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

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


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.

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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.

More Details

Property Manager
Benjamin Harris
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

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 Stahlstown

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.


Stahlstown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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.


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A Modern House in a Large Nature Reserve in Ligonier Valley!
average rating of 4.96 based on 50 reviews

Perfect winter weekend getaway.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Williamsburg, VA

Perfect house for our gathering

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kindness and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous!! Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Wedding Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Let me first start off by saying that we picked the perfect weekend for our wedding! Our guests were just amazed that this gem was hidden in the Laurel Mountains.The surroundings and the pond are so beautiful.. Everyone just stood on the deck and took it all in.. You could see them relax.. The kids just had a great time playing in the yard.

There was plenty of room for our family and friends to spend the weekend..

Tom was great to work with. We had visited 3 times before our wedding and he was so helpful with suggestions.

This whole weekend could not of been better!! If you are thinking of renting this for a weekend don't hesitate!! You will all plan when you can come back

Thanks to the Harris' for having the vision for the property!!

Jeannie and Kenny

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, Ohio area


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our family. The property is so beautiful and the house had everything we could ask for. You have the kitchen equipped with everything we needed. The rooms were spacious and so clean! Our 3 and 4 year old granddaughters LOVED the fish and taking rides in the rowboat. The men really enjoyed the the bonfire, too.

Relaxing, relaxing, relaxing! Just what we needed! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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