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

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


About the property

Relax by the fire, hike in our woodlands and/or visit all the nearby attractions

5 ***** Reviews! We are open year-round. Here at the Woodland Cottage - visitors are saying "relaxing" - "private" - "romantic"

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. Our base rate for the Woodland Cottage is $125/night double occupancy. We charge $15/night for each additional person.

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.

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

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: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please only use the firewood in the designated area. 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 1 is adjacent to a den area 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.
  • 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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average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 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 had an amazing time hiking, running, relaxing by a fire, bird watching, and talking. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely place! Honestly, can't think of anything I'd change or want. Loved our time on the porch, watching the birds and even listening to the rain! The owners were very helpful and kind, even guiding me to a fun flea market and the local farm markets. This was a perfect weekend getaway!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous place for a get-away

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best places we've ever rented. Beautiful views outside window, everything you could want inside, as quiet as it can get and secluded, everything seems brand new and so clean. The area is beautiful and the cabin provided very easy access to bike trails, Frank Lloyd Wright houses, hiking areas, arts, etc. While we only came from 3 hours-drive away, seemed like a world apart and so peaceful. Disappointed we didn't get to see Sherman, the grouse!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely retreat in this woodland cabin

  • 5 of 5

Mona & Bryan are superb hosts & Campbell Farm's beauty in the Allegheny Mountains adds to the magic of this place.

Amenities and kitchen supplies make this a very easy get away.

Highly recommended ~

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Woodland cottage met our needs and expectations! Very peaceful setting. Great location to access surrounding sights such as Falling Water and sightseeing/hiking trails. We would highly recommend this cottage!

Cindy, John, Pati and Tim

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 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 $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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

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

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