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Janice

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Large Privacy Fenced Back Yard w/ Screened Gazebo, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen/Bath

47 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Pennsylvania House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 2 full baths & 2 half, sleeps 11-12, 4 queen beds, 1 double, 1 twin

Hershey, Gettysburg, and the Dutch Country are at your fingertips, yet you'll enter your own private retreat in this comfortable home on a large corner lot with majestic oak, maple and dogwood trees in a peaceful neighborhood. You will be conveniently located to all the attractions of central Pennsylvania with Hershey thirty minutes to the east, Gettysburg 30 minutes to the west, and the Amish Country 45 minutes south of us. There is easy access to PA and Interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. You couldn’t find a better location for vacationing in our area!

The star attraction is the spacious, privacy-fenced back yard with a large 16’ by 36’ in-ground pool with two fountains, a screened gazebo with dining table, ceiling fans, and lighting, plus a convenient pool house with an outdoor kitchen and a bath with a luxurious oversized tile shower. One extra nice feature is the large poolside deck, not often found in vacation rental homes. The pool opens in early April, and it should be comfortable for swimming within a few weeks as our passive solar heat expedites the warming of the water. Until then, enjoy the relaxing sound of the fountains as you lounge by the pool and make s'mores in the chiminea. (Those daring enough to take a dip in early April are welcome to do so - it's been done many times!)

The 5 bedroom home features a first floor, fully equipped tile kitchen with breakfast nook and top-of-the-line GE Profile stainless steel appliances, including convection double oven, dishwasher, convection microwave, and large refrigerator with water and ice in the door. There is also a second full-size refrigerator in the three season outdoor kitchen so you never run out of refrigerator space.

Also on the first floor is the Southwest bedroom with queen bed and direct access to a half bath (we call it the Palm room!) which can also be accessed from the foyer so that it can be shared.

The first floor L-shaped living/dining area boasts leather dining chairs and comfortable leather couch and chairs for viewing the Sony flatscreen HDTV. We offer Comcast cable with lots of premium tiers like HBO, ESPN, and Showtime. There's even an old Waltz family piano so that the kids can keep up with piano practice.

On the second floor, there are three bedrooms and a full bath on the hall. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, a desk, and a leather chair for viewing the 60' LED TV with sound bar. The second upstairs bedroom also has a queen bed, and the third bedroom on that floor has a double bed, a twin bed and a futon. It's as large as the master bedroom.

In the basement, you'll find the large den/fifth bedroom combination with a queen size bed, leather couch and love seat, and a Pioneer Elite extra large flat screen HDTV and sound system. There is a half bath on this level. There is a convenient laundry room with washer and dryer in another section of the basement, and we supply all the laundry products. Laundry chutes on the first and second floors send all the dirty laundry directly to the basement laundry room. You can play air hockey with the kids while the laundry is drying!

If you’re looking for good local eateries close to the house, walk to Deiner’s on Main Street for breakfast. It’s decorated with memorabilia from the local high school and a number of students work there. If you’re hungry for bagels, Ressler’s Bagels and Deli will hit the spot, a very short drive from the house. They were rated a perfect “10”, the best bagels in all of central Pennsylvania. Juice ‘N Java, in Windsor Park Shopping Center, five minutes from the house, is a great coffee shop with gourmet sandwiches, etc., free Wi-Fi and laptops provided. We enjoy the fabulous gyros, lamb dishes, chargrilled souvlaki, just everything at Hellenic Kouzina, a family run Greek restaurant with parents and sometimes all nine children pitching in. If you like, you can eat in the courtyard with stone fountain and hanging lights. All of the above restaurants are within five minutes or less from the house by car, and our area has lots of the major chain restaurants as well. There are two Giant Supermarkets within a five minute drive, and the upscale Wegman's Groceries with a gourmet selections of cheese, a Mediterranean bar, craft beer, great sushi, and an expansive hot and cold food bar with dining area is ten minutes from the home.

Your Hosts: We take pride in providing our guests with a sparkling clean home that has been well cared for, and one that is furnished with many conveniences. You will find the house and grounds well maintained. We live in the area and will respond promptly to any need. We truly enjoy helping to make your vacation in central Pennsylvania a very special one to remember.

David and Janice

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Janice (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Janice

My husband, two children, and I have lived in Mechanicsburg, an historic village just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, PA, for 25 years. For a number of those years, we lived in this home, where our children walked to the local schools, and Dave and I volunteered in numerous capacities in the community. Our children are now grown and live out of state, and Dave and I spend much of our time at our river cottage just about a 30 minute drive from the house. I enjoy gardening, and often I will be the person stopping by to water the flowers and potted palms and check on the pool during your stay. We will do our best to give you outstanding service because we truly consider you our 'guests' in every sense of the word. Dave is the executive director of a statewide organization, and I am a professor at our local community college. In a few years, we look forward to retiring, when we plan to spend spring, summer and fall in Pennsylvania and winters traveling or visiting grandchildren (when they arrive!)

Janice purchased this house in 2000

Why Janice chose Pennsylvania

We chose this property to live and raise our children because it is a safe area with good schools and convenient access to shopping and cultural attractions. We have easy access to major Interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With our son and daughter entering their teen years at the time, we also wanted a home that would be a 'teen magnet' to draw our children and their friends to our home to hang out. With the pool, outdoor kitchen and bath, and other outdoor amenities, as well as the layout of the house which is great for entertaining, our house became the home base for the track team, sleep overs, and pre-prom dinners poolside. The home was a favorite of the church youth group, and we enjoyed hosting cookouts and family reunions there as well. For the same reasons, we know our guests will find this home a wonderful base for a vacation in central Pennsylvania. The only 'drawback' you'll find is that you won't want to leave the house!

Reviews

4.9
based on 47 traveler reviews

Large Privacy Fenced Back Yard w/ Screened Gazebo, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen/Bath
average rating of 4.893617 based on 47 reviews
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Wonderful relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

To who ever want to have a wonderful and relaxing stay with a pool for the children also a basketball court and a grill to have a wonderful time. I would recommend this rental property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Excellent Rental in the Hershey Area

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, 3 full. The home is immaculate and the back yard is like a resort - clean and spacious. The owners, Janice & Dave, treated us like family. This was our second stay at the house and our family of 10 love it both inside & outside. Much nicer and a better value than staying at a hotel.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Perfect house, location

  • 5 of 5

David and Janice provide a clean, every detail provided for your stay amazing amentities, location for families in the Mecanicsburg PA area. Thank you. Jan

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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One of the best experience in my life!

  • 5 of 5

Choosing this house as our family vacation was the best choise ever that I have made. First of all, I want to thank Janice and David, they were the nicest people that I have ever met, they made us feel like we were part of their own family, they made us feel very comfortable and treat as like very special people. So thankful for that. On the other hand, the house was just amazing, very clean and has everything you need, believe me you don't have to bring anything besides clothes, the house has everything (very good quality) in which I was impress because I don't use to see expensive things in rental houses. The house has enough space for everything, if you want to do activities it's very big, the pool is amazing one of my favorites part of the house. I can't describe how pleased and happy I'm an with the choise that I made. Me and my family had a great time, we enjoyed so much that didn't want to come back home. We will go back on vacation there as many times we can. Don't hesitate to take this house as a vacation you will love it!

Thanks Janice and David for making our vacation one of the best experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Everything and More

  • 5 of 5

This rental was everything we expected and more. David and Janice were extremely hospitable. While they could not be there when we arrived because of prior commitments, they gave us a call to welcome us to their home and gave us a tour of the house answering any and all questions we had. They made us feel comfortable and at home for our two day stay. There were 12 of us at the house for a family celebration and we did not feel like we were on top of each other at all. This is a perfect house for a family reunion! The outdoor area was our favorite and it was well equipped with activities for the kids and adults. We could not have picked a better place for our gathering. A must rent for anyone traveling with a large group!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time here over Memorial Day weekend. Plenty of space for the entire family and perfect for spending lots of leisure time with all generations. All the main attractions are easily accessible from this spot. However, be prepared for a longer drive during peak traffic hours or holidays. The owners are very friendly and willing to accommodate. You will enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Harrisburg
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Harrisburg
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
PA Turnpike
Car: necessary

The village of Mechanicsburg is 30 minutes from the Gettysburg battlefield and visitor center, less than 30 minutes from Hershey Park, 45 minutes from Lancaster County's Amish Country. These are all in different directions, so we are very centrally located. There is also a Civil War museum in Harrisburg, just across the river. Mechanicsburg got its name because that's where all the covered wagons stopped to be repaired and worked on after they crossed the Susquehanna River heading west. It has the distinction of being the point of northernmost penetration of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Other area attractions include Indian Echo Caverns, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park (fabulous for children!), Dutch Wonderland, IMAX theater and Harsco Science Center, and outstanding outlet shopping in Lancaster, Gettysburg, and Hershey. Enjoy the Appalachian Trail and other great wilderness hiking/biking trails, fishing, kayaking and tubing on the Susquehanna River and Yellow Breeches Creek minutes away.

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Rates & Availability

Hershey House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Summer
Jul 13 2016 - Aug 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Late August
Aug 26 2016 - Aug 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Sept/Early Oct.
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Oct/Nov
Oct 11 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
$350
$2,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.5%

During Summer, if there are more than 10 guests, the third full bath/bonus room must be rented for an additional fee of $350 plus tax.
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 2.5% will be deducted from the refundable damage deposit. There is NO extra fee if payment is made by e-check.
Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.
$200 cleaning fee; $500 refundable security deposit - security deposit returned within one week of checkout if there is no damage.
Weekly rentals only in peak summer season.
Summer changeover day is Friday; Other seasons are flexible.

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Amenities

Pennsylvania House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , First Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Finished Basement
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Pool House
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Second Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Second Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , First Floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Finished Basement
  • Bedrooms are all very comfortable. Two of the upstairs bedrooms are master bedroom size. The bedroom in the finished basement is a combination den/bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 20 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
We have a generous-sized 16' by 36' in-ground pool with two fountains. There are steps leading into the pool at the shallow end. A rope divides the shallow end from the deep end, and there is a poolside basketball goal for playing water basketball. WE HAVE A SOLAR COVER ON THE POOL TO WARM THE WATER FOR OUR SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER GUESTS.

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