There are a lot of things to do and sites to visit in the state of Ohio. If you have been to the state once or twice, then you may have heard of places like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the Hocking Hills State Park and many others more. These places are frequented by visitors yearly but if you want a truly unique take on Ohio, then it might be time that you book a room at the historic and memorable Ravenwood Castle.
Located in 65666 Bethel Road, New Plymouth, Ohio, the Ravenwood Castle is a standout as it looks and feels like one of the castles from fairy tales or the days gone by. It serves both as an accommodation and events place at the same time. From corporate parties to weddings, Ravenwood Castle is able to suit your every need. But of course, we’re sure you’re visiting the place for its serene beauty and unforgettable structure. The castle is easily accessible as it is located in the Hocking Hills region, roughly an hour away from Columbus, Ohio.
- 1 Ravenwood Castle’s History
- 2 Rules Of Ravenwood Castle
- 3 The Best Time to Visit Ravenwood Castle
- 4 What’s Good at Ravenwood Castle?
Ravenwood Castle’s History
Ravenwood Castle was inspired by the castles that border England and Wales during the 12th and 13th centuries. At the time, those castles were used to defend the respective regions as it was wartime. Of course, Ravenwood Castle may look old but the building itself has strong integrity too. That’s because Ravenwood Castle is relatively new.
Ravenwood Castle’s creators were Sue and Jim Maxwell. They both owned the property for a lengthy seventeen years. As the founding heads, the Maxwells lead Ravenwood Castles into prosperity. They were responsible for the old English charm of the castle which they claim to have experienced throughout the British Isles while they were traveling.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Ravenwood Castle happened on. Sept. 1994 and the main building people now use was finished by May 1995. For its original plan, Ravenwood Castle’s architects only planned on creating our guest rooms but more rooms were added as construction went on. During the fall of 1996, the medieval village was built from the ground up using small cottages. The first three of these cottages were ready by the spring of 1997.
In June 2012, the castle was bought by the Reeds. They were frequent guests of the castle for years. As the new owners of the castle, the Reeds want to continue the vision that the Maxwells brought. Since they have been experiencing the castle for years, they know what they are doing very well. That isn’t to say that they won’t add any personal touches to the castle they now own.
We’re sure you’re ready to experience the magic of Ravenwood Castle but before anything else, it would be great to first know some of the important details before you visit or book a room.
Rules Of Ravenwood Castle
As with most accommodations and events places, Ravenwood Castle has its own sets of policies. Here are the most important ones.
- Check-in is anytime after 3:00 pm. But you should give them a call if you will be arriving later than 7:00 PM as they can make arrangements.
- Check-out is at 11:00 am. If you have not made prior arrangements with the Inn for a later check-out-time, a 50% room rate will be added to your final bill.
- Due to the castle’s intimate size, any cancellation can affect them significantly. Hence, they adhere to a strict cancellation policy. If you cancel your stay fourteen (14) days or more prior to your arrival, they can hold your deposit for a future stay, or arrange for a refund less a $25.00 processing fee.
- Within fourteen (14) days of your arrival, note that they do not normally refund your deposit.
- Also note that cancellations made on the same day of your arrival, early departures or no shows will be responsible for the entire reserved stay.
- Ticket purchases for ticketed events are non-refundable within 30 days of the event.
Minimum Stay Requirements
- Two night (or more) reservations are required for weekends and peak foliage season and three nights on certain holiday weekends.
- Nightly rates for all rooms, cottages, and cabins with the exception of the Silversmith’s House are based on double occupancy. The Silversmith’s House cabin is based on four occupants.
- There is an additional charge of $20 per person per night for additional occupants in any of the rooms, cottages, and cabins.
The Best Time to Visit Ravenwood Castle
No matter what season it is, there’s actually no recommended time to visit the castle. Every season is perfect for a visit to Ravenwood. There’s always something in the Castle that you will surely enjoy regardless of the season. But if you want to avoid the crowd, you can visit during weekdays as like in other hotels and tourist attractions, it’s often less crowded during weekdays.
What’s Good at Ravenwood Castle?
Castles are some of the top attractions that are often frequented by both locals and tourists in some regions in the US. Ohio alone, for instance, has plenty of it. But among its fascinating castles, the Ravenwood Castle is one that gains more attention than the rest. But what’s in it?
For starters, it’s not like the usual castle that you have in mind. Rather it is a hotel built in 1994 by Sue and Jim Maxwell styled to look like a 12th-century Norman castle. While it’s not a real medieval castle that one would imagine, don’t fret much, it still has a nice aura that will still make you feel like a king or queen even just for a day. But aside from that, it still has a lot of things to offer that are worth talking about that also makes it worthy of that spot in your travel itinerary. Here are some of them.
1It’s very relaxing
One of the main reasons why Ravenwood Castle deserves a spot in your travel itinerary is that it is a place that’s perfect for relaxation. You see, this castle-styled bed and breakfast is situated in an area that is surrounded by national and state forests. Having a location in the middle of heavily forested land, you’ll definitely feel a lot closer to nature. However, don’t expect for a strong Wi-Fi connection or cellphone services as being in this area also means that you won’t be able to connect to those, making it not a perfect place for business travelers or people who requires such connection at all times. In spite of that, it is still a great place to stay if you’re looking for a place to unwind and just take a break from the hustle and bustle in the city.
2It has activities to offer too
Speaking of connections, just because Ravenwood castle can’t offer you a strong WiFi and other connections to the outside world because of its location, it doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of fun here. Don’t pass on it just yet as the castle can provide you several unique gaming experiences. Ravenwood Castle has a huge collection of board games and role-playing games for you to enjoy. On top of that, it holds special events too. In summer, for instance, the castle hosts a gaming convention. There’s also a Hoop and Stick Convention during the month of February (where all of the proceeds go to children’s hospitals). There are also murder mystery events open to the public and so much more. If you want some outdoor activity, you can hike the nearest state park too. You may not find some digital and other modern games to play here but you are guaranteed that you’ll still have a lot of fun. You can check some of the events here to see what’s on.
3It has unique rooms
Ravenwood Castle isn’t just a castle-themed bed and breakfast on the outside. Of course, its interiors are castle-themed too. On its third floor, it has Rapunzel’s Tower, the highest room in the castle. But unlike in the original story, this room has several windows. However, its windows have high casement and are a bit small compared to the usual ones we’ve gotten accustomed to.
In the castle’s second floor, you’ll see the Queen Elizabeth Suite. It may not be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth but it still gives off a royalty vibe with its combination of soft green walls and dark wood that brings an air of splendor. The highlight of the room is its large sitting area near its own fireplace that will ensure you comfort. On top of that, it has a balcony that will give you the best view of the woodland nearby.
Ravenwood Castle also has a room called the Queen Victoria Suite to talk big of. Like the Queen Elizabeth Suite, it also has a spacious fireplace and a balcony overviewing the wooded grounds of the place. But what makes it different is its interiors that is fitted with ornate pieces of furniture from the 1860s and its rich pink and rose décor.
Also found in the second floor is the Empress Matilda Suite that is decorated in green and gold. It has a king bed, a fireplace, and a balcony too.
In Ravenwood Castle’s first floor, on the other hand, you’ll see the Shakespeare Suite which is the best for guests with special needs as it is the most accessible for guests who are in wheelchairs and it meets ADA standards. It has a more antique feel but it still would make you feel like a royalty with its four-poster kind bed, richly tapestried chairs, and the dark wood and golden walls.
But among these rooms, there’s one that you should try if budget is not a problem for you – and that is the King Arthur Suite. It is the largest room in Ravenwood Castle and it sleeps four. It is so big that it has two stories. The top floor has a custom-made four-poster kind bed and has walls that depicts some scenes from the legend King Arthur with a mural. It also has a balcony that gives the nicest view of a formally planted garden. On its lower level, on the other hand, has a spacious sitting area, a game table, a sleeper sofa, and a bathroom with a whirlpool.
4It has villages if you don’t feel like staying in the castle
Ravenwood Castle also has several rooms to offer if you don’t feel like staying inside the main castle that it has. In its Medieval Village, it has seven cottages for you to choose from: the Candlemaker’s Cottage, Cinderella’s Coach House, the Merchant’s Cottage, the Clock Tower, Spinster’s Cottage, The Silversmith’s House, and the Woodcutter’s Cottage. In its Huntsman’s Hollow, on the other hand has much simpler cabins.
Medieval Village’s Cottages
The Medieval Villge’s Candlemaker’s Cottage is a small blue building. Bordering the estate’s wildflower garden, the Candlemaker’s Cottage sits under a flowering dogwood tree hence it’s one of the coziest cottages in the Medieval Village. It has a queen bed, a large whirlpool, and a sitting area outside. It has its own kitchenette and a fireplace.
Its Merchant’s cottage, on the flip side is much larger as it is a two-story suite. Upstairs is the sitting room that has an antique brass fireplace. Downstairs consists of a queen bed and a Jacuzzi tub.
The Medieval Village’s Spinster’s Cottage has two floor as well. Upstairs, you’ll find a queen bedroom and on its first floor, you’ll find a modern futon and kitchenette.
Cinderella’s Coach House is much luxurious-looking. It may not look straight out of the movie but it still has a big space to talk big about. And have we mentioned that it has stained glass windows too? Its highlights include a kitchenette, a fireplace, and a whirlpool as well.
The Woodcutter’s Cottage offers a more rustic feel and offers more peace and quiet. It has a spacious back porch overlooking the woods and it has its own Jacuzzi and kitchenette.
The Clock Tower and the Silversmith’s House offers bigger spaces for guests traveling in larger groups. The former is a two-story cottage that can fit four people while the latter, which is the largest of the cottages, can accommodate six.
Unlike the Medieval Village, the Hunstman’s Hollow doesn’t have cottages that have unique names or interiors. It only has five cabins that have a rustic theme. Each of which has a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a bathroom, a kitchenette, an enclosed porch, and a common room with a futon. At the center of these five cabins sits a fire pit that is large enough to accommodate all of the residents of the said cabins. Don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids as all of its cabins have sleeping lofts that are kid-friendly – perfect for rolling out sleeping bags during the night and for playing games during the day. If you want to book in advance or check their rates, you can see them all here.
5They serve you the best foods
Since it is a bed and breakfast type of accommodation, you won’t have to pay for your meal. Just head to Ravenwood Castle’s Great Hall from 8:30 to 10 AM for breakfast. Typically, they serve fresh fruits, eggs, juice, muffins, and coffee. On Sundays, don’t forget to try out their homemade cinnamon buns, it’s one of the best ones you’ll ever taste.
The Great Hall is also open for dinner every Friday’s and Saturdays at 7 PM. They serve buffet-style meals that often consist of two entrees, rolls, salads, vegetable, and dessert.
Ravenwood Castle also has a pub on site that serves fine wine, craft beers, and other drinks. Don’t worry if you’re not a Ravenwood guest yet as it also opens to the general public every Friday and Saturday evenings.
6Bonus: It is also a great destination for special events
Another thing to love about the Ravenwood Castle is that it’s not just a place that’s perfect toad to your travel itinerary. It is also a place that you can consider as a venue for special events, especially weddings. Aside from the fact that the castle offers a nice romantic atmosphere and outstanding venue style for such a special event, it also offers nice wedding packages.
Ravenwood has Prince and Princess, Woodland Wedding, King and Queen, and the Royal Court Packages. Its Prince and Princess Package, for instance, is ideal for couples who wish to have an intimate wedding with up to ten guests and you can choose whether or not you will hold the ceremony indoors.
If a couple has 50 guests or less, they have the Woodland Wedding Package where the bride and the groom can tie the knot in a woodland pavilion that includes two enclosed dressing areas and a stage. Plus, bench seating is already provided.
The King and Queen Package deal, on the contrary lets the couple’s guests enjoy the castle for two nights. The couple also has the power to choose whether the ceremony will be held indoors or out. The package also includes one evening meal, a wine, and commemorative glasses for the couple.
If a couple wants a grander wending, they can Ravenwood offers the Royal Court Package that grants couples and their guests exclusive use of the whole estate. The package includes a rehearsal dinner and accommodation for two nights as well. You can check their website for more info about weddings and other special events.