Large Privacy Fenced Back Yard W/ Screened Gazebo, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen/Bath

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-10 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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Property description

Hershey, Gettysburg, and the Dutch Country are at your fingertips, yet you'll enter your own private retreat in this comfortable home on a large corner lot with majestic oak, maple and dogwood trees in a peaceful neighborhood. You will be conveniently located to all the attractions of central Pennsylvania with Hershey thirty minutes to the east, Gettysburg 30 minutes to the west, and the Amish Country 45 minutes south of us. There is easy access to PA and Interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. You couldn’t find a better location for vacationing in our area!

The star attraction is the spacious, privacy-fenced back yard with a large 16’ by 36’ in-ground pool with two fountains, a screened gazebo with dining table, ceiling fans, and lighting, plus a convenient pool house with an outdoor kitchen and a bath with a luxurious oversized tile shower. One extra nice feature is the large poolside deck, not often found in vacation rental homes. The pool opens in early April, and it should be comfortable for swimming within a few weeks as our passive solar heat expedites the warming of the water. Until then, enjoy the relaxing sound of the fountains as you lounge by the pool and make s'mores in the chiminea. (Those daring enough to take a dip in early April are welcome to do so - it's been done many times!)

The 5 bedroom home features a first floor, fully equipped tile kitchen with breakfast nook and top-of-the-line GE Profile stainless steel appliances, including convection double oven, dishwasher, convection microwave, and large refrigerator with water and ice in the door. There is also a second full-size refrigerator in the three season outdoor kitchen so you never run out of refrigerator space.

Also on the first floor is the Southwest bedroom with queen bed and direct access to a half bath (we call it the Palm room!) which can also be accessed from the foyer so that it can be shared.

The first floor L-shaped living/dining area boasts leather dining chairs and comfortable leather couch and chairs for viewing the Sony flatscreen HDTV. We offer Comcast cable with lots of premium tiers like HBO, ESPN, and Showtime. There's even an old Waltz family piano so that the kids can keep up with piano practice.

On the second floor, there are three bedrooms and a full bath on the hall. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, a desk, and a leather chair for viewing the 60' LED TV with sound bar. The second upstairs bedroom also has a queen bed, and the third bedroom on that floor has a double bed, a twin bed and a futon. It's as large as the master bedroom.

In the basement, you'll find the large den/fifth bedroom combination with a queen size bed, leather couch and love seat, and a Pioneer Elite extra large flat screen HDTV and sound system. There is a half bath on this level. There is a convenient laundry room with washer and dryer in another section of the basement, and we supply all the laundry products. Laundry chutes on the first and second floors send all the dirty laundry directly to the basement laundry room. You can play air hockey with the kids while the laundry is drying!

If you’re looking for good local eateries close to the house, walk to Deiner’s on Main Street for breakfast. It’s decorated with memorabilia from the local high school and a number of students work there. If you’re hungry for bagels, Ressler’s Bagels and Deli will hit the spot, a very short drive from the house. They were rated a perfect “10”, the best bagels in all of central Pennsylvania. Juice ‘N Java, in Windsor Park Shopping Center, five minutes from the house, is a great coffee shop with gourmet sandwiches, etc., free Wi-Fi and laptops provided. We enjoy the fabulous gyros, lamb dishes, chargrilled souvlaki, just everything at Hellenic Kouzina, a family run Greek restaurant with parents and sometimes all nine children pitching in. If you like, you can eat in the courtyard with stone fountain and hanging lights. All of the above restaurants are within five minutes or less from the house by car, and our area has lots of the major chain restaurants as well. There are two Giant Supermarkets within a five minute drive, and the upscale Wegman's Groceries with a gourmet selections of cheese, a Mediterranean bar, craft beer, great sushi, and an expansive hot and cold food bar with dining area is ten minutes from the home.

Your Hosts: We take pride in providing our guests with a sparkling clean home that has been well cared for, and one that is furnished with many conveniences. You will find the house and grounds well maintained. We live in the area and will respond promptly to any need. We truly enjoy helping to make your vacation in central Pennsylvania a very special one to remember.
David and Janice

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We can only rent to those over the age of 25 per our insurance regulations....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed outdoors only....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Second Floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Second Floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Second Floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    First Floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    Finished Basement...moreless

  • Bedrooms are all very comfortable. Two of the upstairs bedrooms are master bedroom size. The bedroom in the finished basement is a combination den/bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • We have a generous-sized 16' by 36' in-ground pool with two fountains. There are steps leading into the pool at the shallow end. A rope divides the shallow end from the deep end, and there is a poolside basketball goal for playing water basketball. WE HAVE A SOLAR COVER ON THE POOL TO WARM THE WATER FOR OUR SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER GUESTS....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blue Ray players provided....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have Comcast cable with a plethora of upgraded tiers including HBO, ESPN, Showtime, and many more. Guests are often delighted to find these expensive options that are not often included in rentals...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Two common areas have large flat-screen HDTVs, a Pioneer Elite w/ sound system in the basement den, and a Sony HDTV in the first floor living room. The master BR and the 1st floor BR also have HDTVs....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    The house is situated on the outskirts of the quaint, historic village of Mechanicsburg, so named for the mechanics who repaired covered wagons after they crossed the Susquehanna River. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    There is dining available in the dining area, the breakfast nook, or outdoors in the screened gazebo and the poolside dining table. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We have electric heat pump air conditioning to keep you very comfortable!...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There are decorative, not functional, fireplaces in the first floor living room and the basement den/fifth bedroom. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    An L-shaped living/dining area provides a comfortable common area with a large Sony flat screen HDTV, comfy leather seating, and the old Waltz family piano that survived two generations of Waltz kids....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    We have plenty of off street parking in our spacious drive. There is also a basketball hoop in the driveway. Street parking is also allowed....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Towels Provided:

    We provide plenty of towels for our guests in the house and in the pool house....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    We have a very convenient laundry area with washer and dryer. Laundry chutes on the 1st and 2nd floor send dirty laundry directly down to the laundry room. Detergent and dryer sheets are provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    We have high-speed wireless Internet through Comcast. You will find the password in your welcome materials as well as on the desk located in the master bedroom....moreless

  • Fax


  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    We provide an electric coffee maker and a single-serve Keurig. There is also a coffee grinder available....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    We provide grilling utensils as well as a generous supply of kitchen utensils....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The house is fully equipped with dishes, cooking utensils, and small electrics such as a large crock pot, 4-piece KitchenAid toaster, blender, coffee pot, Keurig, pancake griddle, mixer, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    GE Profile dishwasher...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    We have a tile kitchen with ample cupboards and countertops, pantry, large refrigerator, smoothtop double oven, and dishwasher. The breakfast nook overlooks the large private back yard and pool....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    GE Profile double oven, one large and one smaller. The larger oven also has convection....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    You will find a supply of spices in the cupboard....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There is a large capacity GE Profile stainless steel refrigerator with ice maker, plus water, cubed and crushed ice in the door. We have an additional full-size refrigerator in the outdoor kitchen....moreless

  • Toaster:

    We love the KitchenAid 4-hole toaster that does a great job with bagels as well as toast....moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    We love the oversize dining gazebo at poolside. It has two ceiling fans, lights and electrical outlets....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a large grassy privacy-fenced back yard, and not shown in pictures are a large front and side yard with mature oak, maple and dogwood trees. Only two homes on large lots on our entire block....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A large Weber Summit stainless steel grill with side burner is situated conveniently just outside the kitchen door. With natural gas, no emergencies with an empty gas tank during dinner preparation!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski Roundtop,15 minutes from the house, has exciting summer activities for the whole family, including vertical trek, ropes course, paintball, adventure camps for kids, mining, and splatmaster....moreless

  • Tennis:

    There are very nice public tennis courts just two blocks from the house....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    The large 16 X 36 in-ground pool with two fountains is a major attraction of the house, especially with the dining gazebo, large pool deck, and the outdoor kitchen and bath....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 53 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 11 - Nov 20, 2016
2 night min stay
Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Late Fall
Nov 28 - Dec 18, 2016
2 night min stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 21 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 11 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Jan 2 - Feb 1, 2017
2 night min stay
Sportsman's Show
Feb 3 - Feb 13, 2017
10 night min stay
Late Winter
Feb 16 - Mar 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Mar 31 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Summer
May 29 - Jun 8, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 9 - Jun 22, 2017
7 night min stay

Jun 23 - Jun 29, 2017
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Independence Day Holiday
Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2017
7 night min stay

Peak Summer
Jul 7 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7.5%


During Summer, if there are more than 10 guests, the third full bath/bonus room must be rented for an additional fee of $350 plus tax.

CLEANING FEE is negotiable during 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 2.5% will be deducted from the refundable damage deposit. There is NO extra fee if payment is made by e-check.

Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.

$200 cleaning fee; $500 refundable security deposit - security deposit returned within one week of checkout if there is no damage.

Weekly rentals only in peak summer season.

Summer changeover day is Friday; Other seasons are flexible.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
PA Turnpike

Car: Necessary

The village of Mechanicsburg is 30 minutes from the Gettysburg battlefield and visitor center, less than 30 minutes from Hershey Park, 45 minutes from Lancaster County's Amish Country. These are all in different directions, so we are very centrally located. There is also a Civil War museum in Harrisburg, just across the river. Mechanicsburg got its name because that's where all the covered wagons stopped to be repaired and worked on after they crossed the Susquehanna River heading west. It has the distinction of being the point of northernmost penetration of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Other area attractions include Indian Echo Caverns, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park (fabulous for children!), Dutch Wonderland, IMAX theater and Harsco Science Center, and outstanding outlet shopping in Lancaster, Gettysburg, and Hershey. Enjoy the Appalachian Trail and other great wilderness hiking/biking trails, fishing, kayaking and tubing on the Susquehanna River and Yellow Breeches Creek minutes away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: My husband, two children, and I have lived in Mechanicsburg, an historic village just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, PA, for 25 years. For a number of those years, we lived in this home, where our children walked to the local schools, and Dave and I volunteered in numerous capacities in the community. Our children are now grown and live out of state, and Dave and I spend much of our time at our river cottage just about a 30 minute drive from the house. I enjoy gardening, and often I will be the person stopping by to water the flowers and potted palms and check on the pool during your stay. We will do our best to give you outstanding service because we truly consider you our 'guests' in every sense of the word. Dave is the executive director of a statewide organization, and I am a professor at our local community college. In a few years, we look forward to retiring, when we plan to spend spring, summer and fall in Pennsylvania and winters traveling or visiting grandchildren (when they arrive!)

Why the Owner Chose Mechanicsburg, PA, USA:
We chose this property to live and raise our children because it is a safe area with good schools and convenient access to shopping and cultural attractions. We have easy access to major Interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With our son and daughter entering their teen years at the time, we also wanted a home that would be a 'teen magnet' to draw our children and their friends to our home to hang out. With the pool, outdoor kitchen and bath, and other outdoor amenities, as well as the layout of the house which is great for entertaining, our house became the home base for the track team, sleep overs, and pre-prom dinners poolside. The home was a favorite of the church youth group, and we enjoyed hosting cookouts and family reunions there as well. For the same reasons, we know our guests will find this home a wonderful base for a vacation in central Pennsylvania. The only 'drawback' you'll find is that you won't want to leave the house!

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  • Each room has its own character

    Each room has its own character

  • Southwest bedroom with queen bed, artifacts

    Southwest bedroom with queen bed, artifacts

  • Living Room with leather couch/chair/ottoman and old Waltz family piano

    Living Room with leather couch/chair/ottoman and old Waltz family piano

  • Upgraded kitchen with stainless steel, double oven w/ convection, breakfast nook

    Upgraded kitchen with stainless steel, double oven w/ convection, breakfast nook

  • Africa Room: 5th BR in rear (not in photo):  Pioneer Elite HDTV, leather couches

    Africa Room: 5th BR in rear (not in photo): Pioneer Elite HDTV, leather couches

  • Laundry Room/Air Hockey

    Laundry Room/Air Hockey

  • Bask in the sun or shoot hoops in the pool

    Bask in the sun or shoot hoops in the pool

  • Oversize gazebo - comfortable dining, ceiling fans, lighting; pool fountain view

    Oversize gazebo - comfortable dining, ceiling fans, lighting; pool fountain view

  • Outdoor pool house bath with oversized tile shower

    Outdoor pool house bath with oversized tile shower

  • Bonus Room Accessed through New Tile Bath (Separate rental, additional fee)

    Bonus Room Accessed through New Tile Bath (Separate rental, additional fee)

  • Nook to get away and relax

    Nook to get away and relax

  • Welcome to your dream vacation

    Welcome to your dream vacation

  • Dine in luxury; expandable to seat ten to twelve

    Dine in luxury; expandable to seat ten to twelve

  • Pool View

    Pool View

  • Large Weber Summit natural gas grill with side burner just outside kitchen door

    Large Weber Summit natural gas grill with side burner just outside kitchen door

  • Lots of palms and flowers around the pool

    Lots of palms and flowers around the pool

  • Outdoor kitchen w/ refrigerator, microwave

    Outdoor kitchen w/ refrigerator, microwave

  • Spacious dining gazebo with lighting and ceiling fans

    Spacious dining gazebo with lighting and ceiling fans

  • Luxurious Oversize Shower in Optional Wing with Bath/Bonus Room (Extra fee)

    Luxurious Oversize Shower in Optional Wing with Bath/Bonus Room (Extra fee)

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Large Privacy Fenced Back Yard w/ Screened Gazebo, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen/Bath

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