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Belladonna Cottage
Ranked #13 of 69 Eureka Springs B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Home again. What a wonderfully exhilarating yet relaxing stay! My mate and I traveled with another couple -- our best friends -- and the 4 of us enjoyed our "down time" at the Belladonna as much as the awesome hikes and venues in Eureka Springs. Both suites are gorgeous; both have a nice selection of music and pristine, private outdoor spaces. As couples traveling together, the Belladonna offered each of us the alone time we needed, yet also allowed the 4 of us to chill together in the living rooms or kitchens -- on the back deck or patio -- or in the very unique garden space. We especially appreciated the late Julie Traxler's art and collected objects, both indoors and out. (what a beautiful home she had and what a tribute to her life the cottage is now) There is so much depth to what can be experienced at this lovely cottage that we know we will see something new each time we come. We are rejuvenated and planning to make an annual retreat to the Belladonna. (Thanks, Patti!)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

I'm a little late writing this review( sorry Patti) My partner and I stayed at the Bella from November 8th-15th and we loved every day we were there! We stayed in the Garden Suite. It was very private and very intimate. Upon arrival we were greeted in the unique garden by the beautiful Patti. She gave us a tour of the property, suggested some restaurants, and some other non tourist activities we could try. The fridge and cabinets had some very tasty organic goodies in them. The outdoor jacuzzi was amazing especially when paired with a nice bottle wine or champagne. ( If you have a sense of humor the photo in the garden suite bathroom with put a smile on your face every time you look at it.) We are already planning a return visit to Eureka Springs next fall. We will certainly be staying at the Bella!

To Patti you are an amazing host, lovely soul, and I can wait to see you and the Bella again next year! ( Good luck on your new home!)

With Love
-Jade and David

Room Tip: The garden suite is truly mind blowing!
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jade G
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was our third stay at the Belladonna over the past 5 years, twice in the Street level, this last time in the Garden level. This place is simply amazing, We loved the street level but after staying in the garden, i will definatly have a hard time choosing on our next visit. Victorian, its not... the timeless beauty, relaxing deep jewel tones, large windows that bring the out doors in, make for one of the most relaxing and intimate experiences we have ever had. I cant say enough good about this place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank james b
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Throughout our travels, this place still ranks among one of our favorite places that we have ever stayed. Nine years ago in March, we stayed at the Belladonna for our first anniversary on the lower level. We found the place to be romantic, relaxing and enchanting. The owner was not only helpful, but also left us with interesting books and organic treats. While soaking in the jacuzzi, deer actually walked up into the yard and roamed around (we fed them cheetos). This year will be our 10th year anniversary and I’m hoping we will be able go back : )

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christen B
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This was a wonderful weekend getaway that allows you to get away from it all! Patty, the owner, is so nice and helps with directions and restaurant choices in Eureka so you can enjoy it like a local!! The room was so nice and fridge was stocked with food and coffee. We would definitely come back!!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Jenningsobgyn
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Quaint, as it is charming - there is a whimsical magic to the Belladonna Cottage that plays a special tribute to the life and work of popular local artist - Julie Traxler. The cottage itself is inspired by the work of "JTrax" and among the jewel-toned, dark colors and rich fabrics are stunning pieces of her collection. The cottage is adorned with suede, velvet, and richly-hued fabrics, woven rugs, and lots of textures to complement the bohemian-chic "Street-Level" suite. The "Street-Level" suite comes with a private covered balcony and an open sun deck, both of which overlook an uncompromising view of North-American forest. The covered balcony is adorned with heavy rugs, wicker furniture, a day bed, bamboo screens, and heavy fabrics. The day bed was perfect for sipping a cup of tea and an early morning study of the ample wild life about and listening to the gentle rustling of the nearby bamboo garden.

The bedroom is also adorned with richly textured fabrics and colors that were inspired by JTrax's art work. Heavy red velvet curtains adorn purple-black walls to add a romanticized mystere to the bedroom suite which also comes with a DVD player, a television, and richly adorned furniture. The bathroom comes with a jetted jacuzzi tub perfect for one, but don't expect a hot shower - it is a handheld shower head in the jacuzzi tub. There simply is not enough space in this older home to build a better shower. Also, don't expect to actually watch television - satellite and cable is not provided. You will need to bring your own DVDs or rent one from the store. We just watched a movie on our laptop using the Internet provided.

There is a generous living room, complete with paperhanging lanterns, stained glass windows, a futon, a small suede couch, and more richly hued and textured fabrics. There is a funky antique phone lamp and other whimsical pieces that lend a bit of playfulness to the cottage, and of course there are inspiring pieces of JTrax's art adorning the walls. A very small, fireplace stove that acts as the cottage's main heat element is here as well. The kitchenette continues the whimsical theme, with the usual complement and includes a refrigerator stocked with some morning goodies and juice. Organic tea and coffee along with a box of organic oatmeal are also provided for guests to enjoy. However, whimsical you might find the vintage Magic Chef (light it yourself) stove to be - you will miss the microwave for heating your oatmeal, for there isn't one to be had. A bit of an annoying oversight, as heating an oven and or taking a match to a stove to reheat a sandwich or cook oatmeal seems to waste more energy than it is worth. But, you are on a getaway vacation and this place does a remarkable job at reminding you of that.

Outside, the front porch has vintage wicker seating and a garden that is a living tribute to the deceased artist. Everywhere are small trinkets, recycled junk turned into abstract art masterfully hidden among wisteria, bamboo, grasses, and what surely must be a spectacle of riotous color in the spring (we were here in January). The garden continues to inspire, but could use a bit of tending - as there were a few pieces of broken ceramic, but one couldn't help think that JTrax would see the beautiful irony and fatalism in the juxtaposition of how the pieces fell together. So, don't expect to see a well-tended, manicured English-inspired cottage garden ~ you will be disappointed. Instead, expect to see the unexpected among the magical details to be found: a group of bowling balls and bowling pins sculpted into shapes and a collection of toothbrushes adorning the back of a chair among many other playfully hidden gems. JTrax's living tribute would no doubt continue to amuse even the most recalcitrant critic, and Belladonna Cottage does just that.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank alskx3
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

This is the fourth time that my wife and I have visited the Belladonna. We have stayed in both suites, and each visit has been perfection. It is such a rare and precious find to stay in a place that mixes art, history and nature. It is palace to truly rest and relax but within walking distance of downtown Eureka Springs.

The atmosphere is outstanding, with rich colors, warm lighting, comfy furniture and the artwork of Julie Traxler. If you have seen the popular French movie Amélie, the decor evokes a similar feel to Amélie's apartment. The yard, like so many other places in Eureka, has a mix of quirky art and beautiful plantings - it's fun to go and explore. There are so many neat little details, from the tiny stone pharaoh near the front gate, to the bamboo curtain rods and organic shampoo that each moment reveals some little unexpected discovery that makes staying at the Belladonna fun and interesting.

We love this place so much that it is now our traditional anniversary destination. I highly, highly recommend it.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
4  Thank Frank M
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Address: 12 Echols St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-3402
Location: United States > Arkansas > Eureka Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Eureka Springs
Price Range: $125 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belladonna Cottage, with its deep jewel tones, lends itself to a relaxing atmosphere. Capturing the eclectic essesce of today's Eureka. Music, art, light and nature. As one reviewer stated, "classically hip, whimsical, rich and sensual...At once exotic & homey. The Belladonna rewards those who revel in the unexpected! Amenities: 2 private suites, Hand woven imported rugs. Quite woodland historic district. Private outdoor jacuzzi/ hot tub. Beautiful grounds, fish pond and more. 2Min. Drive to downtown. Full kitchens, off street parking, wifi. Dvd. All organic continental breakfast. 2Min. Drive to downtown. ... more   less 

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