My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! We couldn’t let such a milestone pass by without taking the opportunity to celebrate.
We both agreed that we should travel somewhere, but with three teenagers in the house, we decided to stay near home but desired something that would be memorable. One option kept coming to mind and appealed to both of us; Landoll’s Mohican Castle in nearby Loudonville, Ohio.
Built in 2002, Landoll’s Mohican Castle has become known as perhaps the most luxurious lodging facility in the area. A perfect romantic escape. Or so I hoped.
Though it’s only located about four miles from the main road, you’ll feel as though you may be lost before you finally see the sign, confirming that you are in the right place.
The castle is tucked away on the hillside amidst mature trees so you won’t get a glimpse of it from the road. If you want to see it, you’ll need to turn into the driveway and follow it to the top of the hill.
This site is a popular location for weddings and other special events. It was even once featured on MTV’s Sweet 16 show with an over-the-top circus-style birthday bash! Most recently, the property was featured on Hotel Hell hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsey, but don’t let that scare you.
I checked in while my husband sought a parking spot and grabbed our bag. I received directions to our suite and we followed the private, paved path to the back of the castle. From there we walked up a few stairs before entering a doorway leading to our tower. Did you catch that? Our tower? That’s right. We had an entire tower to ourselves.
36 steps later, we pulled open another heavy wooden doorway which led to our private patio and entranceway to our suite.
Stepping inside our room we found it pleasantly cooled with the sounds of Celtic tunes filling the air, a nice, unexpected touch and great beginning to our magical evening.
Between the handcrafted queen sleigh bed and the sleeper sofa, the Landoll Suite will sleep four.
Our three-tier suite was beautifully decorated with hardwood floors, custom tapestries on the windows, heavy fabrics on the bed and wrought iron railings and stone fireplace.
Interestingly, much of the woodwork in the room, from the trim to the custom-milled arched doorways feature hardwoods milled from the Landoll Estate. The handcrafted hearth on the fireplace feature stones cleared from the estate grounds in the 1800’s.
I had a hard time getting a decent picture of the suite when we checked in because of the lighting so I tried again early the next morning.
The bathroom features heated, Italian-tiled floors which I’m sure is appreciated in the winter months (as would be the gas fireplace). I was disappointed that the Jacuzzi tub didn’t fit two (and both my husband and I found it extremely uncomfortable) and opted to use the glass-enclosed shower instead.
The kitchen/eating area included a table and chairs for four, assorted glasses and dinnerware, silverware, granite countertops, a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks for $2 each. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided.
Off of the kitchen area, there are steps leading to another private balcony which overlooks the front of the castle. From there we were able to hear the hooves of the horse as our carriage approached to whisk us away.
I will tell you that when I reserved a carriage ride, my husband was not thrilled He changed his mind once it was underway. The carriage driver was very pleasant and friendly, but not overly talkative, allowing us to sit back and relax as he led us off the grounds.
Update: I have been told the horse and carriage ride is no longer offered.
When we returned right before sunset, we spent a few minutes strolling through the gardens before we returned to our suite.
There are hiking trails on the grounds and a separate building with a pool, hot tub, and game room, which we did not use. The front desk has board games that you are welcome to borrow and movies that can be rented and played on your in-room DVD player.
The pool house is located a short, but uphill walk from the castle, as is the parking area.
Update: It is my understanding that the pool area has been renovated so it may not look the same as the above photo.
The castle is remotely located. To drive back to Loudonville will take about 15-20 minutes, not a great deal of time but grabbing a bite to eat isn’t as convenient as just ‘stopping next door’. The on-site restaurant has limited hours so you may want to keep that in mind. The lobby sells small bags of chips and drinks, but I’d suggest grabbing something before you head out of town to the castle.
Luxurious Getaway or Not?
I read a slew of poor reviews before reserving our room at the castle. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting stellar, but hoping to have a great experience nonetheless. And we did have a wonderful stay.
Landoll’s Mohican Castle has been referred to as a luxurious resort since it was built in 2002. At the time of our stay in 2012 (yes, we’re due for another visit so I can properly update my post) the property was still very nice but in need of some attention. Many improvements have been made to the property since it aired on Hotel Hell. I’m excited by the changes that are taking place, which include a name and menu change for the on-site restaurant, maintained hiking trails, tours of the property and the addition of the new Stable Suites at the Castle which opened in 2018.
What I LOVED about Landoll’s Mohican Castle
1. I loved that the resort resembles a castle. You just don’t see that everyday.
2. The attendant at the front desk was really sweet. Snacks are sold in the lobby but there wasn’t any popcorn. She graciously gave me a bag that she had in the front.
3. We entered our beautifully decorated suite to find the air conditioner already on and Celtic CD playing. I love those little touches.
4. The bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. Ever. Once we fell asleep, neither my husband nor myself woke up once.
5. Did I mention that our suite had our own private patio and two private balconies? Loved that we didn’t share either with other guests.
6. The castle and cabins seemed to be full but it wasn’t noisy at all. Once we were in our room, we didn’t hear a thing, it was as though we were the only guests on the grounds.
7. Bathrobes were provided. I love bathrobes.
8. The room was gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I loved all of the nooks and crannies, the faux painted walls, the vaulted cathedral ceiling, the spiral staircase, closets, the thick molding…I just loved it all!
6. The price was right. We paid under $150 with all taxes for a weekday special. We’ve paid that much for a trashy room in the past.
Would we stay Again?
Are you wondering if I’d stay at the castle again? I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes. The castle really is beautiful and was a wonderful location for a romantic getaway. I can even boast that I was Queen for a Day and would describe our night away as perfect, relaxing and romantic. Did I say perfect? Yes, our evening was perfect. And believe me, I don’t say that lightly.
Address: 561 Twp. Rd. 3352| Loudonville, OH 44842
Phone: 1-800-291-5001 or 1-419-994-3427
Would you or have you been a guest at Landoll’s Mohican Castle?
This review was written in 2012 and was accurate at that time. You may read the comments below for further updates.
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