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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Historic "Bank" Lodging, near the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter

70 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5-7 (See Deborah's Guesthouses for more)

This 100-year-old bank was left to ruin, after a larger bank bought it out and closed it down.

The open design of the Bank makes it ideal for 2-3 adults plus children. The only bathroom is accessed through the main bedroom, off the kitchen.

The vault is now a bedroom, with a twin over full bunk bed. There's also a TV with video player in the vault (no TV reception), just in case you want to lock your kids in there for a while. (Kidding...the steel vault door is wired open :)

The main teller's area is now the living room with TV/DVD. Plus a table if your group is larger and wants to eat meals in this spacious room. The living room has a full size futon, a twin day bed, and a twin trundle bed.

Off the living room is the former office area, which now has a queen size bed, a large reading chair with ottoman, and a nice-sized closet filled with extra linens, blankets, and some games and puzzles.

The kitchen is in the back of the bank--this was the employees' area. It comes complete with dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster oven, pots and pans, dishes, coffee maker, and a small dining area.

Off the kitchen is the laundry area, and that leads to the full bath, with tub/shower, towels and washcloths, plus hairdryer. (NOTE: The only bathroom is located at the back of the Bank, accessed through the main bedroom and the kitchen.)

Check-in: 4 pm EST. Check-out: 11 am EST (lock box with keys)

Items provided: Sheets and pillows and blankets, wash cloths and towels, some paper towels, toilet tissue, hairdryer, pots and pans, dishes, coffee maker, toaster, dish soap and detergent.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Deborah (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Deborah

Originally from the St. Louis area, I lived in Petersburg from 1998 to 2013. The first time I drove into town looking for a home to buy, the 'Old Petersburg Operahouse' was for sale. Having majored in music many years ago, the old building sent out a siren call for me to buy it! I've been buying and rehabbing in town ever since.

In 2011 I opened The Cottage for vacationers. It was a very slow start, and I wondered if it had been the right decision. But soon the Creation Museum guests started arriving--I love my guests! What a joy to interact with these Christian families (many with lots of children :), who are kind and intelligent...and take care of my home!

It was obvious right away that a vacation home offers a much-needed alternative to hotel rooms...most of which cannot accommodate the larger families. Also, the ability to cook your own meals instead of eating out can save money.

(And doing a little laundry during vacation can rescue you from a mountain of clothes when you get home...;-)

I hope you enjoy the adventure of staying in this historic bank building...


based on 70 traveler reviews

Historic "Bank" Lodging, near the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter
average rating of 4.857143 based on 70 reviews

Fun for all the family!

  • 5 of 5

A fun place to stay for a family! It was perfect for our two night stay with our family of six. It's a quiet little town and easy to get to. We stopped at the Costco about 15 minutes away before we got there and bought some premade meals that we could grill or bake which made it super easy. Also it was very close to the Creation Museum so we could come back for lunchtime and return in the afternoon. The kids had the most fun in the vault! Great WiFi so they could even watch movies on an iPad while on the bunk bed in the vault. The layout of the house worked well for us even though it's different. Everything we needed, including nice towels and linens that made the stay comfortable. We will definitely stay here again or at one of her other properties when we go back to see the Ark Encounter.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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We would go back again to this charming town and comfortable home!

  • 4 of 5

'The Bank' is a great home away from home in a charming quaint town. We felt very comfortable in 'The Bank' with the many sleeping options available. There were two adults and 4 children, with plenty of beds for all. The facilities were clean, cozy, well kept, and gave a sweet comfortable feeling. The children, of course, marveled at the vault and old safe inside it. The kitchen was well stocked with all the dishes and appliances we needed to cook meals. The bathroom was clean and roomy. The tables were perfect for board game playing and eating. We especially enjoyed walks through the quaint and quiet streets, enjoying the history of the self guided tour and the view of the Ohio River. Thank you for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family place

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying at The Bank.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique, spacious, and family friendly

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for our recent 2 night stay at The Bank - we loved it! With 4 adults and 3 children, we fit quite comfortably and enjoyed the unique experience of a remodeled bank. It seemed that every possible thing we might need was at the Bank and when I was unable to find one item, I texted the property manager, Wanda, and she helped me out right away. Our family was in town to visit the Creation Museum and I can't imagine finding much closer or more suitable lodging. It felt a lot like visiting family in the hospitality we received and homey atmosphere. We cooked some of our own meals, showered/bathed, and ran the dishwasher - and had everything we needed. The beds and pillows and blankets were all comfortable and the place seemed clean. Thanks again and I'd highly recommend The Bank to just about anyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique property perfect for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay in one of Deborah's houses on trips to the Creation Museum (previously we stayed in the Victorian and the Corner House). Every one of her properties have been wonderful. It is so much better than staying in a hotel, with the space, well-furnished kitchen to cook meals, and the quiet, quaint surroundings of the town. We had everything we needed for a great vacation. Booking the property was so easy and Deborah was very accommodating. Our little boy loved sleeping in the vault room. We will certainly be back in the future! God bless!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

We liked staying at the Bank. Very clean and tasteful. There was plenty of room for My husband & me, also our five children.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Petersburg Quick Stop--deli, breakfast
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Perfect North Ski Slopes
Car: necessary

5 miles from the Creation Museum.

16 miles from Perfect North Slopes.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.3%

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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Reservation is confirmed when I receive your deposit.
Tax rate of 11.3% is added to the final price (6% Kentucky sales tax + 5.3% KY "transient room" taxes)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Kentucky House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Vault - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    'Former Office Area' bedroom - 1 queen
    Living room - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
The Bank uses a cistern. Some guests may prefer to bring their own drinking water.

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