Shadywood Cottage was built by Susan Welker Adams in 1903 and has been owned by the same family through four generations. Take a trip to a more peaceful time in this charming, campmeeting community filled with many Victorian gingerbread-trimmed cottages and quiet walking streets. Mt. Gretna is a storybook lake community only 14 miles from Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town has a world-renown summer theater, an equally famous concert series, and is host to one of the best art shows of the summer.
This spacious Cottage has 5 bedrooms, 2 baths (1 upstairs / 1 downstairs), washer dryer on the first floor, and wifi. There is private covered parking for up to 3-4 cars and a gas grill. The cottage is not air conditioned, but has ceiling fans in every room upstairs and down, and on the wrap around porch.
The first floor has a fully functional kitchen with dishwasher, large living room and a dining room with seating for up to 10. The huge porch wraps around the cottage and includes a swing and many rockers to enjoy the sights and sounds of those warm Mt Gretna nights.
Upstairs has five rooms with a full sized bed in each, plus 2 sets of bunk beds and a crib. The cottage comfortably sleeps 14, perfect for large family gatherings. There are ceiling fans in every room.
The walls in the bedrooms only rise 7 feet so the old time roof structure is exposed. Guests say they love lying in bed looking at the old wood and hearing the kids conversations in the next room. Mostly all the cottages in Mt. Gretna have 5/8" old chestnut or hard pine interior walls (wood no longer available) so sound does travel freely. If you're bringing uncle George who snores like a freight train going up an Allegheny Mountain you might not want to stay in Mt. Gretna (or get him a hotel room) as all cottages were originally built as summer cottages from 1892 through 1915.
There are three restaurants and an ice cream parlor within walking distance. The Jigger Shop Ice Cream Parlor has been in operation since 1895. There is also a nostalgic roller rink and miniature golf, and Mt. Gretna lake that are seasonally open.