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Romantic-Private-Near Fallingwater-GAP-Ohiopyle-Somerset , PA & Grantsville, MD

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Relax by the fire, hike, watch the birds and/or visit all the nearby attractions

5 ***** Star Reviews! Spring is upon us on the mountain, the blue birds are occupying boxes, the woodcock (timberdoodles) are preforming and everything around us is greening up.

Couples Retreat or Family Adventure - best suited for families with young children --- 2 adults and children (queen bed + daybed with trundle)

Come and sit by the fire, go for a hike and/or visit Fallingwater. Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle, the Great Allegheny Passage ... Mount Davis at Forbes State Forest. Spruce Forest Artisan Village in nearby Grantsville, Maryland.

This new - contemporary cottage is located adjacent to our 65 acre homestead and surrounded by over 800 additional acres of woodlands. Activities also available nearby in Maryland, Somerset, PA and in other parts of the Laural Highlands. This Woodland Cottage offers you the opportunity to experience life in the Appalachian Mountains in a very private setting. . The cottage is within 10-yards of a mountain brook and on the edge of a thousand acre forest through which the Casselman River and Great Allegheny Passage flow. Occupants are serenaded by the sounds of forests bird, amphibians, tree crickets, howling coyotes, barking fox and babbling water. The elevated 10’ x 34’ deck overlooking forest and stream has a 10’ x 22’ section under roof allowing “outdoor” time even on rainy days.

We can accommodate 4 guests - queen bed and two twin beds (daybed with trundle). This is a total sleeping area for 4 guests. Please note: these sleeping areas are adjacent to each other . It is an open floor plan but, a privacy curtain is provided between the 2 areas.

The Woodland Cottage has a fully equipped ready to cook kitchen, dining area with table and chairs, living room area with reading chairs and gas fireplace (in season), den area with daybed/trundle (bedding here is for two twin beds) and bedroom area with queen size pillow topped mattress, dresser and closet. (A privacy curtain may be added between these two sleeping areas.) The cottage is ADA accessible and the bathroom has a large shower that is ADA compliant.

Outside: large covered and open deck has a dining area, gas grill, comfortable chairs, dining table with chairs and benches. There is a fire ring with wooden bench and fireside seating. Firewood for a campfire that will last several hours for each night of your stay is provided. Two other rustic benches are placed in more secluded locations for solitude or private discussions.

For curious kids or adults there are 7 salamander boards hidden around the property, a black light and canvas for attracting moths and a stream for building dams, finding “bugs” or just getting dirty.

The gas fireplace in the sitting area is available for use from mid-Sept. through mid-May. Heating and air conditioning are available year round as appropriate. Our gas grill is available on the covered back deck from Mid-May until mid-Oct. -- Gas fireplace in living area from Mid-Oct. until Mid-May

Please - no smoking inside.

Check in after 4 p.m. -- Check out by noon

More Details

Mona Rishel-Shissler
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 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 and added our "glamping" site at our son's favorite camping spot. 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 2016

Why Mona Rishel-Shissler chose Fort Hill

Bryon and I were excited to have a chance to expand the opportunities to share our homestead by purchasing the small wooded parcel next to us, rebuilding the cabin, repurposing the pavilion and creating a special place for couples and families to be together. Over the last 8 years guests at our cottage (see: www.vrbo/322410) and glamping site (see: www.vrbo/498403) have asked to bring children and friends. The Woodland Cottage can accommodate an extra 2 guests from Memorial Day through Columbus Day Weekend. Please send an inquiry.

What makes this cottage unique

This "woodland" cottage is 'tucked' into its very own 'special' spot beside a small stream, in the woods and surrounded by over 800 acres of undeveloped land on our side of Fort Hill Road. There are many types of bird feeders that attract a variety of birds. Flowerbeds attract butterflies. 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 deck is forests and mountains as far as the eye can see.


Fort Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Fire wood for a fire for several hours is provided. Additional firewood is available for a fee - contact owner. Please do not smoke inside
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is ADA compliant - shower chair if requested.
  • ADA compliant bathroom includes open sink area, raised toilet with grab bars and a "roll in" oversized shower stall, heated towel rack, cupboard and shelves with hooks. Bath linens are included.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeping area 1 - 1 queen , + large dresser and closet
  • Sleeping area 2 is adjacent to the "Bedroom" with a daybed - 2 twin size mattresses. Pillows and bed linens are included. Please note: these sleeping areas can be separated by a privacy curtain. This space is most appropriate for a family with children under the age of 12 although, we have had adult children and two couples share the space with 5* reviews
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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(43 traveler reviews)

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Romantic-Private-Near Fallingwater-GAP-Ohiopyle-Somerset , PA & Grantsville, MD
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 43 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cottage in the mountains! It was our first visit and it was everything we expected and more. Very clean & comfortable, perfect size, & convenient to all points of interest. Mona and Bryon were extremely accommodating and very gracious. It was a gift to spend time there and we look forward to coming back many more times in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having our cottage meet and surpass expectations is our goal. And we are extra happy to have guests return again and again to enjoy the space, the change of seasons and, all the things there are to do nearby. .
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this weekend away from everything. Highly recommended! Thank you for everything.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, serene, and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is so homey, and the view is amazing. We had everything we needed for our weekend. We especially enjoyed watching all the birds who visited the fully stocked feeders. We can’t wait to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Clean, quiet, thoughtful preparation

  • 5 of 5

We booked a New Year's getaway at this cabin. The weather went against us - it was single-digits and we got a lot of snow. Thankfully we brought food! Everything you need to cook (utensils, coffee pot, silverware, pots and pans) was available. Despite the extreme cold, the house was warm and cozy. There were multiple bird feeders and we really enjoyed watching the visitors! They have interesting books and a good selection of DVDs. Plenty of towels in the bathroom and kitchen, good water pressure and it was CLEAN. I often stay in 5-star hotels (for work) and this cabin was just as clean. The one thing I would suggest to any would-be travelers: it is remote. That's part of the charm of course, but come prepared. You won't find craft beer or decent wine within 20 miles. If your the health-food type, definitely none of that around either. Thanks to the weather we did not get to enjoy any of the outside amenities but the view was peaceful. I'm a travel snob and I recommend it! Regarding the cabin itself we had zero complaints or issues!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Much more than expected!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I needed a rest from the hustle and bustle of life in the D.C. suburbs (AKA.... DMV). So we planned to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Needed a place to stay and came accross “the woodland cottage”. Totally exceeded all expectations! Immaculately clean, cozy, comfortable, quaint, lots of positive adjectives could describe the stay. An immersive landscape with views from the many windows and huge deck, waking to a cup of coffee greeted by the many species of beautiful birds, reading a book by the gas fireplace, and lighting a fire in the fire pit with a gentle snow falling were just some of the highlights. We brought groceries in from home for our meals and everything we needed for meal prep was there. Great experience and would definitely love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pristine and complete facilities, considerate host

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend the cabin and our hosts for outdoor activities and visit to Fallingwater. There were many thoughtful touches at the cabin including lovely rustic wooden furniture, gas fireplace, fire ring and firewood outside, plenty of cooking equipment. Couldn’t have been better for us. Thank you for the safety Orange.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shepherd's Farm
Ice Cream and sandwiches
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Lucky Dog
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Riverside Pizza
Car: necessary

The woodland cottage is a mile from PA State Game Land and 6 miles from Forbes State Forest. The Fort Hill trailhead of the Great Allegheny passage is approx. 2.5 miles - near a bridge that crosses the Casselman River. Aprrox. 2 miles is McClintock Run - a high quality stocked trout stream.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $30
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rental Agreement-Let us know if you are not able to access this pdf before you make an online reservation.
Rates are for double occupancy. otherwise, $15/person/per night. From January 1st 2017 until 25 May 2017 and from 9 Oct. 2017 until 31 Dec. 2017 we can accommodate 4 guests. From 25 May 2017until Oct. 9 Oct. 2017 we can accommodate 6 guests (2 guests in the outdoor "Woodsman's Shelter/Glamping site. We now have hammocks or pads for sleeping in the outdoor shelter. We ask that you state your bedding preferences prior to arrival. If reserving for more than 4 guests please call for rate or not when booking online.
If you plan on having family or friends visit while you are staying - please discuss with owners and extra "cleaning" fee may apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.