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BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL Aug 4-11. Amazing Lodge with Amazing Views!

Bedrooms 7
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

The Lodge Is Over 6,000 Sq. Ft. With A Wrap-around Porch And Panaromic Views.

Nestled in the forest atop the Upper Buffalo National River is our dream home that we now share with you. Saddleback Lodge sports beautiful landscape views of the Ozark Mountains and is reminiscent of a classic hunting lodge. The lodge accommodates 20 overnight guests in 2 king beds, 6 queen beds, 4 twin beds and 5 baths. It features a fully equipped kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, wireless internet, wrap-around porch, and a large GAME ROOM. The Lodge is minutes away from Buffalo National River hiking trails, canoeing, horseback riding trails, and elk viewing. The lodge is the perfect place for your next Buffalo River vacation, reunion, or special event. It is secluded one mile off Highway 21 just five minutes from where the Buffalo River flows through the Historic Community of Boxley Valley.


• Fully equipped Kitchen

• Game room with Pool Table, Foosball, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, PS2 with Games, & Board Games

• Wood Burning Fireplace

• Jacuzzi Tub

• WiFi

• Dish Satellite Service

• TVs in all Bedrooms

• 73-inch TV in Living Room

• 60-inch TV in Game room

• Bed & Bath Linens

• Laundry Room

• Laundry & Dish Soap

• Paper Products

• Gas Grill on Deck


• Horse Friendly ($10 per horse per night)

• Hiking Saddleback Branch & Waterfall

• Fishing

• Horseshoes

• Open Fire Pit

• Wildlife Watching

• Star Gazing

Minutes away from Buffalo National River Activities


• Hawksbill Crag

• Lost Valley

• Glory Hole

• Smith Creek Preserve

• Center Point


• Boxley

• Ponca

• Steel Creek

• Kyle's Landing

Elk Viewing

• Boxley

• Ponca

Horseback Riding

• Steel Creek to Granny Henderson's Cabin

• Upper Buffalo Wilderness Trail

• Center Point to Big Bluff

Whether you have come to the area to hike, horseback ride, canoe, or simply relax, this is your home. This is truly the perfect place for a family getaway for those looking for the authentic Buffalo River vacation!

More Details

Allen and Sherita Manen
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2018

About Allen and Sherita Manen

Allen and I were high school sweethearts and were married a month after my high school graduation. We lived on Cave Mountain, just up the road from the famous Hawksbill Crag, for several years before purchasing this land that is now home to Saddleback Lodge. The land was raw with no road access, water, or electric. We built our dream home in 2007 and Allen has worked to make it what it is today. God has blessed us with three beautiful daughters and their families which consist of six grandchildren.

Allen and Sherita Manen purchased this lodge in 2000

Why Allen and Sherita Manen chose Ponca

This area has always been home for me. Both sets of my Grandparents were born in what is now known as the Buffalo National River Park. My 24 year old Maternal Grandpa married the love of his life when she was 15 and moved her into a 16x16 cabin which he had built on the River in 1927. The partial foundation and chimney still marks the location of this home site. My dad walked across the Buffalo River every weekend to date my mom. Saddleback Lodge is our dream home, but was built late in life when our kids were almost ready to leave the nest. We love our family get-togethers here, but now want to share this wonderful home with you.

What makes this lodge unique

Saddleback Lodge features Spruce Pine Logs, Native Stone, Cedar, and Aspen throughout the 6000 square foot structure. It offers many unique benefits, such as complete privacy, wood-burning fireplace, large game room, open fire pit, on-site hiking trail to the majestic waterfall, and the beautiful view from the back porch.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Ponca

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , King Private Bath with Jacuzzi Tub, Shower, & Double Sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor Bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Upstairs Bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Bathroom
  • Bath linens, hand soap, and toilet paper provided.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main Floor King Suite with Private Bath & Window Seat
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main Floor Queen Suite with Window Seat & Adjacent Bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs Queen Suite with Private Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs Queen Suite with Private Bath and Toddler Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Downstairs King Suite
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Downstairs Queen Suite
    Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , Downstairs Bunk Room
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Complimentary paper towels and toilet paper provided, as well as, hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and trash bags.


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BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL Aug 4-11. Amazing Lodge with Amazing Views!
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Fantastic lodge - beautiful setting - great amenities

  • 5 of 5

Sherita was so friendly and accommodating - the house was amazing - views spectacular. The river was too low to kayak, but we had a great time hiking!! Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five star review. We enjoyed having you as our guests and hope you will stay with us again on your next trip to the Buffalo River area. Maybe next time you'll be able to float.
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  • 5 of 5

We had our family reunion and had a blast! We had almost all the beds maxed out and still felt like we had plenty of room. This was our second time staying there and it didn't disappoint! The property and views are amazing every time!!

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you back to celebrate your family reunion. Amazing guests!!
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Branson, MO

Annual Family holiday gathering

  • 5 of 5

Saddleback lodge is located in a beautiful, private, quiet, lovely valley that allowed our family excellent hiking and wandering in the beauty of nature. The lodge itself was very comfortable for our extended family to play games and relax together. There were plenty of comfortable beds and sleeping areas for all ages.

The kitchen had plenty of utensils and pans for cooking. There was ample space for food storage and personal items. The owners made us feel like we stepped into our own home.

We enjoyed the upstairs so much we hardly used the game facilities in the downstairs location.

We definitely will return to this dream home.

  • Submitted: 25-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect setting for our group. Plenty to do, but just us! No other distractions around.

  • 4 of 5

This setting was just great for us. The living room, cozy, yet enough seating for all 15 of us. The play room kept our kids ages 10 to 18 really entertained with foosball, air hockey, pool table and ping pong! Our guys had lots of fun playing soccer and football in back yard and the 10 & 11 yr olds loved pond and the paddle boats as well as the chickens. The kitchen was well equipped and had the added benefit of an adjacent utility room with more counter tops, an additional sink and plenty of electrical outlets so even our big Thanksgiving meal didn't over tax it all. Sheritta was a very attentive owner. BUT the best part was how self contained we were. No other distraction to pull us away from enjoying each other. Beautiful Buffalo River wilderness provides great hiking and running trails. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 19-Dec-2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you and your family as our guests. So glad to hear you had the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving celebration. We hope you will stay with us again on your next trip to the Buffalo River area.
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Quiet retreat in the Ozarks

  • 4 of 5

This house is in a beautiful spot away from the noise of any roads. The living space was huge with plenty of room for our family of 20 to spend time together. There were adequate beds for everyone. The only drawback in the sleeping arrangement is that there are 2 queen beds in the upstairs space that lack privacy for sleeping in. Once the loud (older) members of our family got up for coffee there was no way for the people in the loft to sleep anymore. The kitchen was somewhat small for 20 people. The large livingroom made up for the lack of kitchen space and there is a large laundry room off the kitchen that provides extra counter and storage space. The property was clean and well-maintained. The owners were the perfect combination of being available if we needed something but leaving us to our privacy. I would recommend this property to anyone who wants a quiet get away out of the city. We enjoyed kayaking and hiking nearby trails. The remoteness doesn't lend itself to going to Jasper to pick up supplies or going to restaurants often.

  • Submitted: 3-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The property was so well kept and beautiful. Our only regret was that we didn't get to stay longer. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: 4-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you and look forward to your return.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Fayetteville, Arkansas / XNA Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles

Reconnect with your loved ones by visiting the Buffalo National River Park, America's first National River. The River flows 135 miles through the majestic Ozark Mountains and offers many outdoor adventures. Canoe the river, explore the trails, drive the scenic routes, or view the famous Arkansas Elk herd in the Boxley Valley. Saddleback Lodge is in the heart of the Upper Buffalo National River Park and just minutes from where the River flows through the historic Boxley Valley. Floating the Buffalo is fun and exciting, but the adventures don't stop there. Allow the Upper Trails to take you to historic home sites and numerous waterfalls, including the most popular, Lost Valley; most photographed Arkansas Landmark, Hawksbill Crag; or the highest waterfall between the Rockies and the Appalachians, Hemmed in Hollow at 204 feet.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Ponca

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Back to School Special
Aug 4 2018 - Aug 10 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$103.85
Damage/Cleaning Deposit C$657.25

The lodge is also a great choice for your special event, business retreat, or family reunion. Limit 100 guests.

Special Event Rates
• $1,000 Event Fee
• $500 Security/Damage Deposit

60-day cancellation notice for full refund less $100 administration fee.

10% discount when seven nights are booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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