View of front of houseMaster BR with balcony door in view
United StatesPennsylvaniaLancaster
1850's Federal Farmhouse-Master BR

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

3 Beds

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

3 Beds

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

3 Beds

1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Former Armstrong Idea House, full of antiques, lots of character, spacious, quiet grounds in beautiful upscale neighborhood (great for walking), 8 minutes drive to downtown, close to amenities - grocery, restaurants, on bus line.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $15
Security Deposit: $250
Weekly Discount: 15%
Cancellation: Moderate


The space

Former Armstrong World Industries* Idea Show house remodeled with new kitchen (granite counter tops, tile floor) and other upgrades throughout house; two fireplaces (wood in LR and gas in newly added family room) off kitchen; house filled with antiques top to bottom, wood floors, unique molding and other historic features; balcony and patio for relaxation/ BBQ; Farmhouse is in suburban upscale School Lane Hills area of west Lancaster three blocks from Wheatland - former US President James Buchanan's estate, close to downtown Lancaster and 20 minutes from Amish farm country/ flea markets/ tourist spots. Offered: Master BR with Master bath near balcony porch - there is a queen bed in this room but twin beds are sometimes available in another guest room if requested with advance notice; attic suite (also pictured) that runs the length of house sometimes is available with separate bath if not rented to a longer-term tenant (see other Airbnb listing to book attic - has separate calendar of availability/ bookings) Bathrooms are older but rest of house is renovated/ upgraded. House sits on 1.5 acres of park-like setting with huge old trees. Pleasant area for walking/ running. Plenty of parking, bus line at bottom of driveway; close to town and highways for easy travel/ access to other cities.

Pets welcome with additional deposit -- will discuss before booking (usually $200 refundable deposit depending for short-term stay). A stay of one week or longer requires a $25 cleaning fee vs. $15 and possibly a higher pet deposit

* Armstrong World Industries is/ was a manufacturer of floor/ ceiling/ wallcoverings world-wide w/ corp headquarters in Lancaster. As their Idea House in 1953 my family home featured many unique floor linoleums/ wall coverings etc with each room decorated in a different theme/ props/ furnishings, etc.

Guest access

Entire house and property, patio, BBQ, use of kitchen. Note there is a queen bed in Master BR. If guests do not want to sleep in same bed, there are twin beds sometimes available in another guest room not listed here if there is not another long-term tenant occupying that room. Simply book the Master BR and I will offer you the twin beds guest room upon your arrival. There are also day beds in the basement for children or additional guests for a small surcharge, also a queen air mattress if needed. My attic bedroom has a double bed (also listed here) is as an additional booking option. There is a folding sofa chair in the attic bedroom that can serve as an extra bed for one person (basically a 6 " thick foam mattress on the floor) for which I can provide linens.

Interaction with guests

I or my House Manager try to be there to welcome the guests, give them a tour, make sure they have WiFI code etc. and try to accommodate guests' request for check-in time but we both work so sometimes we have to leave a key for guests to let themselves in/ giving them instructions where things are. We try to give guests privacy but are certainly there to answer questions about the area, make suggestions re places to eat etc. and are always accessible by cell phone. I NEVER RENT ROOMS IN MY HOUSE IF I OR HOUSE MANAGER ARE NOT GOING TO BE THERE.

The neighborhood

Beautiful old upscale area of Lancaster with large older homes and mansions. Lots of trees and wide streets to walk.

Getting around

A bus line to downtown Lancaster is at bottom of my driveway. My home is a 5-10 minute drive from downtown and 5 minute drive from easy access to major highways. Amish farm country is about a 10- 20 minute drive in any direction.

Other things to note

For a long term booking of 1 month or more cancellation policy is 30 days. For short term booking of less than one month cancellation policy is one week.

House Rules

To enjoy the space, quiet and property and
to make yourself at home! Mi casa es su casa!

Oh, and to please be mindful of using coasters to prevent wet stains or scratches on the antique furniture please!

If a pet is present, a $100 security deposit will be required.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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