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Adventure -privacy -peaceful - Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP

Fort Hill, PA, USA
  • Cottage800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Fishing, hiking, bird watching & star gazing

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
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 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 Somerset County

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Queen size bed (1) in loft area 2nd story -- easy rise stair case


      • 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 www.sunmar.com 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

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Confluence - 6 miles: FoodMart with bakery, deli, wonderful fresh meats - fruits, vegetables and a pharmacy -- gas station, Confluence Cyclery Rivers Edge Antiques, Resturants, banks & laundramat
        • Monument View
          Our 65 acre mountain homestead is surrounded by hundreds of undeveloped acres and over looks multiple mountain ridges.
        • Mountain View
          Forest, meadows & mountains - within 6 miles of Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania (Forbes State Forest). In additional to the 65 acre farm we are surrounded by over 800 acre undeveloped.
        • Rural
          We are located 6 miles from Confluence, PA on Fort Hill Road (4 miles from PA Rt. 281 - 2.6 miles from PA Rt. 523)
        • Water View
          The cottage is tucked behind the timber framed barn (no animals) and the pond. (we do have some chickens near our garden) The setting is private with meadow, forest and mountain views
        • Waterfront
          There is a stocked pond - large mouth bass, red cheeked sunfish, blue gills and channel catties. Catch and Release - PA fishing license required.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      There is an oversized parking area a short distance from the front door.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Window Air Condition, You Control the Temperature
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      Bed, Bath and Kitchen Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Small Flat Screen TV connected to - VHS player and DVD player - selection of videos and DVD movies
                    • Mobile Phone
                      Verizon cell phone tower nearby
                    • Heating
                      Gas fireplace in the dining room - Pellet stove in living room area (also an electric radiator style heater) Labor Day weekend - end of May.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Secure Equipment Storage Inside and Outside.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Towels Provided
                      Kitchen and Bath sets
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Campbell Farm Wi-Fi -PLEASE NOTE: Here in the country we have DSL (3-Mbps not FIOS-PLEASE plan to download movies before you arrive. Small flatscreen tv, dvd player and a small collection of movies.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Pellet Stove in the living room (Labor Day weekend - May


                        • Coffee Maker
                          small 4 5 - cup Mister Coffee with filters
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Yes, the kitchen is well-stocked with utensils used for eating and cooking
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Everything you need to prepare a meal except the food including salt/pepper/cooking oil and "some" spices
                        • Kitchen
                          Microwave, Toaster and Mr. Coffee with filters provided
                        • Microwave
                          Small Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Whirlpool Range
                        • Pantry Items
                          Salt & Pepper, Sugar, SugarFree Sweeteners, coffee filters, dish washing liquid, paper towels
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Full size gas stove
                        • Toaster
                          2 slice toaster


                            • Dining
                              There is a gas (propane) stove in the dining/sitting area for use Sept. - April (Also, a pellet stove in the living room)
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people


                                • Books
                                  Reference books on the 1st level are available for your use while you are visiting. In addition, there are an assortment of paperback books (swap/take) on the 2nd level.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Variety of board games and puzzles
                                • Television
                                  --- We have WiFi ------- No Television reception also a vhs & dvd player and a selection of movies
                                • Video Library
                                  A Selection of DVD movies is available


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Although we DO NOT provide bikes there is dry storage available - ask?
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Table and chair on raised wooden deck + chairs and side tables at the campfire ring.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Nearby in Confluence and Ohiopyle
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Herb and flowerbeds for your enjoyment.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small weber grill - please bring charcoal & lighter fluid. Campfire wood & kindling is provided for a several hour fire each day you are here. Additional firewood is available - for a small fee.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      RiverSport in Confluence, PA and Confluence Cyclery


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • 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

                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • 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: www.sunmar.com

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              111 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Relaxing, peaceful weekend

                                                              David S.

                                                              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!

                                                              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.

                                                              Another return visit

                                                              I am not sure when one can say a visit to Campbell Farm is an annual event but as this was my fourth in five years, I think I am getting close. And it was another wonderful visit. I cannot imagine a more perfect place to endure three days of cold, damp, awful weather. The cottage was warm and comfortable. I could choose to sit in the dinning area and take in the pond and surrounding woods which even under gloomy skies were soothing, or nook in on the sofa next to the stove with a stack of books oblivious to everything outside and beyond. Along with a well appointed kitchen, which makes cooking enjoyable, I did not want for anything. My visits over the years have convinced me that this truly is a cottage for all seasons.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              "...this truly is a cottage for all seasons." We love that. AND, we love that your visits are annual events. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Rest, relax and enjoy the solitude or venture and have an adventure. We very much appreciate everyone who visit Campbell Farm

                                                              Great weekend getaway!

                                                              Kristina B.

                                                              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!

                                                              Charming and secluded

                                                              Rachel W.Lebanon, PA

                                                              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.

                                                              Perfect getaway

                                                              Helen M.Maryland

                                                              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.

                                                              Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

                                                              Kathleen G.

                                                              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!


                                                              Fort Hill, PA, USA

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

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