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Bittersweet Guest House Nestled In The Hills Of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Bittersweet Guest House Nestled In The Hills Of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Enjoy your stay in a quaint farmhouse overlooking 12 acres of farmland. The guest house is just minutes off Interstate I-78 and is very easy to find. Our house sits back off the main road, Old Route 22, down a private, paved driveway. We are sure that you will feel at home because each room has a comfortable and cozy setting. The Berks, Lehigh County area has opportunities for many activities and sightseeing experiences such as wineries, hiking/bird watching at Hawk Mountain and bicycling at Rodale Park. Enjoy the areas festivals like Wheels of Time and Das Awkscht Fest both in Macungie, Allentown’s Mayfair, Kutztown’s Folk Festival and Bethlehem’s Musikfest. Renninger’s Farmers Market outside of Kutztown provides opportunities for shopping for local produce. The market is also the home of the Renninger’s Antique Market and Extravaganzas. Parents may like to visit their children attending Kutztown University, Cedar Crest College, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University and Moravian College, which are all close by. After a day of exploring the area, you could enjoy cooking your own meal in a fully stocked kitchen or sit on the porch and enjoy a refreshing beverage. By chance you might see deer or foxes roaming through the property. So call and book your stay for any season.

Smokers please do not inquire.

More Details

Dean and Debbie Bortz
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Dean and Debbie Bortz

The Bittersweet Guest House is nestled in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and is the boyhood home of the owner.

This 12-acre farm has been in the family for over 60 years and the land is still being farmed today. After inheriting this property over 4 years ago, the owner and his wife have extensively remodeled and lovingly refurbished this guesthouse. As guests turn into the country lane, they will be greeted by a peaceful retreat in all seasons for folks seeking a quiet refuge from busy city life. Relaxation begins the moment a guest steps into the home. The day’s missed deadlines and snarled traffic become distant memories while sitting on the front porch having a relaxing beverage. The owner’s continual dedication to detail has fostered an environment that is comfortable and cozy.

The Bittersweet Guest House is just minutes away from quaint villages, cycling events, professional baseball parks, wildlife sanctuaries, farmers markets, antique markets and the nearby cities of Allentown and Reading.

Dean and Debbie Bortz purchased this farmhouse in 2010


Kutztown Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large vanity and mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Pedestal sink and mirror
  • Large full bathroom is on the second floor and half bath is on the first floor. Towels are supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two private bedrooms accommodate 4 for sleeping. Both bedrooms are on the second floor. Linens are supplied.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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(30 traveler reviews)

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Bittersweet Guest House Nestled In The Hills Of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

No better place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Dean and Debbie have set a very high standard! Their cottage is perfectly clean, wonderfully comfortable, and full of helpful conveniences. Dean and Debbie's hospitality is unmatched in our experience. This was our third stay at Bittersweet Cottage, and once again, it felt like a home away from home. Its location allowed us to plan visits to family in NJ and eastern PA. We will return.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stuart, As always it's an absolute pleasure to have you folks return to the Bittersweet. It's guests like you that have created very special memories for the Bittersweet Guest House. It means so much to hear this from you, and we're glad you can feel at home here while you visit your family that's in the area. We look forward to having you back again! Many thanks!!! Dean and Debbie
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Felt like Home! Everything you need is covered, attention to every loved the Halloween candy when we arrived. This was a beautiful place for our little family getaway visiting some of my favorite eastern PA spots. Highly recommend! Allison family, Orlando, FL

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Doreen, Thank you for taking the time to write this very nice review. It was a pleasure to meet you, and to have your family stay here. It would be very nice to have you back again sometime. Many thanks!!! Dean and Dean
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New York

Perfect Spot!

  • 5 of 5

We came back for a second stay and a long weekend. The place was decorated with little touches of Halloween and Fall. So sweet! We really appreciated how Dean and Debbie go out of their way to make us feel at home.We arrived late on Friday and they had put some OJ and cream in the fridge (and a bag of ice) some bagels and bananas. So coffee next morning was easy b/c I would have forgot the cream! The place is so peaceful. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fleur, we really appreciate your comments and your time to do this review. You are a very gracious couple! We are very fortunate to have returning guests like you. It's pure pleasure to have you both stay here! Thank you!!! Dean and Debbie
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  • 5 of 5

There isn't much to say that other reviewers haven't said over and over. My elderly mother lives in PA, I live in Canada, and I needed a place to stay when I visit her. Over the last three years my husband and I have stayed here about eight times a year. It is like a second home and we feel very lucky to have found it, even though it is a 45 minute drive from my mother. Staying here is well worth the inconvenience of the drive. The only thing I can add to all the praise heaped on Bittersweet is the fact that it is a very allergen friendly house. We came to see the house when it was first listed because I am sensitive to chemicals and fragrances, cannot stay in hotels without feeling ill, and was having a hard time finding a rental that was suitable. Debbie and Dean have done everything they could possibly do to accommodate this problem.

I have not written a review until now for a very selfish reason - I knew that it would become very hard for me to book when I needed to visit my mother. Well, the cat has been out of the bag for a long time, and I offer my apologies to Debbie and Dean for not adding to the accolades sooner. They are incomparable hosts. And Bittersweet is the result of their ceaseless attention to details and hard work.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, First, there is absolutely no apology needed whatsoever! We have commented to each other many times over the last three years how fortunate we are to have you and Michael return and stay here. It has always been a pleasure to have you and Michael come back! You have expressed how much you enjoy staying here at the end of every visit, and it always feels so good to read those emails. But receiving and reading this review gave us such a overwhelming warm feeling, and we don't quite know how to adequately express our gratitude, but we really appreciate that you took the time to write this very special heartfelt review about how it feels for you to stay here at the Bittersweet!!! THANK YOU! Dean and Debbie
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New York

Stay here! Best little hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this guest house! Dean and Debbie have created a wonderful quiet respite from the city. They supply everything you need. We felt so welcomed and didn't want to leave. We definitely recommend this guest house!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fleur it's so kind of you to share your thoughts about your stay at our guest house... it means a lot to us! It was a pleasure to meet you and Peter and have you stay here. We sincerely hope to see you back at the Bittersweet again! We wish you both the very best! Thank You! Dean and Debbie
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Away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great space to unwind. Quiet, peaceful respite. We saw foxes and woodchucks and had wild black raspberries delivered to our door. One night, we enjoyed some wine from a local vineyard on the new patio while we grilled our dinner. Like the terminator, "we'll be back" 😉�

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matt it was a pleasure to have you back, and we thought it was great that the black raspberries were in season while you were here. We're also glad the weather cleared up and you were able to grill and enjoy the patio. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and it would be wonderful to have you back again sometime. Thank you! Dean and Debbie
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Lehigh Valley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Spectators Bar And Grill
Nearest Golf
10.5 Miles
Berkleigh Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Demarco's Italian Restaurant
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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