The SpaceThe lodge sleeps 14 in beds. Extra guests beyond 14 are welcome to sleep on air mattress or in recliners, but there is a $20 fee per person for this to cover extra laundry, cleaning, supply, and utility costs. Air mattresses must not be in rooms due to fire hazard/limited space. We provide 1 towel and 2 washcloths per guest for every 2 nights. Please bring your own beach/pool towels.
We also have a very basic bunkhouse with 6 bunk beds, a sitting area, and full bathroom should you need additional sleeping. We take payment for this in person at $40/guest to reserve a bunk bed. 3 bed minimum to rent this space.
The kitchen has all expected appliances, cooking, and dining utensils. We don't provide coffee, pantry items, or food. Please bring your own Tupperware for leftovers to take with you.
Bathrooms are supplied with 2 rolls of toilet paper each (6 total). 1 roll of paper towels is provided in the kitchen. There are plenty of kitchen dish clothes.
We have a large Great Dane/Great Pyrenees mix dog named Shy. She is very friendly, good with all ages, and used to having guests. She isn't very energetic and doesn't jump, but she is likely to lay near the action if you are outside. Our neighbors have a large, friendly German Shepard who visits frequently. If you are uncomfortable with Shy, we can take her away for 2-3 days. We have a small dog yard we can put the neighbors dog if needed. We also have a cat named Sweetie. She is very social and also good with all ages.
We don't allow other pets on the property for various reasons.
For guided whitetail hunting, please search Baker Bucks for info.
For information on our rustic wedding barn, please search The Lodge at Loma Linda for info. Guest AccessAccess to the lodge and outdoor spaces near the lodge. We have a wedding barn 1/4 mile away from the lodge. If there is a wedding that weekend, we ask that lodge guests do not go to the barn area of the property. We pre-approve guests so that they can be made aware if there is a wedding on a weekend they are interested in. That way, we can let them know if they will have complete privacy on the entire property or not.
Please do not open gates to any fields on the property. The high-fenced preserve near the barn is off-limits and will be treated as trespassing should it be entered. Interaction with GuestsWe live on the property next door to the lodge and can be at the lodge to help usually within 30 minutes. If you want complete privacy, we do not go to spaces around the lodge except to water flowers and check the pool filters as needed.
We have a dog and a cat who live outside most of the time, and they are likely to greet guests and be around. (They love having people around.) They're very friendly, but we can take our dog to my parent's if guests are uncomfortable with them. The NeighborhoodRural. We are on 35 private acres with a private pond for fishing or paddle-boating. Fishing is free and you may keep any fish you catch. We live next door to the lodge on the same property, but we don't use the courtyard/pool area when we have guests.
We're on the backside of a 3,000 acre private ranch. Roughly 2,250 acres are farmland with 75 ponds and an 11 acre lake. Another 750 acres is a high-fenced white-tail hunting preserve with a 100 acre private lake for fishing or water sports. Farm/Preserve tours available upon request with a $50/hour fee if pre-planned and we have guide availability. Private lake access and a pontoon boat (used for fishing-very basic), kayak, and paddle board also available upon request and at a $100/hour fee. Guide must be present.
Tons of outdoor activities are within about an hour drive. Some more, some less: Current, Black, and Jack's Fork rivers; Big Spring, Alley Spring, Round Spring, and Blue Spring; Clearwater and Wappapelo Lakes; Elephant Rocks and Johnson Shut-Ins State Parks; Peck Ranch; Cross Country Trail Rides; 21 Drive-In; Grapes of Held Winery; or just enjoy the pool here and fishing at the pond.
Locally, we are 30 minutes east of Poplar Bluff, MO just 7 miles off Hwy 60. We are 30 minutes west of Van Buren, MO, also off of Hwy 60. We are 20 minutes northeast of Doniphan, MO, off of K hwy (off of hwy 21).
Further out, we are about 3 hours south of St. Louis, MO, 3 hours northwest of Memphis, TN, and 3 hours east of Springfield, MO. Getting AroundYou will need a vehicle to drive anywhere. The nearest gas station and restaurant is 8 miles away. Other Things to NoteOur address will not register with GPS. Please call or text for directions. We are in the country, but right off of the highway.