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Last updated: 03/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-13)

Hill House is a nicely appointed, welcoming space nestled into a hillside at Happiness Hills Farm, an 80 acre farm and retreat center bordering the extensive Berea College Forest. It's an ideal place for reunions, retreats, meetings, visiting sites in Kentucky, exploring Appalachian crafts, hiking or just enjoying a vacation away from things. 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.

The Hill House second floor unit has two bedrooms with 1 bath, kitchen, spacious living and dining areas and can sleep up to 7 people. An upstairs dormitory with an additional bath adds beds for up to 6 more. A ground floor unit (additional charges apply - not listed here) adds an additional bedroom, two baths, kitchen and gathering room. Up to 7 can sleep in the ground floor area. The second floor has a covered deck and ground floor has a covered porch.

A/C and heat are included, as well as a landline phone and free wifi. 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.

Hill House is next to a large, beautifully remodeled tobacco barn and a lovely indoor assembly hall, both of which are available separately for gatherings and activities. An outdoor campfire and picnic site is also available for all to use.

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.

Many Kentucky attractions are nearby or within a modest drive, including hiking trails to East and West Pinnacle on Indian Fort Mountain, Berea College, Old Town Berea, Kentucky Folk Arts Center at Berea, Berea College Square, Tater Knob Pottery and Bybee Pottery, Renfro Valley and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Kentucky Horse Park, Shakertown, Constitution Square in Danville, My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Boonesboro State Park, Daniel Boone Forest, Natural Bridge State Park, Red River Gorge, Lake Cumberland, Cumberland Falls, Levi Jackson State Park at London, and many other sites. For a list of area activities contact Berea Tourism or Kentucky Tourism.

A website for Happiness Hills Farm provides more information about the site, surroundings and retreats, reunions and other gatherings.

Keywords: House, artist, farm, Berea
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Owner

Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 13
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 10-13

  • The Edisto Room: 6 twin/ single

    Dormitory Style space on the third floor...moreless

  • The Kilday Room: 1 queen

    On the second (main) floor...moreless

  • The Fleenor Room: 1 queen

    On the second (main) floor...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Large converted tobacco barn for activities, campfire area, corn-hole. Assembly hall for up to 80 guests, with bathroom and kitchen. Additional charges apply - reserve in advance....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    The porch has a picnic table and benches, and guests enjoy dining there in good weather....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Accessible by arrangement, and subject to availability....moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Accessible by arrangement, and subject to availability....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$230
$1,450

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning & Linen Fee $70
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $40
  • Pet Fee $5
  • 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

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: 2009

About the owner: Founders Bill and Rose Ramsay are pictured here enjoying the Bridge for Peace over Red Lick Creek at the retreat center. The tree lined creek has open fields on both sides up to the flood control dam and lake from which the creek flows. 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 House:
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 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

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Photos

  • Hill House in the spring

    Hill House in the spring

  • Hill House and the Barn in the winter

    Hill House and the Barn in the winter

  • Full kitchen, Hill House second floor

    Full kitchen, Hill House second floor

  • The Ramsay Conference Room, Hill House first floor

    The Ramsay Conference Room, Hill House first floor

  • The Fleenor Room, Hill House Second Floor

    The Fleenor Room, Hill House Second Floor

  • Relax - there are porch swings everywhere!

    Relax - there are porch swings everywhere!

  • Hill House and the Barn

    Hill House and the Barn

  • Living room with queen hide-a-bed sofa, Hill House second floor

    Living room with queen hide-a-bed sofa, Hill House second floor

  • Dining area, Hill House second floor

    Dining area, Hill House second floor

  • The Kilday Room, Hill House second floor

    The Kilday Room, Hill House second floor

  • The property includes a 10-acre lake, accessible by a trail

    The property includes a 10-acre lake, accessible by a trail

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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