Guest: La famille Pitre
Date of stay:  Janv. 2017

Merci Renée & Pierre. Nous avons eu un séjour magnifique. Les " trails '' étaient super.


Guest: L. A. Graham
Date of stay: December, 2016

Wonderful relaxing experience, lots of amenities and very comfortable. Rooms are very adequate and great decor and homey, exceeded our expectation. Would like a summer weekend stay to enjoy the property.


Guest:Beth McEachern
Date of stay: 2015

Had a great time relaxing on the deck and cooling off in the water. Was a great place for myself and 4 others to spend the week along with our dog. The owners were very responsive and came over if we needed anything. The property is gorgeous and there are trails you can walk and a conservation area nearby. Would recommend for anyone wanting a quiet summer getaway.

Guest:Dave Hayes
Date of stay: 2015

This hidden gem is an incredible private get away. The cottage is very clean and well maintained and the architecture is stunning. We had a tranquil experience. From swimming to fishing to boating there are tons of things to do. There is also a beautiful beach just a short five minute drive away if you prefer not to swim off the dock. The owners are very pleasant people and made sure we were very happy. Thank You for the amazing time!!

Guest: Robert Arsenault
Date of stay: September 30, 2012

We were very fortunate to find this hidden treasure called the Ponderosa Ranch - a beautifully maintained and furnished log home situated on the Raisin river just a minute from Lake St. Francis. The Ranch was perfect for our group of 10 guys with plenty of space to move around and never feeling we were on top of each other. Our late September booking brought cool weather at night but the wood burning stove was perfect to take the chill out of the air.  The large dining table was able to accommodate all 10 of us very comfortably with room for many wine bottles. The huge porch provides a great gathering spot for many activities: story telling; watching the activities on the river; and even sleeping.  Pierre and Renée have invested plenty of their labour and energy in making the ranch and the 35 acres of surrounding land such a beautiful property. However, it's their personal touch that makes the place so welcoming - the owners went out of their way to ensuring that we had a great experience. As a big group who likes to play music, sing and at times be somewhat loud, the Ponderosa was perfect for us as we did not disturb anyone

We are definitely coming back next year

 Robert Arsenault

Guest: The Bravo's
Date of stay: Aug 31st, 2012

This was really more than we expected.  The house is a beautiful, clean, chalet that has everything imaginable.   From everything you would need in the house as well as games for the children.  The grounds was amazingly beautiful... Playground, canoe, the trails... We enjoyed everything there was offered and can't wait to tell everybody abut this hidden gem.  Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank you

Guest: Rodney Pryor
Date of stay: October 16, 2012

Renée and Pierre

Home was great as usual.  You outdid yourselves.  Thanks for everything.  See you in 2013.

Rodney, Pauli, Bob & Barry

Guest: Muthu & Rahul family
Date of stay: August 17th, 2012

Great place you have here. Kids loved it. Cabin is very spacious and clean. Will come back next year for longer time.

Guest: Scott Colebourne
Date of stay: New Years Eve

I'd rate my overall experience at the property as  Excellent.
The experiance that was had at the Ponderosa Ranch will be memories that will last a life time.
As a group to get together and spend bring in the New Years in picture perfect setting at this Cottage is unforgetable. Only chance we all get to spend our few days together once a year and I can assure I wouldn't spend it anywhere else.
The setting and property is remarkable. The wood stove, the decore of the building is something we look forward to going back.
There is no way you can go wrong with this establisment. Just simply perfect.
 I'd Recommend This Proprety For
Adventure seekers, Families with young children, Girls get away, Age 55+, Romantic get away

Guest: Joan & Michael Collin
Date of stay: July 12th, 2012

We had a wonderfull time at your place, quiet, lots to do for the grand kids. Got a kick out of the canoe rides, wild life. Very relaxing & time well spent. The accomodations are great... Sorry we had to leave. See you next year.

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Guest: Lucy & Robert McKay
Date of stay: August 15th, 2011



The road winding to the chalet gave us a glimpse of what awaited us. As we pulled up in our van, we were met by Pierre, the owner of the beautiful Ponderosa Ranch.The peacefulness and privacy were so refreshing. We could see the Raisin river and the canoe resting beside it. Everything about my first vision said,"Welcome!"
As we were ushered into our temporary home, we were struck by the owners' attention to detail. It was not long before we realized that this was going to be a happy time for our family to get together.
There was absolutely nothing that was needed. Everything was at our fingertips in every drawer and cupboard down to the numerous games,firewood, childrens' play area and barbeque.
The sunrise the next morning over the Raisin river urged us to have coffee on the deck. Later in the day, Pierre and Renee came by wanting to know if we needed anything.
As our stay progressed,we learned about the history of the region from Pierre who was very knowledgeable about events and customs of Eastern Ontario. Renee was so pleasant and even took the trouble of teaching our Grandson a few words in French. Pierre also was helpful in showing him where the frogs lived. He learned much---- seeing tadpoles and even a mink sitting on a rock while canoeing down the Raisin river where he learned to also row with our son-in-law.
I obviously was so pleased with our first two weeks of August spent at the ranch.
With its close proximity to Montreal, Ottawa and the United States,I highly recommend The Ponderosa Ranch as a wonderful vacation getaway.
As our two week stay came to a close, we were already thinking of returning.
Merci Beaucoup Pierre et Renee for your hospitality and thoughtfulness.
The Mckays
North Carolina

Guest: Janice (Montreal)
Date of stay: July 30th, 2011

So glad I found this place!

I was looking for a place for a mini reunion with school buddies from long ago and I really "lucked out"! Ponderosa is a wonderful place for a larger gathering, and very spacious. The interior was super clean, and the outside was gorgeous. Campfire, badminton, canoeing, Barbeque if you wanted it ...what more could you ask for? Just the ideal location for this event. The owners Pierre and Renée even met us when we got there to make sure we had everything we needed. Without a doubt, many return trips to follow for family gatherings or just a small getaway..Thanks so much - it was AWESOME!


We really loved our stay at the Ponderosa Ranch the were very comfortable , kitchen well stocked , the grounds were amazing, the decore was very nice. We look forward to return!
Cathy Clearie and friends
P.S. we heard from people they did not know that you rented out the house ,thought you were a riding ranch
Merci Beaucoup


Guest: Racheal & Greg (Ottawa)
Date of stay:  2011

We want to thank you both so much for tall your kindness and generosity. We absolutely loved the Cottage and eagerly looking forward to coming back next year!
Thank you, as well,with all your help with Jackson . I know it was much better for him to be with you guys then home alone. I think he especially enjoyed his ride Yesterday on the 4 wheeler!
We look forward seeing you next year!
Sincerely Greg and Rachel and Jackson too

Guest: Gail (Richmond Quebec)
Date of stay: June 2nd, 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Ponderosa Ranch in the beginning of June 2011. The house (so much more than a cottage ) was magnificent, clean and fully equipped. Pierre and Renee did their utmost to ensure a comfortable stay for us and the children. A new jungle gym,games,firewood,life jackets and enen mosquito repellent, everything was at our disposal. What a great place! We plan to return!


Guest: Kevin (Calgary Alberta)
Date of stay: July 1st, 2011

July 1st (Happy Canada Day )
They say a picture says a thousand words! after driving up to this beautiful log Cottage at Ponderosa Ranch, it was more like five thousand!
Awesome!! was the frist word out my 4 and 8 year olds mouth.  We traveled from Fort McMurray Alberta in hope to find an amazing family retreat and WOW! sis we find it. This beautiful quality built log Cottage is all tucked into a a magnificent manicured landscape abutting the Raisin River where my little guys cought bass after bass off the dock. Each morning our routine consisted of a 5 minute drive to Tim Hortons for coffee and chocolate milk and Tim bitts, followed by a 5 minute drive to Heritage Golf Course where my 2 little guys and myself played 9 holes. The3 location of the Ranch is first class, minutes from anything you could need. We've spent time in many Cottages and Ponderosa has been far superior in every detail. Every detail has been accounted for. Upon entering the Cottage the cleanliness is very evident. Each nook and cranny is sparkling clean. All ammenities you could possibly require is at your finger tips here.
If you are looking for a vacation spot or a relaxing retreat with or without children, Ponderosa Ranch is unquestionably a 5 star choice!
Britney, Christopher, Tavish and Kevin challenge anyone to stay at Ponderosa and find anything negative about this beautiful Ranch.
We a family have now found our annual vacation retreat!
Thanks Pierre and Renee ( Ponderosa Ranch )
Britney, Christopher, Tavish and Kevin


Guest: John (London Ontario)
Date of stay: 2011

I'd rate my overall experience at the property as: excellent

A 5 star resort! It has everything for a family - swingset, games, etc for the very young and boating and golf nearby for adults. The chalet was well equipped and spotless. We'll be back!
July 21, 2011
I'd Recommend This Property For
Families with young children, Age 55+, Families with teenagers, Romantic getaway



Guest: Todd (Flemington, New Jersey)
Date of stay: July 5th, 2010

This absolutely beautiful place is, for me, located only a short drive from my mom's house which is a great place to stay when I am up visiting her with the whole family as we did this past long weekend for the first time. The place is extremely well equiped, beautiful, and a lot of fun to stay in with a nice dock and canoe to go for rides - I highly recomment it.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet owners, Adventure seekers, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway

Guest: Rod (Ruffin, NC USA)
Date of stay: JULY 17TH, 2010

Recently spent a week at Ponderosa Ranch Resort with four friends fishing Lake St.Francis. Log home was absolutely stunning, and furnished and supplied with the best of everything. Just like being at home in North Carolina!!!!!! Shopping, marinas and restaurants were close by (5-minutes). Owner was always checking with us to make sure that we had everything that we needed, even getting us advice on where to fish. For us, the new boat dock and sheltered access for our boats to Lake St. Francis was a huge plus for this property. Rented many places in Canada over the past thirty years, and this was the best of the best plus the bass fishing was unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet owners, Adventure seekers, Tourists without a car, Sightseeing, Families with young children, Romantic getaway

Guest: West Coast Visitors (Shawning Lake, BC, CA.)
Date of stay: July 4th, 2010

We had a wedding rehearsal dinner there and the owner was extremely helpful in setting up tables, dinnerware, coffee/tea urns for us. He also came by to take the extras away and tidy things up for us. This is a beautiful home in a wonderful setting. It is well stocked and great for a getaway or an event. We enjoyed out 6 night stay.

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls getaway, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway.