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Riverfront/Mountain View, Kayaks, Motor Boat, Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 10 nights

Overview

About the property

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

If the river house is already booked for the dates you want, please check my other listing on HomeAway, #221868. It is not on the waterfront, but has 6 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, a large back yard with a privacy fence, in-ground pool, screened dining gazebo, and outdoor kitchen and bath. The pricing is similar to the river house. The homes are different, but both are very nice.

My husband Dave and I would be happy to host you at either of our homes!

About the river house:

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 Ski Roundtop (40 minutes), 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.

More Details

Owner
Janice
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Janice

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.

Janice purchased this house in 1992

Why Janice chose Pennsylvania

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.

Amenities

Dauphin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , washer/dryer, hardwood floors, tile bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tile floor and tile shower, large granite vanity
  • We also offer an outdoor shower with hot and cold water for your convenience after a day on the river.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , sitting area with couch, chair, TV, DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable futon sleeps 2 (equivalent of a double bed)
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
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
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Notes:
Monthly and long term rentals available September - April. Contact owner for availability and rates.

Reviews

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Riverfront/Mountain View, Kayaks, Motor Boat, Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg
average rating of 4.9029126 based on 103 reviews
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Great Family Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Location was great right on the river. While we stayed here we visited Gettysburg, Hershey Park, and the Yuengling Brewery.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway on a riverside paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this place justice! Our time spent here was pure amazing! The kindness and hospitality of the owners was just the tip of the iceberg. So many small details were available to make is feel accomodated and we had nothing short of an amazing time. We were all active or restful when on the property and we were able to enjoy some of the areas activities just a short drive away! Wish we had more time and looking forward to coming back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

Wonderful hosts/wonderful location/senic setting/had 6 adults 4kids. Wonderful river to play in

  • 5 of 5

One of the best our family has stayed in

A+ on everything

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful property, excellent accommodations, very nice owners

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had an amazing time here. Dave and Janice were beyond nice and very helpful with any questions we had. The property is gorgeous, especially the sun room out the back. It was very convenient with kids because you can fish on the dock right in the back yard and the kayaks were a huge hit as well. We are already talking about a full week next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was in Immaculate condition.

  • 5 of 5

The river house was great on many levels. On arriving the owners met us and gave us a tour of the home and the property. The home suited family from grandkids to grandparents. The home was not only practical for our use but beautiful as well. We spent two days with the kayaks going upstream and then floating down. We had a family dinner on Saturday with approximately 16 people. The house handled it well. We floated down the river in tubes the grand kids loved it. Our experience was a five-star experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven

  • 4 of 5

We came from congested NJ to the country and loved every minute The beauty ,peace and quite of the area was just what the doctor ordered. Judge for yourself from the pictures on the site. Great house and great hosts. My recommendation ,book it and see for yourself. We're going back. Thank you Dick and Janice,see you next year.

Eric and friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Dauphin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Summer
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Late August/Early September
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$550
 
 
Early Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Late October
Oct 27 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$350
$1,900
 
 
Late Fall
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,800
 
 
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 
 
Early Winter
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
 
 
Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$450
$2,400
 
 
Winter
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Great American Outdoor Show
Jan 31 2018 - Feb 12 2018
10 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
Valentine's Week
Feb 13 2018 - Feb 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,900
 
 
Late Winter
Feb 19 2018 - Mar 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,500
 
 
Early Spring
Mar 30 2018 - May 10 2018
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
 
 
May
May 11 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
$550
 
 
Early Summer
May 28 2018 - Jun 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
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$300
Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

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. We recommend travel insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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