The perfect vacation getaway awaits you in our waterfront home. It’s near all the attractions of central Pennsylvania, yet removed 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 porch swing on the riverbank.
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. We are close enough to the road that some noise can be heard (approximately 500 feet to Rt. 322 and the train rail beside it.)
Unique Authentic Amish Experience
When we vacation with our family, we like to experience the local culture in addition to visiting tourist attractions in the area. We want to offer this opportunity to our guests as well. If you are interested in experiencing an authentic Amish meal, I can put my guests in touch with Lena, a widowed Amish grandmother who serves meals to guests in her home on the family farm. Her grandchildren help her to serve the meals as needed. The food is delicious, you have a choice of menus, and you will find that it is far more authentic than eating at the tourist restaurants in the Amish region.
Our family has many special memories of get-togethers at the river house, and we enjoy sharing it with others. We have several 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 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:
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
(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
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 after your stay. E-check is free to travelers booking our homes as we cover that cost. During check out, Guests review our attached rental agreement and house rules and agree to them by checking the box and completing the reservation request. Due to insurance regulations, we rent only to those over the age of 25. For smokers, we ask that you smoke outside only and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
Cancellation policy - if guests have to cancel, we will do our best to re-rent the dates at the same rate. If we are successful, we refund your payment in full. If not, we do not refund. We recommend that our guests consider travel insurance, which is generally inexpensive.
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!