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Romantic Getaway Cottage. Bike to Town/Starbucks on Delaware Canal Towpath.

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 3) in Park-like Setting with River Views

Your very own, completely private, Colonial Williamsburg-style Cottage near the Bucks County town of Yardley, Pennsylvania, right on the Delaware River. The Cottage is just 13 miles south of New Hope and Lambertville and 25 minutes from Princeton. New York City is a little over an hour away by train (Amtrak or New Jersey Transit to Trenton). Philadelphia is about 30 minutes by car, or you can take a SEPTA commuter train from Yardley.

Built by Robert Johnson, a renowned Bucks County cabinetmaker, and furnished with 18th-century reproduction furniture and Oriental rugs, the Cottage is ideal for weekend getaways, week-long vacations, writer's retreats, house-hunting visits, or temporary lodging for relocated executives. As many of our guests have said, this is the perfect place to unwind.

The Cottage living space (750 square feet) is quite comfortable for two people. But it also works for a family with one child, or for three close friends who don't mind sharing a bathroom. Because the rooms are small and the floor plan is a bit unusual (you walk through the bathroom to get to the bedroom), we suggest that you contact us first if you're considering reserving the Cottage for three adults, or for two adults and a teenager.

There's a wonderful corner fireplace in the living room with raised paneling and a custom-built mantel. The eat-in kitchen is small, but quite serviceable. We've equipped it with everything our guests need to make basic meals and snacks.

The main bedroom is furnished with a queen-size canopy bed. The "Tavern Room" off the kitchen provides a twin bed for extra sleeping space. (We don't call this a bedroom because it doesn't have doors or a closet. For a bit of privacy, there are blackout curtains at each of the two doorways, and blackout shades at the windows.) We also have a portable Graco crib and child's booster seat that we can have set up and ready for those traveling with an infant or toddler.

The Cottage shares a 3.5-acre riverfront property with our 200-year-old farmhouse. That's where we live and write our books (over 60 titles on a wide range of topics). Most of our books have taught people how to tap into the incredible power of the online world -- starting in 1982! So, of course, the Cottage offers high-speed Internet access (wireless and cable) and HDTV with Netflix streaming movies and TV shows.



• Visit historic sites such as the Washington Crossing Museum, the Old Barracks in Trenton, and Pennsbury Manor, William Penn's reconstructed home and farm.

• There are lots of award-winning restaurants in historic buildings up and down the river and canal. Most encourage you to bring your own wine or spirits.

• Local farms let you 'pick-your-own' berries and apples, and of course, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, and other home-grown veggies are available from local farm stands, in season. You can kayak, fish, or boat on the Delaware River. (An absolutely fantastic fresh fish market is just a mile down the road. They will gut and filet your choice while you wait.)

• Princeton, the Princeton battlefield, Nassau Hall, and other sites are only minutes away. (Don't miss the Princeton University Art Museum -- a truly impressive collection, wonderfully presented -- and the 'Orange Key' tour of 'the best old place of all!')

• For a more kid-friendly experience, Sesame Place is just 10 minutes away. Or you can rent a rowboat, kayak, or paddleboat at Core Creek Park and enjoy the natural surroundings of Lake Luxembourg. If you're feeling especially adventurous, you can drive north about 45 minutes to Point Pleasant and 'River Country' for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. (The company's buses pick you up at the down-river destination and drive you back to your car.)

• For woodland walks and non-stressful hiking, there is Tyler Park in Newtown and the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve on River Road just south of New Hope.

• And speaking of New Hope, it's a great place to stroll and to 'people-watch.' But you can also take in a show at the newly renovated Bucks County Playhouse, or catch a ride into the countryside aboard the New Hope-Ivyland Railroad, a classic steam locomotive.

• And don't miss Lambertville, the town directly across the river from New Hope. Art galleries, antique shops, great restaurants, the Golden Nugget flea market just down the road... Lambertville is well worth the walk across the New Hope-Lambertville bridge.


Need help planning your Bucks County getaway? For 'insider advice' on memorable restaurants and things to do in our area, check Jim Flynn's BestWeekends website. Just go to the site (bestweekends 'dot' com) and click on 'New Hope/Lambertville' in the Country Weekends section. Jim's recommendations are spot on!

There really is no place like our 'Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware.' Come visit us soon!

Available year-round. No smoking and no pets, please. For last-minute discounts and special offers, please visit our own website (www 'dot' buckscountycottage 'dot' com).

Keywords: cottage, carriage house, romantic getaway, writer's retreat, vacation home

More Details

Emily Glossbrenner
Member since: 2001
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Emily Glossbrenner

Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware is owned and managed by Emily and Alfred Glossbrenner, authors of over 60 commercially-published books with combined sales of over a million copies. We also wrote and published 'How to Make Your Vacation Property Work for You,' the very first book on the subject of do-it-yourself vacation rentals.

Emily Glossbrenner purchased this cottage in 1987

Why Emily Glossbrenner chose Morrisville

Every location has its charms, but we have always been particularly charmed by Bucks County, PA. Historic sites, homes, and public buildings dating from the late 1600s on; the Delaware River, teeming with wildlife; the mule-barge canals with their towpath bike trails; European-style restaurants located in old inns; and easy access to New York and Philadelphia by train. Under the circumstances, how could we *not* have ended up buying a 200-year old Bucks County farmhouse on the Delaware River, complete with a rented bungalow, which we later turned into a vacation-rental cottage that we love sharing with guests from around the world.

What makes this cottage unique

It's like staying at one of Bucks County's legendary inns and B&Bs, except that you have the whole house to yourself. So you can sleep as late as you please, fix your own breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen, and come and go from your own private driveway. You can spend your days relaxing in the living room with views of the Delaware River and a crackling fire in the woodburning fireplace. Or sit outside on the English Garden Bench with a glass of wine and a good book. When you're ready to venture out, just head north on River Road to Yardley (2 miles) and New Hope/Lambertville (13 miles). For more details, visit our website at buckscountycottage 'dot' com.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are overwhelmed by your amazing hospitality. Not one detail is missing. The Cottage is wonderful and beautifully decorated. Thank you for giving us a few days of peace and rest to hide away. We wish we could stay longer, but we miss our baby! We will be back with her and will highly recommend you to our friends and family.
Jan 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • The Cottage bathroom offers 18th-century elegance and 21st-century amenities: gleaming black-and-white tile floor, Oriental rug, stacks of fluffy white towels, custom-built vanity with Corian countertop, traditional brass sconces and fixtures, Japanned looking glass over the sink, combination tub/shower with Corian surround.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Cottage Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Main bedroom with queen-size canopy bed (see details below).
    Tavern Room - 1 single bed , Small room with twin bed (see details below).
  • The Cottage Bedroom is furnished with a romantic queen-size canopy bed with a luxurious top-quality Shifman mattress and box springs. Also 600-thread-count sheets and a matelasse bedspread. There's a dresser and shelf space to store your things, and a small closet with an ample supply of sturdy wooden hangers and two terrycloth bathrobes. The Tavern Room, a small room between the kitchen and the front hall, provides a twin bed for extra sleeping space. We don't call this a bedroom, because it doesn't have doors you can close or a closet. There's a full-length curtain in each of the two doorways that can be closed for privacy, and both windows have blackout shades. And there are three large drawers in this room that can be used to store clothing. For guests traveling with a small child, we have a portable Graco crib that we can set up in the Tavern Room.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Romantic Getaway Cottage. Bike to Town/Starbucks on Delaware Canal Towpath.
average rating of 4.9402986 based on 90 reviews

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Little did we imagine how perfect the Cottage would be. We spent two days here: A perfectly sunny day during which we explored the area and one of the rainiest days in a long time. I have to say, the rainy day was my favorite. We enjoyed an endless fire in the beautiful fireplace, watched a movie, cooked a nice dinner and just took full advantage of staying in. I couldn't recommend this place any more strongly. The hosts thought of everything and then some. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Emily and Alfred's cottage. They were incredibly accommodating, allowing us to check in early on Saturday and giving the option of checking out whenever we wanted to on Monday. They even kept the fireplace open despite it having been quite warm recently so that my husband could light a fire -- it was really lovely of them. The cottage was as described, and exactly what we needed. It was also extremely clean and tidy. Emily and Alfred even had some "starter" snacks and drinks stocked in the kitchen for us when we arrived. All in all, it was a really lovely weekend. The cottage is great, and Emily and Alfred are thoughtful and thorough hosts. I would absolutely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Poole, UK

A Gorgeous Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have had a fantastic time on a mini break away from NYC where we have been visiting relatives.

The cottages is beautifully furnished, well equipped and very comfortable. Emily and Alfred have gone out of their way to make us welcome and came to our aid without us asking them to when heavy snow set in and the power failed. We have had a real adventure in this great area to explore and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vail, AZ

Delightful holiday on the Delaware River

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 9 nights in this delightful, cozy cottage on the Delaware. On our first night we were greeted by our host Emily. They live right next door, so if you are in need of anything, they are there in a flash. The cottage provided all the comforts of home....comfortable beds, a fully equipped kitchen, and a cozy living room - fireplace and all! Our thoughtful hosts even provided a Christmas tree. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will not hesitate to visit again. Thank you Emily and Alfred for being such wonderful hosts!

  • Review Submitted: 03/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not As Advertised

  • 2 of 5

We've stayed in a lot of places and value for money this was the worst. Travelers were myself, my husband and our 16 yo daughter. Luckily we did not bring her friend as we had originally planned.

First, the picture shows a two story cottage but in reality it is just one floor. The second floor has never been completed. In addition you cannot enter by the front door but have to use the side entrance into the kitchen. The kitchen is very cramped and it is hard to move around that table. We seemed to chase each other around it trying to get out of each other's way.

The front door has a very large and very bright security spotlight on all night which is very off-putting. I believe you can ask them to turn it off but when you stay two nights and only realize this only after the first night what is the point? Plus they live next door and they have the same thing on their front door and garage the light from which comes into the bedroom even with the blinds closed. No peaceful sleep in that room that's for sure.

As to numbers, this cottage would be OK for a couple but not for more. Reason being the single bed shown in the images (tavern room) is inconveniently located between the kitchen and the rest of the house. You have to walk thru this room all the time. No privacy plus you need to tidy up every day to make it livable.

However the most inconvenient thing is you have to walk through the bathroom to get to the bedroom. Why would you design it like that? It means if you are in the bedroom and someone is using the bathroom you are trapped there until they finish. Worse you can hear every noise they make. Similarly if someone is using the bathroom and you are not in the bedroom, you cannot get to the bedroom until they finish.

As to high speed internet, it was actually quite slow. So much so Netflix on their TVs kept buffering.

Not as advertised at all really.

  • Review Submitted: 15/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As long-time VR owners--who care passionately about providing our guests with a superb vacation experience; who’ve spent years doing just that (and generating scores of 5-star reviews in the process); who greet our guests personally and encourage them to let us know if they have questions or if something goes wrong during their visit; who follow up by email requesting feedback after guests leave—we’re baffled to learn from this review that these guests left unhappy and with multiple complaints. Any fair-minded person who actually took the time to read the description and look at the photos in our VRBO listing would have to agree that we are scrupulously honest in the way we advertise our property: a 1-bedroom, 1-bath cottage with a small kitchen and all the living space on one floor. To help prospective guests decide if it will be a good fit, we explain that we consider the Cottage to be quite comfortable for a couple, but that it can also work for a family with two small children, or for three close friends who don’t mind sharing a bathroom. Our goal is to make sure our guests know exactly what to expect and then exceed their expectations. We regret that our efforts apparently failed with these guests. We also regret that they didn’t give us the opportunity to address these concerns: 1) Using Front Door. Our guests are welcome to use the front door, but most find it more convenient to come and go from the kitchen door because it’s closer to the Cottage’s private driveway and parking area. 2) Exterior Lights. The floodlights at the front doors of our home and Cottage help guests find us after dark, compensating for the fact that River Road has no street lights. They’re on timers set to shut off at 1 am and never shine into the Cottage bedroom, but we would certainly have agreed to turn them off earlier if we’d known they were a problem. The barn lights, on the opposite side of our 3.5-acre property from the Cottage, are dark-sky compliant, meaning the light is directed down, not out across the property. So there’s simply no way they could shine into (or even be visible from) the Cottage bedroom with the blinds closed. 3) Slow Internet. These guests were here for just two nights, so we might not have been able to fix this problem during their stay. But once alerted to it, we called Comcast. They recommended a hardware upgrade and thanks to next-day delivery from Amazon, it will be installed within 24 hours.
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So comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We loved our escape. The best hosts you could possibly have, and their efforts are on display with a cottage that offered everything we needed. They allowed us to use all the wood we wanted for their fabulous fireplace. Super location: Close to all the favorite Bucks County spots, yet not in the middle of the tourist congestion you see up the road in the New Hope area. Yardley's a neat town. Wonderful, wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Trenton/TTN (7 miles), Philadelphia/PHL (40 miles)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Continental Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Makefield Highlands
Nearest Train
2 Miles
SEPTA (2 miles), NJ Transit/Amtrak (5 miles)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Yardley Inn
Nearest Beach
46 Miles
Spring Lake, NJ
Nearest Point of Interest
Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware
Nearest Point of Interest
Yardley Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Sesame Place
Nearest Point of Interest
Washington Crossing Park
Nearest Point of Interest
New Hope
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Shopping and antiquing in New Hope and Lambertville. Hiking, biking, and birding. Fabulous Bucks County restaurants. Rafting and tubing on the Delaware River. Tours of historic Washington Crossing Park, Bowman's Tower, Bucks County Winery, Michener Museum, and Henry Mercer's eclectically built and furnished Fonthill Castle (1908) in Doylestown. Spend an afternoon in Princeton: Picnic components can be bought at the shops on Witherspoon and Nassau streets, then pick a place on campus to have your lunch. Visit Cottage Club on Prospect Street, where Scott Fitzgerald set a scene from *This Side of Paradise*, stop in at Firestone Library, and don't miss the University Chapel, with its magnificent stained glass windows. Built in the 1920s, the Chapel is considered one of the great masterpieces of American Gothic architecture.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June Getaway
9 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Week
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Holiday
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$403.17

MINIMUM STAY: We have a 3-night minimum most of the year. A longer minimum stay may be required during the summer months, fall foliage season, and for bookings that include major holidays (Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve).

DISCOUNT ON VISITS OF 7 OR MORE NIGHTS: We offer a discount on our nightly rate for visits of 7 or more nights. It will be calculated automatically when you enter your arrival and departure dates.

MAX OCCUPANCY: 3 (including infants/children). The Cottage works for a family of three (2 adults and 1 child) or for 3 adults who don't mind sharing a bathroom. Because of the small spaces and floor plan, we suggest that you contact us first if you're considering reserving the Cottage for 3 adults, or for 2 adults and a teenager.

NOTE: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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