“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”. Do you remember this great line from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale story? Every time I see a castle I’m reminded of this delightful story. The damsel in distress peering out of the castle tower waiting to be saved by her prince charming. Did you know we actually have quite a few castles right here in the state of Ohio?
This week I was thrilled to be able to visit Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, Ohio. Nestled in the woods of Ashland County is a European-inspired castle on 30 acres with noble accoutrements to make you feel like a queen or king. Driving through winding country roads, you enter the property up a steep gradient, this property is one of the highest points in Ashland County. When you reach the castle you already feel like your worlds away from your hectic everyday life. The castle consists of 11 suites (each named after a Landoll family member) including tower rooms with views of the property and some with private decks. Each room has its own stately theme, including dark cherry wood floors, hand painted ceilings, king or queen sized beds, Italian marbled bathrooms with heated floors, fireplaces, and kitchenettes. There are several suites throughout the property to accommodate larger groups and a couple of cottages.
Jim and Marta Landoll’s vision of building their castle started with a barn (which is the castle’s lobby) that had beautiful arched doorways that are still visible today. Mr. Landoll then added the small tower with its winding staircase hat kids love to climb. A small lookout room with a chandelier. All the wood and stone used in the building of the castle came directly from the property. The castle stonework took approximately 2 years to complete. Six years later, the castle was open to the public in 2002. A secluded retreat surrounded by lovely gardens, sitting areas, and woodlands.
For my stay, I chose the Lawrence Suite. Walking in through the Gothic arched doorway, I was immediately awestruck by the impressive floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The Celtic music playing in the background was such a nice touch and set the ambiance for the room!
Marble topped coffee table with lion head accents. King size bed with a hand carved headboard and rich purple colored bedspread. I loved the cathedral ceilings with thick cut beams and of course, the wrought-iron chandelier.
The castle is a favorite Ohio wedding destination. Recently, renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay (Hotel Hell & Hells’ Kitchen) and his crew did a complete remodel of the Event Center and he designed an updated menu for the on-site restaurant.
Thanks to Gordon Ramsay’s input, the menu is more concise but still has a nice variation. The Copper Mug Bar and Grill Restaurant is upscale but has a laid-back atmosphere. Handsomely appointed with indoor or outdoor seating. With Mr. Ramsay’s involvement in the new menu, I anticipated a wonderful meal and that’s exactly what we got.
I had the Chicken Alfredo with mushrooms and peas over linguine and a side salad. My husband had the braised short ribs with asparagus over a potato puree. Dinner rolls with homemade blueberry jam made exclusively for the castle. Just the right balance of sweet and tart, I purchased a jar to go. House chardonnay was on point! I think it’s great that the bar also offers wines from the local Ohio wineries. The executive chef, Kyle Elsasser, uses locally sourced ingredients from area farms as well as his own garden. Everything about our meal was excellent and so was the service.
Too full for dessert, we ordered the blueberry crumble to go. We enjoyed it with coffee as part of our breakfast the next morning. So delicious! As you can see (picture below) they have so many great desserts to choose from.
The hotel offers a continental breakfast in the lobby. As part of the castle complex there is a pool and fitness facility. This facility is also undergoing a complete makeover and will soon reopen.
It really is an ideal place to kick back and relax. You can venture the upstairs of the castle for a 360 panoramic view of the grounds. We walked a good part of the property and trails bird watching, then had a glass of wine out on the restaurant patio.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a place to bring the family to reconnect, the castle is your spot. I can imagine in the winter with a blanket of snow covering the grounds, that it would give the castle a different sort of beauty. We enjoyed our stay immensely and it’s great that it’s right here in my state!
The history of the property is very noteworthy. First used as hunting grounds for Native-Americans, the Wolf Tribe (Delaware nation). Then in the 1800’s a gentleman by the name of Jacob Heyd settled here with his wife & family. Mr. Heyd had been from the Alsace area of France and served in Napoleon’s army. Wagon maker by trade, he built a wagon repair shop and a Lutheran church (with the help of neighbors) on the property. This area was a stopping point for settlers heading out west. My Heyd’s (and some family members) gravestones remain in the Heyd cemetery that was situated next to the church which unfortunately burned down.
- The restaurant serves dinner every day. Lunch is Friday-Sunday (April through October). Sunday they offer brunch.
- Wi-Fi can be a little slow. All rooms have TV’S & DVD players.
- Closest town is Loudonville
*****Thank you to Brock Schroeder (Sales & Marketing) for a wonderful tour and being so helpful during our stay.
The staff was welcoming and ready to lend a hand for anything we needed!