The very positive reviews about the beauty and condition of this cabin are true. There are, however, some negatives that need to be highlighted. I was with a group of friends (11 total) from various locales for an annual weekend recreational trip. While the listing says the cabin sleeps 15, it does not do so adequately.
There are three bedrooms in the main cabin. One has a double bed; the other 2 each have 2 bunk beds in very small rooms. In one of the rooms, the upper bunk on one side is too small for anyone other than a small child. There are 2 bathrooms in the main cabin, both downstairs with entrance from/to the living room. Getting to them from upstairs requires descending a circular staircase that empties into the living room. Modesty and privacy issues abound.
In the adjacent small cabin, there is a bathroom and one double bed on the lower floor. There is a loft that is accessed by a ~10 foot vertical ladder. There are 4 twin mattresses laying on the loft floor, parallel to each other and only a few inches apart. Due to floor space constraints, there is no furniture in the loft and there is very little room for any luggage or personal belongings. Due to the angled roof, a tall person (over 6 feet) cannot stand in the loft to dress. There is a small amount of standing room for people under 6 feet at the foot of each mattress, near the railing of the loft. For the people in the middle two mattresses, standing at the end of the mattress places you perilously close to the blades of a ceiling fan. Going to the bathroom in the middle of night requires navigating around mattresses. a rotating ceiling fan and luggage, and then negotiating a vertical ladder.
For those to whom this matters, there is no cell service and the internet was virtually useless to us. There was a very small "downloaded data" limit that was reached within minutes of use by any of the 11 of us. One person who made a few minute video call with his wife in the early morning used up the daily limit for all of us. There is a house phone that works fine.
There were no fish in the stream on the weekend we were there.
I strongly recommend that you request pictures of the bedrooms before booking so you can determine whether the sleeping arrangements suit you. You also have to be willing to accept using the circular staircase (main cabin) or ladder (guest cabin) to go to the bathroom.
I am checking the "no" box on recommending to a friend but if the above conditions are acceptable, this is a very nice cabin and I would check "yes."
The Pennsylvania Trout House is one of the most luxurious stays you can get and in a wonderful location. It's Serene, Secluded, and very relaxing, with every amenity we'd ever need.
The Trouthouse is a well maintained, quiet, gorgeous place for the perfect getaway. I rented this cabin with a group of 12 (including 5 kids) and was not disappointed. There's plenty of space! The upstairs bedrooms and the guest cabin were perfect for sleeping and we loved the updated bathrooms. The porch looking out over the trout stream was the perfect hangout spot and there's a grill included which makes for perfect grilling! The kitchen was lovely but if you're into cooking, the selection of spices isn't that great so make sure your own if you want something beyond salt and pepper and some random other spices; there wasn't any cinnamon, parsley, or other spices I consider staples.
This is definitely the place you need to go if you want to unplug. There is no cell phone service and, of note, there was also stable internet. We were not able to access this for more than a few minutes a day (maybe due to the large group we had). It was not a barrier to having a great time, though! There's a lot of outdoor space and parks around, plus Oil Creek State Park was a blast for the kids. They have a great playground!
Overall, we had a great stay. Chris was extremely responsive to any trouble we had and everything worked out perfectly. Don't miss out on this gem, it's the best of all worlds!
We stayed for a week on this beautiful property. With 5 of us traveling, the Trout House was definitely more comfortable and relaxing than any motel could possibly be. Fully furnished with everything needed, it was absolutely as advertised, and then some. If traveling back to the area again, this will be the first choice of stay. Can't recommend highly enough.
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