About the property
- Cottage1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 nights
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 With Loft, Kitchen, Sitting Room, And Patio
Enter your private retreat across the same sandstone threshold that parishioners did since 1862 when the building was first built. The 2 foot thick stone walls block out the sound and stress of the world outside while you relax in the sitting room in front of a cozy fire. The main sitting room/dining area and small kitchen is decorated with a colonial touch. Mt. Culmen is the perfect place to stay for a few nights or a few weeks while you explore the area. It is ideal for those who like the welcoming feel of a bed and breakfast but want a higher level of privacy and independence. We prepare a light breakfast in advance, for guests to enjoy at their convenience. We live nearby, though not on the same premises. The bedroom with queen size bed, adjoining bath and a private sitting room are all located on the first floor. A unique spiral staircase leads to the loft overlooking the main sitting area. The two single beds provide sleeping accommodations for two additional guests, for a total capacity of four people. Children must be over the age of 10. Hand hewn, charred and rugged, a cross hangs above the fireplace as a testament to the Source of solace found by the original visitors to the building. It served as a church from 1862 until the mid-1960's when it was converted to a private residence. We purchased it at an estate sale in 2007 after a fire nearly destroyed the structure. After a complete renovation, we are delighted to share Mt. Culmen with guests from around the globe who come to be refreshed.Listen to the wind whisper through the pine trees while sitting on the flagstone patio. The old blacksmith's shop across the walkway gives a secluded feel to the westward view across the Weaverland Valley. Amenities include: Refrigerator, range/oven, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and CD players, alarm clock, gas stove, heat and AC, antique push-button light switches, paved driveway, patio table and chairs. There are three steps in the walkway, one step up into the guest house and the bathroom is handicapped accessible. At Mt. Culmen, sleeping in 'church' is required!
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
We both grew up in eastern Lancaster County just a mile from Mt. Culmen. Just a generation ago, our families traveled the neighborhood in horse and carriages, farmed the land and cut firewood in the hills. My husband has always been fascinated by local history, so the old stone church-turned-guest house fits our interest. I enjoy trying new recipes to share with our guests for their breakfast. Mt. Culmen is really a labor of love for us. Hearing how others have been refreshed, renewed and re-focused during their stay is what motivates us. Just as the building itself has been restored to a new use, so the cross above the mantle reminds our guests that God can restore broken and burnt-out lives and relationships.
Ronda purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Ronda chose Lancaster County
Mt. Culmen overlooks the valley where my husband's family has lived for generations.Since the 1700's when his relative and inventor joseph shirk created the first grain cradle. We had talked for a few years prior about setting up a guest house nearby our home. We even mentioned this specific property as we would drive by it regularly. When it came up for sale after the fire, we purchased it and began a total reconstruction, culminating a year later with an open house.We like things that have a story to them, and this property certainly fits. It has a small adjoining cemetery, presenting some unique challenges to the land acquisition and lot consolidation!
What makes this Cottage unique
Most of all, Mt. Culmen provides a peaceful place of respite both to our guests and to us while we are maintaining it.
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My college roommates and I spent the weekend antiquing the Adamstown Extravaganza. This cottage was a perfect homebase and provided a quiet retreat after a long day of shopping. I will be back!
A Spiritual Retreat
The guest house is a perfect place for reflection and renewal - absolutely no distractions whatsoever! The cottage is charming and you are surrounded by spectacular beauty from the many pristine farms and countryside in the area. So very quiet and peaceful - a true labor of love by Keith and Ronda in the restoration of this old church! It was a bit of “heaven” on earth!
A great place to un-plug and unwind. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Immaculate and beautiful place! Owner were very helpful and responsive.
Great little get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. Tucked away from all the busy Lancaster. We will stay here again when we return!!
Exactly what we needed in a weekend getaway. Peace and tranquility. Such a cozy and quiet cottage. Shut the phones off and unplugged from the madness. Secluded just enough off the beaten path, yet still close enough to so many cool local attractions. Our amazing host Rhonda had everything covered! In detail! Even extra light bulbs for the one that blew outside. We are already looking to plan another stay when the kids are on summer break! Highly recommended
Beautiful, quiet, relaxing!
This is a beautiful place that my wife and I, and another couple stay at almost every year. It’s a relaxing break from the normal day-to-day. The house is beautifully restored. It offers a unique blend of old, and new amenities. We love it.
The owners are terrific. They respond quickly, and offer a great continental breakfast too. It snowed on our most recent stay, and they even came to plow the driveway and sweep off the walkways. Great customer service, you won’t be disappointed.
The location is far enough away from the towns and cities to feel remote, but it’s not too far to drive to get groceries, or get dinner out, shop, etc. Highly recommended!
The mt. Culmen guest house is your own private cottage away from home. It is nestled among tall pine trees at the edge of a fertile valley farmed by industrious amish and old order Mennonites. Carriages and bicycles traveling past bring reminders of simpler times. Local attractions include the hope well furnace national historic site, a nearby amish bake shop, antique shopping in church town, historic pool forge park and covered bridge, shady maple smorgasbord and farm market and more. A small country church is within walking distance for Sunday morning worship. Outlet shopping at many of the nation's largest retailers is within easy driving distance in lancaster and reading. Located within an hour's drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Hershey, mt. Culmen is the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the region's many attractions.
Rates & Availability
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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Weekly and monthly rates available upon request.