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Mt. Gretna....A Place to Unwind

Mount Gretna, PA, USA
  • Cottage1300 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Victorian Cottage in Beautiful Mt. Gretna

For those of you unfamiliar with Mt. Gretna, it is a storybook lake community near to Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town has a world-renown summer theater, an equally famous concert series, and is host to one of the best art shows of the summer.

The town is a tightly nestled group of Victorian homes located adjacent to a beautiful sand bottom lake. More than anything, the Mt. Gretna is a place to unwind, strolling the tree-lined streets, sitting on the beach by the lake, or taking advantage of the many benches built around the town and simply stopping. Next to the town is a state park, perfect for longer hiking adventures. As mentioned above, the house is also a short 15 minute ride to the town of Hershey, which hosts its own long list of attractions, from the chocolate factory, to the amusement park, to the quaint tree-lined streets of the town that Milton Hershey built for his employees.

Thistle Dew (named by the prior owner, apparently after much searching for just the right home, when she told her husband -- 'This Will Do') was built in the late 1800's but has been recently and very tastefully updated. The first floor features a beautiful screened-in porch (porches are THE thing in Mt. Gretna), a comfortable living room with fireplace, a dining area, a full kitchen with breakfast nook. The second floor has four bedrooms, and two beautiful full baths. Every space and detail in the house says the same thing -- stop, sit, and unwind.

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About Joann

At Poohbiscuit Farm Historic Vacation Rentals, we are trying to define a new vacation experience. We are all products of the 1980's when Bed & Breakfasts were all the rage. We loved them (and still do) but know that we also need vacations where you are not hanging out with other people for all that long, as charming as they may be. But we also hate the coldness of hotels or sparsely furnished vacation rentals where they take your credit card over the phone and leave you the key under the mat. We felt there was a nice in between. Hopefully that is us. Over the years, we have assembled a collection of historic homes in Central Pennsylvania. We have lovingly restored them, lived in many of them, and have been unable to sell a one because they were our babies -- yes, we understand that is a problem. The homes are located in some of the finest vacation areas in Central Pennsylvania, from the Gettysburg Battlefield (yes, on the battlefield), to the farm country of Lancaster County, to the quiet streets of Lititz, PA, home of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. Like a Bed and Breakfast, each home is exquisitely decorated, and we greet you when you arrive with cookies, soda, wine, scotch, gin -- you name it. Unlike a Bed and Breakfast, however, we then disappear, leaving you to enjoy the entire home for your stay. That said, we are readily available by phone or text if you need anything. We also think spending time steeped in history is not a bad way to spend a vacation, so long as you have internet access. (We are not Neanderthals.) So whether it is retracing the path of Pickett's charge, visiting the longest running farm market in the US in Lancaster, or walking the tree-covered streets of Mt. Gretna, gaining some sense of where we have been we think is a great way for a vacation to help you decide where you may want to go.

Joann purchased this Cottage in 2012

Why Joann chose Mount Gretna

Mt. Gretna may be one of the most idyllic areas of Pennsylvania. The cottages are tucked into the woods, each built on what were originally campsites. My wife and I began coming here a number of years ago for the Art Show and fell in love with the area. Purchasing a home here is the fulfillment of a long term dream.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There are two window units in the upstairs bedroom.
                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      On street
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          (4) Breakfast nook seats four
                        • Microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove


                            • Dining
                              Dining room seats six
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • Video Library


                                    • Boat
                                      Lake walking distance away
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • limited accessibility

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Lake Conewago is waking distance from the house.


                                                • Lake Conewego is a beautiful sand bottom lake that is a great place to spend a summer day

                                                  26 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Loved it

                                                  Daune C.

                                                  Loved this cottage. Very quaint, spotless, great location-walking distance to bike trail, restaurants. Screened porch awesome but chilly in November so didn’t get to use it. Property manager most helpful. Would use this property in visiting Mt. Gretna again.

                                                  The place was absolutely beautiful. So much character and the screened in porch was amazing

                                                  Marcel F.

                                                  Wish we had more time to stay there, the character was absolutely amazing. Hope to go back next year

                                                  Very nice stay. House and neighborhood are quaint.

                                                  Don G.

                                                  Went to Hershey park and located close enough but not too far. Would recommend and stay there again.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  Hi Don,

                                                  We are happy that you enjoyed your visit. It was a pleasure having you. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

                                                  Best regards, The Poohbiscuit Farm Family

                                                  Wonderful Surprise

                                                  Sean D.

                                                  From the moment that we drove into Mr. Gretna, we knew that we were in for a threat. (Several treats if you count our multiple visits to the The Jigger Shop for ice cream. ha. ) This place is charming and allows one to escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

                                                  Step back to Serenity

                                                  Anne P.

                                                  A very different vacation experience. Situated among many other houses from the same era and surprisingly close, but rarely heard a sound from the other homes. The hammock was sooo wonderful, the front porch, my favorite placebe. The L/R is a bit tight and short on seating for 5, but we managed with chairs from the D/R or porch. The beds were all very comfortable! My friend said the home looked like Teddy Roosevelt would be coming down the steps, that type of décor and feel. Would return definitely!

                                                  Best vacation ever!

                                                  Trisha S.

                                                  The cottage was the perfect home away from home! Clean, cozy, and every amenity you could ever need. The furnishings were comfortable and cozy. The screened in front porch is where we spent most of our time, even though we were there on the hottest week on record! No worries about the heat though! Every room was air conditioned and refreshing. Having three young boys, this cottage rental was the most child friendly rental I have ever experienced. A crib for the 3 year old and a removable baby gate for the top of the stairs! We never slept better in our home away from home! We will be back!!! Best vacation ever!!!! Thanks Pooh Biscuit Farm!!!!!!!!!


                                                  Mount Gretna, PA, USA


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                                                  You must be at least 25 years old to rent the house.

                                                  26 Reviews
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