Secluded, Private Family Retreat/Romantic Getaway in Forest
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Brush Creek Forest house description
Escape to your own luxury hideaway, The 'Sanctuary of Adams County' -- just a short drive from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. An easy drive from Lexington, KY, Charleston, WV and Indianapolis, IN. This is NOT just a cabin. This is a 3-FLOOR, FULL-SIZED CUSTOM HOME situated on 13+ acres of total privacy. Just 60 feet off your front porch is beautiful Brush Creek Forest, comprising over 12,000 acres! Don't be hasseled by owners that live on-site like other properties. With over 2800 sq. ft. The Sanctuary is your own private paradise, unlike any other! All for as low as $16 per person per day! Our home is supplied with clean, pure county water, unlike other rural properties. NOTHING compares to The Sanctuary for price, location, and accommodations.
The main floor, with its king-sized bed, flat-screen TV & DVD player, features a custom kitchen, hardwood floors, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and arched windows. A private rear deck stretches the length of the home, overlooks the winding creek and on-site stocked fishing pond, and features both charcoal and gas grills.
The loft, with its full-sized bed, features its own full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.
The lower level features two bedrooms (1 queen and 1 full), a full bathroom, washer and dryer, and lounge area with TV/DVD/Wii gaming system, a wide selection of books and board games, plus a wood stove for chilly nights.
Bring the entire family or just a friend for your home-away-from-home 'Staycation' or a romantic weekend escape! You can stay in touch with hi-speed internet/FREE Wi-fi.
You'll feel hundreds of miles away but you're really only minutes away. Just a short drive leads you to Miller's Amish Market. Homemade doughnuts and mouth-watering turnovers and other sweet treats await you. Enjoy them there or bring some back with you. Or, visit famous Serpent Mound or Ft. Hill Indian Earth Works, then head back to your home in the hardwoods and relax on the covered front porch. Or simply stay in, light a fire, relax and do nothing!
We are priced right so you can afford to come back time and time again. You are always welcome here!
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- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Custom Kitchen with oak cabinets and wood flooring Complete with all small appliances & dishes & silverware We provide coffee, coffee filters, spices, paper towels, aluminum foil - everything you need!...moreless
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- FULL 3-LEVEL HOUSE (not just a cabin!), Forest setting, completely private, stocked fishing pond, creek, 13+ private acres adjoining 12,000+ acres of Brush Creek State Forest (literally the last house residing on the forest border), 3 bicycles on property--pedal through forest, hike through forest, view wildlife from porches. Or simply relax indoors and do nothing! If you wish, please bring your own adult beverages since Adams County is a 'dry' county. Free long-distance so you can stay in touch with family and friends! Treat yourself and get away from it all!...moreless
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Location & View
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- Stocked fishing pond with 2 fishing poles on property (catch and release only), 3 bicycles on property--enjoy pedaling through the forest. Also nearby the Highland Nature Preserve you can rent fishing boats and pontoons at Paint Creek State Park. Or drive south to Shawnee State Forest where you can also rent fishing boats and catch the elusive trout. If you're the adventurous type, take a drive through the Shawnee State Forest Wilderness area, and if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a bobcat, black bear, wild boar or bald eagle. Or take a cool dip in the spring-fed waters that stay a constant temperature all summer long at Mineral Springs Resort. If you're into Indian culture, we're very close to Serpent Mound and Ft. Hill Indian Earth Works--both of which are one-of-a-kind in Ohio....moreless
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The home was just a described; beautifully decorated, clean and secluded in a lovely setting.The photos were just as we found it to be. Everything was clean an in good working order. The owners were very helpful in giving us directions to the home and suggestions on activities and destinations in the area. I would most definitely recommend this property to my firiends. We are looking forward to a return visit!
- Guest Evie (Broadview Hts OH)
- Date of stay 09/19/13
- Review Submitted 10/08/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway.
We chose The Sanctuary for our annual guys trip. We could not have made a better choice! Last year we rented an expensive cabin in Hocking Hills and thought we were spoiled. As soon as we pulled up the drive to the house it was as if we were back in Hockin Hills only better. Last year we had neighbors all around. The Sanctuary is totally secluded. The house was every bit as nice and clean as our cabin in HH but with tons of extras! They provide just about everything you need to have a great, carefree weekend for an amazing price. The best part is how close they are to Cinci. We caught some of the cleanest catfish we've ever seen out of the pond and enjoyed awesome fires at the huge fire pit area. Honestly could not have asked for a better weekend. After the first night we decided we did not need to look for any other spot for our annual trip. The Sanctuary will be our go to place! Thanks to Lee and Deb for providing such a cool spot to getaway!
- Guest MilfordMike (Milford Ohio)
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/06/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
The Sanctuary is truly secluded! You're literally in the middle of the forest, it's a lovely setting. We had a wonderful family gathering. Our children, grandchildren , niece and husband joined us a few days at a time from IL, KY, and PA. There was plenty of room for all to spread out. The house was clean which was greatly appreciated. The kitchen was nicely stocked except for the frying pans which were in very poor condition ,so you probably should bring your own. The firepit, cornhole game, and wii were enjoyed by all. Our little grandsons were looking forward to playing in the creek and fishing. Unfortunately the creek and pond are seasonal. The picture of the creek that you cross going into the Sanctuary is not the creek on their property. They do have a creek but in Aug. it was very small. The pond also looked to be about half of what the lovely picture on their website showed . A stocked pond seemed almost a guarantee for the kids to catch fish but "not a bite." There is a lovely area for the children to run around in down by the pond but not near the house. If you have any toddlers or young children just be alerted that the stone driveway and cement patio are around the house and not grass. We had many brush burns, scrapes , cuts, and bruises. Also the stairs to the loft are quite steep so perhaps a baby gate might be useful. It's a very lovely home in an amazing setting for a fair price. You definitely will not be disappointed if you rent the Sanctuary.
- Guest Penny (Lancaster PA)
- Date of stay 08/10/13
- Review Submitted 09/01/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks for the great review! The Sanctuary really is secluded - not another home in sight. We purchased brand new T-fal frying pans for your next visit. Thanks for keeping us updated. We know the weather can really put a damper on things but there's nothing you can do about Mother Nature. Children can play on the grass right off the back porch patio, or any of the other grassy areas. It's a shame you didn't have any bites while fishing, but the next guests caught and released 5 catfish. Thanks for letting people know they will not be disappointed if they rent The Sanctuary. Thanks, Lee and Deb
Truly a Sanctuary
Truly a Sanctuary
This lovely place is as advertised. The home itself was beautiful and could easily accommodate the 10 of us comfortably. I was joined by my sister and brother and their teenage children (we had 7 kids between 13 - 19) and there was plenty to for all age groups. We knew there was plenty to do around the area, but other than running out for a few groceries we never left the house. Between fishing, hiking, horseshoes during the day, and endless games of cornhole on the great patio out back at night, we felt no reason to leave. I strongly suggest going out by the pond late at night as it is in the clearing. You can look up and see an amazing array of stars that you will never know existed in the suburbs. I only wish it wasn't so hot (it was 90's during the week we were there) to take more advantage of the great firepit they set up. Might just have to come back in the fall. If you want a get-a-away for all ages I strongly recommend coming to the Sanctuary. And Lee and Deb are awesome, I had some issues with my initial payment and Lee was beyond patient (thanks again Lee). And for the record, he has a great sense of humor, really had me laughing on the phone and could hardly wait to get my vacation started. Great place, can't go wrong.
- Guest IrishPat (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Date of stay 07/14/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
This place was honestly paradise! Everything was clean and exactly how it is described on the website, if not better, many things are updated from the current pictures on here. Lee and Deb were awesome and we are all so thankful we were able to stay in their home. (recommendation:We ate pizza at I believe Hometown Pizza, drove to Cincinnati for a day spent at King's Island amusement park, and took a few hikes in Brush Creek State Forest; remember bug spray!) I would definitely recommend this to any friends and family looking to get away and enjoy time with each other away from everything. It was perfect for a last get together with my friends after graduation and before we all go to college. Out of the 11 of us, there wasn't a complaint. The house was gorgeous and it will hold soo many memories! It was amazing walking outside and hearing how serene it was;all the birds and animals. Absolutely beautiful, we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. This was a vacation none of us will forget. Hoping to make this a tradition!
- Guest Lacey B.
- Date of stay 06/16/13
- Review Submitted 07/06/13
Owner response: Hey Lacey, Thanks for the great review, Thanks also for noticing the updates. The location really does speaks for itself! Check out the new zip-line over the little Miami River next time.. Now start studying and come back on your break from college. Best of Luck, Lee and Debbie
Our entire family loved this place!
Our entire family loved this place!
Our family of 11 just stayed for a wonderful weekend at this rental, we do have one huge regret... that we didn't book it for a week! If you live in Cincinnati, do yourself a favor and book this house. It is incredibly easy to get to from the city and only about an hour and a half away. We had a baby, 2 teenagers, adults and elderly family members in our group and everyone absolutely loved it. Don't worry if it rains, you'll still have plenty to do. The teenagers played the wii system and watched a movie in the downstairs family room when it rained for a couple of hours. The house is clean and very well equipped. EVERYTHING you need is already in the kitchen but the food. The out door spaces are incredible, the huge fire-pit with chairs was the center of most of our activities. Our elderly family members were able to enjoy a fire on the side patio as well, and they really appreciated the easy access into the house. We hiked, and hiked, and hiked in the woods and saw an unbelievable amount of birds, lizards, frogs, toads, turtles, flowers and an amazing variety of mushrooms and other interesting fungi. Nature lovers like ourselves will not be disappointed. The house is just as described and better. Plenty of places to be in a group or alone. The owners Deb and Gil gave fantastic customer service, and I would recommend this place to anyone. Part of our group took a trip to Serpent Mound, and we also went to the Keim Family Market to stock up on 'goodies'. Mostly we all enjoyed the isolation and privacy. If you want to relax, this is the place to go. The only thing I could even consider a negative is that 2 people didn't like their mattresses so much, but I slept on the roll out cot like a baby. People can be very picky about mattresses, if you ask me! We spent the morning talking about renting the place for a week next time, and my mother said that if she wins the lottery, she's going to make an offer to Deb and Gil because she loved the place that much. We just had a wonderful time. 5 stars from us with no hesitation.
- Guest tracey g.
- Date of stay 05/17/13
- Review Submitted 05/19/13
Owner response: We're very glad you had a wonderful time! Our goal is to have a beautiful place that people can go and relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life. We'll be in touch to figure out which mattresses people didn't like and look at replacing them. Thanks again for booking The Sanctuary! We hope to see you back.
WOW! Talk about secluded.
WOW! Talk about secluded.
My women's group takes a trip every year. We try to find a nice house out, away from town where we can relax and not be bothered by the every day. This house totally filled the bill. It may be set in the middle of no where, but it is a beautiful no where. The house was clean when we arrived. The beds were comfortable. Most everything worked for us. (The outside grill didn't have any gas.) All in all it was a great experience. We try to go different places each year, but this house is one we would come back to visit.
- Guest Debbie (Owenton, KY)
- Date of stay 03/01/13
- Review Submitted 03/04/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: We're sorry the gas grill was out of gas! There is an extra tank there and we will switch them out immediately. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay and the peace and quiet. We'd love to have you back anytime!
BETTER THAN A MASSAGE!
BETTER THAN A MASSAGE!
A quick 90 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, the Sanctuary lived up to it's name for a girlfriends getaway. Just riding up the driveway into the woods we felt our cares melting away. The trees surrounding the property were awash in autumn glory. The sunlight dappled through the canopy and we were snug in front of the fire. We each had a freshly cleaned bedroom & a bathroom to ourselves- bliss! Deb & Lee's home made us feel so welcome and at ease, and the reservation process was a breeze. (A relief for working moms!) The absolute quiet was a gift. We all left talking about when we will return; together & with our families in tow. A day at the spa could not have compared to how therapeutic a weekend in the forest at the Sanctuary can be!
- Guest Staci W. (-)
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/12/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway.
The Sanctuary was magnificent
The Sanctuary was magnificent
Words cant describe the house and property of The Sanctuary. My family consits of myself,wife and five kids ranging from two thru eighteen and nobody wanted to leave id buy the property in a second. To see the deer,raccons ,wild turkey,and to go fish in your own backyard was amazing. Roasting marsmallows in the three firepits to grilling on the back patio completed every night. I would Of never guessed this would be in ohio let alone at such a resonable price. Id advise anybody wanting peace in the woods to rent the sanctuary its worth it.
- Guest Jay (London,Ohio)
- Date of stay 07/11/12
- Review Submitted 07/14/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are glad everyone enjoys The Sanctuary so much. When we were told we rated right up there with Gatlinburg, that made us very happy. We love the deer and turkeys also.
Perfect retreat location
Perfect retreat location
We had a fantastic time. Lee and Deb have made this a great family place. They are the best property owners I have ever rented from. The firepit is amazing. We sat there till one in the morning because we enjoyed it so much. The house was clean when we arrived. The forest next door is great for riding and hiking. Thank you Lee and Deb!
- Guest ES (United States)
- Date of stay 05/13/12
- Review Submitted 07/11/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Must have credit card to secure home $99.00 refundable security deposit guarantees dates; returned after inspection Full payment due two weeks prior to arrival $169.00 weeknights/$189.00 weekend nights (2-night minimum) Holidays - $199.00/night $950 weekly rental; Monthly rental - $3300 Cleaning Fee of $50 3% Tax
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Year Purchased: 2004
Why the Owner Chose Brush Creek Forest:
We chose this place because it was the most beautiful place we'd seen. Total privacy in the forest - awesome!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is a one of a kind location with not another house in sight. Nestled up to your own private forest, you can watch deer and wild turkey while you sip coffee on your covered porches. Or if you choose, from the end of your driveway take a walk through the forest on level ground that leads you a quarter of a mile into this pristine Ohio forest land located at the base of Tener mountain.
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View of home from Brush Creek Forest; Full-size 3-level home - not just a cabin!
Custom home (over 2800 sq. ft.) in private setting overlooking mountain stream
Relax by the fire in the great room
First floor bathroom with bathtub and shower
Loft bedroom with double bed & bathroom w/jacuzzi tub
Lower level lounge area has flat-screen TV, Wii, DVD, & full-size washer & dryer
Queen bedroom on lower level with private access to rear patio
Lower level bathroom with shower
You'll cross beautiful Brush Creek to enter the "Sanctuary"
Custom kitchen that has everything you'll need!
Roomy first floor bathroom has separate vanity area
First floor bedroom with king bed, flat screen TV and DVD player
Jacuzzi tub in loft bathroom
Lower level has wood burning stove, wide variety of books and board games
Double bed on lower level
Spring-fed stocked pond nestled in the pines
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