Family cottage built in 1950's, features three cozy rooms with double bunk beds and one master bedroom. Two bathrooms with shower stalls (no bathtub). Hot tub on property. Large fireplace, large dining table, large patio, small kitchen. Super close to Idlewild, Laurel Mtn, and Ligonier. We welcome reservation requests with at least one week lead time. We are not a fancy updated hotel, but a rustic family cottage in the woods with lots of personality!
Our spacious four-bedroom, family-built antique cottage is located minutes from the shops and restaurants of Ligonier, the fun of Idlewild Park, the Soak Zone and Storybook Forest and is very close to the new Laurel Highlands Ski Resort and 40 minutes from Hidden Valley and Seven Springs. Enjoy our cozy accommodations built by my dad, grandpa and great grandpa in the 1950's, our shuffle board court, the clear mountain stream, field, hot tub and fireplace!
LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, Muslim, whatever-- RAINBOW FRIENDLY.
Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Cottage is hand built in 1952 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. Our beautiful mountain retreat is perfect fo your relaxing family getaway, romantic weekend, or small group retreat.
The Cottage is a special place to my family and we are looking for guests who can appreciate its history, its age, its unique character, and treat it with the love, care and respect it was meant to receive.
The Cottage’s four small 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. There are two bathrooms each with a toilet, sink and modest shower stall (no bath tub), so no one need wait their turn too long. Both heating and air-conditioning mean comfortable nights of restorative, quiet, country sleep.
At this mountain hamlet you need not leave all the creature comforts behind. The smart tv means you can relax with a movie or your favorite tv shows while relaxing on the seven-foot couch after a day at Idlewild 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 s’mores!
When you need more than sugar, the kitchen provides the basic means to create any meal. It features a stove, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. Other appliances include a toaster, microwave, and coffee maker. The kitchen is old and the "modern" appliances often need to be plugged and unplugged to make room. 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.
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. The hot tub is kept clean using a bromide system. Before every guest's arrival, we check alkalinity and ph of the water and add the necessary chemicals to ensure that is correctly balanced for use. People with sensitive skin or any open cuts are cautioned against using the hot tub. It is to be used at your own risk.
You will be pretty much on your own during your stay, 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, but 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 nearby mountain water pool/pond is STRICTLY OFF LIMITS and NOT FOR GUEST USE. DO NOT cross the bridge onto this property.
The Cottage is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and three miles West of the historic town of Ligonier. The nearest airport is Latrobe Airport. You can also fly into Pittsburgh International Airport or the airport in Youngstown, Ohio. Let us know where your starting point is and we will provide directions. The 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. .
Two 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!
In the summer, 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. It is located in a little valley with three other seasonal cottages.
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.
Historic Ligonier, a few miles further 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. Our favorites are The Roat Toad, The Eastwood Inn, The Kitchen on Main and the quirky homestyle Transylvanian Darlington Inn. Another must-see for the not faint-of-heart is Joe’s Tavern. A taxidermy hall as bar that adds a dash of local flavor to this historic town. The best kept secret is the Eastwood Inn 661 Old Lincoln Hwy, Ligonier, PA (phone number hid.den)
Fort Ligonier and Museum, (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 archaeological digs enhance your educational experience with a vividness no textbook can match.
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)
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 geological park that features Pennsylvania’s largest cave is also located not far from Ohiopyle State Park on Route 40 (website hidden).
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Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Stati Uniti