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Riverfront/Mountain View, Private Dock, Kayaks, Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg

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Your own private dock, boat and swing in large back yard leading to the river

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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-10 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

5 Bedrooms, sleeps 13, 2 baths, sunroom, deck, dock, 4 kayaks provided

The perfect vacation getaway awaits you in our waterfront home. It’s near all the attractions of central Pennsylvania, yet it feels so far away from the crowds. We are located just one half mile off Highway 322/22, within a 30-minute drive to Hershey and under an hour to Gettysburg or the Dutch country. You enter your own private acre where Mother Nature beckons you through the stunning views of the many windows. Launch from your own private dock to a kayak adventure among the islands with the bald eagles and wild life that await, or soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings from the serenity of the porch swing on the riverbank. A 16-foot double wide jon boat with 9.9 hp motor is also available for an extra fee.
Our family has many special memories of get-togethers at the river house, and we enjoy sharing it with others. We have four kayaks (including a double kayak so an adult can take a small child out), a canoe, a few inner tubes, and we provide basic fishing gear. You can wade or swim in the river right behind the house, and in summer the water level is usually pretty low, so kids can wade along the bank and spend hours catching minnows and other critters. You can take swimmers upstream in the boat and let them float back to the house on inner tubes.


There is a private dock for your use and a porch swing down by the river, as well as a fire pit down on the river bank where you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs.

Numerous hiking trails are nearby, including the Appalachian Trail a 10-minute drive away, and there's a rails-to-trails biking/hiking trail with 18 miles of wilderness trail with no roads, yet it is level and easy for children to navigate. With just a five-minute drive, you can take a three mile walk around Wildwood Lake.

The property sits along the historic Pennsylvania canal system, and our lane was the original towpath where mules pulled barges along the canal. To get to the house from State Road 322, you drive 1/2 mile down the lane with some paved and some unpaved sections, but easily passable in all seasons.
The house itself is over 100 years old, and it has random width solid Pennsylvania white oak floors in the kitchen, spacious living/dining area and in the sunroom. The rest of the house has oak flooring, tile, or carpeting (master bedroom only.) We have done two major additions to the original structure. The kitchen is not an eat-in, but it is well equipped with a ceramic top stove, refrigerator with ice maker, a KitchenAid dishwasher, microwave, upgraded small electrics (toaster, pancake griddle, blender, waffle maker, coffee grinder, Keurig, regular coffeemaker, etc.), and all the dishes and cooking utensils you might want. I find it to be more than adequate for my needs, and guests often comment on how well-furnished and handy it is, just steps from the spacious dining table that accommodates a large family or group of friends. What really takes your breath away is the view of the river as you walk into the living room and look through the columned opening through the sunroom to the river. The deck is shaded by towering trees in summer and we have a dining table and a Weber Genesis grill with a side burner on the deck. Down by the river (in all seasons except winter) is a porch swing to sit and watch the river flow, a fire ring, and a few chairs and benches.
The story behind the house is that we bought it as our vacation home in 1993, and it is only a thirty-minute drive from our primary residence. We wanted something near enough that we could use it often. As it turned out, my husband's mother who lived in Alabama was widowed and wanted to live near us. She moved into the river house and lived there for the rest of her life, enjoying watching her visiting grandchildren play on the river bank. When our children grew up and Grandmother passed away, we decided to try renting this home to travelers.
My husband Dave and I are not absentee landlords. We live in the area, and, in fact, we are often found in the small guest house on the lot next door to the river house. If you need anything, want advice about area attractions or directions, or if something should break down, you will be able to reach us directly without any trouble. I teach at HACC, the local community college, and Dave retired this year. We are excited about sharing our home that holds so many memories for us.
The arrangement of the bedrooms is as follows:
First Floor
Master – one queen bed
Second bedroom – one queen bed and one (very comfortable!) futon that can make a full-size bed
Third bedroom – one full size bed

Attic Bedrooms
(Since this is a 100-year-old attic converted into bedrooms, the attic steps are a little steeper and more narrow than those you would find in a contemporary home, and the ceiling follows along the roofline. The fifth, smallest bedroom is access through the large fourth bedroom. Both attic bedrooms have skylights.)

Fourth Bedroom – one queen bed, one twin bed (It also has a sitting area with a couch, chair, and TV.)
Fifth Bedroom – one full size bed, one twin bed

Reservations
We mostly book through HomeAway or VRBO (or other affiliated websites) because it’s very safe and secure for our guests. Payment is either by credit card or e-check (electronic bank transfer.) If you choose credit, HomeAway charges a 3% fee, which is deducted from your security deposit refund. E-check is free.
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Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

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

    We rent to those over the age of 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside only. Thank you for your understanding....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 12-13

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 5: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    sitting area with couch, chair, TV, DVD...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Very comfortable futon sleeps 2 (equivalent of a double bed)...moreless

  • The first floor master bedroom is luxurious and extra large with expansive windows on two walls overlooking the river and mountains, a TV, CD player with music library and sitting area. Its beautiful bath has hardwood floors, washer and dryer, and a tiled, jetted tub for relaxing in your private spa after a fun-filled day. The second first floor bedroom has a queen size bed, and an extremely comfortable futon that makes a double bed as large and comfortable as a bed. The third first floor bedroom has a full size bed. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and attractive. The second floor is a finished attic with an oversize bedroom and sitting area with TV and DVD. It has a queen and a twin bed and sloping ceiling following the roof line. The smaller second attic bedroom is accessed through the first bedroom. It has a full bed and a twin. Both have skylights and the chimney is exposed....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    washer/dryer, hardwood floors, tile bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Tile floor and tile shower, large granite vanity...moreless

  • We also offer an outdoor shower with hot and cold water for your convenience after a day on the river....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Monthly and long term rentals available September - April. Contact owner for availability and rates. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Samsung LED HDTV 46' with home theater sound system in living room; fabulous for TV, DVD, sports watching. Second HDTV wall-mounted in master bedroom. TV with video player, DVD player, and X-Box in attic sitting room....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games:

    Small library of games provided....moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beyond the broad river you view Cove Mountain with the Appalachian Trail winding along its ridge. This section is roughly the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail. It can be accessed with a short drive....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The wide, shallow Susquehanna River flows by the house. Large islands create the illusion of the opposite shore, but the river is almost a mile wide. Enjoy kayaking, tubing, swimming and fishing....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Our three Fujitsu high efficiency ductless systems, supplemented as needed by two window air conditioners, will keep you very comfortable! ...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking:

    Ample parking for up to five vehicles....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    High Efficiency washer and dryer; all laundry products (detergent, fabric softener, etc.) are provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well-supplied kitchen with ceramic top stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker; Keurig; blender; waffle iron; spice rack with a variety of spices; etc....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Full refrigerator in kitchen...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    A 16 foot double wide jon boat with a 9.9 hp motor is available for a small rental fee....moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Four kayaks are provided as well as plenty of life jackets of all sizes. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Skiing and snowboarding, as well as snow tubing are available at nearby Ski Roundtop. There are activities there for everyone in the family. Lessons are also offered. ...moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    We provide basic fishing gear for those who want to try their luck out back with the small mouth bass, wall eye, muskie, or the big catfish....moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Winter
Nov 28 - Dec 18, 2016
2 night min stay
$300
$1,800
Holiday
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
$350
$2,400
Winter
Jan 3 - Jan 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$300
$1,800
Outdoor Show 2016
Feb 1 - Feb 13, 2017
10 night min stay
$350
Winter
Feb 14 - Mar 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$300
Spring
Mar 3 - May 10, 2017
2 night min stay
$350
$2,000
Late Spring
May 11 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$400
$2,400
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$550
Early Summer
May 30 - Jun 8, 2017
2 night min stay
$350
$2,200
Early June
Jun 9 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,900
Independence Day Holiday
Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

Peak Summer
Jul 8 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,000

Changeover Day: Saturday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

CLEANING FEE is negotiable during Late Fall/Winter. At that time, you may elect to do your own cleaning to have the fee waived.

If payment is made by CREDIT CARD - a HomeAway service charge of 3% will be deducted from the refundable damage deposit. There is NO extra fee if payment is made by e-check.

HomeAway adds a Service Fee to each booking that you will see in the rate quote.

Security deposit returned within one week of checkout if there is no damage.

Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.

All reservations are final. If guests cancel, I will attempt to re-rent the property for the same dates at the same rate. If successful, payment will be refunded less 10% of the rental amount. If unsuccessful, no refund will be extended.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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Location

Car: Recommended

Close by are Hershey Park, Chocolate World, the Amish Dutch Country of Lancaster County, Gettysburg Battlefield and Cyclorama, and in Harrisburg the Civil War Museum, Harsco Science Center and Imax Theater, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park with its safari tour, and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Arena. Try your luck at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, or visit local wineries and craft breweries. When you get home from a long day, enjoy birding, fishing for rainbow trout and small mouth bass, and kayaking and tubing the lazy Susquehanna in your back yard. Hike the Appalachian Trail or bike or hike an eighteen mile rails to trails loop that is the largest roadless tract of land in Pennsylvania, both within a short drive of the house.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: My husband Dave is a Pennsylvanian, and I met him in 1982 when I came from Florida to work with the teenagers at his church for a summer. We married the next year, and have two children who are now grown. Dave is a Princeton University and Southern Seminary grad, and is currently the executive director of our state convention. I am a graduate of Jacksonville University and now have a career I am passionate about teaching students at our local community college. We both hope to retire in a few years and do more traveling, using HomeAway and VRBO to find our accommodations, of course! Our daughter Lauren is a surgical Physician's Assistant in Alabama, and a graduate of Princeton and Emory Universities. She is an accomplished violinist and enjoys competing in triathlons. Jonathan is a Business graduate of The College of New Jersey where he was a Bonner Scholar and swim team member, and after working very successfully in business for a couple of years after graduation, he has taken a year off to travel abroad extensively.

Why the Owner Chose Dauphin, PA, USA:
My husband David and I purchased this home when our two children were small so that we could have a place to get away as a family on the weekends. The appeal of this property was that it felt remote with the natural surroundings, including the river, mountains and lots of wildlife, and yet it is so convenient to Harrisburg and Hershey and all the amenities of civilization. Our primary home is located just a 30 minute drive away.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

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Photos

  • Your own private dock, boat and swing in large back yard leading to the river

    Your own private dock, boat and swing in large back yard leading to the river

  • Winter river ice

    Winter river ice

  • Relax and soak in all the beauty.

    Relax and soak in all the beauty.

  • Master bedroom with breathtaking views of river

    Master bedroom with breathtaking views of river

  • Americana bedroom

    Americana bedroom

  • Spacious common area with river view

    Spacious common area with river view

  • Corner nook in sunroom

    Corner nook in sunroom

  • Attic bedroom sitting area

    Attic bedroom sitting area

  • Four kayaks, paddles, lifejackets included

    Four kayaks, paddles, lifejackets included

  • Guest photo of bald eagle in our back yard

    Guest photo of bald eagle in our back yard

  • Small mouth bass - caught wading behind the house

    Small mouth bass - caught wading behind the house

  • Watch deck visitors from the sunroom

    Watch deck visitors from the sunroom

  • Natural Pennsylvania Stone Home

    Natural Pennsylvania Stone Home

  • Spring at the river house!

    Spring at the river house!

  • View of master bedroom with HDTV

    View of master bedroom with HDTV

  • The 'Princess' bedroom

    The 'Princess' bedroom

  • Pennsylvania House oak dining table for 10 (or 12 cozy!)

    Pennsylvania House oak dining table for 10 (or 12 cozy!)

  • You'll never want to leave the sunroom!

    You'll never want to leave the sunroom!

  • Great day of kayaking and tubing

    Great day of kayaking and tubing

  • Enjoy a campfire by the river

    Enjoy a campfire by the river

  • Wonderful trout stream 100 yards from the house

    Wonderful trout stream 100 yards from the house

VRBO #178406

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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