If you rent, ask for distance between the turns on the directions. Once you find the place, it's easy, but in the dark, it's challenging.
We just got back from another successful family reunion at Elk Ridge Ranch. We had a turn out of 45 ! from the family. This year marks our third year meeting family from around the mid west at Elk ridge. The main lodge is rustic, like you would find out west in Colorado. Its our kids personal favorite as they like the fishing pond and the bon fire pit. The Grand lodge is five star accommodations and that's where we stick the family members that would complain about anything but its so nice they cant. Dave and Wendy that run the place are helpful and will join you for dinner and drinks if you invite them. We love the place because its rustic, its peaceful and its huge! Now its not the Hyatt! if yo want luxury rent their grand lodge if you want down home country fun with lots of room the main lodge at elk ridge is the ticket. ~Dave Robinson & family - Chicago , Il
We suggest that you plan adventures at French Lick, Indiana tourist attractions or Patoka Lake. French Lick tourist attractions include train rides, bowling, pinball recreation rooms, PGA golf courses, antique shopping, miniature golf, laser tag, horseback riding, go-carting, zip lines and water park. Patoka Lake marinas offer paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking and pontoon and ski boat rentals.
Other on-site activities available for additional activities fee include:
1. Cooking Class: Raw foods, Thai foods or how to cook the very best 2-1/2 inch beef fillet mignon you ever personally cooked.
2. Martial arts class
3. Yoga Class
4. Group fitness class or one-on-one personal training
5. Guided Hike
6. Hay wagon ride- for kids or for adults.
7. A bon fire or campfire
8. Clay pigeon shooting
9. .22 rifle single shot shooting
10. Gardening demonstrations in our greenhouse on lavender, pruning grape vineyards, growing wheat grass, sunflower sprouts and permaculture organic gardening education.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1.00|
A damage deposit will be charged for any large parties.
***We will consider one or two night rentals at a premium rate- Just ask us.
50% non-refundable deposit due at time of booking to reserve the space with the balance due upon arrival. We accept major credit cards. No refund on deposit for cancellations or change of plans. Signed copy of rental agreement required.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.