The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge is located in the Hocking Hills area in southern Ohio. This area is full of beautiful landscape and rolling hills which provides ample hiking.
Our family has been to this area many times over the years as it is only one and a half hours from Columbus, Ohio. The change of landscape is amazing. You quickly move from flat cityscape to beautiful rolling hills.
You might remember, I featured The Inn as Cedar Falls in earlier this year. I took a fantastic girls trip there! This trip however, was for the entire family.
We packed up the car with our supplies and headed south to create some memories and relax for the weekend.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a sweet couple that cleans the cabin and greets guest. We were also greeted with an 82 degree F temperature inside the barn. That was not a welcome surprise. The couple indicated that the air conditioner broke but was fixed earlier that day. However, the AC unit was trying to cool the house in the peak of sunlight. More on that at the end of the post.
Regardless of the air conditioning factor, we made the best of our hot weekend. We walked a newly opened trail in Hocking Hills. That was exciting! Thanks to my sweet dentist who happened to be visiting this weekend too and told me about it! See how good word of mouth can be?
Back to the cabin…
The cabin was cutely decorated and felt charming and comfortable. We loved reading other guests comments about this barn. The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge was built in 2012 and had a scrapbook on the table for us to look at. It was neat to see the pictures of the process.
The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge sits on 90+ acres and is a designated nature preserve. It has a horse stable as well. It also has a new resident black cat that visits on the back deck. This cat is new to the property as of 3 weeks ago. It is one of the most friendly cats I’ve ever met. Of course a cat without a name should be named. We named her Pumpkin after the barn. 🙂
The hot tub was amazing. It was situated under an open gazebo type of structure that had a fan. The fan came in handy when there wasn’t a breeze to keep the bugs at bay. 🙂 The size of the hot tub was perfect for our family of four.
The fire pit was equally as amazing. I had pre-ordered firewood ($7 a bundle) from the managing agency and it was on site when we arrived. This saved us to from having to hunt down fire wood for sale along side the roads. This option was WELL worth it. You also had an option to add an hour to check-in or check-out for an additional fee.
We loved this antler chandelier on the main floor. It was a show stopper from every angle!
The barn was especially clean and had everything we needed, even cat food to keep the little cat happy outside 🙂 I will admit the kids did have tears in their eyes when we left. They didn’t want to leave her and was worried about her. Can’t say I blame them, she was SO sweet!
The kitchen was stocked with many supplies. Probably everything that you’d ever need, including a crockpot. It was neat to see the huge collection of copper cookware in the barn.
The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge also had an extensive book collection. The couple that greeted us upon arrival told us that the owner was a retired professor. We are guessing possibly that he was a history professor or had a love of history. He had quite a few books and we enjoyed reading some Russian Fairytales to the kids. They kept asking for more!
The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge has two beautiful stone fireplaces. Of course, since its in the summer and HOT we couldn’t use them but man where they ever beautiful! One was on the main floor and the other in the basement.
No wifi…yes, I did list that under positive. It was nice to not have wifi and super limited cell reception. I love to unplug. The kids even didn’t mind!
Air conditioner – While the air conditioner breaking down is out of anybody’s control, I think a heads up from the management to keep an eye on it and a heads up that its SUPER hot inside the barn would have been nice. On the first day when we arrived, the sun was still high in the sky and beating down on the barn which is located in an open space. No shade from trees to help cool it. Sadly, it was still 82 degrees on the main floor at 11 pm when we decided to go to bed.
The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge has two bedrooms, one in an open loft and one in the basement. The kids wanted to sleep in the loft. Sadly, with it being 82 degrees on the main level, it was even hotter in the loft. The principle of “heat rises” did not work out for us in this situation. The loft was unbearably hot and they were not able to sleep there. So we all piled into the basement where it was cooler. There is a single sleeper downstairs and a queen bed. But we had four people. So we took the mattress from the loft and brought it downstairs.
When we got up the next day the house had cooled to 74 degrees. When the air kicked on again, it started to make a horrible sound. Long story short, we had to shut it off again and they had to come and fix it again. This time it was a balmy 79 degrees when we went to bed. Super disappointed with the heat aspect as it is one of the hottest weekends of the summer. While we were hoping to make it a relaxing worry free weekend of quiet, it turned into an “adventure”… is the positive spin we put on it. The repair man was fixing the AC unit most of the time we were gone on a hike. But still the entire situation was a disruption.
The table outside near the fire pit needs a little tuning up. It is missing a few screws and quite unstable. It did work for gently eating dinner off it, but you certainly couldn’t lean or apply pressure as it would fall over.
We have rented from Cabin by the Caves management a few years ago and had a great experience then as well. The management was very receptive when we called in the morning about the air conditioner making a wonky noise.
Honestly, the place was great, it just needs a little updating. I love the barn concept. I also love that its a wildlife preserve. The fire pit was great and so was the hot tub! Simple updates like fixing the wobbly bench inside at the table so that both benches can be used. Fixing the wobbly table outside. Nothing major, just minor updates.
The cost to rent the barn for 2 nights (weekend) was roughly $675 for 4 people. The standard rate only includes 2 people. Each person after that is an additional charge. Keep that in mind when you are looking for book for a family larger than 2 people. This seems to be common in Hocking Hills.
I think that The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge would be best visited in the winter. I think even with the air conditioning working correctly it would be quite warm in the loft. In the winter would could enjoy both indoor fireplaces and the outside hot tub. Its a win-win and honestly the The Barn at Pumpkin Ridge is quite cozy and would be perfect for the winter months!
This trip was fully paid for by myself. I did not receive a comped or discounted stay. The opinions are 100% MY own.
Let’s talk! Have you ever visited Hocking Hills or slept in a barn type of cabin? Have you ever experienced a major appliance malfunction such as a AC unit or heater when you rented a place for a few days? I’d love to hear about your experience! Leave me a comment.