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Traversing the winding road leading to Hannah’s House Bed & Breakfast parallels the opening chapter of a 19 th-century romance novel – the ones in which characters travel by horse and carriage through narrow groves of maple, walnut and cherry, ready for the adventure awaiting them at the manor house ahead.
Although 21 st-century visitors to the B&B, located in Holmes County, rely on swifter forms of horsepower, reminders of a different age prevail: Hannah’s House is located in the heart of Amish Country, where horse and buggy share the road with SUV, children attend one-room schoolhouses, and farming is done much the way great-great-grandfather did it.
The house complements the country-side in a contemporary way. Although it’s Victorian through and through – from the leaded glass door to the light fixtures resembling gas lanterns, the home dates only to 1994, when Jim and Robyn Schrock built it as the family homestead. When Jim’s job as a minister took him to Missouri two years later, his brother John and John’s wife Wanda took ownership and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
In keeping with Jim’s vocation, two of the five guest rooms are named after Biblical characters: David’s Room, with is stately queen-size cherry four-poster bed and gas fireplace topped by a marble mantle; and Hannah’s Room, the epitome of femininity with floral bedspread, wallpaper and window treatments. The Queen’s Room brings a tough of summer to the winter landscape with its white wicker furniture.
“We love Victorian architecture and were determined to carry the theme through the house,” says Wanda, who canvassed antiques stores through Ohio for the perfect pieces, including the buffet cupboard in the foyer and formal dining table for 10.
Hannah’s House also offers two sweet suites, each with Jacuzzi for two. Apartment-sized, Joy’s Secret Suite contains a full-size kitchen, breakfast nook and sitting room. The Master’s Suite features a cozy reading room.
When weather permits, guests are lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the back-yard waterfall, a favorite spot for summer wedding photos to be snapped.
All rooms have private baths, telephones, satellite TV with movie channels and sparkling cider. (Guests can bring their own bit of the bubbly.) Rates range from $105 to $195.
Before heading out to explore the B&B’s environs, guests are invited to partake of a hearty breakfast of baked French toast filled with pecans and brown sugar, cream cheese strudel and the specialty drink of the house – a frozen fruit slush made of pineapple, bananas and orange juice.
Hannah’s House Bed & Breakfast, 5410 Co. Rd. 201, Berlin; 800/329-9434. www.hannahshouseretreat.com
Schonheits Day Spa & Salon,
5336 Co. Rd. 201, Millersburg, 330/893-3101
Banish the midwinter blues with a peppermint sea twist body wrap, Swedish massage or cleaning facial, just three of the indulgences offered. Packages with lunch are also available.