Guest reviews are valuable to both Lifewater Ranch and to prospective guests. Here are thoughts relayed to us from past guests.
From: Ben Greenfield (04/03-04/07) (*****) (of BenGreenfieldFitness.com fame)
Things I liked: -Nature setting
-A proprietor who understand and appreciates true health
-Immediate access to hikes, river, ponds, etc.
-Pool and hot tub
-The friendly, personal touch
Things that could have been better: Nothing. It completely rocked. I went in not knowing what to expect, and it was simply amazing!
Owner Comment: I cannot take credit for the food. Christopher Claunch (of Guns And Duns fame) was our chef and fishing instructor during Ben’s stay and did all the cooking. Let us know if you want Chris’s talents during your next stay – I may be able to arrange it.
From: Aloysius Fobi (July 17-22, 2016) (*****)
Things I Liked: The location is beautiful and an excellent place to unplug and recharge with the family. We took excellent hikes, the kids played in the pool, milked cows and tried to catch frogs. Great time was had by all!
Things that could have been better: This was perfect!
From: Jan Brandvold (July 10-17, 2016) (*****)
Things I liked: Our family of five adults and six children had a wonderful time during our week at Lifewater Ranch. The caretakers, aptly named Kindred, were incredibly helpful and kind. They let our children help gather eggs and milk the cow, and were quick to respond to our questions. Mickey even showed the kids how to fish and catch bullfrogs! We spent many hours at the beautiful saltwater pool, went for walks around the ponds, played games, watched movies, read, played pool, made s’mores, and relaxed. The house was perfect for us, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms and lots of living space. We really enjoyed the birds, bullfrogs, cattle and chickens.
Things that could have been better: We had trouble keeping the spa water clear. Also, the master bedroom mattress was too soft to be comfortable for me, though my husband had no trouble sleeping. (If it was my house I would replace the mattress and box springs.) but these things were minor and did not have a significant impact on our enjoyment of our stay. (The king sized bed in the basement had a nice new mattress.)
Owner Comment: Actually the Master Bedroom mattress is brand new and the basement one is used. We are aware of that mattress being too soft and are working on improvements.
From: Ginny Jacques (Canada) (6/2016) (*****)
What we loved:
1) the peace and quiet (underneath the grandkids’ laughter in the pool); 2) the crystal-clean, un-chlorinated pool;
3) the hot tub with a view of the hills and pond;
4) the closet full of board games, some of which we’d never known;
5) the caretakers–helpful and respectful of our freedom and privacy;
6) the comfortable, homey atmosphere.
Things that could have been better:
Hmm. Not much could have been better. Maybe a few more clean linens and towels?
From: Jay Maxner (6/29/2015 – 7/2/2015) (unrated)
Liked: Great pool, comfortable home, beautiful setting.
Amazing property. Island pond area is peaceful, beautiful and teeming with wildlife.
Owner easy to work with, accommodating & generous.
Things that could have been better: A/C in house was too cold.
Owner Comment: Unfortunately, my temperature preferences are not compatible with all my guests. The thermostat is easily adjustable by renters as needed.
From: Elizabeth Langford (12/2014) (****)
Liked: The location was beautiful, the trees and mountainous terrain were just breathtaking. I loved the way we were greeted and taken care of so well. There was everything we needed on site which was a huge bonus and the hot tub was a very nice treat. The privacy and room we had as a large family was really perfect and, much better than a hotel, we felt like we were at home. I loved having the trails to hike and explore it was just so peaceful and beautiful, even in the winter.
Dates I was at Lifewater Ranch: 12/21/2014-1/2/2015
Things that could have been better: The mattress in the Master room was quite hard and it was also distracting at times having to worry about the owners pets, one night the cat kept scratching the door, but at least she had a place to go and once she was put in there it wasn’t a problem. There could have been better cleanliness as far as bugs and dust all around the window sills and along the edges of the wood floors as well, but overall most of the issues we had were very minor and didn’t affect the enjoyment of our stay.
Owner Comment: The Langfords arrived the day after fly eggs hatched in the livingroom. This happens every year and just requires a one-time cleanup. Their timing was perfect and there was nothing we could do to prevent this. (We don’t know where the flys come from – but they annually appear each year in the spring)