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Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging
Certificate of Excellence
arkansas
1 review
“amazing”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

Spent one night in the congo lodge, it was everything we could hope for. We had a great time at the refuge learning about the wonderful work they do with the animals and the lodge was absolutely perfect. The experience was amazing and i would highly recommend visiting and staying at Turpentine Creek.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
We're very glad to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Tell your friends about us and be sure to follow us on Facebook. We hope to see you back real soon!
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Heavener, Oklahoma
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Spent our anniversary weekend in Kilimanjaro Lodge. It was amazing. Most wonderful experience and staff at the refuge is so courteous and helpful. Such a unique and peaceful stay. Looking forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
We're thrilled you chose to spend your anniversary with us! How special! We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you back real soon. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed at the Kilimanjaro cabin for our 19th anniversary. We had visited TC before but had always wanted to stay onsite. It was better than we hoped. Being able to see the animals as many times as we wanted and listening to the lions at night made it perfect! We loved the cabin, the people we met and of course the beautiful animals! Thanks

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
We're thrilled you came to stay with us for your anniversary! What better place to celebrate your special day. We hope to see you again real soon. Thank you so much for your support of our big, beautiful cats!
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Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Our first visit to TCWR was for a weekend away to celebrate my husband's birthday. We stayed in the Zulu Safari lodges and especially loved having our own deck to sit out and enjoy the beautiful view and sounds of the big cats. And of course, touring the rescue is amazing. We especially loved Bam Bam the grizzly!
If you're going to spend the money on a nice place to stay near Eureka Springs, you may as well do so knowing that your money is going toward rescuing animals in danger!
We can't wait to come back, next time with the kids.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Edgerton, Missouri
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

We decided to stay here last August when we visited the refuge. Our son turned 12 on May 19th and we stayed there for his surprise birthday present. We stayed in the Bengal suite, and it was a great space! There was enough room to accommodate us, and it was actually nicer than we expected it to be! The only complaint we'd have about the room is the deck right in front of the door was not extremely solid. The room was clean tidy. It was such an added bonus that we could hear the animals talk to each other during the night and in the mornings when we sat on the deck to drink our coffee.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed two nights in the Safari Cabins at Turpentine Creek. These cabins are unique in my experience.

They are individual simple buildings patterned on a safari tent. The interiors were designed by a talented artist, and the view out the back porch was stunning.

If you can afford the ~$100 price of the private morning photography tour DO IT! You'll be glad you did!

I the cabin you are in a beautiful, quiet (except for the roaring Lions, Tigers, and Cougars) and comfortable place. You are minutes away from Eureka Springs, which has all the cafes and shops one could want.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

This stay was wonderful, You can hear the cats while you sleep @ night. the rooms are set up with everything you could need, shower is tight but still a wonderful and clean stay. You Must do the photo tour while you are there, the knowledge and the opportunity you are given is once in a life time. This place is such a blessing for the animals and those who visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging
Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
Location: United States > Arkansas > Eureka Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Eureka Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a walk through facility is open at 9:00 AM every day of the year (except Christmas Day). We now have twenty-seven natural habitat areas, where our 6 black bears and many of our cats can run and play on the grass and under the trees; this is our ultimate goal for all of our Big Cats. All of our cats are beautiful, special and loved very much. Each one has his/her own story to tell and you are sure to find a favorite or two among them. Our prices: Adults - $15.00. Children 4-12, seniors 65 and over, and veterans - $10.00. Children 3 and under admitted free of charge. Our group rates are: Bus Drivers and Guides are always free. Groups of 6-10 / $1.00 off each admission; groups of 11-20 / $2.00 off each admission; groups 21-30 / $3.00 off each admission; groups over 30 / $4.00 off each admission. Your admission is good for all day, and includes a walking tour of our newly opened natural habitat areas as well as a self-guided tour of the cats in our main compound. The time you spend in the main compound can vary from 10 minutes to over an hour, depending upon how much time you spend in front of one cage or another. The walking tour of the habitat areas is about a 30 minute guided tour and they are scheduled every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The self-guided portion is all walking, but there are benches throughout to rest. We do have a wheel chair to borrow if needed. The guided tour is also walking, unless special assistance is needed and we can accommodate people with a riding tour on our cart (which carries five maximum). For large groups we will be happy to put one of our staff on your bus to give you a guided tour of the large habitat areas upon special request. Most of our staff are Biologists or Zoologists that come from all over the world to learn how to work with the Big Cats. Our tree house bungalow rents for $150/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 5 or older. It sleeps two on a "clicker sofa" downstairs, and it has two twin beds tucked under the eaves in the loft. Generally, it is comfortable for 2 adults and 2 children. Although small, it also has full kitchen facilities, a wrap-around deck and is quiet and secluded. The cats are located only a few yards away in some of the larger enclosures. Children under 5 years old are not allowed in Tree House due to TCWR's safety policy. Our two Bed & Big Cat suites can accommodate up to four people, with a queen size bed and fold-down clicker couch. Price is$150.00/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 3 or older. Babies are welcome at no additional charge. Both rooms have cats right outside the window, and are open year-round. The Safari Guest Lodge (adults only) is now taking reservations to complete your adventure at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Each Room is designed for 2 adults and rents for $150.00 per night. Overlooking the sprawling Eureka Springs Valley, with beautiful sunrises and magnificent sunsets and the caroling of the Big Cats. There are five unique cabins. Rent one or all five units if available. They are perfect to accommodate small groups if you choose to spend time with friends, family, small business retreats, workshops and wedding parties. Each room has an exceptional personality, along with snugly spa robes, luxurious bedding and linens, coffees and coffee pots, continental breakfast, color TV / DVD player, refrigerators and microwaves and clock radios. For rainy days or after hours, the rooms also have their own collection of favorite games and books. Cast iron fireplaces and air conditioning keeps you comfortable during the changing seasons too. Each room is also furnished with African Drums for those who care to start a drumming! Along with the spacious hot tub, the units share a 40' Octagonal Deck, complete with a charming covered Gazebo and Fire Pit. Tables and chairs surround the area for comfortable relaxing or light dining. These units are intended for adults only due to TCWR's safety policy. The price of your overnight visit includes unlimited access to our main compound during daylight hours for the length of your stay. We also have a small RV Park that can accommodate up to 7 recreational vehicles. Rates are $25.00/night plus regular admission to the Refuge on a daily basis. Or, a Family Membership may be purchased for $50.00, allowing unlimited visits to the Refuge throughout the year. ... more   less 
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