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Karen Howard

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

Forested Country Cabin Along Scenic River Near Covered Bridge

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Mahaffey holiday cabin

Bedroom 1, Bathroom 1, Sleeps 6


The cabin is nestled in a small peaceful community of vacation cabins located in a mature growth forest along the scenic West Branch of the Susquehanna river. You must cross a circa 1873 covered bridge to get to the cabin. The cabin is just 20-30 feet from the river which affords many recreational activities such as tubing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or just sitting in a folding chair in the river enjoying the babbling water. There is a screened in porch riverside with a covered deck porch cabin side. Gas grill, fire pit, picnic table,lawn chairs are all available for your use. The cabin inside includes four rooms (about 1000 sq ft), namely a fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom, large front room with satellite TV,DVD, WiFi, home phone (814-277-6149)and fireplace, and large bedroom which sleeps up to 6 comfortably. The cabin is accented with rustic barn wood, has hardwood floors, and has been modernized for your enjoyment. Although the cabin has a modern feel you will be away from the rat race as cell phone coverage is limited.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Karen Howard (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Karen Howard

We are a couple nearing retirement who enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Although many people feel that country life can be boring we truly enjoy it and know there are many from the city that want to escape to a simpler life even if just for a short time.

Karen Howard purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Karen Howard chose Pennsylvania

We have enjoyed living in the region of central Pennsylvania known as the PA Wilds for most of our lives and would like to share the beauty and serenity of the area with others. There is just nothing like a peaceful rustic cabin nestled in the forest next to a scenic river to give a person the sense that life can be enjoyed apart from the rat race.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin is right next to a scenic river, it is in a mature hardwoods forest, area is very quiet and peaceful whether you sit by the flowing river or warming campfire, circa 1873 McGees Mills Covered Bridge must be crossed to get to cabin, screened in porch riverside is delightful,


based on 33 traveller reviews

Forested Country Cabin Along Scenic River Near Covered Bridge
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 33 reviews

A super cozy cottage with relaxation inducing surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a two night stay at Olde Owls Nest early this October for a little break from work. This was perfect. We enjoyed the peaceful porches, the chairs overlooking the babbling riffles of the river, the firepit in the evening and the gas fireplace that kept the cottage toasty warm during our stay.

The second night a screech owl came by for a while and demonstrated why this place is the Olde Owls Nest. He gave us a half hour concert while we cooked hot dogs over the fire. What could be better.

The cottage is well maintained, clean and fully equipped for a comfortable visit.

Thanks for sharing your house with us.

Phil and Barb Debski


  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Olde Owls Nest. You are absolutely right about the relaxing environment that is afforded by a babbling river in a beautiful mature forest enhanced by a campfire. You are the first ones that we know of to have been entertained by an actual owl at the Olde Owls Nest. Thanks for the kind review.
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Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Beautiful cabin, very nice view of the water, perfect place for an evening campfire, very private.

  • 5 of 5

We had a restful and relaxing long weekend. The cabin was well appointed and immaculate. The location allows short drives to nice towns for PA sightseeing. Thank you for excellent hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved it. We are in the shade and the river outside. Love that we can get to our church camp in a few minutes. This was our 3 year there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cabin for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this cabin for a week and we enjoyed it very much. The cabin was very clean and it was just feet away from the river where we went fishing and swimming. We would definitely recommend this place to other people and would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the cabin! We went for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. It was quiet, peaceful, and even better than we'd hoped it would be! If you want a relaxing get away, this is it! We talk often of our stay there and how great the cabin was!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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pittsburgh, pa

Beautiful setting and comfortable cozy cottage It was quiet and peaceful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Property was clean and well kept. All the amenities worked well. The screened in porch was a great place to sit and listen to the river. The outdoor grill and fire ring were nice for cooking and relaxing outside Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Punxsutawney Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Starlite Mahaffey
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Chetremon Cherry Tree
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Route 219
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Blue Knob
Nearest Beach
21 Miles
Curwensville Lake
Car: necessary

Punxsutawney Phil, Amish farmland nearby, McGees Mills Covered Bridge circa 1873, local wineries, elk viewing, Johnstown Flood museum, Altoona railroad museum and Horseshoe Curve,river activities such as canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or just relaxing, scenic drives, autumn foliage, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing, local golfing.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Mahaffey, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$20 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

$135/nt - $150/nt
* Rates for 2 guests:
** Additional guests- Add $10/night per adult; $5/night per child (age 5-17)
***Pets are considered on a case to case basis/$10 per pet per night
$825 weekly- Add'l guests; $70.00/week for adul

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Mahaffey

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • BathTowels and toilet paper are not provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 2 single bed
  • Large bedroom sleeps 6
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Porch Furniture
  • conservatory
  • Yard
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • water tubing
What to bring: Bath Towels Paper towels Toilet paper Spices Food Kayak Canoe Water shoes Fishing poles Wood for fire ring or ask we can provide for a fee