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Beautiful 19th Century Restored Farmhouse

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,200 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedroom 3 1/2 bath sleeps 14. Features an in ground pool multiple balconies

Discover the best of what Lancaster County has to offer. Tucked away in Lancaster’s beautiful farmland you’ll find our farmhouse rich in history and wrapped in modern elegance. Built in 1830, this amazing home has been fully renovated to include modern amenities while maintaining its original architecture and historic charm.

You can relax indoors with the convenience of central air conditioning, radiant floor heat, HDTVs, free wi-fi, and surround sound music from the Crestron home automated system which runs throughout the house. Other features included to make your stay care-free are: a fully stocked kitchen with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances (dishes and pans provided), laundry room with washer and dryer (ironing board provided), five bedrooms with sleeping for 14 (linens provided), 3 ½ bathrooms (towels provided), and multiple gathering areas throughout the home.

If you prefer to spend your time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and bountiful sights, then this home will not disappoint. You can survey the country scenery from one of the two balconies or wrap around porch, and enjoy the tranquil sound of running water from the Houston Run stream which runs along the property. If relaxation is your main goal, enjoy a dip in the private in-ground pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), or spend time lying in the sun on the large patio surrounding the pool. The backyard features a large fire pit, flower gardens, and a swing set for the children’s enjoyment.

Located at the “hub” of Eastern Lancaster County this home provides a peaceful rural atmosphere, while being just minutes from a major highway that can quickly get you to many destinations. Approximately an hour in any direction you can travel to four large metropolitan areas (Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Reading, and Baltimore). In 30 minutes or less you can visit numerous PA Dutch Country sites, various shopping locations, a wide variety of restaurants, and an assortment of entertainment venues. This really is the perfect vacation home to enjoy the beauty of Lancaster County, while having access to many modern amenities and a close proximity to a variety of destinations.

More Details

Property Manager
Ashley Risbon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Many thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us for a long weekend. The house is beautifully restored and quite comfortable. The kitchen is so impressive we actually wanted to cook! We hope to visit The Brackbill House again.
Apr 2015
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Gap Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large walk-in tile shower with multiple jets and shower head
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Connected Bathroom, Walk-In Closet, HDTV, Loft, Balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Loft with two single beds and a small couch
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen
  • All bedrooms are beautifully decorated with a vintage farmhouse feel while containing modern conveniences such as high end amenities, mood lighting, and surround sound speakers tied to the Crestron home automation system.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming


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Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week! The house is amazing, the pool is cleaned every day early in the morning, there was plenty of space to entertain our guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

The Susquehanna Conference Emmaus Sisters gathered together for our 22nd annual retreat. Over the years we have rented homes in the Poconos, Rehoboth Beach, Berkeley Springs and Mercersburg areas. This year we decided to stay within the Pennsylvania Dutch area knowing we could be contending with a snow storm during March. I searched the internet and discovered the absolutely beautifully, well appointed Brackbill House in Houston Run. As I surveyed the various photos, read the amenities and reviews my impression was.... it can't be true. BUT IT IS TRUE!!!! The home was way beyond our expectations. We gathered in the living room area to watch our DVD's, played games in the basement level, watched TV shows in the basement media room. Everyone enjoyed experiencing the multi shower head Master Bath. Pictures of the kitchen cooking area don't do it justice. I originally thought it was a narrow galley style kitchen. The kitchen was spacious enough for three or four individuals to be working together to prepare our meals. Having a powder room toilet on the first floor and a separate toilet area in the basement level was perfect. We had some concerns about possible dampness and or chilliness in the basement sleeping area. NO WORRIES. The pond, working Amish farm, Amtrak train, and close proximity to Blue Ball, Kitchen Kettle Village, fire pit, and Houston Run Shady Maple Café as well as walking areas help to make this the perfect weekend retreat for our ladies. Unfortunately we were not able to experience the pool. Although we were able to enjoy sitting in the chairs as Saturday afternoon became quite warm and sunny. We prepared out hamburgers and grilled vegetables on the outdoor grill. With a resounding unanimous vote we will attempt to return to Brackbill house for our 2018 retreat. Thank you to Ashley Hopkins for all her help and answers to my numerous questions. Could not have pulled this off without her help. See you in 2018.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, disappointing location

  • 4 of 5

The house was super fancy -- a touch-screen shower and mega high-end appliances and the like. Our group of 4 kids (ages 5-10) and 4 adults was very comfortable, and we really enjoyed using the beautiful kitchen. We were there in the winter, but the kids had fun running around in the yard. I imagined the house would be on a country lane surrounded by farmland, and that was only partly true. Though there were some nice views in some directions, the property is just off a major strip mall thoroughfare and very close to some other properties (including some kind of warehouse) and one of the closest neighbors is an enormous Urban Outfitters plant.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

A lovely home nestled in the PA countryside. Fresh, updated decor while maintaining the charm of the original farmhouse. Lovely wraparound porch with gorgeous views. Very comfortable accommodations for a family getaway, small reunion or ever a friend's weekend away.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Our Best Vacation Ever!"

  • 5 of 5

I have just realized I never published my review for our July 2016 stay at the Brackbill House!

We wanted to take our 2 kids and their families on a vacation for a special ocasion and NOT at the beach for a change! My husband and I had been to the Lancaster area a few times in the past and knew that it had much to offer and made this our choice. Hmm...Pennsylvania?! For vacation? ( Polite smiles from the fam...)

Checking VRBO for a place to stay, I knew the Brackbill House would be perfect as soon as I saw it. We planned out the whole trip for we 3 couples and 3 grandchildren ages 6-13, centered around the house. We sent everyone the link and our 13 year old granddaughter was SO excited about the property that we encouraged her not to over-expect...that places usually look a lot better online than in "real life"! Well, this was the great exception! The website, wonderful as it is, simply does not do it justice! Ditto to all the other wonderful things everyone else is saying in other reviews, no need to repeat all that. I will just say that we have been to some awesome places, but in the months since that trip we have all agreed that this was the "best vacation ever!" Looking at pictures over Christmas, our granddaughter asked if we could go back there again, but this time "stay at the house more!"

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great girls weekend in the country

  • 4 of 5

The house is amazing!!! We had a fantastic and relaxing weekend. We usually go out to eat at least once but after arriving and a quick trip to the grocery store we opted to stay in the whole time. Everything was comfortable and modern. We lounged outside and watched with fascination as the neighboring Amish family worked their farm. We met the previous owner of the home as she lives nearby and after begging her to join us she graciously did and she showed us her photos of the house as she knew it for the previous 40 years. Yes we are that group that just pulls you right in! There were 8 of us and we were never crowded or uncomfortable. We had game night in the basement game room and sat at the large dining table in the kitchen for hours. The only thing we wished for was a heated pool. As we rented in May the pool was open but too cold to go in. We sat at the edge with our feet in the wading end as that was the only water warm enough to use. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Philadelphia International Airport
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Moccasin Run Golf Course
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Amtrak (Parkesburg Station)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Shady Maple Cafe
Car: recommended

While enjoying the picturesque countryside, this property still has convenient access to many amenities. Within walking distance is the Houston Run Community Center, which contains the Shady Maple Cafe, a public library, and the Gap Community Church. For other places to eat within a few miles there is a Friendly’s, McDonald’s, Subway, a local diner, a Chinese restaurant, and several pizza establishments. There are dozens more dining options within a 15 mile radius, including the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord. For groceries you have a full service store, Weis Markets, approximately 1 mile away.

If you want to do some shopping, within 10 miles you have the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets, Target, Kohl's, and numerous other stores.

For entertainment there is the Sight & Sound Theatres, American Music Theatre, Dutch Wonderland amusement park, Strasburg Railroad, Kitchen Kettle Village, hot air balloon rides, horse & buggy rides, and many more PA Dutch Country attractions all within 10 miles. Approximately an hour's drive Northwest is Hersheypark. Downtown Lancaster City is located about 15 miles away and features The Fulton Opera House, fine dining, night life, and Lancaster’s own minor league baseball team, the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Located conveniently at the 'hub' of eastern Lancaster County you are right near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 41. Within approximately an hour's drive you can be to the major metropolitan areas of Harrisburg (West), Philadelphia (East), Reading (North), and Baltimore, MD (South). All while being nestled into the peaceful agricultural landscape that is the PA Dutch Country.


Rates & Availability

Gap Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017 - Part 2
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 - Part 2
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 - Part 3
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 - Part 4
Dec 26 2017 - Dec 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 1 2018
1 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 2 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2018
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
1 night minimum stay
Spring 2018 - Part 2
May 29 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
Independence Day 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018 - Part 2
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
1 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Nov 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 22 2018 - Nov 25 2018
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2018 - Part 2
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 23 2018 - Dec 25 2018
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2018 - Part 3
Dec 26 2018 - Dec 29 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.1%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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