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These are actual comments from some of our guests at the Cottage


Fantastic ! The communication was the best. The home was quiet and oh so comfortable. From the deer in the front yard to all the birds that have their nests near the house, this was a great place. Beds were dreamy and the fireplace added to the warmth. Well equipped kitchen. Just a true delight. Hope’s home was by far the most overall comfortable home we have stayed at in almost 20 Airbnb stays. Thank you so much for sharing your home. The comfort and kindness and all the memories will last a lifetime.
Zurich, Switzerland

Fantastic space for a group . Highly exceeded our expectations and was the absolute perfect get-away for a company retreat. This Cottage was the perfect setting for our management retreat. We enjoyed meetings by the fire and family dinner in the cozy dining room. We got inspired in this wonderful home. We hope to visit again next year ! Thank you so much for sharing your slice of heaven.
Pittsburgh, PA

One of the most relaxing areas on Earth. We had such a pleasant stay and wished we could have stayed longer. Highly recommend for family gatherings or group get-aways. I will be back.

This house is perfect for a weekend get-away with friends ! It’s only a 15 min drive from Seven Springs Ski Resort, but the house itself has tons of stuff to keep you entertained : board games, a fire pit, and a decked out recreation room. Hope is very friendly and communicative. It was a pleasure staying here !
2017

Absolutely amazing ! The Cottage was perfect for our whole family and was like our home away from home. Our kids had a blast with all the activities around the house. We skied all 3 resorts that are within 30 min away and saw a Penguin’s hockey game in Pittsburgh. Couldn’t have been better !
Florida

This was the greatest experience ! My group of friends have been getting together for 19 years, but renting “The Cottage At Ligonier” was one of our favorites. The house was stocked with everything you need. Favorite moments : Cooking together in the kitchen, all 9 of us sitting together at the dining room table to eat, and sitting out at the fire pit all night long. Thanks, Hope, for providing us a wonderful place.
2016

From the moment of our first exchange with the owner of The Cottage, I knew that my family of 5 would have a great experience with our stay in the beautiful Laurel Highland region of Pennsylvania. Hope was gracious, kind, welcoming, and helpful. The Cottage itself was a perfect fit. Our main purpose in visiting the area was to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, but there are many other attractions nearby, not to mention fantastic state parks. The Cottage is just a short distance to all. We spent a good deal of time challenging each other to matches of pool, ping pong, and air hockey ! Hope and her husband have truly thought of everything. Two of my favorite things were sitting on the porch swing listening to the sound of the wind in the pines, and sitting at the pretty writing desk overlooking the porch.

Up for the second time and it’s beautiful. Wish I could stay here forever.
Nov 2015

Thank you so much for your help in making arrangements for us to stay here for our anniversary. Your Cottage is lovely, cozy, and has everything that anyone could need. It is so relaxing and peaceful. We enjoyed driving through the countryside…just a 3 hour drive from home, but we felt like we were on vacation. We can’t wait to tell our friends and relatives all about it. You are a blessing to so many people in so many ways..
Ohio – Sept 2014

Had a wonderful time in a wonderful Cottage. It has been the perfect spot for our first trip to Pennsylvania. We have loved the peace and quiet and all the wildlife that have visited us !
Southampton, England – August and September 2014

Second time here just as great as the first. Everything was nice and clean. Great Grandma loved the peace and quiet. The 13 year old liked to bike in the wide open spaces. The 11 year old liked everything inside with the great game selection. The 8 year old loved the Rec Room. The 60 year old (me) loved having the family together and Hope’s wonderful attention to detail. Dealing with her makes booking so easy. Thanks for sharing The Cottage. We’ll be back.
August 2014

The Cottage was wonderful ! The kids loved the Rec Room. We invited the family for a cook-out and all loved the house and the Rec Room. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch, enjoying the quiet and sounds of nature. Our kids said they never wanted to leave! LOL! And can we please make their playroom like yours ? Thank you for all the comforts of home … it was a joy.
Alabama – August 2014

All the comforts of Home !
Tempe, Arizona – July 2014

We were here celebrating my Uncle’s 100th birthday and family reunion at Linn Run State Park. Many pictures, smiles, laughs and memories. The Cottage was a pleasant surprise.. Comfortable and a down-home feeling. We enjoyed our stay.
New Jersey – July 2014

The Cottage couldn’t have been more perfect! We had everything we needed and more. We could tell a lot of thought and love went into putting this place together. We had a wonderful weekend. LOVE THE FIREPLACE !
Sept 2013

Our family had a wonderful time together from Greensburg, California, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and all of us had a joyful time! Thank you for this lovely spot and your gracious hospitality.
Aug 2013

Three days went by much too quickly. Had time to do the things the business of life doesn’t allow … rock in the swing on the porch, listen to an owl, work a jigsaw puzzle, walk in Linn Run listening to the stream … Will be sure to tell others about this lovely place. When people ask, “What did you do on your break?” I will smile broadly and say “Not too much!” Thank you for all the attention you put into making it perfect.
July 2013

Thank you for sharing your beautiful and FUN vacation home with us. The girls had a great time and think we didn’t spend ENOUGH time here!

Year 3 and already looking forward to year 4!
Aug 2013

Glorious spring weekend here in Ligonier ! The Cottage At Ligonier has proved to be most accommodating, homey, and warm in welcoming us.
April 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your home … the neighborhood is tucked so neatly in the woods. It’s beautiful … really was full of blessings to see God’s handiwork.
April 2013

What a lovely, comfortable home! Inside and out this place is beautiful. The kids all love the house and spent most of their time in the Rec Building … no surprise there!
April 2013

Great cross country skiing in Forbes State Forest and Kosser State Park!
Feb 2013

We came here for some much needed family time as a family, as my husband is home on leave from Afghanistan. This was the perfect place for us to relax…our boys loved everything about this place and are so sad to leave like so many who have visited before us. We will cherish and hold dear the memories from our stay here!
Oct 2012

We came to The Cottage At Ligonier from France … All 4 nights were great! The Cottage was most quiet and comfortable.
Sept 2012

This place is a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again. The Cottage exceeded our expectations … May God bless all that you endeavor to do.
August 2012

What a terrific Cottage ! Our kids referred to it as the “Vacation House!” Our son (age 5) said everyday, “This is the best day EVER!” We had fires most nights and listened to record albums while playing ping pong. This is such a relaxing place! We didn’t bring one toy and all 3 kids (twins age 3, and son age 5) were never bored. We’ll be back!
July 2012

Our daughter flew in from Florida, we came from Harrisburg PA, Mom and Dad came from Irwin, and my sister and her husband came in their pop-up. We all do 10 different things but still like to be together … played games, went into Ligonier … lovely place to stay!
Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Thank you for the most excellent birthday party ever! Could not have been better … your home is wonderful!
May 2012

Thank you so much for the great vacation..we are all graduating from Med School in 3 weeks and this was our last chance to get together and celebrate friendships we’ve made over the last 4 years..we had a truly wonderful time!
Washington DC – April 2012

Wow!!! What a great Cottage!!! My two brothers and myself got together here (from Florida, Maryland & Pittsburgh) and chose Ligonier for our adventure … we look forward to coming back here with our families & using the Rec Building. Your warm and cozy Cottage was just perfect!
March 2012

It has been an awesome week here at The Cottage … our son was married yesterday on a beautiful farm here in Ligonier and this location was a wonderful find. The area is magestic and I have to say a “religious” experience just to be here. Thank you Raub family for thinking of everything!
Lancaster, PA – Sept 2011

Comfortable furniture, excellent porch, fantastic grounds, blissful sleep. What’s not to like!
Sept 2011

Wow! What a perfect base of operations for our family! We played, sat around the fire pit and chatted. Really, we needn’t have really ever left the house! But we had a great time wearing out the grown-ups at Idlewild, visiting train museums and the Fort, wandering through shops in town and generally relaxing. We really, really had a fantastic time. We will definately love to come back. We are so grateful to have found this place, and to the Raub family for thinking so carefully about what guests would want or need. This place is a real gem.
Arlington, VA

Had a great time with our young family… Never appreciated how many activities there are to do in this region. The house and rec room proved to be the overall highlights of the stay… Would really like to rent again in future and would highly recommend to others!
Colonel, USAF, Arlington, VA – August 2011

Just another day in Paradise!
South Carolina – July 2011

What a beautiful and cozy place! We enjoyed every moment! This is truly a place to make lasting memories. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! We feel truly blessed to have stayed in such a warm and welcoming place …
July 2011

Campfires every night … GREAT outdoors space and lots of games in the outdoor Rec building …
June 2011

A new Brotherly Bond was formed here this weekend!
June 2011

I can’t thank you enough for providing such a wonderful place and memories to last a lifetime. You have thought of everything to make us feel right at home, but most of all you made it affordable. We would love to come back again!
Oct 2010

Sat out on the front porch of The Cottage every morning, using my laptop and watching the hummingbirds. It is so peaceful here! We felt so much at home…
Florida – Sept 2010

Thank you for providing charming, economical, stress-free, well thought out accomodations! The ease of staying here was a blessing to all of us!…We will be back and recommend this lovely retreat to our friends and family.
July 2010

We survived “Yaking the Yak” (White water rafting) and riding the Bike Trail (Confluence to OhioPyle State Park). You have a special place here!

Your Cottage is lovely. Our week here was definitely too short. Our grandaughters visited for a few days and had a blast enjoying Seven Springs and Idlewild during the day, and campfires, smores and the game room in the evening … It was the perfect place to rest.
July 2010

Loved, loved, loved the Cottage! And the Rec Room was a blast! Could not believe all the fun things you have in there. If I could polka while playing badmitten, and roasting hot dogs, I would have done it! :)
Spring 2010

We’ve had a lovely weekend. What a beautiful part of the world, and what a cozy Cottage!
Glasgow, Scotland
April 2010

Thank you so much for blessing us with the greatest vacation home ever! Better than a big one, or a modern one … we love everything!
Spring 2010

Thank you! Wow, did we sleep well here – comfortable beds – beautiful cozy place! We love it. Don’t want to leave, but we will be back!
Spring 2010

Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage in the woods at Ligonier. The time our group of friends shared was special…all of the extra touches- the firepit, the rec room, the Norman Rockwell pieces, the cozy beds made us feel that your home was our home. We don’t want to leave but it’s only temporary … we will be back!!
November 2009

Your Cottage is nestled in a little “piece of heaven”. Our family had a memorable weekend..we found everything we needed and more. Thank you for all the extras. We will surely love to return.
October 2009

Thank you for sharing your cottage. We hiked and visited so many great places! This is a great place to get away to relax.
Jasper, Tenn – June 2009

This is the first time we’ve ever tried staying in a cottage. We enjoyed it very much! The flexibility and home “feel” made the vacation much more relaxing than a hotel. The location is extremely functional to all the activities we were interested in doing. Thanks so much!
Northern, Virginia – 2009

This is our 5th get-away weekend..an annual event since turning 50. We really enjoyed the cottage- the peaceful atmosphere and especially the fire ring where we reconnected with our Girl Scout skills making snacks over the fire.
2008

One of the best vacations we’ve ever had! From Steelers training camp to hiking (not to mention the Farmer’s Market and Pittsburgh!) It was great – SO much to do. Thanks for the use of your quaint and pretty house with all the extras, and at a great price, too. Just wish we could have stayed longer.
Middleburg, Florida – August 2009

I just returned home from a long weekend at your cottage near Ligonier and I must tell you I found the description in your ad to be misleading. Instead of the 20 x 20 hunting cabin that we were expecting, we had the pleasure of staying in one of the most beautiful, well kept and serene homes we have ever vacationed in! I can not express how wonderful everything was and how grateful we are. Our original plan was to attend the Thunder In The Valley motorcycle event in Johnstown but the lions share of our 900 mile adventure was spent exploring the Laurel Highlands. (Ligonier, Fallingwater, Ohiopyle, Confluence, the 9 for 9 mine rescue site, the (9-11) air disaster site, and many hills and twisty turns). Even the weather was great except for a light rain on Fri. night that caused a ping pong and dart marathon (I hope we were not too loud for your neighbors). God bless you and your family for making perfect strangers welcome into your home.

We enjoyed our stay at your cottage immensely. What a relaxing place this is. As soon as you step through the door it seems like the cares of the world have disappeared.

Your cozy cottage is great for a family getaway. We own a week exchange at a 5-star resort and can also have it exchanged for places throughout the US. Your accommodations far exceed any place we have visited anywhere. Thank you.

Our week in this cabin was the perfect honeymoon. We made a trip to Fallingwater and hiked the trails at the Nimick Nature Center, but we mostly spent time here talking and enjoying one another’s company. The facilities here were perfect for just that: we grilled almost daily, played foosball, and built several fires, making s’mores and roasting hotdogs. In the short time spent here, this cabin began to almost feel like a home away from home. Thank you so very much for your generosity in providing this wonderful getaway to us. We’ll never forget it.

What a wonderful family get-away! We all enjoyed skiing and tubing all day and dinners and movies cuddled up around the warm fireplace every evening! A great opportunity for family bonding which we all enjoyed! The cottage is so cozy, warm and inviting! The beautiful scripture on the walls adds to the warmth and beauty making this a perfect mini-vacation!

We really needed to get away for some peace and quiet. The cottage and surrounding area provided the perfect answer. We enjoyed our days here when we didn’t go anywhere. Your cottage has all the comforts of home, while still providing the opportunity to be away.

We love your cottage! We felt right at home here as soon as we walked in the door. It is so cozy and comfortable here. We all had a very relaxing time visiting with friends and relatives. We spent a lot of time outdoors and playing in the rec room… We saw some beautiful deer and a family of wild turkeys too. We went to Idlewild Park, Flat Rock, shopping in Ligonier and had a delicious meal at the Ligonier Tavern. It was wonderful to be back home again.

We had a wonderful weekend in your cottage. Very cozy and well kept. We brought some essential items such as bathroom paper and kitchen condiments, but realized you also had thought of the essentials for your guests. We loved the organization, cleanliness, and attention to details (wood).

Your cabin is beautiful and cozy. We enjoyed sitting around the fire, playing games, and having a big breakfast of waffles. This was the ideal place to come for a relaxing weekend. Thank you for thinking of all the details.

We have thoroughly enjoyed indoors and outdoors and have gotten much needed rest and family time. The two nights here feels like a two week long vacation. We sincerely hope to come back and stay here soon.

What a wonderful week! The weather was PERFECT. But the cabin was as well! Thank you so much for accomodating us last minute like you did! And your place is so well kept and supplied. Plus a seperate recreational building?!! We went white-water rafting, spent a day at Kennywood, and shopped in Ligonier. Then we always said we needed to head back “home” to the cabin. It did so well for the six of us.