In the dog house! The world’s biggest B’N’B – Eagle and brits canine get enough of it
Most people try and stay out of the dog house on a holiday….but patrons of this hotel find themself kipping inside a giant BEAGLE.
Married artists Frances Conklin, 65 and Dennis Sullivan, 74 created the bizarre hotel after sketching out the idea on a napkin over dinner one night.
And Frances and Dennis say that most of the foreign touritsts who stay at the B and BEAGLE in Idaho, USA, are British.
Frances said: “Over dinner one night we were talking about building this dog and we thought why not make it into a guest house?
“All was decided over that dinner and we were drawing out the plans on a napkin- and don’t we wish that we had saved that napkin now!”
The Dog Bark Park Inn run by dog carving duo Frances and Dennis is the world’s largest man-made dog and is almost as quirky inside as it is out.
The one bedroom beagle-open April to October has become a favourite among Hollywood stars but Frances likes to keep who exactly a town secret.
You can now book your stay at the Trojan horse style dog for next year at £77 per night if in a couple. And yes dogs are welcome for an additional £12.
Frances added: “Most of our visitors have already travelled the States and are more comfortable going off the beaten track.
“It’s not easy for people to come to us but we’re delighted that they do!
“Guests appreciate that it’s different to anywhere else they’ve stayed, obviously on the outside but also on the inside as they learn a bit about us.
“We would love to travel but don’t have the necessity to because the world comes to us which I think is in part what travel is all about.”
The giant beagle sleeps four- two on a queen bed and two more on twin foldout mattresses in the loft.
Also on offer in the b’n’b is a bath, microwave, small fridge, air conditioning, coffee maker and Wifi.
Having spent his life in construction working to a strict schedule, Dennis was keen to build the beagle at his own pace.
Frances said: “My husband only worked on the construction when the weather was nice, when he wasn’t busy and when he felt like it.
“This was a project where he could enjoy the whole process which took four years and it was the best decision for our business.
“It feels like our home because it’s all our personal efforts which went into it.
The couple were running the guest house from afar until Dennis got to work again-this time building their own home on the site.
Frances said: “We now live just 600 feet from the beagle having built our own home right on campus after commuting half an hour each way beforehand.
“My husband is now 74 years old so maybe that’s his last DIY project.
The beagles may be the biggest ever made but it is a golden retriever on front-of-house duties who rules the roost.
Frances said: “He’s a great work companion.
“He’ll hear visitors and go to his meeting spot, then when people come in he stands there wagging his tail.”