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So many potential uses for a unique property in Downtown Bentonville!

March 26th, 2018 by Laughlin House

Ever since Laughlin House has been listed on the market, many people have asked us whether we’re selling it as a B&B.  In short, the answers is ‘maybe.’ Laughlin House has been a fabulous bed and breakfast, but there’s no reason to limit the possibilities for the property. With our location in downtown Bentonville, and our zoning (Downtown Edge), there are tons of potential uses  – both residential or commercial. Here are some ideas we had. We’d love to see what potential buyers come up with!

How about living in it, you know, as a house? You bet! We’ve made no weird or awkward updates to the property that would limit its use to just a B&B – so if you’re in need of a gorgeous house in an ideal location, Laughlin House may be the perfect home for you.

How about an office? Yes! The set-up is perfect for law offices, marketing agencies, co-working space, whatever you can think up! The house is divided into no less than 10 unique spaces in the main house, plus another couple in the garage. The possibilities are endless.

How about an art gallery? We can think of no better setting for all manner of art to display. Add a wine bar or taproom and you’ll have some built-in traffic.

Spa? Cool. We love that idea. There are even two separate washer/dryer hookups, so you can do all the laundry you want.

Cyclist Retreat? Um, awesome. Recently we had a group of eight cyclists reserve the house for the week, and they rode all the mountain bike trails in the area. Plenty of space to store the bikes. Luxurious accommodations for the group. What’s not to love?

Event space? We’ve had some pretty great events here. There’s nothing better than a springtime event in the yard – throw all the doors open, add a bit of live music. The house loves it.

Retail? With those 10-12 unique spaces inside the house, several different boutiques, shops, or other businesses could come together to create a really cool shopping vibe.

How about a restaurant? Well, why not? The zoning is already there – you’d just need to either to convert the kitchen (or garage space) into a commercial kitchen or maybe add a food truck to serve as the kitchen space. Then (for any of these ideas, of course) apply for the appropriate conditional use permit, and … Voila! The house is a restaurant. (Or maybe a high-end bar. Or both.)

Why not keep it a B&B? Great! And if you want to keep our current furnishings, that’s an option, too.

Laughlin House is such a unique, wonderful space. We want to see it continue to flourish after we’ve moved on. Interested in exploring one of these possibilities? Call our real estate agent, Michelle Dearing at 479-366-7321.

We’re back – just in time for fall in Northwest Arkansas

September 17th, 2015 by Laughlin House

Come and eat a cookie!

Twinkie - excited to meet you!

Twinkie is excited to meet you!

Well it’s official, we’re back up and running, and it looks like we’ll be nice and busy throughout the next couple of months.  We’ve enjoyed our break over the past year, but we’re more than ready to get back into the innkeeping game.

Our guests have been asking us why we took the break — and we’ve assured them that nothing sinister was afoot. I had begun looking for a part-time job during a particularly slow winter season, and I was offered a fantastic full-time job, instead, and I just couldn’t pass the opportunity up — simple as that! Don and I seized the opportunity to take a bit of a break, travel on the weekends, explore all the new microbreweries in town, dote on Twinkie, and just live normal lives for a bit.

The house didn’t get too much of a break, though. It served as the headquarters for the organizers of the Bentonville Film Festival for about eight months – how cool is that?!

But the B&B and downtown Bentonville beckoned to me.  Much as I enjoyed my time as a normal 30-something, I missed the bed and breakfast. So we decided to reopen — just in time for the busy fall season. Between Bikes, Blues and BBQ, the War Eagle Craft Fair, Slaughter Pen Jam, Razorback football games and other University of Arkansas activities, fall foliage, Octoberfest beer at the microbreweries, and the grand opening of the  Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges, we couldn’t have picked a better time to get back into the business.

The house has a fresh coat of paint, we’ve taken inventory, made a few tweaks here and there, and are exploring opportunities for how to make Laughlin House even better than ever.

We look forward to hosting our guests and sharing all that Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas has to offer.

See you soon!

Jenny


 

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