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Adventure and/or private - peaceful retreat --Near Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP

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


About the property

Wildflowers, birding, hiking, fishing, stargazing & sitting by the fire

This lovely contemporary cottage is located beside a stock pond - a private setting. Catch and Release and, near other places to fish.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 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 Laurel Highlands

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:
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(96 traveler reviews)

Adventure and/or private - peaceful retreat --Near Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 96 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful & romantic!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a place to spend some relaxing couple time & disconnect from the world. This cottage truly exceeded our expectations! Tucked into the western PA mountains is a little slice of heaven - Mona & Bryon have both lovingly refurbished, replanted & created a beautiful, private, serene retreat that overlooks a pond, mountains, meadows and forests. Just bring your clothes & food - everything else awaits for your comfort. Homey details in the cottage are everywhere you look - the decor, the beautiful homemade quilts, terry-cloth robes, beautiful warm blankets/throws scattered throughout. Mona has thoughtfully provided baskets of regional brochures & trail guides to the many points of interest in the area - we hiked Cucumber Falls & a portion of the GAP in nearby Ohiopyle SP. An amazing sunset greeted us when we returned (be sure to check out the awesome sunset-viewing bench at the top of the hill, as you walk around the farm's meadows/woodline). A warm campfire, glass of wine, and a brilliant display of God's glorious stars rounded out the relaxing evening. Each morning, we enjoyed our coffee & breakfast in the sitting room and watched the wildlife for hours - it's a birders paradise! Woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, bluejays, goldfinch, junco, & an elusive eastern bluebird whose picture I couldn't quite capture! We've never seen so many birds all at once. We also watched the mallards come into the pond every morning and take off each evening. The chipmunks & squirrels that play on the deck were entertaining, as well - even saw a baby red-tailed squirrel. If you’re searching for a relaxing getaway a short distance from many attractions, look no further! Mona & Bryon are very gracious, accessible & friendly hosts - you will love your stay here!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to please and are always thankful when we do. Spring, Summer, Fall and and Winter - each season brings new adventures.
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A very nice place to go and relax and leave worries behind.

  • 4 of 5

Great place to unwind. Very clean and comfortable cottage, well maintained. Not far from things to do but far enough for peace and privacy. Had a great time. Could spend days at cottage just enjoying the birds and squirrels attacking the feeders or walking the many trails on the property. Thanks Mona and Bryon for the wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this place and have been returning for 5 years

  • 5 of 5

We have been returning to this lovely cottage every summer for the past 5 years. The pond and the surrounding property are truly a bit of paradise in the way they combine a comfortable home in a natural setting. It is truly a home away from home for us and a tranquil break from our busy lives. Our routine is to ride the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail during the day (our favorite ride is from Meyersdale to Frostburg) and then spend late afternoons and evenings sitting on the deck enjoying the birds and the outstanding sunsets. We enjoy cooking our own meals in the kitchen and either grilling or making a campfire in the fire pit. Mona and Bryon have always been extremely thoughtful about every detail and about giving their guests total privacy. We also enjoy visiting with them.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do LOVE returning guests and, especially the ones who wrote this review because they come to enjoy the cottage during different seasons of the year. In addition to the GAP we are a short drive from enough activities to keep you as busy as you want to be. And, we also have returning guests who just settle in and never leave the property ... either way we hope others will "come and see how peace filled country life can be."
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Lovely, private, and very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at Campbell Farm Cottage----quaint, quiet, and lovely. The home is perfect for 1-2 people. Mona and Bryon are wonderful hosts----they give you privacy but are there for any questions/conversation. They are delightful and happy to provide information regarding the area, hiking, quaint towns, etc. My time away was just what I needed following my mother's death.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly mesmerizing place!!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé booked this place for the weekend getaway. Although it's almost 4 hour drive from philly, its totally worth it. We now don't want to leave this place. Just open the sliding door and we can hear birds and rustling leaves of trees. A serene pond with a ton on greenery. We wanted to explore the area and thought of spending a whole day in Ohiopyle but soon realized that we could just spend the weekend completely staying at home watching the birds and the pond.

This super cool cabin home is well organized and reflects the attention to detail of Mona and Bryon. A cute place with amazing decor. A big cozy bed unwinds you from all the hustle and bustle of the busy life in the cities. There's wifi, a VHS tape player(unbelievable), a DVD player with a good collection of movies, books and everything we need but for two days, we both forgot our phones and enjoyed talking to each other sitting on the patio and on the swing just outside the cabin overlooking the pond.

If you are planning to visit this place, don't even think twice. It's totally worth it !! Beware, you will never want to leave this place. We want to come back to this place again and again!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place is so tranquil and looks over a nice little lake. We caught many bluegills. Saw many different types of birds and squirrels right on the deck.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Fort Hill Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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