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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 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 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.


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 ...
  • 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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Adventure and/or private - peaceful retreat --Near Fallingwater, Ohiopyle & GAP
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 102 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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Quiet and idyllic

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Cottage at Campbell Farm. The cottage is well-kept and clean and has a lovely back porch area that looks out at the pond and beyond to the outer lying areas of the property which includes lush woods and open fields. We enjoyed our time lounging on the deck in the sun, and my boyfriend took full advantage of fishing in the stocked pond. There is an electric fireplace in the front room where the dining table is located and we enjoyed sitting in its the warmth as the nights were a bit chilly during our stay. This is our second visit to the homestead and we previously stayed at the Woodland Cottage on the property, which is set amid the lush woods on the property. There is so much to do in the area and staying here provide easy access to Ohiopyle for hiking, biking, kayaking, etc., and to the Yough if one wants to fish in the river rather than in the stocked pond, and to local attractions such as Falling Water and antiquing. We look forward to returning again.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when guests try out each of our unique rental venues - A Cottage at Campbell Farm, A Woodland Cottage at Campbell Farm, Campbell Farm Glamping - and, enjoy each of them for their special features. There are some nice size large mouth bass in the pond. Catch and release but, you are welcome to fry up some of the pan fish. The blue gill are tasty. The gas fireplace in the dining area takes the chill off of fall days and soon the pellet stove in the living room will warm you up while you watch and old movie.
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  • 5 of 5

I love this place! Comfortable and calm space. I spent mornings watching birds swoop, squirrels bound and chipmunks chip! The view of the ponds was delightful at all times of the day. My favorite was late afternoon/early evening. A good book and a glass of wine completed this slice of happiness. The space has everything you need. The hosts are accommodating. If the bird feeders are empty, just ask for them to be filled and magically they are. You will enjoy your stay. I promise,

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Mifflin, PA

A Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We love staying here at the Cottage! It's private, peaceful, clean and the grounds surrounding it are beautiful. Very close to the bike trails, which we always take advantage of. The owners are accommodating and just really nice people. We've been coming for years and, God willing, we'll be coming back for many more!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These were our very first guests at this cottage and, we love that they return as often as possible --- Day trips on the Great Allegheny Passages from trailheads that are an easy drive from the cottage. And, don't forget Confluence Cyclery if you arrive here without your bike and decide a 1/2 day or a day on the trail will be one of the many things you can do while you are staying.
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Perfect! Daniel W

  • 5 of 5

Sparkling clean, tastefully decorated, cozy and private and romantic. We donated an iron so you will be wanting absolutely nothing when you stay. Explored the area in the day and loved the nights by the fire looking at a star lit night. Remote and natural with all the modern conveniences. We could not have been happier.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the iron and will add a table top ironing board. This gift, along with all the kind words are very much appreciated!
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Pittsburgh, PA


  • 5 of 5

Our third time at Campbell Farm & if perfection can be improved on, Mona & Bryon have done it! Peace, natural beauty, abundant wildlife & total comfort in a charming living space appointed for extraordinary sunsets. The bullfrogs & birdsong & tranquil pond are guaranteed to soothe city souls.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to A & A who came and stayed for a full week - enjoying the property and taking day trips to some of the many activities that are within a 1/2 hour of the farm.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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