"This was a beautiful home for our extended family of 7 adults and 5 small children, our first time in Hot Springs. We were looking for a central location for family from Missouri, Texas, and Mississippi, and this was perfect. The owner was easy to work with, answered every question. The interior of the home was lovely, I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a prettier master bedroom. Five of the bedrooms had a lake view. (The 6th bedroom had no view, no window.) I spent quite a bit of time on the porch swing. The home was child friendly with a crib, pack-n-play, and high chair. We loved the pool and hot tub. We rented a boat at the marina that you can see from the house, just on the other side of the bridge. We fished, swam and tubed off the boat. We also found two good restaurants to boat to for shore lunches.
While we did a lot of the “touristy” things in town, the best part was visiting both Lake Catherine (great hiking) and Lake Ouachita (great fishing and kayaking) State Parks. A tandem kayak rental was only $8 an hour! Both parks had no admission fees and were amazing. The guys had a fishing guide on Lake Ouachita and caught their limit in a few hours of striper bass. We had it for dinner three nights and brought a lot home!
The restored Fordyce Bathhouse downtown was also free to visit and very interesting. Then we hiked to the top of the mountain, which only took about 20 minutes.
As far as the few negatives of the rental, be sure to bring toilet tissue, paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, and dish detergent. The home came with a very limited supply, not enough for 12 people for a week. For the price of the rental, it would have been nice to have some “Sam’s Club” quantities so we didn’t have to buy everything. Also bring beach towels as there weren’t many of those. (Someone stopped by to get their favorite beach towel one day that we were using it at the pool. Weird.) For some reason the cabinet with the wine glasses was locked. There wasn’t a hair dryer, but we were at the lake, so didn’t care about wet hair. We weren’t able to check in at 3, but they were done cleaning by 4.
The other negative was the outside of the home, especially the back, needed work. The pretty white railings you see in the pictures were all rusty. The blue on the back of the home was no longer blue. The dock was a little rickety.
But I’m still giving it 5 stars, as we had a lovely vacation."
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 12, 2015