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A Perfect Family Reunion or Group Retreat

(12 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:36
  • Bedrooms:9
  • Bathrooms:7.75
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Rolling Meadows and Beautiful Woodlands punctuated by Starlit Nights

*note: Homeaway has started applying substantial service charges to bookings through their site. To compensate for this we have as of 5/7/16 decided to reduce our rates and absorb that fee ourselves. It is now reflected in our current rates.

The Wilderness Lodge was founded in 1969 by James and Nansi Janes (my grandparents). Jim wanted to create a unique place in the image of a european style inn. As you enter the lodge you are greeted by the main dining room and a huge round fireplace. The natural rustic feel of the hand hewn beams with the granite floor and bar instantly feel as though you have stepped back in time. There are 9 available guest rooms with a max capacity of 31. There are 7 bathrooms in the upstairs and 2 downstairs. I am also available to be your private Chef during your stay your stay so please inquire about menu options when you book if you don't feel like cooking for yourself. The Kitchen was fully upgraded in January 2015 with a Vulcan Convection oven and 6 burner top, Vulcan IR Salamander Broiler, Garland 36" flat top with a conventional oven and a commercial dish machine.
There is a huge selection of area attractions to fill your days. We are close to multiple wineries in the North east Area as well as a couple of fantastic brewpubs such as Southern Tier, Voodoo, and Sprague Farms. The Beaches of Presque Isle and Bemus point are both easy drives. There are 3 Casinos within an hour. When you book the Lodge for your stay you will have the entire place to yourself including all of the grounds and a full commercial kitchen. The lodge sits on 350 acres of private land and the trail network expands over 1200 acres including the neighbor property that we manaintain. Enjoy hiking on 26 miles of groomed trail, fishing in the pond, or shooting on our private ranges. (10yd, 50yd, 100yd, 250yd, and open access out to 500yd) There are frequently deer at the feeders in the back yard and the nights here are even more beautiful than the days because of our extremely low level of light pollution. On a clear night literally millions of stars are visible. There is a stocked fishing pond on the property (no barbed hooks please) and it is also fun to go and feed the collection of Japanese Koi. There are multiple campsites and fire pits spread around the property as well. Please allow us to prepare your group a picnic lunch and deliver it to any spot on the property that you choose.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/11/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 8000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 36
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age for Primary Renter is 25...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 36, Beds for 36

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 5 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 queen, 4 twin/ single

    Private Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 8: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Shared Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 9: 1 queen

    Shared Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 4 twin/ single

    There are 2 bunk beds totalling 4 singles / Shared Bath...moreless

Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board Games and Yard Games are available...moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Resort:

    Peek n' Peak is our back door neighbor...moreless

  • Rural:

    We are located on 350 acres of Private woodlands and fields with a 26 mile trail network. There is a stocked fishing pond and multiple fire sites ...moreless

  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village:

    Near the quaint village of Findley Lake with antique shopping and cute restaurants....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining room/bar actually seat 100 but the options don't go that high for the site...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 40 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Some Rooms have air currently and more will be added by late this summer. ...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    No WiFi. Cellular Data through Verizon is Great and AT&T is Good....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There is a 42' TV in the living room and a 120' HD projection in the bar with a full theater sound system....moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    15 Cup commercial...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A full selection of pots, pans, dishes and utensils are available....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full Commercial Kitchen with Vulcan Convection oven, 6Burner cooktop, Vulcan IR Salamander Broiler, Garland 36" Flatop with conventional oven and Dishwasher...moreless

  • Microwave:

    2 Microwaves...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Food can either be provided or brought in by a guest. Details will need to be worked out in advance if The Wilderness Lodge is supplying food and or a Chef....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Single door True Commercial upright cooler...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    There is also a full rental department available...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$850 $1,200
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 13%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/11/2017
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  • Southern Tier Brewing Co.

    "One of the best Brewpubs in the country and home to the areas only "Stones" course. A must..."

  • Peek'n Peak

    "Classic European charm with modern golf and spa facilities. Check out the Upper golf cours..."

  • Pine Junction

    "Great place with unique atmosphere and cool owners. Try the steaks"

  • Presque Isle State Park

    "A regional Gem"

  • Chautauqua Institution

    "Cultural Heart of the area. Great for summer concerts and art exhibits."

  • Quincy Cellars

    "Great little Winery/Event venue"

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Erie International
Wattsburg, PA, USA
Nearest Barpub
On Site
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Peek N' Peak
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Wattsburg, PA, USA
Nearest Restaurant
On Site
Wattsburg, PA, USA
Nearest Ski
On Site
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bemus Point at Chautaqua Lake

Car: Necessary

Though you will feel completely removed from the rest of the world during your stay at The Wilderness Lodge there is a huge number of options in the local area. The North East wine country is close at hand as are a number of golf courses. There are organized trail rides and runs in the area throughout the year as well as our local country fair. In the winter the Wilderness Lodge is Pennsylvania's first ski touring center. We focus on traditional as well as skate skiing and snowshoeing on our 26 mile trail network. There are two downhill resorts close and a third a little more than an hour away. We highly recommend anyone who stays here in the summer to check out the Bemus Point area for relaxing by the water, boat rentals, and a couple of really good restaurants like The Italian Fisherman. If you are into Hiking, not only do we have our own trail system bur we are very close to the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail and to Panama Rocks. Just down the hill from the Lodge is the beautiful waterway of French Creek to the south and 20 mile creek to the north as well as Howard Eaton Reservoir with some excellent fishing opportunities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: The lodge has always been a part of my life. Although I have lived in Meadville, Pittsburgh, London and elsewhere, the lodge has always been the center of my heart. I live in an apartment on property with by amazing wife Emily and my 6 yr old daughter Tenly. I am a 2000 graduate of Allegheny College and a lifetime outdoor enthusiast. I am also available if desired to teach classes in woodcraft and sustainable forestry.

Why the Owner Chose Wattsburg, PA, USA:
I have always known that the Wilderness Lodge is a one of a kind place. It is hard to put into words the unique nature of this place but I can say this much. There is nothin quite like it and once you experience it you will be back. The vast majority of out guests have been coming for 10 years or more, some as many as 30 years.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Fireplaces Bar Commercial Kitchen Beautiful Woodlands Fishing Pond Bocce Hiking Birdwatching Hunting This is the perfect place for a family of outdoor enthusiasts

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/11/2017

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  • Our NEW upgraded commercial kitchen!
Convection Range
IR Broiler
36" Flat Top

    Our NEW upgraded commercial kitchen! Convection Range IR Broiler 36" Flat Top

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