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Restored Colonial Farmhouse Near Seven Springs -- Perfect For Family Gatherings

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic Property in the Laurel Highlands -- 4 Fireplaces, Sleeps 12

The Kooser-Ankney Homestead (circa 1832) is a colonial farmhouse listed on the Somerset County (PA) Historic Register that has been lovingly restored. In the past, this property served as a popular stagecoach stop, so we are excited to once again open the home to guests.

Located on 16 acres in Somerset, PA, the property has convenient access to Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Hill State Park, Kooser State Park and the Laurel Highlands region. It is the perfect place to have a family gathering, enjoy a long weekend or celebrate a special occasion. Our property is also a quick drive to The Hayloft and Horizon View Farms.

The home has three formal bedrooms, two sleeper sofas in the living room and one sleeper sofa in the library. There are three full bathrooms to include a corner Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. A front load washer and dryer are available, and towels and linens are included with the rental. The home is equipped with Internet service and satellite TV.

The kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two large sinks for meal preparation. An outdoor propane grill is located on the front porch with convenient access to the kitchen. The dining room has a table handcrafted from old beams found in the historic barn.

The home features four original wood burning fireplaces. During warmer months, there is an outdoor fire pit for evenings filled with stargazing. Firewood is provided for guests.

There are many special sights within driving distance to include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, Flight 93 Memorial, and Ohiopyle State Park (with whitewater rafting) as well as Bedford Springs Resort and Spa and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Casino.

More Details

Chris Strasser
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Chris Strasser

We loved living in this home with family and friends for more than a decade. I served in the U.S. Navy and continue to work in the Washington DC area. My wife was previously a professor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, but in 2014 joined the faculty at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Thus, we are no longer able to live full-time here and look forward to sharing our home with others. We have wonderful property managers and neighbors who provide support to us and our renters.

Chris Strasser purchased this house in 2004

Why Chris Strasser chose Somerset

My wife was born in Western PA, so when a job opportunity presented itself in the region we moved to be closer to family. This was the only property that we scheduled an appointment to view and, even though it needed extensive renovations, we simply loved the historic character of the home. Over a decade, the infrastructure was gutted, the wood floors and fireplaces were restored and a new kitchen and bathrooms were built. We are now working to restore the historic bank barn. Our greatest joy is when people visit the property for the first time and tell us that they immediately feel at home. It is indeed a very special place to build memories that will last a lifetime.


Somerset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main level bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • Master bathroom features large corner Jacuzzi tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Front guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Rear guest bedroom - 1 double
  • 3 queen-size sleeper sofas (two in living room and one in library)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting


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Restored Colonial Farmhouse Near Seven Springs -- Perfect For Family Gatherings
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Beautifully renovated. Lovely property with loads of space!

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable place. Well appointed and Chris and Dawn made sure we were comfortable. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the very quick and kind review of our property. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Alexandria, VA

Family fun in the country!

  • 5 of 5

I will echo what the others have said, Chris and Dawn were great to communicate with and made the check-in and check-out process very easy.

We originally had planned a ski trip in the area but when the weather did cooperate (70 degrees in February?!??) we needed a plan B. Luckily, the house itself provided lots of entertainment for our family. The kids loved flying kites in the field, playing on the tire swing and roasting marshmallows at night! There were lots of board games inside, several tv's, wifi (😀򐀩 ...they even loved bathtime in the large jacuzzi tub!

The adults truly got some time to relax since the kids were entertained and there were more than plenty of rooms for everyone to enjoy some quiet time.

The house is truly a home. Very well stocked...nothing missing!

I also need to mention that we had a minor maintenance issue during our stay. We communicated with Chris and he sent the caretaker, Roger, right over. Roger was very nice and we learned a lot about the house's history from him.

Overall, I think this is a great rental for large groups or families.

Thanks again Chris and Dawn for sharing your 🏡􈐡!


  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We sincerely appreciated your kind words, especially considering that Mother Nature had a mind of her own during your recent visit. We are so glad that your kids were still able to enjoy the property ... and that the adults were able to relax as well. Many thanks for visiting our home and for taking the time to post such a nice review.
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Cleveland, OH

Everything we imagined, plus some :)

  • 5 of 5

Chris and Dawn were very responsive and helpful throughout booking and leading up to our check-in. This home was absolutely amazing! Very beautiful and quaint, located in a calm area. Seeing the expansive view of the country every morning was a treat. Everything was clean, and it wasn't hard to find what we needed. Every amenity we needed was provided to us. We had a large group and everyone fit comfortably. Check-in and check-out were easy as can be. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to book! We had an amazing time and would absolutely visit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that the property was beyond what you could have imagined! It is indeed a special place to "unplug and unwind." You were wonderful guests ... and we hope that you have the chance to visit again.
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Ringing in the New Year in a remarkable vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Happy New Year! What a beautiful home! We had such an amazing weekend snowboarding and ringing in the new year. Chris and Dawn are awesome. They showed hospitality and genuine love for the home. This quaint, sophisticated home was a great location to spend NYE with our family. I hope to be back- sitting in front of the fire, wine in hand, relaxing and enjoying- very soon! Much and thanks & many blessings in the New Year!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad to hear from you that, "The phrase, “this was the best NYE ever!” was often said!" We hope you also have the best new year ever ... and we look forward to welcoming you back to the property soon.
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The perfect place for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

This location was the perfect place for a family gathering and relaxation. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The property has all the accommodations you could want and need. Such a beautiful location and the house has so much character to enjoy the whole time you are there.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the kind words. We are thrilled that you had a very happy Thanksgiving at the property ... and we give thanks for special guests like your family!
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Stunning Home in Prime Laurel Highlands Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a magnificently restored farmhouse from the early 1800's. Chris and Dawn were thoughtful and attentive hosts, making sure we had everything we needed for a wonderful weekend. The house was well stocked from kitchen to bathroom needs. The property itself is breathtaking. We enjoyed morning views from the two front porches and evenings around the outdoor fire pit. The girls even picked apples from the tree and made homemade applesauce! Inside there is a double fireplace in the living room, a feature I've never seen before! The location is close-by to many area attractions. We had a short drive to Seven Springs and also Fallingwater. This is honestly a one of a kind property that would make a great getaway for family or friend gatherings, as it has many comfortable beds and sleeper sofas. Thank you Dawn and Chris for opening your home and hospitality! We will definitely be returning to the Kooser-Ankney Farm!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored that you selected our place to celebrate your father’s birthday. We are so glad that you had such a wonderful experience with your family. We love that your girls picked apples and made applesauce. If you should return during the first two weeks of July, the berry bushes should be full. We look forward to your next visit in February!
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning (incl. linens) $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

We are delighted to host special occasions such as family reunions and intimate weddings for upwards to 50 guests. For these event weekends, we require a two night minimum stay (three night minimum stay during holiday weekends) at $500 per night (with the understanding that the number of guests spending the night is limited to 12 and the number of guests attending the event is limited to an additional 38). Note that the property only has tableware for 24 but there are plenty of preparation and serving dishes, coffee makers (two traditional and a Keurig), as well as a convection microwave oven and roaster oven to supplement the dual gas/electric range. You are welcome to bring your own event tents and chairs to celebrate outdoors.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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