*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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.