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Sleep Peacefully In An Old Stone Country Church House In The Pa Dutch Region.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 With Loft, Kitchen, Sitting Room, And Patio

Enter your private retreat across the same sandstone threshold that parishioners did since 1862 when the building was first built. The 2 foot thick stone walls block out the sound and stress of the world outside while you relax in the sitting room in front of a cozy fire. The main sitting room/dining area and small kitchen is decorated with a colonial touch. Mt. Culmen is the perfect place to stay for a few nights or a few weeks while you explore the area. It is ideal for those who like the welcoming feel of a bed and breakfast but want a higher level of privacy and independence. We prepare a light breakfast in advance, for guests to enjoy at their convenience. We live nearby, though not on the same premises. The bedroom with queen size bed, adjoining bath and a private sitting room are all located on the first floor. A unique spiral staircase leads to the loft overlooking the main sitting area. The two single beds provide sleeping accommodations for two additional guests, for a total capacity of four people. Children must be over the age of 10. Hand hewn, charred and rugged, a cross hangs above the fireplace as a testament to the Source of solace found by the original visitors to the building. It served as a church from 1862 until the mid-1960's when it was converted to a private residence. We purchased it at an estate sale in 2007 after a fire nearly destroyed the structure. After a complete renovation, we are delighted to share Mt. Culmen with guests from around the globe who come to be refreshed.Listen to the wind whisper through the pine trees while sitting on the flagstone patio. The old blacksmith's shop across the walkway gives a secluded feel to the westward view across the Weaverland Valley. Amenities include: Refrigerator, range/oven, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and CD players, alarm clock, gas stove, heat and AC, antique push-button light switches, paved driveway, patio table and chairs. There are three steps in the walkway, one step up into the guest house and the bathroom is handicapped accessible. At Mt. Culmen, sleeping in 'church' is required!

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Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

About Ronda

We both grew up in eastern Lancaster County just a mile from Mt. Culmen. Just a generation ago, our families traveled the neighborhood in horse and carriages, farmed the land and cut firewood in the hills. My husband has always been fascinated by local history, so the old stone church-turned-guest house fits our interest. I enjoy trying new recipes to share with our guests for their breakfast. Mt. Culmen is really a labor of love for us. Hearing how others have been refreshed, renewed and re-focused during their stay is what motivates us. Just as the building itself has been restored to a new use, so the cross above the mantle reminds our guests that God can restore broken and burnt-out lives and relationships.

Ronda purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ronda chose Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Mt. Culmen overlooks the valley where my husband's family has lived for generations.Since the 1700's when his relative and inventor joseph shirk created the first grain cradle. We had talked for a few years prior about setting up a guest house nearby our home. We even mentioned this specific property as we would drive by it regularly. When it came up for sale after the fire, we purchased it and began a total reconstruction, culminating a year later with an open house.We like things that have a story to them, and this property certainly fits. It has a small adjoining cemetery, presenting some unique challenges to the land acquisition and lot consolidation!

What makes this cottage unique

Most of all, Mt. Culmen provides a peaceful place of respite both to our guests and to us while we are maintaining it.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Earl in Lancaster County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom entrance through master bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 / Loft - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master bedroom with queen bed has a dresser, mirror and a window.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


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Sleep Peacefully In An Old Stone Country Church House In The Pa Dutch Region.
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 37 reviews

Cottage was Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We purchased tickets to see a show in reeding and wanted to stay nearby. We found this gem. The house is so beautifully restored and so clean. We sat outside and drank wine while we watched the Amish horse and buggies ride by. We explored the grounds. Later that night we curled up on the couch in front of the fireplace. In the morning we enjoyed the breakfast left in the refrigerator for us. We absolutely recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and quiet. Wonderful wknd away for our anniversary.

  • 5 of 5

Keith and Ronda really went above and beyond fixing up this wonderful peace of history. I loved it. Every detail was great all the way down to the small breakfast she left for us. Thank you for sharing your home. God bless you both.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Haven!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband couldn't get done raving about all the delightful, lovely details, and the exceptional peaceful, pleasant atmosphere of this little haven. We were delighted to find baked oatmeal, fresh blue berries and strawberries, apple juice, milk, yogurt and breakfast sandwiches in the refrigerator as well as homemade granola and a banana on the counter. "We will come here again!" My husband promised. Everywhere we turned were thoughtful, tasteful touches and charming antiques, providing a pleasant atmosphere. The entire property and home were pristinely clean, and the furnishings were tasteful and comfortable. Pictures don't do justice! The many thoughtful details made the stay like a delightful treasure hunt. But most of all, the house provided a peaceful, comfortable, refreshing atmosphere for us to crash and refresh on a busy weekend. Rhonda's communication was very prompt and helpful. The Old Stone Church surpassed all our hopes and expectations, and I know we will be back to this hidden gem!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was AWESOME! The property is beautiful and well-maintained. It is located in the rural hills of Pennsylvania--so beautiful and peaceful! We stayed two nights and made the cottage our homebase as we traveled up to Northampton County, PA to do some genealogical research of my ancestors. The history of the cottage as a former church was intriguing and the remodeling done to the structure is wonderful. Ronda had a light breakfast prepared for us which she left in the refrigerator and all the information and instructions we needed to enjoy our time at the cottage were provided both in advance and in the cottage once we arrived. Ronda also went above and beyond when she shipped us a bag my husband had inadvertently left at the cottage. Overall, one of the best places we've ever stayed anywhere in our travels and the customer service can't be beat! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Restored Old Church Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this awesome old church that has been tastefully restored by Ronda and her husband. We did not meet the owners, but communication was wonderful. The attention to detail and the way the restoration preserves the authenticity of the original country church are amazing. We were comfortable and very relaxed in the picturesque setting of the cottage in PA dutch land. Many horse drawn carriages passed by the property throughout the day. We felt like we were back in time! We highly recommend this place for a quiet, romantic get-away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, comfortable and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

This guest house is full of charm. We loved reading about its rich history, and we had everything we could possibly need. The owners provided a nice breakfast for us also. It couldn't have been any better. It was so relaxing and rejuvenating. We cannot wait to go back. This guest house is a true gem.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Honey Brook Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
PA Route 23
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Bella Italia, Bowmansville
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Bear Creek
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Car: necessary

The mt. Culmen guest house is your own private cottage away from home. It is nestled among tall pine trees at the edge of a fertile valley farmed by industrious amish and old order Mennonites. Carriages and bicycles traveling past bring reminders of simpler times. Local attractions include the hope well furnace national historic site, a nearby amish bake shop, antique shopping in church town, historic pool forge park and covered bridge, shady maple smorgasbord and farm market and more. A small country church is within walking distance for Sunday morning worship. Outlet shopping at many of the nation's largest retailers is within easy driving distance in lancaster and reading. Located within an hour's drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Hershey, mt. Culmen is the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the region's many attractions.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in East Earl, Pennsylvania

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1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Weekly and monthly rates available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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