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10 Minutes to Cherry Springs, Dark Skies, Star Gazing, Hiking, Fishing, Skiing

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

2 Bedroom with Loft and Great Room 5 beds Observation Tower

Bedroom 1- 1 double bed Bedroom 2 - 1 Queen bed Loft- 3 double beds

The Lodge is complete with Knotty Pine interior and slate floors in the kitchen and dining area. The Great Room has a beautiful flagstone fireplace. Dining area has a separate woodstove to warm up by.

Central Air Conditioning

We provide DSL, T.V., DVD, an outdoor grill, fire pit, picnic tables on both porch and tower (110 electric on deck). Fly fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, star gazing @ Cherry Springs State Park , geo-caching. Direct snowmobiling and horseback riding from the Lodge. Numerous state parks and the PA Grand Canyon with 30 minutes drive. Fly fishing only streams (Little Kettle) 15 minutes away. PA Wild Areas are a short drive.

The views from the Lodge and tower are gorgeous.

More Details

Benn Batterson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Benn Batterson

I was born and raised in Potter County. After meeting my wife and graduating from college we moved back to the area. The previous owner of Valley Vista of 35 years is a dear friend. After he decided to move closer to family and milder climates we were offered the Lodge to make our own memories.

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

Benn Batterson purchased this lodge in 2015

Why Benn Batterson chose Pennsylvania

We purchased this property as our retirement home. We had looked at building a home with a similar view but Valley Vista came on the market and we loved the location and layout. The privacy and quiet provides a peaceful setting

What makes this lodge unique

The gorgeous views both from the tower and lodge porch make Vista unique. Anything from stars to sunsets and wildlife in between. The Lodge sits on top of a ridge bordering 250,000 acres of State Forest with hiking trails and old roads to explore.


Galeton Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 double , Loft Area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
You will be visiting a Lodge that was established in the early 1970s. The Lodge in previous years provided guided hunting and outdoor activities to sports. Over time the Lodge has been updated completely with Central Air and Knotty Pine interior. An observation tower was also built to enjoy even greater views. We have added a 12x12 Concrete Telescope Pad.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

10 Minutes to Cherry Springs, Dark Skies, Star Gazing, Hiking, Fishing, Skiing
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful and private

  • 5 of 5

Spent a girls weekend getaway at this wonderful lodge. It was much more than we expected. A very roomy beautiful interior, a perfect idyllic setting, and stocked with everything we needed. Amazing views from the observation deck.

Perfect location, bordering the state forest. Seems it would be a great place for snowmobilers - we saw many taking advantage of the well groomed forest roads.

Looking forward to visiting again in the summer or fall. The snow made it a bit difficult to do any hiking and unfortunately for us we forgot to pack the snowshoes...

Thank you Benn for offering this little piece of paradise!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Troy, NY

Awesome Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Really great accommodations and a wonderful host. The sky is amazing at night! Great Time!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us God Bless Benn and Thankful
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The cabin has been all done over and is a fantastic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 4 friends have been coming to this cabin to bow hunt for many years (1989-2002) and returned again this year after 14 years off. The cabin was just as we remembered it except even nicer! The whole cabin had been done over, inside and out. Such a beautiful, quiet and secluded spot. The farms around there are gorgeous and loaded with deer. The owner and his wife extended such great hospitality that it made the week there even more enjoyable. No matter what reason you would like to visit this area, this cabin is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Little House in the Woods

  • 4 of 5

My spouse and I picked this place in order to stargaze and do some small hikes in the area. The skies were clear two night so we were able to enjoy the tower very much. In fact, we were going to go to Cherry Springs but decided to stay at the house instead and so were able to use a stargazing app on our phone to pick out the different planets, stars and constellations.

The house is very roomy; there were only two of us but with the long dining table and multiple beds, there is plenty room for a much larger party.

Everything was pretty clean inside. There were some pans that were very greasy on the bottoms but we soaked them in dish soap and they were fine to use after that.

We were able to connect to the internet at the house which was helpful because we couldn't get a signal to text or telephone and one point I needed to contact the owner and had to do so through email. There was a phone at the house but I didn't think I had a phone number to call. In fact, there was one in a notebook on the desk but I didn't see that until the last day. I would suggest a sign or something by the phone indicating who to call.

This was a fun place to stay. We loved the quiet and the darkness at night. We saw and heard many creatures including a large white tailed deer and a big old bear (on the road) just a mile or so away. There was also some kind of night time crying creature or creatures at night while we watched the stars. I do not know what that was but sure would like to know!

In all, it was a great experience and I would recommend it for a small or large group.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ultimate Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit, and again was not disappointed. The home has everything needed and is very comfortable. It is perfect for night sky viewing.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us once more God Bless Benn and Thankful
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Canal Fulton

Potter County Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had the great pleasure of staying at Benn’s house for a family getaway with our 5 and 6 year old daughters. What an incredible property! The views from the house and the tower are amazing during the day but the stargazing was the really spectacular event. The house itself is very comfortable, well taken care of and clean. The main bedroom where we slept is off the kitchen, far removed from the loft sleeping and loft bedroom where the kids slept which was great. The kitchen has updated appliances, plenty of counters for food prep and is stocked with all that is needed to prepare big family meals. We had the luck of gorgeous weather so we had all of our meals at the little picnic table on the covered porch overlooking the open field. We were hoping for quiet and solitude and we got exactly that! Benn was very responsive leading up to our stay which made our arrival super easy and stress-free. On the evening of our arrival, I texted him to see if he had a tool kit on the property, he responded right away and drove over within a few minutes to assist us! We look forward to staying again very soon and would highly recommend this property to anyone we know. Thanks Benn!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Galeton Lodge Rental Rates

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Standard pricing
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 until reservations are confirmed.
Three nights stay required for Holiday weekends.
50% Deposit required at booking to hold dates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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