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Guest House on Picturesque Farm Near Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom with queen bed and futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

The Old Summer House has a private entrance which opens into a living space that includes a daybed with pop-up trundle and a full kitchen on the first floor. The kitchen has a full size refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave and coffeemaker. Upstairs is a queen bed and futon and the bathroom. Linens and towels are provided. Guests with limited mobility may request the use of a first floor powder room.

Keywords: farm stay, farm vacation, pond, guest house

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About The Owner

Dennis and Karen Stoner and their four children milked about 100 cows until 2008. Dennie continues to farm corn, soybeans, alfalfa and barley. Karen was born and raised in the house and is the fourth generation to live on the farm.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose Pennsylvania

The Old Summer House offers serenity and beauty in the country. As our only guests you, will not need to share space with other guests.

What makes this house unique

Quiet and restful get away in beautiful Lancaster County.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were delighted to have you and your family stay in The Old Summer House. We are glad to see kids enjoy the out of doors, by the pond, riding the pedal carts or running barefoot in the yard. You are right, the firepit is only a request away. It was slow in coming out of storage due to the cool, rainy weather this spring.

Hope to see you all again.
Apr 2016
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East Earl Township House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Gazebo
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Private pond with sandy beach. Gazebo available for guests.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Guest House on Picturesque Farm Near Shady Maple Smorgasbord
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews

Beautuful, serene, just breathtaking! Can't wait to visit again!!!

  • 5 of 5

House was charming and quaint. Very comfortable!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and cute!

  • 5 of 5

The Old Summer House is a very nice place to stay. It was clean and comfortable, perhaps a little cozy for 7, but for families looking to save money, it's so nice to be able to stay here than to have to pay more money a larger place. Our kids loved the tractor bikes. Karen was very accommodating, and it's a great central location to visit area attractions.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully cozy guest house!

  • 4 of 5

We loved this peaceful and quiet! Can't beat country living! Guest house is close to Shady Maple Smorgasbord which is delicious and highly recommended but you will be full when you leave! The Stoner's were very friendly and helpful and even let us stay an extra night even though they had vacation plans themselves. The only drawback to this wonderful place is the bathroom is upstairs with the bedroom and you have to climb steep stairs to get there so it would not be conducive for the handicapped, elderly or little children. But for the young and young at heart you will surely enjoy it!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with our stay at the Old Summer House. Clean, warm and friendly atmosphere. Our children loved playing on the swing set and swimming in the pond! We would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it for anyone else looking for a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It is our delight to share our farm with fellow farmers. Look forward to seeing you all again.
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The Summer House

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Summer House. The Stoners are a wonderful family. They showed us around their farm. It was so beautiful. The stores and laundromat are nearby. Our kids swam in the pond and we had plenty of room for all six of us. The kitchen allowed us to cook food and not eat fast food all the time. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you
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Beautiful area. Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Charming old summer cottage attached to the back of an 1830's farmhouse. Clean and functional. Private entrance and key. Stayed with 2 adults, a teen and 3 children. Had plenty of room for sleeping. The owners, Dennis and Karen are nice and accommodating....not intrusive at all and give you plenty of privacy. Great communication. Neighboring farmhouse tenants were nice and waived hello.

The kids had a wonderful time freely running around outside on the farm, walking around the pond spotting Koi fish, using the pedal go-cart on the paved lane and playing on the swing set and with the friendly dog, Roxy. Bring a good camera and take some photos of your kids. Very nice setting for that.

Our 9 yr old daughter decided this was the "best place we ever stayed" and she didn't want to leave! We travel often and usually stay at Marriott or Hilton/Embassy Suites but she would rather skip the luxury and pool and come here again :-)

Everything you need for a 2 night or even a week stay is pretty much already supplied in the summer house. Just bring your clothes and some food to fill the fridge. Fully equipped kitchen. Satellite TV worked well. They are refurbishing the inside of the old barn. It's looking very nice inside. If you like to eat make sure to visit Shady Maple down the road. We didn't have any problems at all. We will definitely be back again. Thanks!

Another review mentioned a problem with not having enough hot water. This was NOT the case when we stayed. We were all easily able to shower and do dishes....the hot water didn't run out.


We would have liked to sit around a fire at night and I didn't notice a fire pit (if I had bothered to ask, maybe they would have supplied one?) Also the wifi signal could have been a bit stronger. So maybe an improved antenna/router would help. Those would be my only suggestions to make a great place even better.

Nick from CT

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shady Maple Smorgasbord
"Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking"
Ephrata Cloister Museum Store
Lapp Valley Farms
"best ice cream in the county, watch cows being milked, pet baby calves"
Weaver's Store Inc
Weaverland Mennonite Church
"Warmly welcomes visitors "
Abe's Buggy Rides
"Very informative and pleasant drive through beautiful Amish Country"
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Philadelphia Inernational Airport
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Lancaster, PA
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Nearest Point of Interest
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Nearest Point of Interest
Weaverland Mennonite Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Weaver's Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Lapp Valley Farm
Car: necessary

peddle carts, private pond with sandy beach, dock and gazebo


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2 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 7.1%

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