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Guest House on Picturesque Farm Near Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom with queen bed and futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

The Old Summer House has a private entrance which opens into a living space that includes a daybed with pop-up trundle and a full kitchen on the first floor. The kitchen has a full size refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave and coffeemaker. Upstairs is a queen bed and futon and the bathroom. Linens and towels are provided. Guests with limited mobility may request the use of a first floor powder room.

Keywords: farm stay, farm vacation, pond, guest house

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

About The Owner

Dennis and Karen Stoner and their four children milked about 100 cows until 2008. Dennie continues to farm corn, soybeans, alfalfa and barley. Karen was born and raised in the house and is the fourth generation to live on the farm.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose Pennsylvania

The Old Summer House offers serenity and beauty in the country. As our only guests you, will not need to share space with other guests.

What makes this house unique

Quiet and restful get away in beautiful Lancaster County.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were delighted to have you and your family stay in The Old Summer House. We are glad to see kids enjoy the out of doors, by the pond, riding the pedal carts or running barefoot in the yard. You are right, the firepit is only a request away. It was slow in coming out of storage due to the cool, rainy weather this spring.

Hope to see you all again.
Apr 2016
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East Earl House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Gazebo
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Private pond with sandy beach. Gazebo available for guests.


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Guest House on Picturesque Farm Near Shady Maple Smorgasbord
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 27 reviews
Richmond, Virginia

Very picturesque, relaxing and fun for families.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay here and we love the setting for its authenticity and tucked away feeling. The clip clip of horse and buggies passing by is lovely and the hosts are so friendly yet not intrusive. Our kids love the pedal carts, swing and playhouse!

This location allowed us to explore several areas (Strasburg, Intercourse, Hershey, etc) from a good base.

Be sure to visit Lapp's Dairy down the road in New Holland, super fun for the kids and if you go about 4-530 range you can watch the milking.

Thanks for everything, Mr. & Mrs. Stoner!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of favorite aspects of hosting a VRBO rental is seeing the delight of children as they enjoy the country. Thanks for coming!!
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Clean, Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay! The owners are very friendly and accommodating. The cottage is located on over 150 acres of picturesque farmland. We look forward to our next stay at The Old Summer House.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Stay at The Old Summer House

  • 5 of 5

We had a very very enjoyable and relaxing time at Karen and Dennie's Old Summer House. It was everything that we thought it would be and then some. There is so much history within this location - 4 generations is hard to comprehend - Karen and Dennie has done a fantastic job with what they have.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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How relaxing, comfortable and beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place where we were able to relax and enjoy the sounds of quietness. We were able to explore the farmland all around Lancaster County. The owners were very obliging.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I vacationed at th beach for the last 25 years. We used VRBO for that rental and ended up using the same property every year. now that our kids are grown, we decided to try something different, peaceful, and closer to home. Little did we know that we found our own "Little Paradise" practically in our own backyard. Your summer home is exactly what the doctor ordered! It is so quaint and beautiful and you really don't have to go anywhere for anything if you didn't want to. We only live three hours away and what we didn't know was the History that Lancaster County has to offer. When we left our house, we went without a plan. We decided we would just drive and do whatever came first. We could have spent another week and still could have found more to do! We had the best of both worlds. We had our privacy of living on a farm and we also had an opportunity of sitting out on our beach and swimming in our own home made "ocean" without driving to the ocean. The pond with the fountain is bluer than any water I have ever seen. It was as warm as bath water. The sandy water edge made you feel like you were vacationing at the beach. Your Gazebo with the screened in porch with table and chairs makes for a nice picnic lunch before swimming. We started our days very early, out of the house by 800 am and we visited all kinds of sights. We toured the pretzel factory, we went to all the different small homemade craft shops. We went to the village in Blue Bird and visited the popular 200' SHady Maple Smorgasbord, if you left there hungry, well you did something wrong lol. We then went to the gift shop downstairs which was probably the size of the entire town of Blue Bird. IT would probably take about three hours to look at everything really good. The highlight of our trip however was a 2 hour Amish horse and buggy tour. We had an Amish man take us around the back roads of Intercourse, Blue Bird, Ephrata, and Lancaster He took us to dairy farms chicken farms and a cattle farm. John gave us the entire History of the Amish and Mennonites and how and when they settled. I could keep going on and on, and to think all of this was at our back door and we never knew it. I am so sorry that we didn't get a chance to meet you in person. We left very early and when we got home and showered it was already bed time! Our children and their spouses would like to see this home that we bragged about also. You will be seeing us again!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Owners are very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shady Maple Smorgasbord
"Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking"
Ephrata Cloister
Lapp Valley Farms
"best ice cream in the county, watch cows being milked, pet baby calves"
Weaver's Store Inc
Weaverland Mennonite Church
"Warmly welcomes visitors "
Abe's Buggy Rides
"Very informative and pleasant drive through beautiful Amish Country"
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Philadelphia Inernational Airport
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Lancaster, PA
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Nearest Point of Interest
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Nearest Point of Interest
Weaverland Mennonite Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Weaver's Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Lapp Valley Farm
Car: necessary

peddle carts, private pond with sandy beach, dock and gazebo


Rates & Availability

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