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Getting a Sneak Peek at Round Top’s Hip New Hotel — Cotton Pearl Motel Makes an Early Party Splash

A Fantasyland in the Texas Countryside

BY // 11.02.22

Galloping entrepreneur Pete Bell, Cotton Holdings CEO, won’t be officially opening his latest hospitality venture — The Cotton Pearl Motel in the heart of Round Top — until January 1. But the master of the global, diversified holding company could not contain his enthusiasm for the fledgling country compound. So he threw a festive pool-side brunch on the property, introducing it to 45 influencers.

They came. They saw. And they swooned as they were escorted on tours through the three-cottage compound. The intimate dwellings in country chic design are flanked by a private pool on the site that includes a pickle ball court, a gas grill, a fire pit and an on-site kitchen trailer for private chefs. Bell is clearly thinking weekend parties and business retreats. Loads of fun.

The quaint development includes a two-bedroom main house called The Cottontail, two single-bed cottages called The 3 Carat Suite and The Garden Suite. All three have access to The Rabbit Hole, a Victorian-inspired parlor and game room featuring custom blue toile wallpaper, and a champagne and  merchandise honor bar system with strong female and rabbit inspired artwork decorating the walls.

The Cotton Pearl Motel pool; photo by Jordan Geibel Creative
The Cotton Pearl Motel in Round Top makes its debut during the antiques festival with a midday fête. (Photo by Geibel Creative)

The Cotton Pearl Motel creative director veep of marketing for Cotton Holdings Zinat Ahmed prepared a spectacular event that began with arrival through a flower-adorned entry gate and outdoor living space where cocktails, featuring Casa Del Sol Tequila, were served. Greeting guests was a Los Angeles based artist from DTLA Custom to personalize decorated denim jackets, compliments of the motel.

The fantasy setting featured floral arches suspended over rectangular and round wooden tables; Cotton Pearl Motel branded napkins, plates, personal fans, hat scarves, woven totes with candles and hat clips; and much more.

The pickle ball court was taken over by celebrity hat designer Teressa Foglia, who tempted with her decorative handmade hats.

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For wining and dining options. the motel partnered with Round Top’s Ellis Motel (which is not a motel at all but a friendly two-story bar) for special cocktails. Cotton Culinary executive chef Wade Schindler provided the lavish brunch fest.

PC Seen: Steph Sebbag, Casa Del Sol Spirits CEO; DTLAcustom’s Tara Martin; Whitney Kuhn Lawson; Christina Greene McAllen; Courtney Zavala; Molly Mead; Heather Almond; Gillian Sarofim; Jenna Lindley; Bailey Bell; Audrey Sarver; Lara Bell; Donae Chramosta; Kristen Cannon; Bethany Buchanan; Marla Hurley; and Meghan Horne.

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