Saturday, September 2, 2017

Meet the New Owners of the Barn Inn

Those who know The Barn Inn, know Paul and Loretta Coblentz. A native couple to the area and the community, they purchased the property in 1996 and opened the Bed and Breakfast in April of 1997. For the past 20 years, Paul and Loretta have owned, operated, and made a life of the Barn Inn. Loretta's personal touches are everywhere, from the hand-painted murals in the guest rooms to the unique recipes of the hot country-style breakfast. Now, after dedicating their lives to it for two decades, Paul and Loretta are passing the torch to new Innkeepers.

As of August 23, 2017, Gene and Michelle Rowland have picked up the reins at the Barn Inn. This down-to-Earth couple from Renfro Valley, Kentucky has been married for over 30 years. They have eight children, two of which are now living with them at the Barn, and seven grandchildren. Having run three KOA campgrounds, the Rowlands have been in the hospitality industry since 2002. Moving to a Bed and Breakfast is a new venture for them, but their business expertise and warm personalities provide the perfect mix to continue the legacy that Paul and Loretta have built.

Wanting to continue as business owners, but unsure where they might go, Gene and Michelle came to the Barn Inn to visit, and knew they had found their new home. They have been working constantly with Paul and Loretta to make sure that what people know and love about the Barn is upheld. Since moving into the Gehrig farmhouse, the two have spent their evenings and weekends becoming more acquainted with local businesses and attractions, and learning about the Amish culture. They are excited to spend their first Fall in Amish country. "We have fallen in love with the people and the area, and we look forward to being a part of the community and a blessing to all who make their home with us during their visit to Holmes county."