Retreats & Rentals
When we're not hosting groups for our youth programs, House In The Wood is a Retreat Center for a variety of organizations, clubs and events. We can accommodate groups of 20 to 100+ with a flexible offering of lodging, meeting and dining options. Find out about:
- How to book your visit to House In The Wood
- Dates available for your group to stay with us
- Services available and current rates
A Place to Yourselves
Each of our rental groups have exclusive use of the grounds and facilities for the entire length of their stay. Every gathering is different than the next, so we work with all of our rental customers to ensure that they have everything they need and aren't paying for anything they don't.
A Helpful Host
There will always be a staff person from House In The Wood onsite to assist groups however may be required. This person will act as host for the duration of the stay, and will coordinate with the designated contact person of the group to make sure all expectations are met. This person is also available to answer any questions about the grounds, facilities, or services. Our staff in residence on the campus take great care to respect the space and privacy of our visitors. Aside from this scheduled contact and any services included for the retreat (such as food service), House In The Wood staff typically go unseen.
Connecting with Nature
One of the best reasons to hold your event or retreat at House In The Wood is the beautiful natural setting. With trees overhead, grass under foot and water all around, our campus is an ideal environment for rejuvenation, relaxation and communion. The benefits of spending time in nature are numerous and realized in all aspects of a person's well-being.
Whether it's a hike through the woods, a gathering around a campfire or just some time to look out across the lake, every visitor of House In The Wood has a chance to be revitalized by our lush environs before heading back to their busy lives.
Our guests stay in cozy, comfortable cabins that include electricity, running water, bathrooms, heat, air conditioning, fans, 16-22 beds and storage space for personal belongings.
Better than Fine Dining
The food at House In The Wood is just plain delicious. We offer yummy options for meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and eaters of most other types.
Have a good cook in your group? Our restaurant-grade kitchen is available for groups to prepare their own meals.
Groups interested in renting the facilities can feel free to contact us with any questions about rental services or availability. When a group is approved for rental and is interested in booking their visit, they should follow these steps.
When a group first reserves a date, a confirmation form is faxed, e-mailed or sent to the group leader. Please review the confirmation form for accuracy. A $200.00 non-refundable booking fee is due within two weeks to confirm the reservation. On receipt of this, a contract will be issued.
Contract and Deposit
After receiving the contract packet, the group leader should read the contract agreement carefully to understand the group's obligations and to make sure everything is correct (meals, times of arrival and departure, etc.). Especially note the cancellation policy, which normally allows for return of deposit, except for the $200.00 booking fee, up to 60 days prior to the retreat. If there are any questions or changes, contact House In The Wood. There is a deposit of $400.00 due when you return the contract.
Return the Contract
Sign and return both copies of the contract, along with the deposit and your certificate of insurance, by the date shown on the contract--usually about one month after its receipt. We will sign and mail one copy back to you.
Seven to fourteen days prior to the retreat's starting date, the group must “Declare Attendance”. This can be done over the phone or by e-mail. This declares your anticipated attendance. The group is then responsible for full payment of this number or the actual attendance whichever is higher.
Make Special Requests
Please give us seven to fourteen days notice if you have any special request for:
- Food Service (vegetarian or other dietary needs)
- Meeting Space
- Linen and Towel Service
- Disability Needs
Read Retreat Center Policies
Before arrival, be sure to inform all participates of Retreat Center policies regarding the use of alcohol, quiet hours, and others listed on the "Retreat Center Policies" form in your contract packet, along with the directions to House In The Wood. It is a good idea to furnish the policies to each individual.
Confirm Check-In Times
Please ask individuals to not arrive before your group's scheduled check-in time for housing and meeting space, as contracted. If guests arrive before their accommodations are available, it is inconvenient for them and the House In The Wood staff, and begins your retreat on a less than desirable tone.
Services & Rates
Below are the services available and their current rates. Our services and accommodations are available a la carte, so your group gets what it needs, but doesn't pay for anything more.
Lodging options and rates
Guests stay in simple but comfortable cabins that sleep 16-22 individuals. There are seven of these cabins, and additional sleeping quarters are available if necessary.
- Minimum 20 individuals
- Maximum 100+ (depending on lodging needs)
- $35/night per individual
Our meeting spaces are carpeted with fireplaces. All lodging rentals include either Vittum Lodge or Hickory House as a meeting space (group's choice). Groups who plan to use other areas will incur the extra charge listed below. You can also meet in our open-air pavilion, two fire circles and picnic/patio areas for no extra charge.
|Vittum Lodge, Hickory House, OEC Classroom, Art Center||$150.00 per rental period (each)|
The dining at House In The Wood receives rave reviews from our visitors. Groups may choose from the following options, but may also handle their meals on their own.
|40+ Guests||Breakfast $8.00, Lunch $10.00, Dinner $11.50|
|20-39 Guests||Breakfast $9.00, Lunch $11.50, Dinner $12.50|
|Less than 20 Guests||Breakfast $10.00, Lunch $13.00, Dinner $14.00|
|Dietary Upcharge (Vegan/Gluten Free)||Varies per rate schedule by guest count ($2-$5 per person per meal)|
|Snack||Varies per snack|
|Kitchen Rental - Group cooks meals||$200.00 per rental period|
|CD/MP3 Player||No Charge|
|Sports Equipment||No Charge|
|Nature Center Program||Varies with Program or Activities Requested|
|Waterfront Program (Swimming and/or Boating)||Varies with Program or Activities Requested|
|Firewood||Varies with usage ($40 minimum charge)|
|Bed Linen Set (pillow, pillow case, sheet, blanket)||$5.00 per person|
|Bath Linen Set (towel, wash cloth)||$2.00 per person|
|Charged when we must restore our rental spaces to their original condition by moving furniture, etc.||$75.00 (minimum charge)|