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You’re sure to fall in love with the charming Pratt Place Inn and Barn set in Arkansas' Ozark countryside. Here are five things to keep in mind for your bucolic visit:
1. The inn has a long history. Cassius and Margaret Pratt purchased the original elegant home and surrounding land in 1900. Since then, the property has stayed in the family. Julian Archer and his wife, Jane, inherited the estate more than 30 years ago and have remodeled it and maintained the property ever since. They opened the boutique hotel in 2008. The inn is on the Arkansas State Register of Historic Places and the cottage is on both the National and the State Register of Historic Places.
2. The décor is thoughtful and unique. The Archers are a well-traveled couple and have decorated their Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel with antiques and other unique items they purchased from around the world. Some of the notable pieces include imported custom-made French walnut doors, 18th-century French armoires, Persian rugs and antique Indonesian puppets set on a Chinese altar table.
3. The hotel is set in the country. Pratt Place Inn and Barn sits on 140 acres of land atop Fayetteville’s Sassafras Hill with miles of private walking and jogging trails. You'll also spot four Haflinger horses in the property's pasture. It’s hard to believe this peaceful farmlike setting, filled with fauna and flora, is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the University of Arkansas.
4. For the best accommodations, reserve the Bois d’Arc suite, the Persimmon suite, or the cottage. The two suites rooms feature a large sitting area with a gas fireplace, a large private veranda, a rich wood canopy bed and a marble bathroom. The English-style cottage offers the largest accommodations at the boutique hotel and features the most amenities. This luxurious cottage is located across from the inn and offers two bedrooms with queen-size beds, two marble bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen.
5. This hotel is environmentally friendly. Environmental responsibility is a high priority for Julian and Jane Archer. The Archers installed a geothermal system for heating and cooling, roof shingles made from recycled tires and fire-resistant insulation made from recycled blue jeans.