4.2 on July 02, 2016
The family that operates the b&b is very nice. The house was a bit cluttered and not their fault, but it was 95 outside and they did not have A/C. The food in the morning was simple, but very good. So, if is not 95 outside, I would stay there again, but if it is hot, than I would find somewhere else to stay.
Thank you for the review. We do indeed have full house air condition, however, due to the size of the house the B&B bedrooms remain warm . We do have window air conditioning in all but one room, due to size of windows cannot find one to fit. Do have ceiling fan , box fan and a cooling system, which I negliected to remember because of the turmoil we were going thru. I do start the other rooms AC in that area that does help cool the area., but again had my mind in the turmoil. Thank you for understanding the clutter, things happen.
- Jeanne Ryab (innkeeper)
5 on May 20, 2016
A wonderful two nights! Bed was comfy, breakfast was delicious and the owners were very friendly and helpful.
5 on February 05, 2016
I loved it! Very welcoming and caring people. Loved the Silhouette room!
5 on February 05, 2016
We absolutely loved staying at the Big Oak. It truly felt like we were staying with family. The love and hospitality from Jeanne and Jim was wonderful!
4.0 on August 21, 2015
Jim and Jeanne are very friendly hosts. Their rooms have everything you will need for a comfortable stay and the breakfast is delicious.
4.0 on August 13, 2015
Great stay! The owners were so friendly. They stayed up late to welcome us in since we weren't able arrive till almost 10pm. She made us a wonderful breakfast, and was very accommodating with our two young boys. It was like staying at grandmas house! :)
5 on June 08, 2015
My husband and I stayed for bike week 2015. We enjoyed our stay, Jim and Jeanne made us feel welcome, they are completely adorable! Breakfast was FABULOUS! I wanted her recipes! They are wonderful people and we want to stay again to spend more time with them, they are unique and talented. You don't find people like this anymore, they are gracious hosts, down to earth, easygoing, and fun to be around. They are very knowledgable about the surrounding area. It was nice to learn the history of their home and about them. We look forward to seeing them again! It was our first bed and breakfast experience and it was like being home with family instead of a stuffy hotel room. Our only regret was not staying longer. Sincerely, Joshua and Jackie Zickefoose Steubenville Ohio
5 on May 28, 2015
Our stay at Big Oak was Lovely. Very warm and inviting, it felt like we were staying with family. Breakfast was yummy and filling. Bed was comfortable. Jim, Jeanne and their Grandson were warm and welcoming. Looking forward to our next visit.
4.8 on April 22, 2015
We had a great stay at this B&B we would definitely stay here again.
5 on April 21, 2015
The Big Oak B&B was definitely an amazing find! It was affordable, charming, homey, and the service was fantastic! The room and bathroom were very clean, the owners were friendly and kind and the house itself was beautiful.... I would definitely come back!!
5 on August 01, 2014
This is a great bed and breakfast. Beautiful location and its run by a lovely couple. By far the best B&B I have ever been to.
5 on December 19, 2013
My wife and I enjoyed our short but sweet stay at the Big Oak. Everything was great!
5 on October 17, 2013
The entire stay was an entirely utterly enjoyable experience. We would suggest these rooms to even our worst enemies. That's how great this place is. We don't have enemies though!
4.6 on October 14, 2013
We came to Sandusky for a family wedding, but wanted to make it special for our daughter as well. We stayed in the Silhouette room and loved how warm and inviting it felt. We had our own bathroom, a king sized bed, a small dinette, a television, and a walk out patio (small, but a very nice view over the gardens). Breakfast was delicious! Jeanne and Jim went out of their way to make our mornings wonderful. They even brought out cereal for our daughter in case she wanted that instead. After breakfast each morning we went out the gardens. I don't know how Jeanne takes care of it all (I could never do it!) but the gardens are FANTASTIC! They just keep going, and going, and going! There is a small swing set for the little ones, and a garden with veggies and fruit in it as well. It was magical. They also sell garden figurines, which are placed throughout the garden and in the front yard, so make sure to pick up a memento on your way out. Jeanne and Jim are very knowledgeable about the area, and can help you find something to do if you have a free day (and you can pull yourself away from the gardens). We hope to come back to The Big Oak soon! (I still have my parting gift hanging from my review mirror in my car, Thank you Jeanne and Jim!)
5 on September 05, 2013
We so enjoyed our say with Jim and Jeanne at the Big Oak. We felt so comfortable, like staying with family. The gardens are beautiful and enchanting. We'll be back.
3.8 on September 12, 2012
We loved our stay. Very welcoming and the breakfast was great.
4.0 on September 11, 2012
Nice, homey atmosphere. Slept very well. Comfortable rooms.
5 on September 11, 2012
Staying at the Big Oak was a great experience... Great food, great conversation, great company.
5 on September 11, 2012
Excellent B&B. Innkeepers warm and friendly. Inn was clean. Breakfast was wonderful.
5 on September 09, 2012
Very friendly B&B! You won't find any other place that makes you feel like home like the Big Oak. Loved my room and very satisfied!
5 on September 07, 2012
Such a nice place. We were there only one night, but so impressing. Lovely.
5 on August 14, 2012
From the moment I was greeted by Jim to hugs for both him and his wife, Jeanne, I felt comfortable. The stories, ambiance, breakfasts were excellent. Would come back in a heartbeat!
3.6 on August 09, 2012
We had a recent stay with Jeanne and Jim in their home and enjoyed their company and conversation very much. Having stayed in a number of B&B's I was a little surprised by the accommodations. I felt very much as if I was staying with my in-laws--and sleeping in my husbands' childhood bedroom. It had a very personal feel, complete with hand crocheted afghans and framed prints on the wall. Most B&B's are less personal.
5 on July 23, 2012
My girlfriend and I were celebrating her 30th and I wanted to plan something special. She was surprised and loved what I had chosen over a big hotel.
4.4 on August 21, 2011
Kindly innkeepers, allowed us to show up late in the evening, great history to the house, interesting property with some lovely gardens to explore... Best place to stay in Sandusky!
5 on August 15, 2011
My wife and I stayed here on Aug 13th. Hosts Jeanne and Jim are very very nice people. Felt comfortable and welcome at once. We had the Silhouette room with private bath. Great room and very comfortable. Nice balcony overlooking the gardens. You must walk the gardens, unreal how large and beautiful they are. After dinner we stopped in the main living room to chat with Jim and Jeanne. Would up playing cards for over an hour and had a nice visit. Breakfast was very good! Jeanne gave us a tour of the house, if your into antique glass you will be impressed with the collection. They even own a concrete lawn decor company, you can leave with a statue at a good price if desired. The location is close to Cedar point but NOT too close. Its quiet and peaceful here. We will be back.
4.6 on August 10, 2011
The hosts were very knowledgeable about the area and very welcoming. They were also very flexible in accommodating our needs. They made my wife very happy with helping me surprise her with flowers and oatmeal raisin cookies for our anniversary! Lastly, the breakfasts were out of this world! We would definitely recommend this to friends and family in the future.
5 on August 09, 2011
We stayed at The Big Oak B & B from July 27th till July 31st, 2011. We had stayed there two times before. Upon our arrival we were greeted very warmly, just like Family. Jeanne and Jim are very special and we hold them very close to our Hearts. We were treated very well, always asking us if we needed anything. We attended the Supermodifed Races right behind their home. Jim waited up till we got in and never said we were late (as one night we were, as the Races kept being delayed) He just asked if we had fun. The Breakfast's were very tasty and Room's clean. Jeanne even had Fruit out for us everyday. We would stay there for sure if we return to Sandusky. Thank you Jeanne & Jim for your great hospitality.
5 on August 07, 2011
The hospitality, rooms and antiques were wonderful!
5 on July 26, 2011
As comforting as staying at Grandma's, Jeanne & Jim welcome you into their home and warmly provide tips, hints, wonderful breakfast & conversation! We'll visit again!
4.6 on July 21, 2011
I'm 11 years old and I came here with my dad. We thought the food was great, and they were very nice and we enjoyed the beautiful rooms, which were very comfortable. I loved Big Oak B&B, I will definitely come again!
4.6 on August 20, 2010
Jim & Jeanne are very welcoming and gracious hosts. The rooms are in their house so it could be awkward except that you are immediately made to feel like a member of their family. The next time I travel to Sandusky, my first choice will be to stay with Jim & Jeanne again.
5 on August 16, 2010
Enjoyed our visit. Great inn, friendly couple and son!
5 on August 11, 2010
The couple running this place is charming, the rooms are comfy, the food is great. Awesome choice.
3.8 on August 02, 2010
From the minute we arrived at Big Oak B&B, we felt like we were one of the family. Jeanne and Jim are warm and gracious hosts. Jeanne's breakfast menus are delicious. We loved it.
2.6 on July 23, 2010
We enjoyed our stay. Before booking this B&B I did extensive research on the Sandusky area and was very worried about the safety/cleanliness of less costly alternative motels. For the area this B&B is in, I think it is definitely overpriced, but there aren't really great alternatives either. The innkeepers are definitely friendly, but the house is old and our room had trouble cooling and we did see some spiders and other insects which made the stay less desirable than we had hoped. I would say if my friends were heading to Cedar Point this would still be a decent choice, but if I did it again, I would opt to stay further out of town at a nicer place and make the drive.
As many of our guests will attest, I make every attempt to keep the inn very clean, some actually ask how I do it. I have only had a couple compain of bugs, I found the door slightly ajar to our balcony and even though I stress no smoking allowed, there was a cigarette butt on the balcony table. If a light is left on to go out to the balcony ,yes bugs will come in if door is not closed . As for the inn being very old, yes indeed it is, my first line states thus, my husband and I have gone through our home and fixed it up and put on additions for our families comfort. We have raised our own children plus others totaling 11. They all love their home. Hope others do too!
- Jeanne Ryan (innkeeper)
5 on July 23, 2010
From the moment I arrived and Jim greeted me as I was pulling in, my stay was very enjoyable. The breakfast was fantastic. The value can't be beat.
5 on July 22, 2010
Wouldn't you like to stay somewhere where you feel like you are one of the family and you are at home? Big Oak is that place.
4.2 on July 22, 2010
Jim and Jeanne were exceptional hosts! You could tell they shared a genuine love of people and took great care of us. I would recommend Big Oak to anyone looking for a peaceful down home experience.
4.6 on July 21, 2010
Very good value just minutes from Cedar Point (Jim even provided a map of the "back" way to get there - very quick). Breakfasts were delicious. As there are only 3 guest rooms, Jeanne was able to accomodate our schedule and prepare breakfast at our convenience. Room was clean and comfortable. One drawback - if the wind is blowing the wrong way on race nights (Jeanne says this is rare), the race cars can be quite noisy. The wind was blowing the right way our first night and early the 2nd, but then shifted. We were able to drown out most of the noise with the air conditioner and ceiling fan.
4.8 on July 15, 2010
It was a wonderful day/night. The were nice and helpful with anything we needed. The room was beautiful, pretty decorated room. House was big and great. Do it all over again.
4.0 on September 16, 2009
Incredibly enjoyable stay. The owners immediately made you feel like you were a family member, and not a complete stranger. Rooms were clean and well-kept, and breakfast was delicious.
4.2 on September 11, 2009
We stayed at The Big Oak B&B lastyear and are going back to races in Sandusky and did not hesitate to book with Jim & Jeanne again. Everything was great and they are wonderful people. Just like being at home. "a home away from home"
5 on August 19, 2009
My husband and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary. Our children had set this up. We were welcomed warmly. Our room was adorable, very clean and comfortable. We were welcomed so warmly
5 on August 19, 2009
Excellent! Delightful inn and owners. felt like visiting home. Will stay again.
4.6 on August 07, 2009
the warm welcome we received was better than we've ever had! Jim and Jeanne make sure your stay is enjoyable, help you find your way everywhere. we left with new friends in Ohio!
4.8 on August 06, 2009
The Big Oak is a great place to stay while in town for Cedar Point.
4.4 on July 30, 2009
We immediately felt welcome at The Big Oak. The rooms were appropriatelty priced & accommodations were exactly as anticipated. We had a lovely stay.
4.8 on July 30, 2009
Stayed at our first B&B. Innkeepers are very friendly, hospitable. We felt very welcome and they made us feel as if their home was our home. Rooms are very clean. Breakfast was delicious. Truly enjoyed our conversations and our stay at the Big Oak.
4.6 on July 20, 2009
There is nothing like the warmth and personal attention you receive at a B&B. A great stay for a great price!
4.6 on July 20, 2009
Very comfortable stay in a private room. Owners were very helpful and friendly.
5 on July 20, 2009
Big Oak is a delightful and retreat into the past. This lovely old home is filled with heirloom treasures and the hosts are very kind. Ms Jeanne's breakfasts are delicious!
5 on July 16, 2009
Jeanne and Jim were delightful and gracious hosts! We so enjoyed our time with them!
5 on July 15, 2009
The Big Oak is very comfortable- Jeannie and Jim provided the warmest welcome.
4.6 on July 10, 2009
Very quaint and pleasant! Excellent breakfast!
3.8 on June 30, 2009
Homey, comfortable with great breakfast. Innkeepers were personable and helpful. Nice place to stay.
4.8 on June 15, 2009
I had a great time in this couple's home, and the breakfast was outstanding. I am not a garden person, but thoroughly enjoyed walking in them during my stay. They also helped out with finding us a movie theater and on information taking the boats out on Lake Erie. I would not hesitate to stay there again if I am in the Sandusky area.
5 on June 08, 2009
We had a very nice stay. it was good to talk and learn about the family of the innkeepers. Also, knowledgeable about the city and surrounding islands.
3.0 on August 21, 2008
A cozy home to lay your head down for a comfortable night's sleep. It is a true "Bed and Breakfast" as the owner's have opened their home to you. For the Professional B&B person, whom enjoys the character and charm of an Inn or B&B where you are not mingled with the owner this would not fit your appetite. For a short stay, a good breakfast and a warm smile you have found your place.
5 on August 20, 2008
our stay was outstanding
4.4 on August 20, 2008
Our stay exceeded our expectations
4.4 on August 20, 2008
Great place to stay, they are nice people.
4.6 on August 20, 2008
Felt as if we were right at home !
4.0 on August 19, 2008
Everything was great! thank you!
4.0 on August 15, 2008
The Big Oak was a nice place to stay. It was a little hard to find as the sign out front was not very big and partially hidden. It is an older house but the rooms were very clean. The Innkeepers were exceptionally friendly and helpful. the Bed was very soft and for me very comfortable. They also included a bowl of fruit in your room which was very nice. Breakfast was outstanding.
5 on August 08, 2008
The stay was outstanding.
5 on August 08, 2008
Excellent stay, owners were very accomodating and very friendly. Recommended very strongly.
5 on August 08, 2008
The hosts are very personable and their home, garden demonstrates years of loving care.
5 on August 04, 2008
Love the garden.
5 on July 31, 2008
We were made very welcome and treated like part of a big family. Everything was great!
5 on July 31, 2008
We had a lovely time at this B&B. Jeanne and her husband took good care of us. They gave us suggestions of what to do. The breakfasts were delicious! Very hospitable. I felt very much at home and welcome here.
4.6 on July 25, 2008
What can be more delightful than to stay at a charming older home with a family that has a big heart for making people comfortable and welcomed. We greatly enjoyed our one night stay and wished we had time to stay longer.