You Can Rent This Incredible, 5572 Square Foot ‘Cave Mansion’ For $1200 Per Night

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Could you live in a mansion built in a cave?  What if it was had 5,572 square feet of interior space and came with a living room that’s nearly half of the overall footage?

Such a place does exist and it’s located in Parthenon, Arkansas. The vision of Celestial Seasonings co-founder, John Hay, the cave structure was made into a domicile in the mid-1980s as a sort of luxury fall-out shelter. Following the bomb crisis with the Soviet Union, Hay was sure that such a structure would be needed in the near future.


He hired 20 workers to remove the silt and sludge from the main chambers- which were excavated one wheelbarrow at a time. Then the some of the walls were coated in concrete and faced with natural stone. The “ceilings” were kept as they were made by nature, but with the addition of 11 coats of clear coat epoxy to protect them and keep moisture from seeping through, sealing in the alien beauty of the many stalactites that hang down.


And there is no need to worry about moisture because a geothermal climate control and dehumidifying system is in place to keep things nice and dry!

Inside the original dwelling there was a ballroom with dance floor paved in white tiles (dubbed “the Fred Astaire ballroom”), the aforementioned great room, and a library paneled in walnut. The property is huge and secluded at 257 acres.

The home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms as well as a huge viewing deck with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness and Ozark forest. Hay stocked the shelter with 2 years worth fo dry food stuffs. Hay then gave the home the dazzling (but puzzling) moniker of Tinseltown. But, when he realized that the apocalypse/ World War III might not be looming so closely he sold the place in 1987.

The second owner turned the cave house into a club which catered to the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana Ross. The improvements that owner made to the property enticed Hay to buy the property back in 1994!

The cave was sold again in 2018 and is now known as the Beckham Cave Creek Lodge, which can be rented out as a vacation home. This property comes with helicopter pad and rents for $1,200 a night ($1,400 for in-demand holidays).