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It’s all in the details

Ride, dine and unwind - we will take care of the rest

Exceptional
cuisine

Freedom
to roam

Horse-play encouraged

To us, "All-Inclusive" means everything...

So imagine that you find the perfect horseback riding vacation, beautiful scenery great riding – only to find that the facilities are poorly maintained, the food is undesirable or that you are miles away from any other point of interest. While there’s a lot to be said for getting away from the hustle and bustle, finding peace and tranquility should not mean that you should have to forgo the other details that make your vacation truly special.

Quality & Delight at Every Turn

Cowboy up without the beans

Our biggest “complaint” is that our guests often leave a little on the heavier side after at stay at Southern Cross. During your stay our kitchen team will tickle your tastebuds with delightful meals, decadent desserts and an array of culinary treats from around the globe. Much, much more than just burgers and beans!

Mi casa es su casa

As a guest, you are welcome to wander, enjoy our property, pet, feed and interact with the horses. Our pastures and barn area are always open so you can spend additional time bonding with our animals, a favorite after dinner activity.

Unplugged playtime

There is no shortage of other fun activities for riders and non-riders alike. On property, our entire ranch was designed for you to unplug and maximize your fun and relaxation. From fishing to foosball, swimming to s’mores, we have it all. Nearby Madison boasts additional options, such as golf and shopping.

It shouldn’t be hard to make everyone happy

If you are looking for a well-rounded, horseback riding vacation with good food and fun to boot, you have found it. Our family has delighted in hosting guests for many years, sending them home with fond memories and full bellies, year after year…it doesn’t get much better than this!

“We've been coming here for more than 10 years. The views, hospitality, relaxation and reconnection with nature is the perfect place to rest and reset!” - Michele A.

“Not only is it surreal being in such a beautiful place, and a relief from the everyday. It is always another level of experience all around. If we could go once a month we would!! We cant say enough GREAT THINGS about this slice of heaven!” - Julie H.

“These were some of the best days of our lives!
The food was amazing and the horses were so friendly.
Can’t wait to be back.”

– The Bossert Family

Things to do.

Move

Make use of our hiking trails, shoot some hoops, take our mountain bikes for a spin or take a dip in the pool. There’s no shortage of opportunity to burn off those excess calories (yes, the mac n cheese is divine!) Off site, golfing, fishing and watersports can be found nearby.

Kick back

Our fire pit, decks, lounges and open space all offer the perfect opportunity to relax with a book, meet new people or spend time with your loved ones. Perhaps you want to spot some wildlife or try your hand at fishing, we have it all right here!

Play

In case you couldn’t already tell; here at the ranch, we strongly encourage playtime for all ages! Throughout the property we have board games, cards, yard games and a game room. If that’s not enough to wear you out, then send the kids off across the pasture for a giant game of tag.

Capture

There’s no better time than on your vacation to capture your memories on camera! Our on-site photographer offers a selection of photography and portrait packages to suit your needs. Click here for more information!

Explore

Although the ranch has everything you will need, for those that like to explore, the picturesque nearby town of Madison offers shopping, dining, galleries and museums. Not too far away, Atlanta boasts many attractions and must-see sights! Click here for a list of local attractions.

Our on-site photographer is waiting to
capture your Ranch adventures!

All guests can enjoy...

all-inclusive

Your plan options:

All-Inclusive (Riding)

Saddle up for two daily rides in addition to lodging, all meals, all amenities, snacks, beverages, mountain bikes and lots more!

All-Inclusive (Non-Riding)

All of the delicious and fun perks of the riding plan, with even more time to relax and unwind!

Just looking for a place to rest your head?
Enjoy our welcoming guest rooms and a hearty breakfast with our Bed & Breakfast plan

How to book:

1. Choose your plan

There’s something for everyone! For those who want a lot of saddle time the All-Inclusive riding plan is by far the best option! Rides can be added a la carte to all other plans.

2. Select your room
type & dates

17 uniquely decorated guest rooms offer a wide variety of room choices over six different room types. Each room has its own bathroom and all of the amenities you would expect at your home away from home! We are open year round to welcome guests and riders to the ranch! Our booking tool will help you decide!

3. Get the rest
that you deserve!

No last minute arrangements, no taxi rides, no stress and no wrangling stray family members. Park your car and leave it - everything you need will be taken care of right here so all you need to do is let us show what a relaxing vacation truly is.

General FAQs

Our location is convenient to many area attractions and activities. Several golf courses are within 30 minutes. A nearby gun club offers sporting clays, skeet, and trap shooting as well as archery. Our historic town of Madison offers a beautiful self-guided walking tour of the antebellum homes and gardens, and features numerous shops offering art, antiques, and civil war artifacts. Nearby, Lake Oconee features premier fishing and boating opportunities. If you wish to venture up to an hour away, you’ll find canoeing and whitewater, Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, and several attractions and theme parks in Atlanta. Please see our local attractions page for additional information.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at 8:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:00pm respectively. Casual dress is appropriate for all occasions and meals. It is recommended that you bring jeans or riding pants for horseback riding and boots are suggested over sneakers.
Our dining hall offers a variety of fresh fruit, crackers, pastries, cookies and snacks throughout your stay. Complimentary soft drinks, iced tea, lemonade, water, and snacks are available 24 hours daily.
Guests are welcome to bring horse treats such as apples, carrots and peppermints.