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Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Riverfront/Mountain View: Priv. Dock, Kayaks, Jonboat-Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg

71 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, sleeps 11-12, 2 baths, sunroom, deck, dock, 4 kayaks provided

The perfect vacation getaway awaits you in our waterfront home so near all the attractions of central Pennsylvania, yet it feels so far away from the crowds. We are located just one half mile off Highway 322/22, within a 30 minute drive to Hershey and under an hour to Gettysburg or the Dutch country, but you enter your own private acre where Mother Nature beckons you through the stunning views of the many windows. Launch from your own private dock to a kayak adventure among the islands with the bald eagles and wild life that await, or soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings from the serenity of the porch swing on the riverbank. A 16 foot double wide jon boat with 9.9 hp motor is also available for an extra fee.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Janice (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

About Janice

My husband Dave is a Pennsylvanian, and I met him in 1982 when I came from Florida to work with the teenagers at his church for a summer. We married the next year, and have two children who are now grown. Dave is a Princeton University and Southern Seminary grad, and is currently the executive director of our state convention. I am a graduate of Jacksonville University and now have a career I am passionate about teaching students at our local community college. We both hope to retire in a few years and do more traveling, using HomeAway and VRBO to find our accommodations, of course!

Our daughter Lauren is a surgical Physician's Assistant in Alabama, and a graduate of Princeton and Emory Universities. She is an accomplished violinist and enjoys competing in triathlons. Jonathan is a Business graduate of The College of New Jersey where he was a Bonner Scholar and swim team member, and after working very successfully in business for a couple of years after graduation, he has taken a year off to travel abroad extensively.

Janice purchased this house in 1992

Why Janice chose Pennsylvania Dutch Country

My husband David and I purchased this home when our two children were small so that we could have a place to get away as a family on the weekends. The appeal of this property was that it felt remote with the natural surroundings, including the river, mountains and lots of wildlife, and yet it is so convenient to Harrisburg and Hershey and all the amenities of civilization. Our primary home is located just a 30 minute drive away.


based on 71 traveler reviews

Riverfront/Mountain View: Priv. Dock, Kayaks, Jonboat-Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg
average rating of 4.9014087 based on 71 reviews

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the house. Unfortunately our schedule (wedding) and the weather did not allow us make use of the river as we would have liked. We had to content ourselves with sitting on the dock and we did a lot of that! The hosts were very accommodating and responsive to all our needs and requests. The home is well maintained, clean, and beautiful. We had five individual family units that each had plenty of room to be alone or come together. Calm setting. Wish we had more time to enjoy the various amenities! We would stay again.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Mexico Guests

  • 5 of 5

My husband, sister, and brother-in-law and I stayed at the Riverfront house. This location is fantastic for all ages, the décor and layout of the house is unique and very comfortable with a terrific "touch of class." Janice and David provide a great variety of entertainment for all. The house is gorgeous with views of the river, mountains and Susquehanna Lady. When the power went off during a storm, David started the generator which was such a pleasant surprise. I recommend a trip to Carsonville Hotel for dinner, the atmosphere is very unique and the food is fabulous.

We will return again because this house and location are so terrific. Janice and David are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extremely Pleased!!

  • 5 of 5

We rent this home each year for a week in the winter. The owners could not be more hospitable. They are always attentive and gracious with our group. We feel like we arrive at our second home with each stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing and enjoyable time at this beautiful house on the river. The house had every amenity we needed to accommodate our large group. Janice and Dave welcomed us and walked through the home when we arrived. We thoroughly enjoyed having our morning coffee on the sun porch while admiring the beautiful sunrise and gorgeous river view. That was our favorite room! The use of the kayaks was a special treat, as were the games and puzzles we all enjoyed making together. Thank you for sharing your home with us - the memories we made on this family reunion will last us a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

It was our inaugural Sibling Weekend with ten adults. The owners were very gracious and made sure we had a good time. The accommodations were more than adequate and it was nice for all ten of us to sit at once at the dining table. The sunroom was a great spot to play games or read.

The yard is very private and the neighborhood is quiet. We built a fire at the river's edge while enjoying the fall views along the Susquehanna Valley.

The location is convenient to the Appalachian Trail, Hershey, Gettysburg and downtown Harrisburg. Too much to see in the area for one weekend.

Definitely recommend this home for any large groups or gatherings. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Awesome Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Janice and David were awesome to work with! They were very hospitable and inquired as to our satisfaction throughout our visit.

The property and it's pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the river and back yard of this property! We woke early each day to capture the sunrise and made sure we were home to capture the sunset. Where else can you capture both sunrise and sunset?

Upon arrival at 3AM, we surprisingly found marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate to make smores. I found this to be a nice touch and a warm welcome to road weary travelers. We had 7 adults and slept very comfortably with the 3 downstairs bedrooms and upstairs double loft. The cleanliness of the property was exceptional and contained all the things you might need to feel right at home!

This is a very peaceful area with access to the river with provided Kayaks and optional motor boat. We in fact saw deer in the yard late one evening, somewhat tame, definitely were used to seeing humans. So enjoyable!

Dauphin is a very small town with limited restaurants however we did find Dauphin Pizza, you just have to visit this local mom and pop pizza place. Awesome pizza and you won't be disappointed with the value you receive.

Hershey is just a short ride away and visiting the chocolate factory was a hit!

In the end, my family said this was the most amazing vacation yet, and frankly, we spent most of our time reconnecting on the riverfront!

Without hesitation, I would recommend this property to all!

Hats off to Janice and David for their hospitality and allowing us to stay in their riverfront home!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Close by are Hershey Park, Chocolate World, the Amish Dutch Country of Lancaster County, Gettysburg Battlefield and Cyclorama, and in Harrisburg the Civil War Museum, Harsco Science Center and Imax Theater, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park with its safari tour, and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Arena. Try your luck at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, or visit local wineries and craft breweries. When you get home from a long day, enjoy birding, fishing for rainbow trout and small mouth bass, and kayaking and tubing the lazy Susquehanna in your back yard. Hike the Appalachian Trail or bike or hike an eighteen mile rails to trails loop that is the largest roadless tract of land in Pennsylvania, both within a short drive of the house.


Rates & Availability

Hershey House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
College Graduation Weeks
May 11 2016 - May 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 27 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 31 2016 - Jun 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early June
Jun 11 2016 - Jun 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Independence Day Holiday
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 10 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late August/Early September
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 11 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 31 2016 - Nov 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

CLEANING FEE is negotiable during Fall/Winter. At that time, you may elect to do your own cleaning to have the fee waived.
If payment is made by CREDIT CARD - a HomeAway service charge of 3% will be deducted from the refundable damage deposit. There is NO extra fee if payment is made by e-check.
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Security deposit returned within one week of checkout if there is no damage.
Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , washer/dryer, hardwood floors, tile bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tile floor and tile shower, large granite vanity
  • We also offer an outdoor shower with hot and cold water for your convenience after a day on the river.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , sitting area with couch, chair, TV, DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable futon sleeps 2 (equivalent of a double bed)
  • The first floor master bedroom is luxurious and extra large with expansive windows on two walls overlooking the river and mountains, a TV, CD player with music library and sitting area. Its beautiful bath has hardwood floors, washer and dryer, and a tiled, jetted tub for relaxing in your private spa after a fun-filled day. The second first floor bedroom has a queen size bed, and an extremely comfortable futon that makes a double bed as large and comfortable as a bed. The third first floor bedroom has a full size bed. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and attractive. The second floor is a finished attic with an oversize bedroom and sitting area with TV and DVD. It has a queen and a twin bed and sloping ceiling following the roof line. The smaller second attic bedroom is accessed through the first bedroom. It has a full bed and a twin. Both have skylights and the chimney is exposed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Monthly and long term rentals available September - April. Contact owner for availability and rates.

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