A Waters Edge Retreat, Luxury Inn

827 East Lakeshore Drive , Kelleys Island, OH 43438 USA (Show map)


Close as you can get to a Romantic Bed on the Beach, but in sheer Luxury. This Lakefront,Luxury Queen Anne Victorian style, Bed & Breakfast is spacious, quiet and full of great nooks and relaxation features. For the more active,there is hiking and biking paths galore, kayaking, swimming at the sandy North Beacdh. Featured on NBC's Today Show with Al Roker and Peter Greenburg. Food has been awarded Best of the Best by Travel & Leisure Magazine and AAA. Three Diamond Award. Beachfront, Beach Decks,Sailing, Gourmet Breakfast Feasts, Beverage and Hors d'Oeuvres hour nightly, Three Diamonds from AAA, "Best of the Best" of all Lake Erie B & B's by Glovebox Guidebooks of America, . "Best of the Great Lakes....Top 50 Beach Resorts in US" Travel & Leisure, Upscale accommodations and pampering with Gourmet Breakfast Feast, at Award Winning Inn.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Another great stay

5 on August 26, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed another great stay with Beth and Tim. The breakfast continues to be outstanding. Sitting on the porch and enjoying Beth's Sangria in the late afternoon while looking out at Lake Erie and listening to the lapping of the waves on the shoreline is very relaxing. We look forward to future visits.

Simply wonderful

5 on October 13, 2015

I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was. The view of the lake was beautiful. Morning sunrise with coffee and tea was breathtaking. Breakfast was first rate and accomodations for my wifes food allergies was outstanding despite my not entering the allergies on the registration correctly. The room was very nice and ours had a fireplace which we enjoyed. Quiet and relaxing. Perfect getaway. Worth every penny. We will be back. -Bill and Eileen

Awesom Getaway!

5 on September 07, 2015

Thanks for an awesome anniversary getaway for the 2nd year in a row! We plan to make this a yearly trip! The food was great and so was the hospitality! Thanks again and see you next year!

PriceLess Expeience

4.0 on August 30, 2015

We have many great memories from spending last weekend at Kelley's Island, including Beth's awesome sangria - but most of all just spending the quiet time after the amazing breakfast each morning sitting on the deck over the Lake Erie, sipping coffee --- PRICELESS. Upon my return, I have shared the brochure for their B&B with several of my work colleagues. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality.

Friendly and comfort June 2013

5 on July 01, 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed out stay at the Waters Edge Retreat, The home was beautiful, the breakfast was lucious and room was very comfortable. The view of hand lake was beautiful and is located that makes the resturants, state park and glacier tubes very accessable. We used the bikes they offered and enjoyed going around the whole Island. Tim and Beth made our stay fantastic and we look forward to return to the Waters Edge Retreat.

renew your vows!!!

5 on April 04, 2013

My husband and I had stayed at the Waters Edge Retreat many times and, when we decided to throw a party and renew our wedding vows, this was the place that came to mind! We took over the inn for a weekend; Beth and Tim made the event so special by catering a great luncheon! We renewed our vows in the gazebo, with Tim officiating! Beth and Tim are such wonderful people; they are very gracious hosts and have become our friends! the inn is lovely, we always try to spend some time there when we are in Ohio. jan

Best B&B Ever

5 on October 21, 2011

Beth and Tim are WONDERFUL and provide great hospitality. You can't go wrong with a stay at Waters Edge my new second home. FYI the breakfast is to die for....

Dad and daughter getaway before school

4.8 on August 24, 2011

Food was outstanding, as the reviews said. The bathroom was spotless. Room made up every day. The porch is the place to eat, it's a fantastic way to taste food, with fresh air and good conversation. The location is close to town, even by bicycle, my daughter wanted to drive the golf carts, but I wouldn't let her as she's only 13. She loved the beach, and I actually caught a nice largemouth bass at the jetty to the cove on the north side. Shops were fun, the " island sunrise ice cream at Papa T's was great! Our hosts took us sailing, and they have stories that are the stuff of dreams, on a world stage. Breakfast is served at 9 am, giving us time to sleep in a little and be relaxed. In all, a very quiet, yet adventurous 3 days for us, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. The beds were comfortable, and the temps were perfect in the house, day and night. L.D. And H.D.

"Peaceful Serenity"

5 on July 17, 2011

An outstanding experience! We recently spent the weekend at Waters Edge Retreat B&B while visiting Kelleys Island to celebrate my wife's 50th B-Day. Along with the partying I was also looking for a place to unwind, destress & spend some relaxing one on one time with my wife, and that we did. I can't thank Tim & Beth enough for their sincere generousity & kindness. We felt like family from the first day, our room was very clean & comfortable with an awesome view of the lake. My wife and I had a wonderful relaxing experience sailing on the Green Nike, enjoying the Gourmet Breakfasts, afternoon Wine & Cheese plates, and Evening Desserts. I highly reccomend this B&B to anyone who wants the total Island experience, we'll certainly be comming back! Thanks again Tim & Beth

Great Inn, Fun Island

5 on January 14, 2011

Waters Edge is a great B & B with a fabulous view, warm hospitality, and delightful amenities that include gourmet breakfasts, golf carts & bikes for exploring the historic island, hot tub, afternoon wine, and comfortable rooms with good views.

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Rooms & Rates

Joseph Edward

Beautiful octaganel shaped room with private bath, amazing views of the water.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Charles Lawrence

Honeymoon Suite with huge Master Bedroom, Fireplace, Custom Bathroom with walk in shower, double sinks and Whirlpool Tub. Large sunporch, extra sitting room with day bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mary Louise

This Suite has 180 degree view of the water. Has Queen bed and Day bed. In Suite full bathroom and sitting nook

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

Paul Francis

This Suite has 180 degree view of the water. Has Queen bed and Day bed. In Suite full bathroom and sitting nook

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

Robert Stephen Jacuzzi

Honeymoon Suite with huge Master Bedroom, Fireplace, Custom Bathroom with walk in shower, double sinks and Whirlpool Tub. Large sunporch, extra sitting room with day bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Beautiful octaganel shaped room with private bath, amazing views of the water.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Lake Erie, Mideast, Midwest, Northeast Ohio, Northern Ohio, Ohio, Airport, Island, Lakefront, Lakeview, Oceanfront, Wine country


Cleveland, OH (CLE-Hopkins Intl.) 55 miles

Directions to property:

From Sandusky, Ohio (Cedar Point) take Route #2 West over bay bridge to Rt. # 269 North, after bridge. Follow to Rt.# 163 East, turn RT. Go 7 miles to Marblehead, OH. Take Ferry Boat to Kelleys Island from Marblehead.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ferry Service To Cedar Point, Kelleys Island Glacial Grooves, Marblehead Light House, Ferry & Air Service to South Bass Island, Ferry and Air Service to Pelee Island, Back to the Wild Animal Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Bike rental, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Beach Decks, Coverd Verandahs, Sangria Hour

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Island Hopping, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only away from other guests or open windows
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 14 years and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Approximately 1/3 of stay
  • Cancellations: Minimum 30 days notice for regular suites, 90 days on Jacuzzi and Honeymoon Suite. If it can be re rented a credit will remain on our books for use at another date, minus $50 cancellation fee. No refunds to credit card. Purchaser is responsible for cost of entire stay if not re sold.
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Elizabeth and Timothy Hermes

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Sailing, Gourmet cooking, World wide travel, Tennis, Anything to do with water, Hiking, Biking, Walking. 
We are each "early retired" business owners who really understand what is needed to relax the "stressed out executive". Setting is quiet and romantic.

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Gourmet Feast

  • Time Served: 9:00 to 10 AM
  • Serving Location: Covered Verandah's or Gazebo, Sun Porch, Beach Decks, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Wine & Hor d"Ouerves, Evening Snack

Signature Dish

Huevos Rancheros / Eggs Florentine & Benedict
Huevos Rancheros: Galluchi's famous sausage with carmelized onions and vegetables folded into softly scrambled eggs, rolled into floured tortilla. Topped with lots of mixed cheeses, salsa and sour cream. Other Delectibles: Eggs Benedict & Florentine: Just like Brennans, but with the homemade hollendaise with a twist. Occasional variations include salmon and crab toppings. Breakfast Tapas, English Trifels, Homemade Apple Strudels, French Apple Tarts flambe, Baked from scratch big fat Cinnamon Rolls, iced to perfection. Baked Stawberry & Grand Marnier French Toast Too many more to list!!!


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