Wrap-around deck overlooking the Susquehanna Sitting on the deck is nice even on a rainy afternoon.


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7 guests

4 bedrooms

5 Beds

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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £8 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: £101
Security Deposit: £202
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

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.)


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

72 Reviews


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Catrina User Profile
May 2017
The view of the river on the deck was just perfect and serene! Would absolutely rent again!

Jill User Profile
May 2017
My family and I stayed in town for a graduation. It has a spectacular river view overlooking an uninhabited island. The house itself is basic but perfectly serviceable, safe and very clean.

Greg User Profile
May 2017
The home is dated, but charming, and the location is idyllic!
Susan User ProfileSusan is a superhost.
Response from Susan:
Greg: The house was built as a two-family (upstairs and downstairs) in 1940. The man I bought it from had lived there as a renter in the 1960s, and then bought the whole house himself in the 1970s I think. He removed the upstairs kitchen and added the deck and the sun room. He and his brother built the stone fireplace--unfortunately not quite right, so it smokes too much to use. So it's an old house, but seems like a good sign that it has survived almost 80 years on that river, and flooded only once. Susan
May 2017

Anne User Profile
April 2017
This was my knitting group's third year in a row using the River House for our Spring retreat. We love this house - its location is unbeatable, and it comfortably accommodates our group. Susan is a great hostess, and the home has been consistently well-kept and ready for our arrival. I highly recommend it for your stay in Selinsgrove and the surrounding area.

Sharmin User Profile
January 2017
Cute comfy spot with a lot of amenities. Full kitchen and a lot of space to relax. Also a gorgeous view of the water through large windows by the dining table.

Elizabeth User Profile
November 2016
The River House was the perfect place for my family to gather for a birthday celebration. The setting is beautiful and the house suited all of our needs. Susan is a great host, very responsive and helpful. Looking forward to another trip to the River House!

Liza User Profile
November 2016
This getaway cottage was exactly what we were looking for. Susan was very swift with any inquiries and responses. The house is very well equipped and clean. There are even personally drawn, acurrate maps for directions on the river! It is very private and relaxing but still close enough major shops for grocery and dinning. My family had a great time on the wrap around deck and fly fishing on the river. We can't wait to vacation here again.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States · Joined in January 2014
Susan User ProfileSusan is a superhost.

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours
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