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Elizabeth Gittings

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Stone Cottage, Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside

13 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Berks County House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bath, ideal for 1-4 persons

Enjoy a private retreat in this charming stone cottage set amidst the exquisite rolling hills, woodlands & streams of the Oley Valley. Ideal for special occasions. Five rooms, renovated:loft bedroom with king-size bed, second bedroom with queen canopy bed, cozy living room with magnificent windows, high ceiling; full bath with overhead/hand shower, full kitchen w. oven, microwave & fridge; A/C, wireless internet, cable TV, home theater and wireless stereo systems, DVD player, linens provided.

Cozy & romantic space!

Front porch for relaxation and al-fresco dining overlooks lovely flower garden.

Nature lovers' & cyclists' paradise: backwoods, bird-watching & nature treks of all kinds available. Safe & friendly country neighborhood offering rustic taverns and world-class dining nearby. Wine, beer, and culinary tours also available. Heartland of Pennsylvania Dutch arts, crafts, & cuisine.

Please recommend us if you enjoy your stay--$50 refund if your friends or family book and stay with us for 2 days or more.

The cottage is historic--originally a traditional Pennsylvania field-stone schoolhouse dating from the late Federal Period. It is the first of the seven one-room schoolhouses built in Rockland Township. From the 19th century until the 1950s, it was a fully-functioning country school. The schoolhouse was converted to a residence in the 1960s, but retains much of its original architecture and appointments, as well as a majestic catalpa tree planted to provide shade for the school children.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Elizabeth Gittings (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Elizabeth Gittings

Friendly art historian/designer. Born and raised in Asia, I love international design and traditional folk arts, which is why my spaces are eclectic, decorated in European, Pan-Asian, and Moroccan styles. One of the main reasons I like sharing my spaces is because, in this way, I am also sharing experiences and beauty I have encountered while traveling.

Elizabeth Gittings purchased this house in 1983

Why Elizabeth Gittings chose Berks County

Peaceful... with spectacular landscape views and surroundings. More than anything else, the beauty and serenity of the cottage and its natural setting refresh the senses and mind.

What makes this house unique

Relaxation, wellness, refreshing!

Reviews

4.8
based on 13 traveler reviews

Beautiful Stone Cottage, Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews
5

Beautiful country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, enjoyed every minute of our stay! I highly recommend staying at this cottage. It was beautiful, clean, quaintly decorated conveniently located for lots of sightseeing. While we were there we visited Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Hershey, and NYC. We also took time to site see around town visiting the places mapped out for us by the owners of the cottage. Fleetwood and the surrounding area is beautiful and the people are so friendly and welcoming. We also appreciated the bottle of wine and homemade cookies and strawberries that were left for us when we arrived. I am ready to book another stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Wonderful get away

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was completely as advertised. It is a wonderfully secluded get away. Quaint and the music system was great. Perfect for peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joe, Thank you for taking the time to review us. It's good to hear you found the cottage relaxing. I wish you a good summer going forward. Thank you very much for coming! Elizabeth
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Philadelphia
5

2nd stay with a massage!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying and all I can say is that it was just as great as our first stay. Elizabeth is so easy to deal with. She suggested a massage and that the person would come to the cottage! I booked it. The massage was done upstairs and I thought it was very good.

When we go, we do nothing but read, hang outside with our Boston's and watch movies. No worries about anything else!

It is such a special cottage and I can't wait to go back!

Elizabeth, thank you very much for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Warm and comfortable "home away"!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a quaint and charming place. We could tell that great care was taken by the owner and the caretaker that great attention to details to make our stay more enjoyable and restful were made. The kitchen was stocked with breakfast foods and basic necessities for cooking. Wine and flowers greeted us when we arrived. Truly enjoyed the stay here, and had hoped to have been snowed in for a couple of extra days! But the PennDoT crews are too good!!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shelli, Thank you so much for taking the time to review the cottage, and for your kind words about the atmosphere and details. Your appreciation and enjoyment mean alot to us! With all good wishes for the holiday and new year--Elizabeth.
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5

Cozy Country Retreat with Superb Host Service

  • 5 of 5

Six months before our October 2013 trip, I perused the offerings on HomeAway and the extraordinary beauty of the Bick Road cottage and its location in the Lehigh Valley caught my eye. After I exchanged a few emails with one of the BnB's owners, Elizabeth, I knew I had found the right place. In the six months between May (when I booked the cottage) and October (when our trip occurred) Elizabeth and I exchanged at least 8 emails. She was always responsive, accommodating and over-the-top helpful. Better yet, in advance of our visit, she sent a PDF version of her extensive Visitor's Guide for the Lehigh Valley area. That guide was an incredible resource to us as we planned our trip. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a cozy, warm cottage with the lights on. On the kitchen table sat a basket of freshly made muffins and fruit, and we were also delighted to find a bottle of local wine. There were ample breakfast makings for our family, including eggs, sausage, bagels, and other goodies. We felt completely cared for. Elizabeth provides guests with all the comforts of home and a well-written guide to both the area and the operation of various home components (heaters, media, WiFi, etc.). We really could not have had a better visit. Be sure to visit Hawk Mountain and the Amish country when you are in the area. The Echo Market was a real find. We did not eat out much since Elizabeth's amply stocked kitchen made cooking a breeze. All in all, a simply wonderful stay. If we are ever in the area again to visit our daughter, we will be sure to stay at the Bick Road cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Washington, DC
5

Cozy Cottage Perfect for Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked the cottage for our quick mini-moon following our wedding in Pottstown. The hospitality was spectacular. Lots of warm, inviting touches including fresh flowers, a congratulatory card, local chocolate, champagne, and farm fresh breakfast.

The grounds are beautiful and relaxing and the cottage is a short drive away from some nice, local sites which are highlighted in the guest book. Thanks for a great time, Elizabeth. We'd love to come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paula, Thank you very much--we are so grateful to hear from you and happy that your enjoyed the cottage! Special occasions such as yours mean a lot and I was hoping the stay was okay for you and your husband. We look forward to welcoming you again! Many thanks--Elizabeth
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Car: recommended

Spectacular countryside! Surrounded by acres of pristine woodland, organic farms, and streams comprising the Pine & Bieber Creek watersheds. World-class cycling, hiking, golf, and scenic, culinary & wine tours. Heartland of Pennsylvania Dutch arts, crafts & cuisine. Yeungling, the nation's oldest brewery, and many fine local vineyards and golf courses nearby.

Other Activities: wine, culinary, and brewery tours

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Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay
$175
$1,000
$3,210
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Property Damage Protection $99

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Amenities

Berks County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Pleasant space with high ceilings and private view to grounds.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Master loft Suite - 1 king
    Queen canopy - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom is a loft suite is designed as a romantic retreat, king bed and custom ambiance lighting. The first floor bedroom has a lovely queen canopy bed and custom ambiance lighting.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Three-night minimum stay. Smoking permitted outdoors only. Nature, culinary, wine, and beer-tasting tours of all kinds available upon request & subject to availability. Check-in is at 4 p.m. or after. Check-out is at 11 a.m.

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