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'The Summit House' is owned by an artist and her husband with original one of a kind watercolors in this private lodge home located in Mount Nebo State Park. Our 4400 square foot home is great foe receptions with a big party living room area on the main floor. This house is located by the mountain rim trail several feet below with the house 1500 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.The house walls are Arkansas cedar or sheet rocked with 90' acrylic mural views past stone arch ways. We have decorated the rooms with real watercolor original paintings that Cynthia Schanink or Stanley Rames painted. Book a week with credit card get a discount coupon code at our artsummitnebo web site.
Four charming king or queen bedrooms that sleep 16 guest since we have a daybed with trundle in each one, all have their own entrance onto a 62 foot deck overlooking the valley, and with five bathrooms each bedroom has there own toilet. fully furnished kitchen has lots of white dishes, four drawers of flateware, glasses and stem ware and lots of cook ware. A covered patio has an out side table and gas grill off the 62'x19' great room with a large native stone wood fireplace, a 38'x19' cathedral ceiling living room and a 20'x24' game room makes this an ideal location for family reunions, weddings, receptions, business retreats, social meetings and club or church retreats.
Enjoy all the activities the state park provides which was rated in the top ten in the country in the early 1900's, historically noted as the 'Resort Above the Clouds'. Awaken to sunrise over the valley below from the back deck or porch and memorable sunset at 'Sunset Point' across the lane.
We have added large mural paintings to the walls and real Arkansas cedar walls for and elegant lodge look in 2012.
1 1/2 hrs W of Little Rock on I-40, 2 hrs S. of Branson, Mo.
We appreciate all reviews so that we can know all areas in which we are doing well or can fix anything that reflect on our home and business. We strive to upkeep our homes in good, clean condition to provide the atmosphere our guests experience.
We have left some décor in original style (flocked wallpaper in a bathroom) which some guests have commented positively about. Without itemizing, we have invested in improvements since we bought the Summit House replacing roof, siding, carpeting, 2 new heat and air systems, all new windows and doors and are in the process of replacing interior paneling with native red cedar. We have replaced 90% of the furniture at least twice in 11 years due to damages by a very few guests. Mattresses are changed every 4 years. There are 16 extra blankets in closets for 11 beds and three hide-a-beds. We have a 100 year old 8' solid cherry antique desk that has a sign not to move it. We have an antique 8' marble buffet for service ware.
When guest are leaving at 11 am the day you might be arriveing please allow time for housekeeping to clean and prepare the house for you.
Keywords: weddings, Lodge, Family Home, big house, great mountain view, four bed rooms, extra sleeping areas, futons, sofa bed, view, reunion, family bedrooms
Children enjoy playing in this large livingroom and game room on the main porcelain tile floor. One acre yard also. Please control them from braking the pool cues, I can not keep buying them. I am looking for a good used ping pong table....moreless
The Arkansas River feeds Lake Dardanelle seven miles from the top of Mt Nebo, a wonderful back yard view. Bass fishing tournaments annually. Several marinas on the lake some at in Russellville....moreless
Lake Dardanelle is below and visible from the house. To get to lake drive down to Dardanelle and go right at stop sign, at light turn left go across Arkansas river bridge to Russellville, turn left....moreless
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2 night min stay
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We have a key pad entry on the door of the house for easy access ( no key to lose ) when you rent the house. Fun for your family vacation. Free entry to this state park with three play grounds, 14 miles of Hiking Trails that lead to five springs, two free tennis courts, summer water slide pool in state park only $4 per day per person, basket ball hoops, Lake Dardanelle boating below mountain, Hang-gliding (Class 3 minimum), Watercolor class $240 with materials provided for up to ten in your group each person has a painting competed, best souvinior from your stay at this famous mountain class by owner Cynthia must book before arrival.
The air is so clean and clear up above the river valley, that you never want to go back home. The visitors center has a few groceries, souviniors and bike rides, a bag of corn mix is one dollar to feed the deer that will arrive daily to graze on the grass. If you shack the bag of corn they come running up closer to you for the feed. I have seen many clusters of deer all over the park. Please remember you may Photograph but No Hunting is Allowed. There is a walmart at the bottom of the hill that you can visited any time for your food. Especially if you have an awesome cook. The deer are roaming everywhere. I would see and hear them in the woods on our walks. Take a hiking trail one day....just the easy one..that is kinda cool too. If is gets a little dark walk up to the road for part of the walk back to the Summit House because the road is always near the trails.
My first trip to Mount Nebo was in my 1968 British Leyland MBG with its low profile. I enjoyed all the turns in the road. I had just graduated from Russellville High School in 1974 and thought to myself, how could anyone afford to build big houses up here, in the state park, as I passed the Summit House on my way to ‘Sunset Point’. Now that we own the exact house.
Now eleven years later we have made big improvements and enjoy our trips to the house monthly to check on the yard and quality of cleaning from our service provider, new pool table with equipment, the Direct TV Satellite reception and Hydro tub in the master bedroom.
Pride of ownership brings us to renovations and the first thing we had to do was change the siding from cedar to vinyl then we changed the windows and doors from aluminum to double pane and hinged. All the interior walls were painted or replaced by sheet rock with acrylic murals or Arkansas cedar and the interior doors are new. The flooring on the main floor is now porcelain tiled and the kitchen has new Formica counters. There is a new garbage disposal, dish washer and faucet in the kitchen.
Arriving on top of the mountain there is a wonderful clean clear breeze as the temperature changes about 10 degrees from the 1800 ft elevation.
Evening is a great time to be outdoors; we usually go to Sunset Point to enjoy watching the sunset, then the stars show up and the moon rises over head. We head home to our Summit House for dinner then sit on the porch swing sipping a glass of wine while, deer and an armadillo come across the yard in front of us. We pose no threat and enjoy their presence. Then the lights are coming on in the houses of Dardanelle, Delaware and Russellville so beautiful to sit in the double swing and watch them, but we can also see the lights of Greenbriar and Clarksville.
After a tranquil sleep I rise to make coffee and find Fox News on the TV. As the sun rises from the east I watch from my chair the different layers of clouds it passes through and I’m grateful to be the first person in Arkansas to see the sunrise over the horizon, since I am so high up above the Arkansas River Valley.
Now for a hike around the Rim Trail which is my favorite with its majestic views and towering rocks and trees bent over from windy storms that have passed by. Six short trails to the springs offer short cuts to the Bench trail which is a level roadway from days gone by when houses were built one hundred years ago but they burned in the 1920’s when a fire swept through to end a decade of grander times. I have found old stone chimneys, foundations and wells near the trails. All the seasons are wonderful, in the Spring you see the dogwood trees bloom, in summer you see the baby fawns birthed by does, fall the fuzzy spikes come on the yearlings and winter trees shed the leaves to give the grand view of the valley laying out below.
During our visit to the Summit House, practically every waking moment is spent enjoying this wonderful place, indoors and out. Recycling is a must here at our vacation rental. We need your help to keep trash recycle in order. Please put aluminum cans no foil or tin in the marked trash can.
Break down all boxes and make a stack by the trash cans.
Unrecyclable trash should be bagged and put in the unmarked trash can.
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: Daniel and Cynthia have been married for 38 years and have three married children and four grand children. This photo of us was taken at Sunset Point 1000 ft from our house so we usually walk here each evening. We enjoy Mount Nebo with the air so clean and cooler in a summer breeze above the valley. We love all its hiking trails, wildlife, tennis courts and its so beautiful. My first trip to Mount Nebo was in my 1968 British Leyland MBG with its low profile. I enjoyed all the turns in the road. I had just graduated from Russellville High School in 1974 and thought to myself, how could anyone afford to build big houses up here, in the state park, as I passed the Summit House when it was being built. Now that we have owned the exact house for eleven years I know that the bank loan has a lot to do with the purchase. My husband Daniel with the help of our youngest daughter Jessie was scouting out a place to have our twenty fifth wedding anniversary celebration. They saw a for rent sign in the front yard and called the number and it was not available on our date. He asked if anything ever came up for sale up on Mount Nebo. The owner Jack Burris said no, nothing comes for sale up here, but he wanted to retire and would consider selling the house to us. But we looked way to young and under dressed to be approved for this loan, but with good credit we closed within 30 days. Now eleven years later we have made big improvements to the house and flowerbeds and enjoy our trips to the house monthly to enjoy our new pool table, the Direct TV Satellite and Hydro tub for two in the master bathroom. The view is always changing with each day.
Why the Owner Chose Mt Nebo State Park:
We fell in love here and the memories are sweet on Mount Nebo with lots of out door activities, like watching wild life to feed corn and to photograph. No hunting allowed in this beautiful park. Hang gliders launch from next door and sore above the house. Hike eight different trails that lead to springs to bring youth to any who soak their feet, as legended by the locals.My first trip to Mount Nebo was in my 1968 British Leyland MBG with its low profile. I enjoyed all the turns in the road. I had just graduated from Russellville High School in 1974 and thought to myself, how could anyone afford to build big houses up here, in the state park, as I passed the Summit House on my way to ‘Sunset Point’. Now that we have owned the exact house for eleven years I know that the bank loan has a lot to do with the purchase. My husband Daniel and I have celebrated our 35 wedding anniversary here and look foreward to more. Pride of ownership brings us to renovations and the first thing we had to do was change the siding from cedar to vinyl then we changed the windows and doors from aluminum to double pane and hinged. All the interior walls were painted or replaced by sheet rock with acrylic murals or Arkansas cedar and the interior doors are new. The flooring on the main floor is now porcelain tiled and the kitchen has new Formica counters. There is a new garbage disposal, dish washer and faucet in the kitchen. Arriving on top of the mountain there is a wonderful clean clear breeze as the temperature changes about 10 degrees from the valley.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
My favorite place to be is the Summit House with enough room to enjoy my watercolor painting indoors or out. I can give your group a private watercolor art class for $240 with materials I provide and I also teach my annual watercolor plain air workshop class here with all the stored extra tables and chairs. I always have the best view from the house and enough room for any other activity that might come up like weddings and family reunions with all the sitting areas and beautiful views. This house is in the state park with trails going to six different springs. The children have many games to choose from. I like to see Hang glidding from behind the visitors center next door and star gazing from our bedroom deck here.
Front yard of SUMMIT HOUSE with Lake Dardanelle 7 miles away in view
55' TV viewing area in main livingroom with cozy new brown leather couches.
12 ft fire place between the sliding glass doors and window view 1600 sq ft room
Sunset Point across the road, we don't miss watching it.
Fully stocked kitchen with all utensils and stainless steel cookware.
Master bed room seating with view, day bed and trundle bed, TV, deck seating.
Middle room King bed and twin bed a clothes cabinet, deck with deck and view.
Cynthia feeding the deer from a bag of corn, they are so tame.
The game room with pool table, bar and extra fridg. and hide-a-bed plus couch.
Since the 1800's, Mt. Nebo was called "The Resort Above The Clouds".
Waterfall on the Rim Trail
Mt Nebo State Park pool with water slide and life gaurds. Open May to September.
12 foot fire place, dining table for 10 and window views 1600 sq ft. room
Mezzanine living room with piano, desk, two futons and linen storage cabinet.
Master Suite 23' X 25' with 2-person jacuzzi, satellite TV, view and deck
Sunrise over the clouds from our house, watch while sipping a cup of coffee.
On Rim Trail to east, two Story Summit House. Short rock bluff rim trail.
East bedroom with queen, two twin day bed/trundle with sitting, view and deck
Bedroom four has queen and two twins day bed/ trundle. View and deck.
Bathroom on main floor.
Deck view in mid-day from the master glidder swing sitting area.
Bridge on Rim Trail from days gone by built by CCC camps in 40's.
Our daughters wedding location maybe YOUR wedding, honeymoon anniversary?
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