About this listing
Victorian Village Guest House is a private guest suite located in the carriage house on the host's property. You will be the only guest here and are invited to enjoy our patios and garden. Our location is super convenient and walkable.
Built in 2005, Victorian Village Guest House is a dramatic loft suite in the carriage house adjacent to an 1895 Queen Anne home. It includes 850 square feet of living space tastefully furnished with antiques and modern amenities including a bedroom with queen sized bed, bathroom, great room with soaring 17 foot ceilings, a complete kitchen and en-suite laundry. A twin day bed and twin trundle bed in the great room add sleeping for two additional guests. The suite can accommodate 3 - 4 people.
Guests can expect all the luxuries of an upscale hotel and all the comforts of home. The guest house includes bath amenities from Paris, spa robes and complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soda and bottled water. Guests will also enjoy a welcome amenity from award-winning dessert boutique Pistacia Vera. You will be the only guests on the property and will enjoy private access separate from the owners' home.
Located in Victorian Village on historic Neil Avenue just minutes from downtown Columbus and a 15 minute drive from Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), the guest house provides convenient access to the fabulous Short North Arts District, The Ohio State University, Goodale Park and the Arena District from the heart of one of Columbus' most historic neighborhoods. It is within walking distance to highly acclaimed restaurants and night clubs, numerous art galleries, specialty boutiques and antique stores. Ohio Stadium, Huntington Ball Park and Nationwide Arena are all within one mile of the Guest House. Crew Stadium is a short drive. Less than two miles from downtown, the guest house also provides convenient access to Columbus' cultural and performing arts facilities such as the Ohio, Palace, Capitol, Lincoln and Southern Theaters, COSI, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Visual & Performing Arts. LC Pavilion is within a mile of the guest house.
Public transit on Columbus' COTA bus service is available on Neil Avenue just steps from the guest house. In addition, guests can utilize nearby COGO bike sharing or Car2Go services. Victorian Village has a walk score of 75 and many guests never use their car after arrival, choosing instead to walk this beautiful neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A step above a bed and breakfast, at Victorian Village Guest House you will experience what it is like to live in an historic, urban neighborhood. Our guest house is located in a carriage house on the alley, tucked away behind the main house where we live. Guests can enjoy the extensive outdoor living areas and perennial gardens that are like an oasis in the middle of the city. You’ll be the only guests on the property and when you come and go down the sidewalk along beautiful Neil Avenue, it will be as if you live here!
Guests will have access to the guest suite and are invited to enjoy our patios and gardens. Guests will access the property from Neil Avenue and go through the front and side gate, which are always unlocked.
Interaction with guests
The hosts are always in town when you are staying at Victorian Village Guest House and are available to assist you and ensure your stay is enjoyable and hassle-free. You may call or text Lisa or you may also knock on the door of the main house where the hosts live if you need anything at any time during your stay.
Victorian Village is an historic urban neighborhood nestled in between the vibrant Short North Arts District and the campus of The Ohio State University. It is a highly walkable neighborhood. Shops and galleries, parks, multi-use fitness trail, restaurants and sports venues are within a short walk of the guest house.
COTA bus service is available a half block from the guest house. Car2Go, CoGo Bike Sharing, Uber and taxi service are all available in the neighborhood. Unrestricted, on-street parking is available in front of the guest house. The neighborhood is well-lit and has sidewalks on most streets.
Other things to note
The guest suite is in the carriage house on the host's property. Below the guest suite is the host's garage. You may hear the sound of the automated garage door opening during your stay.
We do not permit guests to host any type of events, parties, business meetings or entertain others while at Victorian Village Guest House. We do not allow any type of video or photo shoots on the property. We do not allow pets of any type and regret that we are not able to accommodate service animals. We regret that our property is not accessible/ADA compliant. We do not permit smoking in the guest suite; however, guests may smoke on the patio and we will be happy to provide an ashtray. Guests may not use any type of incense or scented candles in the guest suite. Please consult our guest agreement located on our property's dedicated website for further details about "house rules."
After more than 25 years in the banking industry, I felt increasingly dissatisfied with my career and professional life. I began working with a life coach who helped me explore possible career changes. As an outcome of the coaching sessions, I decided to start a guest house business. The idea was one I had always been drawn to and because of the nature of the business, I could maintain my banking job while getting the new business off the ground. In April 2008, I formed Victorian Village Guest House, LLC and hosted my first paying guests in July 2008.
In October 2008, in the midst of the recession, I learned that my bank job was being eliminated and I would get laid off in March 2009. I decided to use the opportunity as a launching point to run the guest house full time. Since then, I haven’t looked back and work full time running my own business. Victorian Village Guest House continues to grow, attracting new guests and garnering an ever increasing number of repeat visitors. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of managing the enterprise is being part of the Short North business community. I have been actively involved with the Short North Alliance and am exhilarated to have a business that both supports and compliments the thriving arts and retail district. This connection has allowed me to partner with a number of other independent business owners and provide my guests with a close connection to Columbus’s premier shopping and tourist destination. In addition, I have found a high level of gratification in starting something from scratch, being sole owner and being my own boss for the first time! It has been immensely rewarding to take an idea from concept to reality and watch it take off and grow. I have been blessed with tremendous support and encouragement from friends and neighbors in terms of referrals and recommendations.
For me, this has been a wonderful journey from corporate America to “Main Street,” from banking Vice President to small business owner. And hopefully my enthusiasm shows in the “product” we are offering at Victorian Village Guest House – attention to detail, care for our guests’ every need, luxury combined with the comfort of home and a surprising oasis in the middle of this urban neighborhood.