The SpaceGreetings ! We are Hope and Slater Raub , and we bought this very special Cottage in 2009 after renting it for our own family vacation several years in a row . Now, that is a testimony to how much we love this wonderful retreat ! We were guests...then we became the owners of "The Cottage at Ligonier " !
The Cottage is truly a gem ...the peacefulness, the welcoming front porch and relaxing porch swing, the woods and nearby creek , the natural woodwork and the stone fireplace, the spacious yard and of course, our ever popular Pole Barn Rec Building and Bonfire area.
Powdermill Nature Reserve, home to one of the longest bird banding programs in the USA, surrounds this area with 2,200 acres.
We have been blessed to host guests from all over the world, ranging in age from newborn babies to 100 years old . The feedback we always get has one common thread : there is something here for everyone !
Guest favorite amenities include an ( unheated ) Pole Barn Rec Building located out back by our bonfire ring and woods. It is filled with wonderful activities for young and old alike ! We have ping-pong, a pool table, foosball and air hockey, dart boards (you supply your own darts), arcade basketball, and corn hole for under the shade trees. We have bicycles and tricycles and scooters for little ones, as well as a sofa area with a stereo and vintage record albums (remember THOSE?).
The Rec Building has an extra fridge, stove, and tables for a gathering of hungry folks.
You'll find furnished hot dog sticks, pie-irons, and lawn chairs for relaxing around a crackling bonfire.
Our Cottage offers our guests 3 beautiful outdoor dining areas :
* A patio set that seats 4 just outside the kitchen door
* A long custom-built picnic table ( that seats 20 ) on the extended patio near the stone springhouse
* A patio set that seats 6 on our welcoming front porch
The fully equipped Cottage kitchen includes a stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee pot, Belgium waffle maker, slow cookers, a Kitchen Aid hand-held mixer, and a blender. The kitchen table seats 4, and the dining room table in the next room seats 10.
A large gas grill is provided on the kitchen patio for cookouts.
There are 2 spacious upstairs bedrooms :
Bedroom #1 : Queen bed and a Twin bed
Bedroom #2: Full bed and Two twin beds
We also provide an elevated queen-size Aerobed that can be used in either roomy bedroom, as well as 2 porta-cribs for those traveling with little ones.
The unfinished basement includes a TV area with sofas and a toy area for kids.
Guests are welcome to use the washer and dryer, but we ask that you provide your own laundry supplies for your
The Cottage has one full bathroom, located on the main floor.
An occasional rainy day is not a problem, as we provide oodles of boardgames, movies, books and toys, dollhouses, trains, and building blocks.
Our wonderful vacation retreat is located in a quiet area of homes sprinkled throughout the woods... just 1/2 mile from Powdermill Nature Reserve.
We are only minutes from trails, hiking, fishing, and picnicing at Linn Run State Park, and 15 min to Ligonier and Idlewild Amusement Park/ Soakzone Water Park !
* 15 min to Hidden Valley, and 25 min to Seven Springs Ski Resorts
* 40 min to Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater"
* 40 min to Ohio Pyle State Park's whitewater rafting, and the Great Allegheny Passage (Bicycle rentals)
* 25 min to The Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in Latrobe, PA
As our guest, you will have access to our entire Fully Furnished Air Conditioned Vacation Home, as well as our (unheated) Pole Barn Rec Building. Our 3 acre Property includes a Beautiful Woods with trail, and a Bonfire area for your Gatherings.
We provide free wireless internet, as well as free unlimited local and long distance on our landline telephone.
The Cottage is our vacation home, and Hope can be reached at any time on her cell phone or via email should you have any questions.
We provide a starter bundle of firewood for the living room fireplace, and more firewood can be purchased locally.
Or, should you desire, for an additional $35 prepaid fee (paid separately), we can provide firewood already there waiting for you for the length of your stay.
Once a booking is made, we will communicate with you to find out if additional firewood is desired.
Our nightly rate includes Westmoreland County's 3% lodging tax. In addition, a $75 cleaning fee is added to all booking rates, as well as a $100 refundable damage deposit. Guest AccessYou will have access to our entire fully furnished air conditioned Vacation Home as well as our Pole Barn Rec Building. Our 3 acre Property includes a Beautiful Woods with trail, and a Bonfire area for your Gatherings.
We provide free wireless internet, as well as free unlimited local and long distance on our landline telephone. Interaction with GuestsThe Cottage is our vacation home, and the owner, Hope Raub, can be reached at any time on her cell phone or via email should the need arise. The NeighborhoodWe love the tranquility here...the smell of the woods, the abundant wildlife, the beautiful songs of the birds. Getting AroundNo public transportation is available, but the area is popular for walking and biking. Other Things to NoteWe provide a starter bundle of firewood for the living room fireplace, and more firewood can be purchased locally. Should you desire, we can have firewood already there waiting for you for your entire stay, for an additional $35 prepaid fee (paid separately)