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Othmer Pond Estate - Potter County Vacation Property

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 5 Bedrooms + Office, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-12)

Relax in this beautiful historic mansion located in the heart of Potter County - Coudersport, PA. With 6 private acres, you’re secluded in the mountains surrounded by trees, flowers and a flowing stream. The walk around the property is sensational with a large bass pond occupying most of the six acres and you have easy access to trails for biking, snowmobiling or just taking a walk.

The completely furnished French Château style home dates from the 1930's and was built by the late Dr. Donald Othmer as a family summer vacation home. From the hardwood floors to the curved marble staircase, you'll marvel at the original details.

With five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, you can bring along the entire family and still have plenty of privacy. 1 King Bed, 2 Queen beds, 2 Doubles and a twin. A private office is available if you must catch-up on a little work or instead take in the mountain air, fish the bass pond, relax and watch the turtles and ducks play or my personal favorite, roasting marshmallows on the open fire pit. Just bring your lounge pants, tooth brush & leave the stress in the city.

If it's the ski slopes of Ski Denton, The Coudersport Public Golf Course, The Susquehannock Trail System or just a relaxing break. Come and experience the good life of Potter County at Othmer Pond Estate.

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Greg Gooch
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2017


Coudersport Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis


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Othmer Pond Estate - Potter County Vacation Property
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews
Allentown, PA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes when you're anticipating something for awhile (as we did with our trip), there is a letdown -- it looks better than it is. This is one instance where the opposite was true. The house, the lake, the area is just amazing!

We hiked, fished, played tennis, rowed, lounged by the fire, and most of all relaxed and enjoyed, feeling very much at home. The place was clean, very comfortable, and perfect for Easter dinner and board games to follow. And, even though the weather was a little bit chilly, we were able to start a nice warm fire in the pit and sit outside under the beautiful stars.

The baby ducks were adorable, and took to following my daughter around like a mother duck. For a little girl that doesn't like being away from home, she's already asking when we can return. Actually, the rest of us are asking the same question!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2009
  • Stayed: March 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found the perfect location for our wedding. We held the ceremony and reception at the Pond. The house was stunning; guests were amazed. Greg, the owner, was more than friendly and accommodating. The grounds were perfect. Greg was more than willing to fix the few things I asked for without question. The home itself was large enough to fit the bridal party while still feeling cozy. I'm so glad we chose this location. Thank you Greg, really.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I fell in love with this home, it's property and surrounding community! As you get a small preview with the photos of the house and its property, it's far more beautiful once you arrive and take everything in! The house has such more relevance than just it's size and beauty of course helps if you understand the historical signifigance, because as you walk around the home, and look around at the old photos of the home back when it was being built and reading of the" Othmer"s contributions in his life I instantly had a feeling of what an honor and privledge to reside in this home! The house had for the most part everything we needed except an axe for chopping wood for campfires:) My family and I enjoyed fishing in the pond .There are beautiful rainbow trout! My daughter caught the biggest croppy and bluegill we have ever seen! I myself caught a catfish that clearly has been in the pond for years! My husband spent most of the 4 days with a pole constantly in the water the minute he woke up. He caught 32 rainbow trout(which all were put back! :) ) The grounds are just beautiful! It has truly taught me to take some time and look up to the sky and truly embrace your surroundings because you never know what your going to see! We were lucky enough to see a bald eagle perched in a tree ! I truly can see now why they call it "God's Country", because it truly is! It's a small quaint beautiful area with townspeople that are genuinely kind and polite! It truly melted my heart to know that towns like this still exist! I cannot forget to add the OTHMER DUCKS! The ducks are adorable waddling around the grounds and swimming to their island in the afternoons for a nap....but the minute they hear the door open they are swimming back across for some more to eat! They truly add a special charm to the grounds! My daughter fell in love with them and kept them well fed :) All in all I would have to say if you want to escape from the fast forward pace of life ..and bring yourself back down to earth, and surround your self in "God's gifts to us," This truly is a reconditioning for your soul! Thank you Greg for the opportunity to stay on your property!Your home has given our family some memories that will last a lifetime!!! THANKYOU AGAIN!! "THE ESTOKS"

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mid Atlantic area, USA

We loved Othmer Pond Estate and highly recommend it!

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend Othmer Pond Estate; it was exactly as advertised. Othmer Pond Estate is a beautiful, well maintained, older home located at the edge of a small town (Coudersport) at the edge of the mountains. The location is the best of both worlds; one can walk into town or hike from the backyard. The house is large and comfortable with the charm of an older home. Both the interior and exterior are well appointed with comfortable and ample furnishings. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking light fare or full meals for a large group. The property was very clean from the home itself to the linens and towels provided and the outdoor areas. The yard was lovely and private with seating in front overlooking the pond as well as on the large patio off the rear of the house. As previously mentioned, the property sits at the edge of town but this was never a problem. There was lots to do from morning walks through town (everyone was very friendly), to the local movie theater (one showing daily at 730, one movie per week) a few shops in town, a little antiquing in the area, several local restaurants (Olga's was a little more upscale, Kaytee's provided "home cooking"), the PA Grand Canyon (45 minute drive, beautiful vistas, no hiking required), the Lumber Museum, Rainbow Fish Farm (catch and release or fish by the pound), and lots of hiking (out of the backyard, up the steep hill briefly , then a one mile flat trail), the Pine Creek Rail Trail (45 minute drive, easy flat walking, do the Turkey Path around milepost 12 - steep one mile path following a waterfall, pretty vistas at top), and the STS (Susquehannock Trail System, 85 mile loop with multiple on and off points). We had a great week at Othmer Pond Estate and highly recommend it. Greg, the owner, is easy to work with and very helpful. There is a caretaker locally if any problems arise (which they did not). We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

A Negative Experience

  • 1 of 5

We are four close friends and fraternity brothers, who graduated from Penn State in 1964.

Every year for the last 6 years we have been gathering at various places on the east coast for a long guys only weekend. We have had homes in Charleston, SC Charlottesville, VA, Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake, Orlando, FL, Pocono mountains, etc.

When we made the decision to try the northern PA mountains this year, we were excited to find a home that could accommodate all four of us in separate rooms, and we were happy to find that the owner was also a Penn State graduate, so we felt we could trust him to provide a rental of the kind of quality that he knew we wanted and at the location that would work for us. We wanted to get close to the famed Grand Canyon of Pa and also within a short distance to Corning NY for special restaurants and their museum.

We were badly misled by this owner and the accommodations were quite sub par in many ways. I will itemize as follows:

1. no air conditioning; poor cleanliness (found a dead fly on a shelf in the dining room)

2. no drapes or shades on many of the windows, including some bedrooms and living room;

3. garbage was not picked up the the dumpster was overfilled to the point where garbage was all over the ground and about to go into one of the main tributaries which feeds the Allegheney River;

4. The gas grill was dirty and unbalanced, as it appeared that one of the rollers had fallen off, so we did not use it (it also seemed that the tank was almost empty);

5. There were doors inside which did not close due to warping;

6. The sofa had a tear on the side;

7. There were inadequate trash bags, no bars of soap, no napkins;

8. There were cracks in the walkways, and stairs; rotted timbers around the back door;

9. There was inadequate outside lighting;

10. There were no instructions as to how to work the entry mechanism, how to work the coffee maker, no welcoming packet, no maps or restaurant recommendations, etc.

11. Overall, there was a sense of neglect about everything.

We were told that the home was private, but in fact it was right on the edge of town and we could hear vehicles on the adjacent streets. We were also told that the home was about 45 minutes ride to Corning NY, where we had told the owner we would be visiting. In fact the home was about 1.5 hours to Corning. And it took over an hour to get to the Grand Canyon even though it was represented to be a short drive. And for some strange reason, the owner w

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have never mislead any guest to include these gentlemen. They asked a number of questions and I answered each of them, provided web links and suggested that they view Google maps to get exact mileage and drive times. My cell number is available 24 / 7 to assist and I did not receive a call asking any questions1.) AC - There are 3 portable 14,000 BTU units available to be used.1a.) Dead fly, Terminix comes 4 times / year. The caretaker missed what appears to be one fly please note that the house is professional cleaned between visits.2.) Drapes and Shades - The living room does not have drapes but the bathrooms and all bedrooms have either (nice) shades and / or drapes.Living room. I had drapes but I took them down to clean and found that I like the view of the beautiful pond.3.) Dumpster - The previous guests did not hook the anti-bear chain and a bear came for a feast. The caretaker saw this issue and cleaned it up that day.4. Gas grill- I will need to check on this and will fix.5. Doors - The doors are CIRA 1930 and close perfect except the downstairs large beautiful original cherry panel door that leads to the bedroom is about a ½ inch off.The door pulls shut but doesn’t lock.6. Sofa Tear- Correct. Its a Raymour Flanigan fontana-microfiber-sofa and there is a 4" to 5" small tear7. bags, bars of soap, napkins - Incorrect. There is a large roll of plastic bags, soft soap and paper towels for use. Bags and paper towels are the kitchen along with cleaning supplies. The soft soaps are located in each bath and are refilled between guests.8. The rear kitchen door that is rarely used should be replaced. Cracks in the walkway. It’s a blue stone walkway!9. Outside lighting - There are flood lights and outside landscaping lights.10. No instructions - The dead bold was explained in detail 4 digits and turn. coffee maker – Do I need to answer this one? welcoming packet -An e-mail was sent prior to arrival. Restaurants – In the detailed e-mail I suggested two .Google maps-see the private bridge separating you from town. Coud. to Corning 70.6 m / 1hr 29 mins, Coud. to Grand Canyon 33.2m / 40 mins. I have rented the house since 2008 and have made improvements each year to add to my guest experience. I would point to 25+ positive reviews over the years and let you make your own decision. If you have any questions / concerns please feel free to contact me to discuss. Thank you,
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Buffalo, NY

We were all transported on our "Jane Austen Weekend"

  • 5 of 5

The VRBO listing description was impressive, but can't possibly capture the charm and beauty of the real thing. Being there at the peak of the fall colors made it that much better. Eight women family members ranging in age from 16 to 60 were at Othmer Pond for fun, food and Jane Austen movies. We felt as if we were staying at Longbourne, and Coudersport doubled as Merriton.

Othmer Pond is a beautiful, clean, comfortable place to really relax. In my conversations with the owner, Greg, I felt as though he was an old friend who wanted us all to feel welcome and comfortable. The kitchen was fully equipped; there is a rowboat to paddle around the pond in; and a pair of resident ducks (whom we dubbed Lydia and Whickam) greeted us every morning in a most animated manner (especially when we had a cup of chicken feed for them). Some of us wandered in the woods, others strolled around the pond. We had a fire in the fire pit for smores, and a fire in the pellet stove in the evening. Everything was clean and comfortable. I recommend Othmer pond for everyone. Families with children will love the outdoor amenities as well as the roomy interior and good supply of games. Groups of women will love it for purposes similar to ours, and groups of men could have "Die Hard/Terminator Weekends" there as well!

The heart of Coudersport is a walk of minutes, where there are plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as a grocery store. We loved Olga's in particular. We had such a good time that we're planning on making it a yearly event. Thank you so much Greg for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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