Andy and Peggy Marshall’s hospitality was legend, and, until Andy retired in 1981, there were numerous visits by family and guests. That tradition has been carried on ever since through the Marshall House program, offered each summer at the house named in the Marshalls’ memory. A letter mailed each October invites family members to reserve the house for a week the following summer. Jay Howland (email@example.com) arranges bookings.
The Marshall House was built in 1979, replacing an earlier building destroyed in a fire. The house is roomy, charming, and rustic. It has not changed much over the years, because the family enjoys it the way it is. Part of staying at the ranch means embracing its remoteness. The closest town is a 30 minute drive, and there is no wi-fi connection and no television. However, the house offers all of the comforts that make for a very enjoyable stay—spring water, a fully equipped kitchen, a large fireplace, use of a ranch truck, a swimming pond, 360-degree views, and two large porches. And the sunrises, sunsets, and stars are enchanting.
The house accommodates up to 12 people (regardless of age). The first bedroom has two extra-long single beds and uses the adjoining bath with stall shower; this bathroom also serves visitors to the main house. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed and a bath with a tub, no shower. The middle bunkroom has two double-deckers, two twin beds, and a bath with stall shower. The end bedroom has a queen-sized bed, a trundle bed, and a bath with stall shower. Every bedroom has windows and doors opening onto porches, east and west.
The living/dining area is large and high-ceilinged, and the eat-in kitchen is designed for gathering as well as cooking.
There is a flat rate for weeklong summer visits, which run from Saturday to Saturday and include five morning wrangler-led horseback rides. Marshall House visits for a minimum of two nights also can be booked for the fall, winter, or spring. Wranglers are not included in off-season stays, but rides with ranch staff may be available. Many additional activities and services are available throughout the year and can be added to any visit à la carte.