The Big House

We welcome weddings of up to three-hundred people, and we are happy to provide for smaller groups – seminars, meetings, weekend workshops, dinner parties, and family gatherings. The ranch’s Big House includes six well-appointed bedrooms, five full baths, a billiard room, a screened porch, a wonderful kitchen and elegant living room, as well as beautiful grounds and views.


A Piece
of History

This 1950s historic home was designed by architect, Wallace Frost, who co-designed the General Motors building in Detroit and built a beautiful house in Montecito, California, which was recently the residence of Ellen Degeneres. It was featured in her book, Home (2015). Wallace is known for midsize cottage houses that are flooded with natural light and that feature woodwork, architectural details and limestone frames around windows and doors. The Big House is the last piece of architecture that Wallace constructed before his death in 1962.


The Bowen Brothers Home designed by Wallace Frost in 1926, commissioned by Edgar Bowen.

Ellen’s former home, “The Villa”, which was built in the 1930s.

Meet Chrome

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen


The big house's fearless protector and occasional pizza-thief, Chrome Hanna-Frost, lives at the ranch full time and enjoys a good pet. He'll also be happy to referee any billiards games, but cannot guarantee that he will not fall asleep.

If you have a cat or pet dander allergy, please be aware that the Big House is Chrome’s home. If you have any issues or accommodation requests, please contact us.


Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is located on the southwestern most corner of the house, with views looking out at the flower garden and hay fields off in the distance. The most interesting part of this room is found in the bathroom—the northern wall has been pasted with dated stocks and bonds, left worthless after the Great Depression.



The Kid’s Room

The kid’s room is immediately east of the master and would be great for younger children, comprised of two twins and a trundle bed. This room is perfect for early risers as it catches the sunrise, brilliantly.

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen


Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

The Queen

This bedroom is located just north of the kid’s room and would be great for a younger couple. The view from this room opens up to a play yard and the William’s Creek riparian area, a great room to catch a glimpse of hunting marsh hawk.  



New Mexico Room

So named after the New Mexican style fireplace, this room is great for teens or short overnight stays. The New Mexico room is also decorated with an assortment of hats; feel free to borrow a hat and go for a walk along the creek!

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen


Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Little Wrangler Room

This room is named after Kirk Hanna, the main character in the Little Wrangler, a short story about the life of a five year old cowboy. Filled with rustic cowboy garb, this room is great for someone who likes to be around the pool room or near the kitchen.



Northside Room

The Northside bedroom is located north of the kitchen and west of the laundry room. This room can be a great asset for large parties or someone frequently coming and going as it is near the garage and parking area.  

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen

Photo by Denise Dethlefsen



  • Central Heating

  • Indoor Fireplace

  • Small Library

  • Gas Stove

  • Gas Oven

  • Patio

  • Iron

  • TV

  • Billiards/Game Room

  • Covered Parking Area

  • Private Entrance

  • Living Essentials

  • Washer & Dryer

  • Wi-Fi access

  • Full Kitchen

  • Dishwasher