The Cottage on Stony Run, Raystown
Hosted by Don And Natalie
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6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Bright, private, immaculate and well-appointed, the cottage is nestled amid 145 wooded acres w/walking paths. Near Raystown Lake, Juniata River, Juniata College, Grier School, Penn State, Swigart Antique Car Museum, state parks, community theaters, Creation Fest, Amish, antiques, Thousand Steps. NRCS gold-winged warbler project. Think: family fun vacations, weekend getaways, retreats, outdoor activities, time to yourself... Serene yet a quick 10-min. drive to conveniences, local attractions.

The space

Just 2 minutes from the Juniata River and 8 minutes from Raystown Lake, this pristine mountain retreat is one of just two houses on a 145-acre forested tract and offers you a unique blend of the best of both worlds-- relaxation and solitude on site, coupled with easy access to off-site local attractions appealing to a variety of interests. The newly renovated cottage and surrounding property is a destination in and of itself where guests can enjoy the comforts of home amid the beauty of nature... Already home to a few species of "lifetime birds" identified in three official counts this year, our property was selected two years ago to participate in the Golden-Winged Warbler Conservation Project, an effort to help boost the songbird's dwindling numbers. Proximity to Raystown Lake and the Juniata River accounts for the Bald Eagle sightings here as well as those of Golden Eagles. Our maintained walking trails beckon you to exercise, to reflect, to explore, and to pick wild blackberries and blueberries in season. In the early morning hours and at dusk, kick back on the deck and look for the appearance of turkeys and deer as they emerge from the woods... Evenings in the backyard around a fire are a prelude to clear nights for stargazing--the Milky Way is visible here as there is no light pollution to interfere with your view... For those who want to cocoon, curl up to a book or magazine (ours or one of your own); snuggle in to watch a movie from our collection or a favorite TV show, or tune in to the big game... Just a short drive off the mountain opens up some opportunities for other adventures. For enthusiasts of striper and other sport fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, etc., Snyders Run Boat Launch is just an 8-minute drive, offering access to Raystown Lake, 30 miles long and with a 110-mile coastline. The lake also boasts hiking and biking trails (We have two bikes; nearby Rothrock Outfitters rents bikes if you need more), and a beach for swimming... The river experience is equally inviting (and just 2 minutes from the cottage doorstep); for those who don't have kayaks or canoes, Rothrock Outfitters not only rents out equipment but also provides transportation to and from the river... Nearby Swigart Museum (the oldest car museum in the United States) and its extensive collection of antique cars will not disappoint vintage car enthusiasts--at any given time, 30-35 of the 150 vehicles in the collection are on display... Rail enthusiasts will enjoy the area's rich railroad history, including the Horseshoe Curve (an engineering marvel in its day) near Altoona and The East Broad Top Railroad in Rockhill Furnace whose 36-inch track is the oldest remnant of the Narrow Gauge rail in the United States. And the community of nearby Water Street is part of the Rails to Trails system. A favorite rail-related hike and must-do is the Thousand Steps at Mount Union (count 'em!), at one time the only path up Jack's Mountain for the railmen whose work awaited them at the top; and while there are several nice golf courses in the area, the most scenic--and most challenging-- is that of the American Legion Country Club in Mount Union... For Juniata College, Grier School, and Penn State fans and family, the cottage is within easy driving distance to events at those schools--15, 30 and 50 minutes respectively... Theater-goers can tap into the area's rich stage traditions at the McConnellstown Playhouse, the Stone Arch Playhouse in Lewistown, the Boal Barn in Boalsburg, and the traveling productions of the State College Community Theater... Winding and scenic, the country roads of this area lend themselves to long motorcycle, convertible and bicycle rides, among them through Big Valley on Route 655 where travelers can observe and learn about the culture of the local Amish whose simple, quiet lifestyle contributes to the tranquility of life in the valley... Lincoln Caverns, Penns Cave and Indian Caverns provide guests a closeup look at parts of the vast cave system in Central Pa.... Local amusement parks promise a day of fun for kids and adults alike --DelGrosso in Bellwood, Lakemont in Altoona... State Parks are located at Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, Reed's Gap, Poe Valley, Licking Creek, Canoe Creek, etc. and their beaches/swimming areas, hiking/biking trails, and picnic facilities constitute free family fun... And for the wine aficionados, Brookmere Winery on Route 655 in Big Valley and the Seven Mountains Winery on Route 322 toward State College have broad appeal... Is there more? Sure-- come see for yourself. At the end of each day, you'll enjoy settling in to the peace and comfort of cottage life.

Guest access

Entire cottage, three-acre mowed lawn and surrounding grounds including walking trails; fire pit; picnic table; lawn furniture; furnished front patio and back deck; extensive movie collection; games and puzzles; 2 bicycles; ample parking, including for boats and trailers; horse boarding negotiable; hunting negotiable.

Fully appointed kitchen: Dishes and flatware for 8; cookware/bakeware; utensils and measuring cups/spoons; coffeemaker; teapot; microwave; blender; toaster; mixer; linens

2 Bedrooms:
Bedroom 1: Queen-sized bed with memory foam mattress; pillows and linens provided; side chair; large closet and dresser

Bedroom 2: Full-sized bed with pillow-top mattress; pillows and linens provided; recliner-rocker; large closet and dresser

3rd Bed: Complete with a comfy memory foam topper, the futon in the living room serves as a third bed.

Bathroom with vanity, tub and shower; all linens and paper products provided

Dining room: Seating for 6; buffet; large closet

Living room: Seating for 7 (Recliner, futon--sleeps 2; settee; side chair); flat screen Smart TV with cable; excellent wi-fi and cell service

Front porch: Settee, cafe table and chairs

Back Deck: Two rocking chairs, 3-seat gliding settee

Lawn: 3-acre mowed lawn; fire pit with seating for 8; picnic table; walking trails

Hardwood floors: Living room, dining room, bedrooms
Tile: Kitchen, bathroom

Interaction with guests

We respect your desire for privacy; friendly, helpful staff will be accessible throughout your stay should the need arise.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

Events/parties are conditional--please contact host for guidelines. For the health of other guests, no pets or smoking indoors; please leave the cottage and surrounding property in the condition it was in when you moved in; minimum age to book: 21.


35 Reviews

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Maeve User Profile
October 2017
Such a relaxing and nice home! We stayed to be close to Juniata College and this was a wonderful location. The property was gorgeous and the hosts responded to any questions promptly!

Stephanie User Profile
October 2017
We had a great time staying at The Cottage for our mt bike vacation! Don and Natalie were very responsive and answered a few questions days before our arrival. For mt biking, it's very convenient. It is a 25 min drive to the Allegripis Mt Bike trailhead on Baker's Hollow Road. After a long day riding we were able to cook a nice dinner and found everything we needed in the well stocked kitchen (baking dishes, food processor, mixer etc). The washer, dryer and clothes line was an added bonus. Making it easy to immediately wash dusty cycling clothes and have them ready for the next day. The Cottage is located in a peaceful setting with decks on the front and back for enjoying the outdoors. It's a great place to chill and bird watch. Downtown is a short drive when you want to go out or need something from the bike shop! We look forward to our next stay!

Christina User Profile
August 2017
WOW... just WOW! Everything about this property is wonderful-- the cottage, the land it's on, the hospitality of Don and Natalie. The cottage is spotless and so comfortable. Every little detail is extremely thoughtful and makes for a splendid stay. Our 2 1/2 year old had an amazing time walking around the grounds, eating all her meals outside, and looking at the stars at night. We only stayed for the weekend, I wish it would have been longer! I can't recommend this property enough! Thanks so much to Don and Natalie for your hospitality!

Jennifer User Profile
July 2017
Very cozy and clean cottage with wonderful hosts! The property is beautiful. The walking trails are nice and we loved the fire pit outside. We had fun exploring the town of Huntingdon as well. Our favorite restaurant was the Stone Town Cafe & Gallery... we went there for dinner and went back for brunch! The food was delicious plus they have live music on Friday nights and they have such a neat outside eating area! :)

Patty User Profile
July 2017
A lovely, quaint getaway close to everything that the area has to offer. This is our second year to visit and we plan to come back next summer. All the comforts of home in a peaceful setting.

Becca User Profile
June 2017
We enjoyed our stay very much! The cottage is updated and tastefully decorated. Very clean as well! Don and Natalie went above and beyond to ensure a lovely visit, which included trimming hedges to provide better internet connection. :D Our 20 month old son loved the swings, wagon, and space to run. We definitely recommend the cottage!

Kathy User Profile
May 2017
Fantastic opportunity to get out in the peaceful environment of Pennsylvania here at this lovely cottage. The property is immaculately kept and the amenities where spot on in the kitchen, bathroom and living spaces.

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in July 2015
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