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Stanford House

6093 Stanford Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264-9613
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The Stanford House is located inside Ohio's very own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This historic farmhouse sleeps 30 people with 9 guest rooms and communal dining and living rooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen with everything one would need to cook or cater a gourmet meal, and an outside fire-pit with pre-cut wood available. With direct access to multiple trail-heads, guests can hike or bike the Towpath Trail, backpack to Brandywine Falls, or ride the train throughout the Cuyahoga Valley. We are perfect for family gatherings, weekend getaways, and corporate retreats.
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Free parking
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Non-smoking hotel
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30 women spent the weekend here. There are 30 bunk beds, 2 bathrooms upstairs with lots of stalls and showers. The kitchen is well equipped to cook in. There is a double big refrigerator . We took lots of food and cooked there, it worked out great. A trail head is right there on the property. There are fans in a lot of the rooms. So if it's hot out you might want to take one just In case they are all used. The air conditioner works well though. There's a nice big fire pit to sit around, so don't forget to bring chairs. There are lots of things to do in the area. Hiking, horse back riding, kayaking, biking, just to name some. It's a great area, you don't feel like you are In Ohio. And if you have a big group, this place is an awesome find. It's not fancy, so kids would do well here.
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As noted in other reviews, this house is set up more like a hostel than a regular B&B, and on our particular night we were the only people staying at the house. The house is located right on a trail and road intersection (traffic is a non-issue, at least off-season), so it was easy to take a few short hikes and bike rides (bikes are available in a detached garage for you to take for a spin) while we were there. We had dinner in Peninsula, a nearby town, and just had coffee and donuts for breakfast, although as noted there is very large kitchen with all the necessary items if you wanted to cook. Really a pleasant, quiet morning for us. We were on the last night of a week long trip, and having the entire place to ourselves was fantastic. Because of the common-areas setup and shared bathrooms I'm not sure if we would choose to stay if another group was also in the house, but if you don't mind a hostel setup then this would be right up your alley. The house also has nice sense of history, and you can read the journals of several people who used to live there when it was a farm. It was very easy to mentally transport yourself to a simpler time while we were there. A great find.
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We stayed there as a group of 16 people to attend a wedding and we had room to spare. Extra beds in all the rooms and one room that we just used for "wedding" storage. The large commercial kitchen was perfect for feeding kids and a sitting room provided us with a place to hang. The house is old; don't expect luxury. We sort of felt like we should be in a game of Clue. But having said that, it was super clean and warm for our winter stay. Each of the rooms has it's own baseboard heating with a thermostat. Parking is ample and there is a whole national park to explore. It snowed on our first night there and the ski lifts were all busy--nice to see people embracing the winter weather.
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Stanford House located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley near Peninsula, Ohio. A historic 19th-century farm home built in the 1830s by George Stanford, one of the first settlers in the Western Reserve. National Park Service purchased the property in 1978 to act as a youth hostel in conjunction with the American Youth Hostels (AYH) organization. Stanford Hostel became Stanford House in March 2011-Cuyahoga Valley National Park's first in-park lodging facility. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Park Service renovated the home. A wonderful place to visit if you get the chance.
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Our troop of 8 middle school girls and 9 adults rented out the entire house for a 3-night summer visit. It was PERFECT in every way. We were especially thankful for the new AC during the hot summer nights. It worked so well that we were wishing we each had a comforter for sleep. Plenty of beds for all 27 of us and we loved that all of us could eat together family style. The kitchen was huge and allowed for plenty of room for storing food, cooking, cleaning. The staff was helpful answering our every question and even provided a catered casual dinner upon our arrival as we were in a hurry to get to Phantom downtown. Trails right outside the door to beautiful water falls. We hiked, saw the musical, visited Rock & Roll HOF, Great Lakes Science Center, toured with Lolly the Trolley, ate at Hard Rock, toured/art class at Cleveland Museum of Art, paddleboarding at Hinckley Reservation, etc. LOVE the Stanford House and the area. We are from Cincinnati area and it was only a four hour drive.
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