If you treat TVR as a hotel then the score would be 3 but as a complete experience it will always be a 5, I’ll briefly explain the bad points. The rooms are a bit dated, I know some would call them ’rustic’ but you can be ’rustic’ without being dated. I have no problem with no TV but why leave the aerial points in? Then there is a digital radio thing that doesn’t work and a radio alarm clock which doesn’t get the best reception. The good points is they have fridges and are no effort to get to with good lighting at night.
The food is plentiful and 1st class, however if there is an outside event on the property space gets tight at lunch time and you may have no choice but to share a table whether you want to or not, not a good experience as a paying customer. On plus side if you get peckish in the afternoon there are pastries and cookies available near the dining room along with really nice hot coffee and fruit juice.
The Dogwood Saloon is well run and Lisa is welcoming warm and chatty. What would be great and a good income generator for the ranch would be for a daytime or afternoon bar service for the pool and very welcome for the guests (you could even do ice cream, again at extra cost). It would be nice rather than the jewellery sellers to have a western outfitter visit, however mist evenings something is happening.
Get on a horse as soon as you get there, the wranglers give you basic instruction when you 1st get on and are excellent at matching horses to people, although sometimes it did feel like the last person to be picked for a school sports team! I never had a bad ride and wish we’d had time for the 4 hour mountain ride on the last day. Don’t forget you can get a fridge magnet of your favourite horse from the shop (something we only found out by accident whilst chatting to the sales clerk).
Whatever you do don’t miss the desert hyke on your 1st morning you’ll get a real idea about what you’re riding by and what to look for. Also, do not leave without having a go at the fishing it is brilliant, you don’t have to handle the fish if you don’t want to but the lake is well stocked with blue fin, bass & catfish.
My best piece of advice here is make the most of your time because as you drive out you will want to return.