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Epic farmhouse waterfall view, dog-friendly near Amish + Sight&Sound + shops

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Charming Old Farmhouse Combines Serenity, Curiosity, Adventure And Convenience!

The 1860s Waterfall Retreat sits on a beautiful one acre lot with waterfall views & access to Flory Park via a picturesque footbridge - perfect for special pictures and memories. The park inspires you to fish Mill Creek, play in the playground, ride bikes, boat down the creek (be careful of the dam) and has a great dog-friendly trail that provides clean up stations. The 1860s Waterfall Retreat is constructed of old Lancaster brick and is located in the historic town of Fertility. Though updated, the home is best for older mature children due to unique furnishings and natural age aspects of the home's construction. Convenient location to all things in downtown Lancaster (Route 30 & Lincoln Highway) minutes to outlets, Sight & Sound, American Music Theatre, 15mins to Spooky Nook Sports, and right in the heart of Amish Country. The house has two separate living levels (duplex) and the old home layout with the two original front doors, transom windows and original white pine wood floors. The beautiful views of the waterfall through the massive sliding doors or from the porch are a highlight of both the first and second floor living spaces. The unique 2 unit layout was created in the early 1900s to accommodate a live in caretaker for one of the early owners of this old house. The layout provides the perfect opportunity to plan a retreat with family, friends, possibly even in laws and still have your own space to get away within the home. The bedrooms are historically cozy and charming, while the 3 living areas and 2 kitchens boast a very comfortable space for entertaining and socializing. The 1860s Waterfall Retreat looks forward to being your home base, as you will be able to relax on the property, explore PA Dutch Country, go antiquing, outlet shopping, wine tasting, brewery hopping, etc. and enjoy all that the property and area has to offer. Please note that the convenient location of this home is also the historical Strasburg Turnpike and still connects Lancaster to Strasburg; therefore, it is a very busy road and you are able to hear the traffic noise. If you are a light sleeper, please feel free to bring noise cancelling headphones or use earplugs provided in the bathrooms. As for experiencing the area, please message me if you are interested in meeting my Amish friend Barbara who runs an in home hobby shop for making greeting cards. I look forward to sharing the unique history of this property with you and helping you love Amish country and Lancaster as much as I do.


Owner
Suzi
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, A little bit of Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Suzi

Lancaster has always had a special place in my heart with its rich culture, history, great food but mostly because Lancaster is where my Grandparents lived! With my current career being a USA international field hockey umpire, it only made sense to buy a property near family and the USA Home of Hockey. I have owned this home since 2015 and am constantly updating it while also trying to preserve its charm.

Suzi purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why Suzi chose Fertility

This property is a dream home with enough land to keep me busy outside and all the inside charm and character that an old 1860s farmhouse can provide. The house has two living units divided between top and bottom living levels. This listing reflects renting the entire home. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into restoring this house, and I hope that you get to enjoy its serenity and can keep coming back to see all the progress I will be making on it in the years to come. It is so unique to own my own park like setting and to have the park, creek and waterfall all right there. Because I love the outdoors, hiking & fishing - this is the perfect location to enjoy it all with my best friend (my dog, Vernie).

What makes this farmhouse unique

This property is close by to Amish country and even has a rich Amish history, as several families have congregated here for years over the 4th of July. The balance that this house provides between the convenience of the location and the unique country historical location in Fertility, PA is the perfect blend for today's world. The views from the 1st & 2nd floor living areas and the porches are priceless. In the summer, the lush green and fruit trees with the waterfall sound in the background is so peaceful. Feel free to pick some raspberries on the property or eat a few of the pears from the pear tree. The first harvest of applesauce from the apple trees was absolutely wonderful! The beauty of the fall leaves and especially the bright yellow leaves on the unique Gingko tree central to the backyard is also a favorite view. Our neighbor spotted bald eagles soaring above the creek, and I have spotted a buck crossing the dam and running through the park. The shopping is pretty amazing here as well, whether it's a bargain at a flea market, mud sale or auction or heading to the outlets that you enjoy - we have it all in Lancaster County. I have my favorites, but this home is only 500 yards from the Old Mille House Shoppes that features beautiful primitive and country decor - the quilt in the 2nd floor master is from there. I hope you will be able to share with me some of your favorite views and photos from your stay or maybe even introduce me to something new in Lancaster County.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Fertility in West Lampeter

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Any extracurricular activities engaged in on my property or surrounding property is solely at your own risk.
  • Be respectful of other guests that may be on the property at the same time. Please walk softly in the upstairs to help reduce noise.
  • Please park straight in and as far forward in order to enable all guests to always be able to enter and exit the property facing forward.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second Floor Clawfoot tub Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Refinished claw foot tub/shower and washer/dryer for use
    First Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Classic matching sage green toilet and tub/shower
  • The 2nd floor bathroom is the pride and joy of my updating of this home. Please climb in and out of the tub with caution and use the grab bar.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Features queen size Serta mattress & traditional quilt
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom 2 has a queen memory foam platform bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 2nd floor Bedrooms currently feature queen sized beds and old repainted dressers from Grandma's house. The first floor bedrooms feature queen sized beds and old dressers/small closet area for storage. The bedrooms are located in the front of the house, so if you are a light sleeper, you will want to bring ear plugs or use the ones provided. The decor is constantly being updated or changed, so do check back often for updated photos and descriptions.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • caving
Notes:
The amenities of the historic 1860s Waterfall Retreat are constantly changing and improving. Please notify me of any preferences, as I stock basic breakfast bars/food items prior to your stay along with coffee and tea. If there is something that we don't have, but that you can't live without while staying at our property, please just message me and I will do my best to see if I can accommodate your request.

Reviews

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Epic farmhouse waterfall view, dog-friendly near Amish + Sight&Sound + shops
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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5

Authentic farmhouse feel, beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Spent Easter at this beautiful place. Hospitality was wonderful, Suzi was very helpful. Bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen, ( we stayed upstairs) Was clean and had everything I needed and more! But my favorite thing was to sit in the living room or on the deck and bird watch while watching the waterfall. I definitely recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect, dog-friendly home and "home base" for exploring "Pennsylvania Dutch" country

  • 5 of 5

My family (including grandma, tween son and two dogs) drove up for an extended weekend to spend some time exploring the area. We loved the house. The farmhouse has so much charm, but every convenience we needed. Suzi even stocked up on coffee, bread and yogurt for us. The setting is very nice, and the trails behind the house were perfect for walking the dogs. I was so happy that we stayed here, rather than in downtown Lancaster. Suzi's recommendations for food were also spot-on. We met Suzi when we came in, and she was so accommodating. We really appreciated being able to bring our dogs as well. As the listing mentions, the street in front of the house is quite busy, but the parking area is expansive and big enough to pull in and turn around. We'd love to come back sometime!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Every bit as comfortable this visit as last. Thanks for the hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxed, easy, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Close in rustic property feels like it is in the country. Very comfortable, Suzi did a great job.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Welcoming! Friendly! Clean! Reasonable! PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

The 1860s Waterfall Retreat is just as the pictures portray & the Home Away From Home write up is spot on. We stayed during the July 4th week with our 14 year old grand daughter & none of us wanted to go home! We stayed in the upstairs apartment with 2 bedrooms, large eat- in kitchen & bright living room with couch and recliner.

Pros:

-You’ll walk in the door and feel like you’re home! Suzi has provided everything you will need from coffee & breakfast foods to Q-tips & band aids -she’s forgotten not a thing!

-Suzi met us upon arrival & helped us into our apartment. The key lock box is like the ones realtors use if you are familiar with these.

-Suzi was responsive before, during & after our visit. She is prompt, clear & attentive to your needs. She even offered to run out & get a blender for our apartment!

-You can’t believe staying at this Waterfall Retreat that you are only 5 minutes from stores where you’ll be able to find anything you need.

-The home is clean, decorated simply as an 1860 farm house in the Amish County should be, & is welcoming. My husband has had back surgery & found the bed to be extremely comfortable.

-The yard & garden is well kept & friendly. We saw humming birds, a bright red cardinal, Canada Geese, ducks, a blue heron, a woodpecker, and blue birds visiting the yard! On July 4th we had Amish families visiting & the children were full of smiles!

-There’s a small electric grill on the upstairs deck & another larger grill outside the downstairs apartment.

-The location is perfect! You are 45 minutes from Hershey Park & an hour from Gettysburg (don’t miss the bus tour – it is well worth the time and money). The Amish Farm House & Amish Village (also recommend the bus tour – we all loved visiting with the goats, sheep, ducks, mules & horses!) are within 5-10 minutes. The PA Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz (it was one of the things listed in the many brochures Suzi left for us to explore – it was one of the top 30 things to do) has limited tours so you may want to call before leaving home to reserve your tour.

-On Friday don’t miss the Green Dragon Flea Market in Ephrata.

-There were guests downstairs, but we heard them only when we were in the living room & it was not disruptive at all.

-The air conditioning worked well

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolute Must Stay

  • 5 of 5

Suzi and Vernie were outstanding. We are already talking about making another trip there soon.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Sight & Sound Theatres
Tanger Outlet Lancaster
Rockvale Outlet Lancaster
Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
Rumspringa Brewing Company
Definitely look up the meaning of Rumspringa - it will help you better understand Amish Coun...
Abe's Buggy Rides
Great experience of Amish country with a former Amishman giving you all the inside gossip an...
Root's Country Market & Auction,Inc.
ONLY ON TUESDAYS!!! My favorite place on earth to get fresh local produce and meats! Even...
Spooky Nook Sports
An absolutely huge sports complex that has everything and anything for your adventuring or s...
Lancaster Central Market
A buzzing downtown central market with everything and anything Lancaster County has to offer...
Strasburg Railroad & Museum
Awesome place to take children and adults alike. Go for a train ride and take in all the am...
American Music Theater
Harrisburg International Airport
My favorite airport due to it's convenience, small size and the friendly staff always willin...
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Harrisburg International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Brasserie
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Cape May Lewes Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Lancaster Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Vinny's Pizza
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Ski Roundtop
Car: recommended

The retreat is central to everything Lancaster county. Only a 5-15 minutes from downtown Lancaster with amazing restaurants and shopping, Amish Country, Outlet Shopping, Central Market, Spooky Nook Sports, Dutch Wonderland, American Music Theatre and Sight & Sound Theatre, Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Antique shops, Fishing & Hiking, and so much more. You will need to spend lots of time in order to truly experience all Lancaster County has to offer. My favorite spots are fishing along the creek, going to Root's Market on Tuesdays in Manheim, and just enjoying the backyard of the 1860s Retreat with my dog.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Fertility, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Nightly Rate
22 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
£433
for 2 nights
From
£152
From
£152
Fri,Sat
£1,047
£2,963
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
18 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
25 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£772
for 3 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
1 Jun 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
10 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
15 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£572
for 2 nights
From
£222
From
£222
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
17 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
22 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£572
for 2 nights
From
£222
From
£222
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
24 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
1 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
8 Jul 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
15 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
22 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
29 Jul 2018 - 2 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£215
From
£215
Fri,Sat
£1,104
£2,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£320
for 1 night
From
£192
From
£226
Fri,Sat
£1,277
£3,346
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £85.84
Property Damage Protection £42.2
Tax Rate 7.1%

This is a reminder that this farmhouse has 2 separate living areas divided between the first and second floor and the rental now reflects renting the whole home, though you can inquire to rent 1 floor or another. Pets are considered with references, and responsible cleaning and reporting of any pet accidents in the house requested.
Cancellation Policy:
CANCELLATIONS. (a) If the Property becomes unavailable to the Tenant prior to occupancy, for any reason, Landlord agrees to refund the full amount paid to the date of cancellation, and Tenant agrees to release any claims against Landlord. (b) If, for any reason, the Tenant cancels this Agreement more than 15 days from the Arrival Date, Tenant will receive a refund of amounts paid, less a $100.00 cancellation fee. For Tenant cancellations made 14 days or less, all monies are forfeited unless Landlord is able to re-rent the Property under the same (or better) terms and conditions of this Agreement, for the full Term reserved. If the Property is re-rented under the same (or better) terms and conditions than this Agreement, Landlord will refund amounts paid, less a Cancellation Fee of $100.00. (c) There are no cancellations permitted within 13 days of Tenant Arrival Date. All amounts paid (Reservation Deposit and Final Payment) will be forfeited. Failure to pay the Final Payment in a timely manner will be considered a cancellation under this subparagraph and will result in forfeiture of the Reservation deposit.

Please contact me for any additional requests or needs to make your stay great!

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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