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Hillside Inn

The Hillside Inn is located in the Amish country of Berlin, Ohio. The inn has seven rooms available for reservation and offers a complimentary continental breakfast every morning. A wrap-around porch, flower gardens, and a gazebo adorn the outside of the inn. A group of visitors can reserve the entire 4,000 square foot home that sleeps twelve people. Hillside Inn is open year-round with an increase in visitors during the fall season when the leaves are changing, and there are many local events. The property is just minutes away from many local shops and restaurants, most of them owned by Amish families and locals.


The Hillside Inn is located in Berlin, Ohio, on a hilltop overlooking miles of the Amish farming community. There are seven rooms available to rent at the Hillside Inn. Each room is decorated with modern farmhouse d├ęcor, clean white walls, and simple linens. The four thousand square foot home has three levels. The lower level has multiple rooms, the main floor has the general areas and check-in office, and the upper level has the rest of the rooms. A sitting room, dining area, commercial kitchen, and fireplace are all areas where visitors are welcome to sit and mingle.

There is no store on the property, but there are many gift shops and food wagons that are spread throughout the area where guests can purchase Amish-inspired trinkets and fresh cheeses. Hillside Inn has a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs, wicker outdoor seating sets, and tables where guests can take their breakfast. Flower gardens and a wide grassy yard surround the inn, with a large gazebo looking out over the hillside. At night the pathway to the gazebo is lit.

A continental breakfast is served every morning for the guests at Hillside Inn. The typical yogurt, bagels, sausage, pastries, and eggs are served along with fresh biscuit sandwiches and homemade granola bars. Visitors with dietary restrictions are welcome to let the inn's host know, and accommodations will be made. The meal is typically served from 7 AM to 9 AM. However, if guests prefer to eat later, the host will keep the food warm until check-out at 11 AM. If guests are planning to spend time in the surrounding area starting early, they can request breakfast on the go.

The rustic feel of the rooms at the Hillside Inn are a representation of the Amish country surrounding the inn. It is also desired that guests who stay at the property get a feel for the "hominess" of Amish country by means of the rooms. Each room at the Hillside Inn has a view of the surrounding rolling hills and farmland. A queen or king-sized bed, mini-fridge, television, and full bathroom are included in each room. Select rooms also have a jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. Every unit has a private entrance, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bar soap. The bathroom and bed linens are replaced daily, and housekeeping is offered daily. Pets are not allowed at the Hillside Inn, and neither is smoking.

Hillside Inn is open year-round with an increase of guests during the fall. The season is most popular due to its changing leaves and other local activities that take place in the area. The host at Hillside Inn has a large list of recommendations she is willing to share of restaurants to visit and activities to participate in. Some of the most popular restaurants in the area are Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, East Main Kitchen, and Rebecca's Bistro. Those who wish to explore the Amish country surrounding the inn may visit Walnut Creek, the Truck Patch, or Yoder's Amish Home.


The Hillside Inn is just outside of the downtown area of Berlin but offers relative tranquility compared to a busy city atmosphere. The owners Larry and Kendra Kaufman chose the location of the inn because of its place in the Amish countryside. Here visitors can explore the culture of the Amish people, and support the community. The experience the host and owners at Hillside Inn hope to provide to all of those who visit the inn is that of relaxation. Their moto at Hillside Inn is, "refresh relax recharge;" this is what they hope to offer to every guest who makes a reservation at the inn.

As a pastor for over twenty years, Larry created the inn as a judgement-free zone where visitors can disconnect from their daily life and connect with nature and themselves. Leona Byler, the host, works hard with the goal of having every guest's needs cared for with comfortable accommodations. A variety of policies have been put in place at the Hillside Inn in an effort to maintain cleaner units. The restriction of smoking and pets are two of these policies. The ability to rent out the entire home can be a convenient amenity for larger groups or families.

Guests who visit the property leave a variety of reviews. These may include their opinions regarding the grounds and rooms, the property's homelike atmosphere, and the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from every room. A verified guest at the inn left this review: "A place to get away and enjoy the beautiful, quiet countryside and yet go on a two-minute car ride or a five-minute walk away to shop. The inn is lovely. The view is beautiful. The staff is friendly and sweet. It is like a home away from home. Our group rented out the whole house which was a convenient option."


Larry and Kendra Kaufman are the owners of Hillside Inn. Larry is a pastor at a local church in Holmes County, Ohio, and has been for over twenty years. Kendra has spent multiple years working with woman's safe homes and other donation and service projects. The purpose of Hillside Inn is to gain some extra revenue to help support service projects and further the couple's business ventures. The inn was previously known as Lamplight Inn and was adorned with Victorian decorations and architecture. After purchasing the home, the Kaufman's renovated the entire inside of the home, transforming it into a modern famous.

The family spent time replanting the flower gardens and paved the driveway as well. In the future, the couple intends to add some guest cottages to the backyard and expand their breakfast menu beyond the traditional continental breakfast. The general manager of the inn, Leona Byler, has spent several years in the hospitality industry. She was a hostess and manager at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen for over ten years before becoming the manager at the Hillside Inn. Leona is very familiar with the area and is more than glad to give guests restaurant and activity recommendations during their stay at Hillside Inn.

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5676 Township Rd 362
Berlin, Ohio 44654
United States


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