Inspiration House: cozy haunted retreat

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Entire residential home hosted by Elyria

5 guests, 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2 baths
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Come nourish your spirit at Inspiration House! Located in a quiet neighborhood just blocks from town, you're walking distance to everything Oberlin.

Inspiration House features three comfortable bedrooms, a luxurious clawfoot tub, sprawling parlors, a well-stocked kitchen… and ghosts!

Featured in Vogue and Business Insider, Inspiration House is home to a uniquely cozy haunting. Michelle Belanger (Portals to Hell, Paranormal State) confirms it: these ghosts, mostly past residents, are friendly.

The space
Built in the 1870s, Inspiration House was bought in 2018 by Michelle Belanger, a paranormal researcher featured on shows like Paranormal State and Portals to Hell, and author of over 30 books (fiction and non-fiction). Michelle confirms that the ghostly residents of Inspiration House are friendly.

When there's not a pandemic on, Michelle regularly offers public classes at Inspiration House on personal psychic development, empowering attendees to understand and learn to harness their perceptions. Private classes and small-group experiences will also available to Airbnb guests starting in 2021 -- ask about this option when you book to see if Michelle will be available during your stay.

Inspiration House is managed by a small non-profit that Michelle and Elyria started. Whether or not you visit to investigate the haunting, our mission is to provide a space that renews and inspires you, our guests. Over the past few years, we've worked to create a restful space focused on connection with self, family, and friends. There are no TVs onsite, but there are plenty of ways for you to connect with the people you travel with, from board games to spirit communication prompts, to practice decks of Psychic Aptitude Cards designed by Michelle.

We use Inspiration House as a personal creative retreat, and we love sharing our home away from home with travelers of all spiritual (and non-spiritual) paths. We’re excited to share Inspiration House with you!

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
EV charger
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer

Accessibility

Fixed grab bars for shower

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Where you’ll be

Oberlin, Ohio, United States

Our neighborhood is a quiet one, about 4 blocks from the center of charming Oberlin, Ohio. We're right across the street from a community park and rail trail that's great for walking, bicycling, and jogging. The local CVS and a fast food joint are just a block away, but we strongly recommend trying out some of Oberlin's downtown restaurants - they're delicious! Cleveland is just 25 minutes away.

Hosted by Elyria

Joined in July 2013
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I'm an artist with an adventurous streak that occasionally turns practical! I got into hosting with AirBnB almost ten years ago, and I absolutely love it. I've hosted in four states now, and met people from all over the world. My current listings are all in Oberlin, Ohio, and they're part of a wonderful project my partner and I call Inspiration House. This 1870s brick home is walking distance to downtown. Staying there feels like stepping into another era. Inspiration House serves as retreat space for folks who need a screen-free getaway to reconnect with their creativity — or their traveling companions. It's also home to a cozy haunting, and occasionally serves as a space where my partner, Michelle Belanger, offers classes and workshops on psychic development, energy work, spirit communication, and more. (All of Michelle’s teaching is online right (Email hidden by Airbnb) - including an amazing community of paranormal enthusiasts - check it out, you’ll have a great time!) My life goal is to help create a more sustainable society, where people and the planet thrive and are enriched together. I love that AirBnB helps move us closer to that world, by using spaces more efficiently -- not to mention making traveling more affordable and more fun! I also love getting outdoors, and I'm happy to share nearby adventure spots with you -- not to mention a great selection of Oberlin restaurants like 1833 and the Feve! If you have any questions about Oberlin, the house, or the area before or during your stay, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to give you a hand! I look forward to hosting you at Inspiration House, or the Creator’s Suite. Happy trails! Elyria
I'm an artist with an adventurous streak that occasionally turns practical! I got into hosting with AirBnB almost ten years ago, and I absolutely love it. I've hosted in four state…

During your stay

Elyria and Michelle are generally available between noon and midnight if you need anything! We like giving guests as much space as is comfortable, so often we won't see you at all, but if you have questions we're happy to answer them as promptly as we can.

There's always a chance, especially if you're sensitive, that you might interact with our ghostly residents. Guests regularly report hearing footsteps, murmured voices, and music; several have seen full-bodied apparitions, and it’s common for the music boxes in the home to play by themselves. Over its 150-year history, at least four people have died in Inspiration House (all of natural causes), and they appear reluctant to leave the home that they loved so deeply in life. Check the black binder in the parlors for some of the history we've been able to find about Inspiration House and its residents.
Elyria and Michelle are generally available between noon and midnight if you need anything! We like giving guests as much space as is comfortable, so often we won't see you at all,…

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House rules

Check-in: After 5:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $275

Cancellation policy