Guest: J MacDougald
Date: January 24th 2019

Such a beautiful home, all our needs so thoughtfully provided for even the fire wood, very cozy and warm, we girls will be back hopefully in October if this works. J MacDougald

Thank you very much Renée and Pierre

Guest: K and T Pinder
Date: October 6th 2017

We love this place thank you for sharing your home with us every year our home away from home.

Guest: Davin, Kathleen and Charlotte.
Date: October 6th 2017

Thank you for anther wonderful week you continuously make improvements to the property and we love spending time and making memories here with family and friends. We are looking forward to the next year already. Davin, Kathleen and Charlotte.

Guest: The Cheffers
Date: October 2018

It was a great week, really enjoyed ourselves, Thanks a million.

Guest: S. Famille Landry
Date: September 2018

Nous avons passé une très belle semaine Merci beaucoup.

Guest: S. De Courcy and family
Date: August 25th 2018

We had a wonderful week here at the Ponderosa Ranch. Everyone enjoyed the boats and grounds and even the rainy days were fun because the house is so comfortable. Thanks you for your extra special attention, you’ve made this a fantastic holiday for all of us. S. De Courcy and family Montreal, London, Hamburg

Guest: Melanie and Keith
Date: August 2018

Cher Renée et Pierre, Nos familles ont passé une très belle semaine au Ponderosa Ranch. Très beau paysage, un Park pour les enfants et une maison superbe. Merci pour cette semaine de repos.

Guest: Jacques and Francine
Date: August 2018

Our second time here was even better than the first time. Our 9 year old grandson caught his first fish here. He was so proud. Great time was had by all in this beautiful setting. Thank you

Guest: The Dellah’s
Date: July 2018

We had a great time!

Guest: Carol
Date: July 2018

We had a wonderful family time at the family style cottage if time and health allows we would love to return.

Guest: Michelle and Jeff
Date: July 2018

Thank you Pierre and Renée for letting us rent your beautiful cottage. We had a wonderful time, all three generations of us! The cottage is big enough for all, the big open area is great for playing games and making memories that will last a lifetime. Your place is truly amazing, you can tell the love you put into building it. The kayaks and canoes were fun for all, the camp fires as well. For me it is the wonderful large porch to sit and look out to the river. Thanks again, we loved our stay.

Guest: Lajoie family
Date: October 29th 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your home and enjoy your amazing property, we all have felt at home and relaxed, while the children loved exploring and playing outside. I’ve appreciated the amenities provided and I am thoroughly impressed by the cleanliness of the home. We all look forward to making this stay a yearly family tradition.

Guest: Greg and Andrea
Date: October 25th 2017

This place is awesome!! We enjoyed every second, made lots of memories, lots to do, kids loved it. Such a beautiful time of year too!  We are definitely going home happy and relaxed. Thank you for having us.

Guest: Mustapha’s
Date: September 4th 2017

Superb place we had much fun. Beautiful cottage, next it will be a full week.

Guest: The Lough family
Date: May 22nd 2017

Dear Renée and Pierre, Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful home with our family. Your attention to detail and consideration was greatly appreciated. This was our first family vacation and many happy memories were made! We are hoping to return soon.

All the best, The Lough family.

Guest: Zhou’s family
Date: August 21st 2017

Thank you so much for everything. We’ll be back in next year.

Guest: Mc Gillis family
Date: August 19th 2017

Thank you so much Renée and Pierre

You have an amazing place and we thoroughly enjoyed our week here. We were all so comfortable enjoying the spacious cottage, large verandah and beautiful property your attention to detail made it feel just like home. We hope to return as it was a relaxing and great holiday.

Thanks again, Mc Gillis family, Take care.

Guest: The Kochel’s
Date: August 12th 2017

Just like the last time we thoroughly enjoyed our week at your beautiful home. The surroundings are park like and the peace and privacy are priceless. There is absolutely nothing lacking inside and we will surely keep it on our list to visit again!

Guest: The Collins
Date: July 22nd 2017

Just like the last time we thoroughly enjoyed our week at your beautiful home. The surroundings are park like and the peace and privacy are priceless. There is absolutely nothing lacking inside and we will surely keep it on our list to visit again!

Guest: Les Cholette-Ross
Date: July 4th 2017

Nous avons passé un séjour magnifique avec notre famille. Quatre générations de Cholette ensemble ça c’est spécial l’emplacement du chalet est idéal. Tout est a nôtre disposition.

Merci Pierre et Renée au Plaisir de se revoir à bientôt

Guest: La famille Pitre
Date: Jan 2017

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

Guest: La famille Pitre
Date: Jan 1st2017

Bonjour Renée and Pierre, Bonne Année!

Nous avons adoré notre séjour, nous avons profité des trails, nous n’avons pas été dans le sauna.On c’est bien reposé!

La famille Pitre

Guest: L.A. Graham
Date: 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: The Smith and Sherman
Date: Sept 18th 2016

We had a wonderful time at this magnificent cottage. It had all the amenities of a city while maintaining a country rustic feel. The view is spectacular, it felt very homey comfortable here. There have been a lot of wonderful memories created during our stay here.

Thank you so much. We really loved our stay here.

The Smith and Sherman

Guest: The Sherman
Date: Sept 12th 2016

Thank you Pierre and Renée

You are very accommodating host. Fabulous cottage and grounds made our son wedding a huge success. Enjoyed our talks we had during our stay and your attention to details and understanding when plans change and pop ups occurs.


The Sherman

Guest: the Bowers/Harris
Date: Sept 9th 2016

Thank you Pierre and Renée, for allowing us the pleasure of enjoying your beautiful cottage this past week, admiring the view, the deck, the BBQ, campfire, kayaking/paddleboat. The endless days of fishing were certainly a hit really big fish to be caught off the end of the dock. We had a great time in your cottage and with all the bells and whistles. Your hospitality was most appreciated.

Best the Bowers/Harris

Guest: Jean-Paul et Lise  Dubai-Vae
Date: Aug 30th 2016

Cher Renée et Pierre, Nous avons adoré mes grands et petit enfants se sont bien amusé dans ce magnifique paysage. Nous allons vous recommender et aussi reviendreons surement.

Guest: the Mceachern family
Date: August 13th 2016

Dear Pierre and Renée, Wonderful home everything we needed for a great week together as a family. Well highly recommend it. Thanks the Mceachern family

Guest: the Dela family
Date: Aug 1st 2016

Thank you for your great hospitality. The kids had so much fun indoors and outdoors.

There were fishes to be fished and frogs to be catch and released. There are endless possibilities for a family with kids and intergenerational. We loved the spacious living quarters.

Un grand merci the Dela family

Guest: R.C.
Date: Aug 1st 2016

Thank you very much for all your hospitality and renting the cottage out to us. We appreciate all the great amenities (sauna, fire pit, lighted deck) merci.

Will plan to be back next year!

Guest: The Farley family
Date: July 28th 2016

Our stay here at the Ponderosa was amazing! We had a family reunion here and everything was perfect.

We made memories at this cottage that we will never forget, there was so much to do here and would hike, tan, fish, kayak, cook and just sit around the living room to enjoy each other company. We haven’t seen our family for a long time so this was amazing not to mention the cottage was also very clean and we stayed here for two weeks and there was so much to do. Together we explored Lancaster, Alexandria, Ottawa and even Montreal. All of the above are within two hours away from the cottage.

We want to thank you so much Pierre and Renée

Guest: The Farley’s
Date of stay: July 28th 2016

Our first year here, shat a wonderful time we’ve had! Thank you for very much for opening your place to us, we made some great memories and walked in the beautiful surroundings. Visitors from Ottawa and California

Guest: Dale, Elizabeth, Christa, Malcom, Kay, Christine & Emelia
Date: July 16th 2016

A very nice facility, the cottage and grounds are beautiful. We have enjoyed our time here very much.

- Christa from Cambridge UK, Malcom and kay from Germany, Christine and Emelia UK

We loved the cottage and the verandah is a great space and we loved the water sports.

Thank you -Dale and Elizabeth Canada

Guest: Sereno, Nick, Val, Chloe, Roman, Elliot, Rick, Melanie
Date: Jan 2nd 2016

Our stay at your cottage was an amazing way to bring in the New Year. We all appreciated its beautiful character and the gorgeous surroundings. I truly could not have imagined a better experience. Happy New Year, wishes of health and happiness to you both. Hope to come again someday.

Guest: Lee
Date: Oct 10st 2015

C’était l’endroit idéal pour se rencontrer. Le chalet était parfait, comfortable et on n’a manqué de rien.

On veut revenir

Guest: Davin and Kathleen
Date: Oct 1st 2015

Thank you once again for opening your beautiful cottage to us and sharing it with us. Our 3rd year in a row and we had another fantastic week! The property is so beautiful and spacious we hardly feel the need to explore elsewhere and although we did take in a couple days of site, Mc Maze was cute family pumpkin patch and Long Sault parkway is a beautiful drive with gorgeous hiking and biking trails.

Thanks for everything see you next year

Guest: Kerry and Tim
Date: Oct 1st 2015

We had another great year at the Ponderosa Ranch. Thank you Pierre and Renée for welcoming us here as Kath said, we always do a few day trips but love our time at the cottage the most. This is a great place to make happy memories.

See you next year!

Guest: The Griffin
Date: Sept 12th 2015

I truly appreciate the cleanliness and beauty at your home. Have a wonderful winter season.

Guest: Marthe Bouthillier
Date: Sept 12th 2015

This is an Idyllic location how lovely and perfect for our girl’s getaway hope to return someday for a family vacation. Thank you

Guest: Nancy, Gretchen, Dona & Dinah
Date: Sept 12th 2015

What a wonderful spot for our “girl’s getaway” and 60th birthday celebration, so clean!!

Owners are so hospitable. Thank you Merci pour tout - Nancy

We had a nice visit on the deck, beautiful spot to watch a rain storm.  - Cretchen

We had a fantastic time in the beautiful chalet. Thank you, I will certainly recommend it to many. - Dona, Point Clair QC

A lovely spot a wonderful get together.  - Dinah, Point Claire QC

Guest: Melissa and Denis
Date: Sept 7th 2015

We have enjoyed every minute of the ranch from the very first second that we arrived, very peaceful and relaxing place. We stayed a week and our wedding was the Saturday. Our wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. From ceremony views, pictures, everything was beautiful absolutely amazing, a lot of compliments that night and the location perfect spot for a wedding. We will definitely be back for a vacation on a week which isn’t so busy with planning a wedding and definitely highly recommend the Ponderosa ranch to everyone. Thank you so much

Guest: The Pool family
Date: Aug 22nd 2015

Three generations of our family have enjoyed every minute of our week at the Ponderosa Ranch. Our two little ones age 6 and 2, played soccer, fished, canoed, ran and explored every corner of the property. It’s a perfect place for tow very active boys. In the area we enjoyed Mc Maze Prehistoric world Upper Canada village and several fun hikes. Since were from NJ and Texas being able to wear a light jacket in August has been a real treat. Thanks for the perfect and beautiful peaceful place for our family to spend time together.

Guest: The Bratt family
Date: Aug 20th 2015

Pierre and Renée, Personal thanks for your warm welcome it was great to meet Frank as well. The Ponderosa Ranch continues to be a terrific spot for our grandchildren to spend time with family. See you next year our 5th anniversary.

Guest: Laura and Augustine
Date: August 12th 2015

The Ponderosa Ranch was amazing, so clean and quiet and peaceful. We will be back to enjoy this beautiful cottage again. Thank you so much for everything! We had an amazing time!!

Guest: The Gray family
Date: Aug 3 rd 2015

The Ponderosa Ranch was the ideal spot for our family reunion. Fishes were caught, camp fires were had
and our days were relaxing and fun. We recommend the Charlottenburg Park for beach fun and great
swimming for the kids. This is a family friendly spot, clean and lots of room and convenient.

Guest:Beth McEachern
Date: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: New Years Eve

I'd rate my overall experience at the property as  Excellent.
The experience 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 unforgettable. 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 decor of the building is something we look forward to going back.
There is no way you can go wrong with this establishment. Just simply perfect.
 I'd Recommend This Property For
Adventure seekers, Families with young children, Girls get away, Age 55+, Romantic get away

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

We had a wonderful 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 accommodations are great... Sorry we had to leave. See you next year.

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

Wonderful!!! 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, children's' play area and barbecue.
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: 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, Barbecue 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 decor 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:  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: 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: 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 first 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 caught 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 amenities 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: 2011

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

A 5 star resort! It has everything for a family - swing set, 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: 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 equipped, beautiful, and a lot of fun to stay in with a nice dock and canoe to go for rides - I highly recommend 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: 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: 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.