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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What Makes You Happy?

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Last updated: 09/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bethel cottage description

*Smokers please do not inquire.* Please note: the property marker on the map indicates the location of our mailbox. The cottage is actually 3/4 of a mile down a dirt lane from route 183.

We have whisper-quiet, central air conditioning! AC on the AT. What a great combination!
If you could create a woodland retreat for yourself and your family and friends, this would be it. If you are someone who values unspoiled nature, this is the place for you. If you want to make day trips to Amish Country, Philadelphia, Hawk Mountain, Cabellas, New York City, Gettysburg, lakes, quaint villages, world class golf courses OR hike the Appalachian Trail and be enveloped in the deep forest, this is for you.The cottage is uniquely situated, close to myriad attractions yet it is an island unto itself. There is no place like it. Trust us. We looked. For years. Finally, we found this wonderful property tucked into the base of a mountain. When you visit, you will not feel like you are at a vacation rental. You will feel like you are at the home of a friend who wants you to have the best possible time. Our reviews speak for themselves. So does our calendar. Make your reservation soon. We book up fast. Sleeps 7. Full size washer+dryer. Wireless internet/cable. Central air conditioning. Fireplace.

For the summer: The summer season will go from June 23 to September 2. There is a 6 night minimum.
For holiday weekends: Some holiday minimums may apply.

* Cabellas sporting goods store is just 12 miles away.

*Amish Country in Lancaster County is 40 miles or less.

*A winding, single lane dirt road leads you over a small bridge to a cottage perched on the mountainside.

* Cottage on 40 forested acres adjacent to thousands of acres of undeveloped woods and gamelands. The Appalachian Trail is 1/2 mile away.

* Cottage is 163 miles from Washington, DC; 130 miles from New York City; 92 miles from Philadelphia; 82 miles from Gettysburg; 30 miles from Knoebel's Theme Park; and 35 miles from Hershey Park.

*Maps and brochures for activities are provided as well as information from area restaurants.

*Two and a half miles from the intersection of rts. 183 and 78 in Bethel Township, a mile from the border of Berks and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania.

*Non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted on or around the property. Outdoor cooking and grilling are prohibited.

Your vacation is more than an investment of money. It is an investment of your time and your hope. We take your investment very seriously and it shows. Read the reviews and see what our guests have to say.

We've developed a webpage!: Go to to see some lovely slideshows about the cottage. This is a work in progress. Ken and I took our camera out this winter and drove to some of our favorite sites. Keep an eye on this page. We will start photographing again as the leaves pop out on the trees.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Persons signing the lease must be 21 years old and up....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          Other Amenities

              • The cottage overlooks a quiet, babbling creek. It is surrounded by trees and native plants...not a blade of grass....moreless


              • Games:

                Checkers, chess, backgammon, Monopoly, Shoots and Ladders, Hangman, cribbage, playing cards, puzzles...moreless

              • Books:

                We have a wonderful collection of books for grownups and for children....moreless

              • Toys:

                Your children will have the benefit of playing with treasures and toys collected by our children. Kids love the toy loft! You will never get them to come down....moreless

              • Books For Kids
              • Radio
              • DVD Player
              • Games For Kids
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • CD Player


              • Family
              • Away From It All


              • Festivals
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Theme Parks
              • Restaurants
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Caves
              • Churches
              • Forests
              • Live Theater
              • Pond
              • Library
              • Water Parks
              • Recreation Center
              • Winery Tours
              • Arboretum

              Leisure Activities

              • Eco Tourism
              • Photography
              • Antiquing
              • Walking
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Horseback Riding

              local services and businesses

              • Hospital
              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Groceries

              Location Type

              • Waterfront:

                The cottage is adjacent to a babbling creek....moreless

              • Mountain
              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Equestrian Events
              • Water Tubing
              • Golf
              • Cycling
              • Fly Fishing
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Fishing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Mountaineering

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Area
                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  forms of payment

                      • Accept Credit Card


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Heating
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Internet
                      • Fireplace
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Mobile Phone


                      • Kitchen:

                        Fully appointed kitchen....moreless

                      • Stove
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Freezer
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Pantry Items
                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Blender
                      • Coffee Grinder


                      • Porch / Veranda:

                        Wonderful covered porch with glider and outdoor furniture....moreless

                      • Beach Towels


                      Write a review 5
                      from 114 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Tax Rate 6%


                      The weekly rate applies to stays of 7 nights or more.

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                      Last updated: 09/22/2014
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                      91 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Philadelphia International Airport
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak in Lancaster, PA
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Routes 183 and 78
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Blue Marsh Recreation Area
                      9 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Haag's Hotel
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Bear Creek
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Green Acres Golf Course
                      9 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Blue Mountain Family Restaurant

                      Car: Necessary

                      Our guests say that we are in the middle of nowhere yet thirty minutes from everything. This year, we are focusing on the tremendous food resources in the area. We are less than twenty minutes from five wineries/vineyards and the Yeungling Brewery. We are twenty minutes from a farm that sells organic, grass-fed beef, raw milk, free-range eggs, and organic vegetables. And, we are a half-hour from a wonderful variety of restaurants for every palette or budget.

                      Other Activities: My 'List Of Things To Do' is over 20 pages long and growing!

                      Hiking, biking, skiing, history, adventure, theme parks, boating, fishing, golf, and more. What would you like to do today?

                      Golf: Green Acres Golf Course ( is 12 miles from the cabin. Go to for a list of challenging couses in the area.

                      Ski: Bear Creek Mountain is 42 miles away.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1998

                      About the owner: My husband and I have been married for 31 years. Our sons grew up spending weekends and vacations at the cottage. A few years ago, we did an extensive renovation. The house had been built in the early 1950's and was in serious need of an up-date. We gutted it and rebuilt it from the inside out. When we renovated it, we used the best materials and implemented excellent design. Our first guests came in June of 2008. Since then, it has been our pleasure to provide families, couples, groups of friends, and individuals with an opportunity to experience the joy that we have known through this wonderful place.

                      Why the Owner Chose Bethel:
                      For the first 16 years of our marriage, we looked for a private retreat where we could 'get away from it all'. Proximity to the Appalachian Trail was a priority. We needed a place that was isolated. We did not want to be able to see other houses. We wanted a place that was not in a development...was not on a road, was not surrounded by houses with lawns and hot-tubs and pools. We wanted to have a retreat that was part of nature, not a place that violated nature. In 1998, after looking at countless houses, in countless locations, we found this home. We had never seen anything even remotely like it. We had to have it. We put in our bid: full asking price, no inspections, no contingencies. We knew that this was where we belonged.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      Peace. No worries. I don't know why, but it is virtually impossible to worry when you are on this property. For some strange reason, your worries melt away as soon as you enter the drive that leads to the cottage. However, if you are looking for family fun and adventure, it is right around the corner. For the first ten years of owning the cottage, we were very content to explore the woods, hike the Appalachian Trail, sit on the porch, and read. In 2008, when we first started renting the house, I decided to research activities that would be interesting to our guests. My 'things to do' guide is 21 pages long! All of the activities are under an hour drive--most within 15 minutes.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • The cottage in summer

                        The cottage in summer

                      • Fully equipped kitchen.  You can even bake a pie!

                        Fully equipped kitchen. You can even bake a pie!

                      • first floor bedroom with double bed

                        first floor bedroom with double bed

                      • loft with double bed

                        loft with double bed

                      • The cottage road

                        The cottage road

                      • Creek in front of cottage

                        Creek in front of cottage

                      • First floor bedroom with queen bed

                        First floor bedroom with queen bed

                      • Loft with single bed

                        Loft with single bed

                      • The cottage is on this the left.

                        The cottage is on this the left.

                      • Welcome!


                      • View from the front porch.

                        View from the front porch.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                      Date last modified - Thursday, September 11, 2014

                      $185 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 7

                      View calendar: Updated 09/22/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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