Hamilton House Estate
132 Van Lyell Terrace
Hot Springs, AR, 71913, USA

About the Hamilton House Estate

A Hot Springs inn and wedding venue

  • formal gardens in fall

Hamilton House Estate is located on a wooded, three-acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton in Arkansas. The estate was planned in the late 1920s and completed in 1931. The grounds of the inn provide an impressive backdrop to weddings, special events, and just relaxing on the lake. One enters the front of the property between two stone piers and black iron gates. The circular driveway features a unique anchor located in the center of the drive. The three-ton anchor was originally part of the battleship USS Massachusetts, which was part of Teddy Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet."

The house was patterned after an Italian villa and features marble floors from Mexico, hand-molded tiles and cornices, Carrara glass tiles from Italy, a Romeo and Juliet balcony over the front entrance, and the original red clay tiles, also imported from Mexico. The chandelier in the main room was shipped in from San Francisco. It was imported from Vienna and dates back to the Gold Rush Days. Amoirés and the lovely Venus De Medici, sculpted in 1870 in Carrara, Italy, are from the private family collection.

Constructed in a series of five levels--all steel, masonry and concrete--the inn was pattered in the style of an Italian villa on the Mediterranean Sea. A large, two-story boathouse was constructed at the lakeside, housing a machine shop during World War II. Stables also were built adjacent to the boathouse. Inside the Manor House, the inlaid marble floor in the foyer and Hamilton Room was imported from Mexico. Jazz plaster (an application of plaster and color at one time) and the hand-molded plaster ceiling coves that conceal indirect lighting display a workmanship of a time gone by.