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Riverfront/Mountain View, Kayaks, Motor Boat, Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 204 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 10 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedrooms, sleeps 13, 2 baths, sunroom, deck, dock, 4 kayaks provided

The perfect vacation getaway awaits you in our waterfront home. It’s near all the attractions of central Pennsylvania, yet it feels so far away from the crowds. We are located just one half mile off Highway 322/22, within a 30-minute drive to Hershey and under an hour to Ski Roundtop (40 minutes), Gettysburg or the Dutch country. You enter your own private acre where Mother Nature beckons you through the stunning views of the many windows. Launch from your own private dock to a kayak adventure among the islands with the bald eagles and wild life that await, or soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings from the serenity of the porch swing on the riverbank. A 16-foot double wide jon boat with 9.9 hp motor is also available for an extra fee.

Our family has many special memories of get-togethers at the river house, and we enjoy sharing it with others. We have four kayaks (including a double kayak so an adult can take a small child out), a canoe, a few inner tubes, and we provide basic fishing gear. You can wade or swim in the river right behind the house, and in summer the water level is usually pretty low, so kids can wade along the bank and spend hours catching minnows and other critters. You can take swimmers upstream in the boat and let them float back to the house on inner tubes.

There is a private dock for your use and a porch swing down by the river, as well as a fire pit down on the river bank where you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs.

Numerous hiking trails are nearby, including the Appalachian Trail a 10-minute drive away, and there's a rails-to-trails biking/hiking trail with 18 miles of wilderness trail with no roads, yet it is level and easy for children to navigate. With just a five-minute drive, you can take a three mile walk around Wildwood Lake.

The property sits along the historic Pennsylvania canal system, and our lane was the original towpath where mules pulled barges along the canal. To get to the house from State Road 322, you drive 1/2 mile down the lane with some paved and some unpaved sections, but easily passable in all seasons.

The house itself is over 100 years old, and it has random width solid Pennsylvania white oak floors in the kitchen, spacious living/dining area and in the sunroom. The rest of the house has oak flooring, tile, or carpeting (master bedroom only.) We have done two major additions to the original structure. The kitchen is not an eat-in, but it is well equipped with a ceramic top stove, refrigerator with ice maker, a KitchenAid dishwasher, microwave, upgraded small electrics (toaster, pancake griddle, blender, waffle maker, coffee grinder, Keurig, regular coffeemaker, etc.), and all the dishes and cooking utensils you might want. I find it to be more than adequate for my needs, and guests often comment on how well-furnished and handy it is, just steps from the spacious dining table that accommodates a large family or group of friends. What really takes your breath away is the view of the river as you walk into the living room and look through the columned opening through the sunroom to the river. The deck is shaded by towering trees in summer and we have a dining table and a Weber Genesis grill with a side burner on the deck. Down by the river (in all seasons except winter) is a porch swing to sit and watch the river flow, a fire ring, and a few chairs and benches.

The story behind the house is that we bought it as our vacation home in 1993, and it is only a thirty-minute drive from our primary residence. We wanted something near enough that we could use it often. As it turned out, my husband's mother who lived in Alabama was widowed and wanted to live near us. She moved into the river house and lived there for the rest of her life, enjoying watching her visiting grandchildren play on the river bank. When our children grew up and Grandmother passed away, we decided to try renting this home to travelers.

My husband Dave and I are not absentee landlords. We live in the area, and, in fact, we are often found in the small guest house on the lot next door to the river house. If you need anything, want advice about area attractions or directions, or if something should break down, you will be able to reach us directly without any trouble. I teach at HACC, the local community college, and Dave retired this year. We are excited about sharing our home that holds so many memories for us.

The arrangement of the bedrooms is as follows:

First Floor

Master – one queen bed

Second bedroom – one queen bed and one (very comfortable!) futon that can make a full-size bed

Third bedroom – one full size bed

Attic Bedrooms

(Since this is a 100-year-old attic converted into bedrooms, the attic steps are a little steeper and more narrow than those you would find in a contemporary home, and the ceiling follows along the roofline. The fifth, smallest bedroom is access through the large fourth bedroom. Both attic bedrooms have skylights.)

Fourth Bedroom – one queen bed, one twin bed (It also has a sitting area with a couch, chair, and TV.)

Fifth Bedroom – one full size bed, one twin bed

Reservations

We mostly book through HomeAway or VRBO (or other affiliated websites) because it’s very safe and secure for our guests. Payment is either by credit card or e-check (electronic bank transfer.) If you choose credit, HomeAway charges a 3% fee, which is deducted from your security deposit refund. E-check is free.

If the river house is already booked for the dates you want, please check my other listing on HomeAway, #221868. It is not on the waterfront, but has 6 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, a large back yard with a privacy fence, in-ground pool, screened dining gazebo, and outdoor kitchen and bath. The pricing is similar to the river house. The homes are different, but both are very nice.

My husband Dave and I would be happy to host you at either of our homes!

More Details

Owner
Janice
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Janice

My husband Dave is a Pennsylvanian, and I met him in 1982 when I came from Florida to work with the teenagers at his church for a summer. We married the next year, and have two children who are now grown. Dave is a Princeton University and Southern Seminary grad, and is currently the executive director of our state convention. I am a graduate of Jacksonville University and now have a career I am passionate about teaching students at our local community college. We both hope to retire in a few years and do more traveling, using HomeAway and VRBO to find our accommodations, of course!

Our daughter Lauren is a surgical Physician's Assistant in Alabama, and a graduate of Princeton and Emory Universities. She is an accomplished violinist and enjoys competing in triathlons. Jonathan is a Business graduate of The College of New Jersey where he was a Bonner Scholar and swim team member, and after working very successfully in business for a couple of years after graduation, he has taken a year off to travel abroad extensively.

Janice purchased this house in 1992

Why Janice chose Pennsylvania Dutch Country

My husband David and I purchased this home when our two children were small so that we could have a place to get away as a family on the weekends. The appeal of this property was that it felt remote with the natural surroundings, including the river, mountains and lots of wildlife, and yet it is so convenient to Harrisburg and Hershey and all the amenities of civilization. Our primary home is located just a 30 minute drive away.

Amenities

Dauphin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 204 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , washer/dryer, hardwood floors, tile bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tile floor and tile shower, large granite vanity
  • We also offer an outdoor shower with hot and cold water for your convenience after a day on the river.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , sitting area with couch, chair, TV, DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable futon sleeps 2 (equivalent of a double bed)
  • The first floor master bedroom is luxurious and extra large with expansive windows on two walls overlooking the river and mountains, a TV, CD player with music library and sitting area. Its beautiful bath has hardwood floors, washer and dryer, and a tiled, jetted tub for relaxing in your private spa after a fun-filled day. The second first floor bedroom has a queen size bed, and an extremely comfortable futon that makes a double bed as large and comfortable as a bed. The third first floor bedroom has a full size bed. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and attractive. The second floor is a finished attic with an oversize bedroom and sitting area with TV and DVD. It has a queen and a twin bed and sloping ceiling following the roof line. The smaller second attic bedroom is accessed through the first bedroom. It has a full bed and a twin. Both have skylights and the chimney is exposed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
Monthly and long term rentals available September - April. Contact owner for availability and rates.

Reviews

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Riverfront/Mountain View, Kayaks, Motor Boat, Hershey, Amish, Gettysburg
average rating of 4.8990827 based on 109 reviews
5

Great experience. Love that you can enjoy river view from sun room or the river with the kayaks.

  • 5 of 5

Super that all the amenities provided inside and all the recreational equipment. This is my second trip and I will come again.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

BEAUTIFUL SETTING, AMAZING PROPERTY, AND WONDERFUL HOSTS

  • 5 of 5

We chose to stay at the River house for a long weekend in September to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with our family. Janice, our host, met us when we arrived to show us around the property and explain how things worked. This was very helpful.

We were amazed when we walked in to the sun room and took in the picturesque view of the Susquehanna River! The property itself is wonderful and well-maintained. There are plenty of places for people to relax - in the sun room, on the deck, in a hammock in the yard, or on the dock. The river was low enough that are grandchildren could wade near the dock. Our children really enjoyed taking the kayaks up the river.

The accommodations were great for our family of 11 adults and two children. The loft area is good place for younger people. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking. We also appreciated having a gas grill to use. Janice and Dave were great hosts who were very helpful when we had questions. I would definitely recommend this property to our friends and family! We hope to return in the future.

Janice and Dave, thank you for sharing this special place with us!

Jo M.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dickson, Tn
5

Family friendly vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Janice and Dave go above and beyond in providing all that is needed for a restful vacation. Our family of 8 enjoyed this property while in town for a wedding. The house is furnished with more than you will ever need and the grounds are beautiful. The sun room and deck provide the best view of the river and will definitely enable anyone to relax. We had a wonderful time, made some great memories, and cannot wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great venue

  • 5 of 5

Six fishermen had a great visit. Dave and Janice were wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love it

  • 4 of 5

The place was beautiful, the view was amazing. Great place to relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn NY
5

It is beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The family and I enjoy our stay in this beautiful home

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Car: recommended

Close by are Hershey Park, Chocolate World, the Amish Dutch Country of Lancaster County, Gettysburg Battlefield and Cyclorama, and in Harrisburg the Civil War Museum, Harsco Science Center and Imax Theater, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park with its safari tour, and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Arena. Try your luck at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, or visit local wineries and craft breweries. When you get home from a long day, enjoy birding, fishing for rainbow trout and small mouth bass, and kayaking and tubing the lazy Susquehanna in your back yard. Hike the Appalachian Trail or bike or hike an eighteen mile rails to trails loop that is the largest roadless tract of land in Pennsylvania, both within a short drive of the house.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

CLEANING FEE is negotiable during Late Fall/Winter. At that time, you may elect to do your own cleaning to have the fee waived.
If payment is made by CREDIT CARD - a HomeAway service charge of 3% will be deducted from the refundable damage deposit. There is NO extra fee if payment is made by e-check.
HomeAway adds a Service Fee to each booking that you will see in the rate quote.
Security deposit returned within one week of checkout if there is no damage.
Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.
All reservations are final. If guests cancel, I will attempt to re-rent the property for the same dates at the same rate. If successful, payment will be refunded less 10% of the rental amount. If unsuccessful, no refund will be extended. We recommend travel insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.