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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What Makes You Happy?

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Last updated: 08/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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!

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.
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. 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 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.

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


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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


  • Books:

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

  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

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

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • 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


  • Away From It All
  • Family


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


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


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


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Fully appointed kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Porch / Veranda:

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



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  • Tax Rate 6%


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Last updated: 08/12/2015
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91 Miles
Nearest Airport
Philadelphia International Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Haag's Hotel
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Green Acres Golf Course
30 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak in Lancaster, PA
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Routes 183 and 78
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Blue Mountain Family Restaurant
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bear Creek
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
Blue Marsh Recreation Area

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 33 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.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The cottage in summer

    The cottage in summer

  • 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.

  • 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

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