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Come Enjoy Our Rural Setting And Fresh Local Food.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

A private off the grid retreat on a 50 acre working farm.

Perfect for a family get together, workshop retreat, or just a group of friends. We work with other farms and local producers to provide fresh and healthy farm to table meals and other handmade products, including complimentary soaps. The house features two master bedrooms with private entrances, and two spacious lofts. All four rooms have queen or double beds with fresh linens, blankets, and fluffy towels. The west bedroom has an additional pull-out futon. You will enjoy the large bathrooms with walk-in showers. Seasonally, there are chickens, pigs, cows and always the dogs to view on your hikes through our wooded trails. We offer a large grill on the back deck with a hot tub, and a fire pit for campfires. The house has a large common area with a fully stocked open kitchen, and laundry facilities including an ironing board. The wrap around deck is perfect for bird watching or just enjoying nature. You are invited to prepare your own breakfast with our eggs, pork products, and local dairy and baked goods provided for your enjoyment. The table seats up to 12. We will also cater events using fresh local food as much as possible.

Barb Ernst
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Barb Ernst

We have been working toward providing a comfortable space for individuals or groups to come enjoy this rural setting from the onset. We provide facilities for groups, workshops and family gatherings, as well as the solo traveler. We have been in the Athens area for over 25 years, and enjoy meeting travelers, as well as getting out to see the country ourselves.

Barb Ernst purchased this house in 1995

Why Barb Ernst chose Athens

The property is at the end of a county road about 9 country miles, or about 20 minutes, from the city of Athens. We love the seclusion and quiet. The farm is a work in progress, with various projects going on all through the year. We are happy to show you what we are up to, or just leave you alone, as you wish.

What makes this house unique

This is an off grid property, where we believe in sovereign living. It's nestled in a wonderful community with adventures at your fingertips including artist studios, wineries, and great local music venues.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Athens

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • east bath - toilet , shower enclosure , a roomy bathroom with large 2-headed accessible shower.
    west bath - toilet , shower enclosure , roomy 2-headed shower with lots of hot water pressure.
  • Large accessible shower with two heads, long bench, and lots of hot water pressure for long showers. Plenty of clean counter space, extra towels, hairdryer, and emergency toiletries.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • west master - 2 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    east master - 2 large double bed
    west loft - 2 double bed , A spacious semi-private loft.
    east loft - 2 sofa bed/futon , a comfy semi-private spacious loft.
  • There is a single futon couch in the west room to be used as extra sleeping space when opened.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading


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Come Enjoy Our Rural Setting And Fresh Local Food.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Relaxing, welcoming environment.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 had a great time at this cozy little farm. The house is clean and homey, cupboards and fridge were well stocked. We loved the fresh dairy and pork products, delicious and very much appreciated! We were very entertained watching the sow with her piglets, and the farm dogs were so friendly. Barb and Paul made us feel right at home. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 16/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your group were the ideal guests. We enjoy sharing what we do, and you represent the reason we do it. We are sincerely glad you had a good stay, and thanks for being so tidy!
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Beautiful property and home.

  • 5 of 5

Owners are amazing and the house is very nice. It has everything you need to relax and enjoy your stay.

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property and owners!

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group in town for a weekend long game of nerf at OU and staying here was one of the biggest highlights! The beds are comfy, the showers are great and the owners are just perfect. The farm is a great backdrop to a rental set just away enough from the town for silence and no light pollution.

There isn’t much that the owners haven’t thought of, from coffee to extra towels.

If we ever need to stay near Athens again, this is the only rental we will use!

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you all. What fun! Thanks for great communication and cleaning up.
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Comfortable, clean, very thoughtfully prepared

  • 5 of 5

This place is so thoughtfully prepared! It is a very rural setting on a working farm. Very private, quiet place to relax, reflect. Very clean home, thoughtfully prepared. Small gift items to purchase, if you choose. You will have everything you can possibly need here! The fridge is stocked with eggs, milk, sausage and bacon for breakfast. They also had some fruit, real maple syrup and almond milk which was really unexpected and appreciated so much since I am vegetarian. Paul very kind, friendly gentleman. I wish I had more time to enjoy this lovely place, but will return!

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great for us to have family groups like yours out to the farm. Thanks for being so tidy, and welcome back anytime.
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Great get away house!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, homie country setting, beautiful view. Very nice owners!

  • Review Submitted: 21/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place in the country

  • 5 of 5

We really loved the house. The layout, the location, the extra large showers, the wrap around porch, and the hot tub. The girls liked watching the piglets. The breakfast food provided was great. We even puchased some to bring home with us. Barb and Paul made us feel at home right from the start. We had a wonderful week and are planning to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 07/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
port columbus
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US 33
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
strouds run state park, Lake Snowden, Lake Hope
Car: necessary

This is a working farm with chickens, pigs, cows, and dogs. There are hiking trails, campfire sites, gardens and lots of privacy and solitude. It's a 20 minute drive to the college town of Athens.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$413.31

The nightly price includes all cleaning fees and taxes. There are no hidden costs to you.
The house sleeps up to 10 people. No parties without permission. No outside guests not included in the booking without permission. Total guests not to exceed 15 at any time. Speak with the manager regarding any special circumstances which may arise. We can be flexible.
We reserve the right to evict any renter or guest who is found breaking house rules. Their payment is not refundable.
We recommend guests have travel insurance or check their personal policy coverage for injury, damage, or illness. This house is privately owned, and the owner and managers are not responsible for any liability.
This is a country property and appropriate clothing and footwear is suggested. Be careful driving day and night. Drive slowly and respect our neighbors and their children.
By accepting this reservation you are stating that you understand all requirements and agree that all guests assume risk and harm of self and property. Any guests under the age of 18 is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.