Find rest in this quaint two story CREEKSIDE cottage that comfortably SLEEPS 6, nestled in the woods of south central Pennsylvania. Look up a new recipe in our cookbooks and create delectable meals in the FULLY FURNISHED KITCHEN, browse through local history books, classic stories and children's books in FRENCH COUNTRY DECOR livingroom, build a campfire with FREE FIREWOOD and roast marshmellows over the BACKYARD FIRE RING, enjoy FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR and BUBBLING SPRING while you grill steaks over a PROPANE GRILL. Enjoy one of our many BOARD GAMES in the livingroom or listen to crickets while you sip iced tea from the furnished FRONT PORCH. Then tuck in for the night in one of our 2 BEDROOMS-uniquely and thoughtfully decorated with HALF BATH closeby. No laundry worries as FRESH TOWELS AND LINENS are provided and the cottage contains a LAUNDRY ROOM with washer/dryer, ironing board, iron and other extras.
When you are ready to roam...you can enjoy our beautiful mountain creek from a creekside bench or shoot some 3 pointers at the BASKETBALL hoop, The Conococheague Creek is a stone's throw through the woods if you'd relish a short hike.
When you're ready to venture further...visit newly renovated COWAN'S GAP STATE PARK (just 7 minutes from the cottage door) where you can swim in the waters of a mountain lake, lounge on the sand, hike or bike on the lakeside trail, picnic, paddle boat, canoe or fish (ice-fishing in winter). Winter months offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at WHITETAIL SKI RESORT (20 min.) and fair weather golfing at WHITETAIL GOLF COURSE. In windy weather, take a drive to the LOOKOUT POINT on top of the mountain and watch HANG GLIDERS take the plunge.
For HISTORY buffs or educational jaunts, The Gatehouse's CENTRAL LOCATION makes day trips to several national and state history sites very doable. We are: 10 minutes to HISTORIC FORT LOUDON, 15 minutes to HISTORIC MERCERSBURG & JAMES BUCHANAN BIRTHPLACE, 1 hour to GETTYSBURG and HARRISBURG's CIVIL WAR museum, approx. 2 hours to WASHINGTON, D.C.,HARPER'S FERRY, and ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD, and 2.5 hours to PHILADELPHIA. We are also an easy 2 hour turnpike drive to AMISH COUNTRY in LANCASTER PA. Many of our guests take day trips out to see the sites and find the cottage to be a refreshing respite at the end of a siteseeing day. Closeby educational locations include: 10 minutes to the renowned MERCERSBURG ACADEMY, 30 minutes to WILSON COLLEGE, and 45 minutes to SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERISTY, and 1.5 hours to PENN STATE.
For those who enjoy amenities of FINE DINING, SHOPPING, THEATRE, AMUSEMENTS...the Martins are available to suggest great dining experiences, the PRIME OUTLETS are located 0.5 hours away in Hagerstown, MD, and the renowned TOTEM POLE SUMMER THEATRE founded by Jean Stapleton is a straight 30 minute drive on Route 30. Our local C.R. BUCKS (10 minutes away) restaurant offers deer for viewing and feeding, an arcade, miniature golf, TECHNOHUNTING, family friendly entrees, and delicious dipped ice cream all while enjoying hunting memorabilia and games as well as friendly greetings from local folks. Outdoorsmen (and women) will want to visit the local KEYSTONE COUNTRY STORE just up the road in Fort Loudon for all your outdoor supplies.
To help you plan a vacation you'll remember, we've left several MAPS and BROCHURES for you in The Gatehouse and will answer any questions you may have.
We furnished The Gatehouse in comfortable yet tasteful french country decor--a pleasing respite from schedules, demands, and traffic jams. We offer the comforts and niceties for your vacation getaway. Our central location connects you with a fishing boat, ski slopes, golf course, outlet store or Big City (if you really want to go there!) The Gatehouse is family friendly and accommodating.
So, come to the peaceful valley of Fort Loudon, leave behind busy schedules, choose rest, and lift the latch on The Gatehouse at Loudon Forge.TripAdvisor property ID 2307120...Read more
Left on 10/11/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 11, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
Nice place! I have been there three times with friends, and each time was great!
Yes, it is rather close to a busy road, but the inside is clean and very attractive!
we walked into the cottage to a lovely smell of apples and spice, and then discovered that Kelli had a crock-pot full of hot apple cider in the kitchen. we were so impressed, and it was just what we needed for the cool evening.Thanks, Kelli!
Left on 08/13/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Christie RameauReviewed Aug 13, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
My family stayed at Fort Loudon from 7/27 through 8/3 and we loved it. My daughters and I appreciated the extras such as shampoos and fresh flowers and my son and husband loved the fire pit and woods. We also enjoyed Cowens Gap down the street. Thanks for all the extras and the use of the game room which my 12 year old loved! Your daughter was quite hospitable too! Thanks again for a great week!
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