Waterfront Lodge for 20 + Guests w/ Gorgeous Views and Outdoor Fireplace
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About Stacey Smith
My name is Stacey Smith and I am the owner of Peninsula Ranch and Lodge. I am from the East Texas town of DeKalb. I was born in 1952, and have lived on the Ranch since 1990. When I purchased the property, it was 100% undeveloped, but I saw it as a "Diamond in the Rough" so to speak. The Ranch has been, and continues to be, a very important part in my life. I have raised my three sons on the Ranch. It has brought us many enjoyable memories, as well as a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Everyone who has visited Peninsula Ranch and Lodge seems to have been very happy and satisfied with their stay. I hope to see you soon!
Stacey Smith purchased this Lodge in 1990
Why Stacey Smith chose Quinlan
When I purchased this property in 1990, I really didn't know a lot about a large pieces of land, but I wanted to work with nature to create an exceptional ranch. In addition to water -- 7 miles of shoreline -- I have always felt that the place has a near perfect mixture of native timber and pasture. Living on the Ranch has allowed me to be hands-on in the long construction process, and currently allows me to be readily accessible for the needs of the guests.
What makes this Lodge unique
It has been quite a journey, but things like having guests to tell me that the lodge rivals anything they have seen in Montana makes it seem all worth while. Thanks so much, and I look forward to meeting you! Stacey Smith
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Went with a group of young boys and dads for a fun weekend. Great place for us.
50th Wedding Anniversary
We held a family reunion for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. This ranch lodge housed all the children and their spouses, and 14 grandchildren comfortably, about 20 people overall. It was cozy enough for personal conversation and large enough for all to have their own space. The property managers were so easy to communicate with and very accommodating. The third floor was enjoyed by the older grandchildren, while adults and under 6 kids took the first and second floors. The fishing was excellent, the donkeys would take carrots from your hands, the zebras were aloof but content to stand nearby, and the bobcats were amazing to see so close up. We also saw deer running through the property and the owners dogs had just had puppies so the kids were loving them as well. We had an escorted outing to see a few of the oldest Pecan trees in Texas located right on the property. This reunion will be one of the families most memorable trips and we couldn't have asked for much more. One side note is the kitchen has all the basics you need for simple meals, but if you want to get fancy be sure and bring your own specialty pan, cookware, or utensil. There is also a Wal-mart very close to the ranch's entrance to pickup any items you need. We had no problems with finding items that we ran out of, or forgot to pack. Can't wait for our next visit to the Ranch!
Owner was welcoming, friendly and helpful. The property was lovely, the house was spacious - plenty of room for our family gathering. Enjoyed skeet shooting and the fire pit at night. We're a pretty low keyed group. A couple of things that could be improved: 1) A thorough cleaning of baseboards and under furniture - lots of cobwebs and dead bugs, 2) old food/drinks removed from refrigerator/freezer, 3) found cooking implements with old dried food on them, 4) kitchen lacking in basic needs - had to purchase several items including a colander to drain spaghetti, a large enough pot to boil spaghetti and a large bowl to mix a salad, 5) towels were older and some were threadbare, 6) patio and outdoor furniture had a lot of cobwebs - a quick rinse with a hose would have made it much more inviting. Those are small items that would have made our stay even better but overall enjoyed the property.
Thanks for the feedback Donna. We will make extra sure that those things are not an issue in the future. We had a new cleaning lady before your stay and I should have done a better check-over. Hope to see y'all again!
We had a great time and the property was very nice. The owner and his son were super nice
If you enjoy privacy, wildlife and fun on the water, this is the place for you. Great for large families that want to get away from it all. Owner and his son were great, very responsive and helpful.
Perfect setting for our extended family getaway
We had a great time and the owners were very hospitable! We were provided farm fresh eggs (we went and thanked the chickens directly) and ripe tomatoes from the garden. The kids enjoyed the two fishing piers and caught bass and catfish. The resident animals were all friendly and we enjoyed their company. We used the fire pit to roast marshmallows and took in the cool evening breeze. The staff were very attentive to our needs and we left feeling very relaxed.
We were a group of about 30 and enjoyed our stay at Peninsula Ranch. There was so much room and so many different activities and games. There is a Walmart within 15 min drive. Owners were super nice. Only complaint is the tap water tasted a bit odd.
We can give tours of the property by Polaris Ranger towing, if needed, a covered wagon.
We have a private island, and some of the largest pecan trees in Texas are on the property.