Bed & Breakfast offers mountain serenity

Serene View Farm Bed & Breakfast is aptly named.

It’s so quiet in the village of Proctor, the site of this historic inn, that the only sounds one hears are the birds chirping, even the call of a rooster.

“Every guest comments on the rooster,” laughed Maggie Emery, who along with her husband, Larry owns the business.

With four guest rooms, there’s not a lot of space in the inn.

It really is a place to get away.

“People come here to have an experience,” Maggie said.

Tucked away in northern Lycoming County near Loyalsock Creek, the remote setting is only part of this inn’s appeal.

Every room of the bed & breakfast, which also is home to the Emery’s, is a treasure trove of delights.

And Maggie is proud to point out some of those features.

Take the parlor, where guests can relax and gaze out windows at the mountains and vast acreage where deer and other wildlife are known to roam.

There’s a Vermont casting stove and a window seat.

Antiques and old furniture found throughout the inn beckon to yesteryear and simpler times.

Maggie’s son, Peter Emick, did much of the inn’s restoration work, which includes hardwood floors and stone work.

The inn traces its origins to 1900, when it was a farmhouse and Walter Zeigler – an ancestor – first owned the building.

It was 1968 when Maggie became owner.

And then, 13 years ago, she and Larry, a former Penn College counselor, got an idea.

“Everyone was coming here and staying, but no one was paying,” Maggie said.

That’s when they decided their spacious home might make a fine bed & breakfast.

No longer is it possible to stay for free there, but the people still come.

Guests range from hikers and hunters to those just visiting in the area for any number of reasons – weddings, college graduations, the festivals in the area.

And of course, there’s always the people who need a place to stay during Little League World Series time in August.

“I’m almost filled for Little League already,” she added.

Guests can sit outside on the wrap-around porch and listen to the sounds of the wilderness.

For people who want to tap into the outside world, there’s WiFi.

Maggie said she and her husband complement each other.

Each morning, she serves up sumptuous breakfasts for the guests in the large kitchen area.

Walter, meanwhile, offers up a pre-meal prayer, but has his lighter side as well.

“He’s the comedian,” she said.

Although the setting is decidedly country, guests looking to get a little taste of urban life don’t have to venture too far.

The city of Williamsport is less than 45 minutes south.

For still others, the tranquility of the mountains are quite sufficient.

Recreation in the immediate area includes hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking and canoeing.

And of course, there’s more than enough of the outdoors for plenty of sight-seeing.

Many guests book rooms at the inn during the fall foliage season of October.

Larry said one of the big challenges of running a bed & breakfast is trying to accommodate guests during some of the busiest times.

Still, the two feel they made a good decision when they opened the inn.

“When it ceases to be fun, we aren’t doing it anymore,” Maggie said.

Rates are $140 per night.

More information is at 478-2477 or