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Sleep Peacefully In An Old Stone Country Church House In The Pa Dutch Region.

Bedrooms 1
Space 102 m²
Property type cottage


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 With Loft, Kitchen, Sitting Room, And Patio

Enter your private retreat across the same sandstone threshold that parishioners did since 1862 when the building was first built. The 2 foot thick stone walls block out the sound and stress of the world outside while you relax in the sitting room in front of a cozy fire. The main sitting room/dining area and small kitchen is decorated with a colonial touch. Mt. Culmen is the perfect place to stay for a few nights or a few weeks while you explore the area. It is ideal for those who like the welcoming feel of a bed and breakfast but want a higher level of privacy and independence. We prepare a light breakfast in advance, for guests to enjoy at their convenience. We live nearby, though not on the same premises. The bedroom with queen size bed, adjoining bath and a private sitting room are all located on the first floor. A unique spiral staircase leads to the loft overlooking the main sitting area. The two single beds provide sleeping accommodations for two additional guests, for a total capacity of four people. Children must be over the age of 10. Hand hewn, charred and rugged, a cross hangs above the fireplace as a testament to the Source of solace found by the original visitors to the building. It served as a church from 1862 until the mid-1960's when it was converted to a private residence. We purchased it at an estate sale in 2007 after a fire nearly destroyed the structure. After a complete renovation, we are delighted to share Mt. Culmen with guests from around the globe who come to be refreshed.Listen to the wind whisper through the pine trees while sitting on the flagstone patio. The old blacksmith's shop across the walkway gives a secluded feel to the westward view across the Weaverland Valley. Amenities include: Refrigerator, range/oven, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and CD players, alarm clock, gas stove, heat and AC, antique push-button light switches, paved driveway, patio table and chairs. There are three steps in the walkway, one step up into the guest house and the bathroom is handicapped accessible. At Mt. Culmen, sleeping in 'church' is required!

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Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

About Ronda

We both grew up in eastern Lancaster County just a mile from Mt. Culmen. Just a generation ago, our families traveled the neighborhood in horse and carriages, farmed the land and cut firewood in the hills. My husband has always been fascinated by local history, so the old stone church-turned-guest house fits our interest. I enjoy trying new recipes to share with our guests for their breakfast. Mt. Culmen is really a labor of love for us. Hearing how others have been refreshed, renewed and re-focused during their stay is what motivates us. Just as the building itself has been restored to a new use, so the cross above the mantle reminds our guests that God can restore broken and burnt-out lives and relationships.

Ronda purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ronda chose East Earl

Mt. Culmen overlooks the valley where my husband's family has lived for generations.Since the 1700's when his relative and inventor joseph shirk created the first grain cradle. We had talked for a few years prior about setting up a guest house nearby our home. We even mentioned this specific property as we would drive by it regularly. When it came up for sale after the fire, we purchased it and began a total reconstruction, culminating a year later with an open house.We like things that have a story to them, and this property certainly fits. It has a small adjoining cemetery, presenting some unique challenges to the land acquisition and lot consolidation!

What makes this cottage unique

Most of all, Mt. Culmen provides a peaceful place of respite both to our guests and to us while we are maintaining it.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in East Earl, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 102 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Bathroom entrance through master bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 / Loft - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Master bedroom with queen bed has a dresser, mirror and a window.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


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Sleep Peacefully In An Old Stone Country Church House In The Pa Dutch Region.
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we needed in a weekend getaway. Peace and tranquility. Such a cozy and quiet cottage. Shut the phones off and unplugged from the madness. Secluded just enough off the beaten path, yet still close enough to so many cool local attractions. Our amazing host Rhonda had everything covered! In detail! Even extra light bulbs for the one that blew outside. We are already looking to plan another stay when the kids are on summer break! Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, quiet, relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place that my wife and I, and another couple stay at almost every year. It’s a relaxing break from the normal day-to-day. The house is beautifully restored. It offers a unique blend of old, and new amenities. We love it.

The owners are terrific. They respond quickly, and offer a great continental breakfast too. It snowed on our most recent stay, and they even came to plow the driveway and sweep off the walkways. Great customer service, you won’t be disappointed.

The location is far enough away from the towns and cities to feel remote, but it’s not too far to drive to get groceries, or get dinner out, shop, etc. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 31/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome experience!

  • 5 of 5

Great place, great hosts. Very thoughtful, comfortable, and peaceful. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxation at its finest

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with this small, cozy cottage. We were impressed with history of how the place came about. We enjoyed the cozy fireplace while watching the dvd that so happened to be our favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life!". The homemade juice, fruit, yogurt and bagel sandwiches were a surprise and the granola. We enjoyed the scenery outside and paid attention to detail. Everything in the cottage was beautiful. Private and to get away and just relax from everyone. We want to go back soon but in the Summer! Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home!

  • Review Submitted: 19/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in Lancaster County! Perfect for a getaway with college girlfriends.

  • 5 of 5

This home was exactly what I had been looking for when trying to find a place to get together with college girlfriends that live across the eastern half of PA. The space was exactly as described, clean, beautifully decorated, and extremely welcoming. We loved sitting by the fire and talking through the night. A great place to stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to rest ,recharge and explore

  • 5 of 5

Mt. Culmen is a wonderfully restored old church,clean,inviting and tastefully decorated.

Rhonda contacted us prior to arrival to inquire about any allergies and was very generous and mindful in her breakfast food selections.

We really enjoyed our time there and hope to come back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 28/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Honey Brook Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
PA Route 23
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Bella Italia, Bowmansville
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Bear Creek
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Car: necessary

The mt. Culmen guest house is your own private cottage away from home. It is nestled among tall pine trees at the edge of a fertile valley farmed by industrious amish and old order Mennonites. Carriages and bicycles traveling past bring reminders of simpler times. Local attractions include the hope well furnace national historic site, a nearby amish bake shop, antique shopping in church town, historic pool forge park and covered bridge, shady maple smorgasbord and farm market and more. A small country church is within walking distance for Sunday morning worship. Outlet shopping at many of the nation's largest retailers is within easy driving distance in lancaster and reading. Located within an hour's drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Hershey, mt. Culmen is the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the region's many attractions.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Weekly and monthly rates available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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