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Bedrooms 6
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 6th optional (owner's room). Cozy For 4, sleeps 16.

A DREAM FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY NATURE AND WILDLIFE ALONG WITH THE WARM PEACE OF AN EVENING FIRESIDE! Stroll along an old railroad bed beside a babbling and pristine trout stream running along breathtaking mountain views. A one-of-a-kind property with more than 500 private acres containing many hillside trails for your exclusive enjoyment--many options for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing or just wandering and wondering.

The flat open areas around the cabin and our full-size barn offer a variety of sites for your private events including weddings, reunions and corporate retreats. Horse stalls are available with both outside and inside shelter. And to get even further away, an extensive variety of open and wooded trails meander across and over the mountain for many miles. And we are just up the road from the north entrance to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon!

Sunsets bring on a sort of magnetism to our unmatched fire pit where many flames of debate have settled the differences of the past among friends. Of course, there is always another matter called to order for the next evening, or of course you can simply lean back, unwind, and find your answers in the stars...of which there are many! Very far from any neighbors, only the trees will hear your singing and tales, and they will pass along only a few whispers....

Inside the cabin, enjoy extensive hand-crafted woodwork and construction hewn from timbers on the property. Relax in front of a unique and inviting stone fireplace built from stones gathered from the property and surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. The fireplace rises from the center of the room with a cylindrical stack stretching up a two-story atrium and alongside a rustic spiral timber staircase. You won't want to leave this cabin...!

More Details

Joe & Maitland Sroba
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About Joe & Maitland Sroba

Bucks County, PA born and raised, I went south to UVA for both undergrad and grad school, open-minded enough to marry a VA Tech Hokie! Currently living in Richmond, yet I never lost the love for the PA mountains. I find it very pleasing and fulfilling to give our children the opportunity to explore and maintain a connection to nature's beauty and bounty!

Joe & Maitland Sroba purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Joe & Maitland Sroba chose Gaines

We have searched the PA Wilds for purchase opportunities for more than 20 years never quite finding that 'special' place until now. We'd love to share this gem with you...

What makes this cabin unique

This much frontage along a pristine trout stream is a rare find. Combined with the expert country craftsmanship of the interior along with the breathtaking mountain views, this property was impossible to pass up!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Gaines, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , UPSTAIRS
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , UPSTAIRS
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , DOWNSTAIRS
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In seperate game room building with add'l washer & dryer.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Locked for owner's use (available for additional $20/night)
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , Two sets of bunk beds, sleeps 4.
    Bedroom 6 - 2 bunk bed , Two sets of bunk beds, sleeps 4.
    GAME ROOM (in detached building) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 couches and plenty of floor space for sleeping bags!
  • Linens & towels not included in price. Can be provided for $10/person/stay. TWO washers and TWO dryers are available on site.
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
--Hunting is available for a fee only with specific permission and proper licensing. --Fishing is allowed in the pond. If fishing for trout in Pine Creek along the property, catch-and-release with artificial lures-only is required to preserve this wonderful experience for all. Many other wild and stocked trout streams are a very short distance away!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.857143 based on 77 reviews
Dauphin, PA

A little taste of Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

You know you had a wonderful vacation, when you are not ready to come home. We stayed here for 10 days/9 nights and it just wasn't long enough! We have been vacationing in this area for the past 8 years -- and growing up was where my family would vacation each summer. Normally we spend a good bit of time visiting places - Grand Canyon, Lyman Lake, the Lumber Museum - however this year we were so content just staying at the house. It had everything we were looking for. Plenty of trails for exploring and gorgeous views every way you look. The kids had tons of fun playing in Pine Creek and floating down through "the rapids" as they called them. We even floated right past a doe and her fawn getting a drink in the creek. The fireplace was amazing and we enjoyed roasting marshmallows and hotdogs around in. The kids even spent one night sleeping in a tent around the fireplace. The stars at night are breath-taking. We also spent quite a few evenings playing card games, darts and pool in the game room.

The house itself is beautiful. We enjoyed our evening meal out on the picnic table on the wrap around porch. The bird feeders constantly had hummingbirds visiting them. They are such amazing little creatures.

The owners were great. My husband called Joe several times throughout our stay to ask him questions - he was extremely quick to get back to us and was very helpful. It was a real pleasure renting from him.

It was the perfect family vacation at the perfect place. Thank you so much Joe, for sharing your home with us. We are already planning our stay for next summer. Thanks again for letting us enjoy our beautiful home and amazing property.

  • Submitted: 26-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ...and you were the perfect guest--you treated our cabin and property as if it were your own, and we thank you for that. We would be happy to have you rent from us again!
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Exceeded expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

Provided the perfect weekend getaway for me and my group of friends. Would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

The venue was perfect! The owners were helpful when the walk in cooler wasn't turning on they told me how to fix it right away. The owners are wonderful people! Our wedding turned out exactly how I pictured it. The cabin is gorgeous and there's a great big fire pit outside we sat around after the wedding. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a wedding venue or just a place to hang with friends or family for a vacation!

  • Submitted: 1-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great as always

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed here multiple times, hope to be back for many more. Rained for our entire trip last time but still a beautiful setting and cabin.

  • Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT place in the Pine Creek Valley

  • 5 of 5

I'm part of a group that all grew up together, but now travel from various states to meet up in the Pine Creek Valley for a fishing weekend - been doing it for 20 years. We spend nearly every moment of our day outside fishing, hanging out at the firepit, playing horseshoes and more. Finding the right spot for a quiet, relaxing get away is critical and we recently had to search out a new rental after 8 years at the same place.

The Octagon at Pine Creek not only came to the rescue, but set a new bar. The property is immense - 500 acres. We expanded from fishing, to fishing and hunting and Joe accommodated our wishes simply and smoothly - you get the impression right away that he just wants his guests to love this property like he does. We expanded the amount of public river we used to fish, to almost a mile of REALLY nice private water. No longer elbow to elbow, but we were by ourselves. We caught plenty of trout, and missed even more. When not fishing, we set up a horseshoe pit next to the fire, and grilled lots of food on the grill. The grill has a direct line to the main propane, so this made it easy for us not to travel with extra stuff. The house is a perfect blend between rustic cabin to modern necessities. It's set up with three bathrooms and ample bedrooms - all tucked away from the main dining and kitchen area. Appliances are all updated and include two washers and dryers. The house is well lit naturally and with the windows open, you let the fresh outside air in. In addition to the main house, there's also a game room. We checked it out for a few hours one night and shot some pool. This room is gigantic and a very cool place for all ages to hang out.

Finally, if I can write just a little more, it would be about Joe. His communication is nothing short of perfect. He was accommodating to no end and not intrusive at all. At the end of our trip, I talked directly to him about what we liked, where we saw potential, and he was very much appreciative of all feedback. It felt like more of a conversation between friends, then between the the traveler and renter. I have NO DOUBT we will be returning to this awesome property. Thank you, Joe!

  • Submitted: 8-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so gracious and kind with your comments, and we truly appreciate that. With your suggestions and our additional ideas, we still have many things to do to continue to improve the property and your enjoyment every season!
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  • 5 of 5

it was a perfect getaway for me and my two boys. Very cozy and relaxing

Joe went of his way to help us get settled

Thank again

Steve Simonfay

  • Submitted: 6-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Wellsboro Airport (15 mi.) & Williamsport (55 mi.)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Permastone Inn
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Tioga Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 6
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Log Cabin Inn & Antlers Inn
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Ski Sawmill
Car: necessary

A real local cheesery, maple syrup harvesting, fabulous star-gazing and many other sites and things to do...


--A jewel of the Gorge is the Pine Creek Rail Trail voted by USA Today as one of the "10 great places to take a bike tour." This 62-mile plus long trail with a 2% grade over its entire length travels through the Gorge starting at the Wellsboro Junction and ending in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.

LUMBER MUSEUM, GALETON, PA (15 minutes West)

--The PA Lumber Museum features the life and times of the lumber industry in Pennsylvania during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth’s prosperous lumber era when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation.


--The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and historical glass. You can learn about the science and technology behind innovations in glass through hands-on exhibits in our Innovation Center.


--Located in Wellsboro, PA operates excursion and charter trains.

FINGER LAKES, NY (1 hour North)

--Offers pristine lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and magnificent parks, as well as charming villages, one-of-a-kind museums, and unique shopping opportunities.


--quaint town for leisurely shopping, dining and strolling.

WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK (1 hour, 20 minutes North)

--Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Gaines, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 9 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
Jan 3 2019 - Jan 17 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cabin cleaning/supplies C$199.64
Refundable Damage Deposit C$266.18
Property Damage Protection C$78.52
Pet Fee C$79.85

**10 GUESTS INCLUDED in the base rate. Each add'l guest will be $15/day.
**LINENS & TOWELS available for $10/person.
**HUNTING permission must be granted in advance of rental. Additional fees apply.
**HORSES ALLOWED for $15/day. Details must be coordinated in advance.
**TAXES--6% PA Sales Tax and 5% Tioga County Excise Tax.
**All rates subject to change any time until the reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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