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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Jim Thorpe House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

This welcoming small 2 story house is circa 1853 and is where the coal miners lived. We have created a very comfortable, private, cozy and safe environment for our guests. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm for a great vacation. Relax on the deck with a drink and your loved ones and look out over town through the beautiful scenery.

A Continental Breakfast is included in your stay and the house is well stocked with snacks, cereal and lots more.

The Van Pelt House is right in the heart of town but secluded and private. Steps away from shops, biking, hiking, rafting, restaurants and entertainment. This is the perfect place for a romantic weekend or a family vacation.

Walk into the house and you are in the living room with a Flat-screen TV, Electric Fireplace, Air-conditioner and a brand new leather Queen Sleeper Sofa with a plush mattress. Continue on and you have a newly remodeled Fully Functional Kitchen with the attached Deck out back.. If you choose to go out to eat, restaurants are all walking distance from the house. No need to drive anywhere. Upstairs is the Master Bedroom with very comfortable Queen Mattress ,Ceiling fan and Air-conditioning, a Sitting Room with a new Futon and a Full Bath with Claw Foot Tub. We have also added WiFi.

The Van Pelt House is available for the weekend, week, month or for extended stays.


Linens and towels are supplied.

Bike and ski storage is available.

Keywords: Private & secluded Row House, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, paint ball, fishing, hunting, Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Big Boulder, Lake Harmony, Blue Mountain Ski Area, Fall Foliage, Olde Time Christmas, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Penns Peak, Festivals, Glen Onoko Falls, Asa Packer Mansion, Harry Packer Mansion, Old Jail, Mauch Chunk Museum, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Weddings

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Helen Van Pelt
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016

About Helen Van Pelt

We are originally from NJ but my husband's grandparents lived in Coaldale, PA which is about 20 minutes from Jim Thorpe. When we were going to retire we decided to look around this area and found this magnificent town of Jim Thorpe. We love the history, the architecture and the fact that there is so much to do in this small town. When we bought our house we decided to invest in other properties and that is how we acquired our rental property. We also liked the fact that the house is just above our home so we are not absentee landlords.

Helen Van Pelt purchased this house in 2005

Why Helen Van Pelt chose Poconos

You are staying right in the heart of downtown but in a quiet and secluded area. Steps away from Broadway where all the restaurants, shops and local attractions are located.

What makes this house unique

Staying at our house enables you to not have to drive anywhere. You can walk to everything in town including The Mauch Chunk Opera House, rafting, biking, hiking, restaurants and shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Spent a week here and it was just great. Convenient to all in town.

The house was clean and comfortable. Hosts went out of their way to make us comfortable.
Jun 2014
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Your Home Away From Home
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 22 reviews

A cozy home in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our 9-month-old daughter. The location was ideal! The cozy rowhouse is on the street above Broadway, which is the main street in Jim Thorpe. This meant we were easily able to walk down to all the restaurants, shops, coffee houses, and the train. It was perfectly coveinent, especially with our young child.

The home itself is an old structure, but not in a bad way. The kitchen is updated and the bathroom is elegant (the claw foot tub was to die for - although the stopper was missing, but a washcloth worked fine). The only thing missing from the bathroom is a hamper, which would be a great addition since towels are graciously provided. The furniture is in great condition and is very comfortable.

Helen is a wonderful owner and left a delightful tray of goodies upon check in. She responds quickly to emails and is very helpful. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kathleen, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay at The Van Pelt House!! It was so great to have a baby in the house. I truly hope you made great memories here. Thank you for the awesome review and I will definitely get a hamper! Be well and hope to see you again and again, Helen
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Quiet and cozy, Helen the owner was extremely nice and quick to respond to my emails.

  • 5 of 5

We love Jim Thorpe and all it has to offer. We come every year for the great food , hiking , rafting , and biking. I fished the river this year and caught some large small mouth bass! Thank you Helen for the oppirtunity to stay at your lovely home.

Christina & Mark

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christina, So sorry I did not get a chance to meet you but it sounds like you did everything you wanted to in our great town, even fishing, fantastic! I'm really happy that you enjoyed the house and had a fun filled mini vacation. The Cranberry Bread was all gone so I guess you all enjoyed it. Thank you for choosing us and I hope you will come back. Fall is approaching and it is absolutely gorgeous here. Also the first 3 weekends in October is our Fall Foliage Festival. My best regards, Helen
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Mechanicsburg, PA

Nice place, Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Van Pelt house for a few days while enjoying the adventures the area has to offer. The location is absolutely ideal. We were able to walk to the shops, restaurants and curios of downtown Jim Thorpe (and to the bicycle rental spots for a nice rail trail trip). Easy drive to white water rafting and great hiking sites like Glen Onoko. There is on-street parking (which is a big deal in the downtown area).

The house is nicely appointed. It is an old, quaint place and provided a perfect home base for our Jim Thorpe adventures. No complaints whatsoever. Recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon, Well, sounds like you had a really great experience in our beautiful town. Jim Thorpe does have it all! Great to hear that our house was just what you needed to make great memories. Thank you so very much and hope to see you again, Helen
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Really nice older home.

  • 5 of 5

The Van Pelt's House is located on a quiet back street within walking distance to the shops in Jim Thorpe and attractions such as the Mauch Chunk Opera House and Asa Packer Mansion. This very clean, tastefully decorated home has both modern amenities and antiques such as a claw foot bathtub. Our host provided us with enough groceries and a delicious homemade cranberry bread to have our breakfast at the house. My husband and I enjoyed a very comfortable extended weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sandy, I'm so happy you had an enjoyable experience at The Van Pelt House! We want all who stay here to be as pleased as you were. It was a pleasure meeting you both. Enjoy the rest of summer and thank you for the lovely review! My best wishes, Helen
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Great little place

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I just stayed here this past weekend for my birthday and we had a lovely time. It's a quick distance to the heart of Jim Thorpe but also very private as opposed to a b&b. Helen greeted us with goodies and showed us around so we knew where everything was. We would absolutely stay again and I've already recommended to friends and family.

Just one side note... There are TWO sets of stairs that appear to go down to town from the street. Make sure you take the second set. The first set had a very faded "keep out" sign that we originally missed (oops!) and it takes you to a dead end.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello JENNIFER, Thank you so very much for your awesome review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday weekend at my house! I get excited to hear that folks really enjoy staying here! It was our pleasure to have you as guests and I hope to see you again! Happy summer and my best regards, Helen
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home! Great location, all the comforts of home and Helen is a true gem. She greeted us with breakfast foods and fabulous suggestions for entertainment during our stay! We made memories we shall never forget.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Julie, I'm so very pleased that you and your husband enjoyed staying at our house! We strive to make everyone happy and have a great time in our lovely town. Hope to see you again. Take care and be well, Helen
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Car: not necessary

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Asa Packer Mansion, Harry Packer Mansion, #9 Mine Company, Butterfly Sanctuary, Jim Thorpe Memorial, Old Jail, Glen Onoko Falls, Whitewater Rafting and much more.


Rates & Availability

Jim Thorpe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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 $95
Cleaning $50 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

The first floor of our house has been renovated. Newly painted, new leather sofa bed with plush mattress. It is a very warm and cozy space. If you have children under 12 please do not include them because VRBO will charge $25/child per night. When you write to me tell me you have children. Thanks
My policies are different than what VRBO is stating:

A 50 percent deposit is required for reservations of two nights or more. Full payment is due in advance for a one-night stay. Refunds in full are given 10 business days in advance of reservation. After that time, if we can re-book your room, we shall refund your payment for that portion which is covered by the new reservation minus a 10 percent service charge on the total bill.

Balance is due at check-in. You can pay by cash, Traveler’s Check, Visa, MasterCard . We’ll accept personal checks one month in advance of your stay.

A 6% Pennsylvania Sales Tax and 3% Carbon County, PA Hotel Room Tax are additional.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Jim Thorpe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Our bathroom has a claw foot tub with a shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa with plush mattress and Futon (1)
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Complimentary Continental Breakfast including muffins or scones, fruit, and butter for your first nights stay. Homemade by your Host.

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