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The Forest Gate Luxury Home - 5 bedrms each w private bath in Mena

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  "Thank you.  We had a very enjoyable time.  Your place was wonderful! The moment we walked in the door we were so amazed.  The more we walked through the rooms the more impressed we were.  I would not hesitate coming back or even telling anyone else that this is the best place that I have ever stayed."   

"Thank you for letting us share your fantastic property for our family Thanksgiving get-a-way. Our entire stay there was great.  There was plenty of room for all of us both inside and out.  We had a wonderful time, wish we could have stayed even longer.  Your property is beautiful, and was great in every detail." 

" . . Loved the house, primarily because it was so private and surrounded by beautiful nature . . ."
We covered miles of back roads, trails, state parks and small town streets . . . it was all fun and relaxing."
"We had such a wonderful time . . . it was the best place to hang out together."
"Our stay at The Forest Gate was wonderful . . . Your place is wonderfully decorated, the piano was perfect . . ."

A Non-Smoking home
The Forest Gate is located 14 miles west of Mena, right off Hwy 8 West,
and sits on 10 secluded acres adjacent to the Ouachita National Forest.
The forest offers miles of rugged trails for mountain biking or hiking.
The Talimena Scenic Drive runs along the mountain ridge above the property and can be accessed from Main St. in Mena. Hot Springs is less than two hours away for a nice day trip.
The large, log and cedar home is situated in a park like
setting. An outdoor cooking area under the pine trees has three
large picnic tables beside a small pond for casual gatherings.
Inside, the home is elegantly furnished in a comfortable lodge
style. Each bedroom has quality linens, and a private bath. Two
separate living areas, one with a large rock fireplace and the other
with a baby grand piano for evening sing-a-longs, provide family and
friends a place to visit.
Decks off the upstairs bedrooms overlook a pastoral setting and
provide secluded areas for relaxation.

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Last modified on 08-24-2014 at 3:31 PM.

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house rental amenities

2 kings each with private bath

3 queens each with private bath  

2 twin beds in loft overlooking cabin living area

2 Living areas both w/fireplaces - one w/piano

2 Kitchens - oven, dishwasher, microwave - fully equipped
Laundry room / addn'l bathroom w/tub-shower combo
Covered patio and multiple decks / porches
Picnic tables and outdoor grilling by small pond

Study / computer area at top of stairs
Telephone w/ Free Long Distances continental US.
Satelite TV and several televisions with VCRs or DVD

Leave civilization and reunite with your family and friends!


vacation rental rates

  • $350 Deposit (holds reservation and as a security deposit)
  • $1200 Rent - Includes 3 nights and up to 12 guests INCLUDING Children
    $300 Additional per night
    $25 additional guest (or additional linens used)
  • In and Out Housekeeping Included.

Rates subject to change until rental booking is confirmed.
Security Deposit must be received to confirm booking.
Half of rental fee due 90 days prior to arrival,
Balance of rental fee due 60 days prior to arrival.

(Rent due in full at time of booking if less than sixty days)


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Top things to do in Mena
  • Antique Car Show - seasonally
  • Queen Wilhemena State Park
  • Talimena Scenic Drive
  • Hang Gliding
  • Motorcycling
Top things to do on a budget
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cookouts & Campfire
  • Star Gazing
Top things to do with a family
  • Canoe Rentals in Pencil Bluff
  • A. T. V. ing
  • Hunting
  • Campfire roast

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Fantastic, well-appointed, nicely furnished, relaxing getaway in the woods

Review submitted: February 8, 2014   Date of arrival: November 27, 2013

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.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Fantastic, Relaxing Home away from Home

Review submitted: October 24, 2013   Date of arrival: October 17, 2013

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Forest Gate Comfort

Review submitted: October 19, 2013   Date of arrival: October 4, 2013

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.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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