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Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat

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6 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
35 guests
2 nights minimum
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Mission: Welcome to Marluc Bella Vita Ranch. the Ranch serves our guests (max 35) by providing a resort environment and a place of tranquility. 1. Trail walking and exploring is highly encouraged. There are 1/2 mile and one mile loop trails around the lake and 5 miles of all-weather rock trails through the forest and on the meadow. 2. Boating, swimming, and fishing are encouraged. A canoe and three kayaks are available. 3. A large minnow tank and a large live well are provided. 4. There are three campgrounds on the ranch with fire-pits and picnic tables. 5. There are three RV concrete pads with connections available on a rental basis. 6. The Upper deck on the second floor of the lodge is great for astronomy lovers. 7. There is seating at the large Firepit adjacent to the lodge for ab...Mission: Welcome to Marluc Bella Vita Ranch. the Ranch serves our guests (max 35) by providing a resort environment and a place of tranquility. 1. Trail walking and exploring is highly encouraged. There are 1/2 mile and one mile loop trails around the lake and 5 miles of all-weather rock trails through the forest and on the meadow. 2. Boating, swimming, and fishing are encouraged. A canoe and three kayaks are available. 3. A large minnow tank and a large live well are provided. 4. There are three campgrounds on the ranch with fire-pits and picnic tables. 5. There are three RV concrete pads with connections available on a rental basis. 6. The Upper deck on the second floor of the lodge is great for astronomy lovers. 7. There is seating at the large Firepit adjacent to the lodge for about 30. 8. The Lake porch deck has two restaurant booths, two couches and a 60 foot long counter at the lake side. A full size fridge with freezer is located on the porch. 9. The classroom has seating for about 30 and is equipped with a large screen TV, Apple TV and HDMI cable. 10. There are two large refrigerators with ice makers and water and freezer in the den. 11. There is a three compartment hot food server in the kitchen as well as a Kuerig, coffee urn and a large selection of kitchen food prep devices. 12. There is a large television in the den with Apple TV and Direct TV service. There are also televisions in each room (no broadcast tv). 13. The den has two couches, bar stools and two kitchen tables that will seat 16. 14. Bedding and bath towels are provided but swim towels are to be provided by guests. 15. There are two showers and a restroom on the trail adjacent to the lodge and above the water slide. 16. A hard copper line phone is in the den. The closest hospital is in Jacksboro, a 20 minute drive. There is a first aid kit beside the washer/dryers in the den. 17. Please remove all garbage upon departure and place in the dumpster at the entrance gate. Do not leave any perishable food behind. 18. The lodge has a solar panel (with batteries) system that will automatically operate the fridges, internet, water pump, lighting and some electrical plugs in the event of a power outage. 19. There is a hydroponics garden adjacent to the lodge that grows fish and vegetables from November through May. 20. The water slide adjacent to the lodge has a removable stairway as a safety feature. 21. There is a gated sand playground adjacent to the lodge. 22. A small ice maker is located on the porch of the lodge. 23. The lodge features two 120 gallon hot water heaters. 24. Two washers and two dryers are in the kitchen area of the lodge. 25. An initial supply of Paper towels is provided at two dispensers in the kitchen. Guests should plan on bringing additional paper towels. 26. The lodge undergoes a thorough cleaning and disinfection after each use. 27. A small supply of over the counter medicines and a first aid kit is provided in the kitchen area. 28. A waterfall runs over rocks from the upper pond to the lake.The lake also has subsurface aeration in two areas. 29. Numerous water retainage and stock ponds (for wildlife) are located over the 188 acre ranch property. 30. For larger vehicles there is a second commercial gated entrance to the property. 31. There is a large wooden cross at the Top of the Dam Campground and at the Refuge Campground. 32. Use of the Gun Range is available to experienced guests at an additional cost of $150.00 per stay. 33. Use of the dock is included and the lake depth at the dock is 12-14 feet deep. The pontoon boat is also available on a rental basis. Cost is $300.00 for unlimited use during a stay and includes fuel, bimini and life jackets payable at checkin. 34. There is a commercial bee hive on the property. 35. There are three deer stand type wildlife viewing stations. 36. The Wilderness Roost is located at the far north end of the ranch property. It is available on a rental basis and has 4 beds plus an RV pad with full utilities. 37. There are bird, duck and bat boxes strategically located around the property. 38. The parking lot holds 20 vehicles and there is direct access to the upper and lower floors of the lodge from the parking lot. There is also a lower drop off driveway to the lodge. 39. A Crappie pond with fishing post was built below the dam in the summer of 2020 and was stocked with feeder minnows and Crappie. 40. A grass sports field with soccer goal and backstop and field house with coaches bedroom along with a lighted half-court basketball court, sand volleyball court, archery targets and picnic area was completed in October 2020 and is available upon request. Cost to rent the field house (contains a double queen bunk, small kitchen and full bath) is $300.00 per night. Have an enjoyable time and please be safe. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 32042006745More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Guest are to bag and remove all trash and place it in the dumpster at the entrance to the property. Floors should be swept. All guests must sign a liability waiver prior to using the property. There are many hazards associated with a wildlife retreat such as drowning, snakes, poison ivy etc.
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 3 Full baths
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About the Owner
James A
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2020

Marluc Bella Vita Ranch is amazing! Jim, the owner, has created a fun and relaxing getaway with beautiful landscapes and tons of trees and wildlife. The lodge is super clean and comfortable with a nice den and kitchen. The lake has great fishing for bass,...More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank DJD4418
James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2020

Thanks Donna, we appreciate your kind words. Please visit again...

Reviewed July 22, 2020

We took our youth group from church out to the ranch whenever our camp in Oklahoma was cancelled due to COVID-19 . Our campers and parents were worried if the ranch would be able to meet expectations of camps we had attended in the past,...More

Date of stay: July 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

Beautiful blue water, peaceful setting, lots of activities! Saw deer, raccoons, bunnies, squirrels, fish, frogs. Daytime hiking, boat ride, enjoyed the grand tour of the property on golf carts. Night sky was brilliant - got to see the comet and more stars than I remembered....More

Date of stay: July 2020
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Reviewed July 13, 2020

Once again our Families had a great time at the Ranch! Lots of fun in the sun with fishing, boating, gun range, trails, camp fires, and dice/card games back at the lodge. There is just no way to get bored at this place. James even...More

Date of stay: July 2020
Thank Marshall D
Reviewed April 23, 2020

Family and friends spent a couple days there found location easy to fine the owners were very nice and best of all it was nice and quiet

Date of stay: April 2020
Thank TishCaamano
James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2020

It was a pleasure to serve you.

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Reviewed April 21, 2020

We had the pleasure of staying at this lodge for a long weekend with out your retreat group and were so pleased with both the facility and the hospitality. If you have a chance to check this place out, you will not be disappointed.

Date of stay: April 2020
Thank Aaron A
James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2020

Thank you so much. We enjoyed meeting you and welcome you back any time.

Reviewed December 4, 2019

Lovely setting to get away for a retreat. Our church choir stayed for 2 nights and had a blast. It is an easy drive from DFW area. Good restaurants nearby or you can use the kitchen. Nice amenities. Great proprietor!

Date of stay: October 2019
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James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2020

We look forward to your return...

Reviewed November 13, 2019

We had the pleasure of getting to enjoy a weekend here. This place rocks! Much thought went into the layout and setup. For smaller groups, you can remain on the first floor. For larger groups, you can expand to the top floor which is a...More

Date of stay: November 2019
Thank JoeFriday67
James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2019

So pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to your return visit soon.

Reviewed September 17, 2019

We got to spend 2 days 2 nights at this place for a girls retreat and it was the best experience!!! The place is spacious, has many amenities and brings you back to nature 😊 You do not have to bring anything except for food....More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank Bexy P
Reviewed September 9, 2019

Y’all, this place has it all for a relaxing getaway. The technology used and the energy efficiency is fascinating. The lake is breathtaking and full of fish. The trails through the property are graveled and well maintained making nature hikes easy. Wish I could have...More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank Chaverstick
James A, VR Owner at Marluc Bella Vita Ranch - a Possum Kingdom Lake and Jacksboro Area Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2019

Thank you. I wish you could have stayed longer as well. Appreciate your business!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Ceiling Fans
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Parking
Patio
Private Yard
Cable/satellite TV
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
Mostly ranch land and very rocky, hilly and well treed. Lots of prickly pear, mesquite trees, deer, bobcat, raccoon, turkey, and dove. Possum Kingdom Lake is about 30 minutes away.
Getting around
Graford is 7 miles south on highway four and has a liquor store, restaurant, Dollar General and a gas station. The local hospital is on the north side of Jacksboro. Possum Kingdom Lake is about 30 minutes SW of the property.
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