About the property
- Cottage800 sqft
- 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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- 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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
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.
Relaxing, peaceful weekend
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!
"... 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.
"...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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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