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Quaint Cottage, Just Right for a Cozy Family Retreat

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Last updated: 03/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Studio style cabin with efficiency kitchen and bath for up to 7 guests

Gate House is an artistically converted tobacco grading shed at the entrance to an 80 acre farm and retreat center bordering the extensive Berea College Forest, in the Pinnacles area of the Appalachian mountains where the mountains meet the Bluegrass. Peace and connectedness reign here at Happiness Hills, which is more than a farm - it is a place of blessing and refreshment.

Berea College maintains hiking trails on Indian Fort Mountain, including West Pinnacle and East Pinnacle. The farm includes a lake which was developed for flood control purposes and fishing is allowed for guests. Deer, geese and wild turkey are seen, as well as other birds and wildlife. The farm is easily accessible from Highway US 421, just across from Pilot Knob near Big Hill, KY and close to Berea and Richmond. Berea is the folk arts capital of Kentucky and many craft shops are nearby, as well as several craft fairs each year.

Gate House is one large room and a bathroom with shower. It is set up for folks who want a simple place to get away for a while or a base for exploring the area crafts and sites. It may be used for larger groups in conjunction with a larger guest house, called Hill House (VRBO 229369). Most cell phones can get signal but some can't. The owners live right on the farm and are accessible for emergencies and other needs.

The queen size bed is very comfortable, and the sofa beds (single and double) are firm enough for a good night's sleep as well. Gate House is ideal for a couple or family with up to three children. Basic kitchen supplies are provided. A/C and heat are included. A snug pleasant get-away.

The cottage is next to a large remodeled tobacco barn available separately for covered gatherings and activities. An outdoor campfire and picnic site is also provided.

Owners, Alfredo & Jennifer Escobar and their daughters, Lydia and Isabel, love to interact with guests. Alfredo is a visual artist and Jennifer is a musician and dancer. Alfredo's murals and other paintings can be seen in Berea and other cities throughout the eastern USA. Jennifer has recorded 10 albums, several of which can be found on iTunes, and she's involved with two student folk dance groups: The Berea Festival Dancers (of which Lydia and Isabel are members) and The Berea College Country Dancers. They're homeschoolers, and are often called upon to work as arts education consultants through state arts councils and the Kentucky Department of Education. On any given day you may find them doing schoolwork at home, working on the farm or buildings, or out and about in the world doing their arts thing and trying to make life fuller for everyone they meet.

Keywords: Cabin, cottage, single family, artist, farm
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Owner

Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Other (See Description)

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  • Queen size Bed (1), Single Sofa Bed (1), Double Futon (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$75
$485

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $40
  • Pet Fee $5 + tax
  • Cleaning & Linen $35
  • Tax Rate 7%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Lexington Bluegrass
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-75

Car: Necessary

Berea is the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, and was recently voted America's #1 Arts & Craft Community! Berea College is world-famous for its commitment to interracial, tuition-free education, as well as its labor program, farm, forests, and craft studios.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Founders Bill and Rose Ramsay are pictured here in front of the family garden at Happiness Hills Farm. Bill and Rose are still living nearby, but have transferred ownership to their daughter, Jennifer Rose Escobar. She and her husband, Alfredo, their daughters Lydia and Isabel, and the family dogs, Shadow and Boomer, now live onsite and operate the Farm full time.

Why the Owner Chose Berea, KY, USA:
The retreat center is on an 80 acre farm just down the road from founders Bill and Rose Ramsay's house. Their 6 children and 22 grandchildren have roots in Berea so they purchased it as a way to continue a family legacy of close relationships and hospitality in the context of God's creation.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of today's life, but not so remote that convenience and communication are lost. We enjoy the beauty of the surrounding hills and streams and room for play, hikes, meditation and good fellowship.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

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Photos

  • Simple easy living

    Simple easy living

  • The front porch is ready for company!

    The front porch is ready for company!

  • Remodeled Tobacco Barn, with the cabin in the background

    Remodeled Tobacco Barn, with the cabin in the background

  • Simple Easy Living

    Simple Easy Living

  • Entrance and parking

    Entrance and parking

  • Lake at upper end of farm, accessible by a trail

    Lake at upper end of farm, accessible by a trail

VRBO #161638

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, March 24, 2017

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