Timber Beam Barn Lodge w/farmhouse, 10 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 16-40)
Wendy Henry (Marshall)
About Wendy Henry (Marshall)
Dave & Wendy Marshall and our neighbor Dillon Cornett work together to manage this small local 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 out a total of 3 lodges: This property consists of: The Big Barn Lodge with vintage farmhouse, 'Blanche House.' The Big Barn Lodge is designed for larger groups and families. We host many weddings, parties and family reunions on the grounds. 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. The entire family enjoys aviation and fitness sports. The owner and his son are both pilots. We hope to meet you soon!
Wendy Henry (Marshall) purchased this Lodge in 2000
Why Wendy Henry (Marshall) chose Shoals
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 built 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. About 3 cold months a year where our guests love to stay when they ski in Paoli, Indiana. We have mild spring weather. Warm 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. We raised our own grass fed organic meats for several years. We enjoy nature and wildlife. The gentle rolling hills were perfect 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 Blanche 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 fun and it is very beautiful as its fairways are lined with grapevines and lavender plants. Here you can shoot with proper licensing, enjort 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 among resort towns
What makes this Lodge unique
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. 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 just like a restaurant with all appliances and stocked with all of the plates, pots and pans that you will need for a group of up to 50. The covered deck is a great place to sit to enjoy the morning coffee a glass of wine in the evening. Our infrared sauna seats 3 people. If you are looking for something that is a bit more on the high end luxury end of country living, see our listing for the Grand Lodge VRBO 375028.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Smoking outside only.
Kids love the grounds, the fishing and the golf
Please agree to the terms and conditions of the attached rental agreement.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
10th annual family wee hens.
An amazing property with every amenity you could ever want for a family weekend. We ended up with 41 people at our annual Thanksgiving feast that we celebrate annually on the 3rd Saturday of October. We were all able to share this meal in one room with 28 around one big table. It was perfect. I would recommend this property to any family looking for something for everyone. It was most relaxing and the children enjoyed exploring the grounds. 5+stars. We will definitely return.
Great for large parties.
We had held our family reunion on the property and a had s great time! There were so many things to do that everyone was entertained. Wendy was always accessible to talk to with any of our needs and concerns. We will definitely be back next year!
Beautiful location for our 30 family members from 19 months to 91 years old. Lovely grounds with lots of things to do. Owner was very accommodating to our needs.
Great stay for large families
As guest of Elk Ridge Lodge and Cabin, we had the best time celebrating a wedding with a very large family. The facility made it very easy to sit back, relax and enjoy the entire weekend!!! Thank you Wendy and Daniel for your help getting us situated. You were always available for visits prior, questions and organizational help getting the place ready for the actual stay. We have already discussed doing a visit for just plain family time! Loved it!!!!
Great getaway spot.
The property is spacious and secluded, with plenty of room for everyone. The kitchen area is excellent, and the common spaces in the lodge are great for gathering. The kids had a wonderful time running around outside in the wide-open spaces. Wendy was very responsive for anything we needed. I would definitley recommend it!
Love Elk Ridge Ranch!
We celebrated the 80th birthday for my mother and her twin! Our families all congregated here and had a wonderful time! Wendy made all our requests easy and went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. The lodge/bedrooms/bathrooms/common areas were perfect and our group of 33 had plenty of space to be together or to go off on our own. We LOVED it! I wish we had booked it for longer -- but I guess it's never long enough! Thank you again Wendy for your hospitality! We would recommend the Elk Ridge Ranch for any occasion!
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 seasonally . Some activities require additional fee paid directly to provider.
1. Hay wagon ride- for kids or for adults.
2. A bon fire or campfire
3. Brick fired pizza oven dinners.
4. Catered dinners