About this Ohio bed and breakfast . . .
Originally an Amish home, our home was sold to a Mennonite couple who turned it in to ‘Garden Gate Get-A-Way.’ The original Inn had 4 overnight guests rooms.
In the beginning it was not an Ohio bed and breakfast, more like just a “bed”. The Steiner family wanted a bigger home and purchased an old one-room schoolhouse in the area for $175. They planned to attach it to the existing house with a breezeway, and intended for the schoolhouse to become the new living room and kitchen.
In the process of getting a building mover to bring the schoolhouse over to this property, they found the roads too narrow and called off the move.
Undeterred, they dismantled the entire building piece by piece, board by board and stone by stone. With the elements in place, they drew plans for the two-story addition which now houses our guest rooms preserving the elements used in construction.
The bell tower is on the roof on the front side of the house. The red bricks in the steps on the west side of the house are from the school fireplace. The tongue-in-groove paneling was used in our living room and kitchen. A blackboard is in our breezeway The hardwood floors were used in our kitchen and breezeway.
After purchasing the property in 2002, the Steffeys have added the Garden Gate Suite and two cottages, in addition to remodeling the Breakfast Room, what are now the Summer Breeze Suite and Magnolia Garden Room. They also repurposed it from an Inn into an Ohio Bed and Breakfast. Over the years it has received awards such as 1 of the Top Bed & Breakfasts in the USA and most recently was named Ohio Bed And Breakfast of the Year by Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association.