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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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

67 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 67 traveler reviews

Historic "Bank" Lodging, near the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter
average rating of 4.8656716 based on 67 reviews

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was a very nice relaxing and quiet place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly blessed with a clean and cozy place to stay while we went to the Creation Museum. It's in a very small and quiet town. We even walked around a bit and there wasn't lots of traffic to disturb us. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place to others looking for a place to stay near the Creation Museum or whatever else you plan to do in the area. It was plenty big for the two of us (can sleep a lot more) but it was still very nice. Everything that was listed to be there, was there, and we had everything that we needed. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique and Private

  • 4 of 5

The Bank property was perfect for my daughter and I and the four children. The town was very quiet and safe and we were so glad to have the whole place to ourselves. The property is very well equipped with everything you could ever need labeled and easily accessible. The layout is a little different so we had to really plan where to sleep the different age groups depending on who would stay up later. It was really convenient to the Creation Museum which we loved! I wasn't expecting the hairpin curves in the area with big trucks careening around them though so we were glad the weather was dry. It was also a bit challenging to figure out how to sleep everyone since the bathroom was way in the back and you had to walk through the bedroom, kitchen and laundry room to get there. The other challenge was there didn't seem to be a heat vent in the vault room but the bedroom heat was pouring out fast and furious so regulating it for everyones needs was tricky. All in all I rate this a great place to stay for the money! We would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming to stay at the Bank, and thanks for your review! I do try to be clear about the layout of the Bank in the description, but maybe this explanation will be clearer ;-) Also we usually keep a space heater and a fan in the vault for our guests' use...I'm double checking with Wanda that they are still there. As you can imagine, we were a little limited in the rehabbing, since the vault walls are about 18" thick! At least you can feel "safe" in there :)) And yes, the hairpin curves are part of the Petersburg adventure -- I know that not everyone will enjoy those as much as I do. But if you go slow, they're not so bad...;-)) Thanks again for coming to stay, and we hope to welcome you back some time in the future!
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Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast as a family of six. The Bank is a great stay for couple's or families. It has everything you need and is extremely quite! Our children took turns sleeping in the vault. We highly recommend choosing this for a place to visit. We walked the town as well and ate breakfast at the grocery store cafe. We will enjoy coming again down the road!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


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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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Tax rate of 11.3% is added to the final price (6% Kentucky sales tax + 5.3% KY "transient room" taxes)

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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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