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Historic Kempton Schoolhouse at the base of the Appalachian trail.

Bedrooms 1
Space 844 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

1 bedroom-1 bath in rural PA Dutch farmland. Slow down & step back in time!

Nestled in the foothills of the Kitatinny-Blue Mountain range less than 1 mile to the Appalachian Trail & 2 miles to world renown Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, you & your guests can step back in time to a different era. Slow down, regenerate, create and celebrate! Our private one bedroom-one bath historical schoolhouse in Kempton, PA can be your year round special retreat. We welcome all visitors from a one night romantic wedding night or anniversary getaway, three night girls' weekend, to month long artistic retreat. Paint, hike, bird watch, tour several local award winning wineries, shopping at Cabellas or Vanity Fair Outlets, your options are totally up to you. Or, you can snuggle up in the hammock with a good book or sit on the private stone patio sipping wine while star gazing! A special WELCOME Basket will be presented upon your arrival filled with local farm raised homemade goodies for you to enjoy during your stay. Our fully stocked kitchen will let you choose whether to eat in or dine out. We provide all linens, towels, pots & pans, etc. We are air conditioned for your comfort. King sized bed in the master bedroom with an elevated Queen AeroBed for additional guests or children. Wake to the sound of birds singing and beautiful views of the Albany Township bucolic countryside, pristine trout stocked streams, shadows of the wild Appalachian mountains or colorful wildflower filled meadows. Soothe your soul! Whether you are looking for a unique private romantic getaway or a safe and economical family vacation, Kinder Hawk Schoolhouse can meet your needs. Privacy to commune with nature, privacy to contemplate, restore and redefine, privacy to create and perfect your craft and privacy for passion!

Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About The Owner

Growing up within a quarter mile of both Kinder Hawk Schoolhouse and our current farm, Jim, has intimate knowledge of the Albany township/Kempton area. Our main business is Robertson's Renovations General Contracting. We specialize in renovating older homes. Kinder Hawk will eventually become our retirement home - but we are still too busy with other things, like volunteering for the US Fish & Wildlife banding birds of prey, or volunteering for Albany Township Historical Society, gardening and grandchildren! We would love to invite you to experience true old fashioned PA German farm hospitality and welcome you into the family!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2014

Why The Owner chose Kempton

Kinder Hawk Schoolhouse used to be a part of our 40 acre farm. After many years of educated local children then being converted into a private residence, we were fortunate to be able to purchase the schoolhouse in December of 2014 and add it back into our farm!

What makes this cottage unique

Private, unique, economical, quiet and very cozy and comfortable with outstanding views!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kempton in Albany

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 844 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Newly renovated with tile shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen elevated Aeroed & Pack n Play available upon request.
  • Master bedroom with King sized bed. Large closet area. Cable TV. all lines are provided and bed will be made fresh and ready for your arrival.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking


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(15 traveller reviews)

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Historic Kempton Schoolhouse at the base of the Appalachian trail.
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

A beautiful step back in time to a one-room country schoolhouse

  • 5 of 5

The owners and their cousin thought of everything to provide comfort for their visitors. Games, books, shampoo, soap, contact lens supplies, food in the cabinet (that doesn't need to be refrigerated), you name it. It's truly a beautiful cottage, perfect for our weekend stay. The surroundings are breathtaking, too.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to the schoolhouse and planning to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My new place for peace and comfort

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at the beautifully historic schoolhouse. I couldn't wait to spend more time since the first was last minute and only 2 nights. Deb was so so amazing accommodating me! The welcome amenities were so thoughtful and practical. That bread!!! The grounds are so fun to explore! The history of that little cemetary fascinated me! I loved sitting with my coffee and watching the groundhogs. There was everything I could possibly need there. The bed was amazing! All kitchen basics. Only thing I missed on both trips was the gas grill that was supposed to be there but wasn't. No matter, I loved every minute and will definitely return again soon when I crave country and quiet and kind people. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful treasure with others....

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights there with my girlfriend and it was really relaxing!

We got a complimentary "welcome" basket which gives a few excellent local products and the house was exactly as advertised! Spending the evening next to the fireplace was great and there was literally NO sound at night which coming from NYC was probably the best we could hope for... The area is nice to visit but we also spent an entire day hanging out next to the house in the sun which was very enjoyable.

The owners were very responsive and accomodating.

All in all, a 5-stars experience for a quiet getaway weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much! We always feel honored when a guest chooses to stay in our historic schoolhouse and has a wonderful experience. Come back to visit soon! All our best. Jim and Cheryl
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Spectacular setting!

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing place to stay. Historic school house nestled in the rolling hills at the base of the beautiful Kittatiny Ridge but with all of the modern amenities you might want (kitchen, tv, wireless, etc.). Great access to Hawk Mountain and I would highly recommend the scenic train ride to Jim Thorpe. The goodie basket upon arrival just put this over the top and the jam is to die for. Owners were extremely friendly but very respectful of our privacy. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be going back!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Kinder Hawk Schoolhouse. We would love to have you visit again sometime soon! All our best, Jim, Cheryl and Deb
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  • 5 of 5

Wow. What a retreat from the hustle and bustle. This is a fabulous property - tastefully renovated and serene. Cheryl and Jim responded quickly and professionally to our last-minute request. They also welcomed us with open arms (literally!) and, with a top-notch goodie basket, including fresh home-baked bread, fresh eggs, delicious cheese, jam and more. Great access to Hawk Mountain. Restaurants require a drive, but it's worth it.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for honoring us with your reservation. We would love to have you visit again! All our best, Jim and Cheryl
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
PA Interstate 78
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kempton, Greater Philadelphia

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Apr 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
28 Dec 2018 - 15 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £186.08
Cleaning Fee £37.22 + Tax

There is a two night minimum for Holidays.
There is an International Wire Transfer Fee for those using that service. Fee is $75.00 USD. This rental is on a first come first serve basis. The first person with a signed contract and payment shall have the dates reserved in their name.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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