John Allen House closes for the season on November 8th. If you already have a reservation past that time, it will be honored. No new reservations after that date will be taken at this time.
This winter will bring many interior renovations to John Allen House, including refreshing the hardwood floors and many of the ceilings. We cannot wait to show you all the beautiful when we re-open on April 1, 2022.
About the John Allen House
Formerly named Victoria’s Bed and Breakfast, the house was built in 1881 by John Allen and his wife Sarah Ann (Nunnemaker) Allen. Later, the Allens would buy Eden House next door from the Hivlings (railroad and banking family, Greene County). They later gave Eden House to their married daughter, Mary Catherine Kinney, and gave the Allen House to their spinster daughter, Clara, circa 1927. It was at this time the house was renovated into a boarding house with four separate suites (similar to the present layout). Since Clara was a lady of a certain standing, a boarding house was an acceptable means of self-support; a job would have been scandalous!
The house was built eight years before Biltmore Estates not so much as a home, but as a modern showpiece and entertainment center of the area. The house is an Eastlake Victorian with elaborate porches, corbelled chimneys, imported Italian hardwoods, and slate fireplaces. Prestigious businessmen and dignitaries were frequent guests during John Allen’s political career. Henry Ford’s sister is reported to have lived in the home as a boarder in the 30s.
We believe Helen Hoover Santmyer used some literary license and combined the John Allen and Eden houses to make up the “house” featured in her best selling book, …”And Ladies of The Club“
Unlike many homes of the age, the John Allen House had indoor plumbing, electricity and communication devices. It is an Eastlake style Victorian mansion with high ceilings, original wood trim, 25 rooms, 15 chandeliers, and 9 fireplace mantles. The original cisterns that collected rainwater at the top of the house to flush toilets below by gravity are still present. So is most of the woodwork, grand staircase, fireplace mantles, and chimney stacks of the home.
John Allen House is available for small conferences & events, catered dinners, business meetings, weddings and parties. Our multi-room rental are economical and very popular.
Greene County has many attractions. Our bike trails are recognized among the finest in the nation, and the “hub” of five trails is just four blocks away. Other popular attractions are the Air Force Museum and Young’s Jersey Dairy.
See our Attractions page for more vacation ideas.
More about the house
The John Allen House has several features original to the house that bring a unique and awe-inspiring feel, including:
- Original fireplace mantles & corbelled chimney stacks
- 19th-Century stone & woodwork, imported tiles, and stained glass
- Handmade bricks crafted on site during construction of the home.
- Radiators, chandeliers, original windows & etched glass
- Extensive gardens & historic maple trees
- 5 private suites with sitting areas and en suite baths
- Music Room & Formal Parlor
Dating back to 1881, the John Allen House has many hidden mysteries and so many more stories to tell, including that it is…
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the East Second Street District
- The home has been a single-family home, a boarding house and a bed & breakfast.
Why We Love It
The John Allen House is a place of peace; the house lends a sense of calm and respite the minute you arrive.
Enjoy the bird song and rustling leaves as you drift through your afternoon with a glass of iced tea on the porch.
Take a nap. We won’t tell!
Much of the house is in original condition.
Having only a handful of owners, the house has been well-preserved.
A Gilded Age mansion you can enjoy with beautiful features you can see and touch. Live like you have no where to be and nothing to do for a few days!
The John Allen House is available for small events: conferences, business meetings, catered dinners, weddings and parties. Our Multi-room rentals (3,4 & 5-room options) are economical and very popular.
Book With Us
209 E. 2nd St. Xenia, OH 45385
If you have questions or concerns about the transition, please feel free to call or email us. We appreciate your feedback and assistance with meeting your accommodation needs.