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A perfect Family Reunion or group Retreat

Sleeps36
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms7
Half Baths2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview


Details
Property
lodge
Sleeps
36
Bedrooms
9
Bathrooms
7
Half Baths
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

Wattsburg Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Rolling Meadows and Beautiful Woodlands punctuated by Starlit Nights

*note: Homeaway has started applying substantial service charges to bookings through their site. To compensate for this we have as of 5/7/16 decided to reduce our rates and absorb that fee ourselves. It is now reflected in our current rates.

The Wilderness Lodge was founded in 1969 by James and Nansi Janes (my grandparents). Jim wanted to create a unique place in the image of a european style inn. As you enter the lodge you are greeted by the main dining room and a huge round fireplace. The natural rustic feel of the hand hewn beams with the granite floor and bar instantly feel as though you have stepped back in time. There are 9 available guest rooms with a max capacity of 31. There are 7 bathrooms in the upstairs and 2 downstairs. I am also available to be your private Chef during your stay your stay so please inquire about menu options when you book if you don't feel like cooking for yourself. The Kitchen was fully upgraded in January 2015 with a Vulcan Convection oven and 6 burner top, Vulcan IR Salamander Broiler, Garland 36" flat top with a conventional oven and a commercial dish machine.

There is a huge selection of area attractions to fill your days. We are close to multiple wineries in the North east Area as well as a couple of fantastic brewpubs such as Southern Tier, Voodoo, and Sprague Farms. The Beaches of Presque Isle and Bemus point are both easy drives. There are 3 Casinos within an hour. When you book the Lodge for your stay you will have the entire place to yourself including all of the grounds and a full commercial kitchen. The lodge sits on 350 acres of private land and the trail network expands over 1200 acres including the neighbor property that we manaintain. Enjoy hiking on 26 miles of groomed trail, fishing in the pond, or shooting on our private ranges. (10yd, 50yd, 100yd, 250yd, and open access out to 500yd) There are frequently deer at the feeders in the back yard and the nights here are even more beautiful than the days because of our extremely low level of light pollution. On a clear night literally millions of stars are visible. There is a stocked fishing pond on the property (no barbed hooks please) and it is also fun to go and feed the collection of Japanese Koi. There are multiple campsites and fire pits spread around the property as well. Please allow us to prepare your group a picnic lunch and deliver it to any spot on the property that you choose.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Ryan Janes
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Ryan Janes

The lodge has always been a part of my life. Although I have lived in Meadville, Pittsburgh, London and elsewhere, the lodge has always been the center of my heart. I live in an apartment on property with by amazing wife Emily and my 6 yr old daughter Tenly. I am a 2000 graduate of Allegheny College and a lifetime outdoor enthusiast. I am also available if desired to teach classes in woodcraft and sustainable forestry.

Ryan Janes purchased this lodge in 2006

Why Ryan Janes chose Pennsylvania

I have always known that the Wilderness Lodge is a one of a kind place. It is hard to put into words the unique nature of this place but I can say this much. There is nothin quite like it and once you experience it you will be back. The vast majority of out guests have been coming for 10 years or more, some as many as 30 years.

What makes this lodge unique

Fireplaces

Bar

Commercial Kitchen

Beautiful Woodlands

Fishing Pond

Bocce

Hiking

Birdwatching

Hunting

This is the perfect place for a family of outdoor enthusiasts

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

A perfect Family Reunion or group Retreat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
San Diego, California
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A Great Place for our Early Christmas Reunion!

  • 4 of 5

Wilderness Lodge was a fun venue for our family's early Christmas celebration. Even the "White Christmas" blizzard arrived on cue! Ryan, the owner, catered a delicious Italian dinner for the evening of our arrival which made it easy and fun for all of us. The Lodge has a wonderful gathering room with a huge wood-burning fire pit, and lots of room to spread out.

The caution I would advise is that this is a place best suited for YOUNG, nimble guests. The bedrooms are located on the second floor requiring a fairly long, steep staircase assent. Also, the en suite bathrooms are EXTREMELY small and almost impossible for a tall, long-legged or large person to maneuver in - definitely not accessible to a handicapped individual. We were only there for three nights so the two seniors in our party did manage, but If mobility is an issue with anyone in your party I would suggest you consider carefully.

Thank you Ryan for ALL your help and we wish you continued success with your Wilderness Lodge!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Large Family Gathering Place

  • 5 of 5

I was responsible for planning my grandma's 80th surprise birthday weekend with her close family (7 different families and 26 people). Not even a week before the location we had booked for months called and cancelled our reservation. In a panic I began to look for a new venue. That is when I called Ryan at the Wilderness Lodge. He answered his phone and respectfully listened to my concerning story. At the end of the conversation he stated he was going to do everything possible so we could be in the lodge by the weekend which involved a great deal of organizing as the facility wasn't even cleaned. He pulled it off and all of our family was able to accommodate the change. The surprise went off without a hitch and for the first time in my grandma's life all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were able to be together for a full 2 days. It was the perfect location for our gathering with tons of bedrooms, bathrooms, a great private outdoor backyard, walking trails, a commercial kitchen, and the whole downstairs being a gathering space. The whole family was talking about how we should do this every year. Thank you Ryan for accommodating my family with very short notice, you saved our special surprise for our grandma!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Different but best

  • 5 of 5

House is really nice and old style which was the reason for our stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the vacation. Most importantly Ryan was always helpful even at mid night. We love the environment where the house is located. Plenty of rooms and bathrooms. Outside of the backyard is really beautiful. We wish we could go exactly in fall color that would have been more perfect.

All together it was one of the best vacation stay we have ever had and totally different style. we will book this house again in near future.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Summer Get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, expansive property. We came for 3 days with 20 people and had a blast. The kitchen made cooking for everyone a breeze. If you love the outdoors, there was tons to do not only at the Lodge itself, but at nearby Findley lake.

Only downside, which I will not deduct anything from the lodge for, but the roads were a slight shock. Don't bring a good car, bring your hardiest ones. Other than that, thank you Ryan for everything!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect for Family Re-Union

  • 5 of 5

Its a perfect Place for Family Re-Union.We had a great time here.The Owner Ryan is very friendly and respond quickly whenever you need any help .

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great get-away weekend!

  • 4 of 5

Overall the property at Wilderness Lodge was impressive and beautiful. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the trails, shooting range, fire pits and gorgeous weather for a reunion weekend. It was a little unexpected that the owners live onsite, but Ryan was great to work with. Our group was about 20 people big and there were plenty of beds for everyone. The bathrooms upstairs were very small and most rooms need some TLC and updates. Overall though, rustic lodge experience for a fun, family weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Southern Tier Brewing Co.
"One of the best Brewpubs in the country and home to the areas only "Stones" course. A must..."
Peek'n Peak
"Classic European charm with modern golf and spa facilities. Check out the Upper golf cours..."
Pine Junction
"Great place with unique atmosphere and cool owners. Try the steaks"
Presque Isle State Park
"A regional Gem"
Chautauqua Institution
"Cultural Heart of the area. Great for summer concerts and art exhibits."
Quincy Cellars
"Great little Winery/Event venue"
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Erie International
Nearest Barpub
On Site
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Peek N' Peak
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-90
Nearest Restaurant
On Site
Nearest Ski
On Site
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Bemus Point at Chautaqua Lake
Car: necessary

Though you will feel completely removed from the rest of the world during your stay at The Wilderness Lodge there is a huge number of options in the local area. The North East wine country is close at hand as are a number of golf courses. There are organized trail rides and runs in the area throughout the year as well as our local country fair. In the winter the Wilderness Lodge is Pennsylvania's first ski touring center. We focus on traditional as well as skate skiing and snowshoeing on our 26 mile trail network. There are two downhill resorts close and a third a little more than an hour away. We highly recommend anyone who stays here in the summer to check out the Bemus Point area for relaxing by the water, boat rentals, and a couple of really good restaurants like The Italian Fisherman. If you are into Hiking, not only do we have our own trail system bur we are very close to the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail and to Panama Rocks. Just down the hill from the Lodge is the beautiful waterway of French Creek to the south and 20 mile creek to the north as well as Howard Eaton Reservoir with some excellent fishing opportunities.

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Rates & Availability

Wattsburg Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Dec 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
$500
From
$1,000
Fri,Sat
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$850
From
$1,200
Fri,Sat
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Wattsburg Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 40 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Hall Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Men's - toilet
    Downstairs Women's - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 36
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 5 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , Private Bath
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , There are 2 bunk beds totalling 4 singles / Shared Bath
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing

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