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Ohio Castle a Luxurious Getaway

By JENNIFER

COMPSTON-STROUGH

Staff Writer

Secluded, majestic and luxurious are just a few of the words that could be used to describe Landoll’s Mohican Castle.

Built in an unexpected location in the midst of Ohio’s Mohican River country in 2002, the main building is a stone and wooden structure reminiscent of a medieval castle. With gables and towers, it is a striking landmark.

The site’s beauty, in fact, makes it hard to believe the business was featured in the July 26 episode of Gordon Ramsey’s “Hotel Hell” TV show. Ramsay helped reorganize the kitchen and created a new menu. The owners followed his advice and remodeled the event center, as well as other areas such as the pool, spa and fitness center.

Today the setting is heavenly, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, beautifully appointed guest rooms and a wide variety of services, such as in-room massage. It is easy to feel like royalty while enjoying a fireside chat in your room or resting on a hand-carved, four-poster mahogany bed.

The isolated property features 30 miles of trails across its 1,100 acres. It is a romantic spot for weddings and popular for other events, as well.

Castle guests and the public can enjoy dinner any day of the week at the on-site Copper Mug Bar & Grille — a product of Ramsay’s visit. Lunch is offered Friday-Sunday, with brunch served on Sundays.

The restaurant features outdoor seating as weather permits, as well as a full bar. The menu includes seasonal specialties and a variety of delightful dishes. A meal at this time of year might consist of a fall harvest bruschetta appetizer, mixed green salad with white balsamic vinaigrette and a main dish of Jager Schnitzel with buttered linguine and creamed peas.

Although the castle is located some distance from other attractions, it does offer some activities of its own. With a cemetery on the grounds, ghost hunts and ghost walks are available.

To ring in the holidays, Landoll’s is presenting a Dec. 17 murder mystery dinner, “The Night They Killed Christmas.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and the cost of a ticket includes admission, dinner, tax and tip. Call 419-994-3427 to purchase tickets or to inquire about room reservations.

For local residents, a trip to Landoll’s Mohican Castle could provide the perfect holiday getaway. After relaxing at the castle, shopping is available in Amish Country communities such as Sugarcreek and Berlin on the way back home.

Booking a stay for a friend or loved one also could serve as a unique and thoughtful gift. For more information, visit landollsmohicancastle.com.

If you decide to make the trip, remember that the castle lies off the beaten path. Enter the address, rather than the castle name, into your GPS. The castle is located at 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, Ohio.

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