A well-known inventor and industrialist, Mr. S.H. Smith, established the HideAway Farms in 1938. He was delighted with the airplane, so much that he had his own runway behind the main house on the ridge and sought ways to improve it. A few of his patents include the variable pitch airplane propeller and hollow steel blades. He developed the transistor radio for aircraft during World War II. Many of his inventions were used to help Mr. Wiley Post win the Cleveland Air Races, along with holding the air speed record for many years.
Mr. Smith served on the roster of the Specialized Personnel to President Roosevelt, as well as chairing an Industrial Commission and serving on other Presidential appointed committees. He founded Smith Incubator as well as farmed 410 acres of land and had over 200 heads of cattle. He was a great innovator of farm technology in his era. There are pictures in the library of the farm when Mr. Smith owned the farm on the hill. The pictures of the elevator were one of the first storage buildings that were a designed prototype of today’s grain systems.
The second owner of the HideAway was Dr. Dan Arnold. He used what is now the library as his office and saw many patients here. He was known to make frequent house calls. Still retaining the name of HideAway Farms, Dr. Arnold made the farm famous for its well-bred dairy cattle in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Velmer Carpenter became the HideAway’s third owner in the 1960’s. After selling 80 acres of land in Columbus, which is now the home of the Anheuser-Busch plant and the 270/71 interchange, he purchased the HideAway Farm and lived here for 13 years before he retired to Florida.
In 1973, HideAway Farms was split into two properties. Fred and Jane Fischer purchased the house now known as the HideAway Country Inn. The farmhouse on the hill used to be part of the HideAway property. The farmland was sold to a local farm family that still farms the land today. The farmhouse on the hill had been used to house Bucyrus Township schoolteachers. The barn on the hill was the first on the farm and was used as a grain storage site.
In 1990 Steve and Debbie Miller purchased the HideAway with the dream of turning it into a place where couples, families, business travelers, ministers, and missionaries could come to relax, renew and reflect.
The house had some unique features to build upon. There are 4,000 board feet each of solid oak and cherry flooring and paneling. In the library you will find hidden doors on each side of the fireplace. In the basement is an old bomb shelter with 24 inches of concrete on the ceiling and walls. The original house had three wood burning fireplaces, two screened in porches, a laundry shoot and four original bathrooms. The other building on the property was converted from the original farm shop to a party barn, complete with two public restrooms. The décor was very rustic with antiques from the family scattered all over the walls of the building. The antiques were rescued from many haymows on the family farms.
In the beginning, Debbie started out with three small children; one in a pack on her back, and off she went to auctions and antique shops to find treasures to fill the gem of a house. It took an investment of time, energy, patience and funds but finally the rooms were filled. You’ll find many treasures such as the mahogany sleigh bed in the Carpenter Room and the burled walnut Victorian bed in the Smith Room. The Garden Room is filled with antiques coordinated from seven different auctions. A former employee had asked if she could “paint the room” so Debbie closed her eyes and let go. Debbie McCoy transformed the ordinary room into a beautiful portrait of a spring garden which transformed the Garden room from the Gold room. The bed in the Inventor’s Escape Room was designed by Debbie and built by a local carpenter, Chuck Rossman. It converts from a king-sized bed into two extra-long twin beds.
By February of 1991, the HideAway Bed and Breakfast was up and running, however, the remodeling had just begun. Upstairs, the only original bathrooms are found in the Smith room and the Garden room. In fact, these two rooms are much as you would have found them in 1938. In the first years of the bed and breakfast the guests shared these two bathrooms. In 1992, a Jacuzzi and a bathroom were added to the Carpenter Room (named after Velmer Carpenter) from two closets, and a corner of the room. In 1994, the closet was converted to a bathroom in the Inventor’s Escape room with plumbing running up the laundry chute.
In 1992, a fire destroyed the kitchen. It has since been totally remodeled into a modern commercial workstation, efficient for preparing large meals. The downstairs shower was turned into space for a commercial dishwasher.
In 1994, the apartment was converted into the Eagles nest, after Steve and Debbie realized they were not cut out to be landlords. They had a hard time evicting people who did not pay. So they converted the apartment by knocking down walls upstairs from 2 bedrooms and a full bath into a Jacuzzi for two, a remote controlled 3 sided fireplace, a full bath and a king sized sleigh bed. The main floor was designed for a comfortable living room or small conference/hospitality room. The local carpenter laughed when he walked in one day to see a set of tack nail and string which he eventually converted it into the entertainment center under the original staircase into Debbie’s crude visual concept of the tack boards and string.
In 1996, the extra meeting room in the basement was turned into our beautiful Cherry Suite. It’s warm ambiance is provided by the fireplace, green and wine colors, the soft candle light, king sized brass bed and the Jacuzzi for two (which is in place of the wet bar that once occupied the same space). The rich inlaid cherry paneling was installed over 24 inch poured concrete walls when the home was built in 1938. The bathroom was converted from a dark room.
In November of 1996 work began on the other side of the house. To enlarge the family living quarters, they went from three rooms and one bath to four small bedrooms, two baths and a new cathedral ceiling living area with kitchen.
In September 2000 the other building on the property, the ‘barn’ started construction to convert a 1938 barn into five suites, a meeting room to hold up to 80 and a 40X60 foot brick patio. Debbie designed the rooms in the middle of the night on a piece of scrap paper. The metal trusses that separate the rooms determined the size of the rooms. The lofts were designed to give more comfort and a homier atmosphere. She interviewed over 50 ‘road warriors’, people who travel over 100,000 air miles a year. She figured they would be “experts” in hotel design. They helped her design the meeting room as well. A number of regular leisure travelers helped to design the Jacuzzi and fireplace rooms, especially the Louis XIV (also known as the handicap room). This room came as a request for rooms with no stairs, with of course the HideAway twist. The bed in Louis XIV came from the Plaza Hotel in downtown New York City, which is now Trump Towers. HideAway has been blessed with a wonderful costume designer and seamstress Terri. Terri has designed the taffeta curtains on the windows and around the canopy bed. The huge mirror came from a local auctioneer.
The Oak Loft suite was taken from the oak mantel that came out of an old church. Steve and Debbie had rescued an old banister from an abandoned church to have been used in the suite. But unfortunately, it was destroyed in a fire in one of the farm buildings. A 4-H feeder calf that had knocked over a heat lamp in the dead of winter started the fire. The bed was designed by an Amish furniture builder, in oak and styled in the mission design.
The Out of Africa suite evolved from the original design as an Italian design. The room really took a right hand turn from the original design! This happened when Debbie went to an architectural auction for Farmers & Citizens Bank before the old building was torn down. The mantel and tub surround was rescued from Judge Beer’s office on the second story of the Bank. The pieces are made from Sycamore wood, a very rare find today. The hearths at the fireplace as well as the bathroom counter-top came from the bank’s teller area. Steve, Debbie and 2 workers had the fun of withdrawal from the bank in the form of chocolate marble. It took approximately 3 days, sore backs, and a lot of laughter with old cigarette packages found under the marble, but no money was found. The teak 4-poster bed was imported from the West Indies. Be sure to use the stools to climb into bed.
The Cherry Blossom was designed from the comments from past guests. The Cherry Suite was so wonderful that many guests asked if we could repeat the Cherry Suite. So with a twist, the Blossom room was born! The hunter green Jacuzzi and the fireplace are done in cherry wood. The room also has a king sized brass bed. The hardwood floors came with a trade out from a company in Cleveland. Each board of Brazilian cherry was inlayed and finished by hand.
The Hunters Loft idea came from Steve. The bed and the rest of the furniture came from Michigan, made from Aspen wood. The Jacuzzi for two was designed to be different with it being the deepest tub at the Inn. The dining table in the Hunter’s loft came from the same man that designed the table on Dharma & Greg television show. The table is made from broken old china and mirrors with four place settings. Steve, Debbie and the children picked up hundreds of pounds of rocks from the farm fields. They must have “lost their minds” as their fathers have said, since they bought fake rocks for the fireplace. The hand hue mantel and supports came from an old barn they tore down. The walls are painted with plaster tools.
In October 2001, Steve and Debbie came to a hard realization that teenagers being raised in the bed and breakfast inn was just way too stressful. Teenagers with powerful stereos and lots of friends, who liked to TP the trees, did not really work well. So they have purchased a home nearby. Part of their living quarters has been turned into the Tree House Suite. This suite has the most breathtaking view of the morning sunrise from the glass French doors. Guests really get a feeling of living in a tree house with the cathedral ceiling suite all on the second story of the home and private entrance balcony with winding staircase that wraps around a century-old oak tree. The suite comes with a Jacuzzi for two, stereo, TV, VCR, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and a fireplace.
The kitchen remodel started in October, 2006. The goal was to be finished by Thanksgiving but rain delays, it was the rainiest October in 100 years, slowed the construction to a standstill. The kitchen was finally open in August of 2007. The kitchen was designed to host cooking schools, large parties and events. It also has a baking area, salad and dessert station, as well as an efficient line. The old dishwasher stayed in place, as well as a push thru dishwasher was added. Can you tell Debbie loathes doing dishes?
A Kitchen garden is in full swing! The kitchen garden includes pear trees to grow pears in a bottle. That is what happens when Debbie goes on vacation to a winery with a pear orchard. Be sure to stop in during the spring and in August to see the unusual look of a bottled pear tree.
In January 2008 the old kitchen was remodeled into a gathering room for our guests to swap stories and tell tall tales. A central wireless computer for internet surfing can be found in the Gathering Room.
The bomb shelter of the Smith Homestead was turned into a climate controlled wine cellar. You will find original work benches and wine racks from Wine Cellar Innovators of Cincinnati. The Lock Boxes were also designed for finer wine storage.
The wine cellar was created after the Inn went on the ballot for a liquor license. Bucyrus Township was still in prohibition status with no sales of any wine or other “spirits” available for sale. In a one-time president setting election people voted either for or against the liquor license. However, these same voters may not have voted for the more impressive issues such as school levies or judges. HideAway passed by a 35% margin. No Sunday liquor licenses are currently available in the area.
After several years of trying the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine has been awarded to the HideAway Country Inn. The Award of Excellence is for wine cellars with 130+ different varieties of wine. Please ask for a tour of the cellar. Education classes are available every day of the week except for Sunday. The full education classes range from how to select a bottle of wine, to food pairing, to specialty wine dinners.
The Leaning Oak Bistro was born in 2012 out of a need for a less formal dining experience and a fun light atmosphere. For a relaxing getaway Debbie, Steve (her husband) and Mr. and Mrs. Walter (a local, fun couple) took a trip to the Bourbon country of Kentucky. During this trip they noticed the wine barrels that were no longer being used. These re-cycled wine barrels now decorate the walls of the Leaning Oak Bistro, which was designed to be as “green” as possible. The floors are recycled porcelain tiles from Italy and the red oak bar is made from reclaimed barn wood from an Amish farm. The fire place was opened up from the original one sided fireplace in the dining room. The patio located right outside the Bistro area was designed for fun and relaxation and has a State sanctioned corn hole tournament area.
Now since the remodeling has been completed in May 2012, it is time to have fun!!! The staff and I are preparing fun get away packages on a regular basis for you to truly enjoy everything HideAway Country Inn has to offer. We have really expanded our dining experience, as well as fun packages from scavenger hunts, mystery dinners and massages to many fun things from the farm experience to family reunions and wedding events. So please enjoy HideAway Country Inn fully!!! Please let us pamper you with impeccable service. If you have any questions or would like to enjoy an experience that was not preplanned, please let one of us know and we will be happy to help you. We enjoy spending time with you, our guest.
Please let us know your comments, ideas and suggestions. You have made HideAway Country Inn a success; many of your comments have been implemented in the changes over the years, and will continue to be implemented to make HideAway the Best Inn Experience available in Central Ohio.