The Cassie Room. Named after our highly spirited niece, bright and cheery!The Anna Room. With blues and calming colors, this room is named after our oldest daughter.
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Christie & Cliff welcome you to their historic island home! Watch the small airplanes take off and land from our Victorian front porch, or sit on our back deck and enjoy the gardens. Take a dip in our hot tub? In the morning, or anytime throughout your stay, enjoy organic stuff: coffee, protein bars, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit. All bathroom amenities are provided, along with lush bedding, towels and spa-like bathrobes. Enjoy and relax. We want to share our Freshwater Retreat with you!

The space

We, Christie & Cliff, bought this home five years ago and due to its historic nature, have done everything we can to keep it nostalgic, but have added modern updates for guest comfort. We have spent hours on updates and given it extra love inside and outside. You'll see Christie often in her gardens or gift shop, located on-site. But, Cliff is often out on his boat with a fishing charter. Grown daughters Meredith & Anna are sometimes around, when not working their summer jobs. We've created lots of relaxing spaces throughout the gardens, deck, front porch, and on 3-season breakfast room. An outdoor shower is available, as well as an outdoor hot-tub! A spa-like steam shower is inside on the first floor and a regular full tub/shower is upstairs. You will be staying in one of the five rooms we have pictured here on AirBnB.

We are very proud of our outdoor spaces, which include English Gardens galore. Lavender, roses and herbs are spread throughout the property as well as hostas and lilies.

Guest access

The backdoor is open and keys lock each individual bedroom. We are a small family owned and operated BnB with only five rooms.

Interaction with guests

We are available for questions via text or stop in our Wellness Gift Shoppe (on site) for face-to-face contact.

Other things to note

We do have backyard chickens and a cat BUT, he is the most friendly of cats you've ever met and we maintain strict cleaning codes for those worried about allergies. Also, we know the reputation of the island being a "Party Island," However, we do insist upon our guests being courteous and respectful. Treat the island and our home like you would treat your own home.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 7PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room

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Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $35 NZD
Security Deposit $141 NZD
Weekend Price $225 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 7PM

- Quiet hours are between 11 PM and 8 AM
- We like our peace and quiet and want it to be that way for you, too!
-Smoking allowed in the backyard away from decks and gift shop.
-Guests may not bring friends or family back to our property, registered guests only, please.
-Enjoy your stay and respect our other guests. No belligerent drunkenness or rude behavior will be tolerated. Thank you!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

15 Reviews

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Jd User Profile
September 2017
Christine is a great host. The bed was very comfortable. The place is well decorated and makes you feel at home.

Joshua User Profile
August 2017
Christine's place is a good distance from town. Everything was great. Christine is very nice, and Charlie the cat is friendly, too.

Brenda User Profile
August 2017
Very nice host. Very clean, cute and quite place. I've never stayed in a bed and breakfast before so I think I expected more of a breakfast than instant oatmeal. There was also a lot of rules, which made me a little uncomfortable. For example no eating and drinking in your room. When I'm on vacation I like to drink a glass of wine before bed. I don't want to have to be in my pajamas in a common area to drink my wine. I suggest staying here if the rules don't bother you so make sure you read over them.
Christine User ProfileChristine is a superhost.
Response from Christine:
Hey Brenda, Thank you for the positive "clean, cute and quiet place" comment. I'm also glad you thought I was nice, I think you were, too. But, I'm sorry I only received three stars. Maybe didn't see the organic cereal/protein bars, yogurt, bagels and fresh fruit that I offer along with the organic instant oatmeal? Did you get a chance to try some of my organic coffee/tea and herbal water infusions? I'm truly sorry you didn't like my rules. I know I have them, but that's so all guests can enjoy peace, relaxation and happiness. (My daughter does live in the home, too.) I am so sorry you were made uncomfortable, because that's not what I work so hard to create. I supply bathrobes in every room for all our guests so that they can feel comfortable and relaxed. (Slippers, too!) I also work hard to make spaces outside of the bedrooms for my guests to enjoy: Meditation gardens, outdoor hot tub, deck spaces, covered Victorian front porch and parlor. Again, I'm sorry, I truly am. May I suggest trying out our island neighbors The Black Squirrel BnB? They serve a traditional-style sit down breakfast, but I'm fairly certain they have similar rules like all our island BnB's.
August 2017

Randy User Profile
August 2017
We loved our stay. Very quiet and comfortable accommodations. Charlie the cat was an added bonus!

Kayla User Profile
August 2017
The Charming Couples B&B was everything we wanted in a place to stay! It was in a great location. Just minutes from the ferry and also very close to several attractions in the area. The room was gorgeous and comfortable! There was enough parking for our vehicle and our rented golf cart, which was nice. We especially loved getting to use the hot tub to relax in the evening. Also, getting to see the resident kitty Charlie was great too. We can't wait to come back! I would recommend this B&B to anyone as it is a perfect place for a getaway.

Linda User Profile
July 2017
Christie was a great host. She really made it feel like we were staying at a family vacation home. She had coffee and little treats out to have whenever. I also really appreciated the cosmetics and bath products in the bathrooms considering I forgot my tooth paste. We cannot wait to come back!

Margaret User Profile
July 2017
The Freshwater Retreat was a relaxing haven! So peaceful and welcoming, we will definitely be back. Little treats around every corner, including Charlie, the softest cat in the world!

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Put-in-Bay, Ohio, United StatesJoined in September 2015
Christine User ProfileChristine is a superhost.

I am a fifth generation islander from Put-in-Bay, Ohio. For 19 years, I've was a public school teacher here on the island, but gave it up last year when my youngest went off to college. I have been writing for our local paper for six year now, and now am an entrepreneur, (like my ancestors before me who came to live on the island.) I have two grown daughters, a loving husband -who LOVES to fish on Lake Erie- and a lot of extended family all around the island.

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