March 2008 Issue
A Night to Remember - Landoll's Mohican Castle
Want vacation photos that your friends and neighbors actually ask to see? Try booking a stay at one of Ohio's 10 most interesting places to sleep - and don't forget the camera.
Landoll’s Mohican Castle
As it turns out, Vinton County is far from the only spot in Ohio where a couple were suddenly inspired to construct a castle in the woods.
But while it was the charming gypsy wagons that caught our eye at Ravenswood Castle, at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, it was the luxurious accommodations and romantic accents that swept us off our feet.
Travelers know something special is in store before they even reach their destination: Owners Jim and Marta Landoll built their palace on a 1,100-acre estate on the highest point in Ashland County, and its stately turrets and spiral staircases clearly signal the royal treatment. The intimate suites and cottages include such posh amenities as wrought-iron-and-stone fireplaces with handcrafted hearths, Oriental rugs, over-stuffed sofas and chairs, and even lavish bathrooms outfitted with heated, Italian-tiled floors and Jacuzzi tubs.
Those who venture outside their elegant rooms discover that the estate features its own restaurant, Legends at the Castle; a pool and fitness center (complete with sauna, hot tub and cascading waterfall); and 30 miles of hiking and golf cart trails snaking through the property’s hardwood forests (guests may rent golf carts and mountain bikes). Plus, on the off chance that visitors still don’t quite yet feel like kings and queens, horse-drawn carriage rides are available with a reservation.