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The Wilderness Lodge was founded in 1969 by James and Nansi Janes (my grandparents). Jim wanted to create a unique place in the image of a european style inn. As you enter the lodge you are greeted by the main dining room and a huge round fireplace. The natural rustic feel of the hand hewn beams with the granite floor and bar instantly feel as though you have stepped back in time. There are 9 available guest rooms with a max capacity of 31. There are 7 bathrooms in the upstairs and 2 downstairs. I am also available to be your private Chef during your stay your stay so please inquire about menu options when you book if you don't feel like cooking for yourself. The Kitchen was fully upgraded in January 2015 with a Vulcan Convection oven and 6 burner top, Vulcan IR Salamander Broiler, Garland 36" flat top with a conventional oven and a commercial dish machine. There is a huge selection of area attractions to fill your days. We are close to multiple wineries in the North east Area as well as a couple of fantastic brewpubs such as Southern Tier, Voodoo, and Sprague Farms. The Beaches of Presque Isle and Bemus point are both easy drives. There are 3 Casinos within an hour. When you book the Lodge for your stay you will have the entire place to yourself including all of the grounds and a full commercial kitchen. The lodge sits on 350 acres of private land and the trail network expands over 1200 acres including the neighbor property that we manaintain. Enjoy hiking on 26 miles of groomed trail, fishing in the pond, or shooting on our private ranges. (10yd, 50yd, 100yd, 250yd, and open access out to 500yd) There are frequently deer at the feeders in the back yard and the nights here are even more beautiful than the days because of our extremely low level of light pollution. On a clear night literally millions of stars are visible. There is a stocked fishing pond on the property (no barbed hooks please) and it is also fun to go and feed the collection of Japanese Koi. There are multiple campsites and fire pits spread around the property as well. Please allow us to prepare your group a picnic lunch and deliver it to any spot on the property that you choose.
New years eve Dec 31 - Dec 31, 2015 1 night min stay
$1,900 flat fee
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$1,200 Fri, Sat
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Refundable Damage Deposit$300
Property Damage Protection$99
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Though you will feel completely removed from the rest of the world during your stay at The Wilderness Lodge there is a huge number of options in the local area. The North East wine country is close at hand as are a number of golf courses. There are organized trail rides and runs in the area throughout the year as well as our local country fair. In the winter the Wilderness Lodge is Pennsylvania's first ski touring center. We focus on traditional as well as skate skiing and snowshoeing on our 26 mile trail network. There are two downhill resorts close and a third a little more than an hour away. We highly recommend anyone who stays here in the summer to check out the Bemus Point area for relaxing by the water, boat rentals, and a couple of really good restaurants like The Italian Fisherman. If you are into Hiking, not only do we have our own trail system bur we are very close to the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail and to Panama Rocks. Just down the hill from the Lodge is the beautiful waterway of French Creek to the south and 20 mile creek to the north as well as Howard Eaton Reservoir with some excellent fishing opportunities.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: The lodge has always been a part of my life. Although I have lived in Meadville, Pittsburgh, London and elsewhere, the lodge has always been the center of my heart. I live in an apartment on property with by amazing wife Emily and my 6 yr old daughter Tenly. I am a 2000 graduate of Allegheny College and a lifetime outdoor enthusiast. I am also available if desired to teach classes in woodcraft and sustainable forestry.
Why the Owner Chose Findley Lake: I have always known that the Wilderness Lodge is a one of a kind place. It is hard to put into words the unique nature of this place but I can say this much. There is nothin quite like it and once you experience it you will be back. The vast majority of out guests have been coming for 10 years or more, some as many as 30 years.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: Fireplaces
This is the perfect place for a family of outdoor enthusiasts