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Refined Rustic Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodge, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Round House is hand-built, from the cedar shake exterior to the pine and cedar interior. Large two story windows fill the great room with sunlight. It is located at the end of a half mile private road, and is totally secluded.

Our guests rave about the quiet and peaceful atmosphere. One of our guests said in the guestbook: “We leave here a changed people. The peace is consuming. The beauty immense. The sounds refreshing. Thank you for reviving my soul.”

Sleeps 8 guests (all on the upper floors).

Bedroom #1 Master - queen bed and private bath

Bedroom #2 -- king bed with adjoining bath

Alcove #1 -- double sofa bed

Alcove #2 -- double bed futon

Cupola room -- queen air mattress (upon request)

Bathrooms 2 1/2 baths. The full baths are on the second floor, the half bath on the first floor.

Pet friendly. Your dog will enjoy romping and exploring the woods and fields surrounding the cabin.

Amenities. We offer amenities comparable to a boutique hotel – crisp hand ironed sheets and pillow cases, handsome comforters on the beds, fluffy towels and natural soap. We do our own laundry, without the harsh chemicals and industrial finishing of a commercial laundry.

Cozy living room with fireplace. Relax in the living room before a sparkling fire, surrounded by warm pine paneling with cedar trim. We supply local seasoned hand split hardwood, kindling, newspaper and fire lighter.

Fully equipped kitchen. Prepare your family meals in our well stocked kitchen. We include flatware and china, wine glasses, coffee maker and filters.

Dining room seats up to 12 guests. Enjoy your meals gathered around the large dining room table . . . or make it a game table or jigsaw puzzling table for great family memories.

Free WiFi for email or light browsing; not for streaming movies or the like.

Entertainment. We have a flat screen TV with satellite service and a DVD player. Bring your own movies.

Deck. Out on the deck overlooking the woods is a gas grill and table and chairs for dining and lounging. Have your meals on the sun-dappled deck (weather permitting). We do not have a hot tub.

Outdoor fire ring. In the evening, start a fire in the fire pit by the barn and roast marshmallows. Star gaze from the big field next to the cabin, where the Milky Way shines across the sky.

Immerse yourself in nature. Your children will be intrigued to stay in a cabin surrounded by woods. Stroll over to the log barn where you enjoy a spectacular view of the Appalachian foothills in the distance. Walk up our woodland path to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave.

About Adams County:

Adams County is one of the most beautifully scenic counties in Ohio. The Great Serpent Mound is the largest effigy mound in the country. The Amish community offers shops and tidy well kept farms. The southern boundary is the Ohio River, with gorgeous views, fishing and boating. Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve and numerous state natural areas showcase the county’s unique features.

Suggested activities:

Visit the Great Serpent Mound and its visitor center. Check out the Wheat Ridge Amish community shops and well kept farms. Travel the Quilt Barn Trail and see the rural countryside by car. Follow the ride of Confederate John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders through Adams County in 1863.

In neighboring Brown County, visit the boyhood home of US Grant in Georgetown; see where Liza reportedly crossed the Ohio River on the ice in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Visit the Rankin House above the Ripley bluff, where lanterns hung to guide slaves escaping across the river from Kentucky.

Hike in one of the many nature preserves and natural areas in Adams County. Our favorites include Chaparral Prairie (a remnant prairie a mile away). Buzzardsroost Trail (a moderately strenuous hike in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve) and Davis Memorial Nature Preserve (features a pristine stream, high rock cliffs and a geologic fault in the cliff face).

Enjoy birding on our farm or in the nature preserves.

Fish our pond (catch and release only), the ponds in Tranquility Natural Area, Adams Lake State Park, Ohio Brush Creek or the Ohio River.

Have dinner at Murphin Ridge Inn or Moyer Winery. Murphin Ridge is an excellent restaurant in an old farm house near the Amish community. Moyer offers fine food in a dining room overlooking the Ohio River.

More Details

George Carr
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About George Carr

I am a retired lawyer turned first carpenter then innkeeper. We bought the Round House in 2003 when it was framed in and roofed, but had no exterior or interior finish. I finished the house with expert help with the electricity, plumbing and drywall. I am an amateur naturalist and enjoy botanizing and bird watching. We have been coming to Adams County since the 1970's and have always enjoyed its natural beauty and unusual natural features. I now spend my time managing the Round House and our other cabins, the Dodge Cabin and the Log Cabin, while maintaining the fields on the farm. Dogs are welcome at all our cabins.

George Carr purchased this cabin in 2003

Why George Carr chose Ohio

We have owned a farm in Adams County for 20 years. This property, which adjoins our original farm, came on the market in 2002, and we bought it in early 2003. I spend 5 years finishing it, and started to rent it in Fall 2008. We like this location because it is rural and filled with natural beauty and wildlife. It is close to Cincinnati, where we live.

What makes this cabin unique

If you like peace and quiet this is the place for you. We have a number of families who spend holidays here, enjoying the cozy atmosphere and the woods, fields and cave. Our guests like to visit the Serpent Mound and spend time in the shops of the Amish community. Many come for the State Nature Preserves and the Nature Conservancy's Edge of Appalachia Preserve. In the Fall, many of our guests are deer hunters looking for one of the big bucks that have been taken out of Adams County.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for 'the lodge'. Warm, Homey, Comfortable. Fantastic details inside and out. Great place to relax, sit on the porch and deck, have a walk, wake up to sunlight everywhere and fall asleep to the flash of fireflies. Love that this has your hands on everything. It shows. We'd love to come back again."

-- from the guestbook
Jun 2014
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West Union Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We have a private bathroom adjoining the master bedroom, a full bath next to the second bedroom that also serves the lofts, and a half bath next to the kitchen.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • We have a queen bed in the master bedroom, a king bed in the second bedroom, a double bed pull out sofa in a loft, and a double bed futon in a loft. We provide a queen air mattress for use in the cupola. We also provide a 'Pack-n-Play' crib/playpen.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
The lRound House features a hiking trail through the woods to a natural cave (bring a flashlight) then beyond to an old log barn, vineyard, ponds and view of the hills at the beginning of Appalachia. Our guests rave at the seclusion, quiet, wildlife and peaceful atmosphere. The house itself has many large windows and is filled with sunlight on sunny days. The woodwork is hand done and reminiscent of a boat interior.


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Refined Rustic Retreat
average rating of 4.965517 based on 32 reviews

Faul Family Graduation Celebration

  • 5 of 5

My brother is the first in our family to Graduate from college. Morehead state to be exact. He graduated with his bachelors degree in electrical engineering and for his accomplishments I rented this cabin for him and his choice of guests (family) 1 because it was about 10 minutes from where the original graduation party was being held in seaman Ohio and 2 because it had to be better than a hotel stay as he and I both had driven 2.5 & 3.5 hours to the location. We loved every part of our stay. We had the best sleep in a very long time in each of these bedrooms. The house had everything your own house would have. The only thing that would have been better for us was the check out time but I completely understand why it has to be so early. We were so exhausted from the graduation parties we all slept past our alarms and didn't have but an hour to get everything out and cleaned up.. we didn't succeed in cleaning the way we would have liked to have left it! Patty was so prompt every time I had a question she was on it. We were so bummed that we didn't get to take advantage of all the amentities like the cave, the firepit by the barn and the big beautiful space ! But the stay was a 10/10. We loved it there so much and I'm hoping that we can start an annual brother and sister trip to this cabin for the rest of our lives. Something's I was pleasantly suprised to see were , games and books for family and quiet time, all the kitchenware you'd ever need and more, a radio with an aux hookup, a wifi box, a washer and dryer, all the cleanup equipment, and coffee maker with all supplies. We loved it and don't forget to sign the guest book!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for your nice words. We are so glad you slept well! I am delighted and congratulations to your graduate. That is a big achievement. I hope to see at least some of you again. Patty Carr
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Great Place to Stay!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great house in a perfect location! We were on a trip to visit the John Rankin house in Ripley as he is an ancestor of our family. We found this house and it was perfect! There was plenty of room for our family and the stay was very comfortable and quiet. The only thing that was not perfect was the coffee pot had not been cleaned, but that was quickly remedied. We did have one incident where the water shut off as we were using too much at one time. A quick call to the owners and it was quickly fixed with just a switch. Also, the cave is a short hike and was great for our young children to explore. Very nice owners and a unique and quiet property. Give this a try, it is well worth it!!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having guests who ventured into the cave. The Carrs
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

I love this place and I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Labor of Love

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful and very thoughtfully-appointed cabin in a part of Ohio that doesn't get enough attention for its scenic beauty. While we enjoyed day trips to Miller's Bakery and the Serpent Mound and to West Union (where we ate hot dogs at The Panhandler!) and Manchester, we could have spent the long weekend in and around the Round House, playing games, walking the trails, and just enjoying the serenity and isolation.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country tetrear

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Round House with family.... Accommodations were extremely clean and well kept, and afforded us Outdoor adventures with comfort! Cool house - kids loved it

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much. We're glad you enjoyed our country retreat in Southern Ohio. We pride ourselves on keeping our home clean and welcoming, so we really appreciate your comments on the cleanliness. I'm passing your praise on to the housekeeper who cleaned it for you. She does a great job day in and day out. Of course, it helps to work in such a beautiful place surrounded by glorious woods. I had a couple of conversations with your daughter and her children, who seemed to be enjoying the country atmosphere a lot.
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Lucas, Ohio

Wonderful seclusion, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly what we were looking for! This house is clean and has lots of room. We were very pleased with all the amenities. We sat outside on the deck all evening and were not bothered by the typical insects you would expect in the middle of the woods.

There is a trail that leads to a cave, but sadly we did not have time to explore.

We would absolutely recommend this property if you are looking for unique secluded getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Amy. I'm sorry you couldn't stay longer. The trail down to the cave and beyond that to our big field with a terrific view is a real treat. Besides, there are some wonderful hiking trails in Adams County, as well as the Amish community and of course the Great Serpent Mound. Come back when you can!
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Serpent Mound
"Ancient Indian earthwork in the shape of a serpent. Largest iconic earthwork in Ohio. On t..."
Car: necessary

A thriving community of Amish is just around the corner. Enjoy great bakery goods, visit the saddle shop and purchase a new belt or bag, watch out for horse-drawn buggies and wave to everyone, it's friendly territory here.


Rates & Availability

West Union Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
In Season
Jun 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
4th of July
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Day
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Eve
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30
Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. WiFi is for 1 gigabyte; use of additional gigabytes will be charged at $15 per gig. Typical movies are about 4 or 5 gigs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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