About Us - Happy to be in Someplace Special, Ashland, Ohio
The Kollar Family
College House Bed and Breakfast is the realization of an idea incorporating the desire to offer gracious hospitality, own and run a business, and to instill a work ethic into twin boys.
Ashland Ohio's motto is "Ashland Ohio, Someplace Special." People in Ashland sometimes seem almost to scoff at the idea, but having returned to a small town after having lived in on the East Coast in a crazy, stressful urban environment, we can assure you that Ashland Ohio really is someplace special, where the people are friendly, the traffic is light, and the neighborhoods are safe. It's unpretentious, and we love it!
Our home is a spacious Colonial Revival American Foursquare. This truly American house style developed in part as a reaction to the excesses of the Victorian era, and featured plain, efficiently laid out floor plans. Our Foursquare was built around 1910 and featured closets and large windows in a relatively compact cube. While most Foursquare homes have a large porch covering the entire front of the house, ours was substantially renovated in 1951 to become a "Colonial Revivial" style Foursquare house. Instead of a large covered porch we have a smaller porch, almost a stoop, with wrought iron railings. The color scheme is white with black shutters, with other "colonial" touches inside.
Since buying the house in 2006 we have installed a new siding, roof, and gutters, blown-in insulation, and put in all new windows. The garage has also gotten new roof, siding, and gutters. Inside the house we've added central air conditioning, refinished the hardwood floors, painted all the walls and trim, and updated electrical wiring. In addition, we have reconfigured a hallway, updated the patio, and completely renovated the bathroom for the first floor Music Department guest room (opened July 2007). The third floor has been completely renovated to create the Art Department guest room (opened October 2007). On the second floor one bathroom became two, giving the English Department guest room (opened June 2008) a spacious whirlpool tub, and by adding a door in the hallway the History Department guest room (opened June 2008) has gained a private bathroom with a shower.
We care a lot about our environment, and we've taken steps to operate our B&B in a environmentally responsible manner. Some of our practices include:
Recycling (glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metal)
Use of energy efficient light bulbs where possible
Installation of a high-efficiency furnace and heat pump
Installation of a high-efficiency/less water washer and dryer
Use of soap dispensers instead of individual plastic bottles
Use of distilled water dispensers instead of individual plastic bottles
Promoting the reuse of towels
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