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Secluded Wooded Setting 5 Minutes From Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Creekside Cottage is a quiet, private gem nestled in the Appalachian foothills in a wooded country setting, yet only a 5 minute drive to Ohio University. It has a fully equipped kitchen, large deck with porch swing and outdoor furniture, fire pit, and hot tub. Bedrooms (one with a full bed, one with two twins, one with one twin bed) are equipped with quality mattresses and fine bedding. All linens are provided. Tastefully decorated, you'll find an extensive library of classic novels, historical biographies, photo illustrations, etc. AC and furnace will keep you comfortable no matter the season. Hot tub for relaxing at night and watching stars, or for that first cup of coffee in the morning. We think the surrounding beauty and nature's songs will take guests away from a hectic world for a short time. Cable and Internet are available now, and cell phone reception is good if you find a spot and hold still.

Experience a historical college town and all it has to offer, and return to peaceful solitude, a comfortable bed, sounds of nature, and the simple comfort of a good nights sleep. Travelers will find this a delight! Pets are welcome with a $25 fee.

This is positively a NO TOBACCO environment beyond the fire pit! Special event OU weekends are priced as follows: $250/ night for 2, $25 extra per night per extra person, maximum 5 guests. Check-in time is 3 PM, checkout is noon.

More Details

Steve Geisler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Steve Geisler

I'm an Ohio University graduate who never left. I love the area, the people, and the enlightenment of a college town. Big on reading in a quiet environment, inside or out, and unplugged music.

Steve Geisler purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Steve Geisler chose Athens

The outdoor privacy, yet convenience to the city. Creekside cottage has NO visible neighbors; the view is of the creek, woods, and hillside. OU is just across the river, about a mile away by car or bike.

What makes this cottage unique

Five minutes from town. The comfortable deck, full kitchen, outdoor walks undisturbed.


Athens Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • You may not smoke in or near the cottage, including on the porches or in the hot tub. The parking area and fire pit are acceptable smoking areas.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Double bed, dresser
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Secluded Wooded Setting 5 Minutes From Town
average rating of 4.76 based on 25 reviews

Cozy secluded cottage near Athens

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! The cottage was very comfortable. We enjoyed the games and books. It was fun playing Scrabble and Boggle as a family. The internet worked great- a definite plus when traveling with a teenager. The hot tub was wonderful. Staying in November, we didn't get to enjoy the front deck, but I would love to go back in the spring or summer and enjoy sitting outside. It was great that we could take our dog with us.

The cottage is secluded and you feel like you are in the middle of the woods, yet you are just a short drive to all of the shops and restaurants in Athens.

The owner, Steve, checked in with us to make sure everything was good. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything I expected. Very cozy, comfortable. Had all the things like toilet paper, paper towels, convenience items. Great location close to Ohio University. I was there to spend time with my son and it was wonderful having him and his friends over for dinner. Hot tub was great, hopefully I'll get a chance to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Toxaway, NC

Very pleasant stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was very nice last week. Stephen was very attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. Hope to go back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just as we expected and Steve and Stacie were great to work with. It's in its own secluded, wooded spot but close to town. It is not a fancy cabin, but it's very comfy and you can tell the owner is working on updates - in fact, a new bathroom floor was put in the day before we arrived. We will definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Photographs from an earlier time?

  • 2 of 5

This property was once owned by Patty and John. Their days of maintenance are over The cabin is now under new ownership. The overall outward appearance was of neglect. The railings were rotten and in need of paint. The umbrella was shabby and torn. The fairy lights were no longer illuminated. The potted plants full of weeds. The inside was charming with many lovely touches of an old loved home. However many windows were covered with ripped plastic and dead bugs lay on the window sills.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Joan , You title your review ," photographs from a earlier time". That is just it. You make a lot of complaints and claims , but when asked by the Staff if you have ANY photos to back up your claims , you said no. I find that odd in this day in age where everyone is pulling out their phones during any little controversy. On the other hand I do have many photos , all debunking your claims. I did this to protect myself after you insisted I give you a full refund or you would write a bad review. Everyone I have talked to over this matter , finds it very peculiar that you didn't ask for a refund until you got home after staying 3 nights. They said thats like eating a fancy dinner , eating every crumb, then asking for a refund because you were unhappy.... First you tried getting me to refund you over a "bat" flying in your last night. After I texted you I would come over and deal with it . You texted back saying , no worries don't need to come over. Now you shifted to complaining about such ridicules items as I don't provide " Fairy lights " , wow. I had to look up what that even means. I told the people at VRBO , that nowhere on my stats do I claim to provide fairy lights , so please don't give me a bad review over something so petty. Sorry that the "shabby" umbrella and" unpainted rails"' ( to what ), that you have absolutely NO photos of , made your stay so horrible. I wish you would of stated that at the beginning of your stay , since its so bad that you wanted a full refund , we could of reversed your charges if you left...... You mention the previous owners , John and Patty and how great it was when they were here. VRBO has no record of you ever staying here before . So I don't know what your trying to do by hitting up owners for refunds over undocumented claims , I just want to WARN other owners to be aware of this lady and pay attention to reviews other hosts have posted about Joan Greco!!!
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A retreat!

  • 4 of 5

Cute cottage! Ideal for our family of four. Quiet but a few minute drive to campus. Would love to see the home/grounds in better weather during a nicer time of year.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Columbus, Ohio
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Multiple Bars
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Ohio University Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 50, Route 32, Route 33
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Strouds Run State Park, Lake Snowden, Lake Hope
Car: recommended

Located in scenic Appalachian foothills. Perfect mix of country and culture, with Ohio University campus and downtown Athens, a small college town of 20,000 students that still has brick streets! There is always great music and all the culture that OU has to offer,

the center of town being a five minute drive from the house. Located near 3 State Parks with boating and fishing. Athens sponsors many community events each year, Boogie on the Bricks, Brew Fest Week, The International Quilt Show, Final Fridays on the Nelsonville Square, Paw Paw Fest, Halloween weekend, the yearly Nelsonville Music Festival, to name a few. The city pool is open summers. Hiking and Mountain biking trails can be found in all the state parks, and there is a paved 35 mile bike trail from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are based on TWO person occupancy.
Additional guests are $25 per person/per night. Pets are $25 per night. OU & local event weekends (two night minimum, unless calendar shows only one night available) are priced as follows: $250 per night for 2, $25 per night each extra person. Max 5 people. This includes, but is not limited to: Parents Weekend, Homecoming, Dad's weekend, Mom's weekend, Graduation, Halloween, and the Paw Paw Festival.
PAYMENT OPTIONS: We require 100% of the rental fee on booking. Refundable damage deposit of $150 at the same time. If no damage is reported we will refund the deposit within (24-48) hours of your departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.