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Charming Riverfront Cottage with stunning views of the Susquehanna

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,526 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Relax in this quaint cottage that sits directly on the Susquehanna River. Step back into a simpler time and enter the beauty and charm of this two story house featuring a large wrap around deck from which you can watch eagles fly over the river. Walk right down to the water's edge and enjoy the river from our dock. Fish from the shore, or use one of our 6 kayaks to explore the Susquehanna and it's lush islands. The house features 2 private bedrooms and 2 large open loft areas which offer multiple beds for our guests (please see bedroom descriptions below for complete overview). We are easy to get to - just off of 22/322 in Dauphin, within a short driving distance of all Central PA attractions (Downtown Harrisburg, Hershey Park, Gettysburg, Lancaster, etc.). Convenient location in Central PA makes a perfect spot to meet friends and relatives from surrounding states. 25 minutes from the Harrisburg International Airport.

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Pam and Mike Cruey
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Pam and Mike Cruey

Mike and I met in 2000 here in the Harrisburg area and we have been inseparable ever since. Mike is originally from northern Kentucky, and I grew up Northwest of Pittsburgh. We both love the outdoors, and have our own house just down the road from this cottage. We have horses, bees, chickens, and our dogs Elvis and Roscoe - a menagerie of furry friends that keep us busy and entertained. Our blended family of four children are all grown, and now we have the pleasure of enjoying our four grandchildren, Levi, Norah, Evelynn Josephine and Benson. Mike served in the US Army for 20 years and we proudly offer a military discount to our guests who are currently serving in the military or are retired from service. Please inquire about our military discount!

Pam and Mike Cruey purchased this house in 2015

Why Pam and Mike Cruey chose Dauphin

When we built our own house in 2007 and first moved to the River Road area, we fell in love with this cottage when we would walk past it. It was of course owned at that time by someone else, but we talked about how lovely it would be to own it ourselves one day. The house was originally built in 1939 as a summer home for a Harrisburg family and is filled with character!

The wood work throughout the house and fabulous deck out back intrigued us, and we knew it would be a great place to entertain. When it went up for sale, we made an offer on day one! We knew we could give this cottage what it needs - some time/attention, a little love, and fill it with people who would enjoy the river and the relaxing peace this cottage has to offer. We hope that you enjoy this cottage as much as we do!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Dauphin, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1526 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have recently been updated. Bathroom #2 also has a closet area which houses our washer and dryer units.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Private Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This bedroom is in an open loft area upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , This bedroom is in an open loft area upstairs - 2 full beds
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are on the first floor and are private rooms. The Master Bedroom (BR1) features a beautiful queen bed with views of the river. BR2 has a comfortable double bed and faces away from the river. Our upstairs features two open loft areas overlooking the living room and has an exposed rustic stone chimney - open loft BR3 has a double bed and a twin bed, and open loft BR4 has 2 double beds. Please note that the Open Loft areas do not provide privacy as they are "open" areas. Another note: The upstairs open loft area is not suitable for small children to be left alone, and has a narrow staircase to gain access to the second floor. We also have a Broyhill Sleeper Sofa in our living room, which can accommodate two more people bringing the max up to 13. Pack-n-play portable crib and extra crib sheets provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Ceiling Fans in Open Areas, Soap and Shampoo/conditioner provided for your convenience, Binoculars provided for watching wildlife from the deck (including Bald Eagles!), Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer, On-site Boat ramp (perfect for flat bottom boats - this part of the Susquehanna is very shallow), Fire Pit/Fire Ring near the bank of the river, Washer and Dryer on-site. Pack-n-Play portable crib and extra crib sheets provided.


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Charming Riverfront Cottage with stunning views of the Susquehanna
average rating of 4.928571 based on 84 reviews

Beautiful Location on the river

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location on the river. We especially enjoyed the porch and the kitchen eating area which had spectacular views.

  • Submitted: 9-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An excellent vacation rental that is well managed

  • 5 of 5

Pam and Mike have done a fantastic job of providing pretty much everything a group would want for having a relaxing weekend and enjoying their time together how they want to spend it. We had 10 total people (all adults).

Here's what I mean by "well-managed":

- Just the right amount of labels and instructions for things like electrical switches and appliance controls; no need to call hosts with questions

- Mike visited briefly early on during our stay to chat for a bit and ensure we had everything

- Plenty of wood for the scenic firepit on the banks of the river; Mike also provided us with an axe for splitting the larger logs

- A lot of helpful "little things" (condiments/spices, extra trash bags/paper towels, coffee filters, dish soap, vacuum, etc) that one might forget to bring or pick up from grocery

- Their attention to detail on their property's listing was thorough and accurate and helped us with planning

Things we especially liked:

- Fire pit by the river was very pretty stunning at dusk/night

- Very large covered porch with plenty of seating and a large table for games

- Two bathrooms was a huge asset (we've stayed at plenty of places with just one and it's pretty annoying, especially first thing in the morning)

- Lots of lighting, inside and out (again, helpful for game playing)

- Very close to plenty of groceries and restaurants but not SO close as to ruin the feeling of "getting away"

Things to consider:

- As they make very clear in the listing, there are only two private bedrooms, so be sure that everyone else is okay with sleeping in open areas (mostly re: noise)

- As they also make clear, it may not be suitable for very young children both because of the loft railing and the proximity to the river

- We had either misplaced the instructions for "what to do before check-out" or it was inadvertently not left on the kitchen table (as Pam later told me), so if you don't see it, contact your hosts; I've often seen such instructions on the fridge at other rentals

Conclusion: Without a doubt, an excellent vacation rental managed by thoughtful and considerate hosts. Thank you Pam and Mike for your efforts and I hope we get a chance to come back again!

  • Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Chester, PA

Amazing place, the nature, the rustic cottage and comforts supplied by the owners were perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended, owners very attentive and provided everything needed for a wonderful stay. The view of the river is unobstructed and nature abounds.

  • Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent !!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this lovely cottage. We couldn’t have asked for a more cozy long weekend with our family and friends. Everything we needed was at this house. Would love to stay there again. Pam and Mike are amazing hosts.

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house on the river

  • 5 of 5

Great girls weekend - the house had all we needed- even a cheese grater! Wish it would have been warmer, I bet it’s awesome in the summer with kayaks and tubes a’plenty!

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, cute, and lovely place! Enjoyed my girls weekend here. So accessible to downtown Harrisburg.

  • Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Stony Creek Restaurant
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
The Clubs at Colonial Ridge
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Dauphin Pizza


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Dauphin, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 30 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 29 2018 - Jun 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Independence Day Holiday
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 9 2018 - Aug 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2018 - Nov 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 3 2019
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 28 2019 - Jun 27 2019
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$128.85 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$386.55

A SERVICE FEE is charged by VRBO/HOME-AWAY (effective 2/18/16). This service fee is paid directly to them not to the owner.

Rates are subject to change until bookings are final.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT returned within 7 days of checkout, after verification of 'no-damage'.

EVENT USE FEE - An event use fee may be added for reunions, weddings, etc. This amount may be negotiated between Owners and Guest during the booking process.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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