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. A futon provides 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!
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
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!
Most of all, Mt. Culmen provides a peaceful place of respite both to our guests and to us while we are maintaining it.
We were incredibly impressed with the restoration of this historic structure and the first class quality accommodation it offers. The owners have restored this beautiful, stone church with great care and attention to detail. We loved the wide plank flooring, the broad window sills, the use of the original doors in the sitting room entrance, the lovely exposed stone in the interior and the skill with which they blended old and new. We highly recommend it as a site for travelers to Lancaster County. There is really no need to leave The Church as you can experience the history and culture of the area just by sitting on the patio and observing. We did visit Sadie's bake shop around the corner and at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord a few miles away enjoyed an unexpected feast. We have never before seen so much excellent food in one place for such a reasonable price. We waved at Amish children riding home from school on their bicycles and wearing their safety vests. We followed signs several miles off the main road to Frysville Farms greenhouses where we found the most extraordinary masses of Poinsettias in every imaginable color and size. We went to Lancaster County searching for an ancestor's homestead, which we found, but would have been most satisfied with just staying at The Church and watching!
We really enjoyed ourselves while we were here. Loved the layout and everything that was offered. Will definitely be back again!
The property was gorgious! The home was inviting, comfortable and well appointed (complete with coffee, tea, and breakfast items). We were glad pictures and information about the property's history were available. Highly recommend!
This was our first time renting a home for a family vacation....What a wonderful experience! The home was well kept and very clean. It looked exactly like the photos! We didn't have to deal with any stress that comes along with staying in a hotel. Every morning I sat on the patio and watched the horse and buggies go by. The history of this home was just amazing. The home had everything we needed. It even had lil breakfast goodies for us to enjoy :) There were several beautiful quilts and the décor was just charming. My husband is a builder and I am a designer and we were so impressed....just beautiful. The only negative which really isn't a negative was there was no place to unpack our clothes. Maybe a small chest of draws in the back sitting room would have been helpful....but really this isn't a negative.
I would highly recommend! Ronda, the home owner, was very sweet and helpful ....Thank You for the homemade granola :)
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Everything was as we had hoped..clean, well-kept, spacious, and most comfortable. We had a peaceful vacation which was exactly what we were looking for. And we were left lots of food in a small fridge that was plenty to feed us breakfast for our entire stay. Great place to stay !
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 are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Weekly and monthly rates available upon request.