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

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Last updated: 04/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:4.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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!

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The Harris House is the perfect location for your upcoming wedding, family reunion, or corporate retreat! Make sure to ask us about our special event pricing and details regarding such bookings!

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.

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.

Or you may want to leave all of that behind to experience 'A Retreat in the Reserve.' Here, in this place, the air and sounds of the forest are so different from those in town that it seems as though you are in an entirely different world, one where you may reach into time and slow it down for a while. As you sit quietly on the Harris House deck, where all the sounds of the bustling world have disappeared and only the call of a bird in the deep forest remains, the deep quiet can help you turn inward and appreciate the wonder of your life. Such experiences refresh as nothing else can. 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, double, 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 with its own bathroom and a small television with a DVD player.

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.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Children and teens are welcome, but due to the hazards of pond, creek and forest, they need adult supervision during their stay....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are welcome on the property and in the house. We politely ask that you clean up after them of course! ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Butterfly bedroom: 1 king

    2nd floor. Overlooks the pond. Opens onto narrow balcony....moreless

  • Florida bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    2nd floor. Overlooks pond. Opens onto narrow balcony....moreless

  • Red, White & Blue Room: 1 double

    2nd floor. Overlooks play area. Built-ins....moreless

  • 2nd floor reading/sleeping nook: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Double-size chair with pullout bed....moreless

  • The Master Suite: 1 king

    King bed, 1 full bathroom, balcony....moreless

  • Master Suite Additional Bedroom: 1 twin/ single

    Has private powder room....moreless

  • ANNEX BEDROOM: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    ANNEX BEDROOM...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Butterfly Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shares with Red, White and Blue room. ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom Bath: toilet, shower


  • Shared Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shared with Florida Room, Reading/Sleeping Nook, and Den...moreless

  • Back entrance clean-up: toilet

    A convenient back door feature!...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet

    A hidden powder room in the small room....moreless

  • ANNEX BATHROOM: toilet, shower

    ANNEX bathroom full bath...moreless

  • All bathrooms have sinks, of course.

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Limited now but gradually growing....moreless

  • 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...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games and cards. A variety of outdoor sports equipment....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    CABLE TV is provided in the entertainment room. ...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Nintendo Wii unit and several games are provided in the entertainment room. ....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Limited but gradually growing....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

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

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


  • 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. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 15 people


  • 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. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Firewood is supplied and firewood is provided. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    1 automobile only at this time....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central forced air. Supplemented with electric heat in master suite. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    High-Speed WIFI is provided on the grounds of the facility. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are provided and so are towels during your stay. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room downstairs. Den upstairs....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • 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! ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Clean towels are available during your stay, 2 per bedroom!...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    A standard coffee maker and a Kuerig....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Narrow balconies across 2nd floor on pond side of the house. ...moreless

  • Boat:

    A jon boat (a flat bottom rowboat)....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks on the pond side of the house....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A large outdoor grill is available with both gas AND charcoal (which are provided) as well as a smoker on the side. ...moreless



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$400 $520
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included


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:

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Last updated: 04/14/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Arnold Palmer Airport, Latrobe PA
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Donegal Highlands Golf Course
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 91 at Donegal PA
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant
17 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2012

About: Mary Belle (Belle) R. donated the land and Harris House, so she was appointed Manager #1 along with her grandson, Benjamin Logan Harris who runs the website and contacts the guests. Tom D., a friendly nice guy, is greeter and General 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.

Why Stahlstown, PA, USA:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

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  • Harris House at the Randall Reserve

    Harris House at the Randall Reserve

  • House is spacious and perfect for events such as weddings or rehearsals

    House is spacious and perfect for events such as weddings or rehearsals

  • THE LODGE at the Randall Reserve in beautiful Ligonier Valley

    THE LODGE at the Randall Reserve in beautiful Ligonier Valley

VRBO #584340

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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