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COZY APPALACHIAN TRAIL COTTAGE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Liz

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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COZY APPALACHIAN TRAIL COTTAGE: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Bethel Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms plus large loft with twin bed and double bed, 1 Bathroom, sleeps 7

*Smokers please do not inquire.* Please note: the property marker on the map indicates the location of our mailbox. The cottage is actually 3/4 of a mile down a dirt lane from route 183.

We have whisper-quiet, central air conditioning! AC on the AT. What a great combination!

If you could create a woodland retreat for yourself and your family and friends, this would be it. If you are someone who values unspoiled nature, this is the place for you. If you want to make day trips to Amish Country, Philadelphia, Hawk Mountain, Cabellas, New York City, Gettysburg, lakes, quaint villages, world class golf courses OR hike the Appalachian Trail and be enveloped in the deep forest, this is for you.The cottage is uniquely situated, close to myriad attractions yet it is an island unto itself. There is no place like it. Trust us. We looked. For years. Finally, we found this wonderful property tucked into the base of a mountain. When you visit, you will not feel like you are at a vacation rental. You will feel like you are at the home of a friend who wants you to have the best possible time. Our reviews speak for themselves. So does our calendar. Make your reservation soon. We book up fast. Sleeps 7. Full size washer+dryer. Wireless internet/cable. Central air conditioning. Fireplace.

For the summer: The summer season will go from June 23 to September 2. There is a 6 night minimum.

For holiday weekends: Some holiday minimums may apply.

* Cabellas sporting goods store is just 12 miles away.

*Amish Country in Lancaster County is 40 miles or less.

*A winding, single lane dirt road leads you over a small bridge to a cottage perched on the mountainside.

* Cottage on 40 forested acres adjacent to thousands of acres of undeveloped woods and gamelands. The Appalachian Trail is 1/2 mile away.

* Cottage is 163 miles from Washington, DC; 130 miles from New York City; 92 miles from Philadelphia; 82 miles from Gettysburg; 30 miles from Knoebel's Theme Park; and 35 miles from Hershey Park.

*Maps and brochures for activities are provided as well as information from area restaurants.

*Two and a half miles from the intersection of rts. 183 and 78 in Bethel Township, a mile from the border of Berks and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania.

*Non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted on or around the property. Outdoor cooking and grilling are prohibited.

Your vacation is more than an investment of money. It is an investment of your time and your hope. We take your investment very seriously and it shows. Read the reviews and see what our guests have to say.

We've developed a webpage!: Go to www.atcottage.com to see some lovely slideshows about the cottage. This is a work in progress. Ken and I took our camera out this winter and drove to some of our favorite sites. Keep an eye on this page. We will start photographing again as the leaves pop out on the trees.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Liz (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2014

About Liz

My husband and I have been married for 31 years. Our sons grew up spending weekends and vacations at the cottage. A few years ago, we did an extensive renovation. The house had been built in the early 1950's and was in serious need of an up-date. We gutted it and rebuilt it from the inside out. When we renovated it, we used the best materials and implemented excellent design. Our first guests came in June of 2008. Since then, it has been our pleasure to provide families, couples, groups of friends, and individuals with an opportunity to experience the joy that we have known through this wonderful place.

Liz purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Liz chose Bethel

For the first 16 years of our marriage, we looked for a private retreat where we could 'get away from it all'. Proximity to the Appalachian Trail was a priority. We needed a place that was isolated. We did not want to be able to see other houses. We wanted a place that was not in a development...was not on a road, was not surrounded by houses with lawns and hot-tubs and pools. We wanted to have a retreat that was part of nature, not a place that violated nature. In 1998, after looking at countless houses, in countless locations, we found this home. We had never seen anything even remotely like it. We had to have it. We put in our bid: full asking price, no inspections, no contingencies. We knew that this was where we belonged.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace. No worries. I don't know why, but it is virtually impossible to worry when you are on this property. For some strange reason, your worries melt away as soon as you enter the drive that leads to the cottage. However, if you are looking for family fun and adventure, it is right around the corner. For the first ten years of owning the cottage, we were very content to explore the woods, hike the Appalachian Trail, sit on the porch, and read. In 2008, when we first started renting the house, I decided to research activities that would be interesting to our guests. My 'things to do' guide is 21 pages long! All of the activities are under an hour drive--most within 15 minutes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ken and Liz,

What a great cabin. The kids loved the loft area, and we all loved the fires each night. Our whole weekend was very relaxing, even though we did quite a bit of running around. We hope to return sometime in the future, maybe in the summer.

C., K., W., M., and H.
Jan 2009
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Reviews

5
based on 119 traveler reviews

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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
average rating of 4.957983 based on 124 reviews
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
Philadelphia, PA
5

Cozy Cabin

  • 5 of 5
Once again a wonderful, fulfilling time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the season to reflect on the important things in life. Every year we make our annual trek to the cozy "Christmas Cabin" in early December to do some holiday baking, write our holiday cards, and watch our favorite Christmas movies in front of a roaring fire and every year it doesn't disappoint! The girls love the loft area more and more every year and appreciated the addition of Barbies to play in the castle and their Lego towns. We also enjoyed a little trip to Lititz for some holiday shopping and to the sheepskin Lukoil station down the road that sells the warmest slippers. If you are looking for a place to relax, curl up with a good book next to a warm fire, or just enjoy the view you will love this place!
  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
5

Just this side of heaven!

  • 5 of 5
If you're a hiking type, just head south from the cabin and you'll find your way to the Appalachian Trail. Wow. The cabin is everything the listing shows and more. Not only is the home really clean and all set up for your enjoyment, but the peace of the area is remarkable. This was our second visit to Liz and Ken's cabin and we hope to enjoy many more. Tucked away -- keep your eyes peeled for the turn off -- but easy access to everything! We spent one day out in the woods -- the only way is up -- and the other in Reading, which has been beautifully restored. Lots of room to roam, whether you want quiet or a half-hour ride to civilization. Boredom is not an option here! Plenty of wood for a lovely evening round the fireplace. Comfy beds. Great shower. And yes, for those who must, the TV will bring you football, both Saturday and Sunday. Kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals. Just the perfect place for a getaway, with or without the kids. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did. It's the real deal.
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
5

Your dream weekend is waiting!

  • 5 of 5
Love this place! Off the beaten track -- really a place to get away from it all. But with easy access to all the area has to offer, from hiking to restaurants, to whatever you're up for. Owner provided great list of local things to do/places to see -- along with all the makings for s'mores! Really a wonderful cabin. Light and airy by day. Snug and comfy through the night. It's a 5-star for me!
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
5

wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
We rented the cabin as a gathering point for Thanksgiving. Family from Boston, North Carolina and Michigan. We all converged on the Appalachian Trail Cottage for a four night stay and it was perfect. Clean, comfortable and beautiful area. We had snow on the drive there and the cabin and woods were covered in white fluff. So pretty. Cooked a full Thanksgiving meal in the kitchen and had all the comforts of home at my disposal. Enjoyed the fireplace immensely. Lots of time together reconnecting with the twenty something kids and the teenagers too. Ventured out somewhat but would have been content to stay put playing games, eating and enjoying the fire. Walked the wooded area and found the secret swing!! Made for a great Christmas picture!

Didn't notice the noise of traffic like other reviewer noted. In fact, felt like we were completely secluded and loved the escape from the big cities. We would love to return someday for the relaxation and togetherness. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
5

2nd Autumn Vacation @ Cabin

  • 5 of 5
Our family has spent our 2nd Autumn Vacation @ this beautiful, peaceful and extremely clean cabin. Our 1st yr -we didn't know what to expect. We were so pleasantly surprised by this beautiful and peaceful cabin. It was relatively close to the main road, but once you got there you felt so secluded and in a deep woods cottage Paradise. The owners had everything there you could ever want-- clean, fresh towels, clean sheets n blankets, even extra if you wanted, wood already chopped @ the front door for cozy indoor fires each night and so many other little extras( like everything you could want to make S'mores ).
Night times were so peaceful and great for some greatly needed family time.
We will make this a annual Autumn Family tradition.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Cozy Appalachian Trail Cottage: What makes you happy?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p231792
- (610) 640-1410
Bethel Berks County
5

A Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5
I'm delighted to confirm the many excellent reviews this cottage has received. Beautifully sited on a mountainside, it is tastefully furnished, clean, and comfortable. Liz was a pleasure to work with--polite and attentive to every detail. My wife and I especially enjoyed sitting on the porch glider in the morning sun and building fires in the evening. The only downside to the place we found is that because it's located close to the state road that goes over the mountain, you do hear some noise from trucks, especially when they use their Jake brakes--but that's just life in rural Pennsylvania. For hiking, we recommend heading south on the Appalachian Trail from the Route 183 intersection. At 3.6 miles, you'll find a stream that's been dammed to create a lovely (and very cold) pond just south of the trail; at 4.1 miles, you'll reach Shikellamy Summit, a great vista. We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary at the cottage, and we enthusiastically recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review does a great job of affirming what so many people already know---that this cottage is a wonderful place to visit.
Ken and I are concerned, however, that this review may frighten people about our proximity to the road. The cottage is 585 ft., almost the length of two football fields, as the crow flies, from a two-lane road. If you are outside you can occasionally hear road sounds, but in 113 other reviews, no guest has ever mentioned that this is an issue.

Map

Nearest Airport
91 Miles
Philadelphia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Haag's Hotel
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Green Acres Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak in Lancaster, PA
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Routes 183 and 78
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Blue Mountain Family Restaurant
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Bear Creek
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Blue Marsh Recreation Area
Car: necessary

Our guests say that we are in the middle of nowhere yet thirty minutes from everything. This year, we are focusing on the tremendous food resources in the area. We are less than twenty minutes from five wineries/vineyards and the Yeungling Brewery. We are twenty minutes from a farm that sells organic, grass-fed beef, raw milk, free-range eggs, and organic vegetables. And, we are a half-hour from a wonderful variety of restaurants for every palette or budget.

Other Activities: My 'List Of Things To Do' is over 20 pages long and growing!

Hiking, biking, skiing, history, adventure, theme parks, boating, fishing, golf, and more. What would you like to do today?

Golf: Green Acres Golf Course (www.greenacresbernvillepa.com) is 12 miles from the cabin. Go to www.distinctgolf.com for a list of challenging couses in the area.

Ski: Bear Creek Mountain is 42 miles away.

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Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

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Amenities

Bethel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Loft - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
The cottage overlooks a quiet, babbling creek. It is surrounded by trees and native plants...not a blade of grass.

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