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Relaxation, Redefined

The Welsh Inn 012Summer time is finally here and it is time for everyone to get a little R and R. For the owners of The Welsh Hills Inn, Bobbi and Jeff Noe, that means Relaxation, Redefined.


Rated #1 B&B in the US by TripAdvisor, The Welsh Hills Inn sits on a hilltop located at 2133 Cambria Mill Rd., Granville, OH 43023. The 5,200 sq. ft. bed and breakfast holds 4 private guest rooms and a spacious king suite. Its land spans across 15 picturesque acres at the heart of Licking County’s Welsh Hills equestrian and alpaca countryside.


“We opened The Inn on September 3, 2010 – after talking, thinking, and dreaming about it for more than 20-years at that point,” says Bobbi Noe.


insightlyBefore opening The Inn both Bobbi and Jeff Noe come from a corporate background, each having worked for Fortune 500 companies. The two fell in love with how romantic a B&B can be early on in their marriage and spent decades entertaining the idea of opening their own. It was not until a summer not too long ago that they found the time to take the plunge, and within two weeks they were already booking guests.


“There was no going back! It has been a wonderful journey, with many learnings along the way,” Noe says.


Each room of The Inn is designed with their own character and Welsh namesake. The rooms and hallways are decorated with antique artwork dating as far back as 125 years ago. The Colomen Gwen Queen includes a sitting/reading room. The Berllan Glyn King Suite has a steam shower, an Italian soaking tub and a private screened-in porch.


“We work hard to make our guest’s stay at The Inn relaxing, comfortable, and memorable – but most of all – relaxing,” says Noe.


Prices for the rooms can vary depending on the season. The Bedwen Bach (meaning Small Birch), King, Derwen Del (Pretty Oak) Queen, and Colomen Gwen (Blessed Dove) Queen range $189-$209, and the Berllan Glyn (Orchard Valley) Grande Suite can be available for $325-$345. While the Berllan Glyn Grand Suite they find that guests tend to lean towards rooms that are more ‘their style.’ Some frequent guests are also known to change rooms each visit for a change of scenery.


“Upon leaving they often declare, ‘That is our new favorite room!’” Noe says.


The Welsh Inn 010In addition to the luxurious themed rooms, the Welsh Hills Inn has made their outdoor amenities to incorporate the relaxation they want their guests to experience. For guest’s enjoyment to there is a large swimming pool with a state-of-the-art hot tub, patio areas and hammocks.


Ten of their 15 acres are wooded with walking trails, and a large fireplace nestled under the canopies of the woods. For play they have installed a clay bocce ball court, outdoor table tennis & darts, giant Jenga, space for golf practice, a target shooting range with instruction, clay pigeon shooting, and fishing at The Inn’s spring-fed, stocked pond.


It would not be a bed and breakfast if they did not include breakfast in your stay. The Inn’s breakfast is not your basic scrambled eggs and bacon. Some of the favorites at The Inn are their omelets, which are farm fresh eggs produced by the Kussmaul Farm nearby. Guests can choose from The Welsh Hills Inn’s special-four cheese blend, caramelized Vidalia onions, roasted red peppers, fresh mushrooms, fresh spinach, smoked salmon, prosciutto, and more. The Inn also boasts a Seven-Cheese Frittata with roasted red potatoes, fresh leeks, and a variety of other fresh, seasonal produce as a guest favorite.


“Additionally, our 10-grain French Toast with fresh berries is always a hit – with a side of maple-glazed bacon, of course!” says Noe.


The Inn also has their own gift shop, called The Artisan Shoppe. They sell works from local artists and artisans, including Markgraf ClayWorks, St. Louisville Glass, custom-blended Petali Teas, hand-made soaps by Tangled Root Farms, cards by local artist James Young, jams and preserves by Black Radish Creamery, beeswax candles by Bee Hive Candles. Even ‘The Welsh Hills Inn’ custom t-shirts in the shop are locally made.


“There’s a little bit of something for everyone,” Noe says.


If all of that is not enough to satisfy your relaxation requirements then venture to some of the nearby attractions like the Easton Town Center, The Short North Arts District, German Village. There are various parks and hiking trails closeby, including the 350 acres of Denison University’s Biological Reserve, located just three minutes away. For entertainment visit the Midland Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Wexner Center for the Arts and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. For the sports fans there is The Denison Golf Club and Longaberger Golf Club, as well as the Columbus Crew, Blue Jackets, and Clippers Stadiums. All of these attractions are within 40 minutes of The Welsh Hills Inn property.


Anyone interested in a stay at The Welsh Hills Inn should book their room soon before all the rooms are taken. The busiest time of year for The Inn is May through October, but the Noe’s say occupancy has been increasing year after year since they opened.


“We have met so many wonderful and amazing people over the last 5 years as guests here at the Inn. While they may enter the door as strangers, they most often leave as friends,” says Noe.


For more information, visit The Welsh Hills Inn website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter: @WelshHillsInn.