Awaken Your Buddha Within, SWAN SANCTUARY VICTORIAN Apartment in1906 Farmhouse hotel alternative. Family Friendly, even bring your Pup, Yup!
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1 dog only, possibly 2 small dogs. We do not accept any other type of pet. Dog fee is per dog per stay. We dog proof leather furniture, remove carpets, etc so you never worry about damage. Fee covers Dog proofing, cleaning & sanitizing & fumigation.


Escape from the World at a small, private Nature Reserve & awaken Your Buddha within. Visit our Swans & Koi. Wake to Complimentary breakfast delivered right to your door (1 wk stays). We are Sanctuary of the Swan. Private, children & dog friendy, 1 bedroom Apartment with en suite and Office. Located inside 1906 Farmhouse. Beautiful alternative to traditional hotels. 1 of only 2 apts on entire 2nd floor. Authentic Victorian full bedroom and 1 fold out bed. (sleeps 1-3). Plus, leather loveseat, leather rocker-recliner, appointed kitchen, vessel sink & hardwood floors. Honeymoon or Romantic Retreat too. Sanctuary view yet easy highway access plus shopping, yet drive in the opposite direction to see so many farms and even a covered bridge. 3 SPA Packages available to choose from.

Covid: Unsurpassed Sanitizing & Cleaning Protocols. Long Term Stays Welcome. So close to AMISH Lancaster County. So much to do for the Outdoor Junkie too, including rock climbing. Quick escape from NYC. Wake to view overlooking pond and swans each morning. Take a step back from this frantic world. Enjoy the Peace & Quiet of a stay on a Swan Sanctuary Retreat. Wifi: FAST & Reliable unlimited BUSINESS Internet connection through Att Mifi wifi, but not suitable for gaming, may occasionally buffer. This is the country. *NEW kEURIG Coffee Pot & K cups, *Leather Ergonomic Executive Desk Chair in Office. This historic home has German heritage, a homestead built by sheer will and perseverance. It graced the Reading Eagle on October, 1941. The Headline, "Woman at Work - She Helps Her Family Build Home", is a tribute to the immigrants from all over the world who fashion an amazing life from nothing. THE SPACE: The VICTORIAN is 1 of 2 Apts located inside this Historic Ironstone Estate, 2nd floor. The Victorian was originally built for one of the two sons of this original family. Two sons, two apartments. It was a payment in kind for the 8 years of labor, including picking up every stone for this homestead. The boys carried masonry tools to school everyday. As you enter the main stone building, there is a foyer and hallway that is shared and SANITIZED day and evening if the other Apt is rented. So, there is a SMALL chance that you will encounter another guest in the hallway or parking lot. We thank you, in advance, for your anticipated kindness while you are here, in this time of National Crisis.  Covid-19 has changed all of our lives in a negative way.  We can not improve your life.  But, we will do our best to make your stay magical.  We are San (Website hidden by Airbnb) and our mission is to provide a Sanctuary to the Human Spirit and Wildlife; with Respect toward all living things. We are located three miles from Daniel Boone Homestead. Washer & Dryer availability for Long Term Guests over 14 days. Privacy is respected. I'm available via text. Easy access to route 422 and 562. Excellent opportunity to explore historic Berks County PA. Take a hike in over 7,700 acres of French Creek State Park. Parking is available on site, right in front of three car garage. Limit one car per guest. 10+ restaurants within a 5 minute drive including Exeter Family and Sunset Diners. with Washer & Dryer availability for Long Term Guests over 14 days. Added Linen & Bedding charges during Covid-19 = charge of $25/bed set up (beyond 1) due to high cost of cleaning. Please contact us for up to date pricing & fees.
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Sleeping Configuration

bedroom with ensuite
1 double bed, 1 rollaway bed


Clothes Dryer
Air Conditioning
Full Kitchen
Cable TV
Security Cameras

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Excellent based on 19 Reviews


Not Child friendly
Parking Included
yes, free off street parking. Limit one car per guest.
Not Wheelchair Accessible

Getting around

no public transportation

Location & Views

Water view
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Kind & helpful, a nature girl
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Email:Click to show kimberly@sanctuaryoftheswan.com
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Policies and Rules

Check In: 2PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Guests receive a detailed email letting them know exactly what to expect at check in and check out.
No parties or events
Smoking Allowed
smoking porches at each accommodation. Smoking outside ONLY IS available on FRONT smoking porch or front yard.
Minimum age limit for renters: 21
House Rules
Welcome to SanctuaryoftheSwan.com. We are a small, private nature reserve; A nature reserve is privately funded & exists for the protection of the natural world. We are a complete ECO system with oxygen field. Guests are not permitted to enter on their own, swim, fish or boat in the reserve as the swans and wildlife are protected. Instead, Guests are invited to attend guided swan & koi feedings several times each week. We are not responsible for changes in weather, temperature or water. Please contact us.
House Rules:
House Rules are necessary for the peace, quiet, security and safety of all Guests at Sanctuary of the Swan, Extended Stay Dog Friendly ECO Nature Reserve & Extended Stay Farmhouse Hotel. We reserve the right to decline a reservation. We reserve the right to remove a guest for violation of these rules. signed...Management
1.Liability & Safety : Guests, Adults and children over age 13 & dogs are limited to the apartments and/or Cottage, porch and lower (lighted) parking lot, in front of three car garage. But, we do feed the swans and you are welcome to attend. Please contact us.
2. Children: Body of water is dangerous to small children. We welcome children over the age of 13. Parents required to sign waiver of responsibility for children/ Ins Co. Sorry for the intrusion.
*We were not designed for children. There in no play or hang-out area. But, there is a wonderful skate park, horseback riding & hiking only 2 miles away. And we do offer guided swan & koi feeding on our nature reserve. Please read our “Things To Do” page for ideas.
3. Smoking: All Accommodations are Non-smoking inside, but smoking is permitted outside on all porches.
Dogs: We truly love our Dogs. They are the best of us and so very welcome in both the Victorian & Suite Apartments, but not in the Cottage. 1 Dog per stay, or 2 small dogs, over the age of 2. Due to insurance companies, we may not be able to accept all breeds and there are a few hoops to go through. We will do our best to accommodate your pup. We require veterinary paperwork documenting age & updated vaccines. Dogs remain with you at all times or may be left alone in an apartment providing they are inside a kennel & you will return within 6 hours. Dogs may not disturb the peace of others. If you will be away longer, dog care is available and you. Please make arrangements in advance so your pup is comfortable. Your dog must be leashed at all times, leash laws. You must pick up poops. Owners are required to sign a statement that their dog is not aggressive for insurance purposes as well. We have lots of space to walk your dog in front and side yards & along road. But, your dog may NEVER enter the nature reserve. Pet owners are responsible for all damages & cleaning for which all guests automatically carry a $5,000 security deposit when booked through Airbnb. Dog owners with an ESE, SD or TD must identify as such prior to booking. Owners requesting free services (3 additional hrs of cleaning paid for by another), are subject to additional requirements/questions and max discount limitation. Dog owners, contact me prior to booking. Dog fees are $100 per dog per stay. Fee covers dog proofing, sanitizing & cleaning and fumigation. We remove carpeting & cover expensive leather furniture & bedding so you never suffer a claim. This rate is less than extended stay America. But, they don't give you an entire home, a living room with leather furnishings and they don't dog proof them to prevent a claim for you.
5. Quiet time: Due to the majority of people working from home, quiet time is Now 24 hrs per day. We love dogs, but they cannot bark throughout the day or night. Quiet time is always in effect.
6. Trash & Recycle: Trash and Recycle, including all open bottles, must be removed daily. Failure to do so, will invite infestation. If you infest property, you are responsible for it’s restoration as well. Trash is along the street. Recycle is along the driveway. Trash bags have been provided to you.
7. Well: We use an expensive filtration system on the property to ensure top quality water for you. No chemical soup here. We use 2 large, 10 yr filters, 1 micron & 5 micron filters. Still, you may see a trace amount of yellow from iron in our water. You CANNOT REMOVE THE YELLOW BY RUNNING & RUNNING THE WATER, YOU ARE ONLY DAMAGING OUR WELL! We are an ECO Retreat. If you consume so much water during your stay as to turn the water orange, you have damaged our well. You will automatically be charged a fee of $500 for someone to come out on an emergency basis to change both 10 yr filters so everyone may again have clean water. Please respect our Mother Gaia. You did choose to stay at an ECO Nature Reserve.
8. Fighting: No fighting, loud arguing or violence of any kind will be tolerated. It disturbs the peace & enjoyment of everyone.
9. Responsibility: You are responsible for the actions of everyone in your party including your dog. It is your responsibility to notify me of any issue that may arise during your stay concerning your services, accommodations, another guest, etc. I can only resolve a situation if it is brought to my attention.
10. Respect: Respect the rights to peace & quiet enjoyment of ALL others, including your Host. If you need anything, please let us know.
11. ID & Security: Present Govt ID when you arrive. We keep a copy of it for your security and safety during your stay. It is destroyed when you leave.
12. Arrival: No arrivals after 9pm. We do not want to disturb other Guests.
13. Utilities: We are an ECO Nature Reserve. Our Guests are encouraged not to use utilities unless they are necessary. A/C units, heaters, etc should never be left to run unless it is summer and comfort necessary for all. Guests may not run air conditioners, heaters, irons, water, etc. while not in residence. Please remember our Mother Gaia. Guests may be fined up to $30 per day.
14. ECO: Guests cannot run kitchen or bath exhaust fans constantly. Exhaust fans remove odors ONLY and are not white-noise machines. If run constantly, they only serve to remove all heat and air conditioning from the home. This is an ECO Retreat. Again, please remember Gaia. Sound machines are furnished for you. Guests may be charged up to $30 per day for running exhaust fans.
15. Security: Lock your doors. Your security is important.
16. Safety: Use lights on all stairs, indoor & outdoor, after dark. Safety 1st please.
17. Pay It Forward Cleaning: CLEANING+CHOICE. Your accommodation is to be returned to it's original condition when you depart. (We don’t expect you to thoroughly clean.) This was always your responsibility. But, Covid-19 has pushed some responsibility back to the Guests again. Because you don’t want to pay cleaning fees not even for for professional Covid-19 sanitizing fees, we have charged you a $29 Linen fee only, and no cleaning fees. The actual cost of cleaning your rented apartment or cottage is an additional $150 or $30 per hour for professional covid-19 sanitizing & cleaning of entire home. Prior to your departure, you will receive instructions which explain a proper covid-free checkout including: bagging your bedding, towels & dog covers, leaving out all used dishes, pots & pans, etc. for sanitizing, wiping down counters & appliances you have used, taking out trash & recycle and taking all of your belongings and food with you. These procedures are simple & all that we require. If you choose not to complete them when you checkout, you are responsible for pmt to our cleaning crew who will perform these chores on your behalf as we simply can’t pay to have them done for you. The following items are also billable at $30 per hour as they are inconsistent with normal cleaning protocols: 1)leaving 50%+ dishes out for sanitizing 2)dirty dishes 3)dirty appliances & counters 4)soiled bedding, towels & dog bedding not bagged 4)trash not removed 5)food & recycle not removed, etc. 6)A/C unit(s) running (automatic charge of $30). We will bill you to complete these, “Guest” tasks at a rate of $30 per hour. You have not prepaid for these services and they are not included in the cost of the accommodations. You may also pre-pay these services if you wish. Thanks to all of our Wonderful Guests for their cooperation during this difficult time.
18. Plumbing: Guests may not flush wipes, "flushable wipes", baby wipes or feminine products, or ice packs down drains. Pipes date to the 1930's. Guests may not clog sinks by removing strainers. Guests may not alter plumbing fixtures. Guests will be responsible for emergency plumbing repair for flushed prohibited items, altered plumbing fixtures and clogged drains.
19. Vehicles: One car per guest or couple. If you need an exception or have an oversized vehicle, please contact us in advance.
20. Candles: No candles, NONE. We have provided battery operated candles.
21. Storage: If you need to store any large item such as a trailer or bike, please contact me in advance of reservation.
22. Injury: No unsafe actions of any kind that can result in injury to yourself & others or damage.
23. Additional Guests: No additional guests may be invited without our prior knowledge due to safety and security of all Guests.
24. Emergency: Few things are an emergency after 9pm. In case of emergency, ring bell on side of home.
25. Weapons & Illegal Activity: NO weapons, illegal drugs, or illegal activity of any kind, including fraudulent activity.
26. Mail: You may never receive your mail or grocery delivery as this is a temporary home.
27.Check-out: Checkout time is at 11:00am unless you have made other arrangements. Failure to checkout by 12pm, will result in an additional day charge.
28.WIFI: Fast Reliable business WIFI, unlimited data, MIFI by Att, you are responsible for Mifi unit while here. Mbps60-100. 4G area. If this unit is damaged or removed, you are solely responsible for it.
29. STR: Please note that your stay here does not constitute, imply or form a lease or contract. We provide Short Term Rentals only or STR’s, less than 1 yr. We are not landlords. You are not a tenant when you rent an STR. You cannot make an application for an apartment or home by renting an STR. We do not rent any accommodations to tenants. Your STR ends on the final day that you have paid to stay. You will not be given an option to continue your stay here as a tenant, following your STR. Your stay will not convert to a lease.

Many thanks for respecting our rules. Please enjoy the Peace & Quiet of your stay. We are here to answer your questions and concerns, always.
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Payment Policy
cards accepted through stripe & square
Refundable Damage Deposit
We offer an insurance policy to Guests that covers your $5,000 Security DP for only $100.
Cancellation Policy
100% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 7 days before arrival or earlier. 50% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled 3 days before arrival or earlier. 0% refundable if cancelled after.
OUR ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOL CHALLENGE, EFFECTIVE MARCH, 2020, We challenge anyone to do more! Due to Covid-19, we require a 6 hr window to prepare for your stay, possibly less. Please inquire if you need an immediate booking prior to instant booking.

We’re committed to AN ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOL which was developed in partnership with experts in health and hospitality. Here’s what we’ve done to clean and sanitize the space This process takes between 6-8 hours.

1.We use only approved products
2.We clean everything prior to sanitizing. We wash down walls with soap and water.
3.We provide extra cleaning supplies, so you can clean as you stay. (But, only if you want to.)
4.All high-touch surfaces have been sanitized, down to the doorknob, per CDC guidelines. But, we go way beyond this. Every surface is sanitized, including but is not limited to rugs, doors, molding, counter tops, appliances, faucets, shower curtains, bath tub & shower, toilet, sink, mirror in bath, furniture, dishes, silverware, kitchen cabinets, dishes, silverware, pots & pans & appliances, etc.
5.All of your bedding has been washed in hot water, including the comforter!
6.There are more than 24 hours between guests.
We sanitize everything so you can just relax, enjoy your stay and watch the swans swim by.
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Kids & Dogs ok Swan Sanctuary Victorian APT is a Apartment located in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, United States. This Apartment is available for short term lodging and accommodates 3 guests
Kids & Dogs ok Swan Sanctuary Victorian APT has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and was listed on Houfy on Apr 2021

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