The SpaceThere's hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, bird-watching, sight-seeing, but maybe you just want to relax and do nothing other than lie around chatting or reading. Either way, this is the place for you. All the amenities of home are here so you can drive up and instantly make yourself very much at home.
Note: GPS will get you only as far as the mailbox. The cottage is 3/4 of a mile down a winding single-lane dirt road and across a creek from Route 183.
Your vacation is more than an investment of money; it's an investment of your time and hopes. We take your investment very seriously. We want you to be delighted.
When you visit, you will not feel like you're at a vacation. You'll feel like your at the home of a friend who wants you to have the best possible time. Sleeps 7. Full size washer and dryer. Wifi and cable TV. Central air. Fireplace. The fully equipped kitchen will let you bake a cake or even roast a goose.
Cabella's Sporting Goods is just 12 miles away.
Lancaster County Amish country is 40 miles or less.
Cottage is 163 miles from Washington DC, 130 miles from NYC, and 92 miles from Philadelphia. 82 miles from Gettysburg is 82 miles away, Knoebel's Amusement Resort is 30 miles away, and Hershey Park is 35 miles away.
Maps, brochures, and a custom-made notebook list hundreds of local activities, adventures, and amusements.
Much of the furniture was made by local craftspeople. The slab for the live-edge kitchen table, for example, is from a pin oak that was felled in Tulpehocken Twp by a pair of sibling sawyers, then kiln-dried for many months, planed, and finished by a furniture maker in Myerstown.
The cottage is 2½ miles north of the intersection of Routes 78 and 183 and about a mile from the Berks/Schuylkill County border.
The cottage has a stone fireplace in the living room with firewood and kindling provided, AM/FM tuner, DVD/BluRay/CD player with iPod port, 22” flat screen TV, basic cable, and wifi. There are plenty of board games and a wonderfully eclectic library.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need: electric stove, microwave, toaster, drip coffee maker, crockpot, full fridge, cooking utensils, pots and pans, flatware, dishes, glasses, and cups. Basic staples like ketchup, mustard, mayo, butter, sugar, flour, olive oil, vinegar and spices are all onhand, enough to get you by for a week that you don't need to worry about the little stuff. A vintage, hand-cranked coffee grinder is just the thing for a home-brewed coffee to greet everyone if you're the first one up in the morning. Alas, there is no dishwasher. On the shelf to the right of the fireplace is a 3-ring binder of instructions on how to work basic home utilities (TV, cable, wifi password, thermostats, trash, etc) along with a long list of local attractions and activities, and map to the Secret Swing.
There are two bedrooms, each with a queen bed. The low-ceiling loft has a queen and a single bed. Bed linens, blankets, and beach and bath towels provided. For families with a young one, there’s a high chair, booster seat, and pack-n-play.
The cottage is fully insulated, is warmed and cooled by a heat pump, and has individually controlled electric baseboard heat in every room.
When you come, a printed copy of the directions; a flashlight; food; personal items; a laptop; and a cell phone. You might want to bring drinking water. There is a well and a sophisticated water purification system but the concentration of dissolved minerals fluctuates, and the mountain water can be a little sulpher-y and rusty tasting at times. I have systems to ensure that there are no bacteria in the water, so the water is always potable but may not be to your taste. I provide all bed and bath linens, household papers and soaps; a fully equipped kitchen; and firewood and kindling. Do not transport firewood from your home. You may come from an area that has infestations of dangerous wood boring insects (lantern fly! emerald ash borer! No thank you!)