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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

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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(27 traveler reviews)

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Bittersweet Guest House Nestled In The Hills Of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
Toronto, ON, Canada


  • 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: Jul 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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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: Jul 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: Jun 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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Best rental house

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at the Bittersweet Guest House! We were in town for a wedding but almost want to come back and stay at the house just for fun. Dean and Debbie were more than accommodating; they went above and beyond in every way. The house was spotless and very comfortable and peaceful. 10/10 would recommend.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ani it was a pleasure to have you and your friends stay at our guest house, and so nice to meet you all! We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. It would be wonderful to have you return some day. Thank you, thank you!!! Dean and Debbie
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Best Place I have ever stayed at

  • 5 of 5

I have used this site a lot for places all across the US. This hands down is the most relaxing and well put together rental you will ever stay at. They think of everything from the moment you get there till you leave!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jaeme it was a pleasure having you and your family stay here. We appreciate you taking the time to submit a review, and share your experience about your stay at our property. It would be a pleasure to see you again! Thank you! Dean and Debbie
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Charming and spotless!

  • 5 of 5

The whole experience from start to finish was a pleasure. Debbie and Dean thought of everything so you don't have to. The house is beyond charming and we felt at home the minute we arrived. The only complaint I would have is that Debbie and Dean set the bar so high that experiences at other properties will pale in comparison. Thank you both so much, we are already planning to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gavin, it's a real pleasure to have guests stay at our home, that have the high level of integrity and respect that you and your family have. It's family's like yours, that will bring back special memories when we look back and reflect on guests we met over the years. We get a warm feeling when people let us know they had a good time. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. We're so glad you found us, and it would be a pleasure to have you and your family come back again. 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

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

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.