Designer Turns Cave Into A Luxe Home—And You Can Stay There

published Sep 14, 2018
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The Bat Cave has got nothing on this sleek grotto.

Located in Parthenon, Arkansas, the Beckham Creek Cave is an entirely remodeled cavern that has been transformed into a super-luxury stay. This 5,500-square-foot now-vacation rental has been designed to accommodate eight guests, but it can fit up to 16 if the travelers organize their own sleeping arrangements.

However, this four-bedroom, four-bath cave is much more than meets the eye—and required a massive amount of planning and work over the past three years.

Originally built in the 1980s as a bomb shelter, the cavern just underwent a massive million-dollar renovation, according to the New York Times. With the nature of it being a cave, there was a decent amount of moisture seeping into the space, which required improved waterproofing through high-capacity geothermal units. Additionally, mold overtook the space, and the brass fixtures, bidets, and tiled floors all needed to be removed.

But thanks to interior designer Zach Lee, the outdated space has been rejuvenated. Zach designed the grotto to look sleek and stylish while exposing its rock surfaces and stalactites. And the dark nature of the cave has been softened with cedar doors and headboards made of repurposed barn doors.

Outside of the fully furnished home, the 257-acre property has a spring-fed pond, views of bluff, and a helicopter pad—making it the ultimate escape from reality.

The Beckham Creek Cave is now operating as a vacation rental, and guests can book the home starting at $1,200 a night. If you’re interested in the unique luxe experience, check the cave’s availability on their official website.