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- Private Outside 2nd Floor Staircase Entrance. Our Guest House is not Handicap accessible.

- Second Floor Balcony with Seating.

- Enjoy your own Patio with Gas Grill, Table and Chairs for outdoor entertainment and enjoyment.

- Six Person Hot Tub (outdoor - open during season)

- Old World Style Pergola with Fire Pit with cooking grate and plenty of seating.  

Firewood supplied for cooking over the grate and skewers’  for roasting  marshmallows.  We even supply the S'more kit....Do you prefer plain or almond Hershey's?  New favorites...Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Watch for our s'more menu!


- Private Drive with plenty of parking for 2 or more cars.  Have a boat /watercraft and trailer?  We have space for that too!

- Ample Grounds for a special event if the occasion should arise.

- Accommodations are available for bicyclist camping and secure covered bike storage.  We are located only minutes south of the Adventure Cyclists Northern Tier touring east/west route.  (Adventure Cycling website showing maps to this area)

- Backyard games available: Croquet, Badminton, Yard Jarts and more! Hey, we may even join in on the fun!

Harpster-Davenport House
“Where it All Began”
 
The story of the Harpster-Davenport Guest House begins in earnest when the English relinquished all rights to the continental lands at the end of the Revolutionary War.
 
Later the territory north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River was to be sold via land patents issued by the United States federal government known as the Confederate Congress.  This was accomplished via the passage of “The Land Ordinance of 1785”. The U.S. government surveyed this new massive area and each of the smaller pieces, known as townships, were further sub-divided into 320-acre parcels called sections. These sections were sold to the public at the sum of $1.00 per acre.  The site that this home sits on was originally deeded to Samuel T. Sparrow when the last Native Americans were forced to move west out of Ohio from their last stand at Greensprings which is just west of here. Once sold the new owner was given a paper document proving payment and ownership, which was called a land patent.  This land patent was typically hand-signed by the president of the United States. On April 24th, 1820 Mr. Samuel T. Sparrow, who had come here from Connecticut in 1818, bought a one-quarter section or eighty acres of which this home now sits upon. Mr. Sparrow along with Amos Woodward, William Woodward, Gurdon Woodward and others organized the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norwalk, Ohio. Over time further land sales continued to various owners until these grounds finally came into the possession of Mr. David E. Harpster.  He, like so many immigrants to the Ohio Lands, came here from Pennsylvania.  He was accompanied by his mother and two brothers and sister.
 
This home was built in 1842 by David E. Harpster.  The style is known as Greek Revival.  It is also known as a “three-brick thick” home as there is no framing involved within the walls themselves. All of its construction materials were taken from a very small local area. David’s brothers also built homes, which still exist today and are within eye site across the fields to the northwest and northeast. Today, most all the original family members are buried in a cemetery three miles south of here and adjacent to the Seneca Caverns.
 
One of the interesting stories about the Harpsters is that the three brothers and one other local gentleman began a small in-home church service, which rotated in turn from one home to the next. Over scores of years it eventually became the Evangelical Church still located here in Bellevue.
 
Another piece of historical information is that this home was one of only a few to be depicted in the 1893 Sandusky County Atlas.  These renderings were of a type called steel engravings.  In the engraving you can see Mr. and Mrs. Harpster outdoors. She is waving good-bye from the front porch to a female friend of hers as the friend travels down the road aboard a horse-drawn carriage.  Mr. Harpster is seen walking back north to the big barn to attend to more chores.  It would appear they had all just finished eating lunch and catching up on the latest local news together with their lady friend.  We have traced much of the home’s history; have visited the grave sites of most of the Harpster family in a cemetery next to the Seneca Cavern’s directly south of here approximately 5 miles and have researched their family to the best of our ability.
 
In 2006 as a newly married couple, we began our quest to find a home for the two of us.  On a whim, we decided to come to Bellevue to see what later would become our home.  This home.  After walking through and around it, we headed to our then present home in Norwalk. That evening and the following day we discussed what we had seen, heard and felt at the old brick farm house in Bellevue. This home. The more we talked the more we understood that the ole’ place felt like home and we decided to…make an offer.  To our elation it was accepted.  Then the real work began!  We have modified it while attempting to keep the flavor of a period home with “conveniences”. It is because of the efforts the Harpster family exerted to build this home, that we elected to pay them homage by naming it in their tribute as the Harpster-Davenport Guest House.  The original homestead’s barns now belong to a neighboring farmer and can be seen from our property.  
 
Someone before us had turned the second floor level into an apartment.  Not wanting to rent it out on a long-term/monthly basis, we decided to create a unique living quarters for travelers much like you see in Europe. Hence, today, you are seeing, feeling and hearing what we did upon our first walk-through.  That is namely the peace and serenity of a 173 year old farmhouse in a rural country setting in northern Ohio.
 
We hope you enjoy it!
~Paul and Janell Davenport~
 

Harpster-Davenport Guest House
1751 County Road 308   -   Bellevue, Ohio 44811   -    419-602-1009


RENTAL AGREEMENT and POLICIES
This rental agreement made and entered into this ________day of ____________________2018, by and between the undersigned Owner and Renter (cardholder), witnesses: That the Owner, in consideration of the rents being paid and the covenants and agreements to be performed by the Renter, has rented the said premises, situated in Sandusky County, in the State of Ohio. Said rental is for the following time period:    
 
Check in date   ________________  Check out date  ________________

Check in:  3:00 PM  to 7:00 PM  (please, no early check-ins)  Late arrivals aren’t a problem; just notify us ahead of time.
Check out: 11:00 AM  (must be prompt due to other guests arriving the same day)

Total for stay is  #______ of nights at  $___________   Number of people ______
There are no taxes applied when you stay with us. 

CANCELLATION POLICY
We know that plans can go astray, however, due the nature of our business, we rely on advance reservations. Vacancies from cancellations cannot always be filled. So, in fairness to all involved, our cancellation policy is as follows:  

•    If notification of a cancellation is received more than (30) days prior to your reserved arrival date, your reservation deposit will be refunded less a cancellation fee of $30.00

•    If notification of a cancellation is received (30) days or less prior to your arrival date, you will be responsible for 100% of your entire reserved stay which includes the $30 processing fee unless the reservation can be re-booked in its entirety. The unpaid balance of your reservation will be charged to your credit card on file that you used when making your reservation or you will be billed.  We always do our best to re-book reservations whenever possible, however we can't make any guarantees.

•    Should you fail to cancel your reservation or do not arrive as a 'no show' at the Guest House or Dancing Fox Cabin, you are monetarily responsible for the entire reserved stay.  The responsible party who placed the reservation will be charged for the balance due of your reserved dates according to the rental agreement you agreed to upon booking the reservation.  We will charge this balance to the source you initially paid your deposit with or when that is not possible, we will bill you directly in accordance to legal guidelines.

•    There are no refunds for early departure and we reserve the right to treat a partial cancellation as a cancellation for the entire stay.

•    All cancellations must be made by phone to receive a cancellation confirmation number.  We are not responsible for messages left on voicemail or through email as an accepted form of cancellation.

•  Please know that if the situation should arise that you do need to cancel your reservation, we will do everything we possibly can to re-rent the Guest House for your reserved dates and refund the appropriate proportion of your rental fee back to you.  

OTHER AGREEMENTS
Renter agrees to abide by the following rules and regulations and understands that violation of any of them are grounds for immediate eviction and forfeiture of all rents:
•  Discharging of any firearms or any other weapons are prohibited on the premises.
•  Pets are not allowed.  Boarding is available locally.
•  No Smoking inside Harpster-Davenport Guest House.  If Renter or any party smokes inside, a $200.00 fine will be charged to your charge card on file, plus any damages caused by smoking.
•  No open flames such as candles, lanterns are allowed in guest house due to insurance guidelines
•  All children must be under adult supervision at all times. Renter will be responsible for any damages caused by children occupying the rental property. In addition, any party staying with the renter during said rental is also the responsibility of the Renter.

OCCUPANCY
•  Guest House has a maximum occupancy of 4 people.

Minimum age to rent: Guest who makes a reservation with Harpster-Davenport Guest House must be a minimum of 21 years of age. 

Assignment:  Renter shall not assign or transfer this agreement to another party

Housekeeping and Linens: There is no daily housekeeping service. While quality linens and bath towels are supplied in the Guest House, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate.  We suggest you bring beach towels if you plan on going to the beaches.  We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from  the accommodations.  Also, you will find many types of cleaning products for your use during your stay (vacuum, brooms, cleaners, etc.) to keep the accommodation tidy.

Cooking of Fish:  Many of us love fish, however there are those who are either allergic or offended by the smell of fish.  Therefore, we request you refrain from cooking fish in your accommodations. Thank You for your understanding.
 
Hot Tub: The hot tub is shared and also should be considered a “treat” to use and be respected. We request that you follow these guidelines and respect others who would enjoy using it also.  Renter assumes the risk involved with the use of the hot tub and any and all other rental facilities and agrees to save harmless and indemnify the Property Owner from any and all claims and liability of any nature which may arise by reason from the use of the Renter or any guests of the Renter. If Renter or any in their party has a medical condition that may be aggravated by use or the hot tub, it is the responsibility of the person with the condition to consult with their physician prior to use of the hot tub. Children of the age 12 and under are not allowed to use the hot tub.
•  We often drain, sanitize, refill and replenish chemicals in tub to keep it bacteria free; therefore, there may be times when the hot tub is not ready for use until evening or perhaps morning hours of the following day.  If you see a notice “do not use” on the tub, please refrain from using until the sign has been removed.
•  Please do not adjust the temperature.  We keep it at a temperature to accommodate most everyone.
•  Do not use any glass around hot tub (bottles, glassware, etc.)  
•  No regular street clothes of any kind allowed in hot tub. This is due to the laundry soap residue in clothing which throws off the chemical balance.  Swimsuits only.  We supply towels for the hot tub in your accommodation.
•  Hot tub covers are for insulation purposes and are not designed to support a person or persons. When not using the hot tub, leave cover/lid closed so hot tub will stay warm.
•  No soaps, oils or lotions are to be used in the hot tub.

Please do not relocate or move furniture in the accommodations.

Water and Septic: The Guest House is on a well and grinder/septic system. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed.  DO NOT FLUSH anything other than earth friendly toilet paper. (Scotts if provided for you.  It may not be the softest, but it’s the friendliest for our system) No feminine products, wipes, Kleenex, etc. should be flushed at any time. If it is found that any of these products have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages of up to $300.00+

Liability: The guest house and cabin is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm or injury arising from their use on and in the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.

Secure WiFi is available Free of Charge and you will receive a password when you arrive.

When it’s Time to Go and Vacating the Premises:
We take great pride in providing you with a clean and friendly environment.  We hope you will care for it too, enabling future guests to enjoy it as well.  We do not charge a cleaning fee like most other vacation rentals, therefore, please be considerate of our property and maintain a clean environment around you.  Upon checking out, if accommodation is left excessively dirty and requires additional cleaning beyond our normal practices, you will be charged $30 per hour, so please clean up after yourself.   Cleaning supplies, vacuum, broom, dust pans and more are all available in your accommodations for your use.  If you should require any assistance or have questions with anything, please contact us.

Guests are responsible for personal and reasonable cleanup which includes the following:
•  Make sure all used towels are placed within shower area.  
•  Please be sure knobs and main tank to gas grill are turned off and/or fire ring fires are extinguished
•  Please tie off your trash bags and set on porch / balcony or place in green bin supplied near garden shed.
•  Make sure lights and all electronics are turned off
•  Please wash all dirty dishes, dry and put away
•  Do not leave any personal trash or cigarette butts on the grounds outside.
•  Leave all beds that have been slept in UN-MADE (except for hide-a-beds. Please remove sheets and fold up the bed and replace cushions as normal.
•  Leave the accommodation cleaned up and orderly upon your departure.  We sincerely appreciate it!

Responsible Party / Guest Name: ___________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________ City _______________
State _____________________  Zip ___________________   Contact # ____________________
Signature:__________________________________________________ Date:_______________

Please read, sign and bring with you at check-in or you may return to us by mail before your arrival date to:
Janell Davenport
1751 County Road 308
Bellevue, Ohio 44811


Rental agreement needs to be signed and on file with  Harpster-Davenport Guest House office prior to guest occupying premises. 
Please be sure to call if you have any questions about your rental agreement.

Thank You and See You Soon!
Janell Davenport (owner – your host)

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