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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
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


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

What makes you happy?
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cabin with much to offer! Close to hiking and about an hour from Lancaster. Perfect for the family!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent New Years weekend at the cabin with our 5 kids. We had a blast. Mike, the owner, takes care of everything. I had a few questions for him over the weekend and he immediately responded. The kids loved the loft and "secret swing". The beds are very comfortable and the wood burning fireplace is fantastic. We went tubing at Blue Mtn (about an hour - easy drive). We will definitely be returning. Thank you Mike for making our new years so much fun for us and our family!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place makes me happy!

  • 5 of 5

I want to go back - now!

It has only been 2 days and I miss it!

Its so neat that you can be 3 miles from the highway and feel like you are in a different era. Crazy.

Finding the cabin was so easy. Seeing the porch in person was great and seeing how high up the mountains go. Upon entering the cabin, I was floored! The cabin looks really nice in pix, but it is even nicer in person. The furniture is all made out of wood, the rocking chairs are my favorite. The wifi worked great. The fireplace was ready to be lit, which plenty of wood, starters, smores making and even to make popcorn over the fire! The kitchen was the best stocked kitchen I have ever stayed at. When Mike says you can bake a cake or roast a goose, he's right. But, it was also the quality of all the kitchen things. Even a coffee grinder from 1930! Now I want one.

Both bedrooms are cozy and comfortable. I liked the duvet covers so much I already ordered one from LL Bean!

The built ins are so nice, he has everything from games to books galore. Too bad I didn't really start looking at that till my last night, but I read the entire book "8 days in the Blue Mountains" (i think that's the name). But, my most favorite part is the porch and sitting out there every morning having coffee as the sun came up over the mountain range and watch the chipmunks run around.

I did not use the loft, but the ladder to it is nice and strong and i think handmade. The loft is pretty large and I can see where kids would love to be up there.

It was also nice I could bring my "kids". As they enjoyed the creek and sniffing around. They were kind of depressed when they had to come back to the city! Heck on the day I was leaving my one, was 1/2 up the mountain behind the cabin! I have Boston Terriers, they are not mountain dogs, but they loved it! And thinking about how he looked down at me to get into the car is just priceless and makes me laugh. He just wanted to go to the secrect swing again!

I will certainly be returning because it's awesome and amazing!

Mike, thank you for letting people into your cabin!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Dream Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is perfect: remote, historical and rustic but full of contemporary comforts and decor. Warm cozy linens on the 4 poster beds, amply stocked kitchen, a fire laid on the hearth and even s'mores makings! If we lived closer we'd be here every month to hike the nearby Appalachian Trail and the Hawk Mountain trail boulder fields. We sure have nothing like them in the NW.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway / wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I brought my kids here for a February weekend getaway and we all loved our stay. It was very cold (went down to -3 at night and morning) and there was snow on the ground, but the cabin itself was warm and cozy. The owner left plenty of firewood, which we took advantage of, and even left us everything needed to make s'mores. We went hiking on Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail while there and once headed into Reading for a meal out. Everything was in perfect working order and the cabin itself was beautiful and very clean. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get away from the city and enjoy a relaxing time in the woods. I definitely would like to come back to this cabin in the summer or fall.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

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Tax Rate 6.0%

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