The White Oak Inn

29683 Walhonding Road, Danville, Ohio 43014
Innkeeper(s): Ian and Yvonne Martin
  • Introduction



    The White Oak Inn - Danville, Ohio

    Your perfect getaway starts here, on a secluded country road in Ohio's Amish country.   Consistently voted by our guests as one of the top Bed and Breakfast country Inns in the United States, the White Oak Inn has earned a reputation for excellent service, food, and accommodations.

    Whether your idea of heaven is to sit back and do nothing, or an action-packed weekend, you'll find it here. You can relax on the front porch gliders, go canoeing, golfing, cycling, or ziplining, or discover wineries, shops, antiques, auctions, and many other attractions.

    "The relaxed atmosphere, great food and camaraderie draws guests back again and again."

     Midwest Living Magazine

    The Inn's several buildings and 14 private acres offer space to relax, enjoy nature, or socialize. Our two luxury log-cabin cottages, and our rooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzi style whirlpool tubs are perfect for honeymoons and anniversaries.

    We offer many different packages and events, including romantic getaways, honeymoon packages, girlfriends' getaways, elopements, massage packages, murder mysteries, theater events, and nature weekends. 

    Cash value Gift Certificates are available.

    Wining and Dining at The White Oak Inn

    An overnight stay at the Inn always includes one of our hearty country breakfasts. They are generous in portion, made from farm-fresh eggs and local meats. Every day features a choice between two different main courses, one sweet and one savory, both accompanied by Amish-style peppered bacon or maple sausage patties. Fresh fruit, home-baked muffins, our specialty roast coffee, and hot teas accompany all our breakfasts.

    Whether it's to celebrate a special event such as an anniversary or birthday, a gathering of friends or just a time to relax and unwind, you don't want to miss dinner at the inn. The service is relaxed and unhurried. Menus are planned daily to take advantage of the finest produce, meat and fish available. We are happy to accommodate special dietary requests, such as for vegetarian, vegan or diabetic meals. Dinner prices are for a complete four course meal including non-alcoholic beverages and cost $40-$45/person.

    The Walnut RoomSpecial Events

    In addition to our regularly scheduled murder mysteries, we can arrange private mystery parties or cooking classes. An afternoon tea is perfect for your Red Hat Group, an office party, a bridal or baby shower, or just a get-together with your best friends. We welcome parties and special events, including weddings, family reunions, Christmas parties, rehearsal dinners, and anniversary celebrations.

    The Inn is an ideal place to hold business meetings or retreats for up to 20 guests. All-inclusive meeting packages start at $185 per person per day.

  • 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 Yvonne Martin for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To enjoy a peaceful country getaway, with lots of nearby activities to enjoy during the daytime, and great dining in the evening.

    What are you best known for? 

    Murder mysteries. We offer 6 public mystery weekends a year and can host private mystery parties for 16 to 21 people.  

    What makes your inn unique? 

    The number of special events, packages, and options we offer to our guests. For example we offer elopement packages, honeymoons, babymoons, evening dining, a Spring Nature weekend, a fall music festival called Oakstock, New Years and Valentines packages that include dinner, and so on. There's a room or package for every budget or event, and if we don't already offer it, guests can tell us what they'd like and we'll create a package for them.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The natural beauty of the property. We're on 14 wooded acres. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to relax and enjoy the fresh air and the peace and quiet.

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

    We're not in a city, we're out in the country. But there are literally hundreds of things to see and do nearby - including touring Amish country, visiting cheese makers and wineries, antiquing, shopping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, golfing, fishing, a zipline, checking out local potters and other artisans, an ice-cream museum and factory tour, cycling on rails-to-trails, covered bridges-the list goes on and on.

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

    A well-traveled guest said that our food rivaled what he'd eaten in some of the world's best restaurants.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The beautiful little park called Honey Run. It has a lovely waterfall, great hiking trails, and plenty of shade trees.

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

    I'd recommend taking a guided tour of Ohio's Amish country on the first day, preferably with a meal in an Amish home. That would give them an overview of the culture and expose them to some of the back roads and authentic experiences they might not find on their own. On another day use one of our self-guided tours to discover the potters and artisans of the area or go check out some of the local wineries and cheese-makers. I'd suggest one day enjoying the outdoors - whether it's walking or cycling on one of the many trails in the area, canoeing or fishing on the nearby river, ziplining and tree-climbing at Tree Frog Canopy tours, or golfing. Spend the fourth day discovering some of the lovely little towns in the area, antiquing, shopping, and eating. And somewhere in there, try to schedule an in-room massage.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Just secluded country roads and a lovely river.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    While the Inn itself offers the best fine dining in the area for evening meals, we have some great suggestions for lunch, including The Hangout or The Bad Apple Pub for fantastic burgers, and if you're exploring the eastern end of Amish Country, Rebecca's Bistro in Walnut Creek for wonderful home-made food.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 rooms and 2 cottages.

    Do you accept pets?

    Two of our guesthouse rooms are suitable for pets.


  • Murder Mysteries

    They're a little bit of magic, a little bit of music, and a whole lot of fun! Our murder mysteries are set up for guests to dress in costume and play along. Our regular murder mysteries are open to individuals or groups and take place on specific scheduled dates from November to April. We can also arrange private murder mystery parties for groups of 16 - 21 guests.

  • Handicapped Accessible

    Luxury Cottage

    One luxury cottage has a wheelchair ramp, is all on one level, and has ADA compliant toilet and shower. The shower is not roll-in, but has grab bar and bench. For guests who cannot get into the dining room we will deliver meals to the cottage.

  • Pets Welcome

    The White Oak Inn - Danville, Ohio Front Porch

    Well-behaved dogs, cats, and birds are welcome in the Willow or Dogwood rooms in our guesthouse. $25 per night fee for up to 2 animals. Pets must be current on vaccinations and flea treatment. Must be crated if left alone in the room. In the event pets damage property or create noise, owner will be asked to either kennel the animal or leave the Inn. No refund for early departures.

  • Weddings



    Perfection, like fine crystal, is a delicate thing. When it comes to your wedding ceremony and reception, nothing less will do. Know that our special care will leave the memory of this day glowing in the hearts of you and your guests for a lifetime.

    The White Oak Inn Bed and Breakfast is distinguished by the excellence of its food and the professionalism of its staff. We will be pleased to create a menu that will reflect your personal style and taste, while keeping in mind any special dietary needs or budgetary constraints you may have.

    Whether it's an elopement for two or a formal dinner for 135, we take the same care and attention. You can relax and enjoy your day, knowing we're attending to every detail.

    Small weddings can be held in front of the fireplace of the Inn's common room. Larger weddings can be held outdoors in the Inn's gardens or in tents on the grounds. Receptions for up to 40 guests can be held in the downstairs rooms of the Inn. If your preference is for an outdoor wedding, you can choose the front porch of the Inn, or a favorite spot in the garden. For larger parties, we will arrange tent rentals as necessary and can cater for up to 135 guests for a meal, or up to 200 guests for lighter refreshments.

    We can also arrange for a minister, photographer, wedding cake, flowers, music, china and much more.

    The White Oak Elopement Package - $915 plus tax

    • Two night stay in one of our luxury log cabin cottages
    • Refrigerator stocked with water and soft drinks.
    • Cookies and other snacks
    • Wedding ceremony including officiant's fee
    • Photographs of ceremony and bride and groom
    • Wedding cake for two served with sparkling juice
    • Turndown service done during ceremony - A dozen roses in the room, silk rose petals on the bed, box of Belgian truffles and candles surrounding tub.
    • Romantic dinner basket for two delivered to cottage

    The Family and Friends Wedding Weekend - $5800 including taxes

    • Accommodation for up to 24 guests for two nights
    • Casual appetizer party or light buffet dinner on the first evening
    • Buffet breakfast both mornings
    • Wedding ceremony including officiant's fee
    • Wedding reception dinner for up to 24 guests
    • Non-alcoholic beverages served with meals
    • Two-tier wedding cake
    • Candles and flower arrangements for tables
    • All gratuities and taxes

    The above price does not include flowers for wedding party, alcoholic beverages, or beverage service other than during meals. Meals are for items chosen from our standard menus. Luxury items such as seafood, lamb or beef tenderloin are available at market price.

    Please contact the innkeepers if you would like to discuss pricing for a larger wedding or reception.