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Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 'bdrms' 1 'bath,' sleeps 4 adults; up to 2 addl. possble with surcharge

Come, leave the hectic pace of daily life behind when you arrive at SunnyHill, a place where the beauty of the Catskills & the sights, sounds & fragrances of Nature can truly clear the mind & soothe the soul. This is especially true during the winter; BEING LOCATED JUST A 20-40 MIN. SCENIC COUNTRY DRIVE FROM THE AREA'S 4 MAJOR SKI RESORTS- Hunter, Windham, Plattekill & Belleayre - we are certain that guests who love winter sports will appreciate SunnyHill's comparatively reasonable rates given its proximity to these popular attractions. Guests need only walk a short distance to sled/toboggan! Snowmobiling and ATV riding are popular pastimes & snowmobiles may be rented locally.

The bucolic Catskill Scenic Trail may be hiked & biked, year-round; cross-country skied in winter

Nestled on six secluded acres encompassing both woods & meadow, SunnyHill is an ideal spot for families looking for a relaxing, nature-oriented vacation; it's also great for writers, artists, or composers . . . & of course, paramours desiring a romantic getaway

While only four miles from Stamford Village, our contemporary furnished cottage provides a quiet, reflective refuge from the distractions, demands & stress of everyday life.

Our cottage has an open sleeping loft, a spacious great rm., fully-equipped kitchenette, additional sleeping alcove downstairs, & full bath, all furnished in a warm, contemporary style. SunnyHill sleeps four adults comfortably; two additional guests may be accommodated on futons for a minimal additional per person, per diem charge. Parents: there's room near the beds for a playpen or porta-crib.

Guests can savor their morning coffee on the back porch while listening to the sounds of the forest; a gorgeous view of the Catskills' Historic Township Valley enhances sunset cocktails and a grilled dinner on the front deck. After dark, enjoy an evening of stargazing.

Campfire anyone?

Many guests enjoy horseback riding (trail riding and lessons available.

Beyond the aforementioned downhill skiing opportunities nearby, should you decide to venture out of the peaceful solitude of SunnyHill, there's lots more to see & do only a short drive away. E.g., Stamford is located just 30 minutes from movies, shopping, & cultural, educational & sports venues in and near the the S.U.N.Y. Oneonta & Delhi campuses & @ Hartwick College & college towns of Oneonta and Delhi, slightly under an hour from historic Cooperstown, featuring the Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers' Museum, the Glimmerglass Opera House and boating & dining along Lake Otsego's shore. SunnyHill is only approximately 40 minutes from Howe Caverns and the Iroquois Museum.

A sampling of some special summer fairs within half an hour's drive include the Delaware County & Sunshine Fairs, Margaretville Carnival, and the nearby Hobart Horseshoe Festival.

Among the local recreational activities, the Village of Stamford has a two excellent, safe public swimming pools (adult and baby-toddler), playground, tennis courts, two art galleries, a performing arts group, a library with free wi-fi and public computer & printer access, and a championship, historic, 18-hole public golf course. If you just want to take in the country landscape there are an abundant number of nearby opportunities for hiking, biking, running, and cross-country skiing. Without going too far one can horseback ride, fish, or kayak / canoe.

Guests can shop for groceries locally, where farm stands abound and a full-service supermarket is available.

Cleaning Fee Addendum

Minimum two nights, up to three nights stay= $50

Week-10 day stay= $75

11-31 day stay = $100

(Dog Guests necessitate post departure rug shampooing for which we must charge $25 toward the cost of the machine & special pet-stain & odor removing chemical cleaners)

More Details

Property Manager
MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts

SunnyHill is a small family-run enterprise, owned and operated by Mary Thombs, with administrative assistance by her husband, Mr. George J. Robinson.

Because George is a disabled veteran they rely on Denise Pinter as Property Mgr. She resides in the nearby hamlet of South Kortright. Denise occasionally greets guests & attends to their needs when Mary and/ior George are unavailable.

Mary & George are committed to attracting and serving SunnyHill's guests as they would receive guests in their own home.

Guests of all ages, and people of many interests have found SunnyHill welcoming and comfortable.

Mary is a violin and voice teacher and church music director.

George is a retired teacher. After early retirement due to disability, he founded a non-profit fine arts services organization.

Evan, our son (16 yrs. old.) is, well, a 'nice kid,' and we love him lots.

MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts purchased this cottage in 2010

Why MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts chose Stamford

The Stamford area is 'authentic' country (principally dairy country); most full-time residents are 'locals,' having lived in the area all their lives, and thus as guests travel about and meet SunnyHill's 'neighbors' they enjoy a true rural experience. Frankly, we wanted to avoid those manifestly inauthentic, touristy faux- 'country' places- and the inflated prices one finds in the lodging and stores there. E.g., when you have a delicious, reasonably-priced breakfast in Stamford's TP's Cafe, you'll see and hear farmers and tradesmen talking 'shop' and weather vs.seeing tourists inquiring about the address of the nearest aromatherapy practitioner or yoga studio. (Not, of course, that there is anything wrong with those activities, per se. However, it's just that - presumably - one doesn't drive upstate to the mountains for that kind of experience when it is available much closer to home, e.g., on St. Mark's Pl. on Manhattan's Lower East Side.)

The beauty and variety of flora and fauna offered by SunnyHill's six acres (and scores of accessible surrounding undeveloped forested and pastured acres), and its proximity to four major ski centers were also compelling factors.

What makes this cottage unique

One example of how SunnyHill is unique vis-a-vis other local whole-house rentals: besides offering six lovely acres of seclusion, our cottage is a classic 'A-Frame' building with, among other features, cathedral ceiling, lots of windows, a wood pellet stove and a sleeping loft with views. Compared to conventional divisive, 'white box' houses, SunnyHill's A-frame configuration feels different (which is what one wants when one goes away to get away); it's open, airy, and bright.The ground floor floor plan encourages free-flowing activities, conversation and air- the east-west orientation ensures cooling breezes while the sleeping loft offers cocoon-like coziness.


Stamford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , Shower stall bench seat available
  • Bathroom has separate heat zone with thermostat and exhaust fan. Bath, hand, and face towels provided. Guests bring own toiletries. A portable bathtub suitable for infant bathing is available upon request; can also serve as an infant 'pool' if used outdoors to cool your baby in hot weather.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , open sleeping loft w/ east, west, & skylight views & ventila
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 3 sleep sofa /futon , downstairs alcove
  • Our Great Room couch is not a sofa bed, however it can comfortably sleep a short adult/child. In addition to the aforementioned two double-size beds and regular couch, we also have one twin-size futon mattress which can comfortably accommodate one guest on the newly carpeted* Great Room floor (*our short-pile carpet's foundation consists of insulating anti-mold, anti-fungal coated padding.) All linens are provided and are 100% cotton. NOTE: Additional expenses (utilities, linens, cleaning) necessitate a $10/night surcharge per person in excess of four.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
*SunnyHill is a family-owned, family-friendly, (G-Rated) cottage. Parents may program PARENTAL CONTROLS of choice in the TV. We're pleased to offer the following, gratis: For the infirm: (Please request in advance), a shower bench, pair of aluminum crutches, and a walker. With sufficient advance notice, we MAY be able to provide additional help. For winter play: toboggans, sled. Snow, sometimes lots of it [!], may be available; area ski resorts make their own snow. A small 'library' consisting of: a variety of books*, 'coffee table,' fiction and non-fiction, children's (picture books and literature for young readers); we also provide a selection of context-related magazines (nature and local history-related), county and state road maps, and a collection of region-wide attraction brochures. In addition to books and magazines, a small quantity of items to occupy young children: board game, blocks and outdoor toys & 'sports-play' equipment (plastic bats, soft balls, Frisbee


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average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
Long Island, New York

Always the best!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I came for a repeat visit for Labor Day Weekend, and as always George and Mary were fabulous hosts. The cottage was a perfect getaway, with lots of beautiful views right nearby. George and Mary are so helpful with their suggestions and information, and the cottage is so well kept and cozy! They really make sure you have the best stay! Wonderful place with even more wonderful people, we’ve loved getting to know you.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Great peaceful location to relax !

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay!! Very quiet and remote..a true "retreat" !

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY, USA

We had a peaceful stay! The home is in a beautiful area!

  • 5 of 5

George and Mary were very responsive. Their home was very quiet and peaceful and in a beautiful location.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, quaint, and secluded

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely respite for us for a too short weekend. The house had everything you could need, and everything was well explained. The loft is a bit tight, but a fun experience, and the skylights were lovely. Really liked the towns close by. George is very helpful and attentive. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host - and because we found we had much in common - to socialize a bit -with this couple at a time in their lives when they truly needed peace, quiet, and seclusion in order to recover from a difficult life experience. The fact that after a short time resting they felt restored enough to leave the cocoon of the cottage and spend time browsing and purchasing in the Hamlet of Hobart's "Book Village of the Catskills" indicated that our SunnyHills sanctuary succeeded in achieving their expressed objective of staying someplace conducive to healing. The couple expressed their intent to return; when they do they can be sure of a warm welcome!
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Amazing little cottage for a New York city getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sunnyhill (as the host George calls it) was a great place to stay during our weekend away from New York city. The property is private and sits on 6 acres of land. The home was very comfortable and George was an amazing host. George really cares about his guests and is passionate about the cabin and the surrounding area. The home is filled with various pamphlets, books and local area guides to help you plan your stay. I have no complaints and would recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a relaxing retreat. We did not want to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Long Island, New York

Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I came with my fiancé for a couple of days to relax and we were so pleased. George was an excellent host, he is so personable, kind and full of great recommendations for nearby activities. His attention to detail and care made our stay so enjoyable and relaxing. The cottage itself is so cozy, and the view is incredible. We loved everything about it, from watching the sunset on the porch to the morning light in the loft. The hiking nearby was everything we were looking for (the Catskills are only about 40 minutes south) overall it was a fun and relaxing trip filled with beautiful views and people we won't forget. All thanks to sunny hill!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Gabriell's Restaurant & Lounge
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
scenic Stamford (Public) Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
NY State Route 23
Nearest Restaurant
4.2 Miles
TPs Family Restaurant, Gabriele's Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Plattekill Ski , Roxbury NY
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Horseback riding on scenic trails & riding lessons for all ages, downhill/alpine/cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing, wildlife viewing (birding!), kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, shopping,

Golf: Stamford (Public, Historic) Golf Course

Indoor Golf

Ski: Ski Plattekill, Hunter Mt., Bellayre, Ski Windham


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

std wknd clean + laundry $60 + Tax

EXPERIENCE-BASED Advice! Purchase travel insurance + max. rental car insurance. Don't be "penny wise and pound foolish."
- PPRP- Principal Payer-Responsible Party is required to be minimum 21 y.o. & credit card owner of card used to reserve;
PPRP must be a full-term stay guest
- National Holiday Rate (applies to short-term cf. monthly stay only ) weekEND rate applies to Holiday WEEKdays; maximum applicable to one such day per holiday period
- Inconvenience Fee (unannounced, UNACKNOWLEDGE late ck-in / early ck-out)? $ amount per Host's discretion.
- HOSTS PHONE HOURS + INQUIRY RESPONSE TIME: REGULAR PHONE HOURS are 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. You can expect a response to any inquiry received after 9:30PM [2130] the previous night during those hours. 

+$10 per guest per night in excess of 4 [over 7 y.o] guests

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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