The Charm Countryview Inn, a bed and breakfast Inn, is located 2.5 miles southeast of the small village of Charm, Ohio. The Inn perches on a quiet hillside overlooking peaceful country meadows and farms in Ohio's scenic Holmes County, home of the world's largest Amish community. The Inn is owned and operated by us, the Abe Mast Family.
A bed and breakfast operation has been a dream of our family for several years. It seemed whenever we'd get together, the conversation would eventually come back to this idea of a B&B! The men especially often talked about this. In 1988 Leon and Marvin attended a B&B seminar and after that our family spent many evenings giving the idea careful thought.
There was never really a question about where the Bed and Breakfast would be built. Dad had bought a 70-acre farm in 1981 between Charm and Farmerstown and it had a perfect spot on a hill at the edge of the woods. Leon began drawing up plans with much counsel from the rest of us. Our plans were then given to an architect who completed them and got the state approval required.
In the meantime we had to come up with a name for this new establishment. That turned out to be quite a challenge! Each of us came up with some names and when we put them all together we had around 50 different ones. Somehow we narrowed it down to one, The Charm Countryview Inn. We can't imagine it being anything different now.
The foundation for the Inn began in August of 1989, and the framework construction was completed in December. Our local carpenter crew worked all winter and spring until we opened the doors to our first guests on June 1, 1990.
Each of our 15 guest rooms, all with private baths, is individually decorated and has been named after members of our family. Our comfortably furnished rooms feature handmade quilts on queen size beds and solid oak furniture selected by Leon and Sara Ann from their furniture store.
We want our bed and breakfast to be a destination." A place where people come to unwind and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of life, and where you feel refreshed when you leave.
Reflecting back over the first few years of The Charm Countryview Inn, it really has been an exciting experience, made possible in part by the many feature articles in our local newspapers and also many prominent national publications.
"Feel the rush and hustle of daily life disappear the moment you step into our home. Release your pressure and stress, as you smell the flowers, hear the birds sing in the wood, and dine at our table. Restore your spirit today." ~ Paul Miller, Innkeeper
We were visiting Ohio's Amish country and were driving along when we saw this beautiful Inn setting on the hill. We drove up the lane, rang the doorbell and were graciously welcomed to the Inn. We went back to where we were staying and cancelled our reservations. That was in 1990 and we have been coming ever since then.
Larry and Kathy Grieser, Ohio