NW PENNSYLVANIA - LARGE GROUPS; REUNIONS; WORKSHOPS; MUSIC EVENTS

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Margaret

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Sleeps40
Bedrooms 16
Bathrooms9
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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NW PENNSYLVANIA - LARGE GROUPS; REUNIONS; WORKSHOPS; MUSIC EVENTS

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16 Bedroom, 9 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 35+ - 2 hr driving fr.Pittsburgh Clevelan

A delightful and authentic visit to the Pennsylvania Wilds! The secluded large rustic lodge consists of two side by side wings (buildings) connected by a deck walkway. Each wing has three levels. There are 28 rooms in all, each having lovely views of the surrounding forest. Multiple living room areas accommodate comfortable reading and relaxation spaces as well as venues for crafts, cards, board games and group exchanges. Libraries invite browsing. Expansive decks at the second level of each wing encourage similar activities outside.

There is a fully-equipped large kitchen with an adjacent large dining area; a kitchenette is also available for additional food preparation. Many cooks can comfortably work together without concern for “spoiling the broth.” (Guests are, of course, responsible for their own food. Recommendations for catering services and local restaurants will be available. (It should be noted, however, that restaurants and grocery stores are at least nine miles away.)

Although the lodge is rustic it is well-appointed with comfort features such as hot water baseboard heat fueled by natural gas from wells on the property. Some floors are oak hardwood; others are carpeted. Creative touches introduced by the owner-builder throughout the buildings surprise and delight guests.

A large barn (unheated) is available for indoor activities such as active game playing, dancing, dramatic performances, presentations to groups, yoga, tai chi, or whatever activity requires a large open space. The barn, like the lodge, has large decks for enjoying the woodland landscape.

There is a pond on the property and trails for walking through the 150 acres of fields and forests. Guests particularly enjoy the photographic opportunities and nature study. Outdoor activities are available including campfires and games such as croquet and volleyball.

The setting is suitable for gatherings, parties, retreats, reunions, weddings, workshops, receptions, and all kinds of music and social events. There is plenty of parking space for large events.

International guests are welcome. Rides from and to Erie or Franklin, PA airports can be arranged.

Keywords: Lodge Retreat

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility

Margaret

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Margaret retired from a long career in education in 1992. She is a professor emerita from Syracuse University and served there in many capacities, including Associate Dean of the School of Education. Her doctorate in educational psychology was awarded by the University of Florida. She and husband John co-authored a widely- used college textbook, Becoming a Teacher of Young Children. She was a primary teacher early in her career in the schools of Jamestown, New York and a faculty member and teacher at Antioch College in their experimental elementary school. In her retirement Margaret enjoys photography, pastel drawing, cartooning, memoir writing. She especially enjoys photographing the many native wild flowers found in the Pennsylvania woods and fields. John’s background includes growing up in Oregon; Air Force years; college at Reed in Portland, OR; teaching and administrative posts at Syracuse University, Penn State, and Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA., and earning a Ph.D. in psychology and education from Syracuse University. His career focused heavily on evaluation research in education, business, and organizational settings and on management consulting. He has also been very involved in developing museum exhibits featuring his father’s invention, the DOBRO guitar. In their retirement, John and Margaret traveled to Slovakia several times and throughout Europe. John continues to write (plays, poetry, and memoir stories) and to develop and deliver a variety of personal development workshops. John had done many things of interest across his career; however, it was somewhat of a surprise when his previously underused talent for conceptualizing space and creating functional and appealing buildings blossomed in his retirement and resulted in the construction of the large lodge now being offered for vacation rentals.

John and Margaret Dopyera built their large retirement home in northwestern Pennsylvania during the early 1990s on land they had owned for many years. Margaret purchased the 150 acres from an uncle in 1970. Her ancestors were early settlers in the Grand Valley area. Margaret’s great-grandfather, Orange Robinson, had given the land the Dopyeras now own to Margaret’s grandmother, Cassie, at the occasion of her marriage to Archie Smith in 1900. Since the 1920s when the original family home burned there had been no dwelling. Only an apple tree and hearty daffodils continued to mark the spot where the Smith family had lived. The Dopyera’s newly-constructed home, listed herein for vacation rentals, is on another portion of the property. Margaret grew up on a nearby farm in this area, still very rural. She attended the neighborhood one room school and the consolidated high school in Youngsville, fifteen miles away. Part of the reason for buying and building on property in northwestern Pennsylvania had to do with the appeal of maintaining Margaret’s family roots. That, however, is just a small part of the story. The major reason was the quiet beauty of the land with its tall, majestic deciduous and hemlock trees, the wonderful freshness of the air and the abundance of clean water.

The Dopyera property offers the now-rare opportunity to vacation in a beautiful natural setting, remote from traffic, fast food, and the 'hurry' of modern life. It has the positive features of a camping trip yet the rustic accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed.

Sleeps40
Bedrooms 16
Bathrooms9
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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NW Pennsylvania - LARGE GROUPS; REUNIONS; WORKSHOPS; MUSIC EVENTS
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
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Grand Valley Pennsylvania Wilds
Nebraska
5

The Marvel of Mother Nature With All the Comforts of Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
We had 23 people in our party; 14 adults, 9 kids (two of which were 2 or under). Margaret went above and beyond to answer the multiple questions I had prior to our visit. I was very satisfied with her honest answers and descriptions. The lodge itself is totally amazing!
The main kitchen is well supplied for groups and there’s enough room for several cooks and helpers to work at various stations to prepare the meals or to cleanup.
Many bedrooms have adjoining baths while others are nearby. The bedrooms are virtually sound proof when the doors are closed.
We took advantage of all the sizable and comfortable gathering spaces on all floors in both wings. We also enjoyed the tables and chairs on the huge deck where we felt a strong connection with the peace nature offers.
The roof is built such that it provides shade on the deck when the sun is out and shelter if it’s raining. Under normal rainy conditions we could have windows opened and no rain came into the rooms. The exhaust fans in both wings works great to keep the temperature comfortable on hot days.
We built a fire in the fire pit nearly every evening using the firewood that was provided and gathered around it to visit and tell stories. We were pleasantly surprised at all the options for recreation that are provided for all ages.
The fields had lots of wildflowers and we picked a small bouquet for our dining table which lasted the whole week. We walked the trails and enjoyed photographing.
Nearly every room has bookcases of books filed by category; many interesting topics.
We were settled for a couple of days before anyone found and turned on a TV. Most of the time we were too busy being together, playing games, and making our own fun that we didn’t consider the need for TV. Mobile phones are iffy at best on the property. Those who needed to participate in a conference call or make a call drove to Titusville to get better reception. This also gave them an opportunity to buy gas, groceries, or other supplies.
The “barn” is a fun place. It has toilet facilities and a refrigerator/freezer available. There are many tables and chairs set up, a stage and mic. Honestly, when John built these fabulous structures he thought of everything! It’s a wonderful place for anyone who likes comfort and nature.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Grand Valley Pennsylvania Wilds
Portersville, PA
5

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My family stayed the weekend for a "family reunion". There were 18 of us ranging in age from 5 - 65. The weather was awful, but we were still able to be together and have a great time. The barn was perfect for games, music and just bonding. There were also plenty of places inside to be together and still have fun. Margaret and John are very accomodating and are there if you need anything. The place is well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Had a great time and will be returning for sure!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Grand Valley Pennsylvania Wilds
Midland, MI
5

Fantastic Thanksgiving for family of 20!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
First I must say that dealing with Margaret (owner) by email to set up our Thanksgiving rental for family members coming from Eastern and Western NY State, VA, DC, MI was so pleasant. Margaret was very organized and efficient; she answered our many questions promptly and sent several attachements which helped with our planning, including a bedroom/bathroom list, Q&A facts, directions, etc. Woodland Lodge was absolutely the perfect place for our gathering and every one of our family members was extremely impressed.

We were thrilled to find how spacious and well equipped the lodge was. We wanted for nothing! All bedding, towels, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, soap were plentiful. The lodges were spotless and very comfortable. We were able to seat our entire family of 20 at the same table for dinner. While both wings of the lodge had three levels, there were 2 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, right off the main kitchen and great room that comfortably accommodated a physically challenged brother and 84-year old mom for the entire weekend. In fact they also had access to the other wing that was also on the same level.

We got lucky and had 50? weather for the first few days. We enjoyed the two indoor wood stoves as well as the outdoor fire pit. Chopped wood was in abundance. The snow on Saturday made the drive through hilly PA on Sunday a little challenging, but not for long before reaching the highway.

At the end of our perfect weekend, all we had to do was leave the beds unmade (not even stripped), towels over towel bars, garbage out to cans on the deck, pull the door shut, and leave.

We have just returned from our 4-day holiday weekend and I have been receiving emails from family members wanting to share pictures and memories and thanks. We were able to create a Thanksgiving memory to last us all a lifetime! We are most grateful to Margaret and Amy (inn keeper) for their warm hospitality, attention to detail, and concern for our comfort. We could not have asked for more!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Grand Valley Pennsylvania Wilds
Western, Pa
5

SOLITUDE AS WE ARE TOGETHER

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
Since we first stayed at the Dopyera Lodge, a few years ago, my wife and I have stayed there many times since. One thing that continues to surprise us is the huge helping of "solitude"...solitude not as a negative experience (of isolation, etc.) but an experience of "togetherness". As we are all "of" and "from" 'Nature', in our beginnings, we are "together" with Her while we are with ourselves & others we Love. Yesterday, as I was walking through a Cemetery, I noticed headstone after headstone, each with religious inscription, (or depiction). It occurred to me, the similarity between the worship of 'God' (in this cemetery, probably all christian) and 'Nature'.... in the presence ourselves & of those we Love
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Grand Valley Pennsylvania Wilds
harrisburg pa usa
5

hard to describe, wonderful to experience!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 20, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
we stayed here as part of a sustainable (restorative) forestry conference based at Allegheny College in Meadville Pa. The accomodations were clean, very comfortable, and also unusual and interesting. The owners / hosts were wonderful; i would definitely look forward to another stay if I ever have the opportunity to travel to this part of the state.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Erie, PA
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Erie, PA
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Presque Isle on Lake Erie
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Blue Canoe Brewery
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Peak n 'Peek
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cross Creek, south of Titusville
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Dutch Treat - Amish dishes and theme
Car: necessary

The Dopyera property offers the now-rare opportunity to vacation in a beautiful natural setting, remote from traffic, fast food, and the 'hurry' of modern life. It has the positive features of a camping trip yet the rustic accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed. Among the favorite aspects of a stay are rest and relaxation; campfires, trail walking, bird watching, nature study, ponds, games (indoors and out), large libraries. The diversity of alcoves, living room spaces, and work areas facilitate both quiet contemplation and social interchanges. The location, although remote and secluded, allows forays for various adventures within easy driving distance. Visitors enjoy the Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir, Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua Lake, Presque Isle at Lake Erie, Drake Well and Oil Museum, Scenic railway, hunting and fishing, biking, local fairs and festivals, Audubon Center, horseback riding, antique shops, auctions, Amish shops.

Other Activities: On site: Horseshoes, volleyball, table tennis, campfires, large libraries

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Availability & Rates

Grand Valley Lodge Rental Rates

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$500
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Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Payment due 7 days prior to arrival date. Personal checks to Margaret Lay-Dopyera, 215 N. Cayuga St. - 310, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire for Paypal alternative.
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes $500 is for 10 persons; for persons beyond 10, the charge is $30.00 per person per night. Ask about discounts for very large groups and/or longer stays. Holidays require 3-day minimum stay.
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Amenities

Grand Valley Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Broadband Access
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
Bedrooms:
  • 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • West 2nd B - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private bath
    West 2nd C - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , West rooms C and D share bath
    West 3rd E - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , West rooms E and F share bath
    West 3rd F - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , West rooms E and F share bath
    East 1st H - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private bath
    East 1st I - 1 queen , Private bath
    East 2nd G - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private bath
    East 2nd KING - 1 king , Open with limited privacy; large private bath
    East 3rd K - 2 twin/ single , Shared bath
    East 3rd L - 1 twin/ single , Shared bath; small room
    East 3rd M - 1 twin/ single , Shared bath; small room
    High Bed Room - East 3rd N - 1 queen , Private bath; although can be shared with room O
    East 3rd O - 1 twin/ single , Shared bathroom; small room
    East 3rd P - 2 twin/ single , Shared bath; small room
    East 3rd Q - 1 bunk bed , Shared bath
    West 2nd D - 1 double , West rooms C and D share bath
  • In addition to bedrooms, there are some futons and sleep sofas.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • horseshoes
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • hunting
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • cross country skiing
Notes:
A large activity barn with toilet facilities is available for games, dancing, dramatic events, table tennis, darts. Many games are available such as volleyball , badminton, horseshoes, bocce. A bath house with toilets and showers is for campers.
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