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Contact: Elva Pera Kelly
Phone: 870-449-5807

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The Arkansas Ozarks is an interesting section of the American landscape. My husband and I, native Memphians, moved to this area in 1972. We have been here long enough to raise a family, develop friendships, and enjoy a successful law practice. It’s hard to believe that we have lived in these mountains for 30 years, and I am still amazed at their beauty and endurance. I can step right outside my door and walk though the woods or down the road and find pleasure in the natural springs, seasonal wild flowers and colors, or the intensity of a deep blue sky. As a photographer, I always find new treasures to capture on film. My husband keeps his fishing gear at his office in Yellville for fishing excursions to nearby lakes and rivers. We take off on the spur of the moment to float, hike, swim, and cookout at Buffalo River National Park.

I am so in love with the natural allure of the Ozark Mountains, that I decided to open a cottage and share the beauty that I witness daily with people who enjoy natural surroundings as much as I do. My husband and I bought a piece of property a few years ago that included a house. It needed to be either torn down or renovated. It is just on the edge of our 500 acres of woodland and pastures and sits demurely on the top of a small hill. The breeze is constant, and the setting is lovely and restful. We decided to renovate. At times during the year’s process, I wondered if I was in my right mind! As we worked, I grew more in love with the cottage and its surroundings. We raised the ceiling in the main part of the house, covered it in wood, and added lovely pine flooring. We opened the living area and combined the kitchen living room, and dining room to create one large living area. The color choice was easy –earth tones. I wanted the cottage to be restful and reflect the beauty of the outside area. The covered front porch and back deck were added and provide the perfect spots to enjoy the scenery.

Since I am a photographer and an avid antique-lover, I furnished the cottage with original works of art, my photographs of the area and from my travels, antique photos and prints, and lots of eclectic collectibles and antiques. I even lovingly refinished the handmade oak table and benches where my family ate every meal and put that in the cottage for other families to enjoy. It is a fitting memorial to the joys and frustrations of mealtime in a family of 6! I also chose very fine linens for the bedding because I do not like sleeping on sheets that feel like canvas! The overall effect is very pleasing. It is now an inviting cottage, all 950 square feet of it. The most common remark that I hear from visitors is “You know, I could live here.” I believe that I could, too. My husband and I enjoy evening visits to the cottage when it is not rented, where we relax in the chairs under the oak tree and watch the evening stars. The cottage is a peaceful spot, and we love the feeling it conveys.

The final task was to landscape the yard, and I love to garden. However, if you understand the geological makeup of the Ozarks, you can understand why most people here do not have beautifully landscaped yards! When you dig a hole, you take a post-hole digger, pickaxe, metal post, and as many different kinds of shovels as you can carry. However, with my husband’s patient help, we managed to plant flowering shrubs, trees, and spring bulbs. The potted flowers and flower boxes added the perfect finishing touch.

Come visit and stay at the cottage. You will find it spotlessly clean, tastefully furnished, and lovingly tended. See for yourself what it’s like to visit our world. I’ll leave the light on for you.

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This year, try something different and come to the country. I did. I was not born a lover of country living. I could see no value in gravel roads, snakes, two-lane highways, and quiet nights. I was born and raised in the city, was a confirmed city dweller, and loved to do “city things.” I was living in San Francisco before I married, and shortly after my marriage, my husband and I moved to Little Rock. I thought that was country, until my husband decided to practice law in a small town. As we drove through the state of Arkansas looking for small towns, of which there were many, I was amazed at all the sparsely inhabited country and wondered who lived in all those remote houses and where they worked. I soon found out! We eventually moved near the county seat of Marion County, Yellville. Now, that is a small town!

Upon our arrival in town in 1972, we noticed a goat herder with his goats walking placidly down Main Street and past the town square. Nobody blinked an eye! I loved it! That was a sight that I never witnessed in the city. Over the years, I learned about the history of the area to which I had moved, explored the Ozark Mountains, and grew to love all that they had to offer. I was slowly initiated into a life of night and day hikes, frog-gigging, raising goats and cows, rock climbing, fishing, and canoeing. I made my solo voyage down the Buffalo National River last summer, and I was very proud of myself. Life in the woods has been fun, educational, and rewarding. I can’t share all of my experiences in these mountains, but please come so that you will have your own experiences of life in the country.

When you do visit, I would love to have you stay at my cottage. It is special mainly because it is mine, but also because the setting is lovely and peaceful, and the cottage is so comfortable you might never want to leave! It is also centrally located and very close to many attractions. The Buffalo National River, Bull Shoals Lake, the White River, Lake Norfolk, Crooked Creek, and North Fork River will provide you with any water-related activity from canoeing to fly-fishing. If you are a land-lover, golfing is available on 4 golf courses. There are numerous hiking trails, and trail riding is also available. Branson, Missouri has great shopping and music shows, and Eureka Springs, an historic, Victorian town, has good restaurants. The ghost town of Rush and Wolf House, thought to be the oldest house in Arkansas, are interesting places to visit. Also, there are many caves and caverns open to the public. Photographic scenes abound, so bring your camera.

There is plenty to enjoy at the cottage, as well. Relax outside and watch and listen to the many birds. Watch the setting sun and feast upon the display of evening stars offered by this rural setting. You will enjoy seeing and identifying the wild flowers that are left to seed from year to year. Bring your hiking shoes and bicycle and feel free to explore our surrounding 500 acres. Or, simply enjoy a simple cookout in the private yard. If you are quiet, you might hear and see wild turkeys that have nested in the woods or deer. You might also see an armadillo, although my dogs are working hard to eradicate these pesky but very interesting looking creatures.

Over the years I have learned to appreciate life in the country. There is nothing more enjoyable than a hiking trek, especially at night under a full moon with no flashlights, unless it is a leisurely float down the Buffalo National River. Bring your friends and family, share good times, and make memories. Staying in Elva’s Cedar Cottage is a good beginning to a great stay in the Ozarks.

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Nearby Activities:

Canoeing, Boating, Fly-Fishing, Fishing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Walking, Antique, Collectible, and Art Shops, Photography, Bird Watching, Wild Flower Identification, Caves

Phone AC Cable TV
VCR Stereo CD
DVD Full Kitchen Microwave
Dishwasher Refrigerator Ice Maker
Cookware Linens Water Front
Water View Washer/Dryer Pets OK
No Smoking Private Pool Community Pool
Jacuzzi Tub Hot Tub Sauna
Fireplace/Wood Stove Bikes Boat
Kayak Canoe Dock
Deck Grill Covered Parking

Property amenities not listed above:

Covered Front Porch, Central Heat and Air Conditioning, Electric Range, Microwave, Coffee Maker, TV, Queen Sofa Sleeper, Privacy, Springs and Creeks, Bicycling, Walking, Bird Watching, and Wild Flower Identification, Private Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails, Collectibles, Antiques, Photography, Secluded, Quiet, Private

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$95.00 per night for 2 people
$10.00 per each additional person
9% Sales Tax
Stay 5 nights and stay the 6th night free.

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Prices on this Valley Springs Vacation Rental are subject to change without notice. Please contact owner for most up-to-date information.

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Contact: Elva Pera Kelly
Main 870-449-5807
Secondary 870-449-4298
Fax 870-449-1190

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