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Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Cottage is a four-bedroom, two-bath home hand built out of hemlock, oak and knotty pine. It is furnished in a casual country style that features numerous hand-crafted antiques that contribute to its cozy atmosphere. This beautiful mountain retreat was lovingly-built in 1952 and is perfectly situated for your relaxing family getaway or corporate retreat.
The Cottage is a special place to my family and we are looking for guests who can appreciate its history and treat it with the love it was meant to have.
The Cottage’s four bedrooms can sleep up to fourteen people between three full sized bunk beds (about 3-4" narrower and shorter than a queen) and one queen-size master bed. Two bathrooms each with a shower (no bath tub) no one need wait their turn for too long. Both heating and air-conditioning mean comfortable nights of restorative, quiet, country sleep.
At this mountain hamlet you need not leave the creature comforts behind. The smart tv means you can relax with a movie or your favorite tv shows on the seven-foot couch after a day of swimming at Ligonier Beach or skiing at any of the nearby resorts. The heart of The Cottage’s spacious living room is its six-foot fireplace, and after a long day on the slopes there’s no better place to warm your feet and dry your socks. Don’t forget to pack adequate chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows for the requisite s’mores!
When you need more than sugar, the full kitchen provides the means to create any gourmet meal. It features a stove, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. Other appliances include a toaster, waffle maker, microwave, and coffee maker. We keep the cupboards well stocked with coffee, sugar, tea and hot cocoa and a few staples, but the rest is up to you. Friends and family can gather around the dining room’s large table that seats 12, at the breakfast counter, or head outside to dine en plêin air at the large picnic table surrounding by outside lighting and tiki torches.
The picnic table on the front brick patio is a great place for evening cookouts on the grill and late night conversations around the fire pit and hot tub. Guest AccessThe Cottage is situated in a lovely valley, and the immediate surroundings offer unique terrain for the amateur hiker, biker, jogger or snow-shoer.
For a fun water experience, don your old tennies and walk in the creek downstream. If you’re lucky, you might spot a deer pausing for a drink.
If you’re a cyclist, bring your bike because you can’t beat the miles of rolling hills and scenic farm country of the Laurel Highlands surrounding The Cottage. Interaction with GuestsYou will be pretty much on your own, as we live most of the time in Pittsburgh. We have tried to make the quirks of the cottage as easy as possible for you. We are also always available by phone, text and email.
There are four other cottages in the near vicinity, which are also vacation homes and are not always occupied. Our neighbors will expect that you respect their privacy and the grounds you are sharing with them. Please do not take walks on the other properties, and please be kind and gracious to our neighbors. The NeighborhoodThe Cottage is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and three miles West of the historic town of Ligonier.
Founded first as an Indian settlement in 1727, Ligonier was originally the site of Fort Ligonier, a British outpost and “key to the west,” during the French and Indian War. The battle between the British and French and Indian troops at Fort Ligonier in 1758 was a turning point in the war, won Middle America for the British, and is still celebrated every October during Fort Ligonier Days.
Just three miles down the road from the Cottage you’ll find the historic amusement park, Idlewild Park, founded in 1878, which now encompasses seven “theme areas” including Storybook Forest, The Soak Zone, Olde Idlewild, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler’, Mister Rogers Neighborhood of Make Believe and Racoon ((website hidden)). Idlewild is an ideal spot for families traveling with children who can burn energy in the Jumping Jungle or enjoying water rides in the Soak Zone. You’ll also find traditional park rides, olde-time roller coasters and other amusements for young and old. Picnic tables are provided so pack a lunch and avoid the concession lines. (URL HIDDEN)
A few more miles down Route 30 and you will find the regions largest public outdoor swimming pool, Ligonier Beach! This historic pool has been cooling off swimmers for the past 90 years. Come and check out the largest swimming pool in Pennsylvania in a land is the largest public swimming pool in Pennsylvania! It has a full restaurant and a poolside bar. You can rent rafts to lounge on the water amongst all the green trees all day long! (URL HIDDEN)
Historic Ligonier, a few miles further east on Route 30, is a great place for an afternoon of window shopping, a day at the Sewickley Spa, or an evening in any of its fine restaurants (website hidden). Another must-see for the not faint-of-heart is Joe’s Tavern. A taxidermy hall cum bar that adds a dash of local flavor to this historic town. And the best kept secret- the Eastwood Inn 661 Old Lincoln Hwy, Ligonier, PA (phone number hidden)t Ligonier and Musem, (website hidden) located right in town, is a full-scale reconstruction of the (phone number hidden) original fort. Enriching living history activities and pageantry such as reenactments, battles, encampments, folkcrafts and archeological digs enhance your educational experience with a vividness no textbook can match.
Nearby golf courses include Champion Lakes (phone number hidden) , Donegal Highlands, and Ridgeview nearby. Ski resorts in the area include the Laurel Mountain resort (website hidden), Seven Springs (the largest in Pennsylvania) (website hidden), and Hidden Valley, (website hidden).
Just a little deeper into the Laurel Highlands you’ll find Ohiopyle on the Youghigheny River, an area along the rails-to-trails system renown for some of the best white water rafting, kayaking, and beautiful bicycle trails. Don’t forget to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, (website hidden) and Kentuck Knob (website hidden). The Laurel Caverns, a 435 acre geolocial park that features Pennsylvania’s largest cave is also located not far from Ohiopyle State Park on Route 40 (website hidden). Getting AroundThe Cottage is rural retreat and you will need to rely on a vehicle. The town of Ligonier has grocery stores, galleries, cafes and restaurants and is located just 4 miles away. Pittsburgh is approximately 50 miles away and New York City about a five hour drive. The nearest airport is Latrobe Airport. You can also fly in to Pittsburgh International Airport or the airport in Youngstown, Ohio. Let us know where your starting point is and we will provide directions. Other Things to NoteTwo Night Minimum
The base rate is for 4 people. There is an additional $25/per person per night charge after the first 4 guests. This applies to children as well, as it corresponds to use of beds, sheets, wear and tear, etc.
We are looking for guests who will clean up after themselves and treat our cottage with care!
You may need to turn on and off the water pump and the water heater in the basement. We will supply you with detailed instructions.
Always make sure the fireplace flue is open before starting a fire.
The two baths have shower stalls only- there are no bathtubs.
Bring your bug spray as this woodsy area does get buggy in the late afternoons.
This woodsy retreat has its quirks-- slippery steps and bricks when it's wet; surprise roots peaking out from the soft earth; muddy ground. When our guests visit we expect them to take on the responsibility of being cautious and aware of their new surroundings!
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