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A Water's Edge Retreat Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kelleys Island
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Splendid Weekend!”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

A spontaneous decision on Friday morning to spend an anniversary/birthday weekend celebration on Kelley's Island led us to Tripadvisor and a great reco for A Waters Edge. A fortunate cancellation from another bagged us the awesome Paul Francis room on the top floor of the Victorian house, with an amazing three direction view of the lake. A great sighting of Cedar Point five miles away, with the sound of the surf at night with the windows open. Ahhhh!

Beth and Tim are wonderful hosts. Breakfasts to die for, Home made sangria late afternoon, and wonderful sweets in the evening. The house was build twenty years ago by the hosts, and it is comfort-by-the-lake. Far enough from the docks and downtown to be totally peaceful, yet close enough to get to the restaurants and other island sights, this is the place to stay at Kelley's Island.

Room Tip: We loved the top floor. What a view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hilliard, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Surprised the wife with a long weekend get-away on Kelley's island. FIrst time at a Bed-Breakfast and we picked the right one. Mid August on Kelley's Island is the perfect time for a long weekend get away. Tim and Beth were perfect hosts. Outstanding breakfast. Rooms were perfect. Location was perfect. We enjoyed the island on bike for two days. Great restaurants for lunch and dinner. Thank you so much Tim and Beth. We will be back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

When reading the reviews, we were very excited and had high expectations for our stay. We were underwhelmed. It was not a very good value for the money we paid. Pros-The breakfast was really fabulous, a wide assortment of items that were ALL yummy. The location is great for those looking for a peaceful, out of the way location. The view of the lake is serene and picturesque. We were glad to have free access to bikes (though they werent in great repair).
CONS- Our room was very small (Theresa Regina), the innkeepers only seemed to be there for breakfast otherwise they were absentee the rest of the time. Would have liked to talk with them about the island and get suggestions of things to do-but we were on our own. We not get served the evening sweet treats we heard about either-only something 1 out of 3 nights :-(

  • Stayed July 2013
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watersedg123, Owner at A Water's Edge Retreat Resort, responded to this review, 29 July 2013
We certainly apologize if we did not meet your expectations.
Sometimes plans go awry. We had an extremely ill granddaughter that was taken by ambulance to the hospital. This kept our normally very active presence to less than ever.
Both Ceyda and Kelly put out our fancy chocolates at around 8 Pm. Each evening. I am sorry that you may have turned in early or missed them in the Foyer. We would love to have you back to show you what our normal day is like at our award-winning bed-and-breakfast.

Kind regards,
Elizabeth and Tim
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Dublin, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to Kellys Island including 3 nights at the Water' s Edge. Tim and Beth are outstanding hosts who treat you like you are part of their family. They should write a book on how to delight customers at a bed and breakfast! Yes, the breakfasts are as advertised and the Sangria in the afternoon and late night treats are a nice touch. Well-maintained bikes and golf carts are available to get around the island. We had a nice room with a jacuzzi tub and a small refrigerator. The front porch that wraps around the house is a great place to read, chill out and look out across the lake, or enjoy breakfast or your favorite beverage. A really great place to get away for a few days and relax however you prefer (reading, walking, checking out the sites on the island such as the glacial grooves, dining options including bars, a winery and brewery, pizza places and fancier fare, swimming at the State park, daytrip to other islands). Don't forget to try the Brandy Alexander at the Village Pump. I know it is a throw-back to "old school" but this adult milkshake is the ticket for soothing parched spirits on a hot summer day. Hope to return soon!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Beachwood, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We just spend a glorious 2 nights at the Water Edge, the facility was as described, David Hermes made us feel so at home, he was so helpful in opening the island to us for exploration. The Breakfasts were so tasty, we had so much fun riding the bicycles. We met new friends on the Veranda, found peace sitting on the dock reading. The only way I could best describe the visit was heaven on earth, and I look forward to visiting again. I strongly recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We just spent 3 nights at the Water's Edge B & B On Kelley's Island. I had read many of the reviews before we made our reservation and all the positive reviews made our decision to stay here fairly easy. What is remarkable is that their web site description is spot on. What they advertise is exactly what you get. This is as good as a location as you can find on the island. It is very close to where the ferry brings you to and very easy to find. You can't miss it with it's brightly Painted exterior right on the beach. You truly are only about 50 feet from the water with right on the water piers to relax on or just back up a few feet and you are on a very lovely, peaceful veranda. The room was nice and comfortable, but what is most impressive is the quiet, tranquil environment day and night. Our room faced the lake and we could see the fireworks from Cedar Point each evening. The breakfasts were exceptional...all home cooked with healthy ingredients.
Plenty of food for all and served warm and fresh. Each afternoon, sangria, cheese and crackers were set out for our enjoyment. later at night, a few delicious sweets were waiting for us as we came back from dinner. Bikes were available free of charge and my wife and I took a short ride around the area. We hadn't ridden bikes in 30 years, but these bikes were in good condition and easy to ride, so we just got on and away we went. Golf carts were available for rent, but we did not use them. The owners, , Beth and Tim were very attentive to our needs and very friendly. Nice folks.
Great location, beautiful home, quiet and tranquil, good food and nice people---what more can you ask for?

Room Tip: Looked like all the rooms were vey nice. Can't go wrong in any of their 7 rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We were looking for a different kind of relaxing vacation, on the water and in a romantic setting. A Water's Edge Retreat Resort fit with our plans. Upon entering the foyer we were greeted with a sign that said, " Sangria, cheese and crackers in the Living room". Tim showed us around the Retreat, and explained that there were bicycles for our enjoyment and golf carts as well.
Our reservation was for the Paul Francis room on the 3rd floor. The view from our windows was worth the ferry ride over to the island. Our room was very comfortable and inviting. Each room is like a small suite. Very quite and private.
A walk across the front lawn leads you to the retreats beach deck. The chairs are already our for u to use. Fun place for us, we had morning coffee and an evening glass of wine watching the waves roll in.
Breakfast was a gourmet treat. The buffet was different every morning. We enjoyed the freshly made crepes filled with local berry cream and the scrambled eggs Benedict with homemade Hollandaise sauce.
The other guests that we met on our stay were friendly and from very interesting locations.
We enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.
Thank you, Tim and Beth your hospitality was island perfect.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: A Water's Edge Retreat Resort
Address: 827 E. Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 839, Kelleys Island, OH 43438
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Region: United States > Ohio > Kelleys Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kelleys Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why Drive or Fly a thousand miles to enjoy an ocean when we have a Fresh Water Ocean on the North Coast of Ohio, Kelleys Island. Our Waterfront Luxury, Relaxing, Romantic Getaway. Great for Honeymoon, Anniversary or Special Occasion.Gourmet Breakfast Feast, Weddings too! Rated "Best of the Best" by Travel & Leisure (Great Lakes)Three Diamond Award AAA, Featured on NBC's Today Show with Al Roker and Peter Greenburg. Rates run from $199 (off season) to $369 for Honeymoon (High Season)Includes full Gourmet Breakfast Buffet, Sangria Hour with snacks at 4:15, Bicycles each day, Artery Clogging Chocolates in the Foyer in the evening. Access to our Two Large Beach Decks with Rockers, and our Garden Hot Tub Spa. ... more   less 
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