Stay: October 2003
We stayed at the Old Summer House in East Earl, Pennsylvania, in October 2003. We were in the area to attend my brother's wedding and wanted to stay some place that would be different and "child friendly." A farm seemed to be the perfect solution, and the Old Summer House proved best in terms of location and price.
The "summer house" is an in-law apartment adjacent to the main house at a dairy farm. The in-law is very comfortable and cozy. Downstairs there are couches, a double brick oven, and a kitchen/eating area. Upstairs there is a large loft with a queen-size bed, a sofa-bed and a bathroom. It's all very nicely decorated - we were impressed. We were traveling with an 18-month-old and the in-law was very child friendly. They had gates to block the stairs and a closet with toys and books.
The dairy farm itself was also of interest. Our daughter loved looking at the little calves and was amused by the cats and other critters. Alas, it wasn't all good - staying at diary farm means putting up with the smell of such places, which is unpleasant. Still by our second day there, we didn't notice it anymore.
The room comes with a homemade breakfast, left by the owner on our table. It was quite good, but it didn't include any milk! Kind of ironic at a diary farm.
If we ever visit the area again, we'd certainly stay there again.
The Old Summer House
1294 Weaverland Road
East Earl, PA 17519