Enter your private retreat across the same sandstone threshold that parishioners did since 1862 when the building was first built. The 2 foot thick stone walls block out the sound and stress of the world outside while you relax in the sitting room in front of a cozy fire. The main sitting room/dining area and small kitchen is decorated with a colonial touch. Mt. Culmen is the perfect place to stay for a few nights or a few weeks while you explore the area. It is ideal for those who like the welcoming feel of a bed and breakfast but want a higher level of privacy and independence. We prepare a light breakfast in advance, for guests to enjoy at their convenience. We live nearby, though not on the same premises. The bedroom with queen size bed, adjoining bath and a private sitting room are all located on the first floor. A unique spiral staircase leads to the loft overlooking the main sitting area. The two single beds provide sleeping accommodations for two additional guests, for a total capacity of four people. Children must be over the age of 10. Hand hewn, charred and rugged, a cross hangs above the fireplace as a testament to the Source of solace found by the original visitors to the building. It served as a church from 1862 until the mid-1960's when it was converted to a private residence. We purchased it at an estate sale in 2007 after a fire nearly destroyed the structure. After a complete renovation, we are delighted to share Mt. Culmen with guests from around the globe who come to be refreshed.Listen to the wind whisper through the pine trees while sitting on the flagstone patio. The old blacksmith's shop across the walkway gives a secluded feel to the westward view across the Weaverland Valley. Amenities include: Refrigerator, range/oven, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and CD players, alarm clock, gas stove, heat and AC, antique push-button light switches, paved driveway, patio table and chairs. There are three steps in the walkway, one step up into the guest house and the bathroom is handicapped accessible. At Mt. Culmen, sleeping in 'church' is required!
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 With Loft, Kitchen, Sitting Room, And Patio
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 11, 2018
We both grew up in eastern Lancaster County just a mile from Mt. Culmen. Just a generation ago, our families traveled the neighborhood in horse and carriages, farmed the land and cut firewood in the hills. My husband has always been fascinated by local history, so the old stone church-turned-guest house fits our interest. I enjoy trying new recipes to share with our guests for their breakfast. Mt. Culmen is really a labor of love for us. Hearing how others have been refreshed, renewed and re-focused during their stay is what motivates us. Just as the building itself has been restored to a new use, so the cross above the mantle reminds our guests that God can restore broken and burnt-out lives and relationships.
Ronda purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Ronda chose East Earl
Mt. Culmen overlooks the valley where my husband's family has lived for generations.Since the 1700's when his relative and inventor joseph shirk created the first grain cradle. We had talked for a few years prior about setting up a guest house nearby our home. We even mentioned this specific property as we would drive by it regularly. When it came up for sale after the fire, we purchased it and began a total reconstruction, culminating a year later with an open house.We like things that have a story to them, and this property certainly fits. It has a small adjoining cemetery, presenting some unique challenges to the land acquisition and lot consolidation!
What makes this Cottage unique
Most of all, Mt. Culmen provides a peaceful place of respite both to our guests and to us while we are maintaining it.
One of a kind...
This property is very very special. In addition to the rich history of the structure, the renovations are exceptional. It is absolutely beautiful down to the smallest detail -- inside and out.
We found the property without any difficulty. There is ample parking, and access to the house was easy and exactly as described. It is a short walk down a stone path to a lovely patio just outside the entrance to the house.The landscaping is beautiful, and there is a table and chairs outside.
Inside, the home is extremely attractive, clean, and welcoming. Please note, there is no TV or internet which we appreciated greatly! But our cell phones got great service including data (Verizon is our carrier).
The breakfast foods for our two mornings there were delicious and generous. There is a full-size range, and we cooked a simple meal there one night.
We honestly can't say enough good things about this property. It was as described but better. Plus the history is fantastic.
Quaint cottage with lots of charm in the heart of Lancaster County.
Our stay at Mt. Culmen was excellent. Lots of hospitable touches. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio and watching the locals ride by on their bikes and horse drawn buggies. This is a place that we will stay at again when in the area.
Charming rural cottage in Lancaster County.
What a gem! Comfortable, clean and inviting stone house that once was a church in a rural Lancaster county setting. Great detail in this renovation and interesting history of the house. Ronda provides everything needed to meet your needs. The breakfast foods are delicious and queen bed quite comfortable. The best part for us was the opportunity to disconnect from the busy world we live in and re-connect with each other. No tv or internet; just a dvd player with tv if needed. Area is very quiet; we plan on returning at least yearly for our anniversary. A+++
Beautiful cottage. Very relaxing. Loved all the history throughout the cottage. It shows all the love & care that the owners put into the restoration. Will definitely be back!
Perfect in every way!
We fell in love with the property as soon as we pulled in. Attention to detail in the renovation was beyond words.....even down to the light switches! Breakfasts were simple but perfect....bagel sandwiches, baked oatmeal, homemade granola just to name a few. Distance to outlets and Sight and Sound is about 35 to 40 minutes. Shady Maple Smorgasbord is only 8 mins. We will stay here again for sure!!!!
What a blessing to find such a perfect place to stay!!!! Beautiful and relaxing! And clean!!!
My mom and I stayed here when we had a weekend getaway to celebrate our birthdays (50 & 30) and it couldn’t have been any nicer! The owners take great care of the house and the property. She was available if needed but was not on site so we had the whole place to ourselves! Loved it and will definitely book a stay here again :)
The mt. Culmen guest house is your own private cottage away from home. It is nestled among tall pine trees at the edge of a fertile valley farmed by industrious amish and old order Mennonites. Carriages and bicycles traveling past bring reminders of simpler times. Local attractions include the hope well furnace national historic site, a nearby amish bake shop, antique shopping in church town, historic pool forge park and covered bridge, shady maple smorgasbord and farm market and more. A small country church is within walking distance for Sunday morning worship. Outlet shopping at many of the nation's largest retailers is within easy driving distance in lancaster and reading. Located within an hour's drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Hershey, mt. Culmen is the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the region's many attractions.
Rates & Availability
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Weekly and monthly rates available upon request.