First let me say: I booked this since I thought, "How often can you stay in a castle in Ohio? The kids are going to love it." We stayed in the King Arthur suite which is attached to the castle, off the dining hall. The Suite itself was spacious and furnished with lots of knick knacks. The king bed was comfortable. The sleeper sofa was so bad, we ended up taking the thin mattress off the bed and putting it directly on the floor. This suite had one bathroom, but was by no means "luxurious." It came with a blow dryer but no outlet in the bathroom. I used my own blow dryer and went upstairs. The soap/shampoo were generic, but I brought my own. The wooden shutters and lighting made the suite look more authentic but the chess pieces were broken and one of the black pawns was missing. This suite is located off the dining hall, which is very convenient but we also heard mumbled conversations and could smell breakfast cooking. No internet/wifi but plenty of books/games/dvds available. Surprised at the size of the small tv in our suite. HVAC appeared to missing completely but the suite did have a gas fireplace (it's August, really?)
The "road" to the castle is very rough, and parking close the castle is somewhat disorganized.
There is a small manicured area of bushes in the back, but I expected to see a little more in the way of flowers/herbs/vegetables...after all, didn't castles rely on gardens to augment their food supply?
This castle is run by a couple (not the owners) who were busy trying to accommodate the guests. The young man took us on a whirl wind tour starting with the bar. If no one is there, you just ring a bell and the young man emphasized we would not be putting him out of his way if we did.
Breakfast was limited to pumpkin mini muffins with chocolate chips and a sausage filled baked dough dish, fresh fruit, self serve coffee/tea, and cheerios. We did not buy the dinner.
Security is lacking as the office is in the back and the front door is wide open. The castle is locked at night and if you come back late, one of your two keys will open the door.
In sum, we can say we stayed in a castle. It appeared the owners bought old furniture/knick knacks then decided to stop investing in it. Cute idea but falls short on every aspect (sleeper sofa, bathroom, HVAC, food, security).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the woods of scenic Hocking Hills, Ravenwood Castle provides a charming setting with a medieval flair. Whether you are planning a romantic trip for two or a unique getaway for family and friends, Ravenwood Castle makes for an unforgettable destination. Ravenwood offers a wide array of accommodations, from castle guest rooms and Medieval Village cottages to rustic Huntsman's Hollow cabins and Gypsy Wagons. Our guests enjoy dining in the Great Hall and Tea Room, or relaxing with a drink in the Raven's Roost Pub after a day exploring the caves and trails of Hocking Hills. Whether your vacation includes outdoor adventure or simply a relaxing escape from the stresses of everyday life, Ravenwood Castle is your destination. Leave the hassle, come stay in our castle! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ravenwood Castle Hotel New Plymouth
- Ravenwood Castle New Plymouth, Ohio