Ultimate Zen in Medina Ohio

House - Private room · Cook Rd, Medina, OH 44256, United States
Your host, Ronald
10 Reviews
Response rate: 69%
Response time: within a day

The Space

This home was a part of an estate from an oil tycoon that donated it to Cornell University. Floyd Newman spared no expense when it came to landscaping with 3 bridges throughout the estate.

About our home

Floyd R. Newman, an industrialist who gave millions of dollars to Cornell University, died Oct. 10 at Medina Community Hospital in Ohio. He was 99 years old and lived in Medina.

He died of pneumonia, his secretary, Ann McFadden, said.

Mr. Newman was a founder of the Allied Oil Company and made his fortune in oil refining and oil transportation.

A 1912 graduate of Cornell University with a degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Newman showed his gratitude to the school for leading him into the oil industry by contributing more than $10 million for four professorships and directorships of athletics for women and the Cornell Plantations. He also contributed to the building of the F.R. Newman Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, Helen Newman Hall and the F.R. Newman Arboretum.

Mr. Newman started in the oil business in 1912 after a Cornell professor told him of a training program being offered by Standard Oil of New York. He worked for Standard Oil in China, marketing oil until 1916, then served as a lieutenant in the Army in Europe in World War I. He was with the American Petroleum Company from (phone number hidden), and then he and a partner, W. W. Vanderveer, founded Allied Oil. Allied merged with the Ashland Oil Refining Company in 1948, and Mr. Newman retired.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Monthly Price: $3000 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • There were two sides to our stay in Medina. Both were awkward!! Our party of four arrived on a lovely sunny day. We were met by Sandy, Ronald's mother at 'her' home. This was not too much of a surprise as I had read all the previous reviews, and noticed that everyone had referenced Sandy. I did not know however that Ronald lives on the other side of the country, and that Sandy had never even seen her own Airbnb page before. Sandy informed us that she was only expecting two people, and that for the other two people I had booked for would be an extra $50. This put the booking into an almost unaffordable bracket for us. The room is very much a Bed and Breakfast type set up, with a large bed in one room, a bathroom and powder room, a small computer screen tv and only a door between you and the rest of Sandy's house. The boundaries are not at all defined. My sisters were put up in a next door room with two single beds. Sandy chatted with us for a while on the back porch and took us for a walk through the amazing forested property.
    This could have been a wonderful experience if Ronald had paid attention to my messages, and booking, and informed his mother that we were a party of four. As he failed to do so, we felt very awkward and slightly un welcomed as a result.
    I contacted Ronald during our stay, only for him to accuse me of not letting him know how many people I was traveling with. Saying "most people let us know how many people they will be bringing", as I did on two occasions. I contacted Airbnb straight away, and they were wonderful to deal with, and reassured me that I was 100% in the right with my booking.
    I would urge Ronald and Sandy to take their home off Airbnb, as it is not really the experience I believe most people are looking for. If you want to find a Bed and Breakfast I am sure there are web sites dedicated towards that type of stay.
    In the morning we sat around un sure of what to do. We were in the drive at our car, thinking maybe we should just drive away, as Sandy had not explained to us where she would be hosting breakfast in the morning (we did not even know we would be receiving breakfast in the morning) I finally wandered into the kitchen to see a whole table set, and we sat eating in pretty much silence, again felling awkward.
    The property is beautiful, and Sandy is a nice person, but it proved that the person running an Airbnb site should be the one to host people, otherwise it is a huge guess as to if the whole experiment will work or not. We discovered it doesn't!

    July 2013
    Response from Ronald:

    One word - Meth heads. debated kicking them out when they got there!

    July 2013
  • Lovely hostess, clean and pleasant accommodations, spectacular country setting and delicious food. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you, Carrianne.

    July 2013
  • Sandy and Kat ensured that my stay was comfortable and relaxed, thank you both. The grounds of the house are park-like and marvelous to spend some time wandering around. It's a bit of a drive to Oberlin, but through pleasant mainly rural areas; the house is convenient to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The cat, Fritz, was very friendly. The room itself was clean, comfortable and spacious.

    May 2013
  • I had a great time staying at the Zen retreat in Ohio. I was visiting my daughter at Oberlin. This home is about 30 minutes away. Sandy was a wonderful gracious hostess and I will stay with her again on my next Ohio visit.

    April 2013
  • It was a wonderful experience to visit the Ultimate Zen in Medina. We enjoyed it thoroughly and we highly recommend this experience.

    December 2012
  • Sandy was a wonderful host that made us feel so welcome. The home was just beautiful inside and out. The space included a private large bedroom with working gas fireplace, full bathroom, walk in closet, and enclosed patio and there were also many places outside to enjoy as well. Also, the space had a private entrance. The whole house was clean, modern and chic. We had a wonderful time.

    October 2012
  • We stayed at the Ultimate Zen for 3 nights during the 2012 Labor Day weekend. We wanted to get away from the city and spend a few days relaxing in a peaceful setting. The Ultimate Zen exceeded our expectations. The room was very clean and the décor was charmingly decorated with old family photos. As an added bonus we even had our own screened in porch attached to the front of our room.

    The property is absolutely gorgeous with several paths meandering through the forest and bordered on the back by the Rocky River. Bridges span small ravines and if you're lucky Fritz the cat will take you on a wild adventure. At the end of one of the paths we found a small deck cantilevered over a cliff with a view of the River.

    The real charm of this place is Sandy (Ron's Mom). She has nurtured and created this heavenly place and loves to share her Shangri-La with her guests and friends. We were lucky to arrive late on Friday night and we were invited for some wine and conversation at a cottage in the woods with some neighbors and friends

    We highly recommend the Ultimate Zen!! We can sincerely say we may have come in as strangers but now feel a part of the family.

    September 2012
  • I came out to Ohio from NYC for a wedding, and needed a place to stay near Hinckley. Turns out, this place is so amazing, I would make the trip from NYC just to stay here.

    Part of it is the property; it is absolutely amazing. The pictures don't effectively capture how idyllic it really is. Also, the room she rents out has its own separate entrance, so you basically have a part of the house entirely to yourself.

    But the killer feature, was Sandy, my host (Ronald's mom). This is her home, and she has transformed it into her own little paradise. She also loves sharing her paradise with the rest of the world, which makes her about the friendliest host you can find.

    She's also a really good cook. She made me breakfast both mornings I was there, and frankly it was the best food I had all weekend.

    All in all, it exceeded all my expectations and I look forward to visiting again.

    August 2012
  • There are no words to describe this place. The hospitality is delightful and genuine, and the elegant environment demonstrates the owner's passion and devotion to her aesthetic, which began long before she decided to start renting out her apartments. Her mutiple acres of land include gorgeous gardens and forest, and even a creek large enough for kayaking.

    My wife and I were deeply touched by the standards that make this place what it is. The elegance of plants and natural materials is harnessed in a way that blurs the line between art and nature. You can see the hard work and thoughtfulness, but you can also sense a deep respect for space and natural beauty.

    Also, the owner offered to prepare a dinner for us at a very low cost per plate. It was one of the classiest meals we'd ever had, and the environment on her patio was truly inspiring.

    I highly recommend this place to everyone. It doesn't get much better than this, in my opinion, even when you're paying big bucks.

    August 2012
  • Had a perfect week staying with Sandy, Ron’s mom, hosting. She was always attentive to anything I needed and even made a great dinner we shared on her patio overlooking the property. You can explore the property that winds down the hill side to the creek…relaxing. The completely comfortable room faces the back yard that’s well maintained and green, green, green. Highly Recommended!!!

    August 2012
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