A new wedding destination venue and events space is being planned for the tourist hotspot of Eureka Springs.
Ann Gray, CEO of Royale Hospitality International LLC (RHI), is aiming to make the Queen Anne Mansion and Resort into a focal point in the Northwest Arkansas town. This 12,000-square-foot resort is located on seven acres in Eureka Springs.
The resort is slated to open on April 4, 2020.
Gray, who founded and owns the business, says the idea for a destination resort has been in the works for approximately five years.
“I’ve been working on this concept for the past five years,” Gray said in a statement. “When I explored my vision for an all-inclusive wedding, events and wellness destination with the Lovells, we found our missions aligned perfectly.”
Virginia real estate investors Steve and Lata Lovell own the property and are leasing it to RHI to operate. The pair purchased the property in 2005 and restored it over the course of six years.
“Ann’s mission for the property matches ours,” Steve says. “We want to see this national historic treasure come alive again and become a greater asset to the community. Ann’s vision is an absolute parallel to our goals–what we see as the ‘forever future’ for the Queen Anne, things that can sustain the property for the next 100 years.”
Originally located in Carthage, Mo., the mansion was disassembled and transported to Eureka Springs and reassembled in 1984. Since that time, it has seen significant renovations. The property experienced a multi-million dollar renovation in 2006.
Now, the resort features an array of amentities, including landscaped gardens, a putting green, bocce court, swimming pool and a 2,500 square-foot spa and wellness center.
The main property features seven luxury master bedroom suites. It also has a commercial kitchen and is stocked with linens and serviceware, tents and more to accommodate seated service for up to 200 guests.
This is the second major tourism announcement coming out of Eureka Springs this week. Marshall Johnson and his father Paul Johnson have teamed up to create Pine Mountain, a resort area with restaurants, shopping and event space in Eureka Springs.