About the property
- House6500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
11 Separate Sleeping Rooms/Areas, Theater & Billiard Room, Pool, Spa, 6 Acres
Beautiful, executive home with 3 levels, living room, conference/large dining room (seats 24) room, small dining room (seats 6-8), theater/billiard room, huge indoor swimming pool and hot tub, 8 private sleeping rooms + 2 common sleeping areas (10 sleeping rooms total) and 6 bathrooms. Beds/sofa beds to sleep 36 people. Extra portable bedding for a total of up 42 people for larger family reunions and certain group situations - contact owner for details. Exceptional for family reunions and retreats.
We are situated on nearly six park-like acres.
Theater Area with 10' screen
Conference Room with huge conference table that seats 20
Large Family Suites sleeping 5 to 9 persons
High Speed Wireless Internet (complimentary)
Available Spa Services including Massage and Facials
Living Room with Leather Seating & Gas Fireplace
Formal Dining Room (seats up to 10)
Catered Meals for conference/retreat groups
We feature 6 acres of park-like grounds for strolling, relaxing, and playing. On the property you will find:
Swing for Two under the Maple Tree
Lighted Patio Area with Seating for up to 18
Field large enough for the team sport of your choice.
Within 5 minutes you will find:
Award Winning 27 Hole Golf Course
Rock Climbing Wall
High Bank Motor Speedway
Drive-In Movie Theater
3 Screen Cinema
Indoor Pool. A pool heating fee will apply to heat the pool for your group for the months of October through April. Indoor Hot Tub Open Year Round.
Owners available via phone/text 24/7 as your concierge to answer any questions you may have.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Ted Davenport
Ted is a former management consultant and Director with Ernst & Young focusing on information technology related projects. Ted also worked for Price Waterhouse during his management consulting career. Ted is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. is Telecommunications and a Business Administration Minor. In addition to directing activities at the Inn, Ted and daughter Kiera - an Indiana University graduate - operate Uncharted Pixels LLC - a web services, branding, and video production services company. Ted is also a private pilot. Debbie imanages the housekeeping functions making sure the home is up to her exacting standards of cleanliness and comfort. She was awarded the Hoosier Hospitality award by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor! Debbie attended Indiana University East in Richmond and has worked in the healthcare, childcare, and social services fields during her career.
Ted Davenport purchased this House in 1999
Why Ted Davenport chose Winchester
After living near Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati, We purchased this property to get back to our Hoosier roots near the Whitewater River valley. Both Ted and Debbie were born in Richmond just 25 minutes south of the property. Winchester is a great little town brimming with family values, lots of churches, nearby shopping, and close to our family.
What makes this House unique
With six park-like acres, 3 fireplaces, and an indoor pool and spa, a conference room that seats 24, separate formal dining room that seats 8, a nice patio with seating for large groups, and nearly 6 park-like acres, this property has everything you are looking for in a family reunion or retreat destination!. This home has something for everyone!. The older folks can sit by the living room fire or on the patio and have great conversation while the kids enjoy the pool or the theater/game room. The teenagers can play volleyball and badminton on the east lawn while the guys head over to the award winning 27 hole golf course and the ladies go antique shopping. We have a game closet filled with board games and playing cards. Free WIFI is available throughout the property and most rooms have HDTVs with HDMI connections. The winery tours are not to be missed with live entertainment on some evenings. Nearby Camp Yale offers a rock climbing tower and zip line as well as a low ropes course. Fishing is available in nearby Farmland, Richmond, and Muncie. The historic Winchester Speedway "the worlds fastest half mile" is 10 minutes away offering pulse pounding high banked auto racing and Eldora Speedway (about 45 minutes) offers awesome dirt track racing in the summer. Take a day and enjoy the Antique Alley trails for great shopping and don't forget to stop by Silvertowne for a unique gift shopping experience in Winchester. But you may never want to leave the property. This is truly a great family home with all we have to offer on the premises! Perfect for reunions and large family gatherings. Check out our ratings by our valued guests!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
When booking this property I was looking for a place to create memories with my children, their spouses and my 16 grandchildren due to my terminal cancer. This place was amazing! Each family had their own space yet the grand kids also had rooms to support their friendships. Their weren't any tourist attractions to distract us from the purpose of the weekend. My family really didn't want to leave and return to reality.
POSITIVES: The large pool, hot tub, pool table, shuffle board, countless movies, plenty of seating for meals, separate wing with additional kitchen. Ted did respond within a reasonable time to address issues on heating of the pool/home. Lots of refrigerator space, alarm on the pool area, lots of bathrooms, big screen TV downstairs, very homey,
NEGATIVES: Heating system is very confusing. Since the temperatures were record lows we couldn't seem to heat the house well and having to leave the gas fireplace doors open, with small children. was stressful. Additional fees were tacked on from the VRBO quote. I understood the additional heating of the pool fee but the signs in the pool area quoted a lesser price than we were charged. Also the daily rate is quoted by VRBO yet an additional fee was charged because we were there over a holiday weekend. You would think that would have been on the calendar with VRBO. Space heaters in the bedrooms were very concerning with small children. Since there were 3 electrical engineers in our family there was definitely concern over the wiring in the home. Examples are multiple appliances plugged into a power strip hanging off walls, appliance cords run inside the wall instead of plugging into an outlet. It was very confusing to find light switches. We had ants in the additional kitchen and we had to throw away good food. The entry way chandelier looked like it was coming loose from the ceiling. We had to continually reset the breakers on the washer and dryer.
All in all our purpose for renting this property was for the memories. This property definitely accomplished our purpose. Thank you Ted and Deb for helping us with our memories for a lifetime.
Thanks to Julie for this review. We were delighted to have this family stay over new years and delighted they produced great memories for their family!
This was by far the COLDEST new years EVER in Winchester (record low temps approaching -15 degrees and high winds) As a result, we needed to have space heaters in the bedrooms farthest away from the central heating to help keep our guests warm and recommended they leave the gas fireplace open to maximize heat in the living room. We regret that our guests found this stressful.
When we learned that our guests were having an issue with the pool heat, we responded immediately and discovered that during their stay the pool filter had become clogged triggering a low pressure fault on the heater. We cleaned the filter and the pool heater kicked back in and heated the pool back to a comfortable temperature.
Regarding the extra VRBO fees, we charge a winter pool heating fee (in winter only) as a normal practice and an extra fee for holiday weekends. Because these fees are seasonal and holiday date driven, VRBO does not calculate these fees into their daily rate estimates initially published on their site or in the initial system generated quote, so there is always a discrepancy between the VRBO estimate and the final quote. However, the final quote we provide is always accurate and honored.
The guests' concerns with the wiring is something we take very seriously. To my knowledge there was 1 issue with an extension cord being used through a wall and one circuit breaker protected power strip had been used in the kitchen These two issues have been corrected.
This is the first and only time we have ever had a complaint regarding circuit breakers on the washer/dryer being tripped or confusion anout light switch locations. We will be engaging an electrician to conduct a full wiring safety check on the house - including the entry way chandelier - to review and correct any issues he may find. Rest assured that guest safety and comfort are our primary concerns.
We would like to thank this guest for their constructive feedback and wish her and her family all the best! Thank you!
Great place for Christmas celebration.
Winchester House was perfect for our gathering of 3 generations..ages 70+ to 11 months. Ted was easy to work with, responding promptly to our questions and concerns. It was great to have pack-N-plays and booster seats available for our little ones. The dining room table was great! All 19 of us could sit together for meals. The weather was freezing outside, and Ted had the lights and heat on and fireplace blazing when we arrived. We were disappointed not to be able to go outside, but the heated pool more than made up for that, and served us well. We had space to play games, do crafts, and work puzzles. We are already considering a return next year.
My group and I took a long weekend here and had a blast! Tons of stuff to do and Ted worked with us on several occasions in answering questions and making our trip the best possible.
Very impressed with overall layout and every room
Fantastic place to bring a medium to large group of people! The pool and big backyard are hard to beat.
We were delighted to have this group of 40 people at our property. They did an excellent job following the check-out procedures and left the property in great shape. Our cleaning crew remarked about what great condition the property was in considering 40 people - many of them younger people, had just checked-out. We would be delighted to have this group back!
Great place for a large group gathering!
We had an amazing weekend in Winchester. This house provided everything we were looking for in a girls weekend getaway, from comfortable furnishings to great space for large gatherings (like a huge dining table allowing us to all eat together and lots of outdoor seating where we could gather on the patio or around the fire pit). The owners were quick in answering all of our questions leading up to our stay and while we were there, and even facilitated the incredible massage services we received at the house. Thank you for a fantastic weekend!
Great for our group of 35. Let's of bedrooms but still plenty of common space to relax and hang out.
Winchester is a quaint town of just under 5000 people with a beautifully restored courthouse square with shopping and a 3 screen theatre. Within 30 minutes you can see Broadway shows, enjoy two symphony orchestras, ride a zip line, see an Egyptian mummy, golf on several beautiful golf courses, visit a beautiful cultural center and gardens, visit several excellent museums, go antiques shopping on two antique alley trails, go lake fishing, clear water snorkeling/scuba diving, snow tubing, and much more!
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed and initial payment has been made. Renter must agree to the terms of the rental agreement. Renter must put an accurate estimate of the total number of persons age 2 and older who will be occupying the property in order to accurately calculate the total rental amount. For groups of more than 10 persons an additional fee of $12 per person per night + tax is charged to offset the cost of additional laundry, pool chemicals, and property maintenance.