Braddock's Retreat - Nestled in nature!

Braddock's Retreat - Nestled in nature!


Jan 2015

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home


We are currently only swapping or traveling to U.S. destinations due to Covid19.

A minimum stay of two nights is required. Three nights for holiday weekends.
A maximum stay of two weeks is currently our policy unless approved prior to your trip.
No parties or events are to be held at the property. Maximum occupancy is eight persons at all times.
We charge a $100 cleaning fee if you book via instant or with points which can be paid via Paypal or Apple Pay.

Our home sits on nearly 15 acres of wooded mountain property in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. We are located just 20 minutes from Ohiopyle State Park where you can experience Class III & IV whitewater rapids or a relaxing paddle on the "Yough" river.
The town of Ohiopyle is a bonafide whitewater Mecca according to the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Learn more:

In Ohiopyle, you can bike the GAP trail, part of a continuous trail from Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD where it joins the C&O Canal Towpath to continue onto Washington D.C. spanning 300+ miles.

Our area has many great hiking trails including the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail which is a 70-mile backpacking and hiking trail. Other trails with varying lengths and difficulty can be found in Ohiopyle State Park.

If you are a lover of fine architecture, visit the famous Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob just 30 minutes away.

Nemacolin Woodlands, a five-diamond resort is under 15 minutes away with the Lady Luck Casino and the famous Mystic Rock golf course and don't miss the Woodlands Spa for an afternoon of relaxation and pampering.

History lovers will find Fort Necessity nearby where George Washington was defeated during the French & Indian War and the grave site of General Edward Braddock.

We are only minutes away from the award-winning Christian Klay winery and Ridge Runners Distillery.

Laurel Caverns, located 11 miles from Farmington is a large natural cave. Most of the passage ceilings in its three-mile labyrinth are between ten and twenty feet high (many as high as 50 feet) with an average width of over twelve feet. This makes it the largest cave in Pennsylvania.

Dining options are plentiful in and around the Farmington and Ohiopyle area with many of our area favorites close by, we will be happy to point you in the right direction. Once such establishment not to miss is The Historic Stone House Restaurant and Country Inn, located in Farmington. One of the original wayside inns along the National Road, the Stone House first opened its doors in 1822 to waggoners and travelers seeking renewed health in the waters of nearby Fayette Springs. Ever since those early days, the Stone House has been regarded by travelers and locals alike as a charming getaway for fine dining and good times in a peaceful mountain setting.
We also highly recommend a trip to the lovely Bittersweet Cafe; it's located on Route 381 on the way to Ohiopyle State Park. You will find farm to table breakfasts and lunches lovingly prepared by the Krysak family. It's truly a treasure not to be missed.

Up for skiing? We have Nemacolin Woodlands just 10 minutes away, enjoy the slopes at the Sundial Ski Lodge. Under an hour away, you will find Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA and Hidden Valley Resort in Hidden Valley, PA.

Perfect for a day trip, Pittsburgh, PA is located just 90 minutes to the North.

Braddock's Retreat -
**Come Home to Braddock's Retreat**

New for 2021 - we now have unlimited Wi-fi service from T-Mobile. We have just added this feature and current speeds seem to be adequate for streaming Netflix, YouTube, etc. via our Apple TV device. If you depend on internet for a working situation, it still has some latency.
We have also added two electronic game consoles with multiple PacMan versions, Galaga, Centipede and more in the game room.

You will be captivated by nature as you drive the ½ mile gravel driveway into the woods approaching our home. After a long day of touring the surrounding countryside, our home offers a quiet escape and a solitude that can only be found in the middle of the woods.

Our home features 2,568 square feet of living space. It will comfortably sleep eight adults. The main living area is an open floor plan and has two sitting areas. On one side we have a 40-inch flat screen television with Apple TV and a DVD player. Opposite this sitting area we have an additional area that is perfect for board games and reading. We provide a variety of games and a small book collection.

The master bedroom has a queen size bed, we also have two queen size beds located in our large loft along with a queen size futon. Extra sleeping is also available in our large family room located downstairs where we have two twin size daybeds.

Our kitchen is fully equipped with newer appliances and all of your dine at home needs. We include a Keurig coffee pot, a drip coffee pot, toaster, hand mixer, electric griddle, crock pot, blender, electric chopper, and Belgium waffle maker.

We have a covered patio area outside the front door and a fire ring for evening campfires, firewood will be provided for your stay with no charge. A small deck over the patio area with a Weber grill and small seating area is perfect for your morning breakfast or a relaxing glass of wine in the evening. Our large back porch will seat the whole family for dinner with a picnic table and cushioned outdoor seating area.
Paper products & soaps will be provided as well as an ironing board, iron, blow dryer and a full-size washer & dryer. A wood burning stove is available for winter months with firewood provided November through February.

Downstairs you will find a two-car garage which is currently being used as a game room with a convertible air hockey / pool table, a ping pong table, a corn hole game and two electronic game consoles with multiple PacMan versions, Galaga, Centipede and more. Adjacent to the game room you can curl up and watch a movie on the 65-inch Smart TV with surround sound, a DVD player or play some games on the vintage Wii game console. We also have a movie collection for your use.

A few things to consider:
We do not recommend our home for toddlers due to access to the spiral staircase to the loft and stairs to the lower level.
Telephone service is not provided.
Smoking is not permitted in or around the immediate vicinity of the property.
Pets are not permitted at this time. Excellent boarding at Nemacolin Wooflands is available less than 10 minutes from our home.
Guests are advised that four-wheel drive is necessary during the winter months.
Our maximum occupancy is eight persons at all times. (This includes adults as well as children)
Property occupancy limits include day or overnight guests.
Check in is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon unless other prior arrangements have been made.
A minimum stay of two nights is required. Three nights for holiday weekends.
A maximum stay of two weeks is currently our policy unless approved prior to your trip.
Our home does not have air conditioning. Ceiling fans are available in the living room, bedroom and loft. Stand up fans are also available for summer.

Please see our photos and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We hope you will love our little piece of heaven in the Laurel Highlands!!!

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Mike & Joie's reviews

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More about us

  1. We're a couple with two grown children.
    Our children or other family members may occasionally travel with us.

  2. We enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, and fishing.
    We love history, local markets, great food and wine.
    Mike is recently retired from the natural gas industry.
    Joie is retired from the newspaper publishing industry.

  3. We love the ease of travelling afforded with the points system!!

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Stone House Restaurant, 3023 National Pike Farmington, PA 15437
Cool bars
Stone House Tavern, 3023 National Pike Farmington, PA 15437
Cozy cafés
Bittersweet Cafe, 205 Farmington-Ohiopyle Rd Farmington, PA
Retail therapy
Country Charm, 3391 National Pike Farmington, PA
Bit of culture
Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright
Walks in the park
Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle PA
Spot of exercise
Great Allegheny Passage bike trail
Day tripping
Pittsburgh, PA

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