RUBY LODGE AT SPRING LAKE WOODS

At The Ruby Lodge, you'll find much more than what is offered by any Western Kentucky hotel room. Surprising located only three (3) blocks from downtown Madisonville, our extensive grounds offer ample opportunity to unwind from everyday life and just...be. On your tour, feel free to laugh at the often noisy antics of the geese from the dock on Spring Lake, cool off in the pool in warmer months, stop in and visit our Orchid House or take pictures of the many animals that call these woods their home. When you leave the outdoors behind, the beauty and history of Spring Lake Woods continues in the unique architecture of the estate homes that grace the grounds and your Innkeepers' various collections of antiques and memorabilia, exotic animal mounts and classic cars. When the day is done, a quiet and uninterrupted evening awaits you in the comfort of your room, complete with cable television, free WiFi and freshly-ironed linens. In the meantime, take a virtual tour of Spring Lake Woods, read about its long history in our community and view our video and you'll see what we mean when we say..."Why just book a room, when you can book and experience?"

The Lodge

Built in 1947 for Mr. and Mrs. J. Edwin Ruby, II, the main house at Ruby Lodge was designed by noted Louisville, Kentucky, architect Stratton O. Hammon, and no doubt situated to take full advantage of the fabulous view of Spring Lake and the nature that surrounds it. As the Ruby Family owned the local concrete and lumber companies, the Colonial Revival house was constructed of a variety of concrete products and finished out with beautifully custom-milled hardwoods.

The interior of the house is replete with signature Hammon details including the overall "boomerang" design, delicate leaded glass fanlights, a corner fireplace in the paneled library, floor-to-ceiling windows, fluted Ionic pilasters and a curving cast-in-place concrete staircase in the foyer. A unique feature of this house is its oval dining room...the only room Hammon designed in this shape. Special amenities of the Ruby Lodge, also available to guests of the Lake House, include an in-ground pool and outdoor hydrospa.

Joe & Shirley Thomas purchased the property in 2004 from J. Edwin Ruby, III, who had misgivings about selling the family homeplace, but had decided to retire to the sunny South and play golf. Fortunately, many fine Ruby-heirloom antiques were included in the sale and remain a part of the home today.

In addition to appreciating the sheer natural beauty, history and craftmanship embodied in the property, the home had special meaning for Joe and Shirley. After returning from his tour of duty in the Navy after World War II, Joe's father, James D. Thomas, now deceased, worked for a time as a painter for Ruby Lumber Company. During that tenure, he had the opportunity to work on the home, which Joe remembers well. The hand-rubbed varnish finish in the Cherry library that James applied in 1947 still exists today...as beautiful as the day he completed it.

The Lake House

The Lake House was built in the late 1950's also by J. Edwin Ruby, II, following the death of his first wife, Mary. While not as "grand" as The Lodge, the Lake House has a character all its own that reflects the elegance, history and sportsman's spirit embodied in Spring Lake Woods.

As originally constructed, the classic Lodge-style home of cedar shake and expansive verandas was comparatively modest in size. It did include, however, many of the upscale details celebrated in The Lodge including huge bay windows and French doors, fine custom millwork and cabinetry and natural stone flooring.

Following Mr. Ruby's death, the home was legally severed from the larger parcel and conveyed to his daughter and her husband who expanded the home considerably by adding a large sunroom for entertaining and additional bedrooms. Eventually, the home was sold outside the Ruby family where it remained for many years until 2007, when Joe and Shirley Thomas were given the opportunity to once again bring it under common ownership with Spring Lake Woods.

Now called "The Lake House," the home includes four spacious guest rooms, including one perfect for longer-term stays. The house opens to the foyer displaying much of Joe's personal collection of antique exotic animal mounts and fishing memorabilia, including Tiger and Cheetah rugs, Linx and Eland mounts and a 16' wooden canoe. The dining room has recently been redecorated as a dramatic space sufficient to seat up to 16-20 guests. The Lake House also includes a meeting room perfect for business meetings or larger dining parties up to 30 guests, the walls covered with photos reproduced from the Hopkins County Historical Society archives depicting the history of our community and of Spring Lake.