About the property
- House4000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
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 (GPS 1802 W. Streetsboro Rd, 44264) ~ 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.
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The home is within walking distance of area art galleries, the towpath trail, the historic G.A.R. Hall featuring traditional music most weekends, two restaurants, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, nearby wineries and additional hiking trails and seasonal food markets only minutes 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 !
Lois Unger, Manager
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 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 TRAILHEAD 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, walking to trails and scenic railway, Village restaurants, cultural arts and shops. Village wide festivals can be seen on www.explorepeninsula.com. There is convenient driving to Akron or Cleveland cultural and sporting events via interstates. Historic Hudson, OH is 6 miles for additional shopping and seasonal celebrations.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Unique and impressive property. Spacious, comfortable and very well-appointed.
This was the most intestine house our group had ever seen. Gorgeous views from the windows and a lot of communal space was great for group dinners and “hangout” time, and large and private bedrooms (each with own bathroom) gave lots of privacy. Lois was very kind and helpful, and we had no issues or complaints at all with the property. We also loved the proximity to the hiking trails along the river. Nothing but good things to say about our stay at this property!
THANK YOU! ladies~
We loved your respect for and enjoyment of our home and hope you will find a reason to return in more pleasant season weather!
Best wishes, Lois
Beautiful and unique!
We loved our one night stay at Designer’s Barn. It’s a gorgeous home with an amazing collection of eclectic artwork and antiques. This home is unique and part of its charm is the property manager, Lois. She is a gem. The small touches around the house such as water bottles everywhere and plenty of towels make this home a perfect getaway for our group of seven ladies. We plan on returning in the summer to sit outside on the deck area.
THANK YOU for your compliments ~
we love that you loved your stay and hope to see you again!
The designer barn is truly a unique property and Lois was a wonderful host, she was full of knowledge of the house and the area. If you have a chance to visit the beautiful home you should explore this property!
much appreciation for your stay and for the compliments
hope you will return !
This house definitely has a "Wow" factor!
Our group of 8 friends had a fabulous time for our "girls" weekend to celebrate our friend's milestone birthday. We really loved the fireplace in the living room ~ a perfect gathering place. We walked into town for lunch and shopping even though it was cold and snowy outside. It was great to come back and start the fireplace ~ warm and cozy! Lois was very helpful and knowledgeable about the interesting history of the house. Thank You!
THANKS to all
you were special and awesome guests and we hope to see you again in another season
all the best; you will be highly recommended guests for any other host anywhere!
Nice house but...
Don't recommended this house because...
Too much notice in the house with " don't touch, don't look,don't turn on.
On the first floor was very very cold, 3rd floor very hot we was there for 3 night every morning we fell very tired and uncomfortable, we was almost ready to go home after 2 night.
I and my family we are very disappointed,next year we gonna look for another house for holidays.
We leave the house very clean and nice but I don't know why deposit was not returned.
As noted on your email declining any refund: 30 Dec – Tue, 2 Jan·3 nights
9 adults·0 kids
• Damage claim$300.00
• Date of claim1/2/18
• Guests brought in and used grill on wood deck despite verbal communication, warning upon arrival while touring kitchen and written notice of no grilling permitted (anywhere on our property) in 5 places on our house rules VRBO site ~ additionally, child in home as noted during departure along with bags of used diapers in trash and possible pet in home, both not permitted, clearly noted in house rules candles were burned despite rule to not light any candles; these are all safety violations clearly on site in advance of any booking and listed in sign in rules for home and signed by guest who booked
Additional information discovered: misuse of home post this above VRBO note: misuse of fireplace leaving soot over mirrors above and paint and marble trim ~ many moved items to apparently do baby proofing of child staying on premises, foods left behind and finger prints low level throughout the home
Disputed using the grill with neighbor behind home and asked to not tell the manager what was going on, eventually left with box from weber grill in entry bushes along with grill left on the deck.
Extra blankets were not used for rooms that may possibly have been chilly but there are also extra 4 heaters in the home and 3 places to adjust temperature settings even during the deep freeze temps during December.
Rules are to NOT to open any locked cupboards ( there are 2 fine glassware cupboards for display) and DO help yourself to all kitchen items; the third floor jetted tub is not functional and as noted on our site we do not advertise having one; safety rules listed above are common sense safety well described pre renting our home
We prefer our guests do NOT consume piped in city water and provide bottled spring water.
On the day of move in I mentioned that decks were snow covered and slippery and should be not used for that reason, but immediately a guest went outside before I left that room.
Otherwise, we do not have a list of do NOT’s
Guests did not ask for optional walk through for potential damages or forgotten items.
loved, loved, loved our stay
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!
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
our GPS is 1802 West Streetsboro Rd Peninsula, OH 44264 south side of SR 303 150 feet west of traffic light at Riverview Rd proceed to rear of White Victorian house between two large white flower urns and loop driveway for the BARN home
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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