Diane and Joe Hudok share a love of the country, and have opened their home to share with others the beauty of Seneca County.
The Forrest View Bed and Breakfast, located at 6300 S. Eden TR 151, opened two months ago and is located on the couple's 7-acre country property, which is surrounded on three sides by the Forrest Nature Preserve.
The location offers access to trails, a creek, views of wildlife and bird watching.
She said in addition to the main house where she and her husband live, a cottage is on their property.
The cottage and main house were built by George Forrest, a retired juvenile judge in Seneca County, and Diane and Joe took on a "whole new adventure" when they decided to transform the cottage and part of their home into a bed and breakfast.
The cottage serves as a separate living quarters for guests, and features a bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom. The main house is where breakfast is served and is where guests can enjoy the fireplace, the porches and deck, and even a hammock.
The property is smoke- and alcohol-free, and the main house is open to guests from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bed and breakfast welcomes guests May through November, Hudok said.
Hudok said she and her husband always wished a similar place had been available to them when their children were in college, and she hopes Heidelberg and Tiffin University parents will discover their country escape while visiting Tiffin.
While the cottage already allows for a comfortable stay, more remodeling work is planned for the future.
Two additional phases will complete a lounge area and a sauna in the cottage, offering guests an even more relaxing country stay.
Travelers often want a true taste and experience of a local culture, and Forrest View Bed and Breakfast offers both. The food offered is a taste of Seneca County because many of the ingredients are purchased locally. Riehm Farms has been a resource for farm-fresh foods for guests.
Hudok said she and her husband have a kitchen garden on the property to grow some of their ingredients and chickens for the freshest eggs.
Hudok said preparing to open their property as a bed and breakfast required a great deal of research and mentoring. Other bed and breakfast owners were a substantial help.
Assistance from the Small Business Association also was beneficial, she said, and "a good strong network" of local businesses and individuals contributed significantly to the successful opening of Forrest View.
Decker's Furniture and Molyet's Farm Market were among the local businesses that helped prepare the bed and breakfast,
The design expertise of Lisa Tappe at Decker's was invaluable, and Molyet's provided landscaping plants for the property's gardens. Both businesses continue to be involved with Forrest View's development.
Hudok said she and her husband believe strongly in "local first," and also try to purchase as many American-made products as possible.
Forrest View is registered with the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association to help market the bed and breakfast to visitors and travelers. A Forrest View Bed and Breakfast website is in development.
The cost per night at Forrest View is $70 for one person and $80 for a couple. A guest book with local information and coupons is available in the cottage as a Seneca County and Tiffin resource for guests.
Hudok said she and her husband "love to cook and love people." The Forrest View Bed and Breakfast gives the Hudoks the chance to celebrate both as they share their Seneca County getaway.
Forrest View Bed and Breakfast can be contacted at (419) 443-0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or additional information.