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Fort Loudon Cottage Close to History, Mountain Lake and Ski/Golf Resort

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6


Find rest in this quaint two story Creekside cottage that comfortably sleeps 6, nestled in the woods of south central Pennsylvania. Look up a new recipe in our cookbooks and create delectable meals in the fully furnished kitchen, browse through local history books, classic stories and children's books in French country decor living room, build a campfire with free firewood and roast marshmallows over the backyard fire ring, enjoy fresh mountain air and bubbling spring while you grill steaks over a propane grill. Enjoy one of our many board games in the living room or listen to crickets while you sip iced tea from the furnished front porch. Then tuck in for the night in one of our 2 bedrooms-uniquely and thoughtfully decorated with half bath close by. No laundry worries as fresh towels and linens are provided and the cottage contains a laundry room with washer/dryer, ironing board, iron and other extras.

When you are ready to roam...enjoy history sites and outdoor activities.

Ready To Roam?: When you are ready to can enjoy our beautiful mountain creek from a creekside bench or shoot some 3 pointers at the basketball hoop, the conococheague creek is a stone's throw through the woods if you'd relish a short hike.

When you're ready to venture further...visit newly renovated cowan's gap state park (just 7 minutes from the cottage door) where you can swim in the waters of a mountain lake, lounge on the sand, hike or bike on the lakeside trail, picnic, paddle boat, canoe or fish (ice-fishing in winter). Winter months offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at whitetail ski resort (20 min.) And fair weather golfing at whitetail golf course. In windy weather, take a drive to the lookout point on top of the mountain and watch hang gliders take the plunge.

Ready to Learn?: For history buffs or educational jaunts, the gatehouse's central location makes day trips to several national and state history sites very doable. We are: 10 minutes to historic fort Loudon, 15 minutes to historic Mercersburg & James Buchanan birthplace, 1 hour to Gettysburg and Harrisburg’s civil war museum, approx. 2 hours to Washington, D.C., Harper’s ferry, and Antietam battlefield, and 2.5 hours to Philadelphia. We are also an easy 2 hour turnpike drive to Amish country in Lancaster pa. Many of our guests take day trips out to see the sites and find the cottage to be a refreshing respite at the end of a sightseeing day. Close by educational locations include: 10 minutes to the renowned Mercersburg academy, 30 minutes to Wilson college, and 45 minutes to Shippensburg university, and 1.5 hours to Penn state.

Ready to Dine, Shop or Play?: For those who enjoy amenities of fine dining, shopping,, theatre, amusements...the martins are available to suggest great dining experiences, the prime outlets are located 0.5 hours away in Hagerstown, MD, and the renowned totem pole summer theatre founded by jean Stapleton is a straight 30 minute drive on route 30. Our local C.R. Bucks (10 minutes away) restaurant offers deer for viewing and feeding, an arcade, miniature golf, techno hunting, family friendly entrees, and delicious dipped ice cream all while enjoying hunting memorabilia and games as well friendly greetings from local folks. Outdoorsmen (and women) will want to visit the local keystone country store just up the road in fort Loudon for all your outdoor supplies.

More Details

James & Kelli Martin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

One step forward and two steps back never felt so right! Back into the Gatehouse of days gone by. Free from politics, commercials and pop royalty. Back to nature at Cowan's Gap State Park with rejuventating walks on summer days to take in the bounty of God's green earth. Back in time to Fort Loudon, Philly, D.C., and Gettysburg. Able to take in the process of creating the freedoms we as U.S. Citizens enjoy like no place else. Back away from the world to live, enjoy, love. Thank you and God Bless. Lots & Debbie, Michigan
Jul 2009
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Fort Loudon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Also include spacious closet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Room 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The living room also provides one twin sleeper and one full futon sleeper. A child's portable crib is available upon request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Beds: Queen Bed, Twin/Single Bed, Convertible Bed (2) and baby Crib. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. Other Amenities: Streamside view with bench, wooded yard with campfire ring, seating and picnic table.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Fort Loudon Cottage Close to History, Mountain Lake and Ski/Golf Resort
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews
Thatcher, Az USA

Mother/Daughter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It was very comfortable staying here. We ventured to Gettysburg several times taking in the sights along the way. Loved seeing the farms and the trees turning colors. We went at a perfect time while the colors were so brilliant. We live in the desert so this was very special for us. We made some very special memories as it was in celebration of our birthdays and we had this trip planned for a year.

We highly recommend this little cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Review for our stay at the Ft Loudon Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Gatehouse. Everything was as it was described. We had everything we needed and the property was very clean and well maintained. I would recommend this property to any of my friends and family. We enjoyed having our first evening meal at the Milky Way which is famous for their delicious food. It was a very relaxing time and would love to come again sometime.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. Milky Way is always the local favorite and has been for many years. Glad you enjoy your stay.
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Salado Texas

A week in Fort Louden

  • 5 of 5

We found this to be the perfect place to stay for the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. It is far enough away to avoid the crowds and traffic but close enough to be at the battlefield in less than an hour.

There in mid-summer, we missed the sking but did check out the lake and beautiful beach. The house was perfect for the four of us in every way. We sat on the porch and enjoyed the end of each day before cooking dinner in the kitchen or on the propane grill in the yard. After dinner we enjoyed the fire ring in the back yard before returning to the kitchen to play cards. The beds were comfortable and good for a family but one more double would be better for couples. It was a pleasure to meet the Martins who came by to see us and be sure that we had everything we needed. All in all, a great place and we will surely stay there when we are in the area again

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Norman, Oklahoma

Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We came to Gettysburg, PA for the 150th anniversary since my husband was part of the battle recreations. This quiet little site was the perfect choice. Although it was a little bit of a drive to the battlefields, it was a beautiful drive through the Pennsylvania countryside, straight down highway 30. After long crowded days in the National Park and Gettysburg, it was so nice to return to our quiet gatehouse to unwind and relax. Nestled in the trees, the cottage was very comfortable and private. The cottage was absolutely spotless and cutely decorated. The Matins leave plenty of information available regarding local attractions and restaurants.

The gatehouse is not a large place but we had plenty of room. The master bedroom is upstairs and was very roomy. There was a nice little bathroom upstairs which was very convenient. Just realize if you are bringing a full house of guests, somebody will be staying in the bedroom adjacent to your room, cutting down on the privacy. The other beds are downstairs, a futon and a fold out couch.

We spent our morning sitting on the front porch drinking coffee and our evenings reading and talking. There is no tv or cable available. They provide wifi but the signal was not strong enough to be able to use our laptop. It forced us to unplug which was a nice side effect.

Having laundry facilities on premises was an added bonus. There are stores a couple of miles away and plenty of places to get something to eat or shop in nearby Chambersburg. The Martins provide plenty of towels and linens and try to leave things you might need. They were very gracious hosts and worked with us as we were driving twenty hours to Pennsylvania and not sure of our arrival time. Even though they were not on site while we were there, they quickly responded to any questions we had via texts and phone calls.

I would highly recommend the gatehouse for a country getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the thorough and kind review. Your insights will help potential guests know a little more about our cottage.
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Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

The owner contacted us prior to our vacation to let us know they would not be there on site when we arrived. We didn't think much of this. We read the documents sent to us via email. There was a nice list including directions and area attractions as well as local grocery stores and such. This was very helpful.

We arrived at the home and we were not greeted. This was not a huge deal though we weren't really sure what we were supposed to do. We weren't told to check in anywhere. We turned the door knob and the door was unlocked. We went in and found little "Check In" and "Check Out" cards on the table. On the 3rd day there we were greeted by the owners. They were very sweet and did ask if we needed anything. At this point they also provided us with Internet access.

This home was very well maintained, warm and comfortable. There were lots of little extra's and the owners were very thoughtful. The decor was very inviting and relaxing. The lack of cable television was a big plus! It was nice to peel the kids away from the normal daily routine. There was a portable television with family DVD's in the closet, though the games were a very big hit with our entire family. It was great to have several different entertainment options right at the house. There was a nice fire pit in the back yard with all of the necessary items to enjoy a fire. There was plenty of firewood and supplies to start the fire with. There were also two barbeque grills available for use. Every little detail was worked out effortlessly. There was a fully equipped laundry room complete with supplies.

The only downside to this home was the kitchen. It was really tiny. The table only seated four individuals so this didn't work well for our family of six. There were also only four chairs. I think it would be a nice addition to have a few more chairs available. It would have been nice to have dinner all together. Due to the tight space, meals were quite chaotic. It was rather difficult moving around the kitchen while cooking and cleaning as the space is so tiny. I would really say that this house accomodates four people comfortably and is quite a tight squeeze for a family of six.

Overall, we did enjoy our stay and we thought the owners were extremely thoughtful.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your suggestions and review. Though we can't address the kitchen size, we've made extra chairs available (located in the laundry room) and suited the kitchen with an expandable table. This should serve our guests with families of 6 better. Thank you for choosing The Gatehouse at Loudon Forge.
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Columbus, Ohio

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed at the Gatehouse in June and had a wonderful experience. The owners were very thoughtful and wonderful hosts. The cabin was clean and very well maintained. The place looks just like it's pictured on the site: warm and inviting. It is in such a wonderful relaxing setting. If you're looking for a quiet and relaxing place - this it. After having spent several days in D.C. sightseeing it was a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city for us. We loved Cowen's Gap State Park. If you're looking for more to see and do; it was only a little over an hour for us to drive to Gettysburg, spend the day and then come back. A two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Hagerstown Regional Airport
Nearest Ferry
66 Miles
Harper's Ferry
Nearest Golf
13.5 Miles
Whitetail Ski Resort
Nearest Train
44 Miles
Martinsburg West Virginia
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
PA Turnpike Route 76
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Milkyway Restaurant
Nearest Ski
13.5 Miles
Whitetail Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Cowan's Gap State Park
Car: recommended

Welcome to Historic Fort Loudon, tucked into woods and valleys of south central PA. The Gatehouse at Loudon Forge provides easy central 15 minute access to PA TURNPIKE 76 and I-81. We are 30 minutes from I-70 in Maryland and just off ROUTE 30 LINCOLN HIGHWAY. historical places in Chambersburg, Mercersburg, and Gettysburg, Antietam Battlefield, Harper's Ferry, and STATE CAPITAL HARRISBURG are also close by.. Only 5 miles from beautiful Cowan's Gap State Park home of a beautiful mountain lake, and 10 miles from Whitetail Ski and Golf Resort.

15 Minutes Off PA Turnpike Exit 189 Willow Hill on Rt 75 S.

Other Activities: Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Snowboarding, Basketball Court, Miniature golf, Boating.

Golf: To help you plan a vacation you'll remember, we've left several maps and brochures for you in The Gatehouse and will answer any questions you may have.

We furnished The Gatehouse in comfortable yet tasteful French country decor--a pleasing respite from schedules, demands, and traffic jams. We offer the comforts and niceties for your vacation getaway. Our central location connects you with a fishing boat, ski slopes, golf course, outlet store or Big City (if you really want to go there!) The Gatehouse is family friendly and accommodating.

So, come to the peaceful valley of Fort Loudon, leave behind busy schedules, choose rest, and lift the latch on The Gatehouse at Loudon Forge.


Rates & Availability

Fort Loudon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016-2017
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer/Fall 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

$90 per Fri-Sat night; $75 Sun-Thurs Nights; $600/Week; $750plus elect &heat /Month
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex through PAYPAL
Dates available: Year Round.
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