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Family-Friendly Cottage only 5min from the Ark Encounter! Large Families Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 134 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

'My Old Kentucky Home' is a charming 100 year old cottage in historic Williamstown, Kentucky. Williamstown is home to the Ark Encounter and is approximately 45 minutes from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Williamstown is known for its quiet neighborhoods and proximity to Cincinnati and Lexington. The convenient location of the cottage allows easy access to Interstate 75, the Ark Encounter, Shopping, and Williamstown Lake.

The inviting front porch welcomes you as you enter your home-away-from-home. Master bedroom sleeps 2 with a queen bed and roomy closet. Dining room (Bedroom 2) has seating for up to 8, kitchen island seats 4 on bar stools, and a high-chair is available for your convenience. Family bathroom has tub/shower combination and hall access to maintain bedroom privacy. Upstairs(Bedroom 3) is a roomy rendition of Noah's Ark. (Your kids will love it!) Ark room comfortably accommodates a crew of up to 8 on twin mattresses which are stacked out of the way for optimum play area. (the Ark room includes fitted sheets, pillows,and 8 Twin size blankets. Flat sheets are not provided for twin beds.) The Living Room offers a full size futon, not a main bedding option, but sheets and blankets are available. Well-equipped kitchen has full-sized range/oven, microwave, 18 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer, double sink, dishwasher, coffee maker, and adequate cookware, utensils, and place settings for up to 12. Laundry area has large capacity washer and dryer, small sink/mirror to help optimize bathroom availability, iron and small ironing board.

Our desire is to offer a comfortable places for families to enjoy quality time together as they visit our area. We provide a few children's books , toys, games, DVDs, TV monitor, DVD player, and internet for use on your device.

We do not offer cable.

Distance to:

Ark Encounter 2.5 miles

Creation Museum 45 miles

Wal Mart 7 miles

Dollar General Store 2 miles

Cincinnati Zoo 45 miles

Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds) 40 miles

Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals) 40 miles

Rupp Arena (Univ of KY Basketball) 45 miles

Perfect North Slopes (skiing) 52 miles

Kentucky Speedway (NASCAR) 30 miles

The property damage protection fee is a per-stay fee, so the longer you stay, the lower your rate. You may also choose to pay the $1500 deposit in place of the property damage protection. The deposit option may be chosen when payment is made and is NOT 100% refundable. There is a $59 fee for using the deposit option plus the cost of any damages. Refunds are normally issued within two weeks and are sent in the same manner they are received. We understand it cost the same for both options thus we greatly encourage our guests to purchase the property damage protection.

Tax rate of 10% is added (6% Kentucky sales tax + KY 'transient room' taxes)

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Reservation is complete when payment is approved and you receive confirmation email.

Check-in 4pm

Check-out 11am

Large Family Lodging

More Details

Barry and Angella Poff
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 December, 2017

About Barry and Angella Poff

We are the Poff family...Dad, Mom, and 7 beautiful children (ages 2 to 24).

Barry and Angella Poff purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Barry and Angella Poff chose Williamstown

We love the old farmhouse feel and the quiet atmosphere of the neighborhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing family oriented faith filled home. It was perfect! We spent time together as a family. We toured the Kentucky Horse Park, Louisville Slugger Factory, Churchill Downs and the Ark Encounter. Each experience special and memories created by the family. We also had the pleasure of meeting the neighbors...Gracious people. ~taken from house journal
Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport
Car: necessary


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Williamstown

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 134 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • hair dryer provided 12 bath towels 12 wash cloths 3 hand towels 1 rug up to 2 rolls of toilet paper ***Extra supplies not provided. One laundry pod provided per stay for washing towels and wash cloths. White towels and wash cloths should never be washed with other colors and do best with hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Sleeps 2 adults (Room for portacrib - not provided)
    Bedroom 2 - This room is being used as a dining room.
    Bedroom 3 "Ark Room" - 8 single bed , Mattresses are stacked for max. play area when not in use.
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Full Size Futon can sleep two but is not main bed option.
  • Sheets and pillows provided for all beds including futon. 10 blankets available for Ark room and/or futon. All bedding provided for queen bed. Bedding provided for twin beds include ONLY Fitted sheets, blankets, and pillows. Pillows, blankets, pillow cases, and futon sheets are all located in master bedroom closet and labeled accordingly. We keep our 8 twin mattresses stacked between guests to allow extra play area for smaller groups. We ask that you only pull down the number of beds your group needs. Twin mattresses are NOT to be removed from the upstairs "Ark Room".
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Our home is a vacation rental which provides a comfortable place for families to spend quality time together. We offer play space, children's books, games, toys, DVDs, TV Monitor, DVD player, and internet for use on your device. We do not offer cable. Vacation rentals are different from hotels. Whereas hotels offer daily cleanings, fresh towels and wash cloths, a vacation rental offers clean supplies per stay. Daily clean up, extra supplies and any extra washing of towels during your stay is your responsibility. Please contact us if you experience any problems during you stay. We are happy to help you. It is the responsibility of each guests to review our website for available accommodations as well as all instructions sent through email.


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Family-Friendly Cottage only 5min from the Ark Encounter! Large Families Welcome
average rating of 4.6875 based on 89 reviews

Perfect family house away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a family to stay. Our main goal was to visit Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Work out very well.

  • Review Submitted: 01/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay.
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Granbury, Tx

Lovely country home!

  • 4 of 5

Country quite setting.Nice, clean and very enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Please come again!
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Taylor, NE

Needs some TLC

  • 2 of 5

The queen bed mattress was so soft and worn out. Also the loft is great if you have kids but we were 4 seniors and 2 were sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Not even a dresser or chair or something to put your suitcase on. Very bare bones with not even a flat sheet for the mattresses and the blankets were too warm for the loft. No TV or cable. The check out was over the top with all you need to do to put things in their proper place. Front porch and the neighbors was the best part!!! Very overpriced for the accommodations.

  • Review Submitted: 14/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cindy, I'm very sorry to hear that your stay with us did not meet your needs. I would suggest, however, that reading our descriptions of the house, individual rooms, and accommodations prior to making your booking would have prevented any unrealistic expectations. Our cottage was purchased, outfitted, and maintained with the express purpose of providing an affordable, family-friendly lodging option for large families of the same household. We make no apology for this, but we also do not reject ANY guest who does not fit this criteria. We charge no additional per-person fees like you will find at hotels or even other vacation rentals in our category and price range, therefore you will find that you get a better and better deal as you reach maximum capacity. We offer one queen bed, one couch/futon full bed, and eight twin mattresses in the loft (clearly stated). All twin mattresses are about 2 years old, as is the queen mattress. I wonder if the "soft/worn out" description you used may refer to the feel of the pillow-top feature of this higher-end mattress. I realize some people do not like this, but many more seem to prefer it. We have had seniors stay with us in the past who were very satisfied with the arrangements, but this is something you could have easily decided against by choosing to stay elsewhere once you saw what we have to offer. By your property review, however, it looks like you were surprised by the set-up of the home and sleeping arrangements. I don't know where the TV was during your stay, but our cleaning staff assures me it was there before you arrived and after you left. Our description clearly states that there is no cable, and that the TV is there for your enjoyment of the family-friendly video library we have provided, for viewing any guest-provided/rental DVDs, (and for streaming anything else you would like by using your own device and HDMI cable). Internet connectivity is provided for this as well as for connecting up to five devices in total. I'm sorry that you could not find a chair to set your suitcase on. We have provided 12 chairs and 4 stools that can be moved from room to room as you wish. These were all there during your stay as well. As for the "over the top" check-out procedures... it's pretty much "put stuff back where you got it, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and put used laundry in the laundry area." If we didn't require this, it would result in higher cleaning charges and earlier check-out times.
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Dick and Donna Kerr

  • 5 of 5

We have previously written our review of our stay. Did you not receive it? Anyway, we had a great time with our family during our stay at the cottage.

When we return to the Ark we will certainly reserve the cottage again

  • Review Submitted: 07/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We must not have received it. Thank you for taking the time to write another one. Please come again.
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Comfortable. Cozy

  • 4 of 5

Very pleased overall

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Enjoyed talking with you! Glad you enjoyed the house.
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Met all our needs

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home away from home for our family!

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance AU$77.32

--We offer a one night rental (Monday - Thursday only) at $224 plus taxes and property damage protection.
Please email for availability and quote.
We provide limited amounts of supplies to get you started (such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry pod,dish soap and trash bags). EXTRA SUPPLIES ARE NOT PROVIDED.
-- Many of our guests are hypersensitive to allergens, so we strictly maintain a pet-free, tobacco-free home.

-- Folding canvas chairs are provided for your convenience and may be used on the porch or in the yard.
-- Ark Room has been designed for creative play and it is our desire that you and your children enjoy it. It is however important to remind all guests to please not allow children to play with wall decorations or deface wall painting.
-Guests are required to load/start dishwasher, stage soiled linens in laundry area, place all used blankets on queen bed for inspection, place trash in outside receptacle, put things back where you found it, turn off lights, close all blinds/curtains, and lock all outside doors prior to checkout.
--All check-in and check-out information as well as exact property address is sent one day prior to your reservation.
--We do not offer cable. Our property offers DVDs, TV monitor, DVD player, and internet for use on your device.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.