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18th Century Stone Retreat, 72-acre Farm,Tuscarora Mt.,Near Whitetail/Cowans Gap

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Great for extended family, country getaway, ski vacation, small group retreat!

Nestled in the picturesque Little Cove Valley of south central PA, history joins with spacious comfort! The original stone portion of this lovely 6 bedroom retreat was owned in the late 1700's by a Revolutionary War soldier by the name of Christian Swend who fought in George Washington’s pivotal Battle of Trenton during Christmas 1776. The house was expanded twice to its current 3,500 square foot size integrating the original stone structure with the newer kitchen, family room, second floor bedrooms, and master bedroom suite additions. The stonework, deep window sills, wide plank hardwood flooring, fireplaces and concealed staircases of the original structure have been retained to preserve the historic nature.

The house, large enough for an extended family getaway or small group retreat, has a formal living room, a dining room (converted from the original kitchen), a combination kitchen and family room, six spacious bedrooms, each with its own unique features (see descriptions below), an exercise room, and a mudroom. All of the rooms are decorated with numerous antiques, crafts, paintings and prints, that make entry to each room a new and exciting discovery. Books, videos, parlor and board games are scattered throughout for both younger and older guest’s entertainment. There is no WiFi, but a new cell phone booster provides 4G LTE coverage for all US networks.

Outside, in addition to the historic outbuildings, await amazing mountain views, beautiful gardens, expansive lawns, fruit trees, and a picnic pavilion with a huge fireplace. At the base of Cove Mountain, the farmhouse sits on 72-acres of ground composed of a diverse mix of mature mountain hardwood forest, open fields, freshwater ponds, and mountain streams. PA State Route 456 bisects the property providing convenient access north to PA Route 16 and south to Interstate 70.

Local Attractions

Whether your goal is to relax, reconnect with family and friends, enjoy the outdoors, taste regional wines, or to take in the local history, this property has something for everyone. Nearby towns of Mercersburg, PA (12 minutes), McConnellsburg, PA (15 minutes), Hancock, MD (24 minutes), and Hagerstown, MD (30 minutes) offer glimpses of small town America with unique shopping, festivals, and restaurants while the property is also well situated to major attractions including the Gettysburg National Battlefield (60 minutes), the Antietam National Battlefield (60 minutes), the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Path and the Potomac River (25 minutes), Cowan's Gap State Park (25 minutes), the Whitetail Ski and Golf Resort (24 minutes) and the Rocky Gap Casino Resort (49 minutes).

For those who appreciate wine, there are no less than seven excellent PA and MD wineries (25-60 minutes) that offer a variety of wines for tasting. Other relaxing activities in the area include the Hagerstown Symphony Orchestra, the Totem Pole Playhouse in the Caledonia State Forest and The Capital Theatre in Chambersburg, PA.

Sportsmen can enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing and fishing. A must for winter sports enthusiasts is Whitetail Ski Resort which offers skiing and snowboarding a short 24 minutes away. In nearby Hancock, MD (at path mile 124), bikers and hikers can conveniently access the 184.5 mile long C&O Canal path which is located along the north bank of the Potomac River. Cowan's Gap State Park has a beach, kayaking & hiking. We are located near many spectacular golf courses, such as Greencastle Greens, Great Cove, Majestic Ridge, Whitetail Golf Resort, Black Rock, etc. In addition to the ponds on the property, there are many streams within a short drive that provide excellent trout fishing, along with catfish and many types of bass (FYI - guests under the age of 16 do not require a fishing license in PA).

The Tuscarora Trail, a branch of the Appalachian Trail System, runs north/south along the peaks of the Tuscarora Mountain to the west of the farm. Section 8 of the Tuscarora Trail, has several trail heads, two of which are quite close to the farm. Hells Hill (~1 mile) and Alice Trail (~3 miles) are the two closest trailheads for those who wish to hike. The Hells Hill Trail is a one mile climb meeting the Tuscarora Trail at mile 5.7. South from there, at mile 10.8, is The Lockings (elevation 2,020 feet), where one can experience fantastic views into Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The high point on section 8 is mile 10 with breathtaking views to the east and west.

For those looking to try some local dining, there are a wide variety of restaurants from 8-24 minutes away, the elegant Mercersburg Inn (14 minutes), the historic James Buchanan Pub (15 minutes), the home-style Foot of the Mountain Restaurant (8 minutes), and the charmingly unique Buddy Lou’s (24 minutes), as well as others. If you would like to skip the cooking and stay in, we have local caterers that we would highly recommend.

Farmhouse Tour

The main entry point is down a garden-lined brick walkway into the Gathering Room. This room is a combination family room/modern kitchen with comfortable seating, enormous island bar, a big screen TV, wood floors, stone wall, rustic table and benches, and antiques. From this central area our guests may enter the Hunt or Harvest Rooms, climb the stairs to the 5 upstairs bedrooms, go down the hall to the master bedroom, exit to the front patio, or access the mudroom.

The Hunt Room in the original stone house is the emerald and sapphire colored formal living room with seating for five guests on three artfully covered chairs and a unique divan. The prints and antiques of this room are ones associated with the fox hunt and with George Washington and the Revolutionary War. A Governor Winthrop desk can be opened and used for writing. This room also has a keyboard for those guests who wish to entertain with live piano and is especially enjoyable during the holidays. The stone fireplace has been capped and converted for use with provided candles, which when lit, add to the enchantment of the room.

The Harvest Room, in the original stone portion of the house, was the 1700's kitchen and is now the dining room. It is decorated in autumn colors, burnt reds, yellows and gold all of which complement the original brick cooking fireplace and massive wooden mantel. The fireplace has been capped and converted for use with provided candles. The dining room table in this room is an original antique harvest table that can expand to accommodate 12 people along with their bountiful feast. On the north wall opposite the fireplace is a large framed timeline showing a portion of our Christian history from Noah to Moses. Three framed pictures in this room are of the house in its original state. A door in the south-east corner is the original entrance to a concealed staircase leading to the Rose Bedroom. The dry sink to the right of the fireplace can be used as additional counter area for desserts to tempt the guests as they eat.

The Wine Room, the master bedroom suite decorated in burgundy and gold, is at ground- level and has a private bathroom and walk-in closet. The four-poster queen bed and vaulted ceiling with natural lighting from the east and west add to the splendor of the room. The Spring House and Pavilion are viewable from the eastern windows. The private seating area offers the guests a relaxing reading and conversation area away from the bustle and activity of the main house. There is also a private exit onto the brick front patio. An additional twin bed is available to be set up in this or another room.

The Garden Room, decorated in soft green, is on the second floor at the top of the main staircase and has two four-poster twin beds. This room receives the morning light from the east and southern light throughout most of the day. This bedroom has a private entry to the Red Bathroom at the top of the stairs. Two closets, a large wardrobe and mirrored dresser offer storage space for a variety of vacation items.

The Patriot Room, decorated in red, white and blue, is down the windowed hallway from the Garden Room and has a four-poster queen bed. This room receives light from the south through much of the day. The western wall of this room displays the original stone exterior wall of the main house. A bookshelf cleverly built into one of the original deep window holds a selection of patriotically themed books and movies for the guest’s enjoyment. The guests using this room have a choice of bathrooms, the Blue Bathroom is to the left out their door and the Red Bathroom is to the right.

The Rose Room decorated in red and white is in the original stone house and has a king bed. Access to this bedroom is from the concealed staircase in the Harvest Room or from the Blue Bathroom. This room receives natural light from the east and from the west. The room shows the original wide wood flooring laid down over 200 years ago as well as the deep window sills displaying the thickness of the original stone walls. The bookshelf on the east wall is the other side of the bookshelf in the Patriot Room. The Eagles’ Nest bedroom is accessed from the concealed doorway in the southeast corner of this room.

The Buttercup Room decorated in soft yellows and browns is entered from the Rose Room or from the Blue Bathroom and has a double bed. The room receives light from the west through two windows and is great for guests who like to sleep in late. The room is connected to the Blue Bathroom and to the Rose Room.

The Eagles’ Nest is entered from within the Rose Room through a concealed door and staircase in the corner. Passing up the curved staircase leads the guest to a charming and cozy bedroom with a two twin trundle bed. The south wall shows the stonework for the original Harvest Room chimney. The western window has a window seat built in allowing the guest to relax and read or comfortably watch the clouds pass over the Tuscarora Mountain

More Details

Curtis & Denise Rine
Member since: 2016
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Curtis & Denise Rine

Curtis and Denise Rine

Curtis & Denise Rine purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why Curtis & Denise Rine chose Mercersburg

We fell in love with this property as soon as we saw it. The history and charm are unmatched! The farm where we live is just a short drive away so we are frequently at the rental home to keep everything in great condition.

We have local caterers that we would recommend that could be available for your retreat or extended family gathering. Legitimately sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms - not on futons or cots!

What makes this farmhouse unique

Spacious and comfortable for a group of up to 14 people. The rooms are full of antiques, artwork, books, and games. Each room is cozy and welcoming - definitely better than a hotel! It is close to Whitetail Skiing or Cowan's Gap State Park and your group enjoys all the benefits of a big comfy home.

The Tuscarora hiking trail is exhilarating and a must for those with young enough leg muscles! The views are awesome to both the east and west. Our family climbed it last fall and are definitively going back again this fall.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Mercersburg in Warren Township

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14 ...
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - Red Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Blue Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Mudroom Bathroom - Toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - Garden Room - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Patriot Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - Rose Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - Buttercup Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - Eagles' Nest - 2 Single Bed , daybed with twin trundle
    Bedroom 1 - Wine Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Master bedroom with private sitting area, master bathroom
  • The twin/single bed in the Master bedroom can be stored away in the closet if it is not needed. Alternatively, it can be moved and set up in Bedroom 2 or 4 to meet the guest's needs. A set of bed side rails are available and can be used in any bedroom to provide additional safety for our youngest guests.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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18th Century Stone Retreat, 72-acre Farm,Tuscarora Mt.,Near Whitetail/Cowans Gap
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Beauty, charm, history, spacious interesting accommodations, something for everyone

  • 5 of 5

When something looks this good, the tendency is to be skeptical. However, in this case, what we got far exceeded our expectations. The hosts, Denise and Curtis, greeted us with such warmth and kindness and happily showed us around answering all our questions, accompanied by their 2 delightful daughters who also obviously took great pride in what is a labor of love by the whole family. The accommodations were spacious and allowed our assorted family members to converge for a relaxing getaway in pristine and fun surroundings. The children were treated to a vast assortment of games and toys to keep them busy and happily interacting. The best parts for them were the roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire in the outdoor fireplace, hiking through the forest trail. rolling down the hill over and over and fishing in the pond. They each luckily caught one fish which we convinced them to throw back. The accommodations afforded us the opportunity to have leisurely meals and just enjoy being together. No question, this has been one of our best vacations together and would look forward to doing it again. Oh, I of the special touches was the gift of a basket of gorgeous fresh multi-hued eggs from their own chickens, of browns and blues and whites which we enjoyed for our special Sunday morning breakfast. Thank you,Denise and Curtis. You really are special and the heart that you put into your property really shows.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are humbled by your compliments. We've said it before - two of the greatest joys of owning this farm are the wonderful people we meet and seeing family and friends gather together to enjoy one another. This has never been more applicable than with your family. It was a great pleasure to have you as our guests!
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Loved the home, the location and the owners

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a family reunion and had a great time. The owners are amazing and we loved the attention to detail. The owners came when we landed and gave us a tour of the place and showed us how everything works. The place itself was equipped with everything we needed and the bedrooms were very comfortable. The outdoor fireplace was great for a family BBQ!

The owners were so considerate that when they found my lost drone they offered to ship it back to me. We will be coming back here for our future reunions.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodations- large place - well appointed

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The house is well appointed, decorated and stocked. Kitchen has everything you need. Rooms are nice - comfortable beds. Wonderful outdoor spaces. The owners were great to communicate with plus they responded very quickly. We plan to stay again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad that you had a great weekend with friends and family. We hope to see you again sometime.
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Beautiful, well-located farm house

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 families enjoyed our stay immensely. About a 25 minute drive to the slopes. Lovely rooms and grounds, plenty of parking, a small gym room, table that seats 12. Note that while you can't make a fire inside, you can in the fireplace of the outdoor picnic table pavilion.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was lovely and spacious.

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our group of nine, spanning three generation. The house was cozy and decorated festively for the holidays. It has a lot of charm and plenty of room for all of us to spread out. We skied at Whitetail, and this was a good home base for a large group.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A warm blanket

  • 5 of 5

This house is lovingly cared for and it shows. We had a reunion with many families and friends and the house was perfect in all regards. The hosts are lovely and made us to feel right at home. The setting is as gorgeous and tranquil as advertised. We wish we lived here.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Beautiful mountain setting on 72-acre farm. We are minutes from Whitetail Ski Resort, C&O Canal Path, Tuscarora Mountain Trail, Cowan's Gap, and Mercersburg Academy


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.59
Refundable Damage Deposit £151.16

10% military discount available (ID required). Weekly rate of $429/night applies for 4 nights or longer. Additional charge for outdoor gas grill and/or firewood. See rental agreement for additional terms.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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