|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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.
Joe McDowell purchased this farmhouse in 1830
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 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.
From our farmhouse guestbook:
Thanks so much for the great home. Everybody loved it. There was a lot of room in the house and the yard outside was nice and big. We really enjoyed seeing the cows and playing the great games here. Thanks you very much.
We absolutely loved this farm home. So peaceful with beautiful views. We were impressed from the moment we walked in the door. So clean and inviting. This home has everything you need. The kids loved all the toys and games and the vast space to run around outside. I loved the totally equipped kitchen! Our children want us to rent again for another family vacation!!! I would recommend this property to anyone interested in visiting the area. So close to so many thing. Thanks so much for providing this great place!!
I almost don't want to write a good review because I want to keep this place to myself. Such a beautiful home on a gorgeous piece of property all which were extremely well-equipped. Only about 8 minutes to Mercersburg Academy. We were just there for a weekend visit but could have comfortably stayed much longer. There were a couple of housekeeping glitches but the property owner was very quick to respond and his wife even baked us some fresh muffins for our inconvenience. The home is on a farm with a small herd of cows which were quite friendly and very fun to watch and talk to. We definitely plan to visit again!
I was delighted to find this alternative to other places we'd stayed in the area when visiting Cowan's Gap State Park. Our family has grown considerably over the years, and this lovely farmhouse provided a place where we could all be together yet still have plenty of space if we felt like being alone. Surrounded by cornfields and grazing cows, the home is immaculately clean! We didn't see a single bug inside the place, which is amazing when you consider how much it's surrounded by nature. The beds were very comfortable, and the linens and towels were plentiful. The playroom filled with toys delighted our 2, 6, and 7 year olds, as did watching the cows coming and going throughout the day. The parlor was perfect for our after-dinner bingo games, and s'mores at the campfire was a great way to end each day. The kitchen was modern, spacious for cooking, and well-stocked with dishes, pots, etc. The dishwasher was an added bonus, as we did plenty of cooking and eating! (I felt guilty about the amount of trash we left!) We never ran out of hot water and also were happy to be able to do some laundry mid-stay. The wide open spaces surrounding the house were great for all kinds of outdoor games and for our lab, who loved this place as much as we did! Visiting Cowan's Gap has been an annual family tradition for over 70 years, and we now hope to make the Parnell farmhouse a part of this tradition.
We had a great time! Beautiful location, charming home and lovely cows. Our kids want to know when we're coming back.
This was an amazing place. A perfect, quiet, relaxing getaway. The house is in a beautiful, quiet location, but close enough to plenty of day trips, like Gettysburg, and Cowan's Gap state park. We had two young families with our group, and really appreciated the family friendly environment, the toys left for the children, baby monitors, pack and play, etc. The house had plenty of space, an amazing kitchen, and everything was well kept and prepared. Would definitely recommend this place for a getaway vacation!
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)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
|Pet Fee||$125 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee||$50 + Tax|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Check In is 4pm and Check out is 11am.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.