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Magical Clarion County Church Renovation

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

A very romantic space! The perfect atmosphere for the writer or artist.The large, open great room is inviting for yoga and exercise practice. A former church, this renovation has maintained a peaceful and meditative quality.A good place to make or listen to music. .Small back porch.Pretty bathroom with shower. The kitchen counter was once the counter in the old country store in the village of Lawsonham.The woodwork is beautiful and the high ceilings give one the feeling of freedom .The many windows invite the outside in. Come and rest a while, create, enjoy!

Mary Hamilton
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Mary Hamilton

I'm an artist and designer. My brother, who is co-owner has a history in preservation. We both have a life long love of antiques and the stories they tell.

Why Mary Hamilton chose Rimersburg

This church was on our great grandfather's property. It was built in the early 1890s and was an Episcopal Church until sometime in the early part of the 20th century. It stood empty for many year and in the 1960s our Mother opened an antique shop in the building.When my brother and I inherited the property we wished to preserve the structure and the history and have done extensive renovations trying to be true to the feeling of peace this structure possesses.Now there is s new addition with a bathroom and a fully functional kitchen. We wish to share this special space.

What makes this estate unique

The property is located on 80+ acres of mostly woodland. There is a pretty stream running through the woods. Wildlife abounds. When we were excavating for the septic system we uncovered some huge stones and built a stone circle near the church. A perfect place for meditation. It honors the memories of our Celtic forbears.The church is at the edge of the village of Lawsonham which was named after our ancestor who came her in the early 1800s. The Redbank Creek runs through it. It is not a very busy place now, although it once was, with hotels, a newspaper and a couple of stores. The counter in the kitchen area of our renovation came from one of the original stores in the village.At the bottom of the hill there is access to a Rail to Trails which is being developed.My brother lives nearby and is available for questions, solving possible problems and to make suggestions!


Rimersburg Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Air mattress available if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
A Getaway space but not too far from civilization. Cook Forest State Park is 34 miles. Pittsburgh is 60 miles. Clarion University is 20 miles.The Clarion Mall is 18 miles away as is the hospital and numerous restaurants: Applebees, Sakura, Eat and Park etc. Not far from the Allegheny River and Foxburg with its wonderful, old golf course.


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Magical Clarion County Church Renovation
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews

Cozy & Private Cabin - Wonderful Owners!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is cozy and comfortable to stay in. Rural cabin. Deer in the back yard every night of the week. Owners are wonderful and helpful. I will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad we enjoyed your stay and hope you visit us again! Hope you had a good trip home!
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Perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful. We came out for an isolated weekend and spent our time in the quiet, drinking coffee and reading.

The house is beautiful, comfortable, and warm (its 16 degrees outside). Our dog was welcomed and really seemed to enjoy the open floor plan.

I honestly can’t say an unkind word about the place. I found it to be calming an supremely restful.

I have every intention of returning in the spring for some fishing or any time I need to really rest.

Also, the ownership was super friendly and genuinely concerned that we enjoy ourselves. Very nice people.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rochester, NY


  • 4 of 5

Fabulous couple of days at this nicely appointed private, peaceful villa. I re-connected with a previous lover and love and laughter filled every space of this beautiful church. We originally met in a church so this "new" re-meeting was perfect!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your stay at Avalon!!!
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Quirky Country Church

  • 5 of 5

Imagine your Grandmother ate magic brownies and then remodeled a 125 year church. Loved it but guessing it might not be for everyone. Great kayaking, fishing, biking (easy access to rail to trails, and some burley hills for road biking). Nice place to kick back and relax

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Place of Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the light coming through the windows and the quiet setting. The renovation kept most of the building's original charm and added a few extra amenities. Located less than one half mile from the scenic Redbank Valley Trail, it served as an ideal setting for our bicycle trip and explorations of the nearby areas. We enjoyed evening drives for ice cream at the nearby village of Widnoon, just south of the property. Our host was very friendly and helpful, and shared some of the building's history with us. We spent three nights due to work schedules. The property is ideal for longer stays, too.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orchard Park, New York

A perfect place to get away and just relax!

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place to just relax for a few days and we found it here! The accommodations are very nice and everything you need is provided. The place is much larger than the pictures show with a perfect little fenced area off the back porch so the dogs could go out anytime.

Mary, the owner, met us at the property and was kind enough to show us around and give us the history of the church.

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Pittsburgh International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rimersburg Area
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Rimersburg area
Car: necessary

20 miles from Clarion University and Interstate 80.Within walking distance to a Rail to Trails entrance.Great hiking / biking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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