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Manor House Circa 1965
A beautiful and stately home stands serenely in a quiet corner of Eureka Springs on a spur of the Crescent Mountain where the tall trees whisper in the gentle breezes. This Colonial Manor House, built in 1903, is a two story structure, resting on a granite wall with columns and verandas going completely around the Manor on both floors. This residence has been regarded as one of the show places in this community and now is the home of Lookout Cottages Bed and Breakfast.
The original owner, Julius
Labsap, was afflicted by a nervous disorder and came to this area from St.
Louis. He first erected a cottage, now known as the Gatehouse, for temporary
use which still stands outside the gates to the Manor House. The same sweeping
gates now welcome guests to the lodging quarters that are carefully appointed
with antiques and memories of past residents.
Joe and Sue D’Anna acquired the house in 1970 through an auction, completely remodeling and furnishing it with beautiful antiques. In addition, Joe and Sue are responsible for the stone fountain in the front yard along with the majestic black wrought iron gates that adorn the entrance to Lookout Cottages which they brought from a plantation near Memphis, Tennessee.
The next owners were James A. and Dixie Bowen. James, a music producer, operated out of the Manor house for some time. He promoted many successful musicians including Glen Campbell and Frank Sinatra. Jimmy moved to Nashville where he continued his involvement in music production. Dixie, a Eureka Springs business owner, now resides in Tulsa.
In 1981, Grace and King Gladden, and their two small children introduced the classic French Blue colors to the entire estate, greatly expanded the kitchen in the Manor house, and opened the original caregiver’s cottage, “Lookout Cottage”, as a guest accommodation. The Gatehouse followed in 1985 after Alice Coleman’s death. The Gladdens sold the estate in 1991, remained in the Eureka Springs area and are an integral part of the community.
Ray and Sara Johnson continued the restoration and preservation of the manor house and guest accommodations for another decade. Sara, an avid gardener, transformed the grounds with splendid colors and elegance. Ray and Sara retired to Holiday Island in August 2000 after John and Julie Van Woy, the current owners, purchased the property.
Respecting the history and charm of the Lookout property by preserving parts of its past with all the comforts today's guest may enjoy, the Manor house was opened as a Bed and Breakfast on it’s 100th birthday.
Manor House 2003