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Refined Rustic Retreat

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Lodge, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

The Round House is hand-built, from the cedar shake exterior to the pine and cedar interior. Large two story windows fill the great room with sunlight. It is located at the end of a half mile private road, and is totally secluded.

Our guests rave about the quiet and peaceful atmosphere. One of our guests said in the guestbook: “We leave here a changed people. The peace is consuming. The beauty immense. The sounds refreshing. Thank you for reviving my soul.”

Sleeps 8 guests (all on the upper floors).

Bedroom #1 Master - queen bed and private bath
Bedroom #2 -- king bed with adjoining bath
Alcove #1 -- double sofa bed
Alcove #2 -- double bed futon
Cupola room -- queen air mattress (upon request)

Bathrooms 2 1/2 baths. The full baths are on the second floor, the half bath on the first floor.

Pet friendly. Your dog will enjoy romping and exploring the woods and fields surrounding the cabin.

Amenities. We offer amenities comparable to a boutique hotel – crisp hand ironed sheets and pillow cases, handsome comforters on the beds, fluffy towels and natural soap. We do our own laundry, without the harsh chemicals and industrial finishing of a commercial laundry.

Cozy living room with fireplace. Relax in the living room before a sparkling fire, surrounded by warm pine paneling with cedar trim. We supply local seasoned hand split hardwood, kindling, newspaper and fire lighter.

Fully equipped kitchen. Prepare your family meals in our well stocked kitchen. We include flatware and china, wine glasses, coffee maker and filters.

Dining room seats up to 12 guests. Enjoy your meals gathered around the large dining room table . . . or make it a game table or jigsaw puzzling table for great family memories.

Free WiFi for email or light browsing; not for streaming movies or the like.

Entertainment. We have a flat screen TV with satellite service and a DVD player. Bring your own movies.

Deck. Out on the deck overlooking the woods is a gas grill and table and chairs for dining and lounging. Have your meals on the sun-dappled deck (weather permitting). We do not have a hot tub.

Outdoor fire ring. In the evening, start a fire in the fire pit by the barn and roast marshmallows. Star gaze from the big field next to the cabin, where the Milky Way shines across the sky.

Immerse yourself in nature. Your children will be intrigued to stay in a cabin surrounded by woods. Stroll over to the log barn where you enjoy a spectacular view of the Appalachian foothills in the distance. Walk up our woodland path to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave.

About Adams County:
Adams County is one of the most beautifully scenic counties in Ohio. The Great Serpent Mound is the largest effigy mound in the country. The Amish community offers shops and tidy well kept farms. The southern boundary is the Ohio River, with gorgeous views, fishing and boating. Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve and numerous state natural areas showcase the county’s unique features.

Suggested activities:
Visit the Great Serpent Mound and its visitor center. Check out the Wheat Ridge Amish community shops and well kept farms. Travel the Quilt Barn Trail and see the rural countryside by car. Follow the ride of Confederate John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders through Adams County in 1863.

In neighboring Brown County, visit the boyhood home of US Grant in Georgetown; see where Liza reportedly crossed the Ohio River on the ice in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Visit the Rankin House above the Ripley bluff, where lanterns hung to guide slaves escaping across the river from Kentucky.

Hike in one of the many nature preserves and natural areas in Adams County. Our favorites include Chaparral Prairie (a remnant prairie a mile away). Buzzardsroost Trail (a moderately strenuous hike in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve) and Davis Memorial Nature Preserve (features a pristine stream, high rock cliffs and a geologic fault in the cliff face).

Enjoy birding on our farm or in the nature preserves.

Fish our pond (catch and release only), the ponds in Tranquility Natural Area, Adams Lake State Park, Ohio Brush Creek or the Ohio River.

Have dinner at Murphin Ridge Inn or Moyer Winery. Murphin Ridge is an excellent restaurant in an old farm house near the Amish community. Moyer offers fine food in a dining room overlooking the Ohio River.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs who stay off the upholstered furniture are welcome...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    private bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king


  • We have a queen bed in the master bedroom, a king bed in the second bedroom, a double bed pull out sofa in a loft, and a double bed futon in a loft. We provide a queen air mattress for use in the cupola. We also provide a 'Pack-n-Play' crib/playpen....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • We have a private bathroom adjoining the master bedroom, a full bath next to the second bedroom that also serves the lofts, and a half bath next to the kitchen....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The lRound House features a hiking trail through the woods to a natural cave (bring a flashlight) then beyond to an old log barn, vineyard, ponds and view of the hills at the beginning of Appalachia. Our guests rave at the seclusion, quiet, wildlife and peaceful atmosphere. The house itself has many large windows and is filled with sunlight on sunny days. The woodwork is hand done and reminiscent of a boat interior....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    We are located in the foothills of the Appalachians by the bluffs of Ohio Brush Creek and the huge Nature Conservancy preserve. Great hiking in the Arc of Appalachia & Buzzards Roost Rock. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
4th of July
Jul 3 - Jul 4, 2017
2 night min stay

flat fee
Nov 22 - Nov 23, 2017
2 night min stay

flat fee
Christmas Day
Dec 24 - Dec 25, 2017
2 night min stay

flat fee
New Year's Eve
Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2018
2 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$165 $220
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $40
  • Cleaning fee $30
  • Tax Rate 3%


Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. WiFi is for 1 gigabyte; use of additional gigabytes will be charged at $15 per gig. Typical movies are about 4 or 5 gigs.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Serpent Mound

    "Ancient Indian earthwork in the shape of a serpent. Largest iconic earthwork in Ohio. On t..."

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A thriving community of Amish is just around the corner. Enjoy great bakery goods, visit the saddle shop and purchase a new belt or bag, watch out for horse-drawn buggies and wave to everyone, it's friendly territory here.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I am a retired lawyer turned first carpenter then innkeeper. We bought the Round House in 2003 when it was framed in and roofed, but had no exterior or interior finish. I finished the house with expert help with the electricity, plumbing and drywall. I am an amateur naturalist and enjoy botanizing and bird watching. We have been coming to Adams County since the 1970's and have always enjoyed its natural beauty and unusual natural features. I now spend my time managing the Round House and our other cabins, the Dodge Cabin and the Log Cabin, while maintaining the fields on the farm. Dogs are welcome at all our cabins.

Why the Owner Chose West Union, OH, USA:
We have owned a farm in Adams County for 20 years. This property, which adjoins our original farm, came on the market in 2002, and we bought it in early 2003. I spend 5 years finishing it, and started to rent it in Fall 2008. We like this location because it is rural and filled with natural beauty and wildlife. It is close to Cincinnati, where we live.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
If you like peace and quiet this is the place for you. We have a number of families who spend holidays here, enjoying the cozy atmosphere and the woods, fields and cave. Our guests like to visit the Serpent Mound and spend time in the shops of the Amish community. Many come for the State Nature Preserves and the Nature Conservancy's Edge of Appalachia Preserve. In the Fall, many of our guests are deer hunters looking for one of the big bucks that have been taken out of Adams County.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Ready for dinner

    Ready for dinner

  • Puzzle table from the loft

    Puzzle table from the loft

  • Breakfast for two

    Breakfast for two

  • View of the farm with Appalachian hills in background

    View of the farm with Appalachian hills in background

  • Marshmallows and drinks at the fire pit

    Marshmallows and drinks at the fire pit

  • The dining room expands to seat 10

    The dining room expands to seat 10

  • 'The kitchen is huge.' -- a guest

    'The kitchen is huge.' -- a guest

  • Loft in front of master bedroom, with sofa bed

    Loft in front of master bedroom, with sofa bed

  • Cupola room with wrap-around windows

    Cupola room with wrap-around windows

  • Summertime dusk

    Summertime dusk

  • Up to the lofts and bedrooms

    Up to the lofts and bedrooms

  • Breakfast on a snowy morning

    Breakfast on a snowy morning

  • Refreshments on the deck

    Refreshments on the deck

  • Picnic at the farm field

    Picnic at the farm field

  • The great room with wood burning stove

    The great room with wood burning stove

  • Cave Hill Lodge

    Cave Hill Lodge

  • Loft above stairs with futon

    Loft above stairs with futon

  • Second bath

    Second bath

  • Front porch

    Front porch

VRBO #413188

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, March 24, 2017

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