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Only 14 Miles to Hershey- STORYBOOK COTTAGE

Bedrooms 2
Space 875 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Just the right size, not to big but not to small, this one is just right

Right out of the pages of a Storybook our Cottage is just as you would imagine . . . cozy and dreamy, well kept and fun for guests of all ages!

Built in the 1900's and remodeled in 2015 Storybook Cottage is located right in the heart of Historic Mount Gretna Camp Meeting.

It is within walking distance of interesting summer music and programs, an outdoor play house, good restaurants, a sweet playground, miniature golf, an old time roller rink and the fun filled Mount Gretna lake is only a mile away.

Mt. Gretna's location gives you access to all central Pennsylvania has to offer. So if you decide there is not enough to do in the area, Hershey is only a short 14 miles away, Lancaster is 45 mins away and Gettysburg no more than an 1hr and 15 minutes away. The area also host many other tourist attractions; there is bound to be something everyone in your group will enjoy.

It is the perfect get-away spot for a couple, two couples, a family or a group of 6 friends.

Porch sitting is a favorite pass time in Mount Gretna.

The large porch on this cottage is a pleasant place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors and the company of those with you and those passing by.

Mt. Gretna is a quaint cozy village located in the mountains between Hershey and Lancaster Pa. Come relax and hang out on the porch while making up your mind about what to do next and there is much to do!. You might want to walk to the Mt. Gretna Playhouse to take in a Musical, or listen to local talent featured in the Mt. Gretna Camp Meeting Tabernacle located just steps away from the cottage.

Take a stroll back in time to eat at the famous ice cream parlor called the 'Jigger Shop' or swim at the Mt. Gretna Lake where you can still swing on ropes and drop into the lake. Hike the trails at Governor Dick Park or Bike on the rails and trail, located across the road. Bring you skates or rent a pair and visit the Mt. Gretna Roller Rink where live organ music is played. Four restaurants are within walking distance and each features a different verity of food and drink. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair and Mt. Hope Winery no more than 5 minutes away.

More Details

Pat Wilmsen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Pat Wilmsen

My family has been coming to Mt Gretna for years to enjoy all it has to offer. My father and his family are from the Hershey area and tell wonderful stories of the "old days" in Mt Gretna

Pat Wilmsen purchased this house in 2015

Why Pat Wilmsen chose Pennsylvania

It has so much potential but was so neglected. We knew it had good bones and loved the porch, so we took on the project to remodel it and give it's charm back. It was a huge project but one we took on with gusto and love.


Mount Gretna Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Sheets and towels are not provided
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis


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Only 14 Miles to Hershey- STORYBOOK COTTAGE
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews

Charming and cozy weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! Such a charming community and the house was perfect! Had everything we needed. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Storrybook cottage. We look forward to your return.
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Small, Peaceful Storybook Cottage

  • 4 of 5

My mother, grandson and I had a wonderful visit at the Storybook Cottage. The area was very peaceful and quiet. My grandson could safely ride his scooter to the playground. I loved spending time on the roomy front porch, drinking my morning coffee. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make a home cooked meal (we provided our own food, of course). We were close enough to all of the sights we wanted to see in Hershey, Lebanon, and Philly.

The cottage was a nice home away from home, and the price was within our budget.

One suggestion I would make would be for the owner to provide instructions for the remotes to the television and room air conditioners. We spent quite a bit of time figuring these things out even with help from a Google search.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a wonderful visit. We will gladly add your suggestions to our directions. We are also glad to take calls from our guest and help with anything. Thanks again.
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It is a charming cottage that has alot of character.

  • 4 of 5

It was a smaller cottage that was big enough for my family of 4. We had much fun and will be back yearly.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fairy tale.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here before, just love it. Perfect get away cottage! Dinner on the porch every night. Well appointed. Very clever "theme".

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Storeybook is adorable

  • 5 of 5

Storeybook is an adorable little cottage. Pat, you are very sweet and it was a pleasure to meet you! The cottage was spotless and cozy. Lazy days at the lake or the great hiking made for great mornings to sleep in!! Coffee and games with the children on the front porch, walk to ice cream, the kids had a great time. There is a small library right in camp meeting where children can take out games as well as books and magazines for adults. Camp meeting location is really quaint and friendly. You will meet a lot of friendly people and it is very quiet! This is a great location for just some much needed unplugged family time!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting cottage in Mt. Gretna PA

  • 5 of 5

The house was super clean on arrival. The decoration was very charming and everything worked very well (stove, dish washer, sink, kitchen items, everything in the bathroom, TV, etc). The height of the ceiling wasn't an issue for me but anybody over 5'0" will have to make sure to duck while walking down the steps. The bedrooms were very comfortable to accommodate all 6 of us. I LOVED having items for our 18 month old available. The area is beautiful and it really makes you just want to wander around to explore nature and the neighborhood. The owner answers VERY quickly and can accommodate some requests which is AWESOME. Will be definitely renting again in the future :)

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at Storybook Cottage. It is truly like the ones in the fairytales. My husband is 6'2" and when we looked at the house we knew that ducking when you first go down the stairs was ok for what we got with the rest of the hours. We look forward to your return trip! Thanks again for staying with us.
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Mount Gretna is a borough in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is a popular place in the summer, for it has a nationally ranked juried art show (third weekend in August), jazz and chamber music concerts, lectures, book reviews, and an annual tour of historic homes and cottages (1st Saturday in August). The community also has a roller rink, lake, open-air playhouse, miniature golf course, several restaurants, playgrounds, and an award-winning ice cream parlor known as the Jigger Shop. The surrounding area, which includes seven distinct neighborhoods, has a year-round population estimated at 1,500 persons. Summertime population increases to about 2,500.


Rates & Availability

Mount Gretna Heights House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Aug 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Art Show
Aug 16 2018 - Aug 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Full refund up to 30 days prior to check in minus a 50 dollar rebooking fee. After 30 days no refund but will work to try and re rent it.
Thank you for choosing Story Book Cottage.

This Rental Agreement and Contract is a legally binding agreement made and entered into Patricia Wilmsen pursuant to which the Guest has agreed to rent the residence 105 Third St. MT. Gretna, PA, for the duration of the Rental Term is d due on booking and the remainder 30 days prior to check in. If payment is not received in full 30 days prior to check in owner can un-book  dates.
OCCUPANCY Guest agrees that no more than 06 persons shall be permitted on the Property at any time during the Rental Term, all of whom shall comply with the conditions and restrictions imposed upon Guest under this Agreement.
CONDITION AND USE OF PROPERTY The Property is provided in “as is”
condition. Rental Agent shall use its best efforts to ensure the operation of all amenities in the Property, such as internet access, TV access, . Rental Agent shall not be held responsible for such items failure to work, but will make every effort to correct any issues as reported as quickly as possible. Guest acknowledges that use of amenities such as stairs, porches and the like may be potentially dangerous and involve potential risks if improperly used, particularly with regard to children and such use is at the Guest’s own risk.
Guest shall use the Property for residential purposes only and in a careful manner to prevent any damage or loss to the Property and keep the Property in clean and sanitary condition at all times. Guest and any additional permitted guests shall refrain from loud noise and shall not disturb, annoy, endanger, or inconvenience neighbors, nor shall Guest use the Property for any immoral, offensive or unlawful purposes, nor violate any law, association rules or ordinance, nor commit waste or nuisance on or about the Property. FIRE PLACE IS NOT FOR GUEST USE as we have not assessed the chimmney

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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