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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Newly Renovated Farmhouse Centrally Located to Cumberland Valley Attractions

The Parnell Springs Farmhouse is located in the beautiful Cumberland Valley countryside near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania at the foot of Mt. Parnell. Address is 2997 McDowell Road, St. Thomas PA 17252. The farmhouse is located about 1 hour from Gettysburg, 2 hours from Lancaster, and 1.5 hours to Hershey. The house is situated about 15 minutes from Whitetail Ski Resort, which is our biggest attraction during the winter months. We are also about 10 minutes away from Mercersburg Academy if you need a place to extend your visiti. This farmhouse has many other exciting options for providing entertainment with a country setting. You could enjoy a very relaxing and quiet getaway; you can enjoy an adventure with hiking, ice fishing, or sightseeing at local state parks; or you can visit local towns for some small town shopping or outlet shopping.

***For the relaxing getaway:
You can enjoy a cup of coffee on one of the many porches surrounding the farm house while listening to the quiet babbling of the natural spring flowing through the basement of this 19th century farmhouse. After your morning coffee you can take a walk or a ride through the country side to see cows and limestone speckling the fields as you go.
Other relaxing activities include shopping in nearby towns such as Mercersburg, Greencastle, slightly larger Chambersburg, or the outlets in Hagerstown.

***For the adventurous traveler:
White Tail Resort ( is only 15 minutes away. White Tail offers an exciting 23 ski trails, 9 lifts, 2 terrain parks, half pipe, snow tubing, golfing, fly-fishing, and more!
Cowan’s Gap State Park ( is only 15 minutes away and offers hiking, swimming, boating, picnicking, hunting, education, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and ice skating.
Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park ( is approximately 10 minutes away and has hiking, picnicking, fishing, or hunting.

The house is located on a working farm, the newly renovated historic farmhouse sits quietly with spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The house is completely furnished and ready for your home away from home. It has four bedrooms, three with queen size beds, and a fourth with a bunk bed with a full size lower mattress and a twin size upper mattress. The house has a new kitchen, living room, and game room. The bedrooms are accommodated with central air. There are two full baths, one with a combined shower/tub, and the other with a shower and double vanity. A second floor porch is offered for the master bedroom with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The house offers room for outside activities with the whole family.

In short Parnell Springs Farmhouse is perfect for both the couple looking for a weekend away and the extended family looking for a place to spend a week away.

We can provide suggested day trips, good restaurants, and other things that will make your stay enjoyable. For a fee we can also stock the fridge and pantry for your stay.

We want your stay to be enjoyable, so if there is anything else you would need, please ask.
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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    We have a pack 'n play for guest use if needed with sheets....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No Smoking is Allowed within the house. Porches and outside access available....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    Full Size/Twin Bunk Bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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  • Master Bedroom Suite: 1 queen

    Private Bathroom Access...moreless

  • Bedrooms are on 2nd Floor with central a/c and heat. The master bedroom has a private bathroom and access to a porch....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Guest Bathroom : toilet, shower

    Double Vanity in Guest Bathroom...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The farmhouse is located about 1 hour from Gettysburg, 2 hours from Lancaster, and 1.5 hours to Hershey. The house is situated about 15 minutes from Whitetail Ski Resort, which is our biggest attraction during the winter months. We are also about 10 minutes away from Mercersburg Academy if you need a place to extend your visit. This farmhouse has many other exciting options for providing entertainment with a country setting. You could enjoy a very relaxing and quiet getaway; you can enjoy an adventure with hiking, hunting, picnicking, fishing, or sightseeing at local Cowan's Gap and Buchanan state parks; or you can visit local towns for some small town shopping, outlet shopping, or antiquing....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    A game table is available with a flip top which can be used for Poker, Bumper Pool, puzzles, cards, or any other games you can find....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table:

    Bumper Pool Table...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen TV is included in the parlor. The TV is a smart TV and is hot spot capable in case you can't miss your favorite show!...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys are available for children age 3 and up in our game room....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have more than 100 videos that range from action, chick flicks, children's, to work out videos....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Parnell Springs Guesthouse is nestled at the bottom of Parnell Knob....moreless

  • Resort:

    Parnell Springs Guesthouse is about 15 minutes away from Whitetail Resort, which features skiing and golfing among other outdoor activities....moreless

  • Water View:

    Parnell Springs Guesthouse sets on top of a fresh water spring, so you can sit on one of the levels of the two story porch and overlook the water running from the basement of the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The highchair is a booster seat with a tray attachment....moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    We offer a Keurig coffee maker. Bring your favorite coffee flavors with you. We have regular and decaf coffee available as well....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is an eat in kitchen with seating for 6 around the table and 3 more at the bar. There is additional seating for eating if necessary in the sitting room....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Bare essential pantry items have been provided for use if needed....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    It is a glass top electric stove....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    2nd Story Porch off Master Bedroom...moreless

  • Boat:

    Cowan’s Gap State Park is only 15 minutes away and offers boating....moreless

  • Golf:

    Whitetail Resort is only 15 minutes away and offers golfing....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Cowan’s Gap State Park is only 15 minutes away and offers boating....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Our lawn is spacious and flat for children to play or sit outside and enjoy the sun, stars, or moon. There is also a fire pit for chilly nights. The lawn is next to a large fenced-in field for cows....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    In addition to our grill, we also have a fire pit if there is interest in some late night s'mores or hot dogs cooked on a stick!...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    White Tail Resort is only 15 minutes away. White Tail offers an exciting 23 ski trails, 9 lifts, 2 terrain parks, half pipe, snow tubing, golfing, fly-fishing, summer adventure camps & climbing wall....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Community swimming is available at a nearby state park. Cowan's Gap state park which is 15 minutes away has a mountaintop lake that is perfect for swimming....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$200 $250
Fri, Sat
$1,200 $4,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Pet Fee $125 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Check In is 4pm and Check out is 11am.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hagerstown
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Whitetail Golf Resort
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 81
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
Whitetail Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

The farmhouse is approximately 1.5 hours from Hershey Park, 2 hours from Lancaster, and 1 hour from Gettysburg.

***Upcoming local fairs and festivals:

Jan. - Green Grove Gardens: Glow takeover

For more information on events visit http://www.explorefranklincountypa.com

***Parks & recreation: Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park (10 min), Cowan's Gap State Park (20 min), Raystown Lake (1 hr 30 mins), C&O Canal (1 hr 30 mins)

***Golfing: Rocky Spring Golf Course (25 min) or Whitetail Golf Course (15 min)

***Civil War Attractions: Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD, Harrisburg Civil War Museum (all within 1 hour drive, Harper's Ferry WV is a 1 hr 15 min drive)

***Shopping: nearby smalltown shopping in Mercersburg, Greencastle, slightly larger Chambersburg, or the outlets in Hagerstown

***Live Theatres/Movie Halls: Historic Star Theatre in Mercersburg PA and in Berkeley Springs WV, Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia, Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg (20 mins to 1 hr drive)

***Caves & Caverns: Visit Lincoln Caverns or explore Penns Cave by boat (1 to 2 hrs away)

***Hang gliding & parasailing: We are located 12 miles from the popular jump point 'The Pulpit' (aka Lookout Point) in McConnellsburg

***Universities & Academies: Mercersburg Academy (5 mins), Wilson College (30 mins), Shippensburg University (45 min), Dickinson College (1 hr)

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1830

About the owner: Approximately twenty five years prior to the French and Indian War, The McDowell Family settled in the beautiful Cumberland Valley and farmed land at the foot of Parnell’s Knob for several hundred years.This 19th century farm house is located on land that has been in the McDowell family since the 1700′s. The farm is still in the McDowell name with the eighth and ninth generations of the family involved with ownership. It is still a working farm with cattle housed in the barn and crop lands and pasture being utilized. Our family loves to visit this amazing house on its beautiful property, and we would love to share our great experiences with you.

Why the Owner Chose St Thomas, PA, USA:
In 2012 we began renovations to Parnell Springs to provide a unique guest house rental on the historic property with modern amenities. Originally there were five bedrooms on the second floor of the house. We converted this area into four bedrooms, including a hallway and two bathrooms. Downstairs, the guest front door was removed and an additional window was installed in it’s place. The down stairs will feature a modern kitchen,living room/dining area,parlor, and study. Future plans call for the old kitchen to be converted into a sunroom. There is a second story porch as well as three porches on the first floor from which to enjoy views of Mount Parnell and the beautiful countryside in our unique Cumberland Valley.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The brick section seen in the middle of the house is as the original house was built in 1870 right after the Civil War. The house had two front doors, which was the tradition of the time; the one on the left was for the family and the one on the right was specifically for guests entering the living room. The right door has been replaced with a window. A spring located in the basement provided the water supply and necessary cooling for the milk harvested on the farm. Near the beginning of the 20th century the family added a two story section to the north and south sides of the house. The new section on the north included two rooms downstairs, one of which was a formal parlor. A twisting stairwell leads up to two more bedrooms on the second floor. The one story addition on the south side of the house contained a kitchen and bathroom, and a concrete cistern was installed above the bathroom to provide running water.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

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Photos

  • Fall is so beautiful here!

    Fall is so beautiful here!

  • The back yard showing the fire pit

    The back yard showing the fire pit

  • Eat in kitchen

    Eat in kitchen

  • The sitting room

    The sitting room

  • The parlor

    The parlor

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • Guest Bathroom with a separate room for the toilet and shower.

    Guest Bathroom with a separate room for the toilet and shower.

  • On the kitchen porch overlooking the stream of spring water.

    On the kitchen porch overlooking the stream of spring water.

  • The yard when you come out of the kitchen.

    The yard when you come out of the kitchen.

  • The basement door and the beginning of the stream of spring water

    The basement door and the beginning of the stream of spring water

  • The fire pit at sunset

    The fire pit at sunset

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • The game room with kids toys, bumper pool/poker table, and stereo.

    The game room with kids toys, bumper pool/poker table, and stereo.

  • The parlor

    The parlor

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Bedroom with bunk bed

    Bedroom with bunk bed

  • First floor porch

    First floor porch

  • Mt. Parnell and the farm's cows

    Mt. Parnell and the farm's cows

  • View overlooking the stone wall down to the stream from the basement spring

    View overlooking the stone wall down to the stream from the basement spring

  • The beautiful stairway

    The beautiful stairway

VRBO #579497

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, February 25, 2017

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