Allen Court Cottages at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, was founded and built by the Allen family between 1910-1912. In 1912, the family began renting its newly built cottages. Originally, around twelve structures were built including a convenience store, a changing house, a house for summer help and nine cottages. Over the years things have changed slightly, with the addition of a12-unit motel as well as a donut shop, but the business's core values of family and fun still exist.
Of the original twelve cottages, eight remain and are still rented today. The changing house, which was once located on the beach, was moved to the south side of the street to protect it from erosion in 1940. Edgar J. Allen, a founding family member, ran the business until his daughter, Vicki, took it over in 1983. Vicki ran the family business just like her father
until she passed away in 2010.
Now, her husband Hyler and son Jesse continue to keep Allen Court Cottages and Motel the family-friendly vacation spot the Allen’s intended it to be. We invite you and your family to join us at Geneva-on-the-Lake for your next vacation!
Vicki Allen, Vicki Shatto by marriage, was born and raised on the Allen's property, eventually taking over the business from her father. Vicki ran the Allen's business for more than 30 years and was a regular feature in many vistor's annual trips to GOTL. During August of 2010, Vicki passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Countless Geneva-regulars continue to mourn her loss. At Allen Court, Vicki is missed everyday but her husband, Chuck, and friends and family continue to work together to honor her memory by keeping the Allen Court tradition alive.