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What makes you happy?

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms plus large loft with twin and double bed, 1 bathroom, sleeps 7.

Looking for a tranquil place in the woods? Located on the Blue Mountain in rural pennsylvania a short walk downhill from the Appalachian Trail, this cozy little cottage invites you to sit down on the porch and listen to the creek burble. There's hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, bird-watching, sight-seeing, but maybe you just want to relax and do nothing other than lie around chatting or reading. Either way, this is the place for you. All the amenities of home are here so you can drive up and instantly make yourself very much at home.

*Smokers, please do not inquire. Smoking is not permitted on or around the property.*

Note: GPS will get you only as far as the mailbox. The cottage is 3/4 of a mile down a winding single-lane dirt road and across a creek from Route 183.

Your vacation is more than an investment of money; it's an investment of your time and hopes. We take your investment very seriously. We want you to be delighted.

When you visit, you will not feel like you're at a vacation. You'll feel like your at the home of a friend who wants you to have the best possible time. Sleeps 7. Full size washer and dryer. Wifi and cable TV. Central air. Fireplace. The fully equipped kitchen will let you bake a cake or even roast a goose.

For holiday weekends, some holidays minimums may apply. Weekly rates available.

Cabella's Sporting Goods is just 12 miles away.

Lancaster County Amish country is 40 miles or less.

Cottage is 163 miles from Washington DC, 130 miles from NYC, and 92 miles from Philadelphia. 82 miles from Gettysburg is 82 miles away, Knoebel's Amusement Resort is 30 miles away, and Hershey Park is 35 miles away.

Maps, brochures, and a custom-made notebook list hundreds of local activities, adventures, and amusements.

Much of the furniture was made by local craftspeople. The slab for the live-edge kitchen table, for example, is from a pin oak that was felled in Tulpehocken Twp by a pair of sibling sawyers, then kiln-dried for many months, planed, and finished by a furniture maker in Myerstown.

The cottage is 2½ miles north of the intersection of Routes 78 and 183 and about a mile from the Berks/Schuylkill County border.

More Details

Mike Najarian
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Mike Najarian

Except for a short stint in Germany, I've lived my entire life in northern Berks County: first on a goat farm, then in a one-room schoolhouse in the village of Fetherolfsville (population 7!), and now in a nearby cottage elsewhere on the mountain.

Mike Najarian purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Mike Najarian chose Berks County

Before you book, I'll send you detailed information on the amenities on hand, more photographs, a 14 page description of different activities in the area, a list of local grocery stores, and some restaurant suggestions. The blue binder in the cabin has even more information so that everything is covered. But that also means online payment is disabled. The folks that run Homeaway/VRBO have now decided that you should have less than a day to peruse this info. Guests really appreciate all this extra info and may take their time to read it before deciding whether or not they'd like to book. An alternative online payment method is available.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace. Quiet. Worry-free vacation. Everything is taken care of and ready for you. You'll feel your worries melt away and begin relaxing even just driving down the lane that leads to the cottage. But if you're looking for family fun and adventure, it's right around the corner. As one guest said, "You're in the middle of nowhere but next to everything."


Bethel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Upstream bedroom - 1 queen
    Downstream bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Relaxing, secluded getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a wonderful getaway spot. It's located in a beautiful and quiet forest, away from the world, yet only a few minutes drive to many attractions and activities. It's warm, cozy, clean, and very well appointed. Mike thinks of everything, and you won't need to leave for any reason (unless you want to!) Plenty of blankets, towels, firewood, kitchen essentials, paper products, even bug spray and first aid kits. And, of course, ingredients for s'mores! We especially loved that our dogs could run around off leash, without worrying about them running onto a major road, or into someone else's yard. Mike was super communicative and responsive...very easy and pleasant to work with. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Perfect little cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

Spent 8 days here and it's the perfect, peaceful spot to stay. Cabin is well equipped. Owner easy to work with. Make sure you find the secret swing!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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beautiful, serene, quiet

  • 5 of 5

My family and I could not have picked a more perfect spot! 30 min to Hershey and 30-40 to Lancaster. After many busy days of amusement parks and ziplining this was our sanctuary at the end of the day. I spent a lot of time just enjoying the sounds of the river and the mountain birds from the porch and perusing the large number of books in Mike's collection. The interior was perfect. Our 3 boys enjoyed the loft area while my daughter got her own room. The kitchen was well stocked. We will be back again form sure. Thanks Mike.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Loved the getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Mike was the perfect host from beginning to end. He thinks of everything to make your stay enjoyable. Cabin was very clean and had everything we needed. We enjoyed hikes on the Appalachian trail and spent a lot of time playing board games with the kids. We did enjoy some s'mores too! The kids loved the loft and the adults loved all the games from the past!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cabin in Bethel for two nights and it was perfect for a weekend getaway! Mike is a great host and you can tell that he really put a ton of thought into every detail. He even left us some supplies for making s'mores and we definitely took advantage! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need (aside from food, of course) and the decor is very charming. We loved sitting out on the porch during the day as the view is beautiful and you can hear the stream babbling nearby. There were also plenty of board games and puzzles to keep us entertained at night. The best part, though, was the secret swing behind the cabin and up the mountain a bit. Overall, we had a lovely trip and would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Very clean and we'll kept. A great stay!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
91 Miles
Philadelphia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Blue Ridge Hotel
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Green Acres Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak in Lancaster, PA
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-78 and Route 183
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Blue Mt Family Restaurant
Nearest Ski
42 Miles
Bear Creek
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Blue Marsh Recreation Area
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rates available. Please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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