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The Carriage House at Columbus' Circus House is an Airbnb with a unique history. It was originally the Sells traveling circus' carriage house in the late-1800s. / Image courtesy of Weston Wolfe // Published: 2.12.18

This Columbus Airbnb Carriage House Dates Back To 1895

If you have dreams of running away with the circus but don't want to go very far from home, a Columbus rental might temporarily satisfy your fantasy.

The Circus House is a beautiful house that was originally built in 1895 as the historic Sells family home. The patriarch of the family, Peter Sells, was a circus magnate who had one of the largest traveling circuses in the United States (rivaling the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey). While the Circus House serves as a private residence today, the Carriage House next to it is an Airbnb.

If your mind is beginning to wander... no, you won't find clown decor adorning the walls of the Carriage House. Quite the contrary: the interior looks like it's ripped straight from the page of a design magazine. Upon entering, you're greeted by an open-concept floor plan that flows nicely into a modern kitchen fit for a skilled chef. Upstairs, the bedrooms are cozy while the bathrooms feature a mix of old-fashioned features (like a clawfoot tub) and modern features.

If you're all "Yes, please!" to the idea of a weekend getaway at the Circus House, here are some other details:

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Neighborhood: Short North
  • Price: $145 per night
  • Free on-site parking
  • Cable TV
  • WIFI
  • A washer & dryer
  • All of your overnight essentials (towels, shampoo, etc).

I already have a travel guide to Columbus revved and ready for ya, so it's easy to make this trip a reality.

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Visit the Circus House's website for more information.