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At Home In the Forest

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Privacy galore. 5 Beds, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8, wooded views from every location

Wren Eagle Retreat is uniquely surrounded by forest, close to Chillicothe and very early Ohio history, and perfect for a quiet family weekend, a church group, scrapbooking or quilting group, corporate retreat, or any other getaway occasion. Wren Eagle Retreat offers many of the comforts of home plus easy access to kayaking, biking, historical sites, and much more that Chillicothe and the surrounding area has to offer. So whether you stay for a week or two or make it a long weekend you can experience history and nature, and engage in many other activities. Or simply relax on the expansive deck and enjoy birds (including owl and whippoorwill), deer, lizards, toads and other wildlife. Or hike the 23+ acres.-

Cathedral windows flood the main floor with light including the great room with stone fireplace with efficient wood stove insert, dining (with seating for 12) and a fully equipped kitchen with all the modern conveniences. The sofa pulls out to a full bed and the main bedroom boasts a king bed and sitting area. The loft, with its seven windows, looks out on the main trail and forest and contains a queen bed, 2 twin beds, and a half bath. Through the loft double glass doors you have a forest view on three sides for a comfortable tree house experience.

Outdoors, you can grill your steaks on charcoal grills under the covered deck when it's raining, or simply sit and rock and enjoy the peace. The open deck is mostly shaded during the summer for your comfort and has 3 tables that can seat 12+ along with patio furniture.

If you get your fill of lazing on the deck, you can always take in local shopping, ride the Tri-County bike trail, or visit museums. You're only about 5 miles from anything you might do in a city: eat fast food, go roller skating or bowling, sit down at a local restaurant, or watch a movie. You can drive to the First Capital District and walk from there to Yoctangee Park and visit the art museum then walk along the flood wall. Or you can drive to Memorial Stadium and watch a very entertaining college summer league baseball game by the Chillicothe Paints or, for more entertainment, take in the outdoor drama Tecumseh. There are golf courses for golfers, kayak services for kayakers, and many good churches. There's so much to do that a week will not be sufficient to explore everything and you will want to return time and time again.

If you start at the First Capital District and walk south you can explore the Ross County Museum district and some historic homes. Or you can drive to the Adena Mansion and visit the home of Ohio's first governor.

There are many state parks and wildlife areas nearby. Among them are Great Seal State Park, Scioto Trail State Park, Ross Lake, and Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve where the tiny saw whet owls are banded each year and where you can see an exquisite cliff-side view down to Paint Creek.

There's so much more to do and see. Contact me for more suggestions. I cannot give you any direct way to contact me because VRBO does not allow it. You'll just have to send me a message through VRBO or any other way you can think of.

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Diana Harkness
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, spanish, Don't know English? Write to me!
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Diana Harkness

I have been hiking in Ohio's Appalachian foothills for years. I love listening to the birds, hearing the wind in the trees, and searching for butterflies, insects, and lichens. This is my vacation spot where I can sit, relax, read and write, photograph and research, and unwind from the stresses of daily life and work. My husband and dog love it, too.

Diana Harkness purchased this house in 2013

Why Diana Harkness chose Chillicothe

I was looking for some place where we could vacation not too far from home, but it had to have woods, creek, quiet, and light. We saw this property and my husband said 'You have to get this.' Those were certainly unexpected words because my husband has never said that about anything. But where else could we find a perfectly sited (for winter sun and summer breezes) hillside chalet surrounded by acres of woods, on a private road near the end of a dead-end road. Six months and many attorney fees later, I took possession of this fixer-upper. From the cathedral ceiling full of windows with the view of nothing other than trees and sky, to the quiet, to the sound of whippoorwills, the bleats of sheep and goats in the distance, and the call of the pilated woodpecker, it is a place unlike our house in the suburbs. A place where we can walk through the woods, he can target shoot, I can read and bird watch and photograph, and when we're tired of relaxing we can go into town for a meal at Old Canal Smokehouse or Green Tree Restaurant or enjoy one of the many festivals.

What makes this house unique

No other vacation rental in the area is so close to the benefits of Chillicothe (restaurants, festivals, etc.), but so far from city life and noise. None is surrounded by woods with no views of roads or other houses. There's not another with so much open space or cathedral ceilings and windows or both open and covered decks. This is a truly unique environment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We and our kids had such a lovely stay at Wren Eagle! Our kids were ecstatic when we arrived - they loved the home, the woods, the campfire, the games, and the hiking. We so appreciate your generosity in allowing us to stay. It was a very restful time (and we were so lucky to have beautiful weather - perfect for sitting by the fire) and great for our family.
Mar 2018
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Chillicothe

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Smoking outside only where ash can be properly discarded to prevent forest fires.
  • All furniture that has been moved must be returned to its original location.
  • Please read the Information Guide located on the coffee table prior to using equipment or appliances.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , Also has a large countertop and 2 sinks.
    Ensuite bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Also has a washer/dryer and sink.
    Loft Bathroom - toilet , Also has a sink.
  • Main bathroom has shower with seat. Half bath in loft with toilet and sink. Ensuite bathroom has jetted tub-shower combo, toilet, washer/dryer, and vanity with sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Living Room Sofa Bed - 1 double
  • All sleeping areas have ceiling fans and 2 or more windows for ventilation (There is also AC if you want to use it). The loft has a queen bad and 2 twins with a short curtain hung between them for a little privacy, but still maintaining ventilation.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Most visitors want to do little more than relax on the deck. Others hunt (with prior permission), hike, shop, dine out, or explore the area. What you do is up to you!


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At Home In the Forest
average rating of 4.0 based on 9 reviews

Awesome time

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Beautiful property. Lots of room for all of us. Very clean.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your time at Wren Eagle Retreat! The bathroom is being finished (new GFCI outlet and painted) over the next couple of weeks and everyone will be able to enjoy the master bath as well as make use of the other 2. Another GFCI is being installed in the main bath and new deck lights are going up. So many projects this year were not even noticeable (driveway grading, new culvert installed underneath for a creek, drains opened, furnace chimney relined, new switches installed for the window motors, etc.) Even Chillicothe is improving with more and better restaurants, gastro pubs, coffee shops, and more. So, no matter when you next visit, you will always find it better than the last time!
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Beavercreek ohio

A little disapointed for the price

  • 3 of 5

To be honest we were disappointed, a fairly expensive night rental for the condition of the rental. Two days prior to our stay I received a note stating they were remodeling the master bath but it would be operating. It was operating but was completely a mess, drywall stacked outside front door, boards leaning in an unusable closet that lead into a bathroom with holes in drywall and mudding incomplete and unpainted. This condition may have been okay if it were at a discounted rate not full price. A second concern was the basement area, on our finial day we realized there was an occupant below us. There was no prior indication another person would be around, but we discovered this was not the case when we smelt smoke and happened to see lights late at night from what seemed to be a television glowing from below. This creeped us out! It was a nice retreat in all, but we were uncomfortable with the current accommodations.

  • Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you were disappointed. I have kept my price low ($209/night base for a weekend night) due to the construction of the master bath which was to be finished in the spring but ran into problems. I have not raised my price with the addition of the fully functioning bathroom with washer/dryer. I didn't think my contractor would need to move the 2 sheets of drywall on the deck because they were not interfering with anything. I mentioned in my welcome email the ongoing construction and that the bathrooms are usable, which they are. The only hole in the drywall is a small rectangular one which is waiting on the move of an electric switch. And I provided extra luggage racks because much of the closet is not usable. As I told you in my welcome email, I did not paint. The reason I did not is because the last time I painted the fumes were annoying and did not dissipate for 3 weeks. I did not want to subject you to that. If you compare prices $209 is what you might pay for a nice hotel room and you would not get the space, the cathedral ceiling, or the wooded ambiance. More importantly, you were mistaken to think that I had rented the lower level of Wren Eagle Retreat. There was no one below you. I do not rent that area because it is not finished. The only people that have a code to enter are the current renter, myself, and my handyman and he will never appear unless the renter notifies me of a problem and I call him. I don't even have a working TV in the lower level (basement)--although I always leave a light on for security reasons, and sometimes more than one when I forget to turn one off! I am sorry that you thought someone was down there but the only thing you might have heard running downstairs was the dehumidifier.
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
CMH (Columbus, OH)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Running Fox
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
State Rt. 772
Nearest Restaurant
2.7 Miles
Acord Pizza
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Scioto Trail State Park (wading beach)
Car: necessary

Sitting high on a hillside with no roads or houses in sight (hidden even from Google maps), you can relax and enjoy the deer and other wildlife. or you can visit Chillicothe, the first capital of the Northwest Territories and the first and third capital city of Ohio. Or you can follow history from about 2000 BC at the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park and mounds, then move along to the early capital days by visiting the Adena Mansion. Pre-Civil war days of of the Underground Railroad are captured by the Ross County Museum, and the days of the canal are featured in nearby Waverly. During the summer you can bike from Chillicothe to Washington Courthouse on the Tri-County Triangle Trail, golf at public courses, or canoe or kayak down Paint Creek. And you mustn't forget the outdoor drama, Tecumseh, which profiles the struggles of the Native Americans and Europeans. There is so much more to do and experience that you'll want to stay a week or longer and return every year for more. . . more history, more outside adventure. . . more festivals.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Chillicothe

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 28 2018 - Jul 9 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Aug 29 2018 - Sep 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day
Oct 4 2018 - Oct 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest
Nov 15 2018 - Nov 26 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2018 - Jan 7 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$78.29
Pet Fee C$66.35
Refundable Damage Deposit C$278.65

My pet fee is per dog. Dog hair creates an extra burden on my cleaning crew and the vacuum. So please make sure your dogs are vaccinated, flea treated, and brushed before bringing indoors. I do supply extra rugs and towels for dog use. If renting during the winter, you may want to purchase trip insurance. One winter brought so much snow and ice that the drive was impassable. For accurate rates, contact me directly by email or phone. I charge extra for multiple people due to the additional use of utilities, wear and tear, and additional laundry and other cleaning. In addition, my insurance carrier requires a contract which must be signed (either online or on paper) and returned in order to rent. I will be happy to send you the current form if you would like to see it prior to renting.

Owner'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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