Stay Overnight in the Heart of Ohio’s National Park
Stanford House is located at 6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula, OH 44264, in Cuyahoga Valley National Park – easily accessible from Interstates 77 and 271 and Route 8. For your next vacation, small team retreat, or family reunion, stay in Cuyahoga Valley National Park—an easy 30-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron. Unlike a traditional hotel, the Stanford House offers beautiful scenery, nearby trails, an outdoor fire circle, and more.
The Conservancy for Cuayhoga Valley National Park is glad to welcome you back to the historic Stanford House! We highly value our guests’ health and safety as well as Cuyahoga Valley National Park visitors and our staff. We have put safety protocols in place to protect everyone. We are cleaning and sanitizing the house after each group following state, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association (OHLA), Airbnb, and Destination CLE (Cleveland’s Visitor’s Bureau) guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable stay for our guests. Additionally, we have made some revisions to our policies to make for contactless check-in and check-out options.
Photo: Ralph Davila
At Stanford House, the national park is your front porch: The Towpath Trail is just out the front door, and the iconic Brandywine Falls is a short hike away. Built in 1843, this historic home has beds for up to 30 and is one of the only places you can stay overnight in your national park. Book the entire house and enjoy the feeling of a far-off vacation… just 30 minutes from Cleveland and Akron. The two-story house has a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, spacious living room, large shared bathrooms, 9 bedrooms — including an accessible room with a private, attached bath.
Our house reservations are open from March 2021 forward, up to 2 years in advance. We follow Ohio Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding occupancy, sanitation, and safety. You will be contacted in advance if these affect your reservation. Please note individual room rentals will not be available this year. You may check availability and reserve at the link below! Please call 330-657-2909 ext 130 if you have any additional questions.Make a Reservation
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Photo: NPS / Ted Toth
Entire house rental includes the exclusive use of facility: bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and restrooms. A host will welcome you and orient you to the house, and will be available on an on-call basis during your stay. Stanford House offers:
- 9 Bedrooms with 30 beds, including one accessible room w/attached restroom
- 2 community restrooms with 2 stalls and 2 showers each
- Self-service kitchen (stocked with pots, pans, utensils)
- Living room
- Dining room with tables and chairs for 30
- Linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, washcloths)
- Serviceware for up to 30 guests
- Access to outdoor fire circle (wood provided)
- Large charcoal family grill
- Free Wi-Fi
- Heat/central air conditioning
Had two fun nights here and enjoyed ourselves. Loved cooking in the kitchen. Hiked to Brandywine Falls and explored the area. This is our National Park number 51 of 59 and we loved it. Much history here. Thank you, The Prettyman's (California)
History of Stanford House
Rena Hatch Fiedler likes to reminisce about her time spent as a child in the Stanford House, a Greek Revival structure just north of the village of Boston in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Every memory is a good one—the farm animals she played with; the abundance of food, expertly prepared by her grandmother; and, perhaps most enjoyable of all, her grandfather, an affable man who joked with her relentlessly. She was welcomed into this world in the front, ground-floor bedroom in 1926, and 20 years later, she and her husband traded wedding vows in the living room, just across the hallway.
That’s a lot of history for one building to lay claim to. For roughly 135 years, the Stanford House and its surrounding farmland played the role of strong, silent provider to the people who lived there, keeping them nourished, grounded, and—for the most part—safe from harm. After the National Park Service purchased the property in 1978, the Stanford House would receive new life, offering a peaceful retreat for travelers, students, and others who wished to develop a more personal bond with the region and its beginnings.