College House Bed and Breakfast

134 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Innkeeper(s): Kathy Kollar
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to College House B&B! Ashland, Ohio's Newest Bed and Breakfast

     

    When not relaxing in your room, enjoy our spacious common areas. Play a game or do a puzzle by the fire in the Dining/Sitting Room. Hold a private conversation in the Library. Enjoy a book in our Screened-in Patio while your children enjoy our fenced-in backyard with toddler play area. Hide out in our cozy Smoking Salon.

    Our home is a spacious Colonial Revival American Foursquare. This truly American house style developed in part as a reaction to the excesses of the Victorian era, and featured plain, efficiently laid out floor plans. Our Foursquare was built around 1910 and featured closets and large windows in a relatively compact cube. While most Foursquare homes have a large porch covering the entire front of the house, ours was substantially renovated in 1951 to become a "Colonial Revivial" style Foursquare house. Instead of a large covered porch we have a smaller porch, almost a stoop, with wrought iron railings. The color scheme is white with black shutters, with other "colonial" touches inside.

    Since buying the house in 2006 we have installed a new siding, roof, and gutters, blown-in insulation, and put in all new windows. The garage has also gotten new roof, siding, and gutters. Inside the house we've added central air conditioning, refinished the hardwood floors, painted all the walls and trim, and updated electrical wiring. In addition, we have reconfigured a hallway, updated the patio, and completely renovated the bathroom for the first floor Music Department guest room (opened July 2007). The third floor has been completely renovated to create the Art Department guest room (opened October 2007). On the second floor one bathroom became two, giving the English Department guest room (opened June 2008) a spacious whirlpool tub, and by adding a door in the hallway the History Department guest room (opened June 2008) has gained a private bathroom with a shower.

    We also offer Corporate Rates!! 

    $110/night, single occupancy only, Sunday thru Thursday. Be sure to ask Kathy for this discount or she may forget to give it to you!

    Prepare to eat hearty while staying here in Ashland. Wake each morning to a filling homemade breakfast with fruit, entrée, and side dish. Enjoy unlimited beverages, with bottled water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate available any time of day, as well as homemade cookies and other goodies.
    Bring your laptop and stay in touch via our wireless internet. All guest rooms have cable TV, and there are videos available for the kids to watch. Guest rooms have keypad entries for security. Forgot something? Help yourself to a replacement from our amenity basket.

    Kid Friendly!

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathy Kollar for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Because they're visiting Ashland, Ohio, attending conferences at the University, seminars, dropping kids off at school, football games, weddings, funerals, class reunions, Ohio Amish country, weekend getaway, or visiting family.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are a modern, family friendly bed and breakfast.  We take children.  All rooms have private, en suite bathrooms, flat screen TV with high def cable boxes, our niche is nice but comfortable, unpretentious, relaxed.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Ohio Amish Country, Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    It's very peaceful, a restful home like environment to come back to at the end of the day.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It's a restful, beautiful area.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day trips to: Ohio Amish Country, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, Ohio Islands (Put in Bay and Kelleys Island), Football Hall of Fame, Roscoe Village. Go to Loudonville/Mohican State Park and go hiking, mountain biking, or canoeing.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are within walking distance to Ashland University, Ashland Theological Seminary, and a few restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Pump House Grille, a ministry with a restaurant with great food.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    No.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have four rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't accept pets.

     

  • We're Green!

    We care about the environment, and have taken steps to operate in a eco friendly manner. Some of our efforts include:

    • Composting
    • Recycling glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and metal
    • Use of compact flourescent light bulbs as possible
    • Installation of a high-efficiency furnace and heat pump
    • Installation of a high-efficiency/less water washer and dryer
    • Using soap dispensers instead of individual plastic bottles
    • Using distilled water dispensers instead of individual plastic bottles
    • Promoting the reuse of towels
  • Area Attractions

    Visit our Ashland Ohio Attractions

    • U-Pick Orchards, Fall Festivals, and Family-Friendly activites
    • There are some wonderful U-Pick orchards within 20 minutes of College House B&B.
    • Honey Haven Farm: They have their Fall Festival every weekend in October.
    • Scenic Ridge Fruit Farm: Apple festival last weekend of September and first two weekends of October.
    • Prairie Peddler October 1 & 2, and October 8 & 9, 2011, in Butler, Ohio
    • Ashland University ~ 401 College Avenue, Ashland, 419/289-4142. Art Gallery, athletic events, frequent concerts.
    • Are you a music lover? We will soon be updating the 2011-12 event schedule at Ashland University
    • Ashland Theological Seminary ~ 910 Center Street, Ashland, 419/289-5161.  Prayer garden, seminars, lectures.
    • Ashland Ohio City Parks ~ Parks here in town with baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, etc.  Brookside Park, our largest city park features the Myers Band Shell with free concerts in the summer, as well as golf, mini-golf, tennis, and a public pool.  Free concert schedule.
    • Ashland Visitors Bureau ~ Absolutely Ashland County website with Calendar of Events and other local information.
  • Reviews from Our Guests

    Kathy is wonderful. Breakfast was great - the area is peaceful and beautiful. Can't wait to come back next year.

    --Rob & Mary, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

    Thank you very much for your hospitality. It was a great stop for our bike trip across Ohio. The breakfast was delicious and a great way to start our 60 mile journey for the day.

    --Dan & Lynn, Tiffin, Ohio

    Thanks for the great visit with our daughter. Your location makes it a perfect place for Ashland families. We could walk to anywhere on campus we needed if necessary. We'll see you again.

    --Cincinnati, Ohio

    A wonderful place filled with wonderful people. The house has great energy and the attention to detail is remarkable. I didn't want to leave!

    --Raj, Louisville, Kentucky

    Thank you so much for a wonderful, wonderful stay. After spending 4 nights in a non-descript motel a few months ago, I knew when I came back to Ashland for my second Formational Prayer Seminar that I wanted to stay someplace nice! So glad I found you!
    Loved my room! Thanks for re-making the bed for me. The fluffy duvet was just perfect for me. Slept like a baby after the long seminar days. And the tub!! My first bath since my knee replacements. Will never forget it and how the Lord spoke to me about His lavish love as I enjoyed the lavish bubbles.
    Breakfast was a treat every morning... I felt right at home (though we don't have heated tiles in our bathroom--WOW! What a luxury. I loved it!) Thanks for pampering me. This will definitely be my "home away from home" whenever I come to Ashland.

    --Tucson, Arizona