Private, romantic getaway in stone cottage near Mena, AR, in the Ouachita Mt
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! We want you to have a lovely stay! The Willowbrook Nest is located in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, where you can enjoy wonderful outdoor activities as well as shopping and dining, art galleries, and live theater (in season).
Willowbrook Nest, part of the beautiful Willowbrook Cottage stone manor house, built around 1920, has been converted into a delightful private English-style vacation rental, with its own separate space, entrance, and gardens. It lies within easy driving distance (2 1/2 miles) to the charming town of Mena, Arkansas, but remains tucked away in a very private setting among the "Shady Mountains," in the heart of the Ouachitas. Mena offers great antique shopping, restaurants, live theater (in season), beautiful scenery, and outdoor activities. Additionally, almost equidistant between Hot Springs, Fort Smith, and Texarkana, this holiday cottage makes the ideal base for exploring the many amenities each provides. Enjoy a day out at the Crater of Diamonds, Rich Mountain, Little Missouri Falls, or the Talimena Scenic Drive, which provides excellent views over the mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Willowbrook Nest is, we think, the most charming place in Arkansas! When you drive in through the ivy-covered stone gates, you will be delighted to find a 100 year old stone cottage, smothered in ivy and roses and hundreds of varieties of old fashioned perennials and annuals, with the Nest a private part of it. Guests say it is like a Thomas Kinkade painting! (The other part of the cottage is the owners' private quarters.)
Willowbrook Nest is a storybook dream cottage with flower gardens and jacuzzi bathtub. It is so charming and beautiful. A wonderful little hideaway, with loft bedroom and second story deck up in the treetops (hence the name 'Nest'!). It has 1 queen bedroom, den with recliners and leather recliner/sofa, DVD/VCR, movies, books, games, cable TV, WIFI, furnished kitchen, sunroom with dining area, jacuzzi bathtub and shower, private patio.
Just minutes from cute county-seat town of Mena, with restaurants, art galleries, shops, and year-round outdoor activities. Easy access to Queen Wilhilmina Lodge Restaurant, Ouachita River, and Wolfpen Gap.
You will agree with one guest who wrote in the guest book, 'I felt like
I was in the middle of a romance novel...' It is perfect for honeymoon,
anniversary, or any special occasion.
One guest wrote, 'It was like a fairy tale--I hated to leave.'
About the Owner
About Carolyn MacMahon
Thomas is a licensed professional counselor, and Carolyn manages the cottage and cabins. Thomas is English, from Birminham, England, and Carolyn is from Ohio. They love Arkansas, enjoying the milder winters and long springs and falls. Thomas and Carolyn have 4 children and 17 grandchildren!
Carolyn MacMahon purchased this cottage in 1994
Why Carolyn MacMahon chose Arkansas
Over 25 years ago, we went to visit the author Vera Petrocet, one of the first female radio hosts, at her charming stone cottage just outside Mena, AR, for her review of Thomas' book he was writing. When we left, I told Thomas, "If that cottage ever goes up for sale, I want it!" A few years later, I was looking at Mena paper, and saw an ad that sounded so much like that cottage that called the realtor, who was just closing the office, and asked if i could see it. She said ok, and I was thrilled as we arrived to see that it was indeed the historical home of Vera Petrocet! I called Thomas, and he came right over, and we bought it! It has been a labor of love for 20 years, as we completely renovated it and added rooms. It is a large, stone country manor house, with quarters for ourselves and a totally separate rental for guests of The Wilowbrook Nest. Come see us!
What makes this cottage unique
This is such a charming, peaceful place. You won't want to leave!
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From the Owner
“Over 25 years ago, we went to visit the author Vera Petrocet, one of the first female radio hosts, at her charming stone cottage just outside Mena, AR, for her review of Thomas' book he was writing. When we left, I told Thomas, "If that cottage ever goes up for sale, I want it!" A few years later, I was looking at Mena paper, and saw an ad that sounded so much like that cottage that called the realtor, who was just closing the office, and asked if i could see it. She said ok, and I was thrilled as we arrived to see that it was indeed the historical home of Vera Petrocet! I called Thomas, and he came right over, and we bought it! It has been a labor of love for 20 years, as we completely renovated it and added rooms. It is a large, stone country manor house, with quarters for ourselves and a totally separate rental for guests of The Wilowbrook Nest. Come see us!”
Activity and Interests
10 minutes to the Rich Mountain overlooks
10 minutes to Wolfpen Gap trails
30 minutes to Cossatot River state park
Mountains, rivers, fishing, hunting, rv-ing, horseback riding--all
within driving distance from your hideaway. Central homebase for
visiting all of central and western and northwestern Arkansas. Enjoy
the many natural sites.
Centrally located between Hot Springs, Fort
Smith, historic Van Buren, and Texarkana.
Located in the center of lots of outdoor and indoor activities, you can have a vacation to remember. Mena is just 5 minutes away, and has antiques, art district, old-time hardware, theater (live in season), library, family fun driving park, as well as swimming, fishing, biking, hiking and sightseeing. To the east are the famous Hot Springs (1 hr 20 min), Crater of diamonds (1 hr), to the north is the unique Hanging Judge museum (1 hr 30 min). To the west is beautiful Rich mountain, with breathtaking views over Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Mena is a cute little county seat town, and has lots of antique
stores, good restaurants, a Super Walmart, live theater in season,
art gallery, movies, golf, tennis, hospital, veterinary clinic and
boarding, public pool only 5 minutes away by car. You can visit the
gomenaarkansas website and see all the attractions and activities
planned for Mena.
The beautiful Rich Mountain with its hiking trails and amazing
vistas looks down on the town, and is easy to access by paved
highway. Easy access to Queen Wilhilmina Lodge, Ouachita River,
and Wolfpen Gap.
The Ouachita Mountains are a wonderful outdoor recreation area, with
crystal clear river (the Cossatot) and many hidden clear streams in
the National Forest. There are lakes for swimming and water skiing,
trails for hiking.
Walk up the quiet county road that winds up a hill beyond the
cottage or cabins, enjoy the tall pines with wonderful scent, take in the
quiet beauty. If you like a more rustic path, you can go up into
the national forest.
Additional information about rental rates
|Extra persons above 2||$10 + Tax|
No smoking, no children. Registered guests only. Once you reserve dates, you should get a confirmation email with map and code to unlock the door. If you don't receive this, please contact us.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
- 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“This is such a charming, peaceful place. You won't want to leave!”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
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- Towels Provided ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
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- Dining Area
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- non smoking only
- not suitable for children ...
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Mountain View
- autumn foliage
- coin laundry
- live theater
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- pier fishing
- water tubing
- whitewater rafting
- 900 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1
- Jacuzzi bathtub plus shower over.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Upstairs bedroom and bathroom, with deck off bedroom.
- Balcony ...
- Deck / Patio ...
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- Outdoor Grill ...
- Guests provide their own meals
- Wireless Internet. We provide linens, dishes, utensils, pots and pans. In private parklike setting of lawns, flower gardens, and woods. Amenities: Queen bed Kitchen with pans and dishes and linens Sunroom Den dvd,vcr, Cable TV, movies, books Iron 2nd story balcony Private patio Wireless Internet coffee bean grinder No smoking