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Pilgrim's Progress Retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Property type apartment


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Owner/Manager

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

Why Owner/Manager chose Pennsylvania

It came with the property and thought it would be a fun fixer-upper to invest in.

What makes this apartment unique

Cost-effective, quiet, pleasant get-away with amazing centralization to branch out for fun.


Conestoga Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full size sleeper sofa in Spring Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Yard
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Surprisingly cool block structure with overhead fans eliminating dry, circulated air for Summer coolness. Baseboard heating to keep you warm in the Winter. Large open lot for parking. Den-library for reading. Large bay windows for watching the Amish at work in the fields.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Pilgrim's Progress Retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful & very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time my wife & I stayed & had a very enjoyable time. Looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your repeat business! Glad we could accomodate you during this wedding season. Though brief, your visit was certainly packed with fun, food, and fellowship. We are glad you chose Pilgrim's Progress Retreat as your R&R place to go after the day's festivities were done.
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible location and even more incredible hosts. So accommodating! I have been staying at such places for many years and never has it been so easy and beautiful as it was with Nate and Julia. HIGHLY recommended to everyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, we were honored to have you stay! Additionally, it was a delight to learn a little bit about your culture and family/life experiences. We remember your visit fondly and hope you vacation again with us. Shalom, Pilgrim's Progress Retreat
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Beautiful place to stay, hosts were very nice!

  • 5 of 5

We plan on returning, such a lovely place!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad you could enjoy your stay during this quieter season of the year as well as the surprisingly pleasant hint of early Spring temperatures to boot! We look forward to your return.
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Peaceful and Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a detailed compliment. We are pleased that it served your needs and we urge you to visit again in the future.
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Perfect! The apartment had everything that you could need or want.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unplugging is so vital to proper rest, relaxation, and recuperation. We are truly grateful for your kindred view our "out-of-site, out-of-mind" approach to technology. It's so rewarding when we get this kind of feedback. Thank you! We hope to have you again soon.
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you visit again and are thankful that you spent your anniversary milestone at Pilgrim's Progress Retreat. We wish you many more!
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Pilgrim's Progress Retreat is surrounded by numerous amenities such as museums, parks, restaurants, culture as well as nearby Gettysburg and Philadelphia.


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