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Elk Ridge Ranch-French Lick-Family Reunions Corporate Retreats, Private Parties

Bedrooms 10
Space 10,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Timber Beam Barn Lodge w/farmhouse, 10 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 16-40)

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.

Formerly a working elk ranch, the property has several gardens and trails. 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), 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 a few RV's too!


This place is remote and private yet close to all the tourist activities in French Lick, Indiana like world class resort spas, golf courses and other tourist activities including laser tag, train rides, go-karting, a water park and historic architecture and antique shoppes. The Main Lodge and Blanche House at Elk Ridge Ranch property 375027 sits on 40 acres of vineyard, lavender and herb and vegetable gardens with a green house. The 9 hole par three golf course is a fun activity on the property. Bring your own golf clubs.

If you require a place for a very private meeting or party it is!

PRIVATE CHEF OR HOG ROAST on site seasonally

The Elk Ridge owner is a former steak house owner Dave Marshall who trained as a chef in Bangkok. Ask us about catering your event with a special dinner or a HOG ROAST and or hay ride!


Ask us about a hay wagon 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 near the Vineyard !

Nestled in the vineyards of Elk Ridge ranch, the Blanche house is a quiet get away for both couples and adventure seekers. With over 1000 mature grape vines, Elk Ridge is becoming a destination place. 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 book ahead of your stay. Other small day spas and large resort spas in French Lick and West Baden, Indiana.

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 seasonally.

Keywords: lodge

More Details

Wendy Henry (Marshall)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 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 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 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, 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 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. 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 luxury end of country living, see our listing for the Grand Lodge VRBO 375028.


Shoals Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please agree to the terms and conditions of the attached rental agreement.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Blanche upstairs King Bedroom #1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , This is the King Room
    Blanche upstairs bedroom #2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in bedroom
    Blanche Upstairs bedroom #3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in bedroom
    Blanche downstairs Bedroom #4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in bedroom
    Big Barn Lodge Down stairs bath # 5 - toilet , shower , Two toilets & two showers
    Big Barn Lodge down stairs Bathroom # 6 - toilet , shower , One toilet & one shower
    Big Barn Lodge Upstairs bathroom # 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bathroom near bunk room
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Blanche house King-Upstairs#2 - 1 king , Nice room shower/toilet/sink/Jacuzzi tub
    Blanche House Upstairs #3 - 1 queen , Nice room shower/toilet/sink
    Blanche House downstairs #4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , No bathroom in this room -
    Blanche house Downstairs #5 - 1 queen , Nice room shower/toilet/sink
    Big Barn Main Lodge Upstairs #2 - 1 queen , Shared bath/tubshower/toilet upstairs & 2 baths down stairs
    Big Barn Main Lodge #Upstairs 3 - 7 twin/ single , Shared bath/shower/toilet upstairs & two baths down stairs
    Big Barn Main Lodge -Downstairs # 4 - 1 queen , Shared bath/tubshower/toilet upstairs & 2 baths downstairs
    Big Barn Main Lodge -Upstairs #5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Shared bath/shower/toilet upstairs & two baths down stairs
    Big Barn Main Lodge Upstairs#6 - 1 queen , Shared bath/shower/toilet upstairs & two baths down stair
    Blanche Bedroom Upstairs #5 - 1 queen , Nice room shower/toilet/sink
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 25 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Need more room ? See our other listing for 5 additional bedrooms across the road from this property A huge beautiful Log Lodge VRBO #375028


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average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Perfect for a large gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 24 (kids and adults) spend the New Year's weekend here. The space was perfect for our group. There was plenty of room to spread out and lots of activities to enjoy, even in the winter.


- Lots of space and parking

- Well appointed, large kitchen

- Axe throwing was fun and different!

- Plenty of linens

- Very clean

- Good WIFI


- Bring slippers or plan to wear shoes the whole time. Multiple people got splinters going without them in the main lodge.

- No mixer in the kitchen.

- No thermostat in the Blanche House that we could find.

- Dumpster was already full when we arrived. A large group generates quite a bit of trash!

We are definitely thinking of renting it again for next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Choice Place for a Ski Trip

  • 5 of 5

Some of our buddies get together for a ski trip. Every trip here is a trip to remember. Warmed our feet by the fire after a hard day on the slopes and spent some time checking out the local hiking trails too. What a great place to get together with your buddies and just sit back and relax. Dave was a great host. Legendz Sports Bar and Grill in French Lick has great wings. Doing a do-over at Legends and Elk Ridge Ranch for sure!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for Family Holiday Celebration

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Elk Ridge Ranch for our annual family holiday celebration. The biggest room upstairs was a cozy place for us to relax in our PJ's and play cards, watch some great movies and share family time. We decorated the fireplace with stockings and garland so the grand kids could gather there for our gift exchange. The kids were fascinated to stay in a real western barn. Our young adults and teens are night owls! They stayed over in the main lodge with their activities going on until til way after midnight. My husband and some of the younger grand kids stayed over in the Blanche house, so we could get to bed earlier. The owner Dave hosted a surprise pizza bake in the pizza barn. The kids loved making their own pizzas and watching them bake. The boys played a few rounds of golf and had a great time. We went into French Lick a couple of nights for dinner. Kids were dazzled by the holiday lights and enjoyed time at the arcade and bowling alley in French Lick. Elk Ridge Ranch is a wonderful place for a large family get together. We loved the good times at the farm and still took advantage of the nearby tourist activities in French lick. We are already making plans to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property for a big group party!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great family reunion weekend at the Elk Ridge Ranch (8 family units: 13 adults, 8 kids). The owners were very helpful and responsive to all of our needs. Here is our feedback about the property:


*Great kitchen!!! The industrial kitchen was well-stocked and was great for food prep for a crowd.

*Great gathering space for a large group. We didn't make use of the bar or sound system, but there were couches, tables, and chairs enough for all of us. It was a little cold to use the deck, but in warmer weather this would be an awesome space.

*Beautiful grounds--rolling hills, vineyards, nine-hole golf course, fishing pond, and large bonfire pit with plenty of bench seating.

*Plenty of beds for a big group, including a bunk room that the kids loved!

*Awesome gym (2 floors!) with lots of work out equipment options.

*Plenty of parking for a crowd.


*Unusual bed/bath set-up. There were only 3 bathrooms (3 showers) in the main building and only one bathroom on the main floor where most of us had rooms and everyone hung out. In Blanche House there is a first floor room without an en suite bath, which would be OK but there is NO bathroom that is NOT en suite (hope your comfortable using a bath in someone else's room--this was a problem for us).

*10 of the beds are in a large bunk room. This was great for us for the kids, but may not be so good for many groups.

*The kitchen is downstairs, but there is only seating for 8 downstairs. The main dining area is upstairs. There is no elevator, so it is a lot of stairs up and down with food and dishes.

*The property is NOT handicapped friendly. The main eating and gathering area are on the second floor and there are no wheelchair accessible bedrooms. This was a little bit hard on my parents who have trouble with stairs.


*The property had been recently exterminated or sprayed for bugs, but no one had done the "clean up" afterward. There were dead and dying bugs (including wasps) all over floors, showers, and even in beds (gross!)

*It was a cold weekend and no one had turned the heat on enough in advance. It was so cold when we arrived we had to wear our coats. Even the next morning it was still almost too cold to undress for a shower. There were no vents in the bedrooms--space heaters were available but could not be used in multiple rooms as they tripped circuits.

*DON'T USE THE FIREPLACE! This was NOT posted or explained, but the room filled with smoke (flu was open).

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our most sincere apologies that the central heat was not turned up prior to your arrival anticipating the colder weather on November 10th. This is not our standard procedure. There is central heat. There are heating vents. The heat should have been turned up well in advance of your stay so you had the warmth and hospitality you deserve. We provide additional in room heaters only to help supplement individual temperature preferences for our guests. As owners living on the 120 acre ranch, we try to promptly address any housekeeping issues when notice is given by guests. We want to help keep nature out and make sure your experience is pleasant. We promise to do whatever we can to help make your stay more warm and comfy here in the Hoosier National Forest. We can provide an electronic pdf floor plan of the property to give an accurate view of the space. Our intention is to represent this historic farm property as accurately as possible. (Interpreting verbal descriptions from memory can be confusing with such a large space.) This visual floor plan allows guests to request different ground level dining plans in the lobby adjoining the kitchen or make advance requests regarding furniture arrangement prior to their stay. We'll add up to 50 photos to give more views of all the rooms. Watching our video tour and using the floor plans helps make sure the space meets your needs. PLEASE USE THE FIREPLACE! We have a new 6-foot x 4 foot electric fireplace insert with alternating panoramic fire displays with or without heating options. Thanks for your investment and your feedback to help improve our property.
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love the property and the owners and Dillon were so helpful!

  • 5 of 5

2nd year to stay. Huge kitchen to feed over 20 family members. Every one had bedrooms and plenty of baths for all. Pizza night in barn was fun as well as patio, fire pit, par 3 golf much room for all of us and the huge grounds-forest was fun to explore. Would recommend to our friends. Thank you Wendy, Dave and especially Dillon. Great family vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin with lots of space

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for our weekend away with friends. It had plenty of rooms, bed and bathrooms for all of us. The deck was the best place for gathering, playing cards and eating dinner. Everything was nice, clean and in working order and the owner showed us around when we arrived. The workout facility was a nice bonus as well. The property is kept up nicely and we enjoyed walking around to see the vineyard, golf course and other cabins. We highly recommend this property and we are hoping to book it for our trip next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Louisville 75 - Indianapolis 110 (KFRH private 5)
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
French Lick
Nearest Ferry
2000 Miles
Louisville, KY
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Louisville, KY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 56 French Lick Or Hwy 50 Shoals, Indiana
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Hagen's Clubhouse, Ross French Lick, Indiana
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Paoli Peaks- Paoli, Indiana
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Patoka Lake State Park
Car: necessary

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. 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

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. Brick fired pizza oven dinners.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Linens Exchange $150
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

A damage deposit additional event insurance may be charged for any event or group events or large parties which exceed our maximum lodging rate.

***We will consider one or two night rentals at a premium rate- Just ask us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund