About this listing
Welcome to Whitewater Farm and thank you for checking us out!
This is Whitewater Lane, the road that leads to our house and loftspace. Please take care on the driveway...it can be bumpy!
Welcome to White Water Farm! My husband, newborn son and I live on this property that has been in our family's hands for over 30 years.
This rental is for the renovated loft space above our detached three car garage. It currently features 3 twin beds and 2 double beds as well as a living room area with two couches (one is a sleeper sofa), large screen HDTV with Netflix, and VHS/DVD player. The remaining 1/4 of the space is filled with a kitchen nook featuring a coffee maker, toaster oven, and mini-fridge. There is no running water (or heat! More details below!) in the loft, so guests have full access to the bathroom and shower located inside our home, which is approximately 100 feet away from the loft space. This access is available 24/7 and guests should feel comfortable coming in and out of our house at any point.
Please note: If there are more than 2 guests, there will be an additional charge of $5 per person. Maximum number of guests permitted is 7 people. Keep in mind there are only 5 beds, so sharing would be necessary.
Also, please note that this space is only rented out to one group (or individual!) at a time so you will NOT be sharing the space with strangers.
The style is rustic but with plenty of charm. Guests should expect a mini-fridge stocked with basic breakfast supplies. All other food is supplied by guests, but they are welcome to use the oven, stovetop, and microwave in our main house to cook meals. We ask that all meals are prepared and cleaned up after by 9pm as my husband and I tend to go to bed early most days of the week.
I provide you with fresh bed linens and towels for your stay. Please bring outdoor/pet towels with you for swimming in our pond or river as I ask that the ones I provide stay inside.
There is no central heating/cooling system, i.e., no heat. As such, I keep the rental price quite low. During summer months, the windows and doors can open to provide a cross breeze and there are two fans available for air circulation. During the fall/winter/spring months, be warned that the loft is a large, open space with no heat. Thick, warm down comforters will be provided on each bed but dress accordingly! Consider a fall/winter stay as "upscale camping"...you get a bed and shelter, but nights are cold! I will double check during colder months to make sure that guests are aware of this fact when anyone sends a reservation request.
On our property we have two dogs, a female lab mix and a male blue heeler. Our dogs get along well with other social dogs. There are also two cats that spend their time in our house.
In our backyard we also have several chickens and peacocks. Our rooster, Pico, does crow in the morning so if this sort of sound disrupts your sleep schedule, please reconsider booking a stay on our farm.
Guests of the loft may bring a maximum of one dog as long as it socializes well with other dogs. We also require that you keep your dog leashed at all times outside of the loft space as our chickens wander the property and we have had too many instances of guests' dogs attacking our chickens. If the dog behaves acceptably in the presence of the birds, it may be unleashed but very careful attention must be given to it when outside.
At White Water Farm, every window holds an amazing view! The entire property is surrounded by lush Pennsylvania forest and farmland. Corn, soybeans, oats, wheat and potatoes are the main crops that you pass as you drive up our road on the way to the apartment. Attached to the house is a gorgeous wrap-around front porch with fantastic views of the fields...it's just the most perfect spot to wake up to with a cup of coffee in hand!
There are hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails within range and a gorgeous river which white water rafters flock to throughout the year; hence, the name White Water Farm. Rafters arrive from near and far to take on the challenge of the Nescopeck River that cuts through the property! Guests at the house typically enjoy walking or running on the nature trail (there is a 1, 2, and 3 mile version). The area holds a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, migratory birds, and all the other native species of the Blue Mountains. The Nescopeck River is a great spot for guests to cool off on hot days, and we also have two ponds on the property that we often swim in as well.
I am often around to give a mini-farm tour of my parents' potato & grain farm and I'd be thrilled to do so! There are several historic and interesting barns on the property that seem to wow people of all ages.
I am also typically available to give beginner riding lessons on one of my amazing lesson horses. Lessons are one hour long and cost $30 (paid via cash or Square). Basic horsemanship skills are taught and one will leave the lesson with a new found appreciation for all things equine. Couples or groups up to 2 may split the lesson so that each person gets individual ride time within the hour. Helmets are provided and required for wear.
Interaction with Guests
Running the farm and horse stable keeps my husband and I quite busy, but we are always available if guests have any questions and we spend most evenings on site.
White Water Farm is located just west of the Pocono Mountain range in northeastern Pennsylvania. The nearest city is Hazleton, PA with a population just under 20,000. Wilkes-Barre is a 20 minute drive away; Scranton is 35-40 minutes away.
We are conveniently located within 1 mile of Interstate 80, the main east/west route through Pennsylvania. Easy on/off. Within a three mile radius, one has access to a grocery store, liquor/beer store, local restaurants, and several gas stations. Everything you would need is in this valley. Come see for yourself how beautiful Pennsylvania can be!
Check out this link for some amazing hiking destinations around our area:
The closest grocery store is Goulds' ShurSave, located along Route 93. Less than 2 miles away, it is located in a shopping center that has a beer store, liquor store, pizza restaurant, pharmacy, and tobacco shop.
There are a wide array of local restaurants with exceptional food, including The Frogtowne Bar & Grille (located just 1 mile away), Sally's Country Inn, The Meating House, Brass Buckle, etc.
Local attractions include ((website hidden) search for their websites):
Black Diamond Antique Mall, Frackville, PA
Knoebals Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA
Centralia, PA (underground burning city)
Laurel Drive-In (open seasonally), Hazleton, PA
Jim Thorpe, PA (historic mining town with train rides available!)
Cinema and Drafthouse, Hazleton, PA (featuring inexpensive new-release movies and a wide selection of beer, drinks and food)
Ricketts Glen State Park (Great hiking with the ability to see 22 waterfalls and a man-made beachfront lake at the top of a mountain!)
Eckley Miners Village, Eckley PA (recreation of a historic mining town including an anthracite coal museum)
Other Things to Note
We have two dogs on site as well as two cats. Also on the property are several chickens and peacocks. The pets do not have access to the loft space. The dogs and cats live inside our home.
Considering the property's rural environment and active farm operation, there is a requirement for accepting the terms of the Liability Release which will be provided upon arrival if you plan to hike the trails, tour the working farm operation, or take a horseback riding lesson.
There must be at least one person over 21 years old in the loft when others are present.
We are kid friendly, but please inform us of how many children of what age you have when you inquire about the reservation. Also, keep in mind the child safety issues of the loft: namely, the steep staircase which leads to the loft (as seen in the photos), as well as the double doors which are two stories high. Guests typically open the double doors to create a cross-breeze through the loft, but this opening is dangerous for small children. The opening has only a few small rails of wood. And without the doors open, the loft gets quite warm at night.
Same goes for pets. Dogs are permitted in the loft, but they must be friendly dogs as we have other pets on site (two dogs, two cats, chickens and peacocks). Aggressive dogs will not be tolerated! All dogs must be leashed while outside of the loft as our chickens roam the property and we have had too many cases where dogs attacked our birds. I can provide a 30 ft tree line lead for your dog if requested.
Check-in and -out times are somewhat flexible. If you have a particular situation, please email or call and we will work with you as best we can.
Also, conserve water as much as possible when using the house shower/toilet. We have a well and it needs to be handled with delicate care.
Smoking is not permitted in the loft (the balcony is okay), but is permitted on the property.
When entering our main house to use the restroom/shower, kindly remove your shoes if you leave the kitchen area.
Guests have access to the kitchen of the house to prepare meals but we ask that all meals be finished by 9pm as we go to bed early on the farm.
When leaving the loft, please remember to turn off any fans/lights to conserve energy.
Please collect your recyclables and at the end of your stay, we will collect them.
This was our 3rd stay here and we again had a wonderful time. Their property is so peaceful and relaxing and it's a nice break from the city to wake up to the rooster singing. The loft is a great big space, and perfect for a family or a group of friends. It's our favorite airbnb place we've stayed at. I think we might make this an annual trip. Blakslee and Raleigh are very friendly hosts.
This lovely place was the perfect ending to our 10 day road trip across the US. Peaceful and very quite. We enjoyed relaxing by the fire pit at night after a 10 hour drive. The setting was gorgeous. We absolutely loved the loft and all the farm animals! Big red the rooster was my favorite.
Our hosts were super kind, welcoming and friendly. Blakslee took the time in the morning to give us a tour of the farm which was a lot of fun. Highly recommend staying here if you get the chance!
Blakslee & her family were wonderful hosts! Gracious, accomodating, friendly, and very helpful. The attention to detail throughout the loft was unexpected and appreciated. We will definitely plan on visiting again!
The listing was accurate - this is an incredibly beautiful spot and Blakslee was a wonderful host - welcoming, relaxed, etc. I was traveling and made the reservation last minute - it was a nice place to stay for the night for me and my dog. My dog had a little trouble with the open stairs up to the loft. Took a nice walk in the morning. Keep in mind that the bathroom is in the house, not in the loft. I would happily stop here again.
What a great ending to our vacation. Everyone loved your loft. The setting is so relaxing and restful. We loved the new baby, dogs, cats, peacocks and chickens. You are so hospitable to open your home to us. We only wished the morning sky would have been clear so we could have experienced the morning sunrise, but that was not your fault!
My husband and I have a 6-month old baby and I wanted to find a special place to take him for his first Father's Day and our two-year wedding anniversary. It was our first time traveling without our baby and we stayed in the Rustic Loft, just the two of us. We loved it!! I was a little worried that it wouldn't feel romantic or intimate because the space can accommodate up to 7 people, but we felt like it was our own little cabin with just enough privacy from the main house.
Blakslee and her husband were WONDERFUL hosts and made us feel completely comfortable, attentive to our every need. This level of attentiveness would have been impressive in any context, but Blakslee had had a baby 11 DAYS PRIOR and was still an amazing, energetic, lovely, engaging host. I couldn't believe that she could juggle a newborn and hosting us, but she did it with grace, calm, and laughter.
I can't stress enough what wonderful energy their small family brings to this patch of earth (dogs included). We had so much fun just chilling out. I slept better and longer than I have since I gave birth in January. It must have been the cool, fresh air and the dark sky with no city lights. While we were there, we went on a hike on the property with the dogs, sat on the porch overlooking the cornfields while sipping our morning coffee, did yoga in the loft with the doors open to let the breeze in, checked out a drive-in movie that was about a 15 minute drive away and also went to a cool local brewery in Berwick.
On our last morning Blakslee took us on a tour of the family farm and the researcher in me enjoyed learning all about the history of the valley and her family's legacy working the land. I even met her dad who was really nice and put my husband and mr to shame because he was in better shape than both of us! Guess that is what farm work will do for the physique :).
We will definitely be coming back here, hopefully with our son when he is old enough to enjoy the animals.
Thanks again for such a special weekend. Many, many stars!
(Ps. I selfishly hesitated to write this review because I wanted to keep this place a secret and save it for ourselves, but that wouldn't be in the spirit of the magical Haz-Wald Farm!)
I've been coming back to Blakslee's farm for three years now, and I can't emphasize how magical of a stay it always is. Blakslee is the most attentive, hospitable, and courteous host I have ever stayed with- and each year she doesn't skip a beat. She goes out of her way to make you feel like a guest. The Barn was perfect for us- as it housed our party of 5 quite comfortably with all the beds and space. We kept the doors open all night letting the breeze roll in. Def a very upscale camping vibe. The HUGE TV is a really fun touch for a post- bon fire activity. The property is awesome to walk and explore. Make sure to pet her dogs and visit the chicken family as well. Will keep coming back for years to come.
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About the Host, Blakslee
Hi folks! My name is Blakslee (pronounced Blake-slee) and I was born and raised on a working potato & grain farm in northeastern Pennsylvania, which has greatly shaped my character and passions over the years. For the past decade, I traveled across the country numerous times for work, yet considered my tiny apartment in Philadelphia to be my homebase, but in 2012 I returned to the town in which I was raised with my husband in order to start our life together on the farm.
My husband is now a full time farmer and I opened a horse boarding stable and riding lesson program in order to put the 1890's dairy barns back into business. The farm has three historic farmhouses located upon it (the oldest one dates back to 1840!), so I've also found myself deep in the middle of renovating and redecorating them as well. The farmhouses, farm buildings, and the land are chock full of history and my husband and I are so proud to call this area of Pennsylvania"home". We look forward to sharing it with you!
My life motto is: "I will have spent half my life in the city and half in the country, having enjoyed every second of each."