The Willowbrook Nest

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 Willowbrook Cottage Nest


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Willowbrook Nest is so unique!  English charm! Jacuzzi bathtub! Privacy!  Romantic night atmosphere on private deck with flowers, fountain, and lights.

Front yard of the nest, with privacy all around!

Regular rate is $175–online special rates  just $159 week nights, $169 Fridays and Saturdays!  (Special discounted rates available online only.     Some dates excluded. Special expires June 30.)

This is a glimpse of England that you have to experience to believe! You won’t want to stay in a hotel again when coming to Mena, once you stay here.

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Imagine sitting with your favorite mug, enjoying your own private garden and wooded hill–that’s your “Nest”!

“We were looking for a quiet little place where we could go for our little weekend jaunt. Your ‘Willowbrook Nest’ more than exceeded our expectations. I love it! Your charming decor and lovely floral and fauna were just the recipe we needed.” V & J, Hoaks, TX

the Nest Amenities:

  • Charming queen bedroom upstairs
  • heat and air
  • cable TV, DVD
  • WIFI
  • Sunroom with cathedral ceiling, table, loveseat and TV
  • Kitchen with stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, coffee beans and grinder, regular and decaf coffees and teas, dishes, pans, linens, and fridge
  • Bathroom upstairs with regular size Jacuzzi bathtub and shower
  • Second story deck; very private retreat “up in the treetops”–romantic at night with little lights, fountain (in summer)
  • Private “Prayer Garden” patio, and “secret garden”
  • Antique stone BBQ makes nice “firepit” if you like to sit out by fire at night
  • Iron and board
  • Hair dryer
  • Coffee maker, and electric coffee mill
  • On a quiet paved road!

Celebrating 30 yrs of marriage and 25 yrs of ministry, we were looking for a place to get away, to slow down, to be quiet. It is always a risk when looking online—will it really be the way it is pictured? This was exactly what we were looking for and more. Beautiful and serene.”…. Dean & Marcia

 You won’t believe this darling “Nest” with its balcony up in the treetops and its loft bedroom with its own little jacuzzi bathtub tucked up under the eaves. The Nest has a “storybook” queen-size bed; the morning light glows through lace curtains from England. Enjoy your morning tea or coffee on the private balcony, with sounds of the birds.  

The Willowbrook Nest, part of the beautiful Willowbrook Cottage stone manor house, built around 1920,  has been converted into a delightful private English-style vacation rental, with its own separate entrance, space and gardens.  (Private quarters in left wing of Willowbrook Cottage is for the retired owner’s occasional use, and is never rented out, so you have a very private and quiet Nest and grounds!)  

It lies within easy driving distance (2 1/2 miles) to the charming town of Mena, Arkansas, but remains tucked away in a very private setting among the “Shady Mountains,” in the heart of the Ouachitas.  

Mena offers great antique shopping, restaurants,  live theater (in season), beautiful scenery, and outdoor activities. Additionally, almost equidistant between Hot Springs, Fort Smith, and Texarkana, this holiday cottage makes the ideal base for exploring the many amenities each provides. Enjoy a day out at the Crater of Diamonds, Rich Mountain, Little Missouri Falls, or the Talimena Scenic Drive, which provides excellent views over the mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Nest deck up in treetops and view of bbq pit

Antique stone bbq doesn’t work as bbq (there is a new metal bbq cooker), but makes a nice “fire pit” for those who like to sit outside at night by a “stone fireplace.”

Nest prayer garden with azaleas


Loft bedroom has deck off it as well as a cute little en suite bathroom with jacuzzi bathtub with shower.

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Sunroom is a delightful English-style room to enjoy your morning breakfast.

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European style cozy kitchen at The Nest–Bring your own favorite gourmet beans, or use ours with our electric coffee mill. Your darling little kitchen is furnished with dishes, pans, and linens–old world charm as this kitchen is carved out of an old storage room, with old beams still visible.

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Stairway to loft bedroom–we put this in so you can see what the stairs are like–a little steep, but not difficult, and there is a handrail. If stairs are a problem for you, the other cabins, Woodhaven or Sunnybrook, are on one level.

Cozy den-library with wireless Internet, cable tv, dvd/vcr, and lots of books!
You can totally relax in recliners in the little “library” where you can enjoy free wireless internet, watch dvds or vintage videos–or cable TV, if you want to keep in touch with the real world while you are in your imaginary storybook cottage.

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The Nest with bay window.

Real privacy and escape from the rat race are yours at the Willowbrook Nest. The whole right wing of the stone cottage manor house, this cute retreat has its own private “prayer garden,” and its own “secret garden.”  The remainder of the cottage is never rented out, and is the quarters of your retired hosts, Tom and Carolyn.  The Nest is completely divided off from the  owners’ quarters and grounds, so Nest guests have great peace and quiet and privacy.

It is a really pretty drive to Wolf Pen Gap ATV trails–the adventurous guests can drive right from your Nest on scenic back road (402, see below) about 8 miles, or you can trailer your ATV and go on paved busier road.  Before you set out on the back road (402, shown above) call the Forest Service to make sure the roads are open:  Map to the trails and Forest Service phone number

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The Willowbrook Nest, regular rate $175:  special sale: Weekend rate $169, week nights just $159.   

Rate is for 2 people. No children, no pets at this cabin.  Holiday rates slightly higher.

Sale rates are available when booked online.

Click the button below to check availability, or to book your getaway with deeply discounted online rates:


NO SMOKING, NO PETS, NO CHILDREN at the Nest, please.

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Don’t forget the flowers!

We can have a dozen roses set up at your cottage or cabin! Just $75–you can easily add them to your online booking, by choosing “Roses” on the “specials” tab on the online booking center.

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Just 5 minutes to Mena, 10 minutes from Queen Wilhelmina Lodge and park, 35 minutes from the Cossatot State Park, 45 minutes from Lake Ouachita, 1 hr.20 min from Hot Springs or Fort Smith, 1 hour from Diamond State Park

Close to Mena for shopping, but out in the beautiful Shady Mountains.