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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home: 10-28 BOGO 2 nites half price

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


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.

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

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 Ohio

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 ...
  • 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 #4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , located on main first floor wihtin apt/bedroom suite
    Bathroom #5 - toilet , a powder room with toilet and sink on main living floor
  • 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


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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home: 10-28 BOGO 2 nites half price
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 43 reviews

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: Jun 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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Beautiful and very accomodating

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our girls' weekend getaway! Very close to Boston Mills/Brandywine and there is so much to do and see in the CVNP! Thanks to Lois for being a wonderful hostess.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much appreciation for your visit here in the park and favorable comments about activities and our home ! So glad you enjoyed; please come see us again. THANK YOU ALL Lois
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Absolutely amazing! Modern amenities with historic charm.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to gather with family and friends. If you're looking for a place to stay close to the skiing, you can't get a better location. Or if you just want to hang out and enjoy the charming house you won't be disappointed. The barn truly has everything you need- fully stocked kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, laundry. You name they have it thanks to Lois, the manager.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU for your kind compliments; you were all wonderful guests and we hope to see you again soon ! lois
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An Incredible Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Designer Barn and both times were fantastic. Surrounded by art and design from all over the world, every nook and cranny of this gorgeous property is filled with intrigue. The first time we stayed in warm weather we loved being outside on the deck and patio, but with snow outside gathering around the fireplaces was equally enjoyable. Lois is an amazing host - she goes above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need to feel at home. Either with friends or family there is plenty of room to gather together or go off alone and explore. Such a fun place to stay, we are already looking for reasons to come again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU so much; you were wonderful guests again and we look forward to another visit, ANY TIME! Lois
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Great Girls Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great time at the designer barn. It's quirky, it's eclectic, it's huge, and it's worth seeing. Lois is amazing to work with. She took care of everything we needed and was so pleasant and informative. The barn is well-stocked with every kitchen item you could possibly need, plenty of sheets and pillows and towels and blankets for all the beds. As some other reviewers have said, there isn't really a cozy comfy lounging room just hang out in. But we found a way to make it work. Also, the amount of mirrors in this house is a little freaky and takes a little getting used to. Peninsula is a cute little town and worth exploring.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for getting back to us; yes, we do have a somewhat formal living room designed by our founder but hopefully still enjoyable esp with fireplace, pillows and throws ~ and the more informal living room with cable : ) and a second fireplace. Glad this worked out for you ! Appreciate the feedback knowing that all details and amenities were helpful. Happy holidays and many thanks, Lois
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Great Thanksgiving Break!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful place was like finding a diamond in the rough. There are not too many homes to rent in the Akron area, but we were blessed to come across this amazing barn home. It was absolutely perfect. Lois, the property manager, gets five stars as well as the home. From the moment we stepped foot in the door, she was very welcoming, friendly, and attentive to every detail from start to finish. She continually went over and above to make certain our stay was relaxing and without any issues. She made a special trip to deliver a brand new table cloth and baking dish as we were hosting a large group of 22 for Thanksgiving dinner that we didn't even expect. Her communication with us was always prompt making sure everything was running smoothly during our stay. The home was immaculate!!! She was very thorough during our initial walk through in showing us everything we needed to know, as well as giving us some history about the Barn and the owner. The home itself was fully stocked with everything we needed and more. We truly needed nothing except for our suitcase and some groceries during our week stay. Bedding, towels, linens, dishes, bakeware, tables, chairs... you name it, were provided in plenty along with laundry detergents, dish soaps and bath and shower supplies as well. The Barn was awesome and so was Lois. The three story home had ample space where we could share great, quality family time. We would have loved to have utilized the beautiful decks and outdoor areas had we been there during the summer months. Thank you so much for making our holiday so special and memorable. We would definitely rent again if we have the opportunity. It's in a great location as it's within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to stay for any occasion. Thanks again, Lois!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thank you so much; it was a pleasure hosting your stay and pleased to know it was so enjoyable and workable for all of you! You were excellent guests and we hope you will return! Lois
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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

Damage Deposit $300

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.