Privacy galore. 5 Beds, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8, wooded views from every location
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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 had finally found a place where insecticides and other toxins were not part of the environment. Where nature was not crowded by houses and cars, and where we could experience flora and fauna that would not survive in a city as well as live in an environment of 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 pileated woodpecker, it is a place unlike our house in the city. 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. This is a place where nature abounds but Chillicothe is close enough for the necessities.
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.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
You may smoke around the fire pit.
Up to 3 dogs for an additional fee.
No child equipment available.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
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.
You must complete and sign a rental agreement. This will be sent to your email address after booking on VRBO.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This was a nice quiet woodsy spot, perfect for a family gathering place and meal. House was cozy with a nice view of the valley from the deck. I really appreciated being able to find a clean place to stay with my dog, since that is always difficult to do. My family members loved it and my dog loved walking through the woods! The owner was extremely responsive and gave detailed instructions so that we had no problems finding anything. Would come back again.
Thank you! My dog has loved it here, too, and walking through the woods in the fall is the best fun of all!
Peaceful! Totally quiet and relaxing. Amazing deck. We loved the woods and the walks over lightly treaded paths. One of the few VRBO rentals I have experienced with a nicely apppinted kitchen. Thank you!
Thank you! I try to think of whatever people might like in the kitchen from garlic press to cheese grater to crock pot, coffee maker, mixer, and blender. And of course, coffee and tea and sugar and creamer and the common spices and spice mixes that you would never think of brining with you. Glad you enjoyed it.
Lovely home in beautiful location.
We truly enjoyed our 2-week stay at Wren Eagle Retreat in early June 2019. It was comfortable and pleasant. The surrounding nature and sound of birds was relaxing. Home is well-kept, stocked and furnished. We think the owner made every effort to make sure our stay was above expectations (and it was.) Would recommend for anyone.
Thank you so much. I do try to make sure everyone has a great time relaxing surrounded by forest. I hope you were able to pick and eat some of the black raspberries which are ripening. Also, the added benefit of Hirsch Fruit Farm almost around the corner lets you feast on locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables.
Joyfully Peaceful & Quiet
Property entrance was a bit intimidating at first, but once we made it to the house, all was well. The house was so homey and very well stocked. Every need had been anticipated. We stayed 8 days/10 nights and did not run out of anything - except time. I would have loved another week. The house is so quiet - nothing to disturb a peaceful sleep. We spent most of our time on the deck with only the sounds of nature (and a few dogs in the distance).
We found the back road to Chillicothe and it only took about 10 minutes to be in the Capital District or on Bridge street for shopping. We spent several days at Hocking Hills Parks - which we loved. The hour drive there was so beautiful. We loved the country. Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe makes for a perfect morning walk.
Thank you, Diana, for allowing us this special time in your rental.
Thank you. It was my pleasure to share Wren Eagle Retreat with you. I hope you were able to hear the whippoorwills because it is a rare treat in May to hear them at dusk. And if you'd stayed a little longer you could have taken in a Chillicothe Paints baseball game with top college players or even participated in some of the fun local activities(visit archaeological digs, festivals, and special events) that take place during June, July, and August.
Great Stay At Wren Eagle Retreat
My wife and I just completed a seven day stay at Wren Eagle Retreat. We had such a great time we were sorry we had to leave. You truly do feel "at home in the forest". We look forward to the possibility of staying there again in the future.
Thank you so much, Gary. You are welcome to come back any time!
Fantastic Retreat to wash away your stress!
My family was absolutely thrilled with the scenic views, beautiful home, and the many amenities the owner made available...it made our weekend retreat a lifetime memory. Definitely bookmarked this property as a future destination for many return trips to come!!
Thank you so much. I try hard to make sure everyone visiting has a great time!
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.