|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Trimble Creek Lodge - Personalized Vacation Lodging for Families, Reunions & Groups of 8-15. Summer getaway planners, treat your family to a truly unique vacation that allows togetherness and getting away from the crowd in a pristine, natural setting on a 72 acre peninsula of beautiful Bull Shoals Lake, nestled in the Arkansas Ozarks. This Vacation Rental includes a Lodge plus three unique cottages, a bunkhouse, treehouse, and private boat and swim dock in a gorgeous, quiet cove, as well as A 9 Hole Disc Golf Course, lighted horseshoe pits, foosball table and plenty of books for the reader in the family.
Bull Shoals Lake is open and clean - perfect for family water activities like wakeboarding, skiing, boating, tubing, fishing or just relaxing in the lake. Our private boat & swim dock is for our guests only and is located in a beautiful secluded cove. Solar powered and equipped with a fish cleaning station, we keep our dock well-maintained for your personal or rented boats. We keep the dock the way we know families who care about their boats like it! We also feed the fish so your little ones can enjoy fishing from the dock.
What makes Trimble Creek Lodge Unique? We, Michael & Lorilee (Lulu), are your Innkeepers during your stay at Trimble Creek Lodge, a resort with the privacy of a Vacation Home, the extras of a Country Inn and the adventure of a 72-acre Lakeside Peninsula. We offer one-of-a-kind vacations for families, reunions and groups of 6-15 in a unique set-up that includes: A spacious Lodge for gathering, three unique and charming, fully equipped cottages with many extras, plus private boat & swim dock, bunkhouse & treehouse.
We personalize for each of our groups. Homemade ice cream, double chocolate brownies, advice for fisherman and help celebrating a special occasion, birthday or anniversary are some of our unique offerings. Spend time together in the Lodge, on the dock or at one of the many porches throughout our resort. Then, spread out for sleeping in our 3 stand-alone cottages plus the bunkhouse. There are porches and patios around the Lodge & East Cottage and a great covered back porch at the Meadow House. We have gas and charcoal grills and provide most everything you need in our well equipped kitchens (waffle irons, crock pots, good knives, rolling pins, great pots, plenty of dishes and a dishwashers in the East Cottage for your family meals). Our bathrooms and bedrooms have fluffy towels, high quality sheets we iron by hand for you, beautiful quilts, fresh flowers and American & English soaps. Bring your food and friends and you are set!
Bull Shoals has 1,000 acres of shoreline and the water is beautifully clean. Guest’s love swimming off our swim dock and enjoying the seclusion of our beautiful natural location. This lake is so large, you can boat, ski or wakeboard without getting close to other boats – one of the reasons families love this place.
Every vacation here includes at least one free family style food gift from our Trimble Creek Lodge favorites including our own hand churned ice cream, double chocolate brownies or fabulous crusty fresh baked breads. Complementary cooking lessons with Lulu are part of the charm of this unique place.
What is your set up including sleeping arrangements?
An ideal space for all your group gatherings, card games, pool tournaments, and simply spending time with friends and family. The Lodge boasts fabulous lake views and is under the same roof as the East Cottage. This large, airy space houses the library, antique pool table, family-style dining tables, sofas, chairs, fireplace, hardwood floors, cherry paneling, ceiling fans and a twenty-two foot window wall with spectacular views of the lake and our Heart of the Ozarks hillsides. (We are at 900 feet elevation, the lake at 650). Attached to the East Cottage, and opening to back and front decks complete with grills, a sun deck, two sun-shading pergolas and outdoor furniture, the Lodge is a favorite with all our family reunions for lounging, refreshing, outdoor meals and catching up with those we love in our naturally mosquito-free location. The treehouse, foosball table (porch location) and nearby horseshoe pits provide additional outdoor fun for your group. The Hot Tub Room, a lovely redwood enclosed room with windows on three sides, houses our hot-tub-for-two and is also attached to the Lodge. About 1200 sf or a combined 2600 sf with the East Cottage. Free Wi-Fi.
East Cottage: Often the location for joint dinner preparations, the two and a half bedroom East Cottage is fully equipped with kitchen, lake view grill, bathroom, satellite TV, living room, sofas, chairs, air conditioning, linens, fireplace and two fridges for those extra vacation foods. Two queen-sized beds, two queen sofa sleepers, one futon, and one twin chair sleeper provide sleeping for 2-6 guests. Attaches directly to the Lodge. Free Wi-Fi. About 1400 sf.
Meadow House: A charming two-bedroom cottage style vacation home provides additional sleeping, kitchen and bathroom spaces for groups using the East Cottage and Lodge. A kitchen, family room, TV, bathroom, linens and air conditioning make the Meadow House perfect for families with younger children, grandparents, or those who enjoy a quiet getaway. A large covered porch provides lovely forest vistas where wild turkey regularly feed over rolling hills. Each bedroom sleeps two in queen beds and the family room also offers sleeping for teens or children on a twin futon and large sofa. Sleeps 2-6. Free Wi-Fi About 900 sf
Bunkhouse: A separate sleeping space with a view of the forest. Located just west of the Lodge, it provides sleeping and adventure for 5-6 tweens or teens in one full size futon and two sets of bunk beds. Flashlights included! Guests sleeping in the Bunkhouse come into the Lodge or East Cottage to use a bathroom. Available Summer Only.
The Barn at Trimble Creek Lodge: A perfect additional 'away from the crowd' sleeping space for a couple. One bedroom with a queen bed, kitchen, bathroom, family room with full sized futon and lovely views of an oak tree dappled meadow, located between the Meadow House and the Lodge/East Cottage. Sleeps 2-4. Free Wi-Fi.
Bathrooms & showers: Trimble Creek Lodge offers a total of four guest bathrooms (one each in the Meadow House, East Cottage, Barn at TCL and Lodge). The Lodge bathroom has a large old-fashioned claw foot tub and a great assortment of bubble baths (not a shower though). We also have an outdoor shower located near the East Cottage with a privacy screen on three sides and the forest on the third. We sometimes host an 'outdoor shower competition' with fun-loving crowds and taking outdoor showers is part of the vacation fun for many of our summer groups.
To summarize – East Cottage: Green Room (1 queen), White Room (1 queen), Tile Room (1 double futon). Family Room (2 queen sofa sleepers and 1 twin chair sleeper). Meadow House: Blue Room (1 queen), Pink Room (1 queen), Family Room (1 large sofa & 1 twin futon teen or child sleeping); Bunkhouse: 1 full futon & 2 sets of bunkbeds; the Barn at Trimble Creek Lodge: 1 queen & 1 full futon; Lodge: everyone for fun, dinner or gathering 24/7 (no beds).
What else is nearby? The Buffalo National Scenic River is not far and also great for day trips and river floats. The nearby White River is famous for the great trout fishing and we are only an hour from the shows and shopping in Branson. The new Crystal Bridges Museum on American Art is about 1.5 hours from here in Bentonville, Just for fun you might want to visit the towns of Yellville and Flippin Arkansas for used books or grocery shopping. Some guests visit the town of Eureka Springs (1.5 hours west of here) for upscale boutique shopping and fabulous Victorian architecture set into the hills of Northwest Arkansas. The Ozark Folk Center, located under two hours away in Mountain View, works to preserve and share the heritage and way of life of Ozark mountain people. Arkansas, named “The Natural State” has many beautiful outdoor areas for outdoor enthusiasts including lakes, rivers, trails and more. If you Google “Arkansas Trails” you will find many resources for outdoor activities and hiking in this region.
Our Guests are Saying:
'What a wonderful place for our family reunion! Thank you for a relaxing vacation at your 'nothing-more-to-be-desired place.' Looking forward to being with you again!' Mildred & Cleo MO
“Remarkably outstanding” only begins to scratch the surface of the feelings we all have for our Arkansas family vacation at your “best kept secret” lake country resort… WOW. Rich & Carla TX
'Y’all are amazing! You two go so way beyond what you have to do. You are an inspiration.' Jason & Joy AR
'Most comfy beds ever!' Ray & Lorrie MO
'What a bang up delight to find this place and two wonderful innkeepers to provide us with awesome experiences.' Paul & Barbara TX
'Thank you from all our hearts for making America feel like home! Sonia & Radu '- Romania
Dear Families and Friends,
We are honored by the many wonderful families who in the last 14 years have chosen Trimble Creek Lodge for their vacations or getaways. Over the years we created many memories during our family vacations with our children and extended family and friends. We hope you will do the same during your time here with us in Arkansas, the Natural State. We are fortunate our kids still return “to the Lake.” As a family, we treasure the things that were most different from our daily lives – long (and competitive) card games, lazy afternoons on the lake, learning new ways to have fun in the water – tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing and making up games of our own!
Here at Trimble Creek Lodge we hope you enjoy leaving your normal lives behind and experiencing life in our unique, natural setting where summer days are distinctive, simple and relaxed. Enjoy fixing (and eating) family breakfasts or dinners when no one is rushed to get to work, soccer or school. Have the kids do the dishes though there is one dishwasher in the East Cottage for group meals. Take the time to enjoy a quiet morning outdoors listening to the birds. Have a family story/discussion night and hear everyone’s stories – Grandpa as well as young ones (Michael & Lorilee have a basket of story-starting questions). Please let us know any questions about Trimble Creek Lodge. Our hope is that your family and friends will build your own memories and vacation traditions here in one of the most pristine, natural environments you will find in all of the US.
Michael & Lorilee (Lulu) purchased this house in 2002
We vacationed on Bull Shoals for years with our kids and realized there were no places quite like Trimble Creek Lodge - distinctive, yet simple and relaxed. Below is a list compiled by our guests of their favorite experiences here at Trimble Creek Lodge. Previous guests, please send us your favorites to add!
Favorite Vacation Experiences at Trimble Creek Lodge
Eat, sleep, read, fish!
Memorial Day – Mid September: Tube, Waterski or wakeboard on the lake where the water is beautiful and clean.
Game night in the Lodge – we have Cards, Poker chips, Scrabble, Monopoly, Dominoes, Jenga, Pool table (adults), Foosball (outdoor porch), Pictionary, Yahtzee, Uno, Apples to Apples, Guesstures and more - or bring your favorite games!
Walk - Forget the treadmill while you’re here, we have 72 acres for outdoor walking! (Remember the insect repellent and shoes for walking on rocky surfaces.)
Walk to the dock – 6 minutes down, 10 minutes up a rocky Arkansas lane – about ¼ mile.
Walk from the Meadow House to the Lodge, Lodge to Meadow House (1/4 mile), enjoy the views and scenery along the way.
Or bring your bikes for riding between the Meadow House or Barn at TCL and Lodge (the hills surrounding the Lodge are rocky and a bit steep for biking although we have had some mountain bike enthusiast who disagree!)
Bring your Discs and enjoy our new 9 Hole Disc Golf Course set up between the Meadow House and the Lodge.
Swim (Memorial Day – Mid September) or relax off the dock – we have both sun and shade for swimmers and relaxers.
Boat on the Lake – 1,000 miles of shoreline on the 10th largest lake in the US. Pack a picnic, find a nice cove, jump into the lake for a swim, play water volley ball or keep away. Nap or read in the boat. Enjoy this beautiful, clean and sparsely populated lake. There are boat rentals nearby at the Buck Creek and 125 Marinas.
Go to the next section for more things to do!
If you are here over July 4, consider watching fireworks over the lake from a boat! Pack your family into boats and enjoy a mosquito-free fireworks display from the lake.
Watch the hummingbirds, phoebes, bluebirds, orioles, indigo buntings, nuthatches, turkey, osprey, herons, hawks and even an occasional eagle.
Make (and eat) homemade ice cream!
Enjoy a baking lesson and learn to make Lulu’s home-made bread or other goodies.
Take outdoor showers (nice cold well water) or take a bath at the lake.
Have a picnic on the lake or dock.
Relax on one of our porches with friends or family. Meadow House has outdoor fans on the covered porch and a lovely meadow views. The East Cottage has sunny lake views and several shaded porches, front and back. Barn has a lovely view of an oak tree dappled meadow with the Lodge/East Cottage in the background.
Read a book from home or one of the many magazines or books we have available for our guests - Michael & Lorilee are retired teachers – Lorilee used to bring one suitcase filled with books on every vacation. Read a book in the TCL Treehouse and sign the Treehouse Reading Wall of Fame!
Float the icy cold White River and fish for trout.
Have a horseshoes or washers tournament.
Weather permitting, enjoy a bonfire, and bring your guitars! (Our county sometimes proclaims a “burn ban” if the weather is dry. This protects the forests that surround Trimble Creek Lodge.)
Float the Buffalo River (about 50 miles from TCL) and see why this is popular with outdoors enthusiasts from all parts of our country. In fact, the Buffalo was the first National Scenic Riverway in thIn fact, the Buffalo was the first National Scenic Riverway in the US.
Travel 90 miles to the original Bass Pro Shop, Springfield, MO – the outdoor enthusiasts and fishermen & women will thank you!
Take a day to explore Branson shows, shopping, and entertainment including Silver Dollar City, zip-lines through the woods.
Visit the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum
Thank you for the wonderful honeymoon! Everything was perfect. Can’t wait to come back with the kids!
Thank you so much for the outstanding hospitality and the successful family reunion! I cannot tell you how thrilled I was with your cottages and the lodge. Everything was beautiful, inside and out. The only kitchen we used was the one in the East Cottage and I must say I have never seen a rental so well stocked.
The relaxing atmosphere in the lodge led to great conversations, lots of laughs and catching up with family that we don't see often. Sitting on the patio or in the lodge, looking out at the lake was beyond breathtaking! It's easy to see how the two of you fell in love with the place!
I have already recommended Trimble Creek to others and I will always remember that weekend fondly!
Peaceful, relaxing, secluded getaway with neat, tidy accommodations. Three buildings with comfortable sleeping quarters. Their most excellent beds provide great sleep.
Gracious host and hostess engage with the guests with taste and style. They will cook for you, but if you bring your own food to prepare in one of the three fully equipped kitchens, they might still bring surprises like Lulu's Trimble Lodge bread or home made ice cream. I got Lulu's bread recipe and made some since!
My brothers and I each had one of the 5 bedrooms. 2 in the main house, 1 in the barn apartment, and two in the house on the border. TV's in each. WiFi, too. There is a fully covered tree house near the main house, which we oldsters never entered, but kids would never pass up.
We went out to fish and play golf during the day, but at nite, we were invited to use the fire pit for a bonfire. Horseshoe pits, too.
A pool table and other games are in the great hall that features big picture windows for looking out over the lake.
If you get up before dawn and look out the window, you will see deer, turkey and plenty of other birds to enjoy watching.
I watched the sun come up two mornings. Nice!
If you are considering this place, BOOK IT!
When we were looking for a place on a nearby lake to celebrate our anniversary this past fall, my husband and I wanted someplace special. Trimble Creek is just that place, part lake resort and spa, with beautiful gardens in a private, natural setting. The owners made us feel welcome immediately. For a special anniversary treat they prepared a wonderful fireside meal for us. I still marvel at their wonderful hospitality. This is by no means your average lake resort. I never felt like I had to "make do" in the kitchen, bath or bedroom. We highly recommend Trimble Creek Lodge.
Being a traveler and used to the amenities of big hotels in major cities, beautiful resorts and vacation homes, I was very surprised to find a gem - Trimble Creek Lodge - in the heart of the Ozarks. From the moment, my brother and I stepped out of the car to our final day at this resort, we were impressed by the level of personalized service by the proprietors, Lorilee and Mike. They were not only warm, hospitable and friendly hosts, but very informative and highly knowledgeable about the area. They lent a special touch to everything – from the welcome sign that greeted us as we entered the lodge, to the bouquet of fresh flowers delivered to the rooms daily. The cabins were very CLEAN, cozy and charming; the décor added to the feeling of a real home.
Upon arrival, and after being led to our quarters, my first impulse was to lay in bed and sleep because I was tired from driving. But the scenery beckoned. The large windows in the lodge offered a view of Bull Shoals Lake that was irresistible and breathtaking. One could read, play a game of pool or backgammon or simply sit, relax and enjoy nature. The gravel paths that meandered around the property offered many surprises – a vegetable garden, a tree house, a homey barn, a small grove of chestnut trees, beautiful rocks from the “Natural State” and breathtaking views of the lake and its creeks.
We sampled Lorilee’s delicious home-made bread, which was freshly baked, but disappointingly, we did not have the time to take the lesson in bread making due to the lack of time.
Trimble Creek offered a lot of privacy and a welcome relief from the stresses of city living.
I highly recommend this beautiful resort and will definitely return and hope to stay longer!
Staying here was certainly one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had. Being able to spend a whole week with my family was wonderful. We were there for a family reunion (15 of us) and you could be with people as much as you wanted or you could go to your cottage and have some quiet time. The Lodge is beautiful and the two innkeepers were wonderful in making sure everything was o.k.
We also rented a boat a couple days and everyone enjoyed that. There were water sports that the younger ones enjoyed and those who did not participate enjoyed watching. There again, if you did not want to go to the lake, it was wonderful just relaxing in the Lodge.
After we were home a couple weeks, my granddaughters (ages 11 and 13) spent a few days with us before school started. I asked them if they enjoyed our vacation. I got a very enthusiastic "YES". I asked what they liked the most and they said "EVERYTHING"! Not every vacation would get those answers from kids that age.
I would highly recommend this location for a place to stay whether it be a family reunion, a getaway or whatever the occasion.
Our family of 9 individuals, from 3 years to 80 years of age, travel all over the country. From Cape Cod, MA to San Diego, CA... And when all 9 individuals say they were 100% satisfied with Trimble Creek Lodge, this review should resonate will all that are contemplating on traveling to this particular location.
From the moment we drove down the old dirt road to gain access to the 70+ acre property... We all were a bit worried with what we would find at the end of the road. However, the moment we entered the Trimble Creek Lodge property that all changed as we were greeted with beautifully groomed & spacious land... Immediately, we could tell the owners took great pride in keeping the land in excellent condition. There also was the spectacular views of the lake (absolutely breathtaking)! As we followed the gravel road to the lodge, where we would eventually would check-in, we noticed the adorable Meadow House, the Barn, the Bunk House, and then the main house with attached lodge… All within walking distance!!! My 80 year old grandparents were ecstatic that the houses were all in close proximity to one another, as they were able to walk back and forth from the Meadow House to the Lodge each day.
We were given a short tour of the property and the houses we would be staying. Each house presented its own unique charm and character. The main house / lodge was the gathering point for our family each day/night, as this location offers the best views and also is the designated entertainment area. The Meadow House is at the opposite end of the property, where the grandparents stayed. This particular house offered complete tranquility and rest to those that stayed. The Barn House was another gem of the property! It has been converted to an apartment style living area, and offers a gorgeous bathroom!
I could go on…and on about the lodging facilities at Trimble Creek Lodge… But I believe it’s equally important to note the extraordinary hospitality that was given to use by the owners. They went out of their way to make sure our every need was catered too…and I found that this type of treatment is a rarity, and we all felt a little spoiled as a result of how well we were taken care of. We already miss the wonderful smells of lavender on all the towels and bed linens… and the owners teaching us all how to make old-school ice cream (homemade ice cream)… and the owners baking us fresh homemade batch of bread for dinner! Thank you Lulu & Michael for a wonderful time!
Summer reunions & groups reserve the entire resort. Trimble Creek Lodge is a cross between a Resort, a Vacation Home and a Country Inn, located on a lovely 72 acre peninsula of Bull Shoals Lake in a secluded, wilderness location. You will find plenty of extras like great beds, fresh flowers, ironed sheets and home-made desserts but you can cook for yourselves in our well equipped kitchens. One reason our place is great for reunions is our Lodge Common Space – an airy room with cathedral ceilings and plank oak floors overlooking the lake where you can gather day or night for games, conversations, or meals. This is a great lake for fishing, boating, waterskiing, tubing and other family water fun. The mile-long cove where our private dock is situated is not crowded and perfect for family water sports - you can always find a secluded cove to teach your kids to ski. New in 2015 is a 9 hole Disc Golf Course on Trimble Creek Lodge Property for our guests only! Within an hour’s drive find Golf courses, Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO, White & Buffalo Rivers. Visit the town of Eureka Springs (1.5 hours) for upscale shopping and fabulous Victorian architecture. The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville offers first-class American art in a fabulous natural setting just 90 miles from Trimble Creek Lodge.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 4 2016 - Jul 29 2016
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 6 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest|
May 26 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$225 + Tax|
|Dock||$200 + Tax|
We offer many extras for all our groups. VRBO "QUICK QUOTES" are sometimes incorrect for our property, which has many options. Call 870-436-3222 for your rate. Summers are scheduled 5-7 nights Sat-Sat & Summer Rates start at $3125 for 10 guests + fees for additional guests, $200 dock & cleaning fee for some groups-15 max.20% Discount for Spring/Fall Weekend Rates!