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Luxurious 8.61-Acre Hidden Haven on Lake, Private Dock, Fishing, Hiking, Golfer

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Luxury, rest, creative space, privacy, peace....hiking, fishing, wooded walks, family memories...we invite you to experience our lakefront home, Rivendell in Branson.

Ideal for family reunions, staff meetings, retreats, luxurious vacations, golf outings, girls getaways, and those who want to hike and fish by day and relax in a hot tub by night...

Our guests have asked to take our mattresses home, 'borrow' our original art :-), move in permanently...One tween hugged her mom and said, 'I feel like I'm a princess!!'

Golfers rest between rounds near the grill or fireside for a game of chess. Fishermen hike down to the lake to our private dock to catch trout for lunch. Families walk through the woods and roast marshmallows over the firepit. Sunlovers tan on the deck and then lounge in the hot tub...

No need to worry about thin walls or loud neighbors or traffic noises...or people even knowing where you are! Our address is literally off the map, tucked away within 8+ acres, hidden by trees on 3 sides and Lake Taneycomo on the fourth.

Though just 3.5 miles from Hwy 76, 6 miles from Branson Landing and minutes further to all the fun Branson offers, you may never want to leave once you pull into the garage...

Wake-up in your luxurious bedroom to watch the deer in the morning. Warm-up to winter seated fireside by the Lord of the Rings chess set. Take a nature walk with loved ones. Enjoy laughter with family and friends around a grand dining table, over a game of shuffleboard, table bowling, foosball, arcade games, or with the Wii.

Watch the sunset with a panoramic lake view on one of the decks. Relax in the 8-10 person hot tub or detox in the 2-person sauna before you say, 'good-night.'

And end the day with a cup of your favorite coffee and a great book from Rivendell's house library as you sink into one of our fabulous chaises and chairs.

Welcome to our family's B&B (without the 2nd B).

Welcome to a private home hidden in the woods on Lake Taneycomo.

Welcome to a resting space where no one can find you and no one is calling your name.

Keywords: luxurious, lakefront, wooded, private home, sauna, hot tub, fishing, hiking, large groups, family reunions, church retreats

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2017

About Alicia

Early 2010, our fun-filled family embarked on four months of remodeling to transform this lakeview home into Rivendell! After taking prayer and writing retreats for 17 years, the door opened for us to create a retreat home of our own.

Through the miracle of adoption, we are the overjoyed parents of three outrageously creative children. Our eldest is gifted with Asperger's Syndrome, our middle is graced with extroverted compassion, and our youngest is currently seeking to master burping the ABCs... We home school part-time, parent full-time, and laugh a lot to stay sane.

Our personal residence is about one hour from Rivendell -- out in the country where you can count the stars. We are the happy guardians of 4 rescued (outside) dogs, 3 odd (outside) cats, 1 rabbit (yes, inside...for the moment), and 9 unusually social chickens.

We write. We travel. We invest in the next generation. We welcome you to Rivendell, our Branson retreat home!

Alicia purchased this house in 2009

Why Alicia chose Missouri

The rocks, hills, trees, lakes...Branson is filled with natural beauty. Since moving to Missouri from Texas in 1996, we've made frequent trips down to Branson to take the kids to Silver Dollar City as a family or to find a quiet retreat for rest and writing individually. We love the drive and often have taken side roads to simply enjoy the scenery.

Over the years, a dream grew in our heart of creating a home that could be a happy haven for families and a spiritual resting place for pilgrims. Our dreams accelerated in October of 2009 when we found this gorgeous home with a beautiful view, private acreage, and enough room for us to create a place of renewal and rest.

What makes this house unique

Reunions, family vacations, staff retreats, personal getaways, a writer's haven...

Groups will enjoy cooking in a beautiful lake view kitchen with 2 ovens. Once dinner is served, all can eat together in a kitchen/dining room that seat 22 comfortably or many more by simply opening the dining room door onto the upper deck.

Families will appreciate two living rooms, a 4-bed bunkroom just inches off the lower family room, loads of interactive games, and enough decks, patios, and yard to give everyone space to roam.

Small groups will delight in several warm rooms ideal for connecting, debriefing, brainstorming, and planning for the future with the only distractions being an occasional eagle and the irresistible sunsets...Our conference-size dining table seats 16 in comfort in a room sure to inspire.

Individuals will relish their private bedrooms, each of which features a relaxing chair/chaise and a desk that will bring out the writer in you! Every room is named, customized, and designed to spoil your body while you rest your mind.


Branson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , FAR Infrared Sauna
    Main Level Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Jack and Jill - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • 6
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Restoration - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Daybed with twin trundle in sunroom off this master
    The Scroll - 1 queen , Handicap accessible with attached bath with walk in shower
    Gentle Whisper - 1 king , Jack and Jill bathroom
    Living Waters - 1 king , Jack and Jill bathroom
    New Creation - 1 queen , Private Deck
    Eagle's Nest - 1 queen
    Green Pastures - 2 bunk bed , Four twins
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 double
  • King size beds (4) 4 bedrooms feature spacious King beds with Simmons (r) mattresses: Restoration, Gentle Whisper, and Living Waters., Queen size Beds (2) The Scroll (wheelchair accessible room) on the first floor and New Creation and Eagle's Watch on the lower level feature luxurious Queen beds., Twin or Single Beds (2) The master suite sunroom has a daybed trundle featuring a Simmon's pillow-top world-class mattress on top and a Nikken Kenkopad magnetic mattress in the trundle., Two (2) portable Pack-n-Play cribs are available along with toys for toddlers., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The main living rooms has a full-size sleeper sofa to provide 2 with a place to lay their heads. In addition, we have 2 self-inflating mattresses complete with linens and pillows. If your group is larger than 20, please call 4173345214. Friends have nearby accommodations so larger groups can easily stay within walking proximity on the Lake., Bunk Beds (2) Our bunk room sleeps 4.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Our family piano awaits guests in the living room, a 60 game arcade table, 8.6 acres with hiking trails take you down to the lake and dock, and our home sleeps 20 in beds (if your group is over 20 there are other properties nearby). Additionally, Rivendell has a private sunroom, shuffle board & bowling game table, house library, 6 luxury bedrooms and 1 bunkroom, outdoor campfire pit, and Simmons (r) pillow-top mattresses


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Luxurious 8.61-Acre Hidden Haven on Lake, Private Dock, Fishing, Hiking, Golfer
average rating of 4.9342103 based on 76 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place was so quiet & restful. We will definitely make this a yearly event

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overall, very imprested and happy with the house.

  • 5 of 5

Overall, very happy. Only one negative was the hot to started to smoke and we called it in, but no one showed up to work on it. The grandkids were disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We strive as much as possible to keep everything well maintained so each guest has a wonderful experience. Unfortunately sometimes the unexpected breakdown occurs. If at all possible, we will get it repaired that day, but a hot tub requires a hot tub repairman and in the height of summer, it is hard to get an immediate appointment in a town of hundreds of hot tubs and pools. And once the repairman came we had to wait a couple days for parts. This is an unfortunate and rare occurrence, but I always keep up with our guests to let them know the progress and we always, as we did with this guest, compensate them for the inconvenience. Once fixed the hot tub has been up and running and an enjoyment for our guests. Again, we are happy you found the home accommodating overall and we apologize for the inconvenience.
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Beautiful, restful property

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of 15 had a wonderful time! It was all we had hoped for. Our experience from beginning to end was great. The location is close enough to Branson to get out and do things, but we spent lots of time at the house, enjoying each other in a beautiful, quiet setting. We did rent a pontoon one afternoon, and saw Moses at Sight and Sound, which we highly recommend. The kitchen was very well stocked.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your family of 15 enjoyed quality together time at Rivendell as well as some of the Branson sites. Rivendell is large enough for large families with seating for up to 20 between dining table and stools. Although only 6 miles from Branson Landing and the Strip, it is far enough out of the way and nestled in the woods to make it very quiet and private. It is well stocked so you can just bring your clothes and food and begin to enjoy the porch and decks immediately. Thanks you for a great review. We do hope to host your lovely family again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

the place is beautiful. the whole house is great, the rooms are wonderful. the only thing is the lake is far down from the house. the way down is the lake is pretty steep but accessible. i would love to come back.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review. We had so much fun decorating each room with commissioned art and an author's touch with unique writing desks and decadent chaise lounges. Our beautiful views come from the vantage point of being on a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo. We have made the dock and lake accessible to most by adding rambling switchbacks and adding steps at the bottom where it is the steepest. A mere four minute walk through the woods opens up to a covered dock with outdoor furniture, perfect for enjoying our colorful sunsets or for catching your own fish for supper!
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Amazing views, plenty of space for a group!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, lovely place. It is the perfect retreat, a spot for relaxing. The house was clean, had everything we could possibly need, and lots of space for cooking for a group. The deck on back was my favorite place. I read a book in a comfy chair and just relaxed (not something I do very well, and certainly not very often!) and enjoyed viewing the water and the birds. Our church small group had a great time.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your small church group found Rivendell both accommodating and relaxing. It is the perfect place for a small group retreat. Individuals can enjoy a prayer walk down to the lake and mom's piano makes a great reason for gathering in worship and song. And yet there is enough space to get along for quiet reflection on a comfortable chaise lounge or private deck. We hope to host your lovely group again.
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Excellent Place for Family

  • 4 of 5

Our family stayed for a week and had a wonderful time! The management was very easy to work with setting up our reservations. The house and property are beautiful! The weather didn't cooperate with us, so we didn't get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we had hoped. The house is in a quiet location, but there is a nice grocery and a Dollar General not very far away and Branson is about 15 minutes away. There were 14 adults, 4 children, and 1 baby. We had plenty of room in the house. The dining room table seated the 14 adults and we put the children at the kitchen island/bar. The beds are very comfortable except the sheets are not made for the very thick mattresses so the sheets kept popping off! We had plenty of plates, bowls, glasses, silverware, and cooking utensils. However, if you plan on cooking a big pot of something (soup, spaghetti, etc), bring your own stock pot. They provide a standard pot set with 4 normal size pots, not nearly enough for cooking for 18 people. Also, I suggest bringing your own sharp knives for food prep. Lastly, the cribs listed in the amenities are pack and plays. However, we loved our stay and would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your family had a wonderful time at Rivendell in spite of the weather! Thank you for a great review and for giving us the opportunity to improve. We will be buying sheet fasteners! Rivendell is spacious and set up for large families and groups and we endeavor to make sure they have all the comforts of home. In fact, we have had to spill over into the garage to provide some of those things. There is a second refrigerator, shower seat, broiling oven, and large stock pot for our guests' use. I have reviewed "The Tour" that we send to all guests before arrival and have made certain that those items are now all listed. We know that young families have so much that they have to pack so we have provided a child's highchair which is located in the garage and two pack and plays which are described on our listing. And if there is something you can't find, an answer is close by with a phone call or text to the cell phone number provided. Again thank you for a sincere and thoughtful review and for helping us to provide even greater guest service in the future.
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Nearest Airport
15.5 Miles
Branson Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Holiday Hills
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Branson Scenic train
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 76 East
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Several at Branson Landing
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Moonshine Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Branson Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Skagg's Community Health Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Sun Fest
Nearest Point of Interest
Dogwood Lanes Bowling
Nearest Point of Interest
Holiday Hills Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Harding Auto Repair
Car: necessary

on Lake Taneycomo,5 miles from Branson Landing, 15 miles from the Branson airport, 15 miles from Silver Dollar City

Other Activities: Parsailing, Wildlife viewing, Mini golf, Hot air ballooning, Shopping, Boating, Rock climbing, Health/beauty spa


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 15 2017 - Aug 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 16 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 1 2018 - May 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 16 2018 - Aug 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2018
Aug 16 2018 - Nov 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 19 2018 - Nov 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late fall 2018
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 3 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.1%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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