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Nw Pennsylvania - Large Groups; Reunions; Workshops; Music Events

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Last updated: 07/02/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Grand Valley lodge description

A delightful and authentic visit to the Pennsylvania Wilds! The secluded large rustic lodge consists of two side by side wings (buildings) connected by a deck walkway. Each wing has three levels. There are 28 rooms in all, each having lovely views of the surrounding forest. Multiple living room areas accommodate comfortable reading and relaxation spaces as well as venues for crafts, cards, board games and group exchanges. Libraries invite browsing. Expansive decks at the second level of each wing encourage similar activities outside.

There is a fully-equipped large kitchen with an adjacent large dining area; a kitchenette is also available for additional food preparation. Many cooks can comfortably work together without concern for “spoiling the broth.” (Guests are, of course, responsible for their own food. Recommendations for catering services and local restaurants will be available. (It should be noted, however, that restaurants and grocery stores are at least nine miles away.)

Although the lodge is rustic it is well-appointed with comfort features such as hot water baseboard heat fueled by natural gas from wells on the property. Some floors are oak hardwood; others are carpeted. Creative touches introduced by the owner-builder throughout the buildings surprise and delight guests.

A large barn (unheated) is available for indoor activities such as active game playing, dancing, dramatic performances, presentations to groups, yoga, tai chi, or whatever activity requires a large open space. The barn, like the lodge, has large decks for enjoying the woodland landscape.

There is a pond on the property and trails for walking through the 150 acres of fields and forests. Guests particularly enjoy the photographic opportunities and nature study. Outdoor activities are available including campfires and games such as croquet and volleyball.

The setting is suitable for gatherings, parties, retreats, reunions, weddings, workshops, receptions, and all kinds of music and social events. There is plenty of parking space for large events.

International guests are welcome. Rides from and to Erie or Franklin, PA airports can be arranged.


Keywords: Lodge Retreat

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 6000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                No indoor smoking. Smoking on grounds and on decks is okay....moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Person signing rental agreement must be 21 years or older....moreless

              • Limited Accessibility
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Events Allowed
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40, Beds for 35-40

              • Convertible bed(s)

                ...moreless

              • West 2nd B: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                Private bath...moreless

              • West 2nd C: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

                West rooms C and D share bath...moreless

              • West 3rd E: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                West rooms E and F share bath...moreless

              • West 3rd F: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                West rooms E and F share bath...moreless

              • East 1st H: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                Private bath...moreless

              • East 1st I: 1 queen

                Private bath...moreless

              • East 2nd G: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                Private bath...moreless

              • East 2nd KING: 1 king

                Open with limited privacy; large private bath...moreless

              • East 3rd K: 2 twin/ single

                Shared bath...moreless

              • East 3rd L: 1 twin/ single

                Shared bath; small room...moreless

              • East 3rd M: 1 twin/ single

                Shared bath; small room...moreless

              • High Bed Room - East 3rd N: 1 queen

                Private bath; although can be shared with room O...moreless

              • East 3rd O: 1 twin/ single

                Shared bathroom; small room...moreless

              • East 3rd P: 2 twin/ single

                Shared bath; small room...moreless

              • East 3rd Q: 1 bunk bed

                Shared bath...moreless

              • West 2nd D: 1 double

                West rooms C and D share bath...moreless

              • In addition to bedrooms, there are some futons and sleep sofas.

              Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                (2) Well-stocked with cooking and serving supplies. Dishes and tableware for approximately 24. Disposable tableware advised for larger groups. Smaller full kitchen also available....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                (2)...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                12...moreless

              • Dining
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Freezer
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Catering Available
              • Dishwasher
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 12 people

              Amenities

              • Wood Stove:

                For ambience, wood provided. Also useful if power outage should make natural gas furnaces unavailable for heat...moreless

              • Living Room:

                There are two living rooms - one in the east wing and one in the west wing. Each seats 8+...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Very ample parking...moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Linens Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Heating
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • A large activity barn with toilet facilities is available for games, dancing, dramatic events, table tennis, darts. Many games are available such as volleyball , badminton, horseshoes, bocce. A bath house with toilets and showers is for campers....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    DirecTV with many channels -but without access to local channels....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Wonderful books everywhere!!...moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • Games
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library
                  • Ping Pong Table
                  • Television
                  • DVD Player

                  Communications

                  • Mobile Phone:

                    At the present time cellphone use Is limited. Verizon phones sometimes connect; often not. A near-by cell tower is under construction and we are told that it will be functional in 2014....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Access to Internet is via DSL (digital subscriber line - over wires of local telephone. Signal throughout lodge wings and on decks. ...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Verizon cell tower recently constructed nearby; cell phone signals now excellent!...moreless

                  • Internet
                  • Broadband Access

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Elevated decks encircle the west wing on three sides; connect the easy and west wing; extend beyond the east wing....moreless

                  • Wood Deck
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Balcony
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Away From It All

                  Location & View

                  • Rural
                  • Water View

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Fishing
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Antiquing
                  • Pond
                  • Library
                  • Forests
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Museums
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                   

                  Reviews

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                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $500

                  Rates are based on 10 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                  • Tax Rate 9%

                  Notes:

                  $500 is for 10 persons; for persons beyond 10, the added charge is $30.00 per person per night. Ask about discounts for very large groups and/or longer stays. Holidays require 3-day minimum stay.

                  Due to recent cancellation from family illness, Woodland Lodge is now available for the prime summer weekend of July 11-13, 2014!

                  Payment due 7 days prior to arrival date. Personal checks to Margaret Lay-Dopyera, 215 N. Cayuga St. - 310, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire for Paypal alternative.


                  This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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                  Last updated: 07/02/2014
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                  Location

                  50 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Erie, PA
                  50 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Erie, PA
                  0.3 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  60 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Presque Isle on Lake Erie
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Blue Canoe Brewery
                  45 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Peak n 'Peek
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Cross Creek, south of Titusville
                  9 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Dutch Treat - Amish dishes and theme

                  Car: Necessary

                  The Dopyera property offers the now-rare opportunity to vacation in a beautiful natural setting, remote from traffic, fast food, and the 'hurry' of modern life. It has the positive features of a camping trip yet the rustic accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed. Among the favorite aspects of a stay are rest and relaxation; campfires, trail walking, bird watching, nature study, ponds, games (indoors and out), large libraries. The diversity of alcoves, living room spaces, and work areas facilitate both quiet contemplation and social interchanges. The location, although remote and secluded, allows forays for various adventures within easy driving distance. Visitors enjoy the Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir, Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua Lake, Presque Isle at Lake Erie, Drake Well and Oil Museum, Scenic railway, hunting and fishing, biking, local fairs and festivals, Audubon Center, horseback riding, antique shops, auctions, Amish shops.

                  Other Activities: On site: Horseshoes, volleyball, table tennis, campfires, large libraries

                   

                  Owner info

                  About the owner: Margaret retired from a long career in education in 1992. She is a professor emerita from Syracuse University and served there in many capacities, including Associate Dean of the School of Education. Her doctorate in educational psychology was awarded by the University of Florida. She and husband John co-authored a widely- used college textbook, Becoming a Teacher of Young Children. She was a primary teacher early in her career in the schools of Jamestown, New York and a faculty member and teacher at Antioch College in their experimental elementary school. In her retirement Margaret enjoys photography, pastel drawing, cartooning, memoir writing. She especially enjoys photographing the many native wild flowers found in the Pennsylvania woods and fields. John’s background includes growing up in Oregon; Air Force years; college at Reed in Portland, OR; teaching and administrative posts at Syracuse University, Penn State, and Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA., and earning a Ph.D. in psychology and education from Syracuse University. His career focused heavily on evaluation research in education, business, and organizational settings and on management consulting. He has also been very involved in developing museum exhibits featuring his father’s invention, the DOBRO guitar. In their retirement, John and Margaret traveled to Slovakia several times and throughout Europe. John continues to write (plays, poetry, and memoir stories). John had done many things of interest across his career; however, it was somewhat of a surprise when his previously underused talent for conceptualizing space and creating functional and appealing buildings blossomed in his retirement and resulted in the construction of the large lodge now being offered for vacation rentals.

                  Why the Owner Chose Grand Valley:
                  John and Margaret Dopyera built their large retirement home in northwestern Pennsylvania during the early 1990s on land they had owned for many years. Margaret purchased the 150 acres from an uncle in 1970. Her ancestors were early settlers in the Grand Valley area. Margaret’s great-grandfather, Orange Robinson, had given the land the Dopyeras now own to Margaret’s grandmother, Cassie, at the occasion of her marriage to Archie Smith in 1900. Since the 1920s when the original family home burned there had been no dwelling. Only an apple tree and hearty daffodils continued to mark the spot where the Smith family had lived. The Dopyera’s newly-constructed home, listed herein for vacation rentals, is on another portion of the property. Margaret grew up on a nearby farm in this area, still very rural. She attended the neighborhood one room school and the consolidated high school in Youngsville, fifteen miles away. Part of the reason for buying and building on property in northwestern Pennsylvania had to do with the appeal of maintaining Margaret’s family roots. That, however, is just a small part of the story. The major reason was the quiet beauty of the land with its tall, majestic deciduous and hemlock trees, the wonderful freshness of the air and the abundance of clean water.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
                  The Dopyera property offers the now-rare opportunity to vacation in a beautiful natural setting, remote from traffic, fast food, and the 'hurry' of modern life. It has the positive features of a camping trip yet the rustic accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed.


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                  Photos

                  • Autumn view of lodge

                    Autumn view of lodge

                  • East wing kitchen

                    East wing kitchen

                  • Sun room in east wing

                    Sun room in east wing

                  • Summer flowers outside sun room of east wing

                    Summer flowers outside sun room of east wing

                  • Guest room C in the west wing

                    Guest room C in the west wing

                  • West wing bedroom D

                    West wing bedroom D

                  • Deck area between wings. Door to right is entrance to west wing

                    Deck area between wings. Door to right is entrance to west wing

                  • East wing living room area

                    East wing living room area

                  • Bathroom off King room in east wing

                    Bathroom off King room in east wing

                  • Approach to east wing deck and entrance to kitchen.

                    Approach to east wing deck and entrance to kitchen.

                  • A view inside activity barn.

                    A view inside activity barn.

                  • West wing living room

                    West wing living room

                  • A group enjoying the deck during July

                    A group enjoying the deck during July

                  • Another view of sun room

                    Another view of sun room

                  • Eating area off kitchen in east wing

                    Eating area off kitchen in east wing

                  • West wing bedroom F

                    West wing bedroom F

                  • King room in east wing

                    King room in east wing

                  • One of many small conversational corners - east wing

                    One of many small conversational corners - east wing

                  • Work area in east wing

                    Work area in east wing

                  • Firepit area with volley ball court behind.

                    Firepit area with volley ball court behind.

                  • Activity barn with large decks; green house in lower area

                    Activity barn with large decks; green house in lower area

                  • Group preparing for a gig in the activity barn.

                    Group preparing for a gig in the activity barn.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2010.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

                  $500 per night (USD)
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                  16 Bedroom / 9 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 40

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