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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home ~ SPECIAL weekend rate May 4-6

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 (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.

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 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 !

More Details

Property Manager
Lois Unger, Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 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

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Very cool place!
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Peninsula

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
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • 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


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Cuyahoga Valley Natl Park Luxury Home ~ SPECIAL weekend rate May 4-6
average rating of 4.8039217 based on 55 reviews

Unique and impressive property. Spacious, comfortable and very well-appointed.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: 5-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Great place for a gals getaway

  • 5 of 5

Prefect for a gals weekend!! Lots of room to spread out and have fun. The home is filled with history and everything needed for cooking, playing games, indoor and outdoor spaces, large dining room. Lois was a special lady/host. She has extensive knowledge about the home and area. We are already making plans to come back. Epic trip

  • Submitted: 7-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great time with family in a fantastic house!

  • Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU! we love sharing our home and are happy when we have such great, appreciative guests ! Happy summer ~ Lois
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Beautiful and unique!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU for your compliments ~ we love that you loved your stay and hope to see you again! Lois
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: 13-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: much appreciation for your stay and for the compliments hope you will return ! Lois
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Solon, OH

This house definitely has a "Wow" factor!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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! Lois
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Winking Lizard, Fisher's Cafe and Pub
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Brandywine Country Club
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
271, Ohio Turnpike, 77 and Rt 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Winking Lizard, Fisher's Cafe and Pub
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Boston Mills/ Brandywine Ski Resort

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

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Peninsula

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 16 2018 - Dec 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
NYE/ NY Night
Dec 31 2018 - Jan 1 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning per stay C$92.43 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$396.12

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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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