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Ten Minutes from Cherry Springs Dark Skies Star Gazing Hiking Fishing Skiing

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

100 Acre Farm 5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom With Mountain Views and Dark Skies

1-2 bedrooms each with a queen bed. 3rd bedroom with 2 twin beds. 4th bedroom with a double bed. 5th bedroom has five twin beds. 2 full baths, library, dining room, mud room, living room. DSL, fire pit, fenced pasture, stables, trailer parking. Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, star gazing @ Cherry Springs State Park , geo-caching. Direct snowmobiling and horseback riding from our farm. Numerous state parks and the PA Grand Canyon with 30 minutes drive. Fly fishing only streams 15 minutes away. PA Wild Areas are a short drive.

Benn Batterson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Benn Batterson

I was born and raised in Coudersport. After meeting my wife and graduating from Penn State we moved back to the area. I had met the previous owner of the farm while working on their grounds.

We currently live and raise our family on a sheep farm in Potter County. We strive to provide a childhood of years gone past

Benn Batterson purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Benn Batterson chose Pennsylvania

We purchased the farmhouse and 34 acres in 2000 and bought the remainder of the farm years later. Over the years we have improved much of the house with the latest being a new barn roof this past summer.

I love the peace and quiet here. However the winters can be long between Christmas and Spring.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We are 20 minutes from the nearest traffic light. Our farm is bordered on three sides by 250,000 acres of State Forest land. Public access to these areas allows for many outdoor activities. We are the last permanent residence on Short Run Road and may only see the mailman each day in the winter.


Galeton Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
You will be visiting a farm that was established in the late 1800s. The first German settlers established the village of Germania @ 1860 and created their farms in the outlying countryside. They cleared the land of trees and brush to grow their crops and raise livestock.


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Ten Minutes from Cherry Springs Dark Skies Star Gazing Hiking Fishing Skiing
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful farm house and grounds

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the farmhouse. It is a beautiful home and the nighttime view of the stars is amazing. This a perfect place to stay if you wish to get away from it all.

I would have given our stay 5 stars but I was so looking forward to soaking in the claw foot tub but it was not available. There were a few items missing from the kitchen that would have made our stay easier, like mixing bowls and such. I would recommend that you bring along your own folding chairs because the ones that were on the property were cracked and broken.

We did have a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Tranquil Farmhouse Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Benn's. Location to Cherry Springs can't be beat, but you almost don't need to go to the park the view from the house itself is so nice. The house is huge, much bigger than it looks in the pictures with lots of beautiful decorations and furniture. We loved staying on the farm and getting to meet the hens and dogs on the front porch. Communication was easy, and we look forward to our next stay at Benn's.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect For The Stars

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Benn's house over the weekend. We drove approximately 5 hours each way for this experience. Everything about his house is perfect. Everything that you would need is there. Including the chickens that keep you company. We were fortunate to have clear skies on Saturday night and words can't describe the stars. No need to go to the state park, just go the the fields around the house and enjoy. I met Benn and he was extremely helpful in everything we needed. We will definitely be back again. Thanks Benn

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying. God Bless Benn and Thankful
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Amazing experience staying Ben's farmhouse, the house was equipped with all the needed facilities. Its located at the best possible location if you are visiting this area as its close to everything but precisely tucked in from everything. People coming for star gazing can actually stay there and get amazing views of the sky. Ben also has a tower further down from the house which he offered us to visit. The house itself has marvelous views if you are interested in nature. PA Grand canyon is a 40 mins drive and cherry spring state park around 12 mins.

We got unlucky as it rained and it was cloudy so couldn't see the stars but the overall atmosphere paid off. Will be visiting this place again :)

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect place to unwind and recharge.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six, two couples and two teens, that stayed at the farm house for its proximity to Cherry Springs State Park. This was our second stop on a road trip from Southern Illinois to Sandusky, OH, Niagara Falls, Galeton, PA and York Springs, PA. After already spending a combined total of close to 20 hours on the road, we were more than ready to spend a few days relaxing at the farmhouse. We had read countless reviews of how fantastic this place was, and it did not disappoint. Upon entering the house, you are immediately taken back by the charm that the house has to offer. It was built sometime in the 1860's - 1880's and has maintained as much of the "Old farmhouse" charm as possible. There is no air conditioning in the house, and it wasn't needed either. The temps there stay relatively mild in the summer. We were there from 6/27 to 6/30 and one of those days only got up to 68 degrees. A jacket and long pants are definitely recommended, especially if you intend on taking advantage of the dark skies for star gazing. Which, by the way, don't waste your time driving the Cherry Springs, the viewing is far more spectacular at the farmhouse. We were able to see thousands of stars including the Milky Way and Mars with the naked eye. The farmhouse is very secluded, which we loved. The closest grocery store is about 20 minutes away, but the drive never felt that long because the scenery is breathtaking. We enjoyed every minute of the seclusion. We didn't mind that phone reception was sketchy at best. We only left once to go to the grocery store. Even the teenagers enjoyed being outside and taking in the scenery. Oh, and did I mention the chickens??? What farmhouse is complete without chickens??? The chickens were a blast to be around. Thankful would come down everyday to release the chickens from the hen house and put them up at night. Benn, Thankful, and their children were very hospitable and wonderful to talk to. We even got to meet and play with their three dogs, Rex, Gilley, and Cybil. The house has plenty of room for everyone to relax and unwind. Our days were spent sitting on one of the porches, walking around the property or down the road, playing with the chickens, or playing board games. The nights were reserved for star gazing. We could not get enough of the gorgeous scenery. We look forward to being able to go back some day to "recharge" again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

What a great home! We had a crew up there in Kettle Creek planting trees and this place was only 10 minutes away from our project site. Everyone was happy with the accommodations and atmosphere. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us. Come again God Bless Benn and Thankful
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Elmira NY
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Denton Hill
Car: necessary

We are located in North Central Pennsylvania surrounded by the Susquehannock State Forest. We have direct access to snowmobile trails and horseback riding. The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and hiking trail is 30 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Galeton Farmhouse Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change prior to reservation.
Three night minimum stay for Holiday weekends

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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