House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)
Pat & Kris Larkin
About Pat & Kris Larkin
The proprietors of The Lark Inn Guest Houses are Kris and Pat Larkin. Originally, Okies from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kris and Pat moved to the Flint Hills after living in southern California for over 20 years. While in California Kris and Pat discovered and developed their gifts of hospitality; preparing and serving meals for literally hundreds of people for numerous events. They also hosted so many groups at their home over the years that people modified their last name of “Larkin” and began to refer to their home as “The Lark Inn” . . . thus the name was born. After selling their property management business in California, they set out on what they termed their “Second Half Discovery Tour” The purpose of the tour was to travel and experience various parts of the US and discover what they were to do and where they were going to spend the second half of their lives. Having been blessed with a successful first half of their lives, now the goal is to do something significant in their second halves . . . from success to significance. Anyway, with a little help from their friends, they discovered the miracle of The Flint Hills of Kansas and moved there! It didn’t take long for Kris and Pat to learn that lodging in The Flint Hills was not plentiful and so they bought their first guest house in Cottonwood Falls. It stayed consistently rented on a nightly basis all of the summer of 2010. Later in 2010, they found another property with guesthouse and cooking class potential and in January of 2011, they purchased The Lark Inn on Main, also in Cottonwood Falls. Unlike the their first guest house, The Lark Inn on Main required a full renovation so they spent the first half of 2011 renovating The Lark Inn on Main for it's opening in June of 2011.
Pat & Kris Larkin purchased this House in 2011
Why Pat & Kris Larkin chose Cottonwood Falls
The Flint Hills embodies the tried and true values of America . . . hard work and the natural beauty of our great country. The pace and values here help you to slow down and forget the insane pace of our cities. The Flint Hills are the perfect place to slow down and remember and re-order your priorities once again. The Flint Hills not only take your breath away . . . they make it so you can breath. William Least Heat-Moon
What makes this House unique
The Lark Inn Guesthouses are in a super-convenient location; 5 minute walk to the Cottonwood Falls historic district, shops, museum, historic courthouse, restaurants plus Friday and Saturday Night Music events. Come in April - May and experience the centuries-old Native-American tradition of burning the prairies to revitalize and rejuvenate the tallgrass. Come in June and book a night at River Suite. A beautiful evening of music and fine dining under the stars on the historic Cottonwood River Bridge. Come on the weekend after Thanksgiving and enjoy 'Country Christmas'. This is our annual kick off of the Holiday season filled with events and activities: Gift give-away for the kids, Decorated Homes Tours, Fruit Cake Toss, Parade Down Broadway Street to our Historic Courthouse, a gift basket silent auction and of course . . . Santa will arrive to turn the Christmas lights on for our Historic Courthouse! By vehicle, just a few short minutes to the Tallgrass Prairie national Preserve, Pioneer Bluffs Historic Site and Art Gallery, and the State Lake. The serenity of your stay in The Flint Hills can be greatly enhanced through relaxing yoga and/or therapeutic massage . . . right in the privacy of your guesthouse! A stay in The Flint Hills of Kansas . . . Not only will it take your breath away . . . It will make it so you can breathe - William Least Heat-Moon
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very charming area and plenty to do with grocery stores and restaurants nearby. Hosts were terrific!
We went for a disc golf tournament in emporia and decided to stay away from the fray. There was a great course within a mile for practice! There is a river within walking distance and a lot of nature to surround yourself with. We would definitely stay here again.
Very charming cottage
My husband, dogs and I had a wonderful time at this bungalow located right in the center of Cottonwood Falls (and very close to the Tallgrass Prairie Trails). The chef kitchen was set up perfectly for our use (we cooked most of our meals), the home was clean when we arrived, the bed and couch very comfortable, and the decor on point. I was a bit concerned about the mosquito situation as they love me but surprisingly there weren't that many around:) Great communication with the owners who were available but didn't linger. We will be back!
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate that you left the house as clean as you found it and that you cleaned up after your dogs.
Please consider us in the future for your trip back to the Flint Hills.
It was great to meet you!
Kris and Pat Larkin
The perfect escape place! Adorable and comfy.
All the extra touches were very welcoming. Definitely recommend this inn!!!!
Awesome restored prairie home with tons of character and all the modern amenities!
Wife and I enjoyed so much about this place its hard to capture it all. We want to come back this summer to take advantage of the patio and porch!
Thank you Andy for the wonderful review. We would love to have you back anytime. We loved the pictures you put on Google - how fun!
See you this summer!
Wonderful Accommodation; Wonderful VRBO Experience
After having looked at the intriguing accommodations on the Lark Inn’s website, we decided Cottonwood Falls would be the destination for our mini reunion. Communication with Pat and Kris was great. The two-bedroom house we had reserved had been double booked; once for us and once for another family. Kris and Pat’s solution: Since there were five of us, we could have two houses for the price of one! The Lark Inn on Main and the Lark Inn at Fox Hollow. These two lovely abodes are adjacent to one another so was just perfect. Some days earlier I had inquired about where to have dinner on a Sunday evening. Kris recommended the Radius Brewing Company in Emporia. We ordered our meal “to go”, drove the easy 20-mile drive from Emporia to Cottonwood Falls, checked in at the Lark Inn and then dined on the pretty patio at Fox Hollow. Because the setting, seating and weather were so comfortable, we spent quite a few hours outside. The king-size beds in the two houses were so comfy as were the day beds. The next morning my sister prepared French toast with the farm-fresh eggs provided by the Larkins. The complementary yummy muffins, orange juice and coffee made the breakfast complete. We appreciated having our lodging within strolling distance of downtown and the Cottonwood Bridge. Only downside: The 500 plus miles from our home in Colorado :( I’m sure we would enjoy staying in the Lark Inn’s other dwellings.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Art Gallery, State Fishing Lake with Specially separated Swimming Section, Historic Chase County Courthouse (oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi, Horseback Riding, Back roads motorcycle riding, Motorcycle Riding, Photography, Painting, Sketching, Organic Community Garden, Horseback Riding, Prairie Fires Watching (April & May), Auto Tours, Birdwatching, Prairie Chicken Mating Dance Ritual, Golf