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

Stahlstown, PA, USA
  • House4000 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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!

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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.


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.

Property Manager

Benjamin Harris

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
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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 Donegal Township

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 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.
        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.


      • 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.
        toilet, shower, ANNEX bathroom full bath
      • All bathrooms have sinks, of course.

      Location Type

        • Water View
          The house sits immediately adjacent to a pond which is available for fishing and rowing.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      In master suite, den, and Butterfly bedroom. Please note that there is no central AC in the house, only window units for 4 of the 6 bedrooms. Ceiling fans throughout the house.
                    • Fireplace
                      Firewood is supplied and firewood is provided.
                    • Garage
                      1 automobile only at this time.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central forced air. Supplemented with electric heat in master suite.
                    • Internet
                      High-Speed WIFI is provided on the grounds of the facility.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                      Linens are provided and so are towels during your stay.
                    • Living Room
                      Living room downstairs. Den upstairs.
                    • Parking
                      The property is spacious. Parking is available both on the gravel driveway and if necessary, in any of the fields adjacent to the home.
                    • Telephone
                      Land line accepts incoming calls. The house is equipped with a Verizon Network extender, which is free and automatically links to any Verizon phone. So don't worry about roaming!
                    • Towels Provided
                      Clean towels are available during your stay, 2 per bedroom!
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          A standard coffee maker and a Kuerig.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is stocked with two functional ovens, a traditional and Keurig style coffee maker (we have a few Keurig cups stashed but not many!), two sinks, and large refrigerator and freezer.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some basic items are included including sugar/sweetener and a small amount of condiments. We do not routinely re-stash the pantry in between stays.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Open area has a large dining table that can seat 10, and a game/dining table that seats 5. In addition, there are stools around the kitchen counter.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 15 people


                                • Books
                                  Limited now but gradually growing.
                                • DVD Player
                                  A smaller 32" TV in the annex has a DVD player and HDMI inputs if you like to watch movies. The larger 51" TV in the entertainment room also has a DVD player
                                • Games
                                  Board games and cards. A variety of outdoor sports equipment.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  CABLE TV is provided in the entertainment room.
                                • Television
                                  51' Flat Screen available in the entertainment room upstairs. A smaller 32" TV in the annex has a DVD player and HDMI inputs if you like to watch movies.
                                • Video Games
                                  Nintendo Wii unit and several games are provided in the entertainment room. .
                                • Video Library
                                  Limited but gradually growing.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Narrow balconies across 2nd floor on pond side of the house.
                                    • Boat
                                      A jon boat (a flat bottom rowboat).
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Decks on the pond side of the house.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large bonfire fire pit and picnic area. Game court and small fire pit. Swings. Dock and boat. Creek at bottom of yard for shallow water fun.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A large outdoor grill is available with both gas AND charcoal (which are provided) as well as a smoker on the side.


                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Smoking is permitted on the decks and other seating areas outside like the fire pit and picnic areas that are not in the woods. No smoking is allowed in the house or annex, except in the enclosed breezeway between house and garage.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • playground
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • museums
                                            • cinemas
                                            • restaurants
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • photography
                                                • bird watching
                                                • shopping
                                                • shuffleboard
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snowboarding
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting


                                                            • 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.

                                                              52 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Perfect step out and beautiful location for large group!

                                                              Julia A.

                                                              Our group consisted of 9 high school girlfriends, who were reuniting after over 30 years. There were so many places to sleep that we easily spread out. The views from the back bedrooms that faced the pond were especially nice places to sleep. Tom, the greeter, was very helpful and informative regarding the property and the grounds. He showed us 2 good hiking trails and they were beautiful. The kitchen was amazing with lots of room for multiple cooks and plenty of seating around the island for us to gather and catch up. The living area was large and we enjoyed the fireplace and the stunning views across the pond. There was nothing that we needed that wasn't provided. We are already looking at dates to book again for next year!

                                                              Randall Reserve provided the ultimate weekend!

                                                              Laura K.Where do you live?

                                                              We are a small group of college friends (mostly couples) from IUP that have stayed for a weekend together in February for the past 36 years. Harrison House truly provided the ultimate experience for our group and had so much to offer. From the wonderful and spacious first floor layout to the wall of windows overlooking the lake, we spent hours in tranquil conversations while we watched the wildlife on the lake and the flames of the fireplace. Tom, the caretaker, made our arrival so pleasant as he welcomed us with open arms and the history of the property. The home has so much to offer from the ample bedrooms, baths, and amenities. I just can't say enough about the house and surrounding properties. If you want a quiet, enjoyable place to stay with family and friends, then Randall Reserve and Harrison House is the place for you. Thank you to Tom and Benjamin for opening the property for us to enjoy. Sincerely, Bob

                                                              Perfect winter weekend getaway.

                                                              Tom C.

                                                              Our group of 10 had a great time this past weekend. We get together every winter and this was the first time we stayed here. Loved the way the wall of windows let the outside in with views of the frozen pond and hillside. Great wood burning fireplace. Plenty of room in the kitchen with two stoves and two sinks. The owner was super responsive when we had a slight problem with one of the thermostats and had it fixed in an hour. We plan on coming back next winter!

                                                              Perfect house for our gathering

                                                              Cari F.Williamsburg, VA

                                                              The house is very spacious and well-stocked, and best of all the scenery and property are incredible. We couldn't have chosen a better location for our family get together, and we will definitely be returning. All of our questions were answered promptly, and Tom greeted us upon arrival and even took us on a ride around the property since the weather was a little cold for walking. I highly recommend this property especially to families with children and we can't wait to go back!

                                                              Kindness and Relaxation

                                                              Retta B.

                                                              The caretaker Tom came over to meet use as soon as we were settled. When all the children arrived he returned sharing delightful exploration and educational opportunities for everyone and scheduled these adventures. I can only say that Randall Reserve is an oasis that assures total relaxation, allows for quiet meditation and appreciation of nature, and the well kept, safe grounds invite exploration. There is a reason their bookings are constant. We plan to rebook the same time for the next 3 years.

                                                              Gorgeous!! Perfect!!

                                                              Debra S.

                                                              We rented this home for a weekend. We had our daughters rehearsal dinner here friday evening. Saturday we were able to get absolutely beautiful pictures before her wedding. The grounds are breathtaking to look out on the lake having morning coffee is truly wonderful. The home is very comfortable and is awesome for entertaining. I would highly recommend this property. The owners and Tom are so wonderful making sure our stay was perfect!!! Thank you!!


                                                              Stahlstown, PA, USA

                                                              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.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              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.

                                                              52 Reviews
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