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Trough Creek Laurel Lodge - Sleeps 20

Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Lodge, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Trough Creek Laurel Lodge is a beautiful five bedroom and three bath mountain home built on 2.25 acres and available for your family vacation, family reunion, or small church retreat. The lodge was designed and built by Judd and Susan Buckwalter and their children in 2011. It was important to them that the design of the lodge would provide a classic rustic experience where multiple families could vacation together, making new memories and strengthening relationships. Planning your vacation is effortless as the lodge is located only several minutes from Tatman Run boat launch and swim area on Raystown Lake, and Trough Creek State Park.

The lodge is a traditional stick built home with cypress wood siding on the outside and knotty pine tongue and groove boards on the interior walls. The ceiling height is 25' to the exposed hemlock ridgepole and rafters creating an extraordinary open lodge feeling. The main living area boasts an 8' foot wide stone fireplace, dining table and living room seating for twelve, and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. The lodge will sleep up to twenty people. There are five bedrooms consisting of eight full size beds and six single size bunks. For your entertainment we have provided a brand new oak pool table by Heirloom Billards in Strasburg, Pa, foosball table, ping pong table, high style hickory card table, and 46' flat screen television with DVD player and a variety of DVD's (no cable). For your convenience a washer and dryer are provided.

Raystown lake is an 8,000 acre lake. Surrounding it are picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, marina, concession stands, etc

Keywords: Lodge, cabin, home, rental, chalet, retreat center,

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2017

About The Owner

Judd is a Marriage and Family Counselor and a Counseling Professor at a Bible College. Susan is a homemaker who also does insurance billing at Judd's counseling practice. They have four children, two dogs and a cat.

The Owner purchased this lodge in 2011

Why The Owner chose Pennsylvania

Family is very important to the Buckwalters. Their purpose in building the Lodge was for their own extended family to have a large enough place to enjoy some time together in the future. It was also important to them that other families would be blessed to have a place to meet as well. The Buckwalter's also had a need for a place to provide marriage and pre-marital retreats. Originally they were just looking for wooded land. Finding land so close to Raystown lake was just an added blessing.

What makes this lodge unique

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on the back porch in the rockers or on the porch swing. If you don't feel like taking a short drive to the lake, the waterpark, or Trough Creek State Park. You can always stay at the lodge and hike on one of the many trails within walking distance. One trail leads to the top of the mountain where you will see a breathtaking view of the lake. A short hike behind the lodge will take you to a beautiful creek where the young at heart can explore with the provided bucket and nets. Inside the lodge you can enjoy a game of pool, pingpong, or foosball. A variety of dvd's and a large screen tv are provided with plenty of seating for a large group. In the evening you can sit in the Adirondack chairs around the fire pit behind the lodge and make smores. We have found that Raystown lake and Trough Creek State Park encompass much of the same beauty we have enjoyed over the years at some of our favorite vacation spots in the Smokies and at Lake Gaston, but all this enjoyment and relaxation is much closer.


James Creek Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , private bathroom in bedroom #1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , on level with bedrooms #2 & 3
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , on level with bedrooms #4 & 5
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , plus two 'snuggle doubles' 4 inch. narrower than reg. double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , bunk consists of two twin beds-room sleeps 4
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , bunk consists of two twin beds-room sleeps 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , bunk consists of two twin beds-room sleeps 4
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • 14 total beds - 6 doubles, 6 twins, 2 'snuggle doubles' (can sleep 1 or 2)
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Fire ring in woods with 8 adirondak chairs, porch swing, hiking trails, beautiful view of lake from top of mountain from trail, Wide open and spacious great room, TV/movie area with seating for 12


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Trough Creek Laurel Lodge - Sleeps 20
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Probably the best designed vacation home I've ever seen.

  • 5 of 5

It's hard for me to add meaningfully to the years of overwhelmingly positive reviews you can read here -- honestly, they're pretty much right about all of it. This property is a gem.

What I'll say is that unlike a lot of vacation homes I've stayed in, everything about the lodge really *worked*. All of the bathrooms and the kitchen actually vented outside (so, taking showers or cooking a stew didn't steam everyone). The central air actually propagated very well throughout the property -- not the usual "2nd floor is an oven while the first feels like the north pole". Thoughtful chandelier-style lighting and ceiling fans were absolutely everywhere (including the centerpiece deck / porch); and, I never had to hunt for a power outlet when I needed one. The "summer camp" theme is strong throughout the property, and made the place feel so much more like I'd gotten away from my city home -- the pictures simply don't do the place justice. Windows are placed strategically throughout so that you're never spiritually far from the pleasantly woodsy setting, and the tall vaulted ceiling was both visually handsome, and a treat for the ears in the rain. The layout of the property was very conducive to making spaces for people to get together and talk or play, while leaving plenty of room for some quiet reading when a bit more solitude was wanted. We honestly never missed the lack of Cable TV -- which is an endorsement all by itself. The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked and had room for two to comfortably work, and the dishwasher was a life-saver that did a better job than mine at home. About the only thing I really missed during our stay was a tub for soaking after a long day's hike, but it's hard to complain when there were 3 very nice showers and plentiful hot water.

We're all very much looking forward to coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phelps, NY

2nd stay just as good as 1st

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Trough Creek Lodge twice now. Each stay was very comfortable with plenty of space for the families in our group. We had several days with rain, but there was plenty to keep kids entertained in the lodge without going outside (ping pong, pool, foosball, board and card games, movies) and plenty of areas for adults to enjoy their own space (back porch). The lodge is very close to numerous places for outdoor adventures of fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. Our group has already scheduled our third stay for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central Pennsylvania


  • 5 of 5

Four generations of my family stayed at the cabin recently and everything was perfect. From the cabin itself which is beautiful and well-laid out for large groups, to where it is located near the lake and state parks, and all the extras like the ping pong and pool tables. We highly recommend walking the trails around the cabin and also nearby Trough Creek State Park. Tatman Run Recreation Area is really close for the beach and fishing. We found plenty to do regardless of the weather. Everything was exactly as described with no surprises and the owners were quick to answer our only question. The pictures are accurate and beautiful but this place really needs to be experienced in person. We highly recommend to people of all ages.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berlin, PA


  • 5 of 5

The positive reviews below incorporate my feelings. The pictures are accurate, but there is such a warm feeling about the lodge that they cannot convey. The kitchen is the best equipped that we have ever rented. I brought some kitchen items along and did not need to use one. Am even taking home ideas for remodeling our kitchen : ~ ) Thank you so much for sharing your lodge . We had an absolutely wonderful week. Blessings!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington Boro, Pennsylvania

Can't Loose with this choice

  • 5 of 5

I'm not surprised to see all the excellent reviews. I agree with many of the comments. One of the things we liked about the cabin was the large, open area that allowed people playing in the game room, cooking in the kitchen, playing board games at the table and\or lounging on the couch to all be able to converse and listen in on the activities. It's wonderful for encouraging interaction.

We had some rainy days be no one in our party was never bored - between the game tables, a puzzle, movies and just chatting we were all entertained! Our only complaint was that we weren't able to enjoy the porch since the weather was a little too cool. Porch swing is great for putting grandbabies to sleep! Thanks Buckwalters.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stevens, Pa


  • 5 of 5

This spacious,comfortable lodge in a quiet and beautiful setting exceeded our expectations in every way. We especially liked the layout of the lodge with bedrooms on three levels which provided each of our three families who have small children the private,quiet space for afternoon naps. The kids loved catching crayfish, frogs and minnows in the creek down the hill behind the lodge and enjoying smores around the campfire. It was also wonderful to have so many attractions at Raystown Lake and Trough Creek State Park just minutes away You will not be disappointed if you rent this lodge! The owners were just wonderful in communicating about every detail --- we always heard back from them the same day of our inquiries. All of our family was very grateful for the blessing of enjoying this lovely lodge.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

James Creek Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee 2017 $90

Stay longer and save more. Our rate is $320 per night, $860 for 3 nights ($100 savings), reserve 4 nights save $200, reserve 5 nights save $300, reserve 6 nights save $400. Our rate of $1,640.00 for a full week reservation amounts to $600 savings.

$200 and signed contract required for reservation. Final payment due 30 days before date of arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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