We used a coupon from iloveinns.com to get one night free with the purchase of another night for $140.
The inn is a large, white-painted 19th-century house and separate cabins, on a quiet country road in Walhonding, Ohio. The rooms are decorated with antique furniture and historical portraits. There's a beautiful old piano in the living room and a nice fireplace. It's all very quaint and antiquey.
The rooms were very quiet and clean. The shower pressure was great, the water hot. Be advised that the small combo TV/DVD player (less than 19") only gets about four TV channels, and only three with clarity. The bed was comfortable, although our headboard sometimes clacked against itself when we moved. I couldn't get cellular reception with Verizon, but strangely, my wife could, and she's on Verizon as well, but with a newer phone. There are no phones in any of the rooms in the main house. (I don't know about the cabins.)
There was ample parking.
Breakfast (included in the price) was fantastic; they ask beforehand to let them know of any allergies or dislikes. One morning we had really good pancakes and sausage, with mixed fruit, juice, and coffee. The next morning I think it was a choice of an omelette or bread pudding.
They do offer a prix fixe dinner, but there is no menu; a book in the room just tells you that it's about $35-$40 per person. (You can bring your own alcohol, since it's a dry county.) A nearby diner called Spearman's on route 36, in Millwood, offers very homey (and good) food for about $6-$8 per entree. Or you could drive into nearby Mount Vernon for chain restaurants.
The owners were polite and helpful when asked, but I would not describe them as outgoing. (E.g., they're not big on saying hello or introducing themselves.) And that's fine; maybe they don't want to be intrusive. Or maybe they're just not gregarious folks and don't want to fake it. Just don't expect them to chat you up, tell stories, or say much at all. Also, be sure to ask what the push-button code is to open the front door yourself, lest you be forced to keep ringing the doorbell. (They'll tell you, but you have to ask.)
The maids did a good job cleaning. However, we left a tip in the room before breakfast and returned to find the room clean but the tip still there. I found one maid still cleaning and handed it to her directly; the other (older) maid said they expect people to leave tips at the end of their stay instead. Whatever. No place else in the world does that. What if the person who cleaned your room one day is off the next day?
This is a great place to stay if you want peace and quiet. It's clean and comfortable, but you will be bored if you hang around all day (unless you're there to do a lot of reading). Do not stay here if you want to watch TV at all. There are Amish attractions in the general area, but be prepared to drive a few miles or more. Kenyon College is about 15 minutes away. The Johnson-Humrick Museum at Roscoe Village has some really interesting Asian and American Indian art, as well as some antique guns. They charge admission ($3 per person), but it was pretty cool. For the rest of Roscoe Village, be advised that the in-character actors are only there on weekends in October.
If you're disabled, staying in the main house would be a challenge, due to the stairs. However, there are the separate cabins next door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a wooded valley in Ohio's Amish area, The White Oak Inn bed and breakfast offers a comfortable secluded retreat. Ten comfortable guest rooms and two luxurious log-cabin cottages are offered. Some rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. A full country breakfast is included in the room rate, and dinners and romantic dinner baskets for two can be ordered in advance. Our meals are carefully crafted using fresh local products whenever possible. Gluten-free, vegetarian and other special diets are cheerfully accommodated. There are plenty of recreational activities nearby, whether it's shopping in Ohio's Amish area, doing wine-tastings at local wineries, outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking or zip-lining, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery. During winter months we offer special events such as murder mysteries and dinner theater. The inn is not recommended for children under 12. ... more less
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