Hello, Monday! Hello, Everyone! Are you back for Part 2?
P. Allen Smith's home at his Moss Mountain Farm is located in Roland, Arkansas, about 40 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast in Little Rock (more on our lodgings in another post).
My sister and I toured this beautiful property a couple of weeks ago. (Read Part 1 here.)
This enormous 350-year old oak tree, known as the "Big Sister," is the centerpiece of the front yard. Our tour guide told us there are six other sister trees scattered around the property. Mr. Smith chose this location specifically to build his home:The side and back views (below) of the home are just as lovely. The screened-in porches face the Arkansas River, and I'll show you a few scrolls down what's behind those screened porches you see at the back of the house: Here's a closer view of the side yard. I love all the flowers, especially all the purples and the bright pink hydrangea peeking out from behind the white decorative fencing:As we entered his home, this is our view of the entrance hallway, quite classy: And here's the living room with part of our tour group browsing the decor. Can you imagine 80 people trooping through your living room every Thursday and Friday for weeks while the tours are held?: Being a quilter, of course I would spot this log cabin patterned rug in one of the rooms: One of my favorite rooms was the kitchen, of course! It was so bright and full of fresh flowers. Warm cookies from the oven baked by P. Allen's Aunt Jamie were available for all the guests: Here's his lovely Aunt Jamie, who was just delightful to talk with. When I told her the cookies were amazing and asked what was in them, she smiled and said, "oh, lots of things...the recipe is on page 180 in his cookbook!" Needless to say, the deliciousness of her cookies equaled more sales in his gift shop that day! Beautiful bouquets decorated the main island in the kitchen. I think I'm going to start bringing more of my outside flowers inside!: Let's head upstairs and see that screened in porch area. Can you believe this? Three twin beds were set up in this open-air room facing the river to create a sleeping porch! The next photo shows the view these guests enjoy: This photo showing the back of the property and the Arkansas River in the distance is taken from the screened in porch...(the building is the Art Studio, completely furnished.) Imagine sitting up in bed reading and looking out at this scene: And if any of the three guests using those beds need a bath while there....then here you go--wide open to the outside world (the screened porch is to the right)!: P. Allen Smith's bedroom includes this antique bed which belonged to the last territorial governor of Arkansas, William Fulton: Upstairs also included guest rooms, a children's room, sitting area, and writing desk corner....
A final view from one of the upstairs windows...I think I spy two more of the sister trees! Mr. Smith is very willing to open his private home and gardens for tours, and we enjoyed it all very much. And the luncheon is still to come!
Check back in a couple of days to read about the delicious food prepared for his guests ~ Part 3!