Northwest Necessities: Pratt Place Inn
Pratt Place Inn, located in Arkansas on Fayetteville’s Sassafras Hill, takes southern hospitality to a whole new level, setting the standard for elegance and style. Situated on 140 park-like acres, it’s hard to fathom two minutes away is the hustle and bustle of the University of Arkansas campus and Fayetteville’s entertainment district.
The lineage of the home and property speaks of those who have played an important part in Fayetteville’s history. Cassius and Margaret Pratt purchased the property and the 5,000-square-foot home in 1900. Their daughters, Joy Pratt Markham and Evangeline Waterman Archer, inherited the land, the “big house” and a cottage. After suffering from years of neglect, Evangeline’s son Julian Archer and his wife set their sights on extensively renovating the property; they increased the square footage of the farm home to 16,000 square feet of luxurious style. The renovation included lifting the original structure, digging out the basement and placing the home back on top. The Archers, who are ardent travelers and collectors, decorated the inn with exquisite taste, yet maintained a welcoming feel. Pratt Place Inn opened in 2008.
A wide, inviting veranda wraps the home and gives guests a place to relax and enjoy the flora and fauna of the hilltop. Beautifully-appointed parlors and a cozy private bar greet guests as they enter the inn. Down the hall is what is referred to as the cigar lounge — furnished with dark leather chairs and rich wood paneling. Pratt Place Inn’s dining room seats 60 people and has hosted many weddings and receptions on its large flagstone patio. Downstairs, Pratt Place has a state-of-the-art meeting room as well as spa facilities.
The seven guest rooms are located on the second and third floors. These rooms, named after native trees on the property, each have their individual décors; and all are luxurious beyond belief. Most rooms have private verandas where guests can enjoy their breakfasts and the serenity of the grounds. All of the rooms offer fireplaces and views of the pasture, woods or grounds. For ultimate pampering, the bathrooms have double whirlpool tubs — one of which is a replica of Cleopatra’s bathtub — oversized showers and elegant appointments. The Bois d’Arc is the inn's premier suite and includes a sitting area with a fireplace, a large private veranda with an impressive view, a rich wood canopy bed and a green marble and dark wood bathroom. Pratt Place also offers a handicap accessible room.
With its dream-like ambiance, it’s not surprising that the inn is a popular wedding and reception venue. Martha Stewart named Pratt Place Inn "one of the best wedding venues in the south."
In addition to the inn is the Pratt Place Barn. The classical gambrel roof barn with its fabulous wood décor and chandeliers hosts everything from elegant weddings to barn dances.
Pratt Place Inn received a four-star rating from AAA, one of only four in Arkansas. For a special weekend getaway, a retreat, a wedding or some quality, by-yourself time, Pratt Place Inn is a top pick any season of the year.