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Whip-poor-will Retreat, Hocking Hills, Ohio
Whip-poor-will Retreat, Hocking Hills, Ohio

9 guests

2 rooms

6 beds

1.5 baths

9 guests

2 rooms

6 beds

1.5 baths

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Ages 2 - 12
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9 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Whip-poor-will Retreat is a peaceful place of beauty, 6 minutes from Rock House in Hocking Hills State Park, where the call of the whip-poor-will echoes through the evening woods. We welcome families and small groups up to 9 people to enjoy fellowship with one another as they hike, play games, explore the outdoors and sit round the campfire.

Activites in the area, hiking at Hocking Hills State Park, fishing or swimming at Lake Logan State Park, canoeing, ziplining, horseback riding


Extra people: £12 / night after 4 guests
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price: £153 / night


The space

The cabin is on the site of an old monks' retreat. The logs visible in the dining room and living room are believed to have been in the original structures on the property. Next to the large stone fireplace in the dining room is a corner filled with toys, games and books for children. The former summer kitchen which is located in a small cabin behind the main house is a recreated 1860's kitchen with period clothing for children to wear as they play. The game room with its pews that are believed to have been a small chapel has a small pool table, air hockey & boccerball. There is a net for volleyball or badminton on the grounds. A cistern with a manual pump times and an outhouse are down the hill; a stone well sits in the front yard.

Guest access

The house is 1900 sq. ft. with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, one and half baths and large enclosed back porch. There are two large bedrooms which will easily accommodate two families or a group of up to 9 people. One bedroom has a queen size and a bunk bed with double size bed on the bottom and a twin-size bed on the top. The other bedroom has a queen size bed with two twin beds. There is a futon in the dining room that sleeps one person. On the back porch is another bunk bed with double size bed on the bottom and a twin-size bed on the top. The roofed hot tub sits approximately 30 feet from the back door next to the woods. Eat at the picnic under the pines trees next to the house. From side porch cookout on the grill and enjoy the view as you eat. Relax in the swing and watch the energetic play volleyball.

Interaction with guests

We do not live nearby, but you can text, email or phone us with questions. If you have a problem that requires attention, depending on the problem we will call our maintenance man or housekeeper to come as soon as they can.

The neighbourhood

Our house sits on the hill overlooking the valley with the only neighbors across the road. You are far enough away to never hear them and can see their house, but it is in the distance.

Getting around

Reaching us is a lovely drive over winding hilly two-lane state highways. We are 3 miles from Rock House & State Route 374 which has access to all the state parks of the Hocking Hills. All the roads to and from our house are two lane paved roads in good condition. You need not travel any gravel, narrow roads unless you choose to do so. If you are visiting in January or February, we would suggest a four wheel drive vehicle in case of icy or snowy weather.

Other things to note

We do not charge for children under 2.
Pets are not allowed.
During January and February the hot tub will be shut down to prevent damage due to freezing if the electric should go off.
Do not use wood stacked near the outdoor fire circle in the indoor fireplace or wood burning stove.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

- Please bring your own towels.
- Strip the sheets & start a load washing (if time allows toss them in the dryer)
- Put dirty dishes in dishwasher & start it before you leave.
- Take the trash out when you leave.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Ryan User Profile
February 2017
We had a wonderful stay! The check in and check out was very simple, and the proximity to the Rock House was a real plus. We spent a lot of the time enjoying the nearby trails.

Scott User Profile
November 2016
Whip-por-will exceeded our expectations: clean, large kitchen, multiple spaces to congregate, convenient to our reason for visiting the area (hocking hills state park a short drive away), with people coming from various destinations. We are hoping to visit again during warm weather to take advantage of more amenities (hot tub, game room).

Destiny User Profile
October 2016
Whip-poor-will Retreat was all it was described to be and more! There were plenty of toys for our toddler to keep busy when we were at the house. We loved how spacious the house was. We were there specifically to hike in Hocking Hills so didn't take advantage of all the house to offer: fire pit, game shed, swing, porches. The location was perfect to get to the parks easily. All paved roads and easily accessible. The only surprise to us was that the hot tub was not hot when we wanted to get in. If we had realized that we'd have turned the temperature up before we went hiking so it would have been up to temperature when we returned. I might have overlooked that we needed to turn the temperature up.

Rachel User Profile
August 2016
Wonderful space to enjoy with a few friends or family. Beautiful views and quaint.

Morgan User Profile
August 2016
This retreat was beautiful, very fairly priced, and Alice was a wonderful host. She made the check-in/check-out process very simple and easy to understand. This retreat has about everything you could want; many beds, a hot tub, outside and inside games, fire ring, and plenty of space to play. Alice was quick to respond to questions and provided all necessary accommodations such as linens, towels, and firewood. She even had a booklet of the history of the area and local activities! Definitely would recommend. Just make sure to account for your time, as there is a cleaning process as part of check-out.
Alice User Profile
Response from Alice:
Morgan, we have purchased a new large capacity washer. We are now asking guests to strip the sheets & start a load washing (if time allows toss them in the dryer). We hope this change helps. We are striving to keep our costs down and rates reasonable. Our guests play a big part in controlling costs. Thanks for visiting.
August 2016

Keith User Profile
July 2016
This home was exactly as described, and felt surprisingly roomy considering we had 2 families of 5 sharing it! It is nestled in a quiet rural area convenient to the Hocking Hills attractions we came for, and we didn't even take advantage of all the amenities available there. There's a lot of rustic, cozy charm in this house and we will certainly consider staying here again the next time we visit Hocking Hills.
Alice User Profile
Response from Alice:
Keith, we have installed a lock on the 2nd bathroom. Thanks for the suggestion.
July 2016

Melinda User Profile
July 2016
It was a great house close to where we wanted to go hiking. It was wonderful to use the hot tub since we hiked a lot! We didn't need as much space as the house had but if you have a family I could see it being really well suited for your visit. The property itself is really lovely.

US · Joined in June 2016
Alice User Profile

I’m an amateur genealogist and love history so I was excited when we bought our cabin to find my husband’s grandmother went to school nearby and her girlhood friend was of the family for whom the road is named.

I’m a gardener; the grounds are filled with beauty, but challenging to manage. If you love birds as I do, you’ll enjoy the call of the whip-poor-will at night.

We have grandchildren so there are toys and many games. The small cabin out back is play area for children to experience history.

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within an hour

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