Huge 5 Bedroom Home 7.84 miles from Penn State, Retreats, Getaways, Weddings
About Maggie Biddle
I am a Central Pennsylvania native and 20+ year resident of State College, PA, as well as a graduate of Penn State University. Our family resides in State College and I'm available to guests as needed. As a hotelier I can appreciate the importance of being a good host--- and of being a good guest!
Maggie Biddle purchased this House in 2015
Why Maggie Biddle chose Julian
The location is fantastic. It's in the country with easy access to everything State College and Penn State have to offer. And, the historic value of the house in our area is significant. There are lots of little mysteries to this house and it has a unique personality and background.
What makes this House unique
The Martha Furnace House is an iron master's house built in 1831---it is part of the early history of Centre County and the iron ore industry of the early 1800's. It has ties to PA's Civil War Governor and the founders of Penn State University. Amazing History: The Martha Furnace was named after Martha Curtin, the daughter of the original owner of the house and furnace. It was also owned by the Moses Thompson Family who provided part of the original land grant to start a school ---which we now know as Penn State University. Located at the base of Skytop Mountain, there is a beautiful 18 hole mountain view golf course just 1 mile away--guests are welcome to use our membership rates that include 18 holes of golf and a golf cart. Our home has been used successfully for families and groups of friends staying for the weekend, companies hosting a getaway, organizations hosting group team-building weekends and day trips, sports teams (adults), and a Groom's family or bridal party retreat for weddings in and around State College, Bellefonte, and Port Matilda as well as for a whole house rental for Penn State Special Events including Graduation and Football Weekends. We do not offer the house for the use of parties or wedding receptions at this time. Prices listed on VRBO do not include additional occupancy or party hosting rights. Renters are not permitted to host additional guests or sublet the property. Use: Use of the house for parties, weddings, or catered events must be arranged separately. Unauthorized parties or guests to the house will be cause for eviction and notification of the police. In the case of an unauthorized party or event you security deposit is at risk. • Cleaning: Our expectation is that you will treat our historic home and its contents with respect. The cleaning fee covers the cost of cleaning the entire space prior to every arrival, it is intended for general housekeeping. If additional cleaning is required, or excessive trash
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Our visit to the Martha Furnance House was Amazing!! We had room for all our family and it was very comfortable. A beautiful and historically cool house-can’t wait to go back!!
Thank you for staying with us! It was definitely a pleasure working with you and having you as our guests. Hope to have you visit again in the future.
Loved our stay!
Thank you for a wonderful weekend. What an amazing property. Extremely clean and full of history. Can't wait to come back again.
Thank you for choosing Martha Furnace House for your weekend stay! It was a pleasure to have you and your group as our guests.
TOO MUCH FUN
THIS WAS A WONDERFUL HOME TO STAY IN. WE HAD A WEEKEND CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR A GROUP OF CLOSE FRIENDS THAT WERE ON A 2 YEAR COMMITTEE FOR OES AND THIS WAS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GATHERING. WE HAD AN EVENT IN PENN STATE SO LOOKED FOR SOMEWHERE NEARBY AND FOUND THE PERFECT SPOT. THE HOME DISCRIPTION AND PICTURES ARE EXACTLY WHAT IS THERE. WE BASICALLY HAD OUR CLOTHES AND FOOD. THE HOUSE HAD EVERYTHING AND MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM. IT WAS CLEAN AND EVEN HAD EXTRAS OF MANY ITEMS-FROM KITCHEN SUPPLIES TO TOILETRIES.
MAGGIE WAS WONDERFUL. WE CONTACTED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES WITH QUESTIONS AND SHE RESPONDED WITHIN VERY SHORT TIME. SHE WAS PERFECT HOSTESS -EVEN THOUGH NOT PHYSICALLY PRESENT.
TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS HOME FOR FAMILY, CLOSE FRIENDS, RETREAT. WONDERFUL FINE- WOULD GET A 10 IF HAD THAT MANY STARS .
Thank you so much for your generous review of our house! It was such a pleasure to work with you and to know that your group had a successful and fun weekend at Martha Furnace House.
Great place for a large family gathering
Very nice place. Very well maintained. Perfect place for a big group. Bring your own coffee and anything else you need. Grocery/Wine store is half drive away.
It was great having your as our guest! Thank you for taking care of the house and leaving it in good order.
Penn State Football Weekend
Had a wonderful family gathering at the house for a Penn State football weekend. It was spacious and comfortable even for a crowd. House was clean and owner was responsive with a maintance issue. Would definately stay here again!
This was a fabulous house for us! We had three generations of Penn State fans staying together!
The house was perfect for us. Plenty of bedrooms and baths; all very nice! Great proximity to State College and fun places to visit and eat! The homeowners stayed in touch to make sure everything was going well. Overall a fabulous week!
It was a pleasure to host you and your family, Jan. Many thanks for choosing our home for your Penn State football weekend!
Charming and vibrant Downtown State College is just 9 miles away offering countless restaurants, bars, entertainment, and sporting events. Penn State University, Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium are all within 8 miles from the house. Tussey Mountain Ski Resort offers tubing, and ski with ski rentals available. Skytop Mountain Golf Club is just across the street. The village of Port Matilda offers Lykens Market convenience store (good fresh sandwiches and basic grocery items), and Brothers Pizza with surprisingly great pizza just 2 miles away. The closest grocery stores are Wegmans and Trader Joes. We also recommend Ways Fruit Farm for fresh produce, bakery items, a cafe with delicious sandwiches and breakfast items, and pick your own strawberries in the summer time.