Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday townhome in Lancaster - Lititz Haus
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
I'm sorry due to a pending legal settlement, we cannot rent out Lititz Haus this year. We thank you for your patronage. In the meantime, Susan is working on possibly opening up 2 more beautiful listings for vacation rental in NYC and/or East Hampton, NY. We will announce here when those properties become available. ~~~~
Nestled in the Pennsylvania Dutch town of Lititz, this cozy town home property is within walking distance of Lititz's historical town square with its quaint shops and old-fashioned charm. The area abounds with things to do: beautiful country drives, museums, farmers' markets, amusement parks, hiking trails, farm animals and petting zoos for the kids. Lititz is the perfect town from which to discover the peaceful tranquility of Amish country life.
The home provides an idyllic home base from which to explore. The large well-stocked kitchen opens up to the living room and sunny indoor dining area. Furnished and decorated with an eye to Lititz heritage, many items are made by local Amish/Mennonite craftsmen.
Comfort is our top priority. Fall into comfy beds at the end of the day, with down comforters, ample pillows and 300+ thread-count sheets. Watch the sun go down while grilling on the back porch. On rainy days, or if you are just killing time, nestle up with a book or movie in our plush recliner love seats. There's plenty of family games, books and toys; the living room is appointed with a beautiful flat-screen TV.
The owner, a Lititz native and descendant of PA Dutch Mennonites, has lived in East Hampton & NYC and calls this property 'Lititz Haus.' She knows the area well and can point you to a slew of things to see and do. You are a walk away from the Wilbur chocolate factory and beautiful Lititz Springs Park. Use our bicycles to explore the Amish countryside, or drive to any of the beautiful hiking trails that surround the area. Stroll through gentle Amish towns like Paradise, Intercourse.
You are a 40-minute drive from the many attractions of the more well-known chocolate town, Hershey PA, including Hershey Park, a large, amusement park with rides and roller-coasters; the famous Hershey Zoo; the Chocolate Museum, Hershey Botanical Gardens and more.
In the other direction, about 30 minutes, there is outlet shopping galore, Sight & Sound Theater, and historic Strasburg with the Railroad Museum and 'Choo Choo Barn' miniature train museum. Old steam train rides with dining cars take you through Amish farm country and on occasion, 'Thomas the Train' stops by.
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
My 'maiden' name is Sensenig, a Pennsyvlania Dutch name derived from 'Sensenich' as my paternal grandfather was Mennonite. He of course, had to stop being Mennonite when he married my grandma Irene in the 1930s. My grandma Irene a/k/a 'Nana' had and raised 7 children in Lititz. My father was the youngest. All of her children had children and then her grandchildren (like me) had children and I believe when Nana died, age 96, she had 56-children (maybe including spouses it was more) in her family. 'Nana' worked in the ticket booth when Lititz had a theater, then as a seamstress in a drycleaners and basically Nana knew everyone in the town and what everyone was doing... My maternal grandmother came up from W. Virginia with her father who worked in the Wilbur chocolate factory. He was a bretheren church minister. 'Mom Mom' was the rock of my life and mostly the reason my husband (a Manhattan guy) and I bought this home -- to visit her and Pop Pop and be on the farm and to visit Nana and my huge paternal span of relatives in the area... as I had been living in Manhattan and Summering in East Hampton where my husband's family is, this was to be MY second home. When we had our daughter in 2005,who was born basically to a city Dad and a country Mom, it became more of a joy to come and bring her to Lititz... We were paying so much to stay in hotels anyway... (I am allergic to the 200-yr-old farmhouse) and we just decided it would be a good investment. It made sense... We did not realize then how wonderful that choice would turn out to be for us.
Then, living in a NYC apartment as our home base and having a Summer home in the Hamptons, when I saw this little townhouse, which had been owned by an interior designer who really, I would say, had 'gone to town' on the place, I just fell in love.... It was like the kind of well-kept homes that my Aunts and Uncles have in Lititz -- a real country style like in the peaceful setting of Amish country where I grew up -- but also, I felt it had the comforts of the Hamptons and wanted to make it a country home with a Hamptons kind of flare. I set out to make it private and decorated the home with local artists' designs and ideas inspired by the Mennonite woodworking crafts (as was my Papa)... But after once staying in a hotel in the area which boasted being furnished 'Amish' style, and finding -- you know -- modern day society is not so comfortable sitting on hard shaker-style chairs and all... I decided to make our 2nd home in the 'country' (as my husband thinks of it), comfortable and luxurious. Like a place we would be happy if we were homebound in a storm... Originally, I had NO IDEA I would be decorating for guests and perfect strangers... I made the home for our little 3-person family. (Thus why only 3 recliners... and I have had complaints about that...I'm working on it!) But sadly, when 'Mom Mom' started to become ill and then passed away in 2009, I decided the best way to be able to afford to keep it as a 2nd home when we were not going to Lititz as often, would be to rent it out on Homeaway.com. And then that idea took off. I had no idea people would want to come and vacation in Lititz in a home, but then it made sense... Lititz IS the coolest town (as Budget magazine has said). I have a lot of passion for it... It is my home, my roots... like no other place. And I have been around ; ) So like I hoped for my daughter, I hope you too can have the feel of Lititz like I did growing up. I am so blessed, and I love being able to share that.
Location, location, location !