Vineyard Woods , Grand River Valley’s newest lodging destination, broke ground last week on a three-suite villa and one English-style cottage. Set amongst 10 acres of wine grapes and 16 acres of rolling woods, construction is estimated to take 4-5 months.
The 2,400 square-foot, two floor villa will house three independent suites; two one bedroom 600 square-foot suites that sleep two people each and a 890 square-foot two bedroom suite that sleeps four. Each suite will have luxury sleeping accommodations, in suite bathroom with walk-in tiled shower, kitchenette, electric fireplace and private deck or patio overlooking neighboring Kosicek Vineyard .
The 590 square-foot secluded cottage will be able to sleep two and include a vaulted ceiling, luxury sleeping accommodations, walk-in tiled shower, kitchen, electric fireplace, private outdoor fire pit and patio.
The Grand River Viticulture region offers 20 wineries amongst it’s rolling hills. In addition to nearby wineries, Vineyard Woods will be a short drive from Lake Erie, the Grand River, 18 covered bridges, many parks, historic Bridge Street in Ashtabula Harbor and countless other area attractions. Customers will be able to get out and explore, or just relax and enjoy nature from their private patio or deck. “With tourism up almost 10% again this year, the demand continues for high-quality lodging. Vineyard Woods provides a unique, luxury option thatpeople are looking for. We are so excited to see the plans come to fruition. The land embodies an escape from the hustle-bustle, yet it is so accessible; guests won’t feel like they are just minutes from the highway.” Stephanie Siegel, Executive Director of the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Scott and Katie Runyan, natives of Ashtabula County and owners of Vineyard Woods, plan to add another six to eight secluded cottages in the next five years. With likely expansion in the future, owner Scott Runyan is excited about what is to come. “After spending 15 years in the financial industry, this is an exciting project to undertake for me and my family. Growing up less than 20 miles from the property, we have always dreamed of coming back home and opening a business. It took three years of searching to find the ideal location to build a premier lodging destination in the area. We are excited to showcase what Ashtabula County and the Grand River Valley Wine Region has to offer.”
Surrounding the villa and cottage are 10 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer wine grapes farmed by the esteemed Matt Meineke, the only licensed Meritage producer in Ohio and owner of M Cellars .
Vineyard Woods is a family owned business aimed at driving agritourism to Ashtabula County. Scott Runyan, formerly a partner in an equity research firm and his wife Katie Runyan, a teacher in the Mentor School District, purchased the land in October 2015. Together with their two sons and families, they have begun to transform the 26-acre property into a secluded and relaxing destination for wine and travel enthusiasts.