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Mt. Gretna....A Place to Unwind

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Victorian Cottage in Beautiful Mt. Gretna

For those of you unfamiliar with Mt. Gretna, it is a storybook lake community near to Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town has a world-renown summer theater, an equally famous concert series, and is host to one of the best art shows of the summer.

The town is a tightly nestled group of Victorian homes located adjacent to a beautiful sand bottom lake. More than anything, the Mt. Gretna is a place to unwind, strolling the tree-lined streets, sitting on the beach by the lake, or taking advantage of the many benches built around the town and simply stopping. Next to the town is a state park, perfect for longer hiking adventures. As mentioned above, the house is also a short 15 minute ride to the town of Hershey, which hosts its own long list of attractions, from the chocolate factory, to the amusement park, to the quaint tree-lined streets of the town that Milton Hershey built for his employees.

Thistle Dew (named by the prior owner, apparently after much searching for just the right home, when she told her husband -- 'This Will Do') was built in the late 1800's but has been recently and very tastefully updated. The first floor features a beautiful screened-in porch (porches are THE thing in Mt. Gretna), a comfortable living room with fireplace, a dining area, a full kitchen with breakfast nook. The second floor has four bedrooms, and two beautiful full baths. Every space and detail in the house says the same thing -- stop, sit, and unwind.

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Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Joann

At Poohbiscuit Farm Historic Vacation Rentals, we are trying to define a new vacation experience. We are all products of the 1980's when Bed & Breakfasts were all the rage. We loved them (and still do) but know that we also need vacations where you are not hanging out with other people for all that long, as charming as they may be. But we also hate the coldness of hotels or sparsely furnished vacation rentals where they take your credit card over the phone and leave you the key under the mat. We felt there was a nice in between.

Hopefully that is us. Over the years, we have assembled a collection of historic homes in Central Pennsylvania. We have lovingly restored them, lived in many of them, and have been unable to sell a one because they were our babies -- yes, we understand that is a problem. The homes are located in some of the finest vacation areas in Central Pennsylvania, from the Gettysburg Battlefield (yes, on the battlefield), to the farm country of Lancaster County, to the quiet streets of Lititz, PA, home of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. Like a Bed and Breakfast, each home is exquisitely decorated, and we greet you when you arrive with cookies, soda, wine, scotch, gin -- you name it. Unlike a Bed and Breakfast, however, we then disappear, leaving you to enjoy the entire home for your stay. That said, we are readily available by phone or text if you need anything.

We also think spending time steeped in history is not a bad way to spend a vacation, so long as you have internet access. (We are not Neanderthals.) So whether it is retracing the path of Pickett's charge, visiting the longest running farm market in the US in Lancaster, or walking the tree-covered streets of Mt. Gretna, gaining some sense of where we have been we think is a great way for a vacation to help you decide where you may want to go.

Joann purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Joann chose Pennsylvania

Mt. Gretna may be one of the most idyllic areas of Pennsylvania. The cottages are tucked into the woods, each built on what were originally campsites. My wife and I began coming here a number of years ago for the Art Show and fell in love with the area. Purchasing a home here is the fulfillment of a long term dream.


Mount Gretna Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Lake Conewego is a beautiful sand bottom lake that is a great place to spend a summer day

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Mt. Gretna....A Place to Unwind
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Step back to Serenity

  • 4 of 5

A very different vacation experience. Situated among many other houses from the same era and surprisingly close, but rarely heard a sound from the other homes. The hammock was sooo wonderful, the front porch, my favorite placebe. The L/R is a bit tight and short on seating for 5, but we managed with chairs from the D/R or porch. The beds were all very comfortable! My friend said the home looked like Teddy Roosevelt would be coming down the steps, that type of décor and feel. Would return definitely!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was the perfect home away from home! Clean, cozy, and every amenity you could ever need. The furnishings were comfortable and cozy. The screened in front porch is where we spent most of our time, even though we were there on the hottest week on record! No worries about the heat though! Every room was air conditioned and refreshing. Having three young boys, this cottage rental was the most child friendly rental I have ever experienced. A crib for the 3 year old and a removable baby gate for the top of the stairs! We never slept better in our home away from home! We will be back!!! Best vacation ever!!!! Thanks Pooh Biscuit Farm!!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and Magical

  • 5 of 5

This was a girls weekend get-a-way and everything about Thistle Dew was perfect. We played the piano, lit the fireplace, napped out on the front porch, hiked in the woods, visited the Hideaway (townie bar) to play Trivial Pursuit, and ate like Queens! We are already planning to come back next year! The community is just magical...the homes all a bit different and each was charming. We even had about 20 wild turkey's prance through the backyard while enjoying our morning coffee. If you need a break, some clean, fresh air and a chance to bond with your family and/or friends, book this property today. You will be so happy you did. Thank you , Thistle Dew!! Sincerely, Suzanne from Delaware

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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quiet relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second fall girls getaway to Mt Gretna and our first time at Thistle Dew. Everything was exactly as shown on the website, and Debbie and Joann are courteous and quick to respond with any questions that we had. We especially liked the layout of this cottage, the combined dining room/living room was very comfortable for all 7 of us to sit inside, but our favorite spot was the enclosed porch. We were able to enjoy the fall air and the quiet woodsy feeling that makes Mt Gretna special. The hideaway is just a 10 minute walk away and the walk itself gave opportunity to enjoy the charming cottages along the way. The only downside was the trundle bed however I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the mattress actually was. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great time was had by all

  • 5 of 5

Description was spot on! Great location, clean, well maintained, cozy, great customer service. A place we'd stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The description was spot on! Clean, well maintained, down home comfort & great customer service. A place us 5 cousins recommend & would visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Mount Gretna Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

You must be at least 25 years old to rent the house.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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