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First Mates Quarters Cozy Cottage with Lake Hamilton access.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom 1 Bath cottage with open floor plan and relaxing quiet back deck.

This cottage is one of 3 Lake Hamilton cottages we have listed on vrbo. Our other properties can be seen at #169711 and #314987.

The First Mate is a one bedroom one bathroom Cottage with open kitchen and living room floor plan and relaxing back deck. The First Mate is located in a quiet lake neighborhood that is only eight miles from historic downtown Hot Springs National Park and five miles from Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino. Its also only fifteen minutes away from Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme and water park! Cottage Entrance is wheelchair accessible..

Property Manager
Gigi Buhrow
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Gigi Buhrow

Captain Mark and Gigi Buhrow are former owners of the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat, Gilligans Lakeside Cafe, and several gift store in Hot Springs. We have four children and four grandchildren and have called Hot Springs home for 32 years. We are very active in United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Arkansas, and enjoy boating, hiking, camping and spending time with family. Gigi is a local artist and works in mosaic glass, painting and jewelry.

Gigi Buhrow purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Gigi Buhrow chose Lake Hamilton

We chose Hot Springs because we were looking for a place to move our business, the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat. Hot Springs National Park is not only beautiful, but is a top tourist destination and Americas original Spa City. The many family attractions, beautiful lakes, hiking trails, National Park, historic downtown, artist community, great restaurants and unique shopping for all reasons we moved to the heart of Arkansas.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the "First Mate Quarters" because it of its lake cabin look and location. We moved this 100+ year old house to our lakefront property and rebuilt it from the foundation up in 2005. It boasts knotty pine walls, tile floors throughout the kitchen and living room and has lots of windows that let outside light in. It is restful to sit on the deck amongst the pine trees and watch the sunset over Lake Hamilton. We love the Lookout Point Neighborhood because it is quiet and safe.


Lake Hamilton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The First Mates' Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • First Mates' Quarters - 1 double
  • One bedroom with lots of natural light and a full size antique bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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First Mates Quarters Cozy Cottage with Lake Hamilton access.
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews
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Perfect relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I picked this location for our 1st anniversary getaway. The house was easy to find, and a short drive to downtown. We felt right at home in this cozy place. The kitchen was a great size and easy to move around when cooking dinner. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the quiet neighborhood was wonderful. Having a washer and dryer in the house was awesome too! We loved having access to the dock where we could fish just down the hill, and watch people pass by on their boats. We will definitely keep this place in mind for our future ventures to Hot Springs.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at our cottage. We love it too! Here's to many more anniversarys and blessings on your marriage. Hope you will come see us again. Mark and Gigi
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent Labor Day weekend here and had a wonderful time. We spent most of our time hiking at Lake Catherine state park, or walking around downtown Hot Springs. This property was super convenient for both. The bed was very comfortable and it's very quiet, we got great sleep. There is steep driveway/hill you have to walk down to get to the lake. We went down and enjoyed the water in the evening, but it was a rough walk back up after hiking all day. Overall it was an excellent experience and we would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

awesome! hope to stay there again. very clean and felt right at home. Gigi was very helpful if anything needed attention.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Precious cottage, relaxing stay!

  • 4 of 5

We booked a last minute getaway for Memorial Day weekend at this cottage. The cottage was precious, very clean, comfortable bed, beautiful neighborhood. We used the dock several times and had no issues at all with the shared dock for the three cottages. The lake views from the dock are beautiful! It is a very short walk down the hill to get to the lake.

I am rating the cottage 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. You are unable to see the lake from the cottage in the summer due to the large bushes in the back, but again, only a very short walk down the road. It would have been nice to sit on the patio and watch the lake activities. The only other complaint is that the neighbor came over the first night of our stay wanting to discuss religion. We found that a bit odd...

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised, very nice, owners were very friendly

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable with plenty of room.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay and hope to come back next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Little Rock International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Terry Martins
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Hot Springs County Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 7
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat
Car: necessary

Hot Springs is a charming town nestled in the Quachita Mountains. It is the smallest national park in the United States and the only one that is engulfed by the city. Be sure to check out the many family attractions, lake activities, Garvan Woodland Gardens, live horse racing, casino and DON'T miss a scenic lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat. (It is only 1 mile away from the cottage.)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

one time cleaning fee $60
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 10.0%

The First Mate is available monthly for the winter season (November-April 15). Please call to inquire about a discounted rate.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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