Relax by the fire, hike, watch the birds and/or visit all the nearby attractions
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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
What a great getaway!
I absolutely loved this place. Very remote. Very quiet. Very peaceful. Close enough to all the Laurel Highlands has to offer. Parks and trails abound. Mt. Davis is the highest elevation in PA and is literally less than 10 miles away. Even if you decide to just settle in for a quiet stay, the birds, squirrels and deer will entertain you from the back porch. Caught a couple fantastic sunsets out there as well. There's a tv and DVD player for those who prefer inside entertainment too. Didn't get a chance to actually meet Mona but if I needed anything, she was just a text message away. I can't say enough about this place. I would and probably will stay there again.
4th of July
The cabin is perfect! Clean and well equipped for your stay. The deck is great, even on rainy days. Close to the GAP bike trail, Mt Davis and Ohiopyle. Mona and Bryan are great to deal with. Make you feel very welcome. Can't wait to return next year!
Lovely Cabin in the Woods
This cabin is perfectly accommodated with everything you need. Loved the welcoming touches like the wildflowers on the tables and the feeders active with bird families feeding the young. So relaxing watching the birds and the wildlife. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the stream right outside the window. We were not able to fit everything in that we wanted to in one weekend, looking forward to coming back and spending more time here. An exceptional getaway experience.
Will be back
This is my fourth time staying at one of the cabins on this property. Always a pleasure! Clean, thoughtful layout. Nature is the entertainment. It’s a perfect solo, or couple’s destination for a short getaway. We don’t really go anywhere when we stay here because who would want to? Take a walk, then make a meal, and relax.
Back to nature
Cottage was cozy and clean, and every comfort has been considered. Don't miss the board games in the closet!
Great place to stay!
What a wonderful property close to the bike trail and Ohiopyle State Park. The property was clean, cozy and private. We definitely recommend!
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.