Cottage in Downtown Benezette surrounded by more trees than neighbors
Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman
About Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman
An unlikely pair, Bryan grew up in Marion Center, Pennsylvania where he was raised on the family farm, tending to fields, and hunting and fishing when he got the chance; Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and when she came to Indiana County, PA to attend IUP, she fell in love with the outdoors and never left the area. Bryan's family has a camp on Wolf Lick, and since he was a child, Bryan grew up fishing the streams in Elk Country, and hunting bear and whitetail deer in the abundant State Game and Forest Lands. Needless to say, Bryan's roots as an outdoorsman run deep, and still today, he is an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper. Almost a decade ago, Jennifer was introduced to Elk Country by Bryan's dad, Ed, and the two have put on countless miles photographing elk and sightseeing. Despite growing up in the city, Jennifer developed a deep love for the outdoors, she is an avid trail runner and hiker, and also likes to hunt and fish.
Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman chose Benezette
On Mother's Day weekend of 2016, we saw a "For Sale by Owner" sign along Route 555 in the town of Benezette and decided to take a look. Right in the middle of Benezette, yikes! At first glance, this wasn’t an ideal location for another vacation rental. The more we toured the property, the more we fell in love. Despite being in the middle of downtown Benezette, this cottage, now named “The Elk Grove” after the former owners, Walt and Donna Grove, sits at the end of a long gravel drive and is backed by wooded land that is home to many of the local elk herd. In fact, the former owners told us stories about how “Fred,” the former town Bull, used to lay in their mulch bed under the bedroom windows!
What makes this Cottage unique
For us, this cottage offers the best of both worlds: close enough, but also far enough away. It is the perfect balance of near and far; just one mile from the Elk Country Visitor’s Center, guests are within walking distance to local attractions, but have enough space and seclusion that you aren’t looking at another cottage or cabin 10 yards away. Our kids love walking to the Old Bull Cafe for ice cream! We love that the Elk trail is only one mile away, and that we can have a fire in the back yard and watch the elk walk through the woods!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This house was perfect for my family. Very clean. Location was perfect. The owners were very easy to communicate with. They responded promptly with any questions . We plan to stay here next year
We had a great time on our stay. The home was very comfortable and clean. Lots of nice extras. The decor made the home so cozy. We really enjoyed our trip and will definitely book this home again in a couple of years. Saw and heard the elk and the guys enjoyed fishing. Great stay! Thank you!!
The place was right in the heart of where the elk herd was. In fact, one ventured into the yard. I would highly recommend the place.
Elk watching in Benezette
Elk Grove was a nice, cozy home to stay in while in Elk Country. Located within walking distance to the only eating places in Benezette and a short driving distance to elk viewing areas, it suited our needs perfectly.
Jennifer and Bryan’s cottage was so cute , private and very spacious. There were 3 of us so we only used 2 bedrooms and the upstairs bath. Kitchen was well stocked with the necessities -toaster, coffee pot, microwave, dishes and pots pans. Saw elk every morning roaming around at the cottage. We walked down to the Benezette Hotel for dinner one night. Old Bull cafe for breakfast one day. Took a wagon ride at the visitor center was so cool to see the herd of elks up closer. Went to Kinzua Bridge one day. Overall it was a great getaway with much peace and quiet...
Only suggestion we have is maybe a list being posted on site for the following.
1. How to operate TV (some people don’t have dish or direct TV)
2. A list of local places to eat and visit. hope to go back next year!
3. WiFi name and password. ( we had it written down but left one of the guests at the house one night and they had issues and didnt have name or password to connect back to...
Great long week end
Staying at the Elk Grove was a wonderful experience. We had elk visit us in the front yard and the woods in the back of the building. Very quiet and it has everything you need for a great stay.
Here at The Elk Grove, we are blessed to be sitting at the edge of the woods that hold the elk, but close enough to walk to local attractions. Here are some of our favorites!
-The Elk Country Visitor's Center: Less than one mile from the cottage, this newly constructed building is a mecca for elk viewers. With beautiful viewing areas, kids activities, group tours, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
-The Elk Trial: With the trailhead only one mile from the cottage, this trail is a must see for hikers and nature enthusiasts! This 17 miles trail starts at Trout Run, and follows portions of the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail, taking you through the beautiful Elk State Forest.
-The Old Bull Cafe: Right across the road, the Old Bull Cafe is a perfect place for lunch, dinner, or just some ice cream with the kids! They also offer free WiFi if the lack of cell phone service is bothering you!
-The Benezette Hotel: Just a short walk from The Elk Grove, this bar/restaurant offers a casual dining atmosphere with an affordably priced menu.