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Riverside cottage on the Susquehanna. Fishing, paddling, bald eagle watching.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom 2 bathroom (one with Jacuzzi tub) riverside cottage on the Susquehanna

Enjoy this cozy Riverside Cottage on the shore of the Susquehanna. Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals are available in the immediate vicinity; perfect for paddlers and/or fishermen/women, with a beautiful view of the river. Boat ramp adjacent to the front yard for launching trailered boats, with room on site for parking. Bald eagles nest in the area, as well as egrets, herons, and osprey.

Enjoy meals at the outside picnic table on the back deck, or morning coffee on the patio below. End the day by the fire pit in the back yard overlooking the river.

The cottage is set up to accommodate 4 people (queen bed in first floor bedroom, double bed and full size futon in lower floor bedroom) 2 heavy duty stacking cots in the walk through lower floor area; (great for kids 'camping in')

Flat screen TV w/ Blue Ray DVD Player in living room, including basic cable & Netflix; and secure Wi-Fi is provided. TV provided in the upper bedroom; the lower bedroom has a TV with built in DVD player, along with efficiency fridge/freezer & microwave oven. (No land line phone; please bring cell phone(s),reception is good.)

Oil heat in cool season; AC in the summer for your comfort.

Bring food and beverages of choice, clothes, and personal items; virtually everything else is provided for you (bedding, linens, soap, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, disposable razors & shave gels, beach towels, hot dog forks, firewood & kindling for fire pit, foil & saran wrap, dish soap, condiments & spices, etc.)

Remodeled kitchen with new hardwood floors, refrigerator with ice maker, microwave oven, electric range and oven, coffee maker, toaster, and blender. Kitchenware, and many spices and condiments provided.

Don't feel like cooking? It's less than 5 minutes' walk to the Waterfront Bar & Grill with a deck overlooking the river, serving lunch and dinner along with cold beer and drinks. Pizza is available in town for delivery, and the diner serves meals 24 hours a day.

Small bathroom on main floor with shower stall, Jacuzzi tub bathroom on lower floor.

Full size washer and dryer in lower floor with detergent and dryer sheets provided.

Storage room is available in the walk in basement for your use while staying at the cottage if you’d like to bring bikes or other toys.

At 444 miles, the Susquehanna River (named for the local Susquehannock tribe) is the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. The cottage is 77 miles north of Havre' De Grace, where the river enters the Bay, and 367 miles south of its origin in Cooperstown, New York. Looking north you can see a 1/2 size replica of the State of Liberty, located on one of the remaining Northern Central Railroad bridge piers in the Dauphin Narrows. Behind the statue, Second Mountain rises abruptly and marks the largest of the Susquehanna Water Gaps. Below the cottage, spanning the river is the Rockville Bridge, the longest stone arch railroad bridge in the world. (You can check out photographs of all three Rockville Bridges on the dining area wall in the cottage.)

Our 'Welcome Notebook' will suggest plenty of things to keep you occupied while in the area. We suggest you bring toys and arrive ready to relax and enjoy “river time”!

More Details

Doug & Mary Gibson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 June, 2017

About Doug & Mary Gibson

We own Blue Mountain Outfitters, a specialty canoe & kayak shop just up the hill from the cottage. We've been fascinated with paddling all our lives, and decided to make it not only our passion but our livelihood. When we got the opportunity to purchase this cottage adjacent to the boat ramp we use for our business, it clicked. We look forward to sharing our cottage and the Susquehanna River with you!

Doug & Mary Gibson purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Doug & Mary Gibson chose Pennsylvania

Access to the river for paddling, boating, and fishing. Within walking distance of a great tavern for drinks and meals. Close enough to Harrisburg, Hershey, and Gettysburg to enjoy all the favorite getaway spots, but quiet enough to chill out afterward.

What makes this cottage unique

We initially chose this cottage because of its proximity to the boat ramp in Marysville, which made it an asset to our Paddle Sports business. Once we bought and rehabbed it, we realized we had a place that would appeal not only to paddlers and fishermen, but to the general public as well. Our location, close to Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Carlisle and Gettysburg, is prime for all visitors, while being affordable. We hope you agree!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mary & Doug - the place is lovely! Comfortable and fully stocked It made for a great weekend away. Thank you!
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Marysville in Middle Paxton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • The lower bathroom has a toilet, sink with storage area, medicine cabinet, and 1-person shower/jacuzzi tub. The upper floor bathroom is very small, but includes a toilet, shower stall, sink with storage, and medicine cabinet. Towels are provided for 4 people. Also provided are shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors and shave gel, toothbrush holders, disposable cups, hand soap, and bath soap.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , There are also two cots located just outside the bedroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Main floor bedroom has a queen size bed, dresser, futon, side table, bedside stands, closet, TV with basic cable/Netflix, and access to front deck. Lower floor bedroom has 1 double bed, 1 double size futon, closet, TV w/ built-in DVD player & basic cable/Netflix, motel size fridge w/ freezer & MWO, and access to front patio. There are also two stacking heavy duty cots with sleeping bags and pillows located in a walk through area next to the lower bedroom, perfect for kids 'camping in'. Bedding is provided for both beds, the futons, and cots (sleeping bags on cots)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Riverside cottage on the Susquehanna. Fishing, paddling, bald eagle watching.
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic Cottage, Great Owners, Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a 5 week stay at this cottage and can honestly say that it was a great trip. The location is great with an amazing view of the river. Mary and Doug are such great hosts as well, not only answering any questions you have and assisting if needed, but they are just really good people. I enjoyed talking to Doug on a regular basis, as if we have been friends for years. We rented canoes from Doug and Mary, which they graciously let us keep for much longer, and had a great time going up and down the river. It's a beautiful river that isn't fast flowing, but is very shallow in places. As for the cottage, Mary and Doug had it well stocked and is great inside. We were a little unfortunate to stay in the hottest part of the summer prior to Mary and Doug installing central air conditioning, but everything else made the trip worth it. If we come back to this area next summer, this is the first place I'm going to try and reserve. Thanks again Mary and Doug for your hospitality and making us feel at home in your beautiful cottage. Wishing you guys the best!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you and having you stay at our cottage. We'd love to have you come back if you get a chance (especially now that the central air is in!) Doug and Mary
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Clean, neat and great location!

  • 4 of 5

Very enjoyable stay in a wonderful cottage. All the amenities are provided and it's very clean and convenient. We are repeat customers and plan on staying there again next year. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5, is that no sports channels, not even ESPN is provided. We had to go out to watch the NHL playoffs, would be great to have a basic sports package available.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil cabin on river

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. We spend Thanksgivings with our older son and his family and needed family friendly accomodations. Our host met us at the property and showed us around and everything was as promised on web site. The property is conveniently located to Gettysburg and Hersheys; and the views are great. My only disappointment was that ESPN was not one of the cable choices. Missed some good college football games.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for spending your family holiday at our cottage; we're glad you enjoyed it, and had a chance to explore the area. We're not football fans so hadn't thought of ESPN, but will look into it!
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Beautifully kept cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is beautifully kept and met all of our expectations. The owners were very friendly and accommodating as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a place along the river!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jay M.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited Hershey Park, Hershey Chocolate World, and took a buggy ride with Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides in Lancaster County. The River Cottage was just what we needed to get recharged during our stay. As explained to the Gibson's in an earlier e-mail, I am an avid Largemouth Bass fisherman, and have never fished for, therefore, caught a Smallmouth Bass. Catching a Smallmouth was on the bucket list. After our first day there, and resting up from a fun filled day at Hershey Park, my son and I went fishing behind the house toward the right of the launching area. Within an hour, I caught a 17", 3 1/2 lb Smallmouth!!! Talk about a vacation!!! Doug and Mary provided us with everything we needed, and then some with the house. When they mention the items they have provided for the house, they mean it. The house was well equipped with a lot of necessities to say the least. I am so thankful that I found this house to stay in during our visit. Taking a vacation, and doing what we had planned to do was great. But, when I can add my favorite activity such as fishing into the plan; I really hit the jackpot on picking this house!!! Thanks again Doug and Mary. You helped make our vacation better than expected!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly maintained and stocked!!!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED staying here!! The house was clean, beautifully renovated and maintained and fully stocked. Unlike other homes that I have rented, the owners Doug and Mary provided sheets and towels. Also all paper goods, cleaning products, shampoo and shower gel, and lots and lots of condiments, spices and other kitchen needs. All you need is food and some clothes. The property is right on the river and the owners own Blue Mountain Outfitters so we were able to rent kayaks which were delivered right to the house. The river is calm and shallow so no worries about the kids kayaking on their own. And just as the description promised we saw a couple of bald eagles right in the river!! I am already looking at my calendar to figure out when I can go back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay; looking forward to seeing you again! Doug & Mary
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Harrisburg International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Waterfront Tavern
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Millersburg Ferry
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
The Clubs at Colonial Ridge
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Amtrak Keystone Services
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 81
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Waterfront Tavern
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Ski Roundtop
Car: necessary

Located along the Susquehanna River, the cottage is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and just plain relaxing! boat rental is available just up the road, and local fishing guides can help you find small mouth bass hiding places.

Antique hunters will enjoy checking out the various antique shops throughout Perry County, which can be done in conjunction with visiting the many covered bridges as well. And don't forget the wineries; Perry County has two of their own, and there are many others within a short distance of the cottage. (Hint, if the Ferry Boat is running, you can visit Hunters Valley Winery in Liverpool, then catch a ferry ride across the river to Millersburg, home to the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.)

Looking for exciting night life? Check out Harrisburg's Restaurant Row. Love chocolate? Hershey is only 20 minutes away! While there, check out the beautiful Hershey Gardens and Zoo. And speaking of zoos, the animals are up close and personal at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, across the river in Halifax.

History buffs will want to check out Fort Hunter Mansion & Park, across the river from the Cottage, the National Civil War Museum, National Firefighters Museum, and of course the State Museum of Pennsylvania, all a short drive away in Harrisburg. And don't miss a trip to the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle; it's fascinating, and free!

If you have kids along and encounter a rainy day, check out the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg, which also includes a planetarium and theater, or take them to Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown; the weather's always the same underground! When the sun comes out again, check out City Island in Harrisburg, where they can play water golf, hit baseballs, and play in the playgrounds. If the time is right, you might catch a baseball game also.

Or visit Little Buffalo State Park in Newport, featuring hiking trails, a working grist mill, lake, and huge swimming pool; all at an affordable price.

Keep an eye on events at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex as well for things to do. Popular events include the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January, Great American Outdoor Show in February, Pennsylvania Home Builders Show in March, and many other events throughout the year.

Car buff? The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey will blow you away! And we're not too far from Carlise Events; home to a multitude of car shows throughout the year.

If skiing's your thing, Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter, along with a summer program featuring OGO ball rides, zip lines, bumper boats, chairlift rides, and a canopy tour.

Whatever you choose to do, know that your cozy cottage is waiting, with a spot on the patio or deck to chill out and enjoy the view of the river!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Marysville, USA

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30 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.61

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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