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Sylvan Retreat Getaway

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 9)

Retreat back into time in this 1867 vintage schoolhouse. Having all the amenities of home, it is nestled on 3.5 acres of woodland and meadow. Sit on a rocker on the front porch and take in the view of the valley, or walk the trail and see nature firsthand. Kids will like their own special area in the pine grove. House has an open layout with the living room, dining room, and kitchen all part of a common area. 2 bedrooms are off of this room, 1 with a large sleigh king bed, the other with a queen bed and view of the meadow. A full bath is on this 1st floor, as well as a laundry room. Kitchen is fully equipped, should you wish to cook. 2nd floor is another large room with old-style knotty pine paneling and wall-to-wall new shag carpeting. With a built-in queen bed, single bed, and bunk beds, it sleeps 5. There is a full bath on this 2nd floor as well. Walking Paths, Outdoor Children's Play Area. TV and DVD in each bedroom. Has Wifi.

Why the Owner Chose Lancaster: : I purchased this home from my uncle and aunt, who lived there for 58 years.

The Unique Benefits at this House: : Year Purchased: 2008 - You are close to nature in this setting. The house is very cozy, with a fireplace and large windows to look out. The second floor 'bunk room' has wall to wall carpeting and real knotty pine walls. A hiking trail runs through the property.

Owner Description/Comments:: This property has been in the Holzinger family for 60 years. As the owner, I bought the property 3 years ago from my uncle and aunt. They initially bought the property in 1948 and had it converted from a schoolhouse into a residence.

More Details

Owner
Phil Holzinger
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

About Phil Holzinger

I live in nearby Lancaster and have a keen interest in the environment. As such, I have enjoyed watching this 4-acre property gradually return to nature, complete with a trail system for exploring it.

Phil Holzinger purchased this house in 2010

Why Phil Holzinger chose Columbia

My uncle and aunt lived in this house for 58 years before selling it to me in 2010. I spent many happy times there with my cousins as a kid growing up.

What makes this house unique

It is a short drive to Route 30 and many of the Lancaster attractions. The woodland setting is a welcome respite when the day is over.

Amenities

Columbia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sleigh Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Built In Queen Bed, Built In Single Bed & 1 Set of Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Minimum Age Limit for Renters - 25

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(102 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.892157 based on 102 reviews
5

Fully Equipped Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our 2nd stay at the Sylvan Retreat. We actually got to meet Phil and he was so gracious and very helpful when it started to snow by giving us instructions on how to find the shovels and salt (sorry Phil, we had over zealous southerners in our family that are not used to snow so they used all the salt). The fireplace was the meeting spot every night for the whole gang. The kids loved the swingset in the snow and the husbands loved the game room (they just wished there was a space heater out there for the winter so they could play longer). I loved cooking in the kitchen while gazing out the beautiful windows at the snow while the husbands enjoyed being grill masters in the snow. Multiple TVs and Wifi kept the older kids entertained, while there was more than enough room in the kids suite upstairs for them to spread out. Everything was provided which was great when traveling with such a big family. We ventured out to cool day trips since we were so close to 30. The Turkey Hill Experiment (loved making our own ice cream lab) , Kitchen Kettle Village (the kids got to decorate cookies and shop), the Crayola Experience (never knew crayons could be so much fun), Lapp Valley Farms (had to love eating fresh ice cream while watching the cows getting milked), and Hershey Park/Chocolate World (the lights were beautiful and the chocolate was loved by everyone) made our vacation a hit. We can't wait to come back and stay at your inviting home again.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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5

Very pleasant quaint cottage with lots of room.

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd stay at Sylvan retreat. we love this place! It has so much character and is conveniently located right off route 30, close to Lancaster.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

Sylvan Retreat was a little paradise! We stayed there with our son, daughter-in-law, and 5 grandchildren. The grandchildren couldn’t wait to get up and get outside to play and explore! The kitchen was very well stocked with plenty dishes, pots and pans, etc. We also enjoyed the fireplace. We will definitely be staying here again if we ever travel back to this area again. Thank you, Phil!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hanover, Maryland
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we stepped inside, we were in love with this charming little place. Can’t wait to come back...

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing time

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing time at Sylvan Retreat. The fireplace was perfect to set the mood for a peaceful evening. We loved the private setting yet we were close to so many places and activities. We would definitely go again.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fond Memories at Sylvan Retreat-Columbia PA

  • 5 of 5

Sylvan Retreat was fantastic--enjoyed reading about the history of the schoolhouse & taking in its charm!

There were 5 Women in our group attending a conference in Lancaster. We took additional time for sightseeing---Philadelphia, Washington DC, Hershey & Lancaster area. Amazing how close these cities were--great short drive!

Thank You Phil for sharing your home with us!

Chris Struwe, Michigan

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Harrisburg International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bully's
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
4 Seasons
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Lancaster
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Prudhommes
Car: necessary

Lancaster, Dutch Country, Pennsylvania, USA (20 Minutes from Downtown Lancaster) - Although our Sylvan Retreat has a secluded feel, it is only 2 minutes from nearby Rte. 30, the gateway to such attractions as Amish Country (20 min. drive), the Gettysburg battlefield (1 hr.), and Hershey Amusement Park (30 min). The nearby small towns of Columbia and Wrightsville lie on opposite sides of the Susquehanna River and have numerous attractions for the day traveler.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Basketball Court, Horseshoes, Miniature Golf, Hot Air Ballooning

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

Credit Cards Accepted: Visa * MasterCard * American Express. Dates available: Year Round.

Ping pong and pool tables located in garage which is not heated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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