Lake Godstone Reviews

2022

We held our family reunion of cousins, using the full campus for 3 generations of adults, young adults, and children (plus 3 dogs). It couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend. Jim, Carol and Dom were great hosts, anything we needed was handled promptly. Between swimming, boating, fishing, the hayride, catching up, eating, and touring the property, the weekend flew by. Everyone loved the accommodations and we have already booked for next year. Sept 12, 2022

The ranch was the perfect home base for all our adventures, and the lake was so refreshing. The kitchen was perfect for our needs,. The attention to detail in your property is amazing!! We loved looking for birds, we saw one new species for us, the Bell’s Vireo and we also saw the green heron, who I just adore. We even caught a view of the beaver on our last night!!! So happy with your clear love and protection of the wildlife. I know we will be sharing about this place to our friends. July 20, 2022

This was our 3rd stay at the beautiful Marluc Bella Vita ranch, but our 1st to stay at The Roost. We thoroughly enjoyed The Roost. We especially loved how peaceful and serene it was as it was tucked away in a quiet spot on the property. The Roost had everything we needed as a family. The huge rock fire pit was a hit with the kids, and the views of the MANY deer at the feeder every night kept us captivated. Also, the view of the night sky from the porch was breathtaking! After spending hours swimming and kayaking on Lake Godstone, The Roost provided us with a place to wind down, cook awesome food, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. July 8 2022

Carol and Dom went above and beyond to ensure our stay was comfortable. The cabin was cozy, cool, and peaceful. The ranch itself is amazing - would like to come back to bird watch and relax again some day. Highly recommend! July 21, 2022

The cabin we got was small, but perfect for my husband and I! We had a bathroom and a kitchenette stocked with utensils, microwave, coffee machine, and other stuff. We rented the peddle boat and that was AWESOME. The little lake is very calm and there’s TONS of fish. We took it out at night which was beautiful under the moon. Then we used the showers which were in great condition. Honestly this was perfect for a night away. It’s very secluded and you don’t have other campers right next to you which is awesome. We will absolutely go again! Also when we first got there, Dom and Carol greeted us, then took us on a tour of the 188 acres and honestly it was incredible. There’s just a lot to do, and I was very impressed. Side note: the cabin DOES have AC which was a must for me, and it works very well. At night we actually got a little cold. (I’m writing this as it was 107° when we went so you know it was working well!) July 12, 22

If u have a large group this is the place u need. Swimming, kayaking, paddle boats, fuse ball, huge very clean restrooms. July 12, 2022

10 out of 10 Stars!! Would definitely stay here again!! Even on the 4th of July weekend - We felt like had the whole lake to ourselves! Fish were biting, campsites were very well maintained - electrical hook up and water. The shower house was great - very clean! Kayak/canoe rentals were priced phenomenally. Easy to find, site's are well marked. Jim, as well as Carol and Dom (the managers) we so friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be back!! July 2022

Right from the start you could tell Mr Jim put a lot of thought & love into his layout of the beautiful ranch. This has to be one of the most family friendly places we ever stayed. We are already going back 2nd week in Aug to take our grandsons. They have everything you need, with the new convenience store they have opened (bait, ice, drinks, snacks & more. It makes it so much nicer when you’re out in the middle of nowhere. This is forever our go to place. For Mr Jim’s host Dom & Carol he has a true blessing with them. Can’t wait for Unio night you two. See y’all soon❤️ June 22

We had a great experience for our family reunion at the lodge. The whole family was able to enjoy the lake from youngest to oldest. The fishing was great and we had a blast swimming, kayaking and using the peddle boat. Date of arrival - July 1, 2022

Group of people around the bon fire

This place is absolutely wonderful!! The fishing is great, there is so much to see and do!! This hosts and owner are extremely nice and helpful. We will definitely be back! Highly recommend!!! July 5, 2022

Awesome place for a family reunion. We would definitely rent again. July 1, 2022

Side view of man standing in front of the cottageNight view of Jesus cross and a moon behind

Cute little cabin surrounded by a beautiful lake and lots of trails to explore. Jun 6, 2022

Wonderful House! 4 separate bedrooms downstairs with a queen and three twins in each room. 2 bathrooms downstairs-men and women’s restroom downstairs. The kitchen has two of everything! Two sinks, two refrigerators, two ovens! that is fantastic absolute genius! The upstairs has one bathroom. It’s one giant bedroom I believe there were two queens and the rest were twins but I believe it sleeps 22 people one giant room! it was wonderful it was well equipped for an infant and toddler very secure. The fishing was awesome, swimming was awesome, we brought the boat and meant to go to the lake but we didn’t we just stayed at the house. On the last day we found an outdoor bathroom we didn’t know was there and that’s awesome too. Outdoor refrigerator for drinks so the kids don’t have to come inside when they’re thirsty. Nice place. The grandkids didn’t wanna leave. Date of arrival - June 10, 2022

Scenic view of wooden bench nearby camping site

Wonderful House! 4 separate bedrooms downstairs with a queen and three twins in each room. 2 bathrooms downstairs-men and women’s restroom downstairs. The kitchen has two of everything! Two sinks, two refrigerators, two ovens! that is fantastic absolute genius! The upstairs has one bathroom. It’s one giant bedroom I believe there were two queens and the rest were twins but I believe it sleeps 22 people one giant room! it was wonderful it was well equipped for an infant and toddler very secure. The fishing was awesome, swimming was awesome, we brought the boat and meant to go to the lake but we didn’t we just stayed at the house. On the last day we found an outdoor bathroom we didn’t know was there and that’s awesome too. Outdoor refrigerator for drinks so the kids don’t have to come inside when they’re thirsty. Nice place. The grandkids didn’t wanna leave. Date of arrival - June 10, 2022

Mr James’ property was a calm retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of cities and daily life. A bubbling pond below wafts music of water upwards, and the air is filled with bird song and breeze. Mr James’ attention to detail is imprinted through the land, from miles of walking and UTV trails, to rock fire pits, pretty lantern lights to light each camp site. There are endless nooks and solitary retreats tucked away, perfect for reflection, conversation or reading. The lakes and ponds, walking trails and beautiful sites beckon so winsomely, you’ll find yourself meandering for hours outside exploring the wild and native land of Marluc Ranch. July 31, 2022

This was an amazing campground. Options from primitive camping all the way up to air conditioned cabins. The camp hosts are amazing!!! We rented a paddle boat and caught a few fish, the golf cart for us was mandatory because it was just too hot. We will be back in the cooler months. The grounds are beautiful but if it hadn't been for Dom and Carol we would have been lost. Aug 10, 2022

We had a great time! Perfect place to conduct a little business and a lot of fishing. Host's and owner were quick to answer questions or provide anything we needed to make it a successful weekend. We'll return for another! Aug 31, 2022

 

We had a wonderful family reunion at Marluc, it was the perfect location for a group. There was lots to do but also quiet and removed so that the family had meaningful time interacting. The deep front porch at the lodge was outstanding to simply sit around and catch up with each other. The place has modern amenities, air conditioning, good beds, a large tv for a special football game with all the family rooting for the same team, and a large kitchen that made meal prep a social event. The management had thought of so many small things that made the stay comfortable. We loved Inspiration Cabin. Each morning we would make coffee and sit out on the porch and watch the sunrise. The cabin sits up on a hill that gave us a beautiful view, a serene and thoughtful start to the day. Sept 20, 2022

I cannot recommend this amazing retreat center enough!! We had the best Sewart Family Reunion here and it was incredible. We loved cooking and dining together in the spacious well-stocked kitchen. The rooms were comfy with a great cool temperature. We loved laughing as we shared so many memories and stories together on the great porch overlooking the lake. We went swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddle boating and canoeing and loved every minute of it! We went hiking along beautiful well planned trails, we went on a hayride, roasted marshmallows for smores around the fire pit and told even more stories under the incredible starry night. We so appreciate Jim Attrell and his extensive planning of each detail to ensure his guests are safe and so well taken care of! Thank you!! Sept 15, 2022

The Texas High Plains and the landscape are beautiful and the rolling hills around the retreat center are amazing. The sun sets are so vibrant and fun to watch after a busy day exploring the grounds. We stayed in the main lodge and the attached kitchen was perfect for cooking for 30 people. If you are lucky enough to be there while the owner Jim is on site, you can ask for a tour of the solar systems and the water conservation systems. Sept 13, 2022

We held our cousin family reunion at the Ranch and had a wonderful time! 3 generations - 3 days - 30 people and never a dull moment for anyone; plenty to do for every age group. The accommodations range from campgrounds, pads for campers, cabins and a lodge that can handle larger groups. The entire property is very well maintained and there are property managers, who are super helpful and friendly, living on the property just in case you need any help. For reunions or large gatherings, it's an outstanding arrangement: great accommodations, plenty of activities, wildlife in natural settings, fishing and swim lakes, fire pits and more. Every detail has been well planned. Sept 12, 2022

My husband, myself and our lab stayed here for an extended weekend. We absolutely loved it. You are secluded, tucked in the woods, have access to a huge firepit (with a cord of wood at site - $1 per log used). The camper is small but it fit our needs. It was still 97 - 99 degrees during the day so heading inside to AC was a nice break now and then. Bathroom with shower - a few towels and washcloths provided. Kitchen had everything you need except an oven which we didn't miss. Be mindful that the coffee maker is a Keurig, not drip. But they sell Keurig cups at their store on the ranch if you forget. Small fridge and microwave. The bed was plenty big for us and comfy enough for a camping weekend. Linens were also provided. The grounds are awesome. We explored the lake, ponds and the walking trails. Dom and Carol that live on site were awesome hosts making sure we had what we needed and giving us 2 tours around the entire ranch. Jim was also very attentive to every question. The ranch also has plenty of cabins, as well as tent and RV sites. We fished a lot and caught about 20 fish during our stay. It was a blast and we can't wait to return! Sept 28, 2022

I brought 75+ people to Lake Godstone spread from the dorm through the campground. It was a great get together from the first moment to the last. We are able to have community meals at the large kitchen area, and the kids were entertained just being kids. There was plenty to do: fish, kayak/canoe, swim and hike. This was not our first trip here, and I hope it won’t be our last. I highly recommend! June 4 2022

The Lodge was the perfect venue for our family reunion. There were many options for activities and it was a serene and beautiful area! We were a little concerned about being so close to the lake with little ones but there were well-planned gates and fences so we felt very comfortable with it. The kids (toddler to teens) loved the bunk room! Everyone wants to return! July 2022

 

From the property owner to the property managers, you will not find a more courteous team that goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Good fishing on site as well as a long list of activities for both adults and kids of all ages. Aug 3, 2022

Great place to relax and get away from daily routine. Nice, quiet nights in true Texas wilderness. Panorama RV camp site had a nice view and is waling distance from the lake. Jim, Dom and Carol are really helpful and will take care of you. June 6, 2022

Everyone there was great! We pulled in late and they met us at the gate and took us to our sight. We were tent camping and the sites are great. Really cool fire pits! Morning coffee conversation led to my job in the Military and George Strait. We got a tour of the ranch and it’s really beautiful. We spent an afternoon swimming and the evening fishing. The 2nd night was a terrible thunderstorm and we had coffee waiting on us at the office in the morning. We pulled out early only because of the rain, but would definitely come back. Loved being surrounded by Bible verses and genuine people. Thanks for a great stay and pleasant company! June 6, 2022

Had a wonderful time during my stay. The staff were incredibly kind and helpful. The Reflection Cabin had a beautiful view, comfortable bed, privacy, and was extremely clean and well constructed. Lots of animals, nature, and modern conveniences at the end of a beautiful drive. June 6, 2022

What a great weekend we spent at Lake Godstone! Jim was so accommodating from the very beginning, and the site managers were so welcoming and servicial; they took the time to stop by and introduce themselves and even gave us a tour of the land! We will most certainly be returning and plan to share our experience with everyone we know! May 2022

We had stayed as a family several times and enjoyed every moment, every season. We were able to secure the entire property for our Church Retreat which allowed full use of all facilities. Each separate tent camping, RV spot, cabin, guest houses are fully equipped and the Lodge served as our main gathering place for each meal. There was plenty to do with all the trails to walk and ride, solitary spots for quiet reflection, sports field for outdoor games and the lake for swimming, rafting and GREAT fishing. The Lodge porch and fire ring were ideal for conversations, fellowship and evening singing. The hosts are there when you need them, but not overbearing. Highly recommend Lake Godstone either for a family outing, or for a large group event. We've already booked next year's weekend. May 30, 2022

Our time at Lake Godstone was absolutely magical. The property is magnificent, very well-maintained, and super serene. The views were stunning, the cabin & showers new and clean, and our hosts kind and gracious. It was perfect! May 2022

This was a fantastic experience! My wife, 96 year old father and I had a very comfortable stay in the Guest Home. In addition it was the gathering place for the members of our Emmaus Reunion Group and their wives who stayed at 4 other locations on the campus. The 12 of us had meals together in the Guest Home and had plenty of room to fellowship. Hope to make this an annual event! You want rest? It is here! You want scenery? It is here! You just want to be closer to God? He is here too! May 9, 2022

“A Gem of A Find” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Field House. It filled our needs perfectly, and it’s plenty room for 4. We were in awe of the sunset view through the front windows, even sitting comfortably inside. We also love the beautiful epoxy concrete floor. We’ll definitely stay here again, and our grand-daughter will have so much fun playing in the fields. Thank You! May 6, 2022

Inclined view of a cottageSitting area at the campsite and a garden in front of it

Inspiration Cabin is wonderful! Perched on the too of a hill, the cabin has a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. The cabin is easy to get to (even after dark), following the well-marked roads. It was so peaceful, sitting outside in the morning, sipping our coffee and listening to the birds greet the new day. I highly recommend Inspiration Cabin. May 6, 2022

Three women Kayaking individually

What an amazing place you’ve got out here. We are grateful to have the opportunity to spend some time at this gorgeous oasis! You’ve done a remarkable job building this place and the attention to detail is what makes this place stand apart. You are a blessed man to have such a heavenly piece of gods green earth. Thank you for sharing this place with us ! Apr 30, 2022

We have been to Marluc Bella Vita Ranch twice for Women’s Retreats and both times have been fantastic. Comfortable bedding and sleeping arrangements, amazing covered porch, nice group spaces. We also enjoyed the many hiking trails, canoes, and kayaks. Will go there again! April 29, 2022

A modern Bedroom view in a cottage

We had our family reunion at the Lodge and it is just the perfect spot for a great weekend! Lake is clean for swimming and canoeing/kayaking....our kids loved the slide and stayed in the water most of the day. They also caught some fish off the dock. The facilities are very clean and the kitchen is well stocked. The trails were fun to explore. Nature at its best. This lodge is perfect for large groups or families. We will be returning!!!! July 27, 2022

The Experience was spectacular. From deer sprinting by at full gallop to peaceful, quiet escape, MARLUC has it all. EVERYTHING is CLEAN! EVERYTHING Works! Every amenity, every attraction, every facility, every experience is SECOND TO NONE! The camp itself is a marvel of environmental genius, art, and engineering. You can experience everything from baiting a hook and catching a lunker (you can’t help but catch fish), to literally, the secrets of the cosmos (with Marluc’s computer aimed telescope). It is impossible to take it all in. My biggest problem was deciding what to do first! Marluc Bella Vista Ranch is THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN TEXAS. Sincerely, I would schedule your visit now. Once the word gets out, getting a reservation will be harder than having to go home was for me. I mean it. Aug 16, 2022

The property was beautiful. It was so peaceful. The property managers were very friendly and helpful. There’s so much to see and do that my only regret is not having more time at the ranch. Will definitely be back soon. Aug 29, 2022

We attended a great family reunion at which the lodge was the central gathering place for 30 of us. We stayed at the Serenity RV, and serene it was. Remote, yet close enough to the lodge so as to be a nice walk. A nice paved 'gazebo' with a grill. Serenity was exceptionally clean. We enjoyed the night sounds under the RV awning before we turned in for a night's sleep. Sept 15, 2022

We had to cut our trip short because I got a little sick, but that had nothing to do with the land! It was absolutely beautiful and very easy to navigate. My dog loved every minute of it and is absolutely tired out from her adventure, it is very dog friendly and I encourage you to bring your furry friend if you are on the fence! Dom and Carol were so lovely! We were going to go on a tour of the property when I got sick. Dom and Carol helped me out with a sprite and a couple of their own personal things, it was very sweet. Unfortunately we did not get to spend both night there, but we had an absolute blast the time we were there, and we will be back! Sept 28, 2022

Portrait view of a couple and children while the boy fishing in lake