Georgian Manor Inn - Bed and Breakfast
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Georgian Manor Inn - Bed & Breakfast is located in Norwalk, Ohio and is a highly rated AAA "Four Diamond Lodging". In 2015 received its 15th "Four Diamond Award" placing itself among a very select group of only 17 Ohio lodgings (including Ritz Carlton) to receive the distinguished award (only about 4.8% of all lodgings evaluated by AAA received the Four Diamond Award ).
Recognized as a premier bed and breakfast, the Georgian Manor Inn has received outstanding press and media coverage such as: Featured on the cover page of the Nov. 19, 2006 "Columbus Dispatch" Travel section written by Dispatch travel writer Steve Stephens. The page and half article titled "Immaculate manor" - "Elegant Norwalk inn serves as base to visit Lake Erie sites or enjoy quiet getaway" has large color photos of the inn with Steve's story about the property and the Norwalk area. In addition, the Georgian Manor Inn has been featured on the cover page of "Ohio Magazine", August 2002 edition, and in its article "Garden Getaways" plus featured in "Ohio Magazine", February 1999 issue article titled - "Winter Retreats". Also featured with live feed on Cleveland’s Channel 5 TV's "Good Morning Cleveland".
A very elegant, yet warm and gracious 9000 sq. ft. stately mansion, exquisitely decorated Georgian Manor Inn - B&B graciously rests on 1.3 well manicured acres of Norwalk's tree lined, architecturally rich Historic West Main Street. An easy and scenic walk to historic uptown specialty shops, antiques, restaurants and a Spa.
With four well appointed bed and breakfast guest rooms (all with private baths), five public rooms, two porches, two large patios and wonderful gardens, the Georgian Manor provides couples and small groups a tranquil and private escape for a romantic getaway, an anniversary, birthday, golfing getaway, a reunion of friends or other special occasion. A wonderful serene retreat for travelers visiting vacation hot spots in North Central Ohio and Lake Erie Islands Area including the popular Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, Ohio.
Built in 1906 by a local dentist and businessman, Georgian Manor is one of several prominent homes on West Main Street where summer walking tours are provided by the local historical society.
After a year of complete restoration and the addition of private host quarters and additional bathrooms, the Inn opened in November 1996 with four spacious guest rooms. A small inn with the amenities of a large first class hotel has large well appointed rooms with fine antiques and reproduction furniture, lovely Victorian and nautical artwork in plush surroundings. Private and lighted off street parking with separate guest entrance.
Five gorgeous public rooms provide a spacious "Full House Atmosphere" where couples or small groups of guests can enjoy the well stocked library, mahogany paneled dining room, overstuffed sofas and fireside chairs in the living room with oak mantled fireplace, and a wicker furnished sun porch overlooking the sandstone patio, pond and stream and lavish gardens.
Outside, guests can stroll the well manicured grounds and gardens with 14 flower beds with plantings of colorful perennial and annual flowers, roses and hostas. A focal point in the rear gardens is large formal center garden divided into quarters with a brick and stoned walkways traveling from the sandstone patio directly through the center garden to the 32 foot pergola backed by large Douglass fir trees. Stoned walks also circle the rear property with a few benches set in room like areas.
This area is the vacation hot spot in Ohio with many attractions and things to do and see including the voted number one amusement park on the planet, Cedar Point with 16 roller coasters, several rides and live entertainment. Several of our guests have visited one or more of the Lake Erie Islands (Kelleys Island or Put-In-Bay) via ferry boats departing from various spots along Lake Erie. If the Islands interests you, check out the Goodtime I which has daily cruises to both Islands departing from downtown Sandusky.
If you have interests in auto racing, you may want to attend a drag race at one of the top drag strips in the country, Norwalk Raceway Park. For golfers, we have several golf courses in the area and a very good one, Eagle Creek Golf Club, located not more than ten minutes away and there's a nine hole course even closer.
For the history buffs, we suggest a visit to our local Firelands Museum (an easy walk from us), President Hayes Center in Fremont or Thomas Edison's Birthplace in Milan. There are five wineries within 45 minutes and one, Mon Ami has two restaurants. Once you've seen our stately West Main Street homes, you'll want to take a walking tour of the Historic West Main Street District where periodically, summer guided walking tours were given by the local Firelands Historical Society. Many guests have also taken the 15 minute walk to the revitalized and historic uptown area with several unique shops including an Amish Oak and Lace store, a couple of specialty furniture / home decorating shops, a coffee shop, a jewelers, an antique mall, a florist shop (home decorating and Christmas items) and other unique shops. You may wish to have a massage and we have one ! A nice Day Spa in the Uptown area with a full floor dedicated to spa services.
For those who enjoy local wines, there are a number of wineries in the area. And just north of Milan, the Culinary Vegetable Institute offers an unparalleled fine dining experience that focuses on locally sustainable grown products.
For those who wish to participate themselves, we have tennis courts available in the next block, biking trails in the area, bird watching at Ohio State preserves, the Marblehead Lighthouse, fishing, horseback riding and more.
We have several brochures plus we can provide touring suggestions with ready made maps and on places to visit while in the area. And, you don't have to drive anywhere once you arrive as you can make use of five public rooms, two patios, porches, or read a book on a bench in the gardens. Let us assist you with options on things to do while you are here. Several attractions and many links are listed on a separate web page for you convenience. If you didn't find an attraction or site that interests you , we'll be happy to provide assistance.
With separate on site host living quarters, five public rooms are available for guests providing great conversation areas for couples or small groups of friends. A private guest entrance (to the right of stairs) leads guests into the spacious foyer with beautiful ceiling moldings and crystal chandelier. To the right, the library, decorated in a nautical theme with cherry bookcases holds over 600 books (several on the American presidents and English royalty). With leather seating and comfortable upholster chairs, this is an excellent spot for guest who wish to converse with other guests or visitors or together enjoy an event on cable tv. An antique winthrop secretary provides ample space for writing a note or pursing one of the old Huron County Atlases or space for game tables.
With your overnight stay at Georgian Manor Inn, guests are served a complete breakfast on fine china in the beautiful mahogany paneled, beamed ceiling dining room at one time 9 a.m. For those who may need to depart earlier or a business traveler, a fruit/ melon plate, toast, coffee or tea and orange juice can be arranged.
Enjoy a cup of tea or refreshment while you converse with your friends or other guests or simply relax on the overstuffed sofas and fireside chairs in front of an oak mantled fireplace and bookcases. Several Alan Maley art works are displayed in the public rooms including an artist proof hanging above the mantle. Christmas decorations adorn the Living Room and alcove in the dining room (note far right of this photo).
A perfect bright location to read a magazine; or view the gardens, pond, and patios; or watch several types of birds and squirrels visiting the small stream and waterfalls. Black squirrels are among the four types of squirrels frequenting the grounds.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gene Denney for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Upscale property and accommodations with a AAA “Four Diamond Rating” in a wonderful, safe community near major highways, with restaurants, and shopping and major attractions nearby.
What are you best known for?
Great historic location and property that provides excellent personal service and exceptional breakfasts.
What makes your inn unique?
Guests frequently say our small Inn has a very comfortable feel somewhat due to our providing five public rooms for their use and a property with well landscaped grounds and gardens.
What do you love most about your inn?
Meeting and assisting our guests with area attractions, maps, directions and generally making them feel at home.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Historic town with friendly small shops , nice area dining, and many major attractions plus we are very conveniently located just five miles south of the Ohio Turnpike.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
From White Executive Chef (1994-2005) who stayed two nights wrote this: “This is the most wonderful and hospitable home I have ever stayed. Thank you for your kindness and exceptional food.” Another comment from guests “ We have stayed at B&B's from Bar Harbor, Maine,to Duluth, Minnesota, to San Antonio, Texas, and believe that your B&B is one of the most perfectly appointed (and cleanest) that we have ever stayed at! Breakfast was delicious! Again - one of the best we've ever had.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
So much to see and do in the area from Cedar Point Amusement Park with more rides and more roller coasters in the world to one of finest Drag Strips in country plus Lake Erie and historical sites nearby. In addition , we are located in the Historic WEST Main Street District which is an area of approximately three blocks with an array of large homes and estates with very diversified architecture some dating back to 1820 and 30’s.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit friendly shops in Norwalk, arrange a Spa Treatment, do antiquing in Norwalk and Milan, visit Thomas Edison’s Birthplace in Milan, or attend events at Summit Motorsports Park. Several guests have visited some of the 6 wineries in the area, President Hayes Center in Fremont, toured the Marblehead Lighthouse or taken a ferry boat to the Lake Erie Islands, enjoyed our numerous public parks and wildlife reserves, and visited an Amish Country Store just 25 minutes away. Also, the best gardens in the state are located at Kingwood Center, Mansfield. We have numerous maps and brochures and are always pleased to assist guests with places to visit and directions to get there.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Only a 15 to 20 minute walk are: Second oldest museum in Ohio , Firelands Museum, old Carnegie Library, dining, unique shopping, antiquing, a nice Day Spa. Also, D.D. Smith Winery is just a five minute drive from our location.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Angry Bull Steakhouse, third generation owned and operated Berry’s Restaurant, and new restaurant Timbers.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Huron county, Ohio Visitors Bureau visithuroncounty.com/Home/
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have four nicely furnished guests rooms all with private baths, cable tv, fluffy robes, and wireless internet plus there are five public rooms for guests use.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not have accommodations for any pets but we there are three or more kennels in the area including this contact : Braemar Kennels --(419) 668-4073--748 Zenobia Rd, Norwalk, OH 44857
A Brief History
Georgian Manor Inn is a 27 room Georgian Revival style home. Designed by Vernon Redding of Mansfield, Ohio, the home was built in 1906 by John M. Vaughn for Dr. W. H. Merritt, a local dentist and his wife Mary Ford Merritt.
In 1945 the home was sold by the Merritts. During the subsequent fifty year period, the home was owned by five different local families. In 1995 the home was purchased by Judy and Gene Denney, the present owners and inn hosts. They purchased the home with the intent of restoring the spacious house to its original stately prominence and share it with overnight guests.
Now restored to its original beauty and stateliness, the inn is filled with antiques, period reproduction and fine art works. Our guests have the opportunity of stepping back in time to a by-gone era of a more relaxing and elegant period.
About Your Hosts
Hosts/Owners, Judy and Gene Denney, purchased the stately home in November 1995 to open an upscale bed and breakfast (small inn) for business people, holiday and special occasion travelers who desire higher quality lodging and amenities. After holding several senior management positions (including president/CEO) during his thirty years in the automotive/truck industry, Gene and Judy utilize their experiences of travel and entertaining people at all levels and backgrounds to provide an elegant and homey, upscale accommodation.
Gene and Judy have significant interest in landscaping and gardening, golf, travel, fishing, most sports, antiques, history, genealogy, reading (particularly American presidents and English royalty), card and game playing, decorating and shopping. They have private, separate living quarters on site away from guest rooms and away from the five public rooms thereby providing guests with plenty of privacy and space much like they have at home.
Grounds and Gardens
A spring favorite are red and yellow tulips in the large formal center garden with neighboring five acre private estate in the background which dates back to the mid 1800's.
Planted with perennials and annuals, colors are ever changing in the formal center garden that can be viewed as one passes the main house structure, or from the Lady Anne Room balcony, or two large patios.
Protected by ornamental grasses, barberry bushes and large hostas, the pond has numerous water lilies that provide shade for fish and frogs plus provide gorgeous large flowers when in bloom. Great views of the pond from the Lady Anne Room balcony, the elevated patio, and sandstone patio adjacent to the pond. One of over two dozen flowers pots and urns are planted by the inn hosts annually adding wonderful color to various locations on the grounds.
In the background is the three foot waterfalls built by the hosts using brown sandstone from a local sandstone quarry. Water flows rapidly down a short stream over a couple of small water falls then under the walk bridge before falling into the pond. Many guests have left the Lady Anne room balcony door ajar at night to listen to the water falls however the sounds from frogs sometimes is louder than the water falls.
For more recent guest comments, visit our domain web site (link right hand side near Introduction)
1/21/2009 - "Fantastic Place To Stay" - "This is absolutely the cleanest, nicest place that I have ever stayed in (even hotels). The service was fantastic and they were always there to help. It is a must and a fun place to go."
11/ 7/2008 - "Absolutely Fabulous!" - "The rooms were luxurious, and breakfast was delightful. The pictures on the website didn't do the Georgian Manor Inn justice! The innkeepers were very nice, and accommodating. Gene even let my husband borrow a dress shirt! My husband and I had a fabulous time, and would defiantly go back!"
10/22/2008 - "Beautiful" -"The B&B was everything I could have asked for in a away-from-home getaway. The ambiance was incredible and the people were very warming."
10/17/2008 - "Fantastic Place" - "I really enjoyed my stay at the Georgian Manor. The host were very courteous and the rooms were very comfortable. I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in the area."
08/01/2008 - "Excellent " - "We have stayed at this inn the past two years and have enjoyed the great hospitality, rooms, guests, location and food. The home is absolutely lovely. Judy and Gene are wonderful hosts and we have already booked our reservation for next year during the NHRA race weekend. We thoroughly enjoy our stay at the Georgian Manor Inn and highly recommend it.
07/03/2008 - "Incredible hospitality!" - "What a wonderful experience! Every detail of our stay was perfect; the decor, the gardens, and the food! No need to set an alarm clock - the delicious aromas of breakfast will have you up & ready to go. We stayed here the past two years while attending the NHRA drag racing event - it's less than 5 miles from the track - but even if it were 50 miles away, we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. It's comfortable and elegant - a true delight. We also enjoyed eating at the local Mexican restaurant - Casa Fiesta. Even though they were very busy with the race crowd, the food was fast and delicious. We wish it were closer to home! Gene & Judy were wonderful hosts; it was like staying with a favorite aunt & uncle. We can't wait for next year!"
06/24/2008 - "Beautiful, peaceful getaway" - "We enjoyed our stay at Georgian Manor House. It was very beautiful and the stay was peaceful - just what we were looking for. A nearby restaurant for lunch and then later a nearby winery added to the stay."
05/06/2008 - "Every detail was perfect" - "I was impressed with the attention to detail that was employed in decorating the Inn. The house is even more impressive in person than in the pictures. Gene and Judy are delightful hosts, full of useful and interesting facts about the area and the history of the house. Our room was extremely clean and private. The garden in the back is gorgeous - the tulips were in full bloom and we took lots of pictures. The library is full of fascinating books on history, geography, US Presidents, etc. The breakfast was unbelievable both days. I would definitely stay there if I ever travel through that area again."
4/26/2008 - "Best Place to Stay in Norwalk" - "I have been traveling to Norwalk for business on a regular basis for over twelve years. I can say without hesitation that the best place to stay in Norwalk is the Georgian Manor. Gene and Judy Denney are your wonderful hosts and they are very accommodating. The decor is elegant but warm and comfortable. A great breakfast is included and the grounds are beautiful. Each room has cable TV and wireless internet access."
3/12/2008 - "Georgian Manor Inn B & B" - "Well worth a visit!!! Judy made us a delicious breakfast and Gene made sure we had all the info. we needed. ie: local hot spots, activities, food. We will be back for sure. If you try this B&B you will not be disappointed!"
Thanks again, Gene and Judy, Gary and Sharon M.
3/2/2008 - "Weekend Getaway turns into Paradise" - "Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay at the Georgian Manor Inn -We were looking for a weekend getaway, and discovered paradise. Gene and Judy Denney are two of the most kind and lovely individuals we have ever met. They have a gift of connecting with people, and made use feel right at home almost immediately after meeting them. The food and ambiance were amazing, and the hospitality was endless It was one of the most relaxing and delightful experiences. We are always searching for new experiences and try not to visit the same place twice, but this is one destination that we will make a ritual."
02/18/2008 - "Would Definitely Stay Again" - "This was our first visit to a B&B, and I can't imagine how any could be better. The Georgian Manor was charming and welcoming. We felt as though we were visiting with family. The place could not have been any cleaner nor breakfast more delicious. We would definitely recommend anyone looking for a relaxing night out to stay here. We are looking forward to staying again one day."
01/17/2008 - "One of the Best B&B's we have ever stayed at!"" - "We have stayed at B&B's from Bar Harbor, Maine,to Duluth, Minnesota, to San Antonio, Texas, and believe that your B&B is one of the most perfectly appointed (and cleanest) that we have ever stayed at! Breakfast was delicious! Again - one of the best we've ever had. Thank you for providing such a beautiful B&B for us to celebrate our 34th Wedding Anniversary!"
03/07/2007 - "Impeccable Attention to Detail" - "We can not stop talking about how wonderful our time was at this Gorgeous Bed & Breakfast! We consider it time very well spent for our special ten year wedding anniversary. We must say how Gene and Judy's hospitality, and warmness toward total strangers, 'Wowed' us in ways we have never seen from any other B&B in which we have stayed. At one point I felt uncomfortable wearing shoes around their home and thought it only right if we left them at the door. The attention to detail that has been poured into this property did not go unnoticed and was very appreciated from the cleanliness of the rooms to the upkeep of the beautiful woods throughout. In my humble opinion this is a First Class piece of property and the Innkeepers' personal caring shines through. Breakfast was excellent!! We have told many friends about our experience and showed them the pictures we have cataloged from our stay. The pictures say all that needs to be in order to send them to the Georgian Manor in the future with Gene & Judy's hospitality for them being an unmatched bonus!"
July 22, 2007 - "This is the most wonderful and hospitable home I have ever stayed. Thank you for your kindness and exceptional food."
Former White House Chef 1994 - 2005 W.S.
July 5 & 6, 2007 - "Dear Gene & Judy - We have stayed in many, many B&B's throughout the country ... We can not think of any that is as well furnished as this Manor Inn. And for attention to detail, few can compare... Gene your maps are a piece of art and Judy the breakfast is 2nd to none. The next time we are in Northern Ohio, we will be back for sure. Keep up the great work - you both have it right. Thanks again."
- R&S - Columbus, Ohio
July 6, 2007 - "Dear Gene & Judy, Last December we stayed here on our wedding anniversary. Now, seven months later, we have returned to enjoy once again this marvelous room. As our lives have changed, so have the colorful gardens below us bloomed to perfection. We have enjoyed the singing of the happy birds, the sounds of the waterfall, and the glorious array of multi-colored flowers. The care and attention give to both the inside and outside of this house reflect your wish to make your guests feel special. You have succeeded. We will always remember this place. We indeed did hear the call from your home and we leave relaxed, grateful, and ready for our next adventure."
J&D-M. Findlay, Ohio
June 3, 2007 - "Dear Gene & Judy, What a gem you have in this beautiful estate - and to share it with others is to bless so many. It is so beautiful, so peaceful, so perfect. The kindness of the hosts (and the delicious breakfast!) top it all off. Thank you - we will always remember the time we spent here to celebrate our 1st anniversary!! "God Bless, B&V K, Mt Gilead, Ohio
May 28, 2007 - "Dear Judy & Gene, Not only has this been a 50th Oberlin College & our wedding anniversary event, we've also made new friends as we've enjoyed a memorable weekend in your lovely home! Judy-- your breakfasts are works of art & Gene's attention to every detail has made our stay " luxurious". You have created a home-away-from-home for us & many others. Thank you for your gracious hospitality."
Aloha, C&D E.-Rochester, NY
April 21, 2007 - "Gene & Judy, We have stayed a B&B's from Bar Harbor, Maine to Duluth, Mn, to San Antonio, Texas and believe that your B&B is one of the most perfectly appointed (and cleanest) that we have stayed at! Breakfast was delicious! Again - the best we've ever had. Thank you for providing such a beautiful B&B for us to celebrate our 34th Wedding Anniversary!
T&L L, Shelby, Ohio Ps: We'll be Back!"
Aug 26, 2006 - "Gene & Judy, We've stayed at quite a few B&B's & Inns & this has been by far the best. We loved your home & the peace & quiet (no pitter patter of our kids feet). Thanks for the get away. We will be sure to tell our friends."
A&L Royal Oak, Michigan
July 5, 2006 - "Gene & Judy, Thank you for making our 1st B&B a great experience. We had a wonderful time. There's so much to see and do in the area, I'm sure we will be back.
T&C M Hubbard, Ohio
PS. You're home is beautiful. I'll be sure to tell all of our family and friends about it... Thanks again."
April 19, 2006 - "This is our second stay at the Georgian Manor Inn--- 1 st was for our 1st anniversary and now our 2nd visit on our eight anniversary. 7 years have passed & yet the place is as lovely & special --nothing has changed & that is wonderful!"
Mar. 24, 2006 - "Dear Gene& Judy , Here we are again - for the fifth time! We consider you good friends. We love our little get-a-ways here and love introducing our friends to your B&B. Everything was wonderful once again. Thanks for everything,"
D&M - Mentor, Ohio
Jan. 1 2006 - "Dear Gene & Judy, Thank you - Such a lovely 4 days - it was more beautiful than I imagined. New Years Eve was so much fun to be with old friends & new friends. We hope to see you again this year " my friends". Thanks again, Love "
R & P M - Canada
Aug. 29 2005 - "What a wonderful respite while traveling cross-country! Judy & Gene, you have a wonderful home! We enjoyed our stay (although) Again after having stayed here 4 years ago on another cross-country trip. We look forward to a return visit!"
C&N D Crawford, NJ
Aug. 15 2005 - "Thank you for your hospitality. Your rooms and your home has been a lovely stop in our trip. You've a charming house, garden and all is perfectly decorated. Thanks a lot for your amiability and thank you for the maps. See you in another time."
O & X - Barcelona, Spain
June 28 2005 - "A luxurious B&B - one of the best ever. The beautiful gardens and lovely house make the Georgian Manor elegant and Judy and Gene have anticipated everything a guest could want -- We hope we will be back."
J & K R -- Iowa City, Iowa
Apr. 30 2005 - "Gene & Judy, Thank you for making our stay in the Lady Katherine so enjoyable. The inn is the most beautifully decorated b&b we have been to. Judy, the breakfast was fabulous! We enjoyed talking with you and we can come back again. We loved the whirlpool tub, it was helpful to me as I just had back surgery in January. I slept like a baby after soaking. Thanks again for your hospitality and good luck in your future endeavors serving people. * To anyone who may be staying, we highly recommend the Angry Bull restaurant - scrumptious!"
J & J M
Apr. 19 2005 - "Gene & Judy, Thanks for a wonderful stay at your beautiful inn. We've been to half a dozen B&B's before and yours is the most beautifully decorated. We enjoyed our talks with you, the delicious breakfasts and our tour of your lovely home. We'll only wish we could stay another night. We'll have to come back in the summer when the garden is in full bloom. Kingwood Center was a real treat for the eyes and we enjoyed exploring the various antique stores in the area. We love the neighborhood too. New homes can't compare to the class and character found in turn-of-the century homes like yours and others in the neighborhood. It's so great to get a look inside one of these architectural gems. We thoroughly enjoyed our time of quiet and relaxation and hope to return again soon."
J & C W Monroe, Michigan
Oct. 17 2004 - "What a wonderful way to spend our 32nd wedding anniversary! The rooms are lovely, the breakfasts delicious and the hosts gracious and warm. Thanks for the hospitality and special memories!"
J & L S - Mentor, Ohio
Sept. 26, 2004 - "We love your home and hospitality. This is our second visit and it was just as beautiful as the first. We wanted a quiet get away and we didn't have to look far. We didn't bother looking at any other B & B's because we knew the Georgian Manor met our expectations and more! Thank you,"
B & T C New Castle, PA
May 16, 2004 "Gene & Judy - "We've stayed at many B&B's and yours is definitely in the TOP FIVE ! Each room is so lovely, the food tasty and nicely presented. The gardens are really beautiful as well! Thank you for an enjoyable stay! "
C & R Amherst, Ohio
Feb. 29, 2004 - "Thank you for making our 12th anniversary romantic and relaxing. We appreciate the way you both made us feel at home in your beautiful home. The two of you are so gracious and hospitable. The breakfasts and presentation were extraordinary. Your suggestions on shopping, dining and activities (and your directions) were great. We will be back in the summer so we can see your gardens. This weekend will always be one of the best memorable moments in our lives. Thank you,"
T&S K - Grove City, Ohio
Valentines Day 2004 - "Well, we loved it six years ago on our first Valentines Day as married couple! Now three children later we enjoyed our get away even more!! We have gone to many B&B's and let me tell this one is just "outstanding". It was the first one we went to and remains our favorite. The Georgian Manor Inn has set a high standard! Thank you Gene and Judy for a lovely time. Warmly,"
B & A H
Nov 2003 - "Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality . You have both done a wonderful job of creating a warm, inviting, and restful haven. The Georgian Manor is beautifully appointed and the gardens are lovely. We also enjoyed the delicious breakfasts and the good company. This was a perfect get-away for a very relaxing weekend. Regards, "
M & R V - Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct. 25, 2003 - "We have been to many B&B's around the country, and your is definitely superior! The decor is exquisite, the gardens and pond are fascinating (we have to come back during the spring / summer) and the breakfast was excellent. We truly enjoyed our short visit. Thanks, so much for your wonderful hospitality. May you enjoy many years of interesting guests at your inn."
L & S M
Oct. 12, 2003 - "Dear Judy & Gene, We so enjoyed our weekend stay! Such a lovely peaceful home. Your hospitality and breakfasts were wonderful. We wish you both continued success. A great place to stay for our First Anniversary. All the best,"
Aug. 30, 2003 - "Gene & Judy, Everyone's "book comments" are all wonderfully true... but how can "words only" express what all my senses have experienced during our peaceful stay.... "Beautiful" Inn. Gene, your historical / friendly conversations we enjoyed so much too. The gardens are breathtaking, your pond beautifully creative... pergola - wow. Judy, your interior design is so beautiful and so detailed elegantly. Our room's furniture (Lady Katherine)is so "pretty". Your breakfast was "delicious" too. You both are very gifted with "extra" special unique talents. Thanks for sharing them with us. We had a wonderful relaxing stay. Your "pampering" and friendliness were greatly appreciated by us too. We now have a "home away from home" place again. You are not far away. We will be back soon.... and bring our friends asap. I thank our lord for all the blessings he gave you to share with everyone."
D & D - Strongsville, Ohio
Aug. 31, 2002 - "Gene & Judy, What a wonderful place to stay after a long day at Cedar Point. Thank you for opening your home to us. We thank you for the wonderful food and for the quiet place to spend some time together and away from our 3 children. We enjoyed our visit more than you will ever know and I'm sure we'll be back again."
D&S B - Indianapolis, Indiana
05-25-03 - "Our first visit to The Georgian Manor was so wonderful that we returned with several friends so they could also experience the beauty and adventure of this graciously restored mansion. The hosts, Gene & Judy are wonderful people who made us feel right at home. The garden this spring, with its many hostas, was lovely to view and the pond with its waterfall was so relaxing as we sat on our patio. We have been guests at many B & B's throughout the world and this one is the most beautiful of all with its grandeur, warmth, delicious breakfasts and decor but most of all its hosts - Gene & Judy. Thanks for sharing your home with us!"
Keith & Lynda Tanner, Cayuga, ON Canada
"Our stay at the Georgian Manor Inn was our first B&B. We felt at home the moment we arrived and were taken by the warmth and hospitality. We can't wait to come back. Thank you Gene & Judy."
"We had the most wonderful time at the Georgian Manor Inn. The accommodations were both comfortable and elegant! Our hosts, Gene and Judy were so kind and made us feel at home. We had a lovely first Valentine's Day as a married couple as we were pampered here at the Georgian Manor Inn!"
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
"We really couldn't have had a better introduction to 'real' America and 'real' Americans. You made us so welcome and we felt so at home with you - thank you again for your generous hospitality. I hope you will enjoy the enclosed book!"
"Thank you again for a wonderful weekend - we will always remember your beautiful Inn. We so much enjoyed getting to know you both - it was nice to set and visit."
Manchester, New Hampshire
"Thank you again for the most gracious time spent at your lovely Bed & Breakfast. It was so pleasant and relaxing; our room, (the Lady Katherine) was elegant. We thought you might like to have these pictures we took while there."
Port Huron, Michigan
Area Attractions & Interests
- The Georgian Manor Inn is located on tree lined and Historic West Main Street in Norwalk, Ohio among other large estates and homes of prominence. Norwalk boasts the "most architecturally-diverse historic district in the State of Ohio". From the beautifully renovated homes in the West Main Street Historic District to the revitalized historic uptown area, the City is steeped in tradition.
- Eagle Creek Championship Golf Club - Norwalk - 10 minutes - Well manicured 18 hole country club type course with great fairways, tees, and greens. Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest
- Norwalk Raceway Park, Norwalk, Ohio - 10 minutes - One of the best drag strips in the country - 30,000 seats - World Nationals plus several special events.
- Firelands Museum, Lanning Research Building and Firelands Historical Society - Norwalk - 5 minutes - second oldest museum in Ohio - Guided Walking Tours of West Main Street District ...Plans activities such as: Norwalk Garden Tours , Open House Tours, Outstanding Guest Speaker programs.
- Health Spa / Massages (5 minutes) - Norwalk - Christian Roberts Salon & Spa -Easy 15 minute walk or less than 5 minute drive. Full spa with dedicated floor to spa treatments.
- Cedar Point Amusement Park - Sandusky - 25 minutes - For the young in us all. Live shows, 16 roller coasters, lots of rides - voted best park on the planet
- President Hayes Center - Fremont, Ohio - 35 minutes - Tour the 19th President's stately 31-room Victorian Mansion and visit the nation's first presidential library all on a 25 acre wooded estate.
- Five wineries are located within 45 minutes: New winery in Norwalk called D & D Smith Winery, 5 minutes away - Sand Hill Winery & Hermes Vineyards, 20 minutes, Firelands Winery, 25 minutes, and Mon Ami Winery, 45 minutes ( Wine tasting, Beautiful building and grounds - two restaurants), Quarry Hill Winery, Berlin Heights (20 minutes) and Matus Winery (25 minutes), Wakeman
- Thomas Edison's 1847 birthplace Milan, Ohio - 10 minutes - Visit the birthplace of the world's greatest inventor with 1093 american patents -- quaint city square with antique and specialty shops or visit Milan Historical Museum , Milan, Ohio
- Kingwood Center - Mansfield, Ohio - 40 minutes - A forty-seven acre display garden and cultural center - Beautiful gardens and Free.
- Marblehead Lighthouse, Marblehead - 50 minutes - One of the most photographed sites on Lake Erie
- Restaurants - As the premier vacation area in Ohio, there's plenty of restaurants in the area however we have picked a few Unique Restaurants (non chain) in the area to recommend: In Uptown Norwalk - Berrys Restaurant and Dinky Pub & Grille - An easy walk to a Norwalk tradition of casual dining in a nostalgic atmosphere of tin ceilings, stained glass, historic photos with good prices too ! Huron, Angry Bull Steakhouse featuring prime rib, steaks & seafood ; Chez FranÃ§ois - Vermilion -- one of the top restaurants in the Zagat Survey for Ohio. Terrific view on the Vermilion River and you'll be treated to a truly wonderful French dining experience.
- Unique Fine Dining Experience" - For an unique fine dining experience, check out the website of the Culinary Vegetable Institute, the premier venue for the finest in culinary experiences including Earth to Table Dinners, Wine Tastings, and special events. Fine dining dinners are prepared by nationally renowned chefs from around the country at the CVI facility located within 15 minutes of Norwalk. Reservations required 419-499-7500.
- Nature Preserves / Trails (25 minutes) - Old Womans Creek
- Sheldon Marsh
- Unique shops Norwalk and area: - Antiques - Northern Ohio Antiques (large 2 floors & open 6 days a wk) and Mannino's on Main Antiques (3 floors) both on East Main Street, Norwalk -Amish Heritage Furniture and Lace, East Main Street, Norwalk - Robert's Art Gallery and Sew Little Time, both on East Main Street, Norwalk -- Colonial Flower and Gift Shop, West Main Street, Norwalk . There is also a Music store, Bicyle Shop, two jewelery stores on Main Street. On the north edge of Norwalk, there's additional strip mall stores plus Walmart, KMart, Drug Mart, etc.
- Cinemas -- In Norwalk a new eight screen Premiere Theater - plus 2 cinemas 15 -20 minutes north of Norwalk
- Lake Erie Islands - Put-in-Bay and Kelleys - Enjoy a ferry boat ride and trip to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island via Miller Ferries, located at Catawba Point. Ferry boats to Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island leave from Sandusky and other nearby locations only 25 to 45 minutes from Norwalk.
- Amish Country - 60 - 75 minutes - Downtown Cleveland, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Major Sports - 60 minutes - Toledo Museum of Art - 60 minutes