NOTE: Visitors staying longer than 7 days, should call or email owner prior to requesting a booking to ensure availability.
This former upstairs apartment, now newly renovated upstairs home, is the perfect stay for taking a break from life's worries as well as providing easy access to all the local hospitality that Lancaster County has to offer.
When you enter the Spring room, large bay windows surround the North and East sides allowing you to see the Amish buggy teams clopping-by. At night, the open windows allow you to hear the relaxing sounds of the stream that runs just behind it.
Next is a well lit, yellow-pine, log den-library. Here you can can relax in the setting of Native American memorabilia, Westward artwork, and well crafted natural beauty displays while enjoying lighthearted reading.
There is a quaint bathroom providing a shower tub, pedestal sink, toilet, and recessed shelves...very new, very nice.
Past the den-library is the dining room featuring a Pennsylvania German log chinked pattern with Americana motif. Wide beam wood flooring with forged nails. Enjoy eating on an 1800's beautiful dark oak trestle table. The simple lighting is especially calming at night and gives you a sense of early pioneering appreciation, spiritualness, and forging ahead towards good times.
Adjacent to the dining room lies a pleasant country kitchen which has a large counter-top kitchen sink, new stove, new fridge, and champagne glass lighting. There is plenty of cabinet space and a delightful hutch for all your basic kitchen needs.
Lastly, there is a spacious back bedroom with a soft decor and queen sized bed, windows that face to one of the last indigenous Conestoga tribe settlements ('Indian Hill'), and a view of the valley where Amish are often seen working in the fields and Amish children can be seen splashing in the stream.
While it is true at Pilgrim's Progress Retreat, we do not boast having lots of entertainments such as cable television, DVD movies, game systems, table games, a whirlpool, etc., there is a modest sound system for enjoying music as well as WiFi Internet.
That being said when you're tired of the quiet life, historic Lancaster City beckons you participate in its various attractions such as movie cinemas, live theatres, neighboring amusement parks (Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland), day trips to Gettysburg and Philadelphia, an amazing very new in-the-country YMCA gym, golf courses galore, art galleries, fantastic museums, and a smorgasbord of restaurants to choose from.
My Julia and I have been married for 20 years. We are Mennonites with her family being descended from the Herrs of the early 1700's. I work as a physician assistant and my wife is a homemaker. We are into outdoor activities, farmette living, church functions, and enjoying our 3 children.
Owner/Manager purchased this apartment in 2005
It came with the property and thought it would be a fun fixer-upper to invest in.
Cost-effective, quiet, pleasant get-away with amazing centralization to branch out for fun.
As soon as we parked in the driveway, Nate and Julia were there to greet us. They took us on a tour of the house and informed us of the history and how Nate had done a great deal of work to make the place the retreat that it has become.
The space is more than the pictures can depict. We walked into a very large front room with two couches or might they be sofas. They did look in superb shape so I would use sofa although a couch is usually used more than a sofa would be. Just a little fun with words.
We were guided to what I would refer to as the middle of the residence with another smaller couch which was very comfortable for two. This room was like being in a warm and inviting log cabin. There was a book shelf with a variety of books. I took one about Ireland and found it very interesting to sit in this serene, comfortable room and just have the book and quiet. I read an article which I found in a frame on the book shelf about Julia and her love of books.
On to the kitchen .... full size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, a tray full of herbal teas and Stevia which I happen to use as my sweetener so I was glad to see it. On the counter top was a tray with three freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I did have them and they were soft and chewy and very delicious. Thank you Julia and Nate!
The bedroom was warm and inviting. Looking out the window, I could see the stream down below. It was a chilly day, however, I opened the window and could hear the soothing stream. There is plenty of closet space in the bedroom and other areas. The bed was comfortable, and although it is a double bed, there was plenty of room for two.
The bathroom was around the corner with a clean shower and amenities for bathing if needed.
If you want to play music or CD's there is a player in the front room. There is no TV which is good as this is supposed to be a haven for peace and quiet. There is WiFi if needed or you can sit anywhere in the home especially in the "log cabin" room and read with no sounds at all. It really is that quiet!
Thank you Julia and Nate for a wonderful experience and for the cookies.
We were welcomed with produce from Julia's garden and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. The kitchen had been stocked with some of the things that a guest might need before going to the market. The apartment was charming and comfortable as well as spacious. We've stayed in self-catering properties in many parts of the states and Europe and this is one of the best. We highly recommend Pilgrim's Progress for the location, the apartment, and our hosts. There is one thing that the apartment did not have and that was a TV for which we were grateful. While not unplugged, as there was WIFI available, the feeling of disconnection was appreciated. It made it a real vacation.
Beautiful. Quiet. Clean. Peaceful. The property was set in a quiet neighborhood in the woods. The facility itself was immaculate. The Owners hospitality was beyond friendly and made you feel right at home. They had gone over the top to make you feel welcome. If you enjoy peace and quiet, away from the chaos of tourism, I would highly recommend staying here. Close all the Pennsylvania dutch activities, restaurants and Hershey. Beyond what we were looking for and will return again when we are in the area.
My husband and I stayed a week at Pilgrim's Progress retreat. It was so nice to get away from our busy schedules and enjoy some rest and relaxation! It was very quiet in a beautiful country "woodsy" setting. The rooms were so comfy and cozy, I loved the decor and the quaint "log cabin" dining room! It was very clean and the kitchen was well stocked with pans and utensils for cooking. The hosts were very friendly and a very nice family. Would love to go back sometime, we enjoy the Amish Lancaster country!
We really enjoyed our week long stay from August 22nd - 28th. It was a wondrous experience. We don't want to leave but must. Thank you very much for being a wonderful host and hope next time, we can stay longer.
We visited in August 2015 for our son's 5th birthday trip. Although we were only there for 3 nights, we greatly enjoyed this beautiful and amazing area. The location was perfect for us and only 20 minutes from Dutch Wonderland. A grocery store and multiple farm stands were just minutes away. The vacation rental was clean, delightful, spacious, and cost-effective. The layout is very spacious (more so than what the pictures portray) and updated and was perfect for our family of four. Basic pots and pans and dinnerware allowed us to cook our meals at home. The hosts ensured that our stay was a peaceful, quite respite from the daily grind.
Pilgrim's Progress Retreat is surrounded by numerous amenities such as museums, parks, restaurants, culture as well as nearby Gettysburg and Philadelphia.
NOTE: Visitors staying longer than 7 days, should call or email owner prior to requesting a booking to ensure availability. Rates are subject to change (typically, significantly lowered) for longer stays, especially for November - April months for those needing temporary business accommodations.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.