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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 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 Pennsylvania

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

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average rating of 4.923077 based on 91 reviews
5

Great retreat off the road in the woods for 7 people. Will come back again

  • 5 of 5

Quaint renovated schoolhouse in the woods. Great spot to spend a couple nights with the tennis team. Garage with pool, foosball, and pingpong was a blast.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful.

  • 4 of 5

It was a great place to stay. Quiet and yet close to all the Lancaster sights. All six of us had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This will be our regular place in Lancaster Co.

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've been to Sylvan Retreat and this will be our regular place from now on. We brought some extra family along this time and they loved it too. Their kids loved the garage with the pool table (now they will need to get one for their home!) and table tennis. It is just so convenient to attractions and shopping (for supplies) yet when you are there you feel like you are deep in the country. I'm almost afraid to rate it too highly because I want it to be available when we come up to Lancaster! :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Charming country home

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Sylvan Retreat! Phil was very helpful and left us all the information we needed, and more than enough fresh towels and necessities were provided. The fact that it was originally a school house made it unique, and it was beautifully renovated while maintaining the charming details of the historic property. It was so airy and spacious, with the windows open you could hear the birds chirping, which just added to the relaxed atmosphere. The kids loved the upstairs, with each built in bed providing a cozy nook. The outdoors was rustic, with lots to do. There's a short trail around the property, a small playground, and 2 sheds with sports equipment, pool table, etc. It was so relaxing, I only wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was just perfect for our family. We had two small children and 5 adults. The locations is perfect off of Rt. 30 and central to many attractions.

The little extras that Phil provides is so nice....wood for the fire pit....toilet paper, paper towels, napkins.....also some basic spices and cooking necessities.

When I return to this area I will definitely be staying here again.

The grounds around the property are beautiful and we all had such a relaxing time!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay at Sylvan Retreat. The house was cozy and loved the separate area for the kids upstairs. Having a second bathroom was also nice for getting ready in the mornings. Our teens enjoyed the garage game room and the lawn activities were fun too. Would recommend for anyone looking to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 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

Columbia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Fall
May 26 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,400
 
 
Winter 2017 - 2018
Nov 2 2017 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
$160
$1,120
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

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