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River Oaks Ranch Lodge: 220 Acre Estate on the Courtois

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 16)


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Enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks while surrounding yourself in total comfort. Book a weekend getaway or a full week of summer fun - canoeing/kayaking/rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, golfing, antiquing or just relaxing with a book on the 30-foot porch.

Just outside of Steelville, Missouri, River Oaks Ranch is a magical getaway where friends and family can relax and reconnect. The private and secluded 220-acre estate is nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest in the rolling Ozark Mountains. Estate grounds extend down to a gravel bar beach on the crystal clear Courtois, one of three floatable streams within ten minutes of the ranch. Walk out the ranch gate and you are on the Ozark Trail, a scenic Missouri treasure with hundreds of miles of hiking/riding/equestrian trails.

The lodge comfortably sleeps up to 16 guests. Graciously appointed and with many comforts, the lodge is still a welcoming place for families, with plenty of room inside and out for children to play and explore. Relax and entertain in the 30x30-foot Great Room with a massive 20-foot fireplace and hearth, piano, HDTV, stereo, DVD player, game table and wet bar. Step onto the furnished 30-foot front porch and have your morning coffee while enjoying a panoramic view of the Courtois River Valley and mountain ridges beyond. Watch the ranch horses graze and wildlife roam. Stroll down to the lake and fish for crappie, bluegill, bass or catfish. Take a float on the crystal clear Courtois and then relax on our gravel bar beach, a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Gather around a roaring campfire at night and be amazed by the sheer number of stars in the big Missouri sky.

The gourmet kitchen features two separate cooking stations, one with griddle and grill. The kitchen is fully equipped to prepare elaborate cuisine or simple country fare. Entertain in whatever style you desire, with a 10-foot dining room table which seats 12 and another table nearby that seats 6.

The 6 spacious bedrooms sleep up to 16 people. The bedrooms are decorated with a French Country flair and have ample closet and chest space as well as a comfortable chair for reading. The master suite is a retreat in itself; complete with a private bath, 2 bedrooms, sitting areas and library. There are a total of three bathrooms.

The Lodge at River Oaks Ranch has hosted reunions for guests from 27 states and 16 countries.

Whether you like to ride, hike, bike, hunt, fish, float, bird watch or star gaze—-or if you simply want a quiet and serene break from the world—-River Oaks Ranch is a wonderful place to put aside your cares for a while and celebrate life. Come treat yourself to Ozark elegance, Ponderosa style. You Deserve it!

*Secluded estate setting

*Elegant & comfortable surroundings

*10 minutes to Bass or Huzzah canoe rentals

*Property located on the floatable Courtois

*Choice of 3 different floatable streams all within 10 minutes

*Fishing - River or stocked lake on property; fly fishing close by

*Property located on the Ozark Trail

*12 miles to Steelville & Wildwood concerts

*guided trail rides through the Ozark Hills with nearby outfitters

*Bring your own horse & stable it at the ranch

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. (See link down the page below 'Rate Details')

Keywords: Lodge, reunion, family, Wildwood Concerts, horseback riding, river, canoeing

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Steelville

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Horse stables, Furnished covered porch, campfire ring, hiking/biking/equestrian trails, stocked lake, beach & river access


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River Oaks Ranch Lodge: 220 Acre Estate on the Courtois
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Nice and Secluded

  • 5 of 5

Booked this house for a guys trip over Labor Day weekend and we were very happy with the choice! More than enough room for the 7 of us. This property is way off the beaten path and very secluded back in the woods which is what we wanted. The inside of the house is huge and had pretty much everything we needed. The highlight of this property is the outdoor space with a pond, river, huge yard and fire pit! We were outside the whole time playing bags, Frisbee, football etc. We had plenty of wood to burn at night as well.

We brought kayaks and dropped in up river from the house and were able to pull out right on the property which was really nice. We also hit up St. Joes Off-road Park for a day of riding which is in driving distance.

The owner Phil was super helpful and very easy to get along with. The only minor downside we ran into was the power went out for several hours one night so we had no lights or hot water for showers but it wasn't a huge deal and nothing the owners could do about that anyway. I imagine that with this house being so secluded it's not a high priority on the power company's list of places to get to. We were outside the whole time anyway so it didn't impact us much. Place is definitely a bit spooky when it's pitch dark and in the middle of nowhere though! lol.

Great place to stay if you are looking for a nice quiet spot in the woods.

  • Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was awesome...

  • 5 of 5

The house and property was awesome,,, so much room, clean, organized ,, plenty to do,, the weather was bad and was scared people wouldn't have a good time but everyone had a great time,, used the fire pit, BBQ pit, fished went down to the river, one of our employees plays the piano and played on the one in the big family room so he played for everyone to enjoy,,, the covered porch was great,,, can't say enough about this place... GREAT TIME,, The Slyman Family

  • Submitted: 7-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Easy Feeling

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time renting this beautiful property and we couldn't have been happier. Friends and family had a great time using this as a base to attend three Poco concerts at Wildwood. Everybody had their own space when they wanted it and there was lots of room inside and out to socialize. Evenings spent by the campfire will never be forgotten and it was great to hear the wolves and owls serenading us (or more likely trying to drown out our singing). Phil and Melissa are great hosts and we will be returning again.

  • Submitted: 5-Nov-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family reunion at River Oaks Ranch

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend River Oaks Ranch; it is a wonderful place to stay. Our large group was extremely pleased with every aspect of our visit. The lodge was roomy and comfortable, and the kitchen area was large and well-equipped for preparing and serving meals. We enjoyed the scenery from the large covered porch, hiking and exploring the property, and bonfires under the stars. Melissa went above and beyond to accommodate us in every way. She took us on a tour of the property, helped us make arrangements for our float trip (made sure we could easily find our stopping point), and did so many other things to make our stay perfect. If you are looking for a large, comfortable, scenic and peaceful place, this is it. We look forward to coming back. Thank you Melissa and Phil!

  • Submitted: 1-Jul-2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at River Oaks and the only downside was that the time went by too quickly. The very large house is clean and well equipped. Our hosts, Phil and Melissa, were helpful and easy to get a long with. We enjoyed hiking the ranch property and the nearby Ozark Trail. The campfires at night were a lot of fun. You are in a very private setting at River Oaks but you can still be in Steelville in under 15 minutes. We highly recommend this property and hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: 12-Nov-2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a recent family reunion at River Oaks Ranch. It was wonderful. We only wished we planned our visit for more time at the ranch. The lodge was amazing. There was plenty of room for our large group and we were completely comfortable in our stay. The front porch was amazing to hang out on as we enjoyed the view on it throughout our stay. The fire pit was also very nice as each of our nights we would sit around the fire talking and laughing all night. This place was about as private as it gets. Everybody in my group came and told me afterwards how glad they were I found this ranch/lodge for our reunion. We will be back to River Oaks Ranch and we will extend our visit next time. The owners were very helpful. We can't wait!!

  • Submitted: 22-Jul-2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Concerts at Wildwood Springs Lodge and the Meramec Music Theater, stables, riding arena & trails, nature photography, campfire ring


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Steelville

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$193.17
Refundable Damage Deposit C$321.95


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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