History of the Carriage House
The Carriage house was built at the turn of the century by an architect who did some work for the World’s Fair in Chicago. He later moved to Eureka Springs and used his building experience to construct a cottage and the Carriage House for his personal horses. Made with quality building materials, the Carriage House stalls to this day are built out of solid cherry wood. Since its creation, the Carriage House has been called the Barn, and was once used as the horse stables for the Crescent Hotel when it was a girl’s school. Over a hundred years old, the Carriage house was restored 30 years ago, reinvented as a place for nightly lodging.
The restoring of the old barn was a fun project, although when restoring an old building, there is always the risk of losing its original atmosphere in the process. We feel that by preserving so much of the original building, we succeeded in keeping the old-time spirit and charm of the Carriage House intact and untarnished. All the floors are still the original floors, the old cherry wood stables are still up, and the walls of the upstairs loft are still the original Cedar. We kept the original barn door, simply nailing it shut, and kept all the gas lanterns up (even though they don’t work) for decoration purposes. Even all of the glass in the windows is original, with stained glass in both of the front doors. Even the hay pulleys are still working!
We have also added some personal touches to transform the property into unique lodging in Eureka Springs, such as the twin beds resting in the stables. In order to get the furniture upstairs, we had to use the hay door. The roomy downstairs has a twelve foot ceiling, with two hanging wagon wheel chandeliers suspended above the pool table.
Mysteries of the Carriage House
Perhaps we were too successful in preserving the spirit of the Carriage House. Some have said they have heard mysterious ghostly activity around the Carriage House, including footsteps, sneezes and whispers. Some have even experienced the feeling of being watched from the stairway. We have no explanation for this strange activity. Come and try to solve the mystery for yourself!
History of the Main House and Suite
The Main House was built in 1968 by some folks named the Owens. The Owens were interior decorators from Kansas City who designed this house with lots of “nooks and crannies.” The little blue house across the street from us was also built by the Owens as a workshop while they were building the Main House.
We purchased the property in 1994 and have owned and operated the Carriage House ever since, providing lodging and accommodations to the area and taking care of our guests during their vacations or weekend getaways.