SARA PLUMMER / Tulsa World
Janet Mobbs (left) and her husband, Mark, recently opened the Inn at Woodward Park. The couple renovated a 1920s home and turned it into a three-bedroom bed and breakfast.
By SARA PLUMMER World Staff Writer
There’s room at this inn. Three rooms in fact.
The Inn at Woodward Park, a bed and breakfast, opened Dec. 1 at 1521 E. 21st St.
Janet and Mark Mobbs bought the 1920s home almost three years ago.
“We were looking for properties to invest in,” Janet Mobbs said.
The house was listed as tear down or major renovation.
“The moment we walked in, although it was in disrepair, I thought it was perfect for a bed and breakfast,” she said.
Janet Mobbs works in health care, and her husband is an accountant. “I had been contemplating a career change,” she said. “Mark is an accountant. He knows about budgets and financing.”
Janet Mobbs said it took more than that to open their home to the public.
The couple spent more than two years renovating and preparing the house.
Mark Mobbs said after the framework was done and the Sheetrock went up, the couple and their sons did the rest.
“I think with any renovation, it costs twice as much as you think it will,” Mark Mobbs said.
“And twice as long,” Janet Mobbs said.
The couple moved from a home in the White City neighborhood to the historic row of homes across from Woodward Park.
“I knew I wanted to live in an older home,” she said. “We wanted to see older homes saved and kept.”
The Mobbs live downstairs in the back of the house. The three guest bedrooms are upstairs, each with its own bathroom, and there is a common room upstairs with a couch, refrigerator, microwave, board games, movies, magazines and a view of Woodward Park.
“A lot of bed and breakfasts are Victorian and frilly,” Janet Mobbs said. “Men aren’t always comfortable.”
The couple decided to turn the house into a 1920s bed and breakfast.
Each bedroom has its own ’20s theme: jazz, Hollywood or Moroccan.
“The Moroccan room is a favorite with honeymooning couples,” Janet Mobbs said.
They also hope to attract business travelers, visitors and people looking to relocate.
“I think Tulsa has a lot to offer visitors,” she said. “We want to promote midtown Tulsa.”
Mark Mobbs said they also hope to accommodate people visiting relatives hospitalized at St. John Medical Center.
The Mobbs are familiar with bed and breakfasts. They try to stay in one whenever they travel.
“It’s more personable, homey. I sleep better in a bed and breakfast,” she said. “When you stay in a bed and breakfast, you can ask, ‘Where should we eat?’ and they might tell you a local place to go. You get more of the local taste and history.”
Mark Mobbs said guests receive personalized service at bed and breakfasts.
“That’s the point of a bed and breakfast; you get more personalized care than at a hotel,” Janet Mobbs said.
“Mark and I both like to be around people. Both of our kids are grown, and it’s nice to hear footsteps again. This house needs people in it.”