About this listing
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
A.A. Milne, in Winnie the Pooh
Sunny riverfront 4 BR, 2BA with wrap-around deck, peaceful views, paddling, hiking, world-class fishing, abundant bird life, in central Pennsylvania.
With many beautiful and little-known covered bridges, Amish farms, real farmers' markets, and one of the few remaining drive-in movies in the United States, this area in central PA is almost a step back in time. The house is close to the charming village of Selinsgrove, to Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, at least 13 vineyards, thousands of acres of state forest lands for hiking, and glorious, rolling fields of corn in the heart of summer. Only a few yards from the river, it has lots of light and a warm, simple feeling. Family meals are a pleasure in the sun room that overlooks the river. There are two floors plus a basement where the boats are stored, two full baths, one large bedroom with full bed on first floor, one large bedroom with full bed on second, and two other bedrooms upstairs, one with two twins, one with one. The lot has plenty of parking space and can easily accommodate four cars.
House is right at the beginning of the Middle Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail, mile marker 119 (paddling trail, with designated camping on islands). Summer use only of kayaks for guests-four plastic single boats with paddles and life jackets. Four river tubes plus several floats are also at the house. If you have a flat-bottom fishing boat, there is a boat ramp in walking distance. If you have a large power boat, ramps for Lake Augusta are 10 minutes away, just up river. This is one of the best sections of the river for small mouth bass. We routinely see bald eagles (there are at least two nesting pairs on the islands), kingfishers, mergansers, swallows, herons, egrets, and many other birds. There are deer on the islands, sometimes wading across river channels. In the state forests, we have seen black bears and many wild turkeys, hawks, woodpeckers. Penn's Creek, which joins the Susquehanna just south of the house, is a popular fly-fishing spot.
Interaction with guests
I do not live near the house and do not interact with guests. However, you can call me any time and I can help if any issues arise. I have several people in the area who work for me--lawn, cleaning, and a realtor--and can find someone to come by if you need help.
Other things to note
I go up there to write--it is a great writer's retreat.
FYI: Effective July 1 Airbnb now collects a 6 percent Occupancy Tax on all rentals for the State of Pennsylvania. This happens in many other states, too.
We do allow well-behaved dogs for an additional fee of $10 per canine guest per day, but ask that you not leave the dog(s) alone in the house, unless you crate them, and that you clean up any dog mess in the yard. If you do not clean up after your dog we will deduct $75 from your deposit. No one is allowed out on the upper roof deck reached from the second floor office. There is a door providing access, but the rooftop is not safe and the roof cannot support the weight. Smoking is OK outside but it is not allowed inside the house or in the basement. Do not leave any cigarette butts or smoking debris anywhere when you go. We are sensitive about this as we lost a very close family member to cancer caused by smoking. (And for the sake of all those who love you, please stop smoking.)
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I am a college professor who works in Philadelphia. I bought this house in 2009 to have a retreat--a peaceful place to write, think, hike and paddle, alone or with friends and family. My two sons helped me renovate--we put in some new windows and painted the whole place. We see many birds including bald eagles, herons, kingfishers, grebes, loons, swallows, and sometimes whole packs of mergansers hunting on the river. The sun rises across the river so mornings are lovely.