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Come & sit by the fire--Adventure-private-peaceful-Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP

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


About the property

Sitting by the fire - gas & pellet, fishing, hiking, bird watching & star gazing

Winter is a lovely time to enjoy our lovely contemporary cottage that is tucked in a quiet spot on our homestead and, if you are a fisherman you are welcome to fish in our stock pond. Catch and Release and, near many other places to fish. There is a pellet stove in the living room and a gas stove/fireplace in the dining area that looks out over the pond, meadow and woodlands as far as the eye cans see. Our 65 acre homestead is surrounded by 100's of acres of undeveloped woodland. We offer privacy close to outdoor adventure. If you do not find the dates you are looking for available here. Please visit our new "family friendly" Woodland Cottage at Campbell Farm - see:

Whether you are looking for adventure or a quiet retreat surrounded by woodlands and meadows our cottages offer these and more.

We are within an easy drive of Fallingwater, Ohiopyle, and Somerset, PA

We are an easy drive to MANY day trips.

Our farm pond (for use by cottage guests only) is stocked and ready for catch and release - large mouth bass, red-cheeked sunfish, channel catties and bluegill.

View our calendar of availability and make reservations here at this VRBO site or call:

(814) 395-5335 farmhouse

(814) 521-7652 cell

Our guests enjoy hiking on our 65 acre homestead and surrounding properties (over 800 undeveloped acres) - ask us for details, fishing (catch and release) in our well-stock pond, taking day trips biking on sections of the Great Allegheny Passage, visiting local attractions like Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle State park or just sitting by the gas fireplace in the dining/sitting area that is glass on two sides. Meadows, Forest and Mountains as far as the eye can see. We respect your desire to 'get away from it all' but, we are not far off if you need us and you are welcome to call or stop by the farmhouse.

You may now make reservations and payments (credit card) from your smart phone!

or here before you leave this site.

2 night minimum - 2 adults - queen bed.

This contempory cottage is nestled between a pond and forest on our 1780's mountain farm. Our cottage is the perfect retreat for quiet reflection or a base from which to explore. You may relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of hummingbirds, herons and view wildflowers or, pursue the endless options for outdoor and cultural activities that surround us. The Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail runs through property adjacent to the farm as does the Casselman River. We are near Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle State Park, Yough Lake Recreation Area and Seven Springs. Within 18 miles of the farm (as the crow flies) there are over 180,000 acres of public lands, 4 State Parks, 4 Unique Natural Areas, 5 Lakes open to public fishing, 3 Important Bird Areas, 5 Important Mammal Areas, 6 State Game Lands, 3 covered bridges and some of the best trout fishing waters in the Eastern U.S. In addition, there are restaurants, antique shops, a 'country-style' hardware store, bike shops, wineries, and the Confluence Creative Arts Center nearby.

We have extensive vegetable gardens, fruit trees, red and black raspberries, blueberries, asparagus 'patches' as well as a wide variety of annual and perennial herbs and flowers.

You will find more pictures & information about the cottage, property and surrounding area at:


Come and see how peaceful (and exciting) country life can be!

No pets, swimming and, no smoking in the cottage

Keywords: Near Fallingwater, Great Allegheny Passage GAP, Ohiopyle State Park, Confluence, Romantic Get Away, Vacation Rental, Cottage, Cabin, Private Setting, Farm Vacation, Rental Home, Guest House, Artist & Writer's Retreat, Off-the-Beaten-Path, EcoFriendly, Mountain Views, Fishing & Hunting

More Details

Mona Rishel-Shissler
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

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.


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


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
  • 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
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • 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 , Raised vanity-shower stall w seat-SunMar composting toilet
  • Features seated shower stall, raised oak vaniety and *environmentally friendly* composting toilet - see This unit has been highly rated by our guests. No odor and 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
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 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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Come & sit by the fire--Adventure-private-peaceful-Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP
average rating of 4.9633026 based on 109 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

This place deserves an infinite star rating!

  • 5 of 5

A truly amazing place owned by truly amazing people! Mona and Bryon thank you once again for a much needed week "away from it all". Loved the fall decor around the cottage! It was so nice of you to leave the orange vests for us to wear so we could take walks safely around the grounds during archery season. The weather was gorgeous during our stay. The sunsets were picture perfect. The pond didn't let us down. We caught small mouth (didn't even know they were in the pond!) , large mouth, lots of sunfish and blue gills...and I caught a HUGE catfish!!! The deer were once again our morning entertainment and our evening wind down time. Love them! While I was relaxing on the far side of the pond, fishing, I saw a fox chase a rabbit along the hillside! The cottage was, as always, comfortable, clean, cozy and simply perfect! I could go on and on about your cottage and our stay there! Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise with us. We will be booking our next stay soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very appreciative of your kind words. And, we love that you have been returning every year to celebrate your marriage. So glad the weather and the fishing were good during your stay. Bryon says, "I would like to see a fox out and about on the hillside by the pond!" Happy Fall days *: -)
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Super nice place to say - just what we were looking for and knew it immediately when we saw the pictures of the cottage on the pond. Being late November we didn't have the best fishing - but we sure did try and at the very end a willing & rather large catfish was landed! Also not a lot going on in the town of Confluence, but still had a nice walk around town. Hiking on the farm property was a pleasure as well. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lebanon, PA

Charming and secluded

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with a charming cottage. Enjoyed being able to watch the wildlife each morning while enjoying coffee and taking walks throughout the property. The accommodations were very comfortable. The kitchen made it possible to enjoy simple meals. The pellet stove was low maintenance and kept the cottage comfortably warm. It was a great getaway for a long distance couple. Would definitely come again and recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

This has been a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature, a delightful cottage by the pond and and easy access to the delights of the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had everything we needed including beautiful views of the pond and the surrounding woods. There were trails to hike on the property and so much to see in the area. You can see the love Mona and Bryon have invested in this property. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! It was peaceful and serene. We celebrated our 20th anniversary enjoying the outdoors. It was also just a short drive to go hiking at Mt. Davis and biking at Confluence. Everything worked out perfectly. I even caught one of the largest bass of my life in the pond. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that couples come to celebrate - anniversaries and birthdays. The cottage is privately situated on our 63 acre homestead and surrounded by over 800 acres of undeveloped meadows and woodlands. The pond is stocked with lg mouth bass, red-cheeked sunfish, channel catties and blue gills.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $30
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rental Agreement 2014/2015-Campbell Farm
50% of fee due to secure reservation or, total if within 45 days of arrival.
Balance due 45 days before your arrival.
All cancellations made at least 45 days before your arrival - 5% of received payment -charged to cover credit card fees and handling - balance will be refunded to you.
Cancellations – 44 days or less – refunded for dates rebook only if we are able to rebook the dates – less $25
Reservations are for 2 adults (queen bed 2nd level).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.