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Your very own, completely private, Colonial Williamsburg-style Cottage in Bucks County on the Delaware River is just 13 miles south of New Hope and Lambertville and 25 minutes from Princeton. New York City is a little over an hour away by train. Philadelphia is about 30 minutes by car, or you can take a commuter train from Yardley.
Built by Robert Johnson, a renowned Bucks County cabinetmaker, and furnished with 18th-century reproduction furniture and Oriental rugs, the Cottage is ideal for weeklong vacations, weekend getaways, writer's retreats, house-hunting visits, or temporary lodging for relocated executives. As many of our guests have said, this is the perfect place to unwind.
The Cottage is quite comfortable for two people. But it also works for a family with two children, or three friends who don't mind sharing a bathroom. The living space is all on one floor. There's a wonderful corner fireplace in the living room with raised paneling and a custom-built mantel. The eat-in kitchen is small, but quite serviceable. We've equipped it with everything our guests need to make basic meals and snacks.
The main bedroom is furnished with a queen-size canopy bed, and the 'tavern room' off the kitchen provides extra sleeping space, with a twin bed and pop-up trundle. We also have a portable Graco crib and child's booster seat that we can have set up and ready for those traveling with an infant or toddler.
The Cottage shares a 3.5-acre riverfront property with our 200-year-old farmhouse. That's where we live and write our books (over 60 titles on a wide range of topics). Most of our books have taught people how to tap into the incredible power of the online world -- starting in 1982! So, of course, the Cottage offers high-speed Internet access (wireless and cable) and HDTV with Netflix streaming movies and TV shows. ____________________________________________________________________
THINGS TO DO...
• Visit historic sites such as the Washington Crossing Museum, the Old Barracks in Trenton, and Pennsbury Manor, William Penn's reconstructed home and farm.
• There are lots of award-winning restaurants in historic buildings up and down the river and canal. Most encourage you to bring your own wine or spirits.
• Local farms let you 'pick-your-own' berries and apples, and of course, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, and other home-grown veggies are available from local farm stands, in season. You can kayak, fish, or boat on the Delaware River. (An absolutely fantastic fresh fish market is just a mile down the road. They will gut and filet your choice while you wait.)
• Princeton, the Princeton battlefield, Nassau Hall, and other sites are only minutes away. (Don't miss the Princeton University Art Museum -- a truly impressive collection, wonderfully presented -- and the 'Orange Key' tour of 'the best old place of all!')
• For a more kid-friendly experience, Sesame Place is just 10 minutes away. Or you can rent a rowboat, kayak, or paddleboat at Core Creek Park and enjoy the natural surroundings of Lake Luxembourg. If you're feeling especially adventurous, you can drive north about 45 minutes to Point Pleasant and 'River Country' for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. (The company's buses pick you up at the down-river destination and drive you back to your car.)
• For woodland walks and non-stressful hiking, there is Tyler Park in Newtown and the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve on River Road just south of New Hope.
• And speaking of New Hope, it's a great place to stroll and to 'people-watch.' But you can also take in a show at the newly renovated Bucks County Playhouse, or catch a ride into the countryside aboard the New Hope-Ivyland Railroad, a classic steam locomotive.
• And don't miss Lambertville, the town directly across the river from New Hope. Art galleries, antique shops, great restaurants, the Golden Nugget flea market just down the road... Lambertville is well worth the walk across the New Hope-Lambertville bridge.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT...
Need help planning your Bucks County getaway? For 'insider advice' on memorable restaurants and things to do in our area, check Jim Flynn's BestWeekends website. Just go to the site (bestweekends 'dot' com) and click on 'New Hope/Lambertville' in the Country Weekends section. Jim's recommendations are spot on!
There really is no place like our 'Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware.' Come visit us soon!
Available year-round. No smoking and no pets, please. For last-minute discounts and special offers, please visit our own website (www 'dot' buckscountycottage 'dot' com).
Keywords: cottage, carriage house, romantic getaway, writer's retreat, vacation home
Main bedroom with queen-size canopy bed (see details below)....moreless
Tavern Room: 2 twin/ single
Small room with twin/trundle (see details below)....moreless
The Cottage Bedroom is furnished with a romantic queen-size canopy bed with a luxurious top-quality Shifman mattress and box springs. Also 600-thread-count sheets and a matelasse bedspread. There's a dresser and shelf space to store your things, and a small closet with an ample supply of sturdy wooden hangers and two terrycloth bathrobes.
The Tavern Room, a small room between the kitchen and the front hall, provides extra sleeping space, with a twin bed and pop-up trundle. We don't call this a bedroom, because it doesn't have doors you can close or a closet. There's a full-length curtain in each of the two doorways that can be closed for privacy. And there are three large drawers in this room that can be used to store clothing. For guests traveling with a small child, we have a portable Graco crib that we can set up in the Tavern Room....moreless
The Cottage bathroom offers 18th-century elegance and 21st-century amenities: gleaming black-and-white tile floor, Oriental rug, stacks of fluffy white towels, custom-built vanity with Corian countertop and sink, traditional brass sconces and fixtures, Japanned looking glass over the sink, combination tub/shower with Corian surround. ...moreless
Audio Tape Player
Books For Adults
Books For Kids
Blu-ray DVD players in living room and bedroom....moreless
LIVING ROOM: 32-inch HDTV with Blu-ray DVD player and Netflix streaming movies and TV shows. BEDROOM: 24-inch HDTV with Blu-ray DVD player and Netflix streaming movies and TV shows....moreless
Thousands of streaming movies and TV shows available FREE via Netflix. ...moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
From the Living Room and Tavern Room windows, you'll enjoy views of the Delaware River, the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi and part of the 'National Wild and Scenic River System.' The riverbank is quite steep in front of the Cottage, and protected by a guardrail, but there are boat launch areas within a mile or so both north and south of the property....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hot Air Ballooning
Dining table and chairs for four in Cottage kitchen....moreless
Christmas Holidays 2014 Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter/Spring 2015 Jan 5 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer/Fall 2015 Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2015 Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas Holidays 2015 Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$300
RATES: Rates shown are for 2 guests. For 3rd/4th guests, add $15/person to nightly rate. Add $50/person to weekly rate. Instant Quote will not calculate extra-person charge.
MAX OCCUPANCY: 4 (including infants/children).
MINIMUM STAY: 3 nights most of the year. Longer minimum may be required for holidays & summer months.
NOTE: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Shopping and antiquing in New Hope and Lambertville. Hiking, biking, and birding. Fabulous Bucks County restaurants. Rafting and tubing on the Delaware River. Tours of historic Washington Crossing Park, Bowman's Tower, Bucks County Winery, Michener Museum, and Henry Mercer's eclectically built and furnished Fonthill Castle (1908) in Doylestown. Spend an afternoon in Princeton: Picnic components can be bought at the shops on Witherspoon and Nassau streets, then pick a place on campus to have your lunch. Visit Cottage Club on Prospect Street, where Scott Fitzgerald set a scene from *This Side of Paradise*, stop in at Firestone Library, and don't miss the University Chapel, with its magnificent stained glass windows. Built in the 1920s, the Chapel is considered one of the great masterpieces of American Gothic architecture.
Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: We're Alfred & Emily Glossbrenner, authors of over 60 commercially-published books with combined sales of over a million copies. We also wrote and published 'How to Make Your Vacation Property Work for You,' the very first book on the subject of do-it-yourself vacation rentals.
Why the Owner Chose Yardley: Every location has its charms, but we have always been particularly charmed by Bucks County, PA. Historic sites, homes, and public buildings dating from the late 1600s on; the Delaware River, teeming with wildlife; the mule-barge canals with their towpath bike trails; European-style restaurants located in old inns; and easy access to New York and Philadelphia by train. Under the circumstances, how could we *not* have ended up buying a 200-year old Bucks County farmhouse on the Delaware River, complete with a rented bungalow, which we later turned into a vacation-rental cottage that we love sharing with guests from around the world.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: It's like staying at one of Bucks County's legendary inns and B&Bs, except that you have the whole house to yourself. So you can sleep as late as you please, fix your own breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen, and come and go from your own private driveway. You can spend your days relaxing in the living room with views of the Delaware River and a crackling fire in the woodburning fireplace. Or sit outside on the English Garden Bench with a glass of wine and a good book. When you're ready to venture out, just head north on River Road to Yardley (2 miles) and New Hope/Lambertville (13 miles). For more details, visit our website at buckscountycottage 'dot' com.
Primary:+1 215-736-1213 (Pennsylvania, USA)Emily & Alfred Glossbrenner