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Cottage life: Raystown Lake , Allegrippis, Penn State, Juniata College, Birding

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Serene, newly renovated 2 BR cottage on 145 acres, minutes to Raystown Lake

Just 2 minutes from the Juniata River and 8 minutes from Raystown Lake, this pristine mountain retreat is one of just two houses on a 145-acre forested tract and offers you a unique blend of the best of both worlds-- relaxation and solitude on site, coupled with easy access to off-site local attractions appealing to a variety of interests. The newly renovated cottage and surrounding property is a destination in and of itself where guests can enjoy the comforts of home amid the beauty of nature... Already home to several species of "lifetime birds" identified in three official counts this year, our property was selected two years ago to participate in the Golden-Winged Warbler Conservation Project, an effort to help boost the songbird's dwindling numbers. Proximity to Raystown Lake and the Juniata River accounts for the Bald Eagle sightings here as well as those of Golden Eagles. Our maintained walking trails beckon you to exercise, to reflect, to explore, and to pick wild blackberries and blueberries in season. In the early morning hours and at dusk, kick back on the deck and look for the appearance of turkeys and deer as they emerge from the woods... Evenings in the backyard around a fire are a prelude to clear nights for stargazing--the Milky Way is visible here as there is no light pollution to interfere with your view... For those who want to cocoon, curl up to a book or magazine (ours or one of your own); snuggle in to watch a movie from our collection or a favorite TV show, or tune in to the big game... Just a short drive off the mountain opens up some opportunities for other adventures. For enthusiasts of striper and other sport fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, etc., Snyders Run Boat Launch is just an 8-minute drive, offering access to Raystown Lake, 30 miles long and with a 110-mile coastline. The lake also boasts hiking and biking trails (Nearby Rothrock Outfitters rents bikes), and a beach for swimming... The river experience is equally inviting (and just 2 minutes from the cottage doorstep); for those who don't have kayaks or canoes, Rothrock Outfitters not only rents out equipment but also provides transportation to and from the river... Nearby Swigart Museum (the oldest car museum in the United States) and its extensive collection of antique cars will not disappoint vintage car enthusiasts--at any given time, 30-35 of the 150 vehicles in the collection are on display... Rail enthusiasts will enjoy the area's rich railroad history, including the Horseshoe Curve (an engineering marvel in its day) near Altoona and The East Broad Top Railroad in Rockhill Furnace whose 36-inch track is the oldest remnant of the Narrow Gauge rail in the United States. And the community of nearby Water Street is part of the Rails to Trails system. A favorite rail-related hike and must-do is the Thousand Steps at Mount Union (count 'em!), at one time the only path up Jack's Mountain for the railmen whose work awaited them at the top; and while there are several nice golf courses in the area, the most scenic--and most challenging-- is that of the American Legion Country Club in Mount Union... For Juniata College, Grier School, and Penn State fans and family, the cottage is within easy driving distance to events at those schools--15, 30 and 50 minutes respectively... Theater-goers can tap into the area's rich stage traditions at the McConnellstown Playhouse, the Stone Arch Playhouse in Lewistown, the Boal Barn in Boalsburg, and the traveling productions of the State College Community Theater... Winding and scenic, the country roads of this area lend themselves to long motorcycle, convertible and bicycle rides, among them through Big Valley on Route 655 where travelers can observe and learn about the culture of the local Amish whose simple, quiet lifestyle contributes to the tranquility of life in the valley... Lincoln Caverns, Penns Cave and Indian Caverns provide guests a closeup look at parts of the vast cave system in Central Pa.... Local amusement parks promise a day of fun for kids and adults alike --DelGrosso in Bellwood, Lakemont in Altoona... State Parks are located at Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, Reed's Gap, Poe Valley, Licking Creek, Canoe Creek, etc. and their beaches/swimming areas, hiking/biking trails, and picnic facilities constitute free family fun... And for the wine aficionados, Brookmere Winery on Route 655 in Big Valley and the Seven Mountains Winery on Route 322 toward State College have broad appeal... Is there more? Sure-- come see for yourself. At the end of each day, you'll enjoy settling in to the peace and comfort of cottage life.

Don and Natalie Love
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Huntingdon in Huntingdon County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Furniture must remain where host has positioned it.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower and tub combination Paper products provided Linens provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Large dresser, large closet, rocker/recliner combination
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large dresser, large closet, side chair
  • Complete with a comfy memory foam topper, the futon in living room sleeps 2 more
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Hunting negotiable


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Cottage life: Raystown Lake , Allegrippis, Penn State, Juniata College, Birding
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Neat as a pin

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was just as neat and cute as the pictures show. The Loves

has obvioulsy poured a lot of love and time into this property!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Cozy Cottage for an Amazing Price!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! We were impressed by the amenities, quality and the attention to detail! Don and Natalie were wonderful attentive caretakers. They were available to answer every question we had.

Thank You for allowing us to stay in your home! We will refer you to others!

Arlene Wechsler

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly like the pictures online.

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and the cottage is very clean. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen is fully stocked with anything you may need to make meals and more. When I arrived I was greeted by Don and he notified me that a storm was expected in the evening he brought me extra candles and bottled water incase the power went out. The power did go out that evening leaving me with no lights or water until the following evening. Don and Natalie were very concerned about the inconvenience and offered to take one nights stay off my bill so I could get a hotel for one night if I chose to do so. I went hiking most of the next day and power was back on before 8pm so I was able to stay and enjoy the cottage and walking trails on the property. I would highly recommend booking this cottage you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet clean cozy relaxing equipped little Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

This small Cottage in the hills east of Raytown Lake was exactly what we were looking for. It is 20 minutes to the lake. Hiking and biking trails are abundant within a few minutes drive and property has substantial walking paths just outside the back door. It sits high on a hill adjacent to the owners house and barn. There was ample privacy and Natalie was available if we needed anything. But we we didn't need anything because every last detail was already thought of. We highly recommend without question.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable! Beautiful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We couldnt be happier with our stay here. The owners are extremely nice and have thought of everything for this rental. The cottage is very clean and convenient to many other things just as they stated. We will definitely be returning!

-Cori and Jen

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the cottage by Raystown Lake. It was truly wonderful. The cottage was charming and clean. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. The Loves had filled the bird feeder by the back window so we had many visitors to watch from the reading chair placed next to the window. On our first day, we explored the property and the many trails. Because the property is being transformed into a bird "sanctuary" the woods and meadows are filled with all sorts of birds. Walking the trails we saw birds, plants, fungi and animal tracks. Our favorite was rhinoceros trail along which the grandchildren of the Loves had placed plastic rhinos (and one hippopotamus) for people to find. A magical treasure hunt for our children (ages 4, 6 and 11). The children also enjoyed the simple pleasure of the small tree fort with two swings attached to a large tree. By the back door, the Loves had placed a bucket with kindling, gloves and lighter for the fire pit just outside, as well as a table cloth for the picnic table. Everything was so thoughtful and neat.

The property was an oasis of calm and then we met the Loves and Scout. They were so generous, friendly and welcoming. Mr. Love took us on a walk of the property. Mrs. Love brought us board games and books that she thought the children might like. We played frisbee with their dog Scout. Scout was a joy to be around. I have a child who is allergic to dogs so we usually can not stay in places that have dogs. Because Scout is not allowed in the cottage, we were able to have the best of both worlds. A dog to play with without the allergies. As we were leaving my daughter asked me if I thought their last name was Love because they were so nice.

I recommend this wonderful cottage. The Loves are wonderful hosts and the property is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43.5 Miles
State College, PA
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Boxers, Huntingdon, PA
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Huntingdon CC;' Standing Stone Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Huntingdon, PA
Nearest Restaurant
1.71 Miles
Tops Diner
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Blue Knob, Claysburg, PA
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Huntingdon, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £261.6
Cleaning £42.32
Tax Rate 6.0%

No smoking indoors, not pets (for consideration of others' health, comfort)

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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