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Sassafras Inn- HUGE 3 Rm Suite/Ensuite Bath/Wifi/Breakfast/Near Downtown

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About the property

Private, Spacious, and fully renovated suite w/modern comforts, historic feel

The Magnolia Suite is a 3 room master suite on the second floor of this fully renovated 1900 colonial home. With two private bedrooms and a full size bath, families can spend quality time together without feeling cramped. The Master Bedroom offers a king size bed, full size sofa, table and seating for 2-4, a 42" flat panel TV with satellite programming. The front bedroom offers 2 twin beds and a desk. The full bath just off the Master Bedroom is supplied with linens and toiletry items. It's just the perfect place for a comfortable stay in Mena.

Housekeeping services are limited. We are eco friendly as much as possible so daily bed changes are only upon request. Guests are provided with extra towels and daily trash pickup in common areas. If your room needs attention during your stay, please request service. Otherwise, the innkeeper will not enter your room.

Continental breakfast of pastries, oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice available each morning. Breakfast is always open so guests may enjoy it on their schedule. Snacks are also available.

The Sassafras is a modern twist on a traditional B&B. Every aspect is designed for self service while great care has been taken to ensure that our guests are comfortable and have access to everything they may need. All rooms offer a private bath and are separated by ample living space to ensure each guests enjoys their privacy but may enjoy time visiting in the parlor, living room, and kitchen which are all accessible to our guests. Janeé & Kevin will stop by occasionally to restock supplies and tidy up. We are always available but never underfoot

We want you to enjoy your stay along with the other guests so of course, there are a few house rules:

Smoking is permitted outdoors only.

The Sassafras is located just a short walk to a convenience store and elementary school via paved sidewalk. The area is great for walkers, runners, and cycling enthusiasts. Downtown Mena is less than a mile away and boasts numerous antique and flea market style shops. Several great local restaurants in the downtown area offer everything from southern diner food and attitude to fresh and fabulous salads in an artistic setting. As you venture out onto hwy 71, you will find several retail stores and restaurants with Stache's Cookery being our favorite. A short scenic drive will take you to our local state park where you may hike on a variety of trails. Mena and the surrounding Ouachita Mountains offer many options for both active and leisurely travelers.

We do welcome groups and events. For information on rates to reserve the entire house, please contact us.

We also have other VRBO properties that are located in a more rural setting on Prairie Creek but still within 5 minutes of downtown.

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Janee Sweeney
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016

About Janee Sweeney

My husband and I relocated to Mena in 2010 and have fallen in love with the community and the area. We live on Prairie Creek and have used VRBO to rent our cabin and cottage there for the last 2 years. This has been a wonderful experience for us. In 2014, we found one of Mena's historic homes in foreclosure and in desperate need of some TLC. We purchased the home with the intention of turning it into a self service B&B. As it turns out, our son Zac was very interested in our project. He relocated to Mena after college and started pouring in sweat equity to renovate this great home. We opened the downstairs in October 2014 and will have the exterior and upstairs renovations finished in May 2015. We also love our dogs and frequently travel with them. Finding pet friendly accommodations that are nice is sometimes a challenge. Thats why you will find all of our properties dog friendly! We hope you enjoy your stay!

Janee Sweeney purchased this house in 2014

Why Janee Sweeney chose Arkansas

Best place to stay in Mena for under $100/night!

What makes this house unique

Comfortable & Casual atmosphere.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Sassafras Inn- HUGE 3 Rm Suite/Ensuite Bath/Wifi/Breakfast/Near Downtown
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews
The Colony, TX

Large, comfortable room

  • 4 of 5

The room was very large and comfortable. There was plenty of room to relax without having to be in bed. The TV was large and had very good reception. We watched a football game that night. My major complaint would be that the heat in our room (I forget the name, but I believe it was a converted double garage) was too good! We called and were told we could access the thermostat in the downstairs hall which we did, but the temperature never went down sufficiently. I'm extremely warm-natured so I had trouble sleeping. Also, you need to think about privacy. We discovered that our bathroom (across a small area from our room and directly behind the kitchen) did not actually lock. Therefore, anyone else in the house could have mistakenly come through the curtain and opened the bathroom door. In our case, we never saw the other guests in the house, but that might not always be the case. We also could not lock the door to our room when we left. It is nice to be trusting, but not everyone can be trusted! We were the last to leave Monday morning, and we found that the people who left before us had left the front door unlocked. I feel that your are leaving your guests and yourself very vulnerable to dishonest people.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to a Bed and Breakfast, and if this property is indicative of what is available it will not be our last! Everything about our stay was wonderful. Even my adult children were impressed!

The Magnolia Suite is a 3 room master suite on the second floor with a king size bed that is very comfortable. There is plenty of stretch out and get comfortable space in the room. The second bedroom has twin beds, which we didn't use because we also rented the Verandah Suite. The full bath has everything you need in the way of linens and toiletries. Everything was exceptionally clean and welcoming. It felt like a home away from home! The self-serve breakfast items were just what we needed as we headed out the door. We used the Keurig for a nice cup of hot tea before going to bed for the night. The owners were very nice and quick to respond to any questions. We would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Inn at a good price

  • 4 of 5

I was in town for the annual CMA Changing of the Colors event and stayed at the Sassafras Inn. The Magnolia Suite was a great place to call home for the week. Everything was well maintained and probably one of the cleanest places I have stayed in recent years. I like the self-service B&B approach as it didn't give the feel the owners were always under foot. I like the privacy. In fact I was there for most of a week and never saw the owners. However things seemed well kept and items like the coffee were well stocked. Probably the easiest way to sum up my review is to say if I ever return to Mena, I will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay and beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

We reserved the Magnolia suite and it was absolutely beautiful. The entire house is beautiful and there are plenty of snacks available for those wanting an evening or morning snack. The owners were wonderful to work with and kept in comunication. I would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

We came to Mena to ride the 70 mile route for the Wheel A' Mena bike ride. The inn is in beautiful condition & comfortable to stay in. After our ride our upstairs suite was very relaxing & quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and had beautiful weather for the bike race. Thank you so much for taking great care of our property. Janeé
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Beautiful home. We were the only ones staying there that evening so it was very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Only change I would make is to add a room AC to the twin bed -bedroom. If you shut the door between the rooms it had no AC...

Other than that wonderful stay wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestion Bonnie. It is certainly something we have considered. The home does have central heat and air but we did add a window AC to the Magnolia Suite after realizing that on those really hot days, the central unit needs a little bit of help upstairs. I will put this on our project list that we will work on during our quiet winter months. Janeé
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Fort Smith
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Branding Iron
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Ouachita Country Club Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 71
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Papa Pablano's
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mena House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Winter 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Full size bath with linens and toiletries provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Front Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • The front bedroom offers 2 twin beds and a desk. It is just off the Master Bedroom with a door that may be closed for privacy between the two rooms.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • water tubing

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