hnny Arnold, Managing Member of Tag Investments, LLC, had his eye on the property at the corner of South Montgomery and Poorhouse Road even before he relocated from Indiana back to Starkville. That property, now a secluded, gated event space known as The Hayden House, sits on eight and a half acres and is about as far from a sterile hotel ballroom or conference center as an overnight traveler could hope for.
“When you have a wedding party staying at a typical hotel, you might have ten rooms all on the same floor,” said Arnold, whose management group owns the State Theatre and is developing The Depot at Jackson Square. “Out here, it’s like you’re at someone’s home. There’s privacy and security.
“It has a long, azalea-lined driveway. You can see horses (from the nearby horse park) and rose bushes. The Cunninghams, from whom we purchased the property, were meticulous with the landscaping.”
“We’ve fine-tuned the interior renovations and repainted the house. It can sleep up to 15 people, and we’re open and ready for guests,” said marketing assistant Katharine Hewlett. “We have a great room that isn’t furnished for the sole purpose of having parties. We bring in round tables and chairs, so it’s perfect for small, private events – up to 50 can sit in the great room. We have a private swimming pool on the grounds.”
The Hayden House is a 5,000-square foot, two-story, plantation-style home with four bedrooms, one of which is a bunk room with a huge TV screen and a game center. Hewlett refers to the bunk room as the “fun room” and said it sleeps seven guests comfortably. Although Arnold and Hewlett anticipate lots of repeat business from folks who drive up for MSU football and baseball weekends, the venue doesn’t have to be rented overnight.
“You can have a luncheon or dinner function here, instead of at someone’s home,” Hewlett said. “There is a full residential kitchen, and we have a commercial coffee maker with sweeteners and cream available for guests. We are happy to help our guests find someone to come in and provide meals if they prefer to stay for the visit. With enough notice, we provide grocery service, so the guests don’t have to worry about it upon arrival or pack food.”
Arnold, who moved forward with The Hayden House after the success of the horse stables on Oktoc Road as a wedding reception venue, will build a country store nearby and expects the development of the new south entrance to MSU to give them a lot of visibility.
“People coming from Jackson can turn on Poorhouse Road and find The Hayden House very quickly,” Hewlett said. “It’s less than a mile from the horse park, and five minutes from MSU and downtown. It’s a great alternative to putting your whole family in a hotel, and it’s great for all the things that draw people to Starkville.”
Find The Hayden House on Facebook, visit online at http://www.thehaydenhouse.com, or call 662-779-7266 for more information.