About the property
- Chateau / Country House2500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Step your family and friends back in time to a sprawling Victorian getaway complete with a private swimming pool nestled on 70 acres of mixed meadow and wooded beauty. Perfect for the active family or multiple couples in any season. Bike, hike from spring to fall and cross-country ski and sled come winter - all right on the grounds!
This large, 3 story Victorian house is perfect for your large or multi-family vacation. It's also an ideal setting for your next family reunion! Choose to hideaway and enjoy the peaceful landscapes on property, read a book in the house's private library or take advantage of all that southwestern PA and Ohiopyle has to offer just minutes away!
Summer days filled with swimming in a private pool, hiking, biking or picnicking on the hilltop plateau with fire pit...it's view will take your breath away. Catch morning mountain sunrises, spend a lazy day sipping your favorite refreshment on the wrap-around porch and enjoy the western sky sunsets from the private plateau. Then, dream the nights away in one of four cozy bedrooms---each one with a personality of it's own.
Nature is at it's colorful best come Fall, and Winter brings it's own fun -- This year treat your family to a Victorian-styled taste of autumn with an old world sensibility this Thanksgiving or enhance the holiday spirit with a Christmas family experience right out of a Hallmark card!
The Victorian Orchard has so much to offer in any season--come enjoy this most amazing property!
Sales at Turning Leaf Vacation Rentals
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Sales at Turning Leaf Vacation Rentals
Victorian Orchard’s original house dates back to pre-1880. The Wiggins family purchased the estate in 1904. A major renovation was done in 1906 bringing the house to it’s current appearance. Here is some history, the Wiggin’s were a wealthy prominent family that also owned Fox Hunters Paradise, an inn above Deer Lake that was visited by wealthy Pittsburghers in 1820's. That house is gone now. Victorian Orchard was bought by Henry Wiggins [grandson of Deer Lake house mentioned above] along with his wife Hulda and six children. It was as a farm where they raised sheep for wool, grew mostly irish potatoes, apples and honey. Frank Gleason bought the house from the Wiggins in 1921 and made it a popular boarding house in the area. Interestingly, Victorian Orchard is still in the family, Henry Wiggins while serving in the Civil War befriended my mother’s great uncle who married one of Henry's daughters. Our parents, Frank and Sue Wilhelm, bought the house in 1959. After my parents passed in 2003, we decided to renovate the property for a vacation rental so that we could keep it in the family. We all have such fond memories of living there… Sled riding, berry picking, just exploring on all that property, learning to drive in the field, rollerskating on the porch[and in the huge kitchen], bike riding, making swings on all the old trees, but mostly playing baseball with the neighborhood kids in that big field. We still all get together there on holidays for dinner and fun [if the house isn't rented]. All of us live nearby and do the upkeep ourselves. It is a family home that exudes the warmth and joy of several families being raised there.
Sales at Turning Leaf Vacation Rentals purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1959
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The property is full of history. Most of the Wiggins are buried across the road in the Lutheran cemetery, Cuthbert Wiggins [Henry's grandfather] helped build and remained on as the innkeeper at the Stone House. The Wiggins were known wagoneers on the National Road. The longest existent trace of the Braddock’s Trail is on our property, as well as, Old Orchard Camp mentioned in the French and Indian War where George Washington camped. That's how old orchard camp came into the name of our house. Antiquities from then have been found; a musket ball from the campaign and a few horseshoes.
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Wonderful Thanksgiving at Victorian Orchard
Our family of 12 (three generations) had the pleasure of staying at Victorian Orchard for Thanksgiving again for the second time. It was really like coming home! The whole family really looked forward to the stay and all the things they could do. The house had plenty of room to sleep, eat, play games and talk. And the kitchen had everything needed to prepare the full Thanksgiving meal! We rented the sheets offered, so it was easy to move in and make ourselves at home. The owners have lots of Legos and games for the kids to play with, and they set up the Christmas tree early and provided kid-friendly ornaments for them to use to decorate the tree. What fun!
The seventy acres provided ample room for driving our go-cart around and up the hill for viewing the beautiful countryside. And the guys brought their BB guns and rifles and set up targets for lots of shooting. We kept the fire pit going which was a gathering warm place for rest, relaxation and convivial drinks.
Needless to say, everyone was sad to leave, but we have lots of wonderful memories. Thanks!
Absolutely love your review! It really captures what this property (and our company) are all about! Outdoor activities, good eats, beverages by the firepit....and most important--- being with the ones we love! Thank you for sharing! Come back again anytime!
Perfect for Our Stay
We rented the house for a family wedding in the area. Eight adults stayed here very comfortably. The house has a lot of character which entertained us! It was too chilly to use the pool but it looked very nice. And we were too busy with sightseeing and wedding activities to use the fire pit or to do any hiking but those possibilities looked inviting. It was a very nice place to stay. Communication was very good before our visit. There is a lot to do in the area.
Thank you for taking the time to provide a guest review! We certainly appreciate it. Sounds like you were able to enjoy your wedding event and the sights and attractions of the area! There really is so much to see and do--very difficult to pack it all in a just a few days! Come again real soon! If your plans call for a return to the area do not hesitate to contact us!
Excellent place for a family
Awesome weekend getaway!
Great property for a family getaway. The house was clean & had everything you need. The kitchen was well stocked making it nice to prepare meals there instead of eating out. We enjoyed the charm & history of the property. We enjoyed it so much we're planning to stay again next year while taking in the sites & activities the area has to offer.
Thank you for staying with us. So, glad you were able to enjoy the property's kitchen! Eating in with family makes vacation memories for sure! We look forward to having you back next year!
A perfect weekend away!
This house was spotlessly clean with an endless amount of charm and character. It's a step back in time with all of today's conveniences and amenities. This is the second place that I have rented from this owner and both have been wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this place. I can't wait to go back.
Thank you for taking the time to provide a guest review! We loved having stay (at both properties). The home is truly a "step back" to a quieter, slower-paced time--so, glad you could enjoy this! Come back again real soon!
We really enjoyed our stay. Loved the house, property and pool.
Loved the history of the house and area. Lots to do. We loved the wrap around porch and it definitely came in handy bc of all the rain. The pool was great.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
-Added Pet Surcharges may apply if more than one pet is part of a guest's stay. -3 night minimums apply for major holiday stays -Tax of 9% includes both state (6%) and local (3%) charges. -A 4% Convenience Fee will be added for guests that elect to pay with Credit Card/PayPal. -Contact Manager for information about additional rental units.