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Cottage on the Juniata River. GREAT fishing!!!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
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About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

Riverfront Cottage along the Juniata River in Huntingdon Pennsylvania. Fishing, boating (Jonboats), kayaking or bird watching. Beautiful peaceful setting along the Juniata River. Parking for RV or Boat. Fire pit. Deck. Private setting. Pets allowed with a ($150) deposit. Available for Penn State Football Games. Must bring your own towels and sheets. Linens are NOT provided. Isett Community Swimming Pool is 5 minutes away. Trough Creek State Park 20 minutes away. Snyders Boat Launch 10 minutes away. 7 Points (Raystown Lake) 20 minutes away. Penn State University, State College 60 minutes away. Lincoln Caverns 15 minutes.

Keywords: cottage, summer home, cabin, riverfront property, fishing camp, camp, riverfront home, vacation home, Jon boats preferred on the river, kayaking, relaxation, pet friendly

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Mary Ellen Houck
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2016

About Mary Ellen Houck

Avid fisherman, outdoors-man, love to skiing and golf. Raised two boys on the river. Honest and passionate about my cottage. Have owned it for 33 years.

Mary Ellen Houck purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Mary Ellen Houck chose Allegheny Mountains & Her Valleys

In 1983 I was attending Penn State University and I didn't want to continue paying rent, so I bought the cottage because fishing is one of my favorite hobbies.

What makes this cottage unique

Very relaxing and private, yet close to everything. I love to fish and take the boat out and just float the river. We have eagles that nest nearby and you can see them soar around the river. My children like to kayak and there are alot of people who float the river in the summer which in only about knee deep most of the summer. The view is just breathtaking.


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(2 traveler reviews)

Cottage on the Juniata River. GREAT fishing!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Great place at the River!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited the owners at this cottage, as Doug & Mary Ellen are my husbands friends from many years ago. This visit was my first time to the cottage, and I was very impressed. I own and manage several rental properties at Raystown Lake, and I can no way compare the privacy this cottage offers to the guest, fantastic! So peaceful, clean, very nicely decorated, and the personal touch the owners offer is so welcoming! We met with some fellow friends in for a Huntingdon class reunion from Florida at this cottage, and as we sat on the deck overlooking the river, the peaceful setting was so inviting! The short drive to the lake, one of the best dinners in Huntingdon County is nearby, as well as the plenty of things to do within a 15 minute drive. Great place to kick back and relax, and enjoy the nature this cottage has to offer. Thank you Dave and Mary Ellen for a wonderful dinner, and what a beautiful place you have!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Judy. It was nice meeting you and seeing Bunk again after so many years. We do so love the cottage and that is why we listed it on VRBO. We wanted to be able to share it with others. It definitely offers you a relaxing, peaceful, place to get back to what is most important in & friends!
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Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We didn't know much about the Juniata River; we wanted to return to the Lake Raystown area, and we're so glad we found this place! We would definitely rent it again. Owners Doug & Mary Ellen were very helpful and super laid back. We're used to more uptight owners...

The home was everything they promised - spacious, cool, peaceful, and right on the lazy Juniata River. We pulled up and were pleasantly surprised how nice it was. It is on a private drive along with some run-down fish camps, but this place is buffered from the neighbors by tall trees and shrubs. The owners have cared for the property, landscaping it nicely and keeping the house in great shape. It is very inviting. A small dock provides easy fishing, and the Juniata River is so shallow you can just about walk all the way across. We watched a family of turtles sunning themselves on rocks nearly every day we were there. Our dog didn't bark the whole vacation.

Most of the house has ceramic tile flooring which helps to keep it cool. Large trees shade the property. A deck with table provides outdoor dining, and a fire ring with a bench was great fun at night. The sunroom is nearly all windows overlooking the river, and we saw herons fly by regularly. The kitchen with fridge, elec. stove, microwave, coffee maker and generous island provided ample space. We could have used some sharp chef's knives, measuring cups and spoons, but we made do.

If you are a light sleeper, you may not get used to the train tracks that are about 1/4 mile away, but we rather enjoyed them (and smashed a bunch of pennies on the tracks for souvenirs.) One morning at 5am a fishing boat with a ridiculously loud motor woke us up, but most of the boaters had appropriately sized motors, or more often, were kayakers paddling quietly by.

We walked to Top's Diner for a few meals and the food was delicious (and the free wi-fi came in handy.) Go to Rothrock Outfitters for kayak rental; Tony the owner dropped us off upriver, graciously drove us to the store when we realized we forgot to bring water, dropped us off again and retrieved us later. Boxer's Cafe has a great menu, a fun vibe and a killer eye of round sandwich. Dinner at Mimi's - great food and tasteful ambiance. All were about a seven minute drive away. We rented a boat from Seven Points Marina and tubed and fished for a few hours; two other days we went to the beach at Seven Points (20 minute drive.) Between the river and Lake Raystown, you get the best of both worlds

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matt and Michelle, Thank You so much for the review. It is a great place isn't it. I agree with it feeling secluded when it really is not. Doug and I have spent alot of time here with our two sons and we love it and am happy to share it with you and your family. Glad you had a great vacation. Thank you for letting me know what it needs and you are so welcome back with your children and your dog. All our best.
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Huntingdon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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