Mountain Dale Farm

Accommodations

Farm House Rentals & Accommodations

Mountain Dale Farm offers several different types of accommodations. We have five Efficiency Cottages (complete with cooking facilities), three Dormitory Cottages, one Deluxe Cottage, plus four rooms at our Farm House. All cottages are fully insulated, with heating and air conditioning to provide four-season comfort. View our Comparison Chart for complete list of amenities.

Each cottage and the main Farm House have a unique history…over the years, we dismantled a variety of different structures scattered throughout the local area, then carefully reassembled them onto new foundations at the Farm.

Efficiency Cottages

Built around the turn of the century, this cottage was originally a summer kitchen attached to a farmhouse about five miles from where it rests today. The homeowners were remodeling and wanted the wing removed. We loaded the structure (minus one wall where the summer kitchen was attached to the house) onto a trailer. A long, flexible piece of lattice was placed at the peak so low hanging wires slid across the roof during transport. After placement on its new foundation, the fourth wall was added.

Sleeping arrangements include one double bed and one set of bunk beds in the open floor plan first level.

Kitchen facilities
include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Built in the mid-1800’s, this log structure has a unique history. The county acquired the home by eminent domain to make way for the dam site that created Faylor Lake, about ten miles from our farm. The tenants were so angered by the county’s action that they set fire to the home. Fortunately, the main portion survived and we bought the building at public auction. After dismantling the home and reassembling it at Mountain Dale, we added a new summer kitchen and porches.

Sleeping arrangements
include two double beds and four bunk beds located upstairs. There’s also a cozy sleeping loft with two single beds.

Kitchen facilities include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Past Mountain Dale guests were so intrigued with our recycled cottages that the couple offered the building they had in their back yard. The structure was transported by trailer with the room removed. Before placing the roof back on the structure, we “raised the roof” to make a spacious second floor. While putting the new steel roof on this newly relocated building, Ken’s safety rope broke and he plummeted to the ground. Fortunately, a construction assistant who was on the scene was adept at first aid, and a van was used as an ambulance for the trip to the ER. While Ken received more than 50 stitches for nasty cuts in his leg, we felt fortunate that no broken bones and more serious injuries were suffered.

Sleeping arrangements include one set of bunk beds downstairs and a “Honeymoon Suite” with a king-sized bed upstairs.

Kitchen facilities include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

This was the first of many recycled building to arrive at Mountain Dale Farm. This double plank, board and batten structure began as a summer kitchen attached to a farm house near the village of Penns Creek. To move the building the roof was removed, and the main structure was jacked up and placed on a lowboy trailer. Ken rode atop the building on its trip to the farm, using a special stick to lift low-hanging wires. For six years (late 80’s to early 90’s) a resident artist named C. Richard Getz occupied the building; much of his artwork can be seen today in our main farmhouse.

Sleeping arrangements include one set of bunk beds on the first floor, one double and one single bed in the upstairs front bedroom, plus one double and one single bed in the upstairs back bedroom.

Kitchen facilities include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Believe it or not, this was once a pig sty/workshop. We removed the roof for transport from Beavertown and hauled the building on a trailer to the Farm. The original post-and-beam building didn’t have a wood floor, so a concrete slab was prepared in advance for its arrival.

Sleeping arrangements include a king bed and two singles upstairs, plus one set of bunk beds on the first level.

Kitchen facilities
include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

What a well traveled little building! This quaint, knotty paneled structure began as a used car lot office in Beavertown. Later, it was moved to another car lot in Selinsgrove. It completed its journey from one end of Snyder County to the other when it arrived here at the Farm. A small combination kitchen/bathroom was added, and the cottage has been a private haven for many guests over the years.

Sleeping arrangements
in this cozy cottage include one double bed.

Kitchen facilities
include refrigerator (dorm size), microwave, toaster oven and coffeemaker.

Dormitory Cottages

This charming structure began its life in the late 1800’s as a combination wagon shed and corn crib. Built in the floodplain near the town of Beaver Springs, the home was dismantled and reconstructed on the Farm; its original post and beam construction is still evident today.

Sleeping arrangements
include four sets of bunk beds in the open first-level floor plan, plus six mattresses located on the second level sleeping loft, which is accessed by a ladder.

Kitchen facilities include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

This Victorian-style cottage was originally used as a shoe repair shop, a plumbing supply store and as a home for other businesses. When we finally acquired it, a church in Beavertown was using it for outside storage.

Sleeping arrangements
include three sets of bunk beds, all located in one bedroom.

Kitchen facilities include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Spacious Cottage

This structure was originally a carriage house dating from the mid 1800’s. It was build along the banks of Middle Creek near Middleburg, PA. After dismantling the building we rebuilt it atop a new concrete foundation at Mountain Dale. With some exceptions, the new cottage remains true to the old design. A new roof and sidewalls were added, plus modern bathroom and kitchen facilities and of course electricity, heating and air conditioning. This cottage is also handicap-accessible.

The original cupola was removed to maximize energy efficiency but it will find a home on a future project here at the Farm. Guests at this beautiful new cottage enjoy splendid pastoral views of their surroundings.

Sleeping arrangements include two bedrooms, each with one queen-sized bed and a bunk bed. A second level sleeping loft is accessible by spiral steps.

Kitchen facilities
include refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Farm House Rooms

The original farmhouse (The Hassinger House) at Mountain Dale was quite small. When Ken’s grandfather’s barn in Middleburg became available for removal we saw it as a great way to expand our main living quarters. The developers gave us the barn (built circa 1900) free of charge. However, they set a tight deadline for removal; anything left standing past the specified date would be bulldozed. Two large trailers, a hoist truck, and about 20 friends and family joined together one May Saturday to disassemble the barn, which had been marked and diagramed by Ken. The trailers sat at Mountain Dale over a rainy summer till we had time in September to reassemble the pieces. Unfortunately, during the rain much of the lumber crayon markings washed off, and we were faced with a giant jigsaw puzzle requiring much trial and error to assemble.

An assistant helped us reassemble the structure with the use of a gin pole (a primitive tool that used a pulley to hoist the logs). Attached to the existing farm house, it now forms our Great Room. The logs came together and the roof went on just in time for the strong winter winds that threatened to rip it from its new location. The structure remained this way—with peacocks roosting on its beams—for eight years. When Ashley began kindergarten so did the final phase of remodeling; floors, windows, fireplace, and other finishing details were completed about 1990.

Sleeping arrangements in the Farm House’s Gold Room include one king-sized bed plus one single bed.

Sleeping arrangements in the Farm House’s Blue Room include one double bed.

Sleeping arrangements in the Farm House’s Purple Room include one 3/4 bed plus one single bed.

Sleeping arrangements in the Farm House’s Yellow Room include one double bed.