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Vintage Romantic Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Our little retreat is in the middle of a Charles Dickens like village.

Step back in time in an Arts-and-Crafts style cottage preserved and filled with period antiques, while enjoying the modern amenities of a full kitchen, Cable TV, Bose music docking station, internet service, and comfortable beds. One and 1/2 baths, two bedrooms with queen beds, one with a single bed, the cottage comfortably sleeps 5. A working 1930 refrigerator and a vintage replica electric stove adds to the experience of living in an earlier era.

Relax on a large front porch, chat with passers by, and even nap outdoors on the swinging bed. The neighbors are welcoming and friendly.

You'll relish your daily strolls through the narrow streets under a canopy of monstrous pines and oak trees. You will delight in the architecture and artistic variety with each dwelling you pass.

There are three restaurants and an ice cream parlor within walking distance. The Jigger Shop Ice Cream Parlor has been in operation since 1895.

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Dale & Cheryl Kreider
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Dale & Cheryl Kreider

Cheryl and I grew up in south central Pennsylvania. Both of us enjoyed occasional summer days in Mt Gretna, swimming in the lake, skating at the roller rink, or visiting the Jigger Shop for ice cream. As post high school sweethearts we even dated there once or twice.

During the past 6 or 7 years some friends of ours invited us to stay with them at their Camp Meeting cottage on Art Show weekend. The thought of owning a place of our own was beginning to germinate.

Dale & Cheryl Kreider purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Dale & Cheryl Kreider chose Mount Gretna

As our 35th wedding anniversary was approaching, we decided to begin looking. We immediately fell in love with this particular cottage because it had been kept relatively original in the interior. Though over time, a few modern amenities were added like a 1930 refrigerator and a vintage replica stove, a dish washer, microwave, Bathroom fixtures, etc., the walls of natural bead board have never been covered or painted. The cottage has the look and feel of the time it was built around 1900.

The name 'As You Wish', a line from the movie, 'The Princess Bride', makes it our personalized romantic getaway. Just thirteen miles and yet '100 years' from home, we come here as often as we can.

What makes this cottage unique

We removed all the modern lights and replaced them with antiques, including antique chandeliers in the dining room and two of the bedrooms. Virtually everything on the property is an antique with the exception of two comfortable chairs in the living room, and a flat screen TV hidden away on an articulating arm behind a closed door.

As You Wish is located on a nice street and surrounded by good neighbors on every side. Just a block from the Tabernacle, you can walk to enjoy the summer music festival events, or sit and enjoy them from the porch.

Heated in the winter and air conditioned in summer, you can find peace and solace here at any time of year.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Mount Gretna

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • 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
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Flat Iron and Hair Dryer available
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs Powder Room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Pak-N-Play available for an infant or toddler.
  • Linens and bath towels are available for a fee of $30. A washer and dryer are available if towels or linens need to be laundered during your stay.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Electronic lock at the front door will be set to the last 4 digits of your phone number.


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Vintage Romantic Getaway
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 51 reviews

Great trip, beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Unique touches throughout the house. Comfortable beds. Great getaway for 2 couples with 2 young kids.

  • Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! We always appreciate when our guests enjoy the efforts we take to make the cottage comfortable and unique.
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5 star home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Once again this beautiful cabin was our home away from home for another wonderful Christmas celebration. Cheryl goes above and beyond in making guests feel welcome and even decorates for a Victorian Christmas. Thank you for contributing to our families happiness in enjoying another wonderful holiday in Mount Gretna. This cabin is beautiful anytime of the year and I will always be returning as often as I can here. Absolutely love this place.

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, very cozy.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Peter, for your kind review. We always like to hear our guests appreciate the coziness of the cottage. We strive to make it a place anyone would enjoy.
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Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay at your cottage. The place exceeded our expectations and is unbelievably lovely. Owner's attention to detail is amazing and could not have done a better job furnishing and decorating the place. Very well stocked and towels and linens luxurious. Thank you so much for such a charming stay. Also, walked to La Sorelle for breakfast and it was excellent and had dinner for the first time at The Timbers, and it couldn't have been anymore delicious. Picked up two beautiful bouquets from Mary, the flower lady and shopped at La Cigalle as well.

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming perfection in a quaint and quiet village

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time. Dale and Cheryl have thought of everything. The kitchen is fully-stocked with everything you could possibly need. I hope you like fine China and vintage crystal. That is what you will be using to sip the wine and eat the cheese that you bring to enjoy the beautiful and relaxing porch, that includes a wonderful swinging bed! But, the kitchen furnishings don't begin to tell you the kind of attention and detail put into this beautiful little cottage. First, the interior looks untouched from Victorian times. Original beaded board, unpainted and oxidized over time to a rich, warm chestnut color, create a feeling of originality and authenticity that is so rare. As they say, "it is only original once." Cheryl and Dale have decorated the entire cottage with period antiques, including a multitude of period light fixtures, making you feel like you are experiencing Mount Gretna as it as intended when built 150 years ago, in the wooded hillside outside of Lebanon, PA. I should also mention the tremendously comfortable beds and the still and quiet of the woods, of a kind rarely experienced. You will sleep here, like you haven't slept in years. In the morning, walk to La Sorrelle for a perfect breakfast, where you help yourself to sticky buns while you wait for your breakfast to be prepared. Hike in the woods. Enjoy the lake. Experience the frenzy of the Timbers (the only uncalming place in all of Mount Gretna). Stay here!! You will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a return to simplicity - talk with your guests and neighbors.- while the night away looking at fireflies and making new friends on the porch... if you take a break from the TV for a night or two (though one is cleverly hidden in the cottage) and want to connect in a different way, you will do it here. Rustic elegance in a friendly community. An authentic experience of a time that has passed... but lives on at this little cottage in Mouby Gretna.

  • Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated, very clean, charming.

  • 5 of 5

Like stepping back in time, yet w all of today's conveniences. It is a Peaceful pretty place.

  • Submitted: 2-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Harrisburg International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tree Top Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Amtrak, Elizabethtown Train Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
PA Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Mt Gretna Lake
Car: recommended

See photos for a map to our cottage once you arrive in Mt Gretna.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Mount Gretna

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Linens Fee C$39.81
Refundable Damage Deposit C$265.38
Cleaning Fee C$66.35

Providing your own bed linens and towels? Please plan for queen size beds, and a single bed if needed. Towels and Bed Linens are available for a fee of $30. There is a washer and dryer available if laundering of linens and towels is needed during your stay.

Cancellation Policy. Cancellation must be made 45 days prior to check-in for full refund of deposit. See Rental Agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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