Willow Lodge is a cozy three bedroom ranch style cottage that is nestled by the edge of the woods on a working farm, Primrose Dale. It is conveniently located only 11 miles from historic Gettysburg, 45 miles from Hershey Park, 70 miles from Lancaster's amish country, 23 miles from Ski Liberty, and 20 miles from Ski Roundtop and Mountain Resort. The cottage is fully furnished with three beds (one full size and two twins) that sleeps four (4) people and two cots (with mattresses) that sleeps two (2) people. Maximum Occupancy is six (6) people. [Please note that the $99/night rate is based on four people. Add an additional $10.00/night for each additional person above the four up to the maximum of six. Cots are provided only on reservations for five or six people]. The cottage has two full baths with linens, dining area and kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, and all pots, pans, utensils and dishes needed to provide for all of your dining needs. A full size washer and dryer is also included right off the main dining area. Truly a place to 'get away from it all', there is no WIFI available but access to the internet or your e-mail can be done easily with a smartphone. There is also no television. Books, board games, playing cards and wildlife sightings are the main forms of entertainment here on the farm. Available for use October through March, is a small working fireplace in the living room providing guests with a cozy atmosphere while taking the chill out of a cool autumn or cold winter's evening. During the months of April through November, a picnic table and charcoal grill (charcoal not provided) is available behind the house with a beautiful view of the farm and picturesque South Mountains. Next to the picnic table is an inviting fire pit where guests may relax while enjoying an evening beverage, pleasant conversation or some quiet time. An especially welcoming feature after a long day of sightseeing or other area activities. Outdoor seating provided by the owners April through November only. Guests must supply their own firewood for the outdoor fire pit as well as the indoor fireplace as it is not available in or around the property.
- Cottage1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Private setting on a 1 acre lot at the wooded edge of a farm
Larry and Wendy Shrader
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 22, 2018
About Larry and Wendy Shrader
Lawrence and Wendy Shrader are the owners of Willow Lodge and Primrose Dale Farm. It is a working farm that produces corn, soybeans and grass hay. Lawrence was born and raised in Littlestown and Wendy in Gettysburg so they are both native to Adams County. Both have a family background in farming.
Larry and Wendy Shrader purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Larry and Wendy Shrader chose York Springs
In 2006 and newly married, Lawrence and Wendy began searching for the farm of their dreams...one that was not too far off the beaten path but far enough to provide the tranquility and pastoral setting they were looking for. Their search ended in 2010 when a 52 acre farm with two houses went on the auction block. Lawrence and Wendy moved quickly and with one swift sound of a gavel, Primrose Dale was born. By offering Willow Lodge as a guest cottage here on their farm, they hope to share with others the peace and tranquil beauty they found here in upper Adams County.
What makes this Cottage unique
Sitting back off the main road, the private gravel lane leads to a farm house and guest cottage. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted from Willow Lodge. It is not a rare occurrence to see a buck or a doe with her fawn grazing at the edge of the woods. The sound of a woodpecker, or a dove; an occasional 'hoot' of an owl is typical. The quiet beauty and the privacy of the location is unsurpassed….a serene place to rest, relax and renew.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Reminded me of my childhood circa 1960/70’s furniture and appliances.
Coffee took over 20-mins to brew! Toaster never popped up toast...had to monitor it so no burnt food! Showers were made for small children and/or hobbits. Master bath shower needed a wand extension like other shower.
This lodge could have free tv if there was an antenna & tv. But the quiet was ok.
All of the appliances are modern and in good working order and the furniture reflects the “country cottage” atmosphere we have chosen to create to match the setting in which the property is located. We did test the coffee maker to see if it needed to be replaced, but after brewing a full pot of coffee through the machine twice, it worked well and took approximately 10 minutes each time to complete the cycle. We also placed two pieces of toast in the toaster, to test it as well, and walked away. We returned when we heard the toast pop and saw that they had popped all the way up and were toasted accordingly as set on the dial selection…no toast ever burnt unless we wanted it to. Both the master bath shower, which was newly installed in 2012, and the main bath tub/shower combination are standard size and made for adults. As stated in our listing, TV is not provided because we choose to market the cottage as a “get away from it all” (and this includes television). Our many previous 4 and 5 star guest reviews validate the desire of those who rent our property to be “disconnected” from all the daily technology. Therefore, we will continue making this a central feature of our marketing. We do like to encourage potential guests to view all the photos we provide in our listing, read through the previous reviews and detailed information regarding the amenities, and to message us through our listing with any questions about the property before making a decision to book. We want all of our guests to be confident that our country cottage will meet their needs and expectations.
a wonderfully quiet and peaceful retreat
If it wasn't for the incessant rain and HUMIDITY this place would have been wonderful. The owners couldn't help that. It was just a nice distance from Gettysburg and so very peaceful and quiet. That is what we look for. The down side was the humidity. EVerything was sticky, including the kitchen floor. The amount of rain probably was the reason things smelled sour in the house. The towels smelled sour right from the start, which the owners probably aren't aware of. The place looked clean upon coming, but we opened the windows due to the heat, and the window wells were mildewy - again the humidity and rain. Normally this place is proabably wonderful. I am sure they have been influenced by this abnormal high rainy summer.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the peace and quiet found here at our cabin, Willow Lodge. We, too, wish the weather had been a little more cooperative so you could have spent some time experiencing the outdoor area and enjoying the lovely views and wildlife sightings. We were surprised to hear, through the review, that you apparently had some issues and concerns regarding the cabin. We wish you had contacted us at the time to let us know about them so we would have had the opportunity to try to resolve them for you. For example, we would have been happy to provide you with another set of bath linens, as well as ensure that you knew where the air conditioning controls were located and how to operate them correctly. We have excellent quality central air conditioning at Willow Lodge. Proper control of the thermostat would have eliminated any humidity and other issues that you stated you were experiencing, making the indoor air space very comfortable. Opening the windows simply allowed the warm, moist air from outdoors to enter and circulate throughout the house. Also, all of the windows and the tracking are cleaned 4 times a year. However, due to the location of the cabin being so close to a wooded area, the tracking can quickly accumulate dirt and grime (which is what you observed…not mildew). We rely on good communication from our guests in order to continue to provide quality customer service. In short, if we don’t know there is an issue, we can’t do anything to address it. Our number one goal is to always be available to our guests, provide a clean, comfortable environment and to ensure that everyone thoroughly enjoys their stay at our cabin.
Up a long wooded driveway we found this cottage-like house in a clearing surrounded by fields. It was an older home, but clean with a few updates There was no WiFi or TV but that’s one of the reasons we chose Willow Lodge.
We had 3 older teens in tow and thoroughly enjoyed our getaway week. We had a bonfire in the fire pit, played cards and barbecued. We stargazed and watched the fireflies.
We spent some time in Gettysburg touring the Military Park and exploring the town which was a short drive (15 min) away.
The master bedroom only had a full sized bed which was a bit tight for my 6’3” husband but it was do-able.
Two full baths was a plus and the kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cookware.
The large dining room table was perfect for our dinners and card games.
We had a very relaxing week.
Thank you for sharing your home.
Convenient country stay
Located a short drive from multiple cities but far enough out to give you a quiet country setting.
Secluded get away with all the amenities of home
Willow lodge was all that we could’ve hoped for and then some. Bedrooms were comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed to make a great meal. The hot water was plentiful the bathrooms were clean. The showers had great water pressure and felt fantastic after a long day of sightseeing on the battlefield of Gettysburg and Antietam. The fire pit was just what the doctor ordered for a relaxing evening under the stars discussing the days events and planning the next days activities. Willow lodge is probably the best deal on on Home Away. Thank you Larry and Wendy for allowing us to enjoy this gem.
Secluded, Quiet, Relaxing
Very enjoyable 10th annual reunion with college roommates. During the day we grilled and enjoyed the gravel patio under the shade of the trees. There is a ton of room on the rear grass for lawn games and sports. We hit a few local spots Friday and Saturday nights and enjoyed our weekend for sure. The house's AC was pumping well and the small kitchen was great. Thanks again.
Located in a bucolic region of Adams County, just minutes from historic downtown Gettysburg, Willow Lodge is nestled in a wooded setting at the edge of a working farm, Primrose Dale. Close to Route 15, guests have easy access to other area attractions such as Adams County wineries, the Appalachian Trail, ski slopes, golf courses, antique and outlet shopping, Harrisburg museums, and Hershey Park just to name a few.
Additional information about rental rates
$99.00/night rate is for up to four people. $50.00 cleaning fee required To secure property, one credit card payment for total amount due including the damage deposit is required when reservation is made. A one night stay is sometimes permitted but requires a $100.00 cleaning fee Until confirmed, rates subject to change Must be at least 21 years of age to rent the property