I spent a long time searching for a great and affordable rental for my birthday. All of my diligence and patience paid off! When I found this listing, I just KNEW it was going to be a great place for my boyfriend, our dog and myself to relax and get away from Philadelphia for a few days.
Upon entering the house, we smelled the familiar scent of a fireplace and everything was neat and clean. The kitchen /living room has plenty of windows and a stunning view of the creek that runs through the backyard. Some of the other listings mentioned a hot tub in the yard and we were disappointed to find that there isn't one. The owner explained to me that it was from a different property. I kept my swimsuit in my suitcase and opted instead for a sweater as we sat in the chairs out back and built a fire. I watched the harvest moon rise between the gap in the trees as I rung in my birthday the best way I could think to.
Each morning, our dog would run outside and go swimming. I think that may be the happiest she's ever been! She absolutely did not want to leave and neither did we. Unlike many other vacation rentals I've stayed in, this one feels like a home. There are the owner's books and photographs throughout the house, CDs to listen to, cooking supplies, a cute crystal collection and various other signs of life.
We weren't able to use the grill because the propane tank was empty and I wasn't sure what to use to inflate the rafts. Minor hiccups in an otherwise flawless stay. Make sure to nap on the hammock and definitely do some exploring. I'm prone to making 1,000,000 pit stops to wander. I basically pull over every two minutes and go run through the woods to explore.
I would absolutely recommend this place to friends for a similar stay. I wouldn't suggest it if you're just looking to party because since it IS someone's home, it would seem disrespectful.
Thanks for everything and we will definitely be back!