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Privacy -peaceful -adventure -close to Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Fishing, hiking, bird watching & star gazing - campfires - off the beaten path

Summer FUN in the sun. Adventure nearby. Fisherman - pond is stocked and ready for your exclusive use.

Surrounded by over 800 acres - of meadows and woodlands.

We are a short drive from Fallingwater/Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle State Park, Somerset, PA, and Forbes State Forest. Many opportunities for adventure and/or a quiet retreat surrounded by woodlands and meadows, our cottage offers these and more. Our contemporary cottage is nestled between a pond and forest on our 1780's mountain farm. If you are a fisherman you are welcome to fish in our stocked pond (for guests at this cottage only). Catch and release - large mouth bass, red-cheeked sunfish, channel catties and bluegill.

Mona Rishel-Shissler
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Mona Rishel-Shissler

My husband (Bryon) and I purchased the James Campbell Farm property in 1990 and spent many years restoring the original (1780's) log house as our home. Subsequently we have refurbished all of the farm buildings. We have planted 100's of trees (mostly native species), created vegetable, herb and flower gardens, replanted the orchard, developed fruit vines - red and black raspberries, and grapes as well as blueberries. In addition to raising much of what we eat we cut firewood on our sustainably managed forests and now offer guests the opportunity to catch and release the fish in the pond -- Come and see how 'green' country life can be!

Mona Rishel-Shissler purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Mona Rishel-Shissler chose Fort Hill

Bryon and I decided to renovate and expand one of the many buildings on James Campbell Farm as a guest house for family and friends. They have enjoyed it so much, we begin to rent it so that others have an opportunity to enjoy 'our little piece of paradise.' Our 2nd season has been very successful with both U.S. and international guests. Many of our guests have said, 'I wish I could live here!' And, BEAUTIFUL is the word most frequently used to describe the property.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage feels like it is 'tucked' into its very own 'special' spot. There are many types of bird feeders that attract a variety of birds. Flowerbeds attract butterflies. There are ducks, great blue heron and kingfisher on the pond. And on any given day you might see woodcock, ruffed grouse, wild turkey and white-tailed deer. If you are lucky you might hear a great horned owl, screech owl, or a coyote. The view from the dining area overlooks the pond, forests and mountains.


Fort Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • - Catch and release fishing in the pond with PA fishing license. - Campfire in stone fire ring only - Inquire before hiking on the property
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , SunMar composting toilet -raise vanity -seated shower stall
  • Features seated shower stall, raised oak vaniety and *environmentally friendly* composting toilet - see This unit has been highly rated by our guests. No odor or maintenance required by our guests. If you are at all concerned about this - please stay at our "woodland" cottage:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed (1) in loft area 2nd story -- easy rise stair case
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
In a 'Green' Tradition -we utilize a Sun-Mar Composting Toilet in the Full Bathroom. It Requires No Special Maintenance, is Odor Free and Provides Mulch for Our Flower Beds. see:


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Privacy -peaceful -adventure -close to Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP
average rating of 4.956897 based on 116 reviews

our dream home! inspired us in so many wonderful ways! can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend proposed to me on the big rock in the back yard, beside the pond. It was truly a magical moment! Then we walked the path through the meadow of wild flowers during a warm summer rain! Fort Hill will forever hold a special place in our hearts <3

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so excited - best wishes. We will look forward to return visits to recommit, replenish and enjoy Campbell Farm. Bryon & Mona
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We love this place. We have been coming here for years. It's the best!

  • 5 of 5

Mona and Bryon are wonderful hosts. The property is so beautiful and peaceful. We always come home refreshed and relaxed. The kitchen is well equipped. We always go biking on the GAP trail during our visits. This stay we saw something new for us -- an amazing light up the night show of fireflies outside the cottage. So beautiful!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate to have guests who have been returning year after year, during different seasons and, seeing new things. Best of all we enjoy sharing our property with folks who really get the peaceful spaces we have tried to create. Come and see how peace filled country life can be - Thks R & S
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Zelienople, PA

The cottage was clean, quiet, and peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

This loft style cottage is located in a remote area of SW Pennsylvania. The area has historical sites to visit and offers trout fishing. There are a handful of small towns to explore and a lot of beautiful scenery.

The cottage was comfortable and clean and sits on a small farm with a pond. Having come from Pittsburgh, we liked the less than two hour trip and very much enjoyed the peace and quiet the cottage rental offered. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage on beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this lovely cottage for a getaway weekend and had a wonderful time. The space is well furnished, comfortable and had all our needs, including kitchen items to prepare a full home cooked meal. We enjoyed an assortment of movies and books during the quiet evenings as well. If it had stayed dry outdoor we would have taken advantage of the grill and fire pit as well, but we will just have to enjoy them on our next visit! I would highly recommend this spot for a quiet, peaceful stay that is close to state parks, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, which were only a 30 minute drive away from this spot.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to you coming to enjoy the cottage and the property again. Guests tell us they enjoy visiting at different times of the year as each season has its own personality.
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Lebanon, PA

Love IT! Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay here. Mona and Bryon are very accommodating. We enjoyed walking the property, fishing both on the property and around the area and the town of Confluence. The birds and chipmunks provided hours of entertainment and peace.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, peaceful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the cottage. We were gifted several inches of snow while we stayed which turned an already beautiful landscape into a whole new level. Sitting and looking out over the pond while eating or just reading a book and watching the bids flutter back and forth from the big tree to the feeders was amazing. Great communication from Mona before the visit, couldn't ask for more. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "... couldn't ask for more." that is a wonderful compliment. We hope all our guests will find what they are looking for and more.
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Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
In Confluence + bottle shop
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Seven Springs & Nemacolin Resort
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
PA Route 521
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Confluence, PA
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Seven Springs
Car: necessary

We are near 2 trailheads of the Great Allegheny Passage

6 miles from Mt. Davis - highest point in PA + 100's of acres

in Forbes State Forest

Fishing - at our pond and more fishing opportunities nearby

Birding, Wildlife Viewing/Photo Opportunities and Wild/Native Flowers


Hunting - large parcel of PA State Game Lands 1 mile from farm


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $24 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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