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Brick Farmhouse Close To Lancaster County Attractions

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Large 6 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Farmhouse On A Working Farm.

Large brick farmhouse that can be rented as a whole unit for a large group getaway. During the off season we can rent the house as two seperate units for individual families. Both units must be rented together during the summer and also during the spring and fall weekends. The large unit has a small service kitchen, a downstairs bathroom with shower, and a bedroom with a queen bed and sleeper sofa and desk, a large central hallway leading to four more bedrooms, Bedroom #1 has a queen bed, Bedroom 2 has a Queen and a single bed, Bedroom 3 has a double and a single bed and Bedroom 4 has a double bed. There is also a second bathroom with a tub and shower. The smaller second part of the house has a full custom kitchen and living area and sofa and two porches one overlooking the yard and meadow and the other one facing the Strasburg Railroad were you can watch the steam trains pass by in season, you go up the back steps to a small landing which leads to a full bathroom with shower, a bedroom with a queen bed and jacuzzi and also to the upper porch with a two person glider which overlooks the creek and pasture. There is also a large yard with a stream with a picnic table and swing, a large driveway to ride riding toys on, or we can set a volleyball net to play volleyball.

Dale or Martha Hershey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Dale or Martha Hershey

My family has been farming in the Paradise area for 8 generations and I am the third generation to farm our home farm. Three generations of Hershey,s farm 180 acres growing corn, alfalfa, barley and soybeans. We use these crops to feed our 150 head of dairy animals.

Dale or Martha Hershey purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Dale or Martha Hershey chose Pennsylvania

My family has helped farm the Willow Brook Farm since the 1960's. Willow Brook was built in 1867 by the Groff family. When the last surviving member was entering his final days he wanted our family to own Willow Brook as appreciation for all the time we had spent taking care of him. We bought the farm to expand our crop acres and to also provide additional housing for our cows.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Willow Brook was a upper class farmhouse at the turn of the century which hosted parties for the elite of the day. We have worked to keep that old feel, but with all the benefits of living in the twenty first century.


Hershey Park
Sight & Sound Theatres
"Excellent live theater that portrays biblical stories."
Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
"Amusement park for younger children"
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
"Very large smorgasbord restaurant and gift shop and fine furniture store"
Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Lancaster Airport
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Lancaster Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Route 30
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Several chain and local dining
Car: necessary

We are located on a farm with the Strasburg Railroad passing through our farm and across from the Amaizing Maize Maze. Our farm house is located within four miles of Sight And Sound Theater and Outlet Shopping. The town of Intercourse is also located about four miles away with many small shoppes.


Ronks Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bathroom close to bedrooms number 2,3,4,5
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom close to bedroom number 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Next to bedroom number 6
  • There are three full bathrooms with a jetted tub in bedroom number 6
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs also with desk and faux marble fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Country View Bedroom with queen bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Cherry Hill Crossing bedroom a double and a single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Orginal double bed with a marble top dresser
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Double bedroom with historic marbletop bedroom suite
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Groff room with two person jacuzzi in bedroom and queen bed
  • All bedrooms are on the second floor except for bedroom number 1 the Rittenhiuse room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Brick Farmhouse Close To Lancaster County Attractions
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Waterbury, CT, Northeast

Better than pics, very clean and beautiful views. The children loved playing outside.

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of towels and linens provided, we did request some bigger pots and griddle for pancakes and Dale brought them over. We loved the property and the only suggestion would be to provide better pans for cooking and larger ones for bigger families, there was a pack n play but no high chair.

Dishwasher very old , with these upgrades it would be perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do have a large kettle for cooking and also a large casserole dish along with several other pots, and pans casserole dishes and plastic storage containers. The dishwasher was bought new 6 years ago and works well.
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What a great house.

  • 5 of 5

Quite, clean, and convinience. Perfert house for family and small organizations. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and perfect location to Sight and Sound and the Covered Bridge ride

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for the weekend with a group doing the Covered Bridge Classic. The house was perfect for our stay. Some of the 2nd floor beds were quite squeaky, that would be my only negative

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When you have antique furniture sometimes it is hard to kèep all the squeaks from squeaking all the time.
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Perfect stay !!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay for our large family !! Cows were enjoyed by the kids, also the kids loved racing the big wheels down the driveway. We made use of the fire pit and did smores, kitchen was well equipped. Close to all major attractions. Carmen Courter

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

Great house, very well furnished, and equipped with plenty of towels and linens. Lovely porches to sit on. You will not be disappointed with your choice of this home as a vacation spot. Close enough to many activiites. Would definately stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay especially with children!

  • 5 of 5

There are 17 of us - my wife and I, our four grown children, three are married, and 8 grandchildren ranging from 6-14. There were rooms for all the couples and the kids camped out in two of the rooms. We did bring one air mattress for the girls (5 of them). There was plenty of space. The children played and played in the house and outside. They were often up early and rushed down to the barn to push the hay to the cows. One morning we drove a short distance to the owner's home. Dale gave the kids and some of us adults a tour of his milking area and allowed us to bottle feed the calves - a great experience our grandkids will never forget!

This marvelous house has been very nicely renovated. The bathrooms well accommodated our crew. The large kitchen and dining area was great for when we did eat at the house and that was every morning and some evenings as we were away a lot of the days. Twice the men grilled out - there is a grill on one of the four porches. We did not have to worry about bedding, towels, etc. - all were well provided and there is a washer and dryer right off the kitchen area.

The house is perfect for visiting Hershey and Philiadelphia - we did both - and seeing the many wonderful things that are so much a part of Lancaster County and the Amish experience. We recommend this as a great place to stay and would go back anytime!

Ron and Kathleen of Tampa, FL

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Willow Brook Farm is a working farm, you are responsible to keep your children away from any moving equipment, and to protect them and your selves from the dangers of being on a farm. Willow Brook Vacation Home and Melody-Lawn Farm and the Hershey family are not responsible for loss of personal property or bodily injury.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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