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Captain's 'Cottage' 2 blocks from Lake, near Chez Francois

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

Charming, newly restored 4 rm suite in Captain Bell B & B

The 1876 Captain Bell House was completely restored and renovated to a B & B in 2013. This private suite has two private entries, a large LR w Queen memory foam mattress sleep sofa; full size kitchen; luxurious bath, large BR w Simmons Beauty Rest Queen bed. In suite laundry. Private patio, and internal access to B & B common rooms. Breakfast vouchers provided. 32' flat screen cable TV, Wi Fi, AC and complimentary bicycles. Sleeps 4.

Philip Laurien
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

About Philip Laurien

Born in Buffalo, attended Miami Univ. OH; career city planner, retired in 2011 to fulfill a dream- restoring a historic house into a lovely B & B. After 19 months and lots of help from some great contractors and my daughter, the Captain Bell House opened as a B & B on April 28, 2013

Philip Laurien purchased this house in 2011

Why Philip Laurien chose Ohio

The 1876 house retains original float glass windows, walnut newel post and curved railing, 10' ceilings, and arched pocket doors. There is a special warm feeling about this house that captures your heart the moment you walk thru the door.

What makes this house unique

Every suite has its own unique character and has been lovingly restored, yet with modern comforts. Great location in the downtown so you can walk 2 blocks to the lake, 4 blocks to the beach and 11 restaurants (including Zagat's 'exceptional- to perfect' rated Chez Francois) within 3 blocks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vermilion in Brownhelm

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , All new bath fixtures, lighting, flooring
  • Large, luxurious all new bath with vanity, toilet and full tub shower, vinyl plank flooring. Truly unique and charming incorporating historic diamond window.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • 12' x 13' private BR with new Simmons BeautyRest Classic queen bed. Closet, TV, AC, carpeted, central heat.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Captain Bell House B & B rooms are the newest and finest lodging in Vermilion's Harbourtown. While the Captain's Quarters suite is part of the Bed and Breakfast it can be rented weekly. Inquire for details.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Captain's 'Cottage' 2 blocks from Lake, near Chez Francois
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Comfortable and clean!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay with Phil and he is VERY accommodating. We enjoy being so close to downtown. Everything is so clean it is truly home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a quiet weekend away from home, and we very much enjoyed our stay with Captain Phil at the Captain Bell House. Phil was very polite and accommodating. The Captain's Quarters was clean and comfortable, and we enjoyed the lake house decor. The bathroom was fabulous - nice, deep tub for baths and the towels were super soft! Loved the little town of Vermilion and the breakfast at Granny Joe's was excellent (you must try the potato cakes - out of this world!). Vermilion is situated nicely between Sandusky and Cleveland, so you can stay in a nice, quiet, small town and still be a short drive from things to do in the cities. We liked being able to walk to everything we wanted to do in Vermilion. We would definitely come back and stay again!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Alabama, USA

Spacious, clean, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

A typical B&B offers a room with a bed and, possibly, a bathroom. At Captain Bell House, you'll find so much more. The apartment is definitely spacious with a comfortable living room with desk, a well equipped kitchen, a large, sparkling clean bathroom, and a bedroom with a deliciously comfortable bed. Situated within walking distance to just about everything you could possibly want, you can watch the world go by, either through the large window or out on the patio. If you want to go a bit farther, you can hop on one of the two bikes that the owner supplies for free. Speaking of Phil, you couldn't find a friendlier, harder worker, justifiably proud of the historical home he's refurbished quite successfully. A bit unusual is the fact that the breakfast part of the B&B is a voucher for Granny Joe's down the street--perfect for the folks who don't like to "mix" so early in the morning. My only suggestion to Phil is that he boost the value of the voucher a tad. One final comment is that we ate well wherever we went but particularly enjoyed the Wine Vault. So delicious!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

KB from Cuyahoga Falls

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was very nice. The rooms were very clean with a seaside flair. The owner/operator was very nice, accommodating and helpful. The photos represented the rooms and the location well. It is located near downtown and many restaurants, small shops the lake and some inland channels. We hope to stay there again. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit the area and stay in a clean, charming and historical building.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marietta, OH

A Week at the Lake

  • 5 of 5

We have been traveling to Lake Erie for a few days or a week for the last several years. This week was just my husband and me. We stayed in the Captain's Quarters; it was perfect! We enjoyed the roomy and super clean accommodations. Phil was the perfect host -- conveniently available, but never intrusive. We took advantage of the weber grill and patio for a couple of meals. We appreciated the bicycles provided. We enjoyed our morning stroll to Granny's and loved every breakfast we had. I recommend the 2 egg special with sour dough toast, bacon, and a potato pancake with sour cream! The omelets are great, too. The Wine Vault was a great place to eat less than a block away-amazing food at an affordable price. The full size washer and dryer made coming home with clean laundry and the transition back to real life so much easier. The house is located so conveniently so that you can walk to the quaint downtown. The beach at the end of Main Street is a great little place with beach chairs to rent for a $1 an hour. Saturday morning a great little farmer's market was up and running downtown. Our stay at the Captain's Quarters was just so relaxing and wonderful. The bed is so comfortable and the towels were so soft. I cannot recommend it highly enough! We cannot wait to go back! :-)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Solon, Ohio

Anniversary getaway

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at the Captain Bell House. Our spacious suite included a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, full bathroom and washer and dryer. It was clean, comfortable and private. Had a lovely (albeit expensive!) three-hour dinner at Chez Francois. Our vouchers for breakfast the next morning at Granny Joe's covered only part of our meal, which was adequate -- but nothing to write home about. My husband's otherwise tasty pancakes were served with individual packets of Smucker's syrup. My oatmeal was runny.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad they enjoyed the Captain's Quarters, and found it to be as clean and lovely as advertised. As for their breakfast, we give each guest a $6 coupon for Granny Joe's, and their pancakes are excellent. I always offer organic Vermilion maple syrup to my guests to take with them, but I guess they did not take it, whatever. Honestly after a 5 star dinner at Chez Francois, it would be a hard act to follow for breakfast, but this is the fist criticism of Granny Joes I have had in two years. Thank you for your stay and please try us again!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vermilion, USA

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Hopkins Cleveland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Vermilion Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Ohio Rt. 2
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Chez Francois
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Vermilion Public beach
Car: not necessary

The Captain Bell House B & B is located in the heart of old Harbourtown, an 1837 historic plat settled by ship builders and ship captains. Many of the original structures still exist and are constantly being restored. The town center is quaint, is very walkable with friendly residents eager to help you enjoy your stay.


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