The Lark Inn was beyond perfect! Kris greeted us upon our arrival, showed us the beautifully decorated home, and even had fresh farm eggs, homemade jam and muffins for us. The home is centrally located in Chase County where guests can stroll to river or dine at the incredible Ad Astra restaurant. The home was perfect for entertaining some childhood friends during my husband's 40th HS reunion. At the end of the day, we had a good night's sleep on the very comfortable king size bed. Thank Pat and Kris for opening your home to us! I can't imagine staying anywhere else. We will certainly contact you again! If you are searching for a place to stay in Chase County, you need not look any further! Beautiful home with too many amenities to list.It is PERFECT!!!! - Orlando, Florida Guest
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Providentially, the recently renovated property immediately to the north of the Lark Inn on Main was offered to Kris and Pat to purchase. The sale was completed in late May 2011 creating The Lark Inn at Fox Hollow which began receiving guests immediately.
In October of 2012 a third guesthouse was purchased; The Lark Inn on Elm. The revitalization activities started right away. Completed in May of 2013, guests began enjoying this 2 bedroom, 1 bath guesthouse in June.
Since then, owners of other properties have sought Pat & Kris to revitalize their properties and/or build them a new guesthouse from the ground up. In late 2014 3 guesthouses were added to the Lark Inn stable: The Lark Inn Cottage on Cottonwood, The Churchand Aunt Kate's Cottage.
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 revitalization so they spent the first half of 2011 renovating The Lark Inn on Main for it's opening in June of 2011.
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” (see their blog: www.PKDiscoveryTour.com). 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.
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The Lark Inn Guest Houses are your home for get-a-way lodging in the heart of the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Located in Cottonwood Falls and her sister city Strong City just a mile away. These fully furnished and equipped Guesthouses were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and are on the historic “Cowboy Trail”. Long since forgotten, they have been saved from the fate of demolition and now have been carefully revitalized 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.
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P.O. Box 249
Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845
WOW! Fox Hollow far exceeded our expectations it was such a relaxing atmosphere! We will definitely be back and will tell everyone we know about The Lark Inn! - Wichita Guest
We made a mistake when we booked our stay at The Lark Inn on Main . . . we didn't stay long enough! It was wonderful and relaxing. God Bless! - Kansas City Guest
This is so much nicer than we expected! Who would have thought something like this is in The Flint Hills - Oklahoma City Guest
What a perfect stay. We could walk to Friday night music or just hang out on the front porch and watch the world go by. - Kansas City Guest
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The best thing about The Lark Inn is that you don't have to go anywhere to get to The Flint Hills . . . you're there!
P.O. Box 249
Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845
Come and enjoy the convenient access while being far away enough to truly get away!