The Lark Inn Guest Houses are your home for get-a-way lodging in the heart of the picturesque Flint Hills of Kansas. Located in Cottonwood Falls, these fully furnished and equipped Guesthouses built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s on the historic “Cowboy Trail”. Long since forgotten, they have been saved from the fate of demolition and now have been carefully renovated to re-capture their magic of the era while . . . making sure that today’s modern conveniences and technology are at your fingertips.
Located literally, just steps away from the historic 1870’s Chase County Courthouse (the oldest operating courthouse in Kansas!), the downtown district of Cottonwood Falls is just minutes from the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve or Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green. If you're not up for the drive, chill out and simply walk to our historic downtown to enjoy great food, events and festivals or great music. The Lark Inn Guest Houses are a super convenient location for what’s going on in The Flint Hills.
Come and enjoy the convenient access while being far away enough to truly get away!
Keywords: Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast, Artist Retreat, Get-A-Way, Flint Hills, Hiking, Biking, Bird Watching, Walking, Running Photography, Painting, Sketching, Tallgrass Prairie, Chase County, Cooking, Cooking Classes, Customized Cooking Classes, Family Retreat, Grilling, Nature, Therapeutic Massage, Yoga, Live Music, Museum, Golf, Back roads Motorcycle Rides
The proprietors of The Lark Inn Guest Houses are Kris and Pat Larkin. Originally, Okies from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kris and Pat moved to the Flint Hills after living in southern California for over 20 years.
While in California Kris and Pat discovered and developed their gifts of hospitality; preparing and serving meals for literally hundreds of people for numerous events. They also hosted so many groups at their home over the years that people modified their last name of “Larkin” and began to refer to their home as “The Lark Inn” . . . thus the name was born.
After selling their property management business in California, they set out on what they termed their “Second Half Discovery Tour” The purpose of the tour was to travel and experience various parts of the US and discover what they were to do and where they were going to spend the second half of their lives.
Having been blessed with a successful first half of their lives, now the goal is to do something significant in their second halves . . . from success to significance. Anyway, with a little help from their friends, they discovered the miracle of The Flint Hills of Kansas and moved there!
It didn’t take long for Kris and Pat to learn that lodging in The Flint Hills was not plentiful and so they bought their first guest house in Cottonwood Falls. It stayed consistently rented on a nightly basis all of the summer of 2010. Later in 2010, they found another property with guesthouse and cooking class potential and in January of 2011, they purchased The Lark Inn on Main, also in Cottonwood Falls.
Unlike the their first guest house, The Lark Inn on Main required a full renovation so they spent the first half of 2011 renovating The Lark Inn on Main for it's opening in June of 2011.
Pat & Kris Larkin purchased this house in 2011
The Flint Hills embodies the tried and true values of America . . . hard work and the natural beauty of our great country. The pace and values here help you to slow down and forget the insane pace of our cities.
The Flint Hills are the perfect place to slow down and remember and re-order your priorities once again.
The Flint Hills not only take your breath away . . . they make it so you can breath.
William Least Heat-Moon
The Lark Inn Guesthouses are in a super-convenient location; 5 minute walk to the Cottonwood Falls historic district, shops, museum, historic courthouse, restaurants plus Friday and Saturday Night Music events.
Come in April - May and experience the centuries-old Native-American tradition of burning the prairies to revitalize and rejuvenate the tallgrass.
Come in June and book a night at River Suite. A beautiful evening of music and fine dining under the stars on the historic Cottonwood River Bridge. http://chasecountychamber.org/
Come on the weekend after Thanksgiving and enjoy 'Country Christmas'. This is our annual kick off of the Holiday season filled with events and activities: Gift give-away for the kids, Decorated Homes Tours, Fruit Cake Toss, Parade Down Broadway Street to our Historic Courthouse, a gift basket silent auction and of course . . . Santa will arrive to turn the Christmas lights on for our Historic Courthouse! http://chasecountychamber.org/
By vehicle, just a few short minutes to the Tallgrass Prairie national Preserve, Pioneer Bluffs Historic Site and Art Gallery, and the State Lake.
The serenity of your stay in The Flint Hills can be greatly enhanced through relaxing yoga and/or therapeutic massage . . . right in the privacy of your guesthouse!
A stay in The Flint Hills of Kansas . . . Not only will it take your breath away . . . It will make it so you can breathe - William Least Heat-Moon
After having looked at the intriguing accommodations on the Lark Inn’s website, we decided Cottonwood Falls would be the destination for our mini reunion. Communication with Pat and Kris was great. The two-bedroom house we had reserved had been double booked; once for us and once for another family. Kris and Pat’s solution: Since there were five of us, we could have two houses for the price of one! The Lark Inn on Main and the Lark Inn at Fox Hollow. These two lovely abodes are adjacent to one another so was just perfect. Some days earlier I had inquired about where to have dinner on a Sunday evening. Kris recommended the Radius Brewing Company in Emporia. We ordered our meal “to go”, drove the easy 20-mile drive from Emporia to Cottonwood Falls, checked in at the Lark Inn and then dined on the pretty patio at Fox Hollow. Because the setting, seating and weather were so comfortable, we spent quite a few hours outside. The king-size beds in the two houses were so comfy as were the day beds. The next morning my sister prepared French toast with the farm-fresh eggs provided by the Larkins. The complementary yummy muffins, orange juice and coffee made the breakfast complete. We appreciated having our lodging within strolling distance of downtown and the Cottonwood Bridge. Only downside: The 500 plus miles from our home in Colorado :( I’m sure we would enjoy staying in the Lark Inn’s other dwellings.
On a spontaneous whim, we decided to spend our Labor Day weekend exploring the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Cottonwood Falls. Even though it was only a few days before the weekend, we lucked into finding the Fox Hollow cabin of The Lark Inn available. From the moment we pulled into the drive, we realized this was a special place. Fox Hollow is a reasonably priced, incredibly comfortable, nicely appointed, renovated cottage that far exceeded our expectations. Best of all, it provides one of the most comfortable beds we've ever slept on that wasn't our own. Owners Kris and Pat were especially accommodating and so thoughtful providing their incredible homemade scones and jam. We look forward to another visit soon.
We have stayed at the Lark Inn on 4 occasions while visiting family in Cottonwood Falls. Kris and Pat have done an excellent job of creating an experience that combines cute, historic and practical. We had the pleasure of staying over the Christmas holidays and they even arranged for a White Christmas, which was magical!
The Inn is within walking distance of the "downtown" district for shopping, food and Friday night entertainment.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Art Gallery, State Fishing Lake with Specially separated Swimming Section, Historic Chase County Courthouse (oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi, Horseback Riding, Back roads motorcycle riding, Motorcycle Riding, Photography, Painting, Sketching, Organic Community Garden, Horseback Riding, Prairie Fires Watching (April & May), Auto Tours, Birdwatching, Prairie Chicken Mating Dance Ritual, Golf
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
A minimum deposit equal to one-night's rental is due upon booking (higher deposit required for stays of 7 days or more). Balance is due upon arrival.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund of deposit with 14 days prior cancellation, no refund will be issued if less than 14 days notice of cancellation is given.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.