Our B&B/Inn is the only lodging in Hot Springs that has received the coveted Trip Advisor "Traveler's Choice Award" for eight years and the "Certificate of Excellence" every year. We've also been in newspaper articles and TV shows featuring the history, architecture, and hospitality of our Inn. This hospitality experience at our Inn didn't begin with us! We have just carried on the tradition begun by Dr. Ellsworth and his wife Sarah. Sarah designed the home for entertaining. The breathtaking woodwork and Minton tiles from England all compliment large rooms and massive pocket doors.
The cherry staircase is the woodworking masterpiece and its rich tones are highlighted by two large stained glassed windows that were designed by Sarah and crafted in Italy. The entire home is enhanced by Sarah's own finer carvings, paintings and sculpting. Sarah entertained opera stars, musicians, and orators including civil war officers such as General Sherman and General Beauregard.
Multi-course meals were served with entertainment after. Sarah was upset preparing for one dinner party because Jesse James robbed the stage coach so she didn't receive her supplies. Not having to deal with stage coach robberies makes it easier to provide an elegantly casual and comfortable place for you to relax and unwind!
Enjoy a great night sleep in our comfy beds and then wake up to a delicious breakfast. Homemade goodies and coffee/tea bar open at all times. A tour of the home detailing the complete history of the original family and the unique architectural features are available after breakfast most mornings. We do offer romance and relaxation packages if you would like help planning your day and making reservations. History, atmosphere and hospitality combined make our Inn the best alternative to a typical hotel in Hot Springs!
Lovely Mansion Rooms in a Historic B&B/Inn in Hot Springs, Arkansas
The mansion guest rooms at our Inn were named by "Tink" who owned the home from 2002-2016. She loved she loved the Inn and she loved classical poetry. Even though she has gone to her "mansion in the sky", as a tribute to her, the rooms are still named after her favorites.
Each room has its own personality. You will not be disappointed with any choice but there are differences that may affect your comfort. Some have queen beds, some king. All have private bathroom facilities but some have whirlpool tubs with showers, some showers, and one has the original lovely extra large clawfoot bathtub. The cottage suites have the largest whirlpool tubs. Some have private porches. Our plaster walls are great for sound proofing, noise is rarely able to be heard from room to room.
All have Cable TV/DVD with flat screens, WIFI, sockets near the bed. See Amenities Tab to see a complete list included in every room. Check room descriptions for each room's particulars. The Innkeepers live on a separate floor of the home so no worries about privacy.
Rudyard Kipling Room
“This is a brief life, but in its brevity, it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures."
Jungle Book was one of Rudyard Kipling's more well-known books. He was an extremely talented and prolific author and poet. The Kipling Room was originally the butler's room. It has an electric stove for ambiance and extra heat, a king size bed and whirlpool tub with a shower.
It has cable TV/DVD with flat screen and individually controlled heat and air, and socket by the bed. See Amenities Tab for a complete list. This room is the only room with a separate outside staircase directly to the room and does not share walls with any other room. The privacy and the whirlpool tub make this room a favorite.
The Barrett-Browning Room
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul reach…”
This room is named after the Victorian poets, Elizabeth and Robert Barrett-Browning. Their courtship and marriage had to be carried out in secret because of her father's disapproval and she was indeed disinherited following the wedding. They sacrificed much to be together so their story is a true love story!
The Barrett-Browning Room was the original master bedroom when our Inn was occupied by the Ellsworth family. The room is in a wonderful rounded turret space decorated with lace and silk to set the rood for romance. You can relax in this large room surrounded by the original woodwork. There is a hidden safe in the gorgeous hand-carved mantel.
This room has an electric fireplace, a king size bed and tub/shower, socket by the bed, flat screen TV/DVD, WIFI, individually controlled heat and air. See Amenities Tab for complete list. The space in this room is wonderful!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Room
"The heart, like the mind, has a memory, and in it is kept the most precious keepsakes."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most popular American poet and educator of his time. "Paul Revere's Ride" and "Christmas Bells" are a few favorites. He was a professor at Bowdoin College and later Harvard. He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing.
The Longfellow Room has a lovely private porch to have coffee in the morning and a beverage in the evening. This room has an electric fireplace, socket by the bed, a queen bed and a twin bed, a large shower, flat screen TV/DVD, WIFI, and individually controlled heat and air. See Amenities Tab for a complete list. The outdoor space makes this room inviting and it is the only room that can accommodate three people.
The Emily Dickenson Room
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain..."
Emily Dickenson was born into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. She was musically talented, well educated, and was known for her rapport with young children. She never married, staying home to care for her mother. In her later years she was considered eccentric. She wrote 1,800 poems!
The Dickenson room is known for its cozy comfort and extra outdoor space with a private porch and porch swing. This room has an electric fireplace, socket by the bed, queen bed, shower, flat screen, cable TV/DVD, WIFI and individually controlled heat and air. See Amenities Tab for a complete list. This room has a covered porch so it can be enjoyed rain or shine!
The King David Room
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands..."
King David reigned for 40 years in one of Israel's most prosperous periods but his highest attribute was being called by God "A man after His own heart". He was a poet and a man of deep emotion writing most of the beautiful Book of Psalms.
The King David Room is very regal with the high half-tester canopy queen bed, electric fireplace, socket by the bed, and a flat screen cable TV/DVD, WIFI, and individually controlled heat and air. It also has a lovely 7 ft long clawfoot bathtub. Be sure to take a candle lit bubble bath! We provide the bubbles. See the Amenities Tab for a complete list. By the way, we do have a step stool in the room to get up in that bed!
Book Our Private Guest Cottage Suites in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Our cottage suites were originally part of the servant's quarters for our Inn right across the side street. How those servants would have loved to live in them today! We designed them to be self-sufficient for those that do not necessarily want interaction with other guests.
They are stocked with plenty of towels and such so we don't bother you at all but we are close by so don't hesitate to call if you need anything. We have many guests come back over and over for the quiet seclusion of the suites so they can sleep in, relax, and spend some much needed alone time together. The suites are stocked with plenty of food that just needs heating up in the microwave, snacks, and drinks that are complimentary but if you prefer a hot breakfast cooked for you fresh, there is the famous Pancake House only about a mile from the suites. We also invite suite guests to breakfast at Wildwood if we have room in our dining room that morning. You are welcome to give us a call about that possibility.
Both suites have a living area, kitchenette, and separate bedrooms with king size beds. Each suite has a large whirlpool tub for two and a separate shower. Each suite has a separate central heating and cooling unit. Both have outdoor seating areas and are on ground level so there are only a few steps to get in. The difference between the suites are decor and size.
The Safari Suite is approximately 600 square feet and has a double fireplace that goes from living area into the bedroom. It has lots of windows and the shades can be rolled up if you like lots of sunlight. It has a little water fountain in the living area. This suite has WIFI, flat screen Cable TV/DVD hair dryer, iron, sockets close to the bed, plus the food and snacks provided. This suite is bigger than many one-bedroom apartments so you will be able to stretch out and relax!
The Moroccan Suite is approximately 450 square ft, so it has plenty of private space. It is close to the back of a hill so it does not get a lot of sunlight but we have many repeat guests in this suite that come for the cave-like darkness you can get in the bedroom. If you want to sleep-in this is the place for you! There are flat screen TV/DVDs in the bedroom and the living room, WIFI, sockets by the bed, iron, hair dryer, plus the food and snacks provided. This suite has a candelabra in the fireplace mantel and we do provide the candles!
Included In All Rooms
- Complimentary WIFI
- Private Bathrooms
- Individual Heating/cooling
- Sockets By The Bed
- Off-street Parking
- Flat screen Cable TV/DVD
- Delicious Breakfast 9am please let us know If you need a special diet or time
- Seating Area
- Electric Fireplaces
- Complimentary Toiletries
- Snacks and Beverages
Atmosphere and Amenities at Our B&B in Hot Springs, Arkansas
The best amenity is the atmosphere itself!! Your chance to stay in a unique 1800's Victorian mansion with all original woodwork, stained glass, and fireplace tiles. The home was designed by Sarah Ellsworth herself so there is no other like it. She used hardwoods from their land in the building of her dream home. For Sarah to create and maintain the home and grounds was a true labor of love, as it continues to be today.
Wildwood was designed for entertaining back in the late 1800's and is still perfect for receiving and entertaining guests today. Located on a beautiful acre lot, our Inn is nestled among trees taller than the house. The drive up the hill to the guest parking and the circle drive are the original horse and carriage drive. The hitching post is still across from the front door.
Come on in! The ballroom entry is breathtaking! The room is very large, with a magnificent cherry staircase, intricately carved fireplace mantel with tiles from England and two gorgeous stained glass windows designed by Sarah but crafted in Italy.
In the late 1800's and early 1900's this room was used as a place for live entertainment after dinner, including dancing, therefore the room in the past had only a table in the center they would move aside for room to dance. The main level is 2300 square feet of common area for guests to enjoy. All rooms open into each other with huge pocket doors and 15 ft ceilings.
Gentleman's and Ladies Parlors
The Gentleman's Parlor has lovely fireplace tiles painted by Sarah Ellsworth. She also carved wild roses above each pocket door and under each of the three windows. This room was used by the Gentlemen to have some Brandy or Port, and discuss politics, but now is a great place to enjoy a good book or listen to music.
The Ladies' Parlor has tiles depicting Shakespeare's plays around the fireplace that were made at the Minton China Works at Stoke-on-Trent in England. This room was designed for the women and children to enjoy games and music. The Ladies' Parlor was designed with a separate porch connected to their Parlor as the Gentlemen usually smoked on the front porch. We also have a niche with a card table and chair in case our guests want to play games we provide or bring some of your own. Plenty of DVDs are provided for guests to watch downstairs or take up to your room. The abundant amount of common areas inside and outside gives our Inn plentiful space for groups to gather and for anyone to find a quiet place to relax.
Formal Dining Room
The dining room is a rounded room with cheerful, yet elegant red and green stained glass. The Ellsworth family served multi-course meals when entertaining, and they did entertain many famous people, so an invitation to dinner here was a coveted one indeed! Sarah herself carved the "E" for Ellsworth into the top of the built-in buffet. The fireplace tiles are Minton tiles from England.
Today, we keep up the tradition of plentiful and delicious food. We have separate seating, but if you have groups together let us know and we can move some tables together. We do have a coffee bar located in the Dining Room with a good selection of Keurig coffee, hot chocolate, and teas that are available anytime. The old Butler's Pantry keeps home made cookies and brownies and bottled water on hand along with a sink, frig, and microwave for guests to use.
Outside the Inn
Our Inn is on an acre lot set back from Park Ave. Stroll around the property to enjoy the many flower beds or sit by the fountain. There are two outside porches with seating areas. The porch by the front door has lots of seating and a fire table to enjoy on cool evenings. The porch off the Ladies Parlor is a wonderful place to read or enjoy a few moments outdoors. Several of our rooms have private porches. Smoking is permitted on outside porches only.