Who We Are
Roman and Lucy Stoltzfoos are operating Spring Wood farm for over 32 years. This is a 3rd generation Mennonite family farm where Roman was born and raised. They were married on a bright sunny day in July 1978, near Iowa city, Iowa where most of Lucy's family still lives. After more than three years on a church mission near Charlottesville Va, we were needed on the home farm in Lancaster County Pa. So after working for dad one year we took over the dairy and were kept busy since raising our family in the Garden Spot. Eleven children and 16 grandchildren later we are still busy on this 220 acre organic dairy and turkey farm. We also raise 1500 layers that are free range, grass-fed happy hens.
We enjoy sharing our slice of the country and some choice farm raised fresh and raw foods with cottage guests. Healthy marriages, healthy children, and healthy food are the missions of The Little Stone Cottage.
We desire that couples be renewed as they pull back from busy schedules and take time to love up on each other and bask in the blessing and fulfillment of the true marriage covenant. Marriage is a gift from God and one of His choice creations.
Why this property
Over the years of our marriage, we enjoyed getting away as a couple to romantic little retreats, and when we acquired this property with a small run down little house on it, we thought of perhaps turning it into a romantic getaway which could serve as a retreat for couples. It is refreshing to see the many couples who have benefited from their investment of time here. We have enjoyed making romantic dreams come true for married couples and love to host those interested in the blessing of marriage romance and intimacy.
Spring Wood farm was originally part of William Penn’s 800 acre Personal Estate. This historic cottage rental is now part of Spring Wood Organic Farm, which is a 220 acre fourth generation Mennonite family farm operated by Roman and Lucy Stoltzfoos and family. Most days you will see cattle and other animals peacefully grazing on well-kept pastures nearby. All this is within 20 minutes of Lancaster's main tourist area, many good shopping malls, and excellent restaurants.
Our Vision for the Little Stone Cottage
Our prayer is that the Little Stone Cottage Rental would be a place of escape from the busyness (business) of life for married couples. Whether they be brand new and on the their honeymoon or celebrating many years of the marital journey? We pray that it would be a place where marriages can be blessed by retreating from the hustle and bustle to a quiet spot where spirits are renewed, souls reunited and refreshed, and bodies rested and ravished. Maybe there will be some tears of repentance or joy! (There’s tissues here for those tears) and God will take note! In all we want you to feel pampered and blessed by each other, by the quiet romantic atmosphere, by God's very presence and grace. We hope this would be a place where hearts can be overwhelmed with thankfulness and joy for the carefully designed companionship in marriage.
We believe marriage was designed by God to bless the world with a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church. God’s grace designed marriage to be safe haven for the blessing and expression of sexual passion and romance. This fulfills our God given need of love and passionate intimacy. This should be desired and enjoyed by both the husband and the wife. We hope you as a married couple will add to your good memories and recount God’s goodness to you, during your stay here. God’s heart for marriage is that even through trials, you will experience a growing peace, oneness, and fulfillment as you love and walk together.
From the creation of Adam and Eve, God’s unique blessing was on marriage. He is just as concerned today, with the success of marriage, as He ever was. We believe according to the Bible, God designed the marriage relationship to be one man and one woman, for life. God’s sovereignty brought together couples from the beginning, and He greatly desires for them to experience a deep and delightful romantic attraction for each other that gets better with time. We hope that a break from the cares of life to this romantic getaway will renew your appreciation for God’s plan for your marriage and help you to be a generous, servant lover. We also pray that every amenity at the cottage would encourage you to bask in God’s blessing and be swept away by the sweet blissful rapture of shared touch.
We pray this for every true marriage that celebrates here. We pray that the creator God would be dear to them as individuals and give generously wisdom and a desire to truly bless one another as they grow together in Christ. We pray that unified desire for each other would become a powerful force in your life together. As you grow in Christ, you will grow closer to each other. God himself will minister to your needs as individuals and as a couple when you ask in faith, for his special anointing on your relationship. Thank you for coming and being a part of our vision for this place. May God richly bless and keep your marriage as one of his choice creations.
Roman and Lucy Revised March 2016