Large limestone farmhouse built 1820

Large limestone farmhouse built 1820

Glenn

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Built by a Revolutionary War veteran in 1820 in the traditional Georgian colonial style, this home was totally renovated in 2000 including a geothermal heat pump. The walk-in kitchen fireplace and 5 other fireplaces remain, and 3 have LP gas fire logs. The interior layout and wood moldings date to 1820. The house faces solar south for strong winter sun. Two-foot thick walls give wide window sills. Other buildings include a 2-story log garage circa 1840, a rebuilt spring house with never-failing spring water, smokehouse, outdoor privy and large bank barn. A neighbor has cows in my barn, with ducks in the meadow. A quiet location, 2 miles to small town. Nearby golf course and swimming pool. Twenty minute drive to winter ski resort. I live alone and can host international men or couples in addition to home exchange.

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Who we are

  1. My name is Glenn. I took early retirement after 30 years as a high school business teacher. Then I lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya, for 4 years and visited most of East Africa from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa. On my way home, I had stops in Dubai UAE, India, Singapore, southern China, Australia.

    In addition to visiting almost all the US states, I've enjoyed seeing Argentina, Brazil and Chile in the winter of 2006 plus Moldova and Germany later the same year; 2007 included Guatemala, Turkey and Tajikistan; for 2008 it was Ireland in springtime and Russia during the white nights; for 2009 separate trips to Peru and Paraguay. In spring 2010 I went with a friend to New Zealand, and traveled alone November 2010 to Ecuador and Galapagos Islands plus 2 home exchanges in Manhattan, NYC, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 2011 I had 2 home exchange visits to Barcelona, Spain, and Paris, France in August plus Morocco in October. For 2012 I went with my son and his family to a fabulous home exchange on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, in June and then to Guadalajara, Mexico, in October hoping to see the monarch butterfly migration.

    For 2013 my daughter and I joined a guided tour to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, China, over the Chinese New Year, and in July made a return visit to Nairobi, Kenya. In October 2014, I returned to Moscow and Saint Petersburg to visit a former exchange student who then drove us to Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia. In January 2015, I used airbnb for a warm visit to Yucatan, Mexico, and then to Amsterdam for a home exchange in May 2015 for the flower gardens at Keukenhof. I visited Berlin, Germany in 2016 and Guatemala in 2017. Now I've returned from a July 2018 house exchange in Northern Ireland. My son and daughter are both married and I live alone. With lots of outdoor work in the summer, I prefer to travel during the winter months. Anywhere is possible!

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Located in a small valley between two mountain ranges, this is an area of rural beauty. But the location halfway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh makes many cities easily accessible. Large shopping and outlet malls are 30-40 minutes away. All the attractions of Washington, DC, are within a 2 hour drive, and NYC can be reached in 4 hours, with about 6 hours driving time to Niagara Falls and Canada, or Colonial Williamsburg, VA. You might enjoy meeting our Lancaster Amish who speak German and follow traditional ways. Gettysburg is 45 miles from here. Fairs and festivals are common in summer, fall and Christmas season.

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