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Magical Clarion County Church Renovation

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

A very romantic space! The perfect atmosphere for the writer or artist.The large, open great room is inviting for yoga and exercise practice. A former church, this renovation has maintained a peaceful and meditative quality.A good place to make or listen to music. .Small back porch.Pretty bathroom with shower. The kitchen counter was once the counter in the old country store in the village of Lawsonham.The woodwork is beautiful and the high ceilings give one the feeling of freedom .The many windows invite the outside in. Come and rest a while, create, enjoy!

Mary Hamilton
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 November, 2017

About Mary Hamilton

I'm an artist and designer. My brother, who is co-owner has a history in preservation. We both have a life long love of antiques and the stories they tell.

Why Mary Hamilton chose Rimersburg

This church was on our great grandfather's property. It was built in the early 1890s and was an Episcopal Church until sometime in the early part of the 20th century. It stood empty for many year and in the 1960s our Mother opened an antique shop in the building.When my brother and I inherited the property we wished to preserve the structure and the history and have done extensive renovations trying to be true to the feeling of peace this structure possesses.Now there is s new addition with a bathroom and a fully functional kitchen. We wish to share this special space.

What makes this estate unique

The property is located on 80+ acres of mostly woodland. There is a pretty stream running through the woods. Wildlife abounds. When we were excavating for the septic system we uncovered some huge stones and built a stone circle near the church. A perfect place for meditation. It honors the memories of our Celtic forbears.The church is at the edge of the village of Lawsonham which was named after our ancestor who came her in the early 1800s. The Redbank Creek runs through it. It is not a very busy place now, although it once was, with hotels, a newspaper and a couple of stores. The counter in the kitchen area of our renovation came from one of the original stores in the village.At the bottom of the hill there is access to a Rail to Trails which is being developed.My brother lives nearby and is available for questions, solving possible problems and to make suggestions!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Rimersburg in Clarion County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Air mattress available if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
A Getaway space but not too far from civilization. Cook Forest State Park is 34 miles. Pittsburgh is 60 miles.Yoga Center nearby. Clarion University is 20 miles.The Clarion Mall is 18 miles away as is the hospital and numerous restaurants: Applebees, Sakura, Eat and Park etc. Not far from the Allegheny River and Foxburg with its wonderful, old golf course.


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Magical Clarion County Church Renovation
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
Rochester, NY


  • 4 of 5

Fabulous couple of days at this nicely appointed private, peaceful villa. I re-connected with a previous lover and love and laughter filled every space of this beautiful church. We originally met in a church so this "new" re-meeting was perfect!

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your stay at Avalon!!!
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Quirky Country Church

  • 5 of 5

Imagine your Grandmother ate magic brownies and then remodeled a 125 year church. Loved it but guessing it might not be for everyone. Great kayaking, fishing, biking (easy access to rail to trails, and some burley hills for road biking). Nice place to kick back and relax

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Place of Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the light coming through the windows and the quiet setting. The renovation kept most of the building's original charm and added a few extra amenities. Located less than one half mile from the scenic Redbank Valley Trail, it served as an ideal setting for our bicycle trip and explorations of the nearby areas. We enjoyed evening drives for ice cream at the nearby village of Widnoon, just south of the property. Our host was very friendly and helpful, and shared some of the building's history with us. We spent three nights due to work schedules. The property is ideal for longer stays, too.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orchard Park, New York

A perfect place to get away and just relax!

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place to just relax for a few days and we found it here! The accommodations are very nice and everything you need is provided. The place is much larger than the pictures show with a perfect little fenced area off the back porch so the dogs could go out anytime.

Mary, the owner, met us at the property and was kind enough to show us around and give us the history of the church.

We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lebanon, pa., us

Beautiful renovation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at the rental. We were traveling for a Pitt football game so we did not have a lot of free time to enjoy the property but the time we spent there was very relaxing and beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying in our special space! The ideal guests! Hope you visit us again! Best wishes, Mary
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What a beautiful place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and our dog) took a motorcycle trip to stay at the church. Rimersburg was a perfect destination with miles and miles of scenic, county roads. The house is comfortable, the setting is peaceful and the location is great. It's just a short drive to Clarion, Cook Forest, Brady's Bend and Foxburg. FYI - the Clarion River Brewing Company has good food and beer plus they allow dogs at their outside tables. The owners were wonderful! Mary was quick to respond to email and provide details of the reservation. The co-owner Lynn was really welcoming. She lives close by and even gave us permission to hike with our dog through the trails on the family property. Overall we were very satisfied with our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Pittsburgh International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rimersburg Area
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Rimersburg area
Car: necessary

20 miles from Clarion University and Interstate 80.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Insurance £44

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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