I have been completely stressing out over this website lately – it is kicking my butt! When I saw this handsome Adirondack style lodge, however, I calmed down a few notches.
It’s ironic how houses can do that to me – calm me down, bring me back to earth, ground me. And that’s the whole reason I started this crazy blog in the first place! But the technical side of things is waaaaaaaay beyond me – I’ll openly admit it. I’m in over my head.
That said, I love houses so much that I am compelled to keep doing this, even though I feel I am adrift on the Internet sea in a lonely life vessel without a paddle. But I keep coming back for more. (It’s like an addiction.)
For my latest “fix” I want to show you this rustic 1909 lodge in Arkansas.
Currently for sale for $985,000, this historic beauty transports you back in time. Known as the Fordyce-Ricks Estate, it is located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
Inside, it is dark and rustic – like an old lodge should be:
…uncontaminated by modern sensibilities…
…untouched by modern hands.
This cluttered private office (below) was the “study of General Earl Ricks [and] was essentially left as it was at his death.”
Okay that’s kind of creepy. But in a good way. (Intriguing?)
Right next to the main house there is a “brick cool house lined with Novaculite stone“…
Wine cellar anyone?
Additionally, there is an old scenic dam with a creek-fed pond that is part of the property…
See what I mean… uncomplicated tranquility & peace.
This old lodge has entertained some very esteemed guests including former president Herbert Hoover (pictured below):
Subsiquently, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
But that’s not all. This property also comes with a huge, newer event pavilion:
It is available to rent for large parties, wedding receptions, etc.
The estate also features a four-bay carriage house with an upstairs apartment:
AND a separate guest house:
I’d bet a pretty penny that the lodge even comes with a certain resident ghost… a ghost who continues to work diligently in his untouched beloved home office.