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A Modern House in a Large Nature Reserve in Ligonier Valley!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths2
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

6 Bedrooms, 1 nook. 5 Full, 2 Half Bathrooms, Sleeps 12. Annex sleeps 3.

The still shots just don't do the place the justice it deserves! The Harris House at Randall Reserve it the PERFECT spot for your upcoming family reunion, friendly get together, family retreat, or even wedding!

Check out the LINKS AND VIDEO TAB for directions to our designated website for the property! The URL/link can be found in the "Links & Video" tab seen down the page.

www.therandallreserve.com

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Located in the resort mountains of western Pennsylvania, only 54 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, HARRIS HOUSE at the Randall Reserve is a perfect place to be whenever you want to enter the natural world of forest and stream, but at the same time want to reside in a beautiful and comfortable home close to resort attractions such as Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and Idlewild Park.

The Randall Reserve is dedicated to the preservation of woodlands and wildlife in the valley between Ligonier and Donegal, to the end that current and future generations may continue to experience the natural legacy of this lovely part of the Laurel Highlands. Any wildlife that can survive in this part of the country appears from time to time on our 400+ acres, leaving tracks and signs of their presence. Many varieties of wild flowers, shrubs and trees are to be found here. A network of trails connects all of this together, taking you back to Harris House where you can relax in comfort.

NEW TO THE PROPERTY AS OF 2016/2017, CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING ON THE PROPERTY! The main lodge now has been updated with central air conditioning, and the annex is cooled by its own smaller unit to maintain comfortable temperatures in the summer heat.

On site the Reserve has fishing and small boating, more than a mile of Four Mile Run (the major creek and trout stream in this area) to explore and enjoy, and miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing, a game court for family enjoyment, volleyball and badminton, picnics and bonfires. Hay rides (using bales as seats) if trail conditions permit. Furthermore, the Reserve is adjacent to beautiful Donegal Lake, a Pennsylvania public area which offers fishing, kayaking, canoeing and small boating (on a bring-your-own basis).

On Saturdays we schedule one or two enjoyable programs related to our preservation mission, such as: 'Critters of the Creek,' 'A Guided Walk in the Woods,' 'Mountain Man's Upbringing on Chestnut Ridge,' 'What's a Pond Turnover?' etc. Such programs also may be given at other times if requested. Sometimes you may want to join us in work projects underway, such as trail maintenance or firewood gathering, after which we could picnic alongside the creek.

At times you may want to visit some of the famous places in the Laurel Highlands around us: Idlewilde Park (voted the #1 amusement park for children in the United States) which has Soak Zone and Story Book Forest and many amusements. Seven Springs has skiing, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and many resort activities. Ohiopyle has white-water rafting. Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Fallingwater' is world renowned for its architecture. Flight 93 Memorial will touch your heart. Ligonier, a beautiful little resort town, has Fort Ligonier with its amazing historical reproductions of life in Revolutionary War times.

Bring along a book or two and perhaps a tad of wine, and it is hard to imagine a more restful and satisfying vacation.

THE HOUSE:

Harris House first floor features an open floor plan that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. There's a wood-burning fireplace as well as floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a large deck overlooking the pond -- thereby allowing you to combine indoor and outdoor living and dining at the same time. (Great for get-togethers!). In addition, our back entrance room contains washer and dryer for your use and a half-bath.

The master bedroom suite has its own wing, a king bed, 1 and 1/2 baths, a private tea-for-two deck, and a small room with WiFi and a single bed.

The 2nd floor has a den with TV and a sofa that turns into a king bed, three bedrooms (king, Queen, two singles), reading/sleeping nook, and two full bathrooms.

The attached annex over the garage is a multi-purpose room with a queen bed and a single bed, a full bath and a narrow deck that overlooks the pond. This annex will be available for use during all times of year and includes its own heating and air conditioning.

Our yard has a large bonfire pit and a small one, a picnic area, a set-up for soccer and badminton, a games court containing shuffleboard, horse shoes, and basketball hoops. There's a dock and rowboat for the pond. The Four Mile Run (a creek), the predominant trout fishing stream in southern Ligonier Valley, delineates the lower yard and supplies shallow water fun for small children plus exploration and fishing for older children and adults.

More Details

Property Manager
Benjamin Harris
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Benjamin Harris

Benjamin Logan Harris, manages the property, runs the website and contacts the guests. Tom D., a friendly nice guy, is greeter and local manager. Katie S., an intelligent beauty, does the bookkeeping. All have homes adjacent to the Reserve and are available to help you at all times. Tom lives in a guest house across the pond and is filled with visions for the development of Harris House property. Belle resides in a retirement community but also spends time in her cabin near the Reserve. Katie, with husband and son age 12, live in their shiny new home beside the Reserve. Ralph G., our esteemed Property Manager, who looks like Yosemite Sam, has worked on Reserve properties for 48 years, knows everything about everything around here, and kids of all ages love him. These four make up the team that runs Harris House, but we also have helpers as needed.

Although we expect to keep improving Harris House every year, we believe that, right now, you can have a good time in our forest wonderland.

Benjamin Harris purchased this house in 2012

Why Benjamin Harris chose Laurel Highlands

About 55 years ago Belle and her husband set foot on a property that had a sparkling pond, a cottage, a hundred acres or so of Pennsylvania hardwood forest, and flowering weeds almost 5 to 6 feet high. They looked at each other and bought the place on the spot. It is now Harris House, a love at first sight that never ends. They built the house to last, using steel framework and a steel roof. (Look at that roof today, recently painted and good as new!). Over the years nearby lands were added, much of which eventually became the Randall Reserve.

Amenities

Stahlstown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Butterfly Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shares with Red, White and Blue room.
    Master Bedroom Bath - toilet , shower
    Shared Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared with Florida Room, Reading/Sleeping Nook, and Den
    Back entrance clean-up - toilet , A convenient back door feature!
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , A hidden powder room in the small room.
    ANNEX BATHROOM - toilet , shower , ANNEX bathroom full bath
  • All bathrooms have sinks, of course.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Butterfly bedroom - 1 king , 2nd floor. Overlooks the pond. Opens onto narrow balcony.
    Florida bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor. Overlooks pond. Opens onto narrow balcony.
    Red, White & Blue Room - 1 double , 2nd floor. Overlooks play area. Built-ins.
    2nd floor reading/sleeping nook - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double-size chair with pullout bed.
    The Master Suite - 1 king , King bed, 1 full bathroom, balcony.
    Master Suite Additional Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Has private powder room.
    ANNEX BEDROOM - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , ANNEX BEDROOM
  • 2 Queen sized beds in private rooms, 1 King in private room upstairs, master has King size Additional second floor nook pull out single and master bedroom nook single.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The barn and adjacent pasture are leased to a private party. We ask that all guests please be respectful and not enter the barn area during their stay. Thank you.

Reviews

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A Modern House in a Large Nature Reserve in Ligonier Valley!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews
York, PA
4

Outdoors was Awesome!

  • 4 of 5

Our children and grandchildren loved this house and the property. There were so many things they enjoyed; the basketball court; the lake with paddle boat, being out in the open with privacy. We all felt very comfortable and would enjoy going back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great value for the price! Multitude of outdoor activities available.

  • 4 of 5

This was a fun and relaxing week for our extended family of 9-12 adults and 6 young children. The style and layout of the house is fabulous -- we enjoyed the spacious feel and open-to-the-outside floor plan. Windows are great, and cross-breezes could be had with ease! Though very clean, be aware that this is an older house, and isn't in as pristine condition as a new resort. Moderate your expectations just a bit, and it will be enjoyable. Bring your own "consumables" (soaps, detergents, TP, etc) and remember there is only one fridge. Lots of fish encouraged Young Fisherpersons. Fish for lunch everyday! The pond water was a bit murky and less swim-friendly than we had hoped (snapping turtles!) And there is no zero entry places on the pond or streams to make it easy for toddlers' water play. There was a relaxed feel about the house and grounds usage -- not lots of rules and regulations like some places. The house has abundance of extras: toys, outdoor equipment, and many supplies---the "Tick Kit" came in handy. And lots of dishes and kettles made for easy crowd-feed. We liked the large spaces for eating together both inside and outside. A few beds were billed as Queen-sized but were actually only full-sized. All comfortable and clean. Wish the teepee was in the back-yard and available for sleeping!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

It's seldom that something meets one's expectations, much less exceeds them. Every possible amenity is readily available. Beautiful, peaceful location, luxurious bedding, well-equipped kitchen, house immaculately clean. Four generations of our family found what we needed to make this a memorable and fun vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lancaster, PA
5

A wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I just arrived home from Harris House. My extended family (starting at age 14) traveled there to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. Everyone raved about the experience, and we will definitely be returning.

Some pluses:

Tom, the property manager, was kind, prompt, and happy to share information

The house was clean and well-stocked, with a full-size refrigerator AND a full-size freezer so there was plenty of space for food storage. Also, two sinks, two ovens/ranges, etc. Great for a crowd.

The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and good linens, and many of the bedrooms have beautiful views and balconies. It easily held the 11 of us, and could have fit several more on real beds. Bathrooms were plentiful, though not all were private (Jack & Jill style). For family, that is unimportant.

The "great room" has an enormous fireplace that came fully-stocked with logs, firestarters, etc., and has both dining and game tables. Perfect!

The property is lovely. We all enjoyed the lake, especially the row boat and fishing tackle that were supplied. There are wonderful trails for hiking, lots of sports equipment, and even a tee-pee you can take a peek at.

The only con: This was for my dad's 80th, and he has a great deal of difficulty with stairs. The "first floor master suite" is actually up 5 stairs. That was challenging and unexpected.

It should be noted that there are no convenient grocery stores. We were glad we brought almost everything from home.

This is a terrific "base camp" to visit Falling Water, Fort Ligonier, and some great hiking and golf venues.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

Simply one of the best home rentals ever. This makes a perfect get away home. Wish I could go there every weekend! Will def be coming back soon

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

We enjoyed our weekend getaway with good friends. This house has all amenities you need.

  • 5 of 5

The staff is great and the property is breathtaking. The online pictures portrays a perfect setting which it has. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Arnold Palmer Airport, Latrobe PA
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Donegal Highlands Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 91 at Donegal PA
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

DIRECTIONS: Donegal Exit #91 Pennsylvania Turnpike. North on Route 711 to Route 130 at Stahlstown (about 4 miles). Go West (left) on 130 for about 1.7 mi. and turn left onto Donegal Lake Road. Go about 1/4 mi. to Randall Reserve driveway on left. Keep to the left for The Harris House.

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Rates & Availability

Stahlstown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$400
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$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

The rent for the house is $495 / night for the first two nights, $395 for every night after that. 1 full week of rent is $2500.

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