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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 a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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 -
(82 traveler reviews)

Sylvan Retreat Getaway
average rating of 4.9390244 based on 82 reviews
5

Wonderful, special, magic

  • 5 of 5

We just loved Sylvan Retreat. My son and daughter-in-law and two grandkids had their own special getaway on the second floor and we had our comfy quiet bedroom and bath down. More than enough room for a few families. The open living area was so sunny and comfortable that just hanging out was fine, although we had a blast playing on the grounds, having treasure hunts and nature walks. We really enjoyed the guided tour of the nearby Indian Caves.

Great place and want to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Easter break vacation with family.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house - enjoyed reading about its history. Enjoyed visits from a couple of deer and their rabbit friends. Loved the layout of the house and the property. One of the nicest vacations we've had. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

Phil and his space were absolutely wonderful to work with. My sister and her friends loved the house and it was private without being far away from the world. A little bummed to see that some of the trees had to be cut down - otherwise the view, the home, the fireplace (!!) were all wonderful. Will definitely be keeping Sylvan Retreat in mind for future gatherings!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The emerald ash borer struck the ash trees, unfortunately. New trees will be going in.
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5

Beautiful private place

  • 5 of 5

My sisters, mother and I had a wonderful time! We booked the place for a girls' weekend with our children, and the place was perfect. My 9 year-old niece loved the bunkbeds, and there was plenty of room for all of us plus 2 babies. The area was beautiful and covered in snow, we would definitely consider coming back when the weather is nicer to fully enjoy all of the outdoor activities.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

House was very quaint with beautiful accents

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful windows let in an amazing amount of light. House is very clean and inviting. We are already looking for future dates to rent again.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming, peaceful, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic girls' weekend at Phil's lovely retreat. He was wonderful about information, and everything went as planned. We spent a lot of time relaxing by the fire, took several walks around the property, and spent some time in downtown Lancaster. The "school house" was a really interesting place to stay, spacious, cozy, and well taken care of. We are hoping to take another weekend here in the future, although with all of our daughters, for a different kind of girls' weekend. Perfect for our adult getaway, but a really great place for families too!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
 
Next Off Peak
Nov 1 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$160
$1,120
 
 
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

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.

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