Photos and Description of this French Lick holiday lodge
Timber Beam Barn Lodge w/farmhouse, 9 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.
The property has been a working elk ranch with a few Elk to see and feed.
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, gymnastics mat), 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 several RV's too!
PRIVATE GET AWAY !
This place is remote and private yet close to all the tourist activities in French Lick, Indiana. The entire property sits on 40 acres of Vineyard, Lavender and herb gardens. The Par three golf is beautiful. Its a working ranch
Should you require a place for a very private meeting or party .....here it is!
PRIVATE CHEF OR HOG ROAST on site
The Elk Ridge owner is a former steak house owner and trained as a chef in Bangkok. Ask us about catering your event with a special dinner or a HOG ROAST and or hay ride!
Owner is also trained in a few RAW foods dishes.
Or....ask us about supplying your group with some elk steaks or burgers!
HAY WAGON RIDE- or Wine Ride
Ask us about a haywagon 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 among the Vineyard !
Nestled in the vineyards of Elk Ridge ranch, the Blanch house is a quiet get away for both couples and adventure seekers. With over 1000 mature grape vines, Elk Ridge is becoming a destination. 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 plan ahead.
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
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Wendy Marshall
Dave & Wendy Marshall and our son Rob work and manage the ranch as a small 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 our two lodges:
Our properties are: The Big Barn Lodge with vintage farmhouse, 'Blanche House.' The Big Barn Lodge is designed for larger groups and it is where we host many wedding in the Lavender gardens and the Vineyards.
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, or among the Lavender fields.
The entire family enjoys aviation and fitness sports. The owner and his son are both pilots. We hope to meet you soon!
Wendy Marshall purchased this lodge in 2000
Why Wendy Marshall chose French Lick
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 decided to build 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.
Here we get 3 cold months a year and much better spring, 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 and Buffalo. Raising our own grass fed organic meats is important to us.
We also wanted gentle rolling hills 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 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 difficult 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 in other well known 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 - as in just like a restaurant! appliances and comes stock with all of the plates, pots and pans that you will need for a group of 50.
The covered deck is a great place to sit and rock in a chair and enjoy the morning coffee and that 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 of country living, see our listing for the Grand Lodge.