Tranquil Farmhouse Minutes from Whitetail Mountain Resort(19 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Newly Renovated Farmhouse Centrally Located to Cumberland Valley Attractions
***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.
***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.
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Member since: 2014
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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
- DVD Player
- Game Room:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kayak / Canoe:
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:
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
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My Standard Rate
2 night min 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%
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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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)
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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Fall is so beautiful here!
The back yard showing the fire pit
Eat in kitchen
The sitting room
Guest Bathroom with a separate room for the toilet and shower.
On the kitchen porch overlooking the stream of spring water.
The yard when you come out of the kitchen.
The basement door and the beginning of the stream of spring water
The fire pit at sunset
The game room with kids toys, bumper pool/poker table, and stereo.
Bedroom with bunk bed
First floor porch
Mt. Parnell and the farm's cows
View overlooking the stone wall down to the stream from the basement spring
The beautiful stairway
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, February 25, 2017
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