Hyde House Bed & Breakfast

138 Fort Street , Nelsonville, OH 45764 USA (Show map)


This beautiful National Register Italianate Victorian house (formerly known as The Mead House) was built in 1882 and became the home of Dr. Jerry Morris Hyde and the Hyde Family descendants for almost 90 years. Originally built by Dr. I. P. Primrose for his daughter Sarah and her new husband, it was sold to Dr. Hyde in 1890. The two doctors were friends, neighbors and also partners in several Nelsonville real estate ventures. When the last Hyde descendent passed away in 1977, the house became a succession of homes, rentals and student housing, until it was rescued and beautifully restored as a Bed & Breakfast by Michael and Sheila Mark in 2006. In 2009 long-time Bed & Breakfast entrepreneur and history lover Sue Maxwell became owner. Sue carried own the B&B tradition until 2016. Sue owns the Primrose Bed & Breakfast across the street. Carrying on Sue's tradition we hope you enjoy being able to “Sleep with History” at the Hyde House in Nelsonville! The Hyde House estate has a large wrap around front porch with plenty of sitting, lots of space for relaxing. The estate has a lovely dining area, sitting room, parlor room and four well appointed bedrooms & 4 1/2 bathrooms. Each guest will have a comfortable colorful room with private bath. Two bedrooms have a tiger claw soaking tubs. Only 1 block from Nelsonville Square and closely situated to Wayne National Forest and 18 minutes from Lake Hope State Park in Zaleski State Forest with miles of trails for hiking



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Four years and still going STRONG...

4.6 on May 29, 2016

Each year my hometown of Nelsonville has a reunion for the classes who have graduated previously. For the past several years I have had the privilege of staying at the Hyde House and being served those delicious homemade breakfasts made by the hostess Sue Maxwell. Sue gives you the most welcoming feeling and a great place to stay while on your visit to Southeastern Ohio. Lots of historical information is provided by Sue and she can give some ideas(if needed) as to places to visit while in the area. And for dinner may I suggest the "Rhapsody" for your dining enjoyment. Although Nelsonville is a quaint little town you will enjoy the enormous adventures that await you. Give Sue Maxwell a call and tell her Nancy sent you. And NO, there is no money paid for my endorsement.

Exceptional birthday surprise!

5 on February 11, 2016

Hyde House is one Bed and Breakfast you don't want to miss. We dined at Rhapsody and then walked the one block to Hyde House where we were greeted by Sue who had a nice warm cup of tea waiting for us. The B&B is very well kept and exceptionally decorated. Sue provided us with the house history and tales of wonderful critters. The soaking tub is a must and on a cold winter evening it was to perfect way to relax. The bed was most comfortable as we were in the Dogwood Room which was toasty warm. We woke up to the aroma of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins baking and coffee brewing. We enjoyed both while Sue prepared an extremely tasty ham and cheese omelet which was served with fresh watermelon and orange juice. Thank you Sue for making my Hubby's birthday surprise extra special. He said it was the best birthday gift ever. We are looking forward to our next visit.

My new home away from home!

5 on August 16, 2015

I had planned a trip from South Carolina to the Athens, Ohio area in order to visit a friend who recently moved there and was looking for my "new home away from home". And I surely did find just that with Sue Maxwell and her beautiful Hyde House in Nelsonville!!! I loved absolutely everything about my stay there, from the comfortable Tulip Tree Room, to the magnificent staircase, to the delicious breakfasts, to Sue's genuine and warm hospitality! I will most definitely be staying here again!

Weekend Getaway

4.6 on February 11, 2015

The house is beautiful and well presented with a perfect location in relation to downtown Nelsonville. We chose Nelsonville as a quick getaway from Columbus for a weekend and lucked out with nice weather. It was great to explore the town on foot and we enjoyed shopping at the antique stores and spending time at the local coffee shop. The experience at Hyde House was excellent and Sue was a very welcoming host.

What a great way to experience the Hocking Hills

4.8 on August 06, 2014

We stayed here for our 10th anniversary, and loved it. The house was charming, and Sue was a fantastic host. She had great suggestions for how to enjoy the area, made wonderful breakfasts, and made sure we were comfortable. Our room was spacious and clean. At first we weren't sure if we'd enjoy staying outside of the parks, but it was really nice being so close to the historic square in Nelsonville. There's a great restaurant (Rhapsody), a nice coffee shop, a couple sandwich shops, a pub, a gallery, several shops and a train(!). Nice to be able to walk to this. If we go back to the region, we'll certainly stay here or at one of Sue's other properties.

Warm and charming with a personal touch

4.4 on July 10, 2014

We stayed here somewhat at random because we were traveling through the area and the town met our "we expect to be here at the end of the day" qualification. Wish we had more time to stay and explore, as it looks like a rather fun-in-the-outdoors type of place. The accommodations were very nice, and it's so refreshing to have a personal touch and learn about where you're at that we would definitely stay here again if we decided to make a proper visit to the Hocking Hills.

We enjoyed our two nights stay at the Primrose B&B

3.2 on May 05, 2014

Our room was small but adequate. Very quiet. We were impressed with the lady that owns and cares for property. Value: In comparison to other B&B it really is a great value. Cleanliness: The room was clean. Dining: Both mornings we had lots of fresh fruit and great muffins as well as a hot casserole.

A great stay in a grand home!

4.8 on April 08, 2014

We had a wonderful stay in the Dogwood Room while visiting the area for the MOGA (Geocaching event) this spring. Our room was lovely and very spacious; the bed was super comfy with a really nice large bathroom; and the ambiance throughout the house was great! Breakfast was filling and tasty, served in a friendly atmosphere. The free WIFI was a nice bonus. The "parlor" is filled with beautiful books and magazines to read in a relaxing atmosphere. The price is very reasonable. Sue is a wonderful hostess; her passion and pride for her historic home and the lovely little town of Nelsonville is evident in everything she does. We would DEFINITELY stay here again, and will recommend it to others!!

Wonderfully Cozy and great stay

5 on March 16, 2014

Wonderful accommodations and Sue was a great hostess. We will be sure to stay again when visiting the area. Thank you! Highly recommend

Hyde House Experience

5 on January 02, 2014

The home was beautifully maintained and Sue gave us a tour and a history lesson on the house and the area. We even got a tour of her other house across the street that was still being renovated. It was an excellent experience that we will repeat.

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Rooms & Rates

The Dogwood Room

The Dogwood Room is the largest room in the Hyde House with a king size bed, fireplace and large en suite which includes a beautiful tiger claw tub, and shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

The Rose Garden Room

The Rose Garden Room is a beautiful suite that includes a queen size and twin bed and has a large bathroom with shower. The room overlooks the rose garden outside the house

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The Tulip Room

The Tulip Room is a beautiful suite that has a beautiful fireplace and queen size bed and large bathroom

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

The Holly Room

The Holly Room is a beautiful suite with queen size bed and extra large bathroom with tiger claw tub for soaking and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 150
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

The Carnation Room

The newest luxury suite added to the Hyde House is our Carnation Room representing the Ohio State Flower. This large suite has a king size bed a sitting room for relaxing and a beautiful en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. It's on the 1st floor of house.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Small town


Columbus, OH (CMH-Port Columbus Intl.) 70 miles

Directions to property:

We're easy to find from other major attractions and cities. Just follow St. Rt.33 east from Logan and the Hocking Hills Parks just past the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway station in Nelsonville. Turn left at the light at Rocky Outdoor Gear and cross the Historic Square; go one block on Fort Street to the large brick Victorian on the next corner. From Athens and Ohio University, follow St. Rt. 33 west about 12 miles to the light at Rocky and the Train Station and turn right. Cross the Square and go one block to 138 Fort Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Hocking Hills, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Radio, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer , Antique furnishings, Big front porch for sitting, Ice machine available, Secluded garden, Afternoon cookies and tea, Unusual spiral staircase

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, walk to Scenic Railway, Near Hocking Hills State Parks, One block to art galleries & 'Final Friday' events, Near Ohio University and Hocking College, Near 19-mile bicycle trail and Moonville Rail Trai, Walk to upscale and casual dining venues, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3-8 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Steep stairs, parental supervision required at all times
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Must be kept in a kennel/cage while in the house.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Generally two nights
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% Down Payment is required when reservations is made. Balance is due 1 week prior to your stay in our bed and breakfast. Same day bookings require payment in full at time of booking.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations prior to 14 days of scheduled stay must pay a service charge of $50. Cancellations within 14 days of scheduled stay forfeit total of the deposit. No refund will be provided for cancellations 3 days or less. No cancellations or refunds due to inclement weather. Any changes made to a reservation after processing will incur a $50 processing fee. No shows are considered cancellations. We adhere to a strict cancellation policy due to any reason. We are not responsible for mechanical failures of non-essential or luxury items, including, but not limited to Hot Tubs, Television, DVD players, Wi-Fi, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer, Fireplaces, Air Conditioning, Jacuzzis or any other appliance that fails to operate properly during your stay. No refunds for mechanical failures out of our control. No refunds will be issued for disruptions of any utilities including, but not limited to, power outages, water outages, etc. These failures are beyond our control and no refund or rent reduction will be given. Unknown construction or road noise near our properties is beyond our control. If you experience noise during your stay, no refunds or relocation will be made. If a guest is disappointed or unsatisfied with a cabin due to differences in taste according to décor, accommodations, location, etc. and declines to stay at the cabin, this will be considered a cancellation and no rent reduction or refund will be issued. No refunds will be made in the event a person is required to vacate the premises because of disruptive conduct or failure to follow our rental guidelines and policies.



Bernie and Jennifer Roell

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About the innkeepers

We both love owning and operating a cabin rental and bed and breakfast business. We spent many years in the area and met while in college.Our homes are clean, comfortable and cozy. We offer all amenities and will continue to upgrade all properties on an ongoing basis. We are certain when you stay at our cabins, lodges or bed and breakfast, you won't want to leave. We are not satisfied unless you leave with memories of a lifetime.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 - 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

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