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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home~Winter rates begin Jan 2, 2018

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

primarily adult home in Cuyahoga Valley National Park & arts village

Nestled in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in the picturesque town of Peninsula ~ formerly home of designer Robert L. Hunker. This unique property that once served as a Barn for a family farm, is now a beautiful living space filled with unique artistic treasures, one of a kind furnishings and relaxing outdoor spaces to enjoy. This property is available for use as short term rental, perfect for a restful retreat for adult guests looking to get away in a private, unique setting in the heart of the CVNP.

Children under the age of 14 are not permitted; there are open balconies and stairways.

With permission, additional guests beyond 10 overnight requires $30 per night per person.

LOOK for us on INSTAGRAM: #thedesigenrsbarn

The home is within walking distance of area art galleries, the towpath trail, the historic G.A.R. Hall, two restaurants, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, numerous hiking and biking trails and more! Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski areas and Blossom Music Center are a short 5 minute drive. The Village of Peninsula is located 9 miles North of Akron and 23 miles South of Cleveland, making this a perfect get away in the park.

The Designer's Barn was the Aug. 2014 Home and Garden feature in Akron Life Magazine and the Home and Garden feature in the Saturday January 31, 2015 Akron Beacon Journal. Peninsula was voted Best Northeast Ohio Community 2012-13, by Ohio Magazine.

Guests at the Barn may not host an event or invite additional company during their stay without prior permission by manager and with fees as agreed upon. Catering for guests when pre approved (Please call 330 657 2528 for details)

Perfection location for:

- Adult Family gatherings

- Day or overnight corporate retreats

- Small meetings

- Adult Rehearsal dinners

- Friends Reunions

- Adult Girls' Night Out

- Romantic getaways

Ask about our special January, February and March rates each year !

More Details

Property Manager
Lois Unger, Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Lois Unger, Manager

The Peninsula Foundation was formed in 1997 by the late Robert L. Hunker and serves area residents, visitors, and school children by promoting historic preservation, maintaining archives, preserving artifacts, and providing tours of our historic buildings.

Why Lois Unger, Manager chose Peninsula

Easy access from Ohio Turnpike, I 271, I 71, I 8 and I 77 and set at the premier trail head to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park/ nestled in green space between Cleveland and Akron.

What makes this house unique

The Designer's Barn sits in a private green oasis with easy access to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park trails and scenic railway, Village restaurants, cultural arts and shops.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Very cool place!
Aug 2014
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Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom #2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom #2 is part of Suite #2 on the 3rd floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom #3 is part of Suite #3 on ground floor
    Master Bath #1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #5 - toilet , a powder room with toilet and sink on main living floor
    Bathroom #4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , located on main first floor within apt/bedroom suite
  • Paper products, soap, emergency toiletries, linens
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Suite #1 - Master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Vaulted ceiling, stained glass , third floor, spare twin bed
    Suite #3 - 2 twin/ single , New mattresses, located on ground floor
    Suite #2 - 1 queen , New queen mattress, located on the third floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , new queen mattress and ensuite within apt has sleeper sofa
  • Three bedroom suites have a walk-in closet and private toilet separated from main bathroom. The fourth is a complete en suite but does not have a separate toilet enclosure; it includes a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Additional guests use a sleeper sofa and inflatable mattress. Guests numbering higher than 10 add an additional per person per night $30.00
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home~Winter rates begin Jan 2, 2018
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 48 reviews
Perry, OH

loved, loved, loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

A group of 10 women had an amazing time at the "barn". The house has everything and much much more. Everyone loved it. A special "thank you" to Lois for the early X-mas decorations, it made our stay that more special. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: YOU ALL were excellent guests and respect and tidiness appreciated as well as your compliments ~ SO GLAD you enjoyed !! and looking forward to your return in the summer months! THANK YOU ALL Lois
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Fabulous place..

  • 4 of 5

Like staying in a museum. Lois is wonderful,

Very respectful of your privacy.

The home is perfect for couples and grown

Children. Definitely not for families with children. The stairs could be an issue for those whose cannot maneuver them.

Perfect for entertaining small groups.

The home has everything you need!!

Have fun and enjoy

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us; we have upgrades which we were hoping for but unfortunately not available til after your stay. There is a new dishwasher, new kitchen faucet and better water pressure through out the home, with pump work. The drawbacks for children are the reasons we post no children under 14 on our site. We are glad you enjoyed our home and our village! Please come back to our valley in more seasons! THANK YOU Lois
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bayonne nj

Wonderful home decorated like a museum

  • 5 of 5

Lois met us and we were given a great tour of the home. It was beautiful and comfortable. Walked to Winking Lizard. Nice experience

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us; your group was delightful ~ please come back!
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New York City

Had an amazing stay here during our wedding weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely stunning and unique! Such a great option if your looking for something with more character and want a special experience. The outdoor space was wonderful to have available. Check in and out was very easy and communication with the managers was great! They had information throughout the house to make your stay stress free and comfortable. Would highly recommend and would go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU Sarah; we enjoyed hosting your visit! and glad all went smoothly. Please come back again. Lois
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Relaxing residence

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous home for a get away weekend with friends!! Tons of space and rooms to enjoy inside and numerous patios to enjoy a glass of wine!

Lois is a dream host!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU Cindy and friends! so glad you enjoyed and thank you for the vote of confidence : )
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Lovely, unique space that was perfect for our large family get together!

  • 5 of 5

This property was truly unique! Tons of space with comfortable beds, clean baths and a kitchen stocked with everything you need when you are away from home. There are truly no words to describe this distinct home- the art work, the furniture, the patios and balconies... it was a pleasure for our family of 10 to enjoy for a long weekend. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for enjoying our home; we welcome you to please come back and enjoy again
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Hale Farm & Village
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
cuyahoga valley scenic railroad
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.75%

There are additional fees of $25.00 per hour for early move in or later check out, if time allows. Every effort will be made for this accommodation to our guest schedules.
Any events planned during the guest stay at the barn ( exceeding overnight guest maximum of 10) requires permission from owner and applicable fees rated by number of guests and by hourly use; please ask manager for details

Manager'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.

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