|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The Forest Gate vacation home is a large, two-story home surrounded by forest in a park-like setting, secluded and private. This log and cedar home has a rustic elegance, beautifully furnished and comfortable, even to those with discriminating tastes. An outdoor cooking area under the pine trees has three large picnic tables beside a small pond suitable for casual gatherings.
A baby grand piano graces the main living room, perfect for sing-a-longs in the evenings. A large rock fireplace anchors the sitting room in the log cabin portion of the home and inspires curling up with a good book. Although remote, the house is easily accessible from the highway and only 14 miles from the town of Mena, where there are many opportunities for casual dining. Take the scenic Talimena drive accessed from Main St. in Mena or drive one hour east to Pencil Bluff and rent a canoe from a local outfitter.
The $350 Security Deposit is required to reserve your dates.
Half of the rental fee is due 90 days prior to arrival and the balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
Your security deposit will be refunded within 7-10 days of departure with return of rental in original condition.
Long Distance calling is free within the continental US. Cell phone coverage is good with most carriers.
Internet is via Client wireless card only.
Keywords: Luxury Home, Large House
Thanks so much for being so good to work with. We certainly appreciate all your efforts. Your home in Arkansas is so wonderful – I hope you guys get a chance to spend some time enjoying it too.
My wife and teenage kids, along with my parents, and four grad students spent Thanksgiving 2013 at Forest Gate. I've stayed at a number of vacation rental properties in Arkansas and Colorado for a "get away in the woods", and this was one of my favorites. When we first arrived and walked through the house for a quick tour, we were amazed by all the space and the nice furnishings. Having a separate bathroom for each bedroom was great, and balconies off of the upstairs really were a plus for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. In contrast to many houses where we have stayed, the kitchen(s) were extremely well-stocked with cooking utensils, etc. We loved the large lot, the close proximity to the woods, and the outdoor recreation area with horseshoes, firepit, picnic tables, pond, etc.
The things that I enjoyed the most were the great Yamaha baby grand piano, the huge stone fireplace in the living room, and the large master bedroom/bath. I love to get away from everything, and the combination of nice furnishings, remote location, large lot, and generous floor plan really make this place unusual.
The housekeepers were also very helpful with suggestions for ATV rentals and for mailing us some items that we accidently left behind.
About the only "non-standard" feature worth mentioning is the kitchen situation. There are two kitchens: a smaller one downstairs next to the living area, and a larger one upstairs with the upstairs bedrooms. Having two separate kitchens (instead of a single large one) could be good if you have multiple families or age groups that might naturally cook/eat separately (for example, it worked well for us -- my students tended to use the downstairs kitchen, while my family used the upstairs). It could also be nice to have two ovens, two refrigerators, etc. However, if you have a group that really wants to cook together and all hang out in the kitchen to socialize, you may find that this property does not support that well. In any case, the nice thing is that the downstairs dining area is large enough to accommodate 12-14 people easily, so even if you are cooking separately, you can eat together.
We also had a great time on the Wolf Pen Gap ATV trails with vehicles from Black Bear ATV rentals.
In summary, I highly recommend Forest Gate if you are looking for a remote location with great furnishings and connection to the outdoors. We would love to return again some time.
This was my third stay at Forest Gate. It is a fantastic place. Plenty of room for all my family. We come on our motorcycles & love riding the roads in the area. The house is always clean & ready for our arrival. We love staying here. I plan on making more trips in the future & would highly recommend staying here.
Wonderful retreat from electronics and the rush of everyday life. Great for conversation, playing cards, outdoor games such as bocce and croquet. Evenings by the fire pit brought back many memories. I would certainly recommend this property to friends and family. The kitchens were very well equipped and everything was clean and neat. A comfortable home shared by a owner who was helpful in all aspects of renting.
We spent 3 nights at Forest Gate to explore the Natural State and found a gem in this lovely home. It has everything you could want in a vacation home, and best of all, it feels like you're guests at a family friend's house. We took driving trips around the area to see the views and made a one day trip to visit Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR (highly recommended). We hope to be back soon. Thank you Kathleen for everything.
We spent a week at this fabulous property and we did not want to leave. The photos do not do the property justice. The furnishing or upper end, not anything like you ususally find in vacation rentals. You have to experience the Forest Gate to really appreciate it. My grandchildren brought their 4 wheelers and bikes. They want to make this our yearly spring break spot! It is off the beaten path, set on several acres in a serene valley. I hope Kathleen forgives me, but I told my grands that the bidet was an Arkansas foot washer. We left rested and refreshed with memories that will last a life time. You will not regret staying at the Forest Gate!
EXCELLENT!!! We could not have found a better place to stay. Everyone in our party of 12 had the most wonderful time at the Forest Gate. Everything was as stated in the description and more. We will definitely be renting from this owner again. We can't say enough good things about the property, beautiful, well furnished, well stocked, very clean and excellent location. Very affordable also. It's nice to have somewhere so beautiful and clean to relax after a hard day of activities. Being able to cook and eat at the cabin was very nice also, we loved the outdoor cooking area and used it every night. There is plenty of wild life to enjoy also. We thank the owner sincerely for making this property available to us. PERFECT!
Drive the Talimena Scenic Byway and view the autumn foliage. Enjoy a day trip canoeing in Pencil Bluff (1 hr) , or touring the shops and hot baths in Hot Springs (2 hrs). A day trip to Crater of the Diamonds is also suggested (1-1/2 hrs).
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$350|
Additional nights stay at $300 per night.
Discounted rate available for downstairs only with a maximum of 6 guests. Contact owner for details.
Payments are payable with half due 90 days prior to arrival and balance 60 days prior to arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.