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Rock of Ages, Historic, Lakefront--Great for Reunions!

Bedrooms 13
Space 7,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 13 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 10+ Baths, (Sleeps 30-36)

THANKSGIVING OPEN 3 nights/$1500 a night. CALL MARLA to BOOK!!! 734-678-2617

Rock of Ages has been sitting on the shores of Lake Erie since 1861. It is built of native, local limestone, and is listed on the National Historic Register. There simply is not another comparable home on Lake Erie. It is wonderfully unique and fun to explore. It is very solid (like a 'Rock') and in great shape, but we have renovated the first floor, creating a new Great Room and state of the art kitchen with everything needed to cook for and dine 30+ guests.

Rock of Ages overlooks the Lake Erie islands and is in the quaint village of Marblehead and is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the east gate of Lakeside (The Chautauqua of Lake Erie) in one direction and the historic Marblehead lighthouse in the other. The lighthouse is a spot of natural beauty and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

We have traveled around the world and this is our favorite place on earth! Friendly, down-home people, great entertainment (at Lakeside and the islands), wonderful local history, great boating and fishing, Cedar Point, and the waves and the winds of Lake Erie, are constantly there. What a place! From Rock of Ages'tower room is one of the best views of Lake Erie in the area. Come and see!

Rock of Ages has a 120-foot spacious lakefront patio and three other patios with plenty of furniture for sunbathing, eating and gazing at the lake and watching the boats and ferry to Kelley's island. Of course, you can swim off the flat glacial rocks right in front of the house. A large sandy beach is a short drive away. We still have the original limestone fossil walkways from when 'The Rock' was first built. There is a large hot tub overlooking the lake.

We have plenty of room for the whole family (7000+sq.ft.) and lots of bed and bath options. There is a first-floor suite with a king bed and its' own bath for those who do not do stairs. On the second floor each of the five bedrooms has a king-size bed and a private bath. The third floor is great for kids. Six bedrooms surround a large common area with a large-screen TV.

There is one king bed, one queen bed, 5 full-size beds, 3 twins and 4 rollaways up there. The third floor bedrooms share a fullsize bath and two half baths. You have already heard about the view from the tower room! It has a kingsize bed, its' own bath, and a roof-top patio. Folks will fight over who gets to sleep there!

On the first floor as well as the kitchen and dining/great room, there is a living room with TV and computer with internet access. The first floor also has two half baths. The lower level - not really a basement (it was the old summer kitchen) is a large game room area with a pool table,pingpong table, TV, half bath, and tables and chairs. There is a backyard patio with two large grills. Rock of Ages has a large parking area to accommodate big groups.

Although it is wonderful in the summer with the windows open and the lake breezes, we do have air conditioning. Rock of Ages can be used year round and the lake in all its glory in the winter with ice and snow is something else!! It is a great place for business or church groups or special interest retreats and seminars, for example birders or artists.

Our rates are for the entire property, not per person as in an inn or bed and breakfast. Our kitchen can easily handle the needs of a catered event or a weekend getaway. We can put you in touch with a couple of local catering companies just around the corner from Rock of Ages who have catered a number of groups staying at Rock of Ages. They can cook for you all week,or just do a special meal indoors or outdoors.


Keywords: HUGE, Historic, reunion home, lakefront

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Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About The Owner

It is an absolute privilege for me to own Rock of Ages and to share it with guests! I love the local history of this area, and The Rock is an integral part of the history of the quarry in Marblehead and the founding of Lakeside --The Chautauqua on Lake Erie

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Ohio

We have had a cottage at Lakeside for a number of years and we love this area of Lake Erie! The views are amazing, and it is very relaxing to spend time here.

What makes this house unique

Plenty of space for our family and friends! Enough bathrooms :) and privacy! I love to cook--- Eating outside on the lakefront patio--

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came to Rock of Ages to learn more about God, have fun, play games and have good times! thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!
Feb 2010
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Marblehead House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 36
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 11 -
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 36
  • King size beds (8), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (4) four rollaway beds and Pack n' Play available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) two pullout sofas
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Three Cable TVs, Three VCRs, Three DVDs, Bose radio/CD Player, Two Dishwashers, Three Refrigerators, Eight Burner Range, Two Ovens, Three Sinks, All Kitchen, Bath Towels provided, Beach towels, Three Washers, Three Dryers, Ping-pong table, Game Room, Backyard Patio, Lakefront Patio, Eight full baths, Five Half Baths, WIRELESS INTERNET--bring your laptops! BABY GRAND PIANO --Eight KING BEDROOMS with baths


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Rock of Ages, Historic, Lakefront--Great for Reunions!
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews
Ravenna, Ohio

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Rock of Ages three times with a group of 10 women! It is a wonder place to stay. Large enough for the whole group, yet cozy corners to get away from it all. The kitchen is large and great to work in. The view of the lake from almost all the windows is an added bonus! If the weather is nice, you can walk right up town to all the shops and places to eat. I can not say enough good things about this place!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Top Notch!

  • 5 of 5

Our church staff of 9 stayed at Rock of Ages Feb. 21-23. We had amazing weather for February and were able to enjoy the our door seating, walked to a nice cafe in town. Great location.

The rental home was stocked with EVERYTHING! I've never stayed at a rent home that kept up on the dishes, utensils, paper towel, trash bags, etc. this is a top notch place!

Almost every room as its own bathroom. The view was amazing! The owners and staff were very good to work with. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friends winter weekend getaway!!! A 150 year old house that's always fresh and clean!!!

  • 5 of 5

Even though the Rock of Ages is over 150 years old, Marla keeps this huge house updated, fresh, and clean every time! Our group of friends, some couples, some singles, have been making this our go to place for our winter weekend getaway nine years in a row! We wouldn't even consider going anywhere else because nothing could compare. We each have our own master bedrooms each with attached baths, a huge, extremely well stocked kitchen, several separate sitting areas for all of us or some, new reclining leather chairs overlooking the beautiful lake, a fireplace, and much, much more!

Our weekend usually starts on Friday at 1:00, when we meet for lunch in Port Clinton. We all can't wait until we get to the house and draw our room numbers! We're always excited to see what is "new" in the house. Sometimes it's new bed linens and comforters, new chairs, new dishes, new curtains, and most exciting- the new blue tiled main floor powder room(beautiful),whatever it is, it is the best kept house we've ever rented(and we go away a lot) (and we're pretty picky!). Friday night is filled with drinks and appetizers that we bring and share. Saturday morning starts with homemade waffles, fresh fruit, eggs, and bloody mary's! We then take an hour long walk along the lake-snow and cold will not keep us down! This year, we were thrilled to see a new winery right at the end of our street on Clements. A few of the shops on the main street are open in the winter and we like to browse. Saturday night is filled with games and music and lots of talk! Us girls even dance like we were in high school(the floor in front of the fireplace is as big as a dance floor and by the way, we're all in our 50's and 60's)! Saturday night, my husband makes us all a beautiful dinner of beef tenderloin with all the fixings. There is nothing lacking in the kitchen as far as utensils and cooking items. Sunday is sad as we all go our separate ways, but we know we have year TEN to look forward to!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow, perfect place for our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We started having family reunions years ago and this was the nicest house we've ever rented. The kitchen is great and well stocked with cooking and serving ware. This is one of the first times we could all eat in the same room at the same time. We had a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City, Iowa


  • 5 of 5

What a great place for our extended family gathering. It was so wonderful to see the cousins in the kitchen preparing dinner, to sit outside and watch the gravel ships, and eat altogether.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place for Family Gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We've rented Rock of Ages three times and with each visit, I am as impressed as I was the first time. The occasion for our most recent stay was to celebrate my father's 90th birthday with his siblings (ages 77-89), children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There were 29 of us altogether. Rock of Ages is the only home that can accommodate this large of a family without any of the inconveniences of renting a hotel. There's something special that happens when everyone is gathered together in the great room and dining area while others are prepping meals in the kitchen: conversation! Though the home has a number of TVs, none were ever turned on the three days we were there, we were all too busy catching up with one another. The kitchen is a joy to work in with every pan, utensil, serving dish you could want. The beds are comfortable, the linens luxurious, and plenty of bathrooms. I can't wait to return for whatever the next occasion might be! So grateful Marla is willing to share this gem with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

Cedar Point, Lakeside, Put-in -Bay, Kelley's island, Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, East Harbor State Park ,Ottawa Wildlife Rufuge, Magee Marsh


Rates & Availability

Marblehead House Rental Rates

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Year long
Jan 1 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Holidays are $1500 a night + 3 night minimum. Winter special is NOV-April $650-$850 a night (with the exception of the holidays) May/Sept/Oct is $1000 a night / 2 night minimum with the exception of Holidays.

Cancellation policy will be discussed when you book with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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