THE COMMON AREAS OF HALLAUER HOUSE
The common, shared indoor areas of Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast in Oberlin, Ohio are located on the first floor of the house. They consist of the Music Room, the Formal Dining Room, the Great Room, the Asian Spa, the Informal Dining Room, and the combination Rec Room and Fitness Center.
The Music Room
Step into the Music Room. Sit in one of the 1870 antique wing back chairs or recline onto the 1875 antique Empire Revival sofa and begin to feel history. Look out the windows and imagine the carriages flying down the dirt road. Could John Price be in one of them? Could others trying to escape to freedom be hiding in the cellar?
In this room you will feel the past but participate in the present. If you desire a more upbeat and lively time, sit down at the ‘modern’ digital piano or pick up a guitar and play songs from many different eras. Tap your toe to the tunes of the antique player organ as it pumps out marches, spirituals, or ragtime. Challenge your partner in a game of chess, cribbage, Chinese checkers, backgammon, or cards. Try your hand at Castle Risk, Scrabble, or win the battle of Gettysburg.
But if the past is still haunting you, pick up a book and read about history from the Civil War to the present in books that are new, old, and ancient!
The Dining Room
Crossing through the hallway from the Music Room brings you into the dining room where you can only guess as to the type of meal served in 1860.
Sit down, relax, and enjoy a complimentary four course breakfast each morning. Dine in formal elegance with fine china, sterling silver, and candlelight while you enjoy the informal atmosphere and the lively conversation between guests and hosts! Sometimes these conversations are so interesting that many guests forget the time and talk for hours!
When the sun shines and warms up the air, this formal elegance is transported out to the pool deck and breakfast can be enjoyed alongside the mini beach and warm inviting swimming pool.
When you walk through the Asian tatami doors you will enter a room of luxurious beauty. In this room at the Inn you can relax and enjoy the hot dry air of the far-infrared sauna and then step into the warm whirling water of the Jacuzzi tub. Bring your wine, sake, hot Asian herb tea, or plain healthy water. Sip, relax, and contemplate life in the soft gentle glow of the flickering light put off by the candles and the gel fireplace. Listen to the music of nature on the Bose stereo. Can life get much better than this?
The Spa must be reserved in advance at time of reservation or upon arrival and is subject to availability. Only one Spa reservation per day.
Turn your Spa reservation into a complete package. See more here: Asian Spa Serenity Package.
The Great Room with Private Dining Room
In the center of the house is the more modern Great Room. Relax and converse on the sofas in front of the wood burning fireplace or enjoy TV on the larger screen in the sunken well. Here to, you will find history, antiques, old books, and lots of modern magazines. Check out the dinky toy collection, the leather bound Presidential book of Presidents up to President McKinley, the complete leather bound collection of Shakespeare’s plays, magazines from Civil War “North and South,” ” Hemmings,” ” National Geographic,” and many food and gardening magazines.
The small more private dining room will seat 4 on a custom made cherry table with turning lazy Susan center. This dining room is used when we have over 8 guests or when someone requests a more intimate setting.
Fitness Center and Recreation Room
But you don’t have to chop wood or ride a horse when you want to exercise! You can choose to work out on an elliptical, a treadmill, a stationary bike, or a Bow Flex. The Sole brand equipment is new and has various programs that you can use, depending on your fitness level. The Bow Flex is the Sport model.
For recreation you can choose to toss a game of Corn Hole, play a variety of board games or WII games, shoot a game of pool, challenge someone in ping pong, or throw some darts. Watch satellite TV or listen to music while you play or workout and have a great time!
Our In-Ground Heated Swimming Pool
During the era of the Civil War, Hallauer House boasted over 100 acres of clear cut farm land up to the main road connecting Oberlin and Wellington. That advantage would have allowed the house to witness history and the the Oberlin-Wellington rescue. Today, the house sits on a mere 2 1/2 acres but it is no longer a clear cut area of farmland but instead, a magical place unto itself. Where once there was a field, there are now trees. Where there was once weeds and poison ivy there is now shrubs, perennials, and gravel paths.
After your journey through the house interior, venture through the garden rooms. Start at the ‘Welcome Garden on ‘Welcome Way Path.’ Stroll down the ‘Tropical Trail’ and then ‘Amil Avenue” and see the Grand kids at Rest Garden.
Venture further past ‘Ethan’s Alley,’ and then choose the ‘High Road’ or the ‘Low Road’. Now you’re on ‘RaRa Road’ where you can take in the Western Shutter Garden. Mosey on past Moss Hill or turn onto ‘Maya Mile.’ Cross over ‘Pop pop Path’ and peek to see what’s down ‘Darby Drive.’ Did you see the ‘Ode to a Grecian Urn Garden and ‘The Freedom Staircase’? Don’t miss ‘Emmy Way’ where you will see the Cieres Garden. Take a break in the Overlook Pavilion and then continue on to ‘Dawn Drive’ past the glass wall in the Soundscapes Garden, and on to ‘Jenn Junction.’ Along the way you will see ‘The Brain Drain’! (You’ll have to ask!) ‘Walk Through Thyme’ and smell the herbs in the Fairies Herb Garden or stop and smell the flowers in theSunny side Garden. And by all means, don’t miss ‘Wedding Cake Walkway’ and the wedding cake!
Go slow! Enjoy the journey down every road. Search for the garden antiques! And be sure to visit after dark when the lights light up the night and the peepers come out to sing!
Take time to stop and smell the roses!
AMENITIES IN COMMON AREAS
- FREE WI-FI Wireless Internet
- Complimentary 4 course breakfast by candlelight
- Unlimited use of all common areas
- Private outside keyless entry
- Cell phone tower 1/2 mile away
- Land-line phone in upstairs hall
- Beach towels to use at pool
- Umbrellas for rainy days
- Board games including Scrabble, Monopoly, Gettysburg,
- Playing cards
- Emergency lighting in rooms
- Wood burning stove in music room
- Wood burning fireplace
- HD Satellite TV
- Antiques as well as antique books
- Digital Piano
- 1890 Player Pump Organ
- FREE off street parking
- Variety of magazines, fictional novels, historical books