Budget Diamond Hunter's House Rentals

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We absolutely loved the house,well kept ,clean and plenty of room!The price is unbeatable.Although we didn't find any diamonds the friendship we gained out of Gary and Cerise was worth so much more!Loved the snowballs!We will surely be back and staying here!Great people wished we could have stayed longer.PS----Gary,still eating pecans!Thanks for everything!

Owner Response:

We really enjoyed ya'll's company and glad you are enjoying the pecans. Hope you come back soon and we consider you our friends too. Gary and Cerise

Comfortable and Friendly

Thank you Gary and Cerise! Our stay at the rental house was perfect. With 4 kids it can be difficult to find affordable accommodations for vacations so the price was great and everyone slept comfortably both nights we stayed. The kids had a blast playing badminton and eating s'mores around the campfire. My wife and I were very pleased with the all room to fit everyone comfortably. Everyone really liked the New Orleans style snowballs (a must if you are ever in the area). Being located so close to the Crater of Diamonds State Park was ideal for taking a short break to return to the house for lunch. The digging equipment you had worked perfectly, saved us on the rental fees at the park and meant we could dig a little longer because we could use the equipment right up to closing time. We wish we had planned a longer trip to have time to take a walk up the street and poke through all the fun little shops in town, next time. We could not have asked for friendlier or more accommodating hosts. You have a great place and I will not hesitate to stay with you again the next time we are in the area. I recommend the Budget Diamond Hunters House to anyone looking for a place to stay in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

Owner Response:

We are happy to hear that you had such a good time and the house was comfortable. We try to make it as homey as possible so that you feel like you "are" home in Murfreesboro. We are glad the kids enjoyed the yard games too. If you can suggest any other games we can add, we would appreciate the input. We hope you will get to visit us again sometime and thank you for the wonderful review. Gary and Cerise

Great vacation

Gary and Cerise are amazing! The house was comfortable and had everything we needed from cooking utensils to paper plates. We had such an amazing time my teenage kids are already planning a trip back. Their response when I asked what I should write was: "the hospitality made the trip 10x's better. Listen to Gary when he says you need to try the snowballs they are great!" We could not have asked for a better experience. Anyone wanting to get away from home and not stay in a hotel should definitely stay here!

Owner Response:

We are happy to know that ya'll were comfortable and it has really been a pleasure having ya'll stay with us too. We put some things it the house that we think could come in handy as well as practical stuff so our guests don't have to buy or bring so much with them. We are proud of our Snow Balls and encourage everyone to try them at least once. We know that they will be back for more. Thank you for the wonderful review and hope to see all of you again.

Great for a relaxing family vacation

My husband and I along with our two toddlers really enjoyed staying in the house. We wanted a vacation where we could relax and not have to worry about much. Gary and Cerise were very helpful with tips on everything from where to eat in town to how to look for Diamonds at the Crater, we even used Gary's tools to dig with. Plus the house had everything we needed in it. We made a stop at the grocery store and stocked up on sandwhich supplies and packed our ice chest to take into the crater. Everyone slept comfortably (bonus the crater playing wore the toddlers out). We even took a day trip to Hot Springs, since it isn't far from here. We've decided that we are going to try to make this a yearly vacation spot. Thank you guys again for a great week :)

Owner Response:

We are glad to know that you all were comfortable and slept good after a hard day at the diamond mine. We're sure that you were worn out too but you kept at it. The more you go, the better your chances at finding a diamond get. Thank you for deciding to stay with us and we hope you stay with us again.

Wonderful Surprise

This place really made our trip wonderful. We are not rustic people at all and have never rented a VRBO before, so at first we were a little worried if we'd enjoy it. But we sure did!! Gary and Cerise are very kind, helpful and conscientious people who went out of their way to make us comfortable. The house is perfect for a family of 5. My three boys loved their room with the 3 twin beds lined up like it's a little dorm. We liked the fact that we could cook our meals and enjoy a family dinner at the table. The best part of the house is the yard, which made for some very enjoyable evenings complete with campfires and yard sports. And yes, the snowballs are really good!! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this place. The house was clean, the linens were clean and the hospitality was wonderful. We've only been back home for two days and we already want to go back!

Owner Response:

Thank you for the kind words about us and our vacation home. And because you are on vacation, we strive to make it as comfortable as possible so you will want to come back and stay with us again. We also hope you will tell your friends and family and maybe they will stay with us someday too!

Best Place to Stay

We recently took a 3 night trip to Murfreesboro to visit the Crater of Diamonds and do a little sightseeing and relaxing. We don't care much for hotels and my wife found this place online. It was fantastic! Perfect! The house was comfortable, cool, and relaxing. The beds were clean and comfortable. We enjoyed many of the DVD's stocked by the TV (I highly recommend The Polar Bear King!). The kitchen was clean and there's a nice table to eat your family meals on. And Wi-Fi. The yard was great, though we didn't get to play any of the games due to the rain - horseshoes, badmitton, Hillbilly ball. There's also a grill and a firepit. And it was nice and quiet - unlike any hotel. You can pull your car right up to the front door and unload your suitcases too. Gary and Cerise were perfect hosts. Gary has equipment you can use at the Crater of Diamonds as well as firewood if you want to use the pit. They even sell bags of sand you can take home and sift through later and find more fossils, emeralds, etc. My son is still sifting 2 weeks after we left. And the New Orleans Sno-balls are awesome. Being from New Orleans, we've been trying to find a stand that serves a sno-ball as good as the one's Cerise made. Haven't found one yet. We may come back just to eat the Sno-balls! So if you're looking for a great place to stay - take my word for it. This house was superb.

Owner Response:

We are glad to learn that we're offering some good DVDs for everyone who stays with us to watch on t.v. and we're happy that ya'll found our accommodations clean and comfortable. We try to make our homes the way we would like to have if we were to decide to do a house rental instead of a hotel stay. We really appreciate all the wonderful things you said about us and we hope to see you again real soon. Gary & Cerise

Wonderful People

I was unable to keep my reservation due to my Husbands health but Gary and Cerise were very understanding of my situation and refunded my deposit to me. We do plan on taking this trip at a later date and will definitely be staying in one of their adorable cottages.

Owner Response:

We hope your husband is feeling better and we would love to see you stay with us in the future. Gary & Cerise

Great Experience !

The house was a good size for my husband, myself and our 3 teens. It was clean and comfortable. The kids enjoyed watching movies and playing the outside games. Gary & Cerise are very nice people. Thank you for making our stay pleasant. We all agreed we have to return again and have more snowballs ! Maybe next time we'll find a diamond.

Owner Response:

We are happy that you were comfortable in our house and have plans on coming back and staying with us again. The more you look for diamonds, the greater your chances of finding one and the easier it is to spot one. Thank you again for being such wonderful guests. Gary and Cerise

Excellent on all counts

Gary and Cerise are super people and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed, even equipment for diamond hunting. The accommodations were clean and very pleasant. A great place to stay for my family.

Owner Response:

We appreciate you choosing to stay with us and enjoyed having you and your family as neighbors. We hope you will decide to try your luck again at finding a diamond and will give us a call. Thank you again! Gary & Cerise

Perfect house to stay in while in Murfreesboro Arkansas!!

Gary and Celise's house has been the perfect place to call home away from home!! Very clean place too. Has all the amenities of home. Games, grill, kitchen and lots of other goodies. Great value and just minutes away from everything you could imagine. Has been the perfect stay for us. Cant wait to bring the rest of our family and friends. Would definately reccomend their place again and again!! Bill & Sabrena Cook

Owner Response:

We try to have our houses like we would want them for ourselves. We put a few extras in them so you will have more time in the mine and less time at the grocery getting stuff like paper plates , paper towels and the like. We are looking forward to your next visit. Gary & Cerise

Rev. Franks

This was our first time leasing a home on the internet as well a the first time diamond digging, so we actually did not know what to expect. I must say that Gary & Cerise are the most hospitable couple that we have met in a long time. The home was very comfortable and clean. It has all the amenities that we were looking for, snow cones are awesome, firewood, diamond digging equipment, games, movies etc... The price was very reasonable. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend any one, if you looking for a place to stay, this is it. Thank you Cerise for recommending the sightseeing tour of Narrows Dam and the Lake Greeson. Thanks Gary for everythimg. Be blessed. Johnnie & Cora

Owner Response:

Thank You so much, Rev. Johnny, for the wonderful praises. We are happy to know that you and your party were comfortable and happy with your accommodations. Glad you enjoyed the lake too. It really is beautiful. We are hoping you will try your luck again someday and stay with us. Sincerely, Gary and Cerise


absolute loved this little house. Along with my husband, we brought my 76 year old mother and my daughter and 3 of our grandchildren. We went diamond digging and then off to Crystal Vista for some crystal digging. I think we enjoyed the crystal more (but of course we were finding something) Gary and Cerise were very welcoming. Cerise filled my grand children's tummy's with her yummy snow balls.. They loved them. And Gary introduced me to Crawfish. My first. Thanks Gary for sharing. If you are looking for a little house with a awesome price, this is it. We loved it.

Owner Response:

We are happy that you loved our house and that you were comfortable. Thanks for taking such good care of it. Glad we had crawfish available that you were able to try for your first time. If you can come back around the same time, we will have some again. And, of course, we have the snow balls. Thanks again. Gary and Cerise

One less thing on my bucket list!

Thank You Gary and Cerise for the great time our family had while there. My Mom,Son and I had a very nice time there. It was great meeting and talking to you all. We are planning on coming back with more family members next time and we definitely will stay there again. The snowballs are excellent, they are definitely not a snow cone. I have been telling everyone to stay at your place if they come down. Thank you again!

Owner Response:

Thank you for the wonderful post cards and coffee mug from your part of the world. We are glad to hear that you and your family had a good time and was comfortable. Hope you come back and bring your friends and family who, no doubt, is just as nice and you all. Gary & Cerise

Just what we needed!

We arrived late due to a family issue and Gary was kind enough wait up for our late arrival. He welcomed us with a handshake and smile and despite the late/early hour we arrived he still gave us a tour of the home and his very simple rules to follow. We were extremelly please with price and the stay (except for the rainy and cooler weather). We could relax and the kids could play games inside and out. We went to the Crater of Diamonds both days and although we didn't find anything we had a blast getting dirty. They were also very nice about the check out time and even offered for us to stay another night. Extremelly friendly people and they answered all questions we had. Would definitelly recommend this to friends and family as good get away spot with the family. A much needed home away from home. Will be back!!

Owner Response:

Thank you for the wonderful review for us and our house. Wish I could control the weather if only to make everyone's vacation stays more pleasant. Hope you do come back and the weather cooperates. Sincerely, Gary & Cerise

Wonderful home away from home :)

I would highly recommend staying here ! We arrived on the 28th of December and even though check in time is not till 3 pm Gary and Cerise were kind enough to let us check in early. They were both there to greet us and show us around the property. Gave us great tips on the local spots there. The house itself was everything we could have asked for. It was roomy enough for our family and we were very comfortable while we stayed.Gary also saved us allot of money by letting us use their diamond hunting equipment.There were plenty of movies to watch and they even called us up after a few days and offered us more movies !! The kids also enjoyed the games outside. They would've played longer but it was a little chilly.Gary and Cerise were very kind and caring and great people to work with !! We would love to visit the area again and we will not hesitate one second to call Gary and Cerise and stay again !! Our family thanks you again !

Owner Response:

We are happy that you felt at home with us. Hope you are able to return soon and we are looking forward to your stay with us again. Thank you for your kind words. Gary & Cerise

Highly recommend

What a pleasant, wonderful place to spend your time while looking for diamonds. We were met by Gary when we arrived and he gave us very good info about the town, hunting the mine and showing the house. We spent two nights and had we had more time would have stayed longer. It was cool weather so we didn't play outside in the yard but enjoyed the coziness & comfort of the house. He even helped us get a good pizza for supper. We were a group of five 70 & 80 yr young women who enjoyed very much the hospitality and concern for our comfort and safety. Gary and Cerise have a special place in our hearts and prayers.

Owner Response:

We would like to thank you for the great review. We hope we can make all of our guests feel about us as you do. Glad you enjoyed the house and thank you so much for taking such good care of it during your stay. Hope to see all of you again someday and be assured that you all are in our prayers as well.

Best People

Came down for the labor day weekend to hunt diamonds. From the time that we got there until we left, Gary and Cerise were very helpful and would go out of their way to make sure everything was to our liking, which wasn't very hard since the place was very clean and well kept. We had fun visiting each night with the owners, picking Gary's brain on the best places to search the mine and life in general. Gary was kind enough to allow us to extend our stay a couple of days. Even though we didn't find a diamond in the crater we did find two diamonds in Gary and Cerise. The next time that we make it down, we will definitely be staying here.

Owner Response:

Thank you for such a wonderful review. We really enjoy getting to know our guests and any help we can give them in finding diamonds is a plus. If anyone deserves to find a diamond, it is you. Ya'll worked very hard at searching. Even in the rain. We guarantee diamonds will still be here when you come back. Just need to find out where they are hiding. See you soon! Your friends, Gary and Cerise

Great vacation place

We just got back from a week in Murfreesboro, and what a nice little town! This house we rented was so clean and comfortable - all we could've asked for. Gary and his wife are super people and very helpful with information about the area. (Gary's even pretty good when it comes to cars - our battery died and he was kind enough to help us get it started.) The people we talked to in town all commented that "Gary and his wife are very nice people" when we said where we were staying. That makes you feel secure in that you made a good decision. Great location too - close to the town square and, literally, around the corner from the diamond park. I would not hesitate to rent there again.

Owner Response:

We wish to thank you for choosing us for your vacation needs. We really enjoy our guests and hope for many repeats. Dan and Marcia came to the mine with the right attitude and motivation and left with a really nice 1+ carat diamond. And they didn't even need our complimentary usage of the digging equipment. They found it on top of the ground, glistening in the sun. Congratutlations to them. Hope to see you again! Gary & Cerise

Wonderful Time!

We arrived late on our first night which Gary did not mind at all. He was there we arrived to greet us and show us around the property. The yard was filled with lots of games for our family to play (which was loads of fun), sitting area and grill. The house was filled with charm. I loved the layout of the 3 twin beds in the back room as our children and mother in law enjoyed. The house was very clean and fully stocked. Gary and Cerise (the owners) are great people. We not only had a great vacation but we made friends while we were there. We really enjoyed our visit with them and hope that we will all stay in touch and hope they will have us again one day. Thank you again Gary & Cerise! Your Friends, DeLynn & Jeremy Conlee

Owner Response:

Ya'll are welcome back anytime. We appreciate that you chose us to stay with while on vacation. We are happy that you had a good time and found our home clean and comfortable. We had a very good time getting to know you too. We all have a lot in common and enjoyed talking about everything. We will certainly keep in touch and are looking forward to your next visit. Your friends, Gary and Cerise

great location

We had a pleasant stay here. Everything as pictured. The house was clean, beds comfortable. I made 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners at the home. No dishwasher. The outdoor games looked fun but we were not able to enjoy them as we were bitten by mosquitoes the minute we stepped out the door. The snow cone stand was a plus, we enjoyed them 2 nights in a row, go for the extra condensed milk. Very close to the diamond mine. Gary and Cerise are very nice and lent you digging equipment.

Owner Response:

Glad ya'll had a good stay and everything was comfortable. Sorry about the mosquitoes. We do have spray under the kitchen sink that works really well on them. They don't stay out that long though. They come out around dusk for a hour or two and seem to disappear after dark. If you decide to try your luck again at the diamond mine, we hope you will decide to stay with us again. Gary & Cerise

Diamond Hunting 2013

It was a pleasure meeting Gary and his wife and enjoying some authentic New Orleans shaved ice. We very much enjoyed our stay and the house was just like being at home. The house was very clean and well prepared for our visit and the outdoor activities were loads of fun. The gas grill was great to have to cook steaks and burgers and the kitchen was well stocked with everything needed to cook our own meals. Gary and his wife were so very nice and eager to make sure that we had everything we needed to make our stay as comfortable as possible. There's no argument, the next time I head to Murfreesboro to diamond mine I'm staying here. Great place that was very clean, comfortable and just like being at home. Thank you very much.

Owner Response:

Thank you for the wonderful review. We really enjoyed having you, your brother and your son stay with us and we are happy that you all were comfortable. Sorry I was so busy but next time ya'll come, maybe we can all go to the mine together and maybe get lucky. Thank you again. Gary & Cerise

Great Place to Stay!

The experience was an amazing one. The owners Gary and his wife Cerise were very friendly and helpful in giving us tips on diamond mining and other things in general. They are a very nice couple. If you like to kick back and relax after a hard day of diamond mining or just want to relax outside and have a fire or play some games this is the place for you to go. They have firewood for purchase and a snowcone shed onsite. You have your own parking spaces in front of the home and can pretty much do anything you want. We highly reccomend this place and will definately be back!

Owner Response:

Thank you for the great review! We try to help everyone to the best of our ability and we want everyone to be comfortable and happy. We enjoyed having ya'll as guests and hope you will visit us again soon.

Good Times

Gary & Cerise were excellent hosts...very helpful and friendly. The house is big enough for a good size group and very close to the Diamond Mine. Good experience all around. Side note: Buddy's Restaurant in town was very good also.

Owner Response:

Glad everything was to your satisfaction. Hope you enjoyed yourselves enough to come back and stay with us again sometime.


We came to spend a little time together for our 17th anniversary. We booked online based on the other reviews we had read! We were not disappointed. This place was amazing. The house was very nice and maintained well. The area was so quiet and all of the residents were extremely friendly and helpful. The owners of the house were exceptional. We would do it all again in a heart beat. A great big Thank You to Gary and Cenise for making our time there with you an amazing memory!!!

Owner Response:

Choosing us to spend your anniversary with is a extreme compliment in itself without mentioning all the other wonderful things you said about us. Hope your choose us for another anniversary sometime. Gary and Cerise

Great deal with lots of room!

Our stay was short, but very relaxing. The hosts made sure we had everything we needed and the cottage was clean and comfortable. We will definitely stay here again when we come back through! Snowcones were exceptional, as well:)

Owner Response:

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Maybe you will be able to stay longer next time. We are also happy that you enjoyed our New Orleans Style Snow Balls. We put more flavoring and twice the opitional condensed milk (in the middle as well as the top) for a better than normal snow ball. Thank You! Gary and Cerise

Bryan - Omaha, NE

The description is very honest and acurate. The hosts are extremely friendly and make every effort to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The grounds are clean, well kept and have all the equipment as if it was home. The home is a typical build of the area. It is a simple structure that we found aged but well maintained. The stove worked well for baked potates, the outside grill was used two nights, the shower good and the beds clean and comfortable. We spent most of the free time at the Diamond Mine 8am to 5pm daily. It got dark at 7:45pm so not much time for any other activities. I would stay again and look forward to our return trip in the future. If looking for a local meal, try the Mexican, very good for the middle of Arkansas. Thank you to the hosts.

Owner Response:

We are glad you found our house comfortable and we hope you will come back and stay with us again sometime. Gary and Cerise

my opinion

Had a great experience great people to rent from.recommend this rental to everyone who wants a great place to stay! very nice ,clean ,private,nice people!

Owner Response:

Thank you for your recommendation and we are glad to have had you stay with us. We hope you come back to see us again sometime. Gary and Cerise


What a great week with my family. I've lived in Arkansas my entire life and this is my first visit to the Crater of Diamonds. Thanks to Gary & Cerise it was great, they really make you feel at home and go out of their way to fill your every need. The house is very clean, well stocked in every way. The snow cones were a big hit with the grandchildren, and us adults. The kids loved the yard games. I loved the shade trees, they kept the car very cool. It is close to several restaurants of which we ate at 3, pizza, Mexican and home style, and they were all good. If we ever return we will stay right here again. It is just so close to the mine, the lake etc. Thanks Guys for making our vacation so great. Deloris & family

Owner Response:

Hello Deloris and Everyone, We are glad you all had a pleasant stay with us. It is our goal to try to make everyone as comfortable and as happy as we can. After all, in most cases, the long trip and the cost of a vacation, everyone should have a nice time. We are also very happy to hear that ya'll enjoyed our New Orleans Style Snow Balls. Hope we will see every body again! Gary & Cerise

Totally Pleased

We really enjoyed staying at this house. The location was great for coming and going. And the snowball stand out front was a great plus! The owners are great and are very helpful when it came to tips on hunting diamonds! We didn't find any this trip, but if we come again we will definitely be looking to stay here! For the price, I feel this place had the best to offer in ammenities and quietness.

Owner Response:

I'm sorry ya'll didn't find any diamonds. But, although I have only found 4, I'm happy to share what little knowledge I have with everone to hopefully increase their chances of finding one. But, you can't find one in every bucket or they would be worthless. Better luck next time. Thanks! Gary and Cerise

Comfortable and Cozy

Comfortable house with nice yard. Quite neighborhood. Owners very friendly and helpful. Close to activities.

Owner Response:

Glad you felt comfortable in our house and yes, the neighborhood is quiet and friendly. That's why we like it so much. We hope you will come back and stay with us again sometime.

Great Traditional Family Getaway

If you are looking for a clean, well maintained, cottage with great folks to rent from than look no further. Perfect for a couple with two or three kids. The owners have paid careful attention to the details to make this place enjoyable. Everything is in working order. There is also some traditional backyard activities - Horseshoes, badmitten, grilling, firepit. The owners have a great little snow cone stand right off the road you can walk to each night. Proximity to walk to downtown Murfreesboro, Drive about 5 minutes to The Crater of Diamonds State Park - Finder's Keeper's, The Indian Burial Grounds have open excavations - no other site in the US has this. Canoe the Caddo - only 30 mins away and Hot Spring is just an hour. Thanks to helpful owners we now call friends! We will repeat this trip.

Owner Response:

You guys are GREAT! Looking forward to your next trip with us. Thanks again!

had alot of fun

very nice getaway planning another trip this summer dident have enough time to do everything we wanted to do but it was the bets family time in a while the owners were awsome they will do most anything to make shure you have a good stay at their cabin just wanted to say thanks guys and i will see you soon.......M

Owner Response:

Thank You!! Wouldn't mind having ya'll as permanent neighbors. We have added a few things to make your next stay more enjoyable. Anything else you might need, just let us know and we'll have it ready for you when you arrive. Hope to see you soon!!