We've stayed at a couple different places in Amish country, as it's only about an hour away and so a good weekend trip for us. While other places have amazing indoor decorations, one place was all pine and looked very rustic, this was THE PERFECT place for us when we had our toddler. The bad thing about Amish country is that most things close around 5, MAYBE 6, and so after we ate dinner on Friday night, we had nothing to do with our little guy until the next morning. My hubby and I had gone horseback riding here a few years ago, and remembered the horses roaming about freely, so we thought we'd stay here. Our son, Niko, LOVED it. We checked in with no problems, the room was neat, clean, and cozy. He walked in and said "oh mommy, nice." :) Then we went outside and the horses would see us coming towards them and stop eating and walk right to us. Niko obviously loved this. He pet each and every horse, including the two colts, and even the 2 donkeys. They were very kind and calm horses, and we were told that many of them were rescues. I was surprised at how comfortable and approachable they were, especially for being rescues and having "dark" pasts. We then let Niko venture out further, and he decided to go out back, which was extremely beautiful-we had no idea it was back there. A nice lake, with a bridge that leads to a picnic area and a small island with a weeping willow, quite breathtaking. There were a few bunnies eating, several ducks, and even 2 swans. The horses eventually came out back as well, as they just roam wherever they please. I was also very impressed with the staff cleaning up after the horses...they were right on spot so that there wasn't waste left anywhere. Niko enjoyed feeding the ducks, and they even had a small swingset. So, we were able to wander around for 2 hours until we took him in to get a bath and go to sleep. I don't know what we would have done for those 2 hours if we would have went elsewhere. It was so nice to have a toddler friendly place! The staff and everyone was wonderful, the breakfast was a REAL breakfast, they offered us a coupon book which saved us at least $10 (and we only used 1 or 2!), and they offered a snack at night, which was another great perk with our little guy. I highly recommend this to anyone, young or old, as we saw many older couples who also were having a great time, many of them taking pictures of Niko as he interacted with animals, everyone was so kind, guests and management alike. We plan on returning soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sit on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Doughty Valley. Ultimate in rest adn relaxation. Horses roaming the grounds, duck pond, free wifi, Hot Breakfast included with all rooms. Refrigerators, iron and ironing board, TV and Satellite Channels, in room coffee. Guided trail rides in the summer by appointment. Winery on Premise. GPS address is 5025 State Route 557, Millersburg, Ohio 44654 but is one mile north of Charm, Ohio. ... more less