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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:
May 21, 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
  • Children welcome
  • 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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(33 traveler reviews)

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Bittersweet Guest House Nestled In The Hills Of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Loved this place. A few miles from historic Kutztown the Bittersweet Guest House has everything you need. Comfy beds, a/c throughout that works well, fast internet, good TV and sound system, super clean, very good range of supplies - Keurig, milk, water, bananas... Owners live in the neighboring property and are on hand if needed, and then allowed us to just be at peace.

We visited Letterman's diner in Kutztown for breakfast, a neat old converted railway carriage - don't go there not hungry!. Then, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary where we hiked (medium difficult) to North Lookout and sat through the raptor presentation for 30 minutes with 3 birds on display - cool. Then, got rotisserie chicken and salad takeout from Wegmens Organic Store in the evening - what an awesome place.

A great stay, wish it could have been longer. A definite 5*

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just like home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Bittersweet Guest House recently and had a wonderful stay. Dean greeted us upon our arrival and showed us around. He made himself available all weekend if we needed him. We were impressed with the cleanliness of the home and ok the sweet touches that made it feel like home. We loved the coffee bar! Looking forward to our stay again as it’s close to where my father is residing.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding value and outstanding hosts!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at Bittersweet Guest House, we found fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and a serious puncture in our tire. Within a few minutes, our host helped me change the tire and set the tone of kindness and hospitality that characterized our entire experience. The house is magnificent, cozy yet spacious. The grounds were a genuine pleasure and my wife and two children enjoyed every moment. I can’t wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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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

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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