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Quaint Cottage, Just Right for a Cozy Family Retreat

People5
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin

Overview

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

More Details

Owner
Jennifer
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Spanish, Danish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017

About Jennifer

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.

Jennifer purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Jennifer chose Kentucky

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our best stay yet. Thanks so much for the evening primrose party and picture. We'll never forget this trip.
Jul 2010
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Berea in Madison County

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
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
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Bed (1), Single Sofa Bed (1), Double Futon (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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Quaint Cottage, Just Right for a Cozy Family Retreat
average rating of 4.428571 based on 13 reviews
5

Very peaceful. Lovely cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the overall look of the cottage: the artwork, the painted furniture, the homey quilt on the bed. I enjoyed reading some of the magazines and books provided, which gave us some good ideas of things to do in the area. I liked that we were out of town, yet close enough to be at the town center in 15 minutes or so. The kitchen was well stocked. I really appreciated that recycling was encouraged.

My husband and I enjoyed walking over the property while it was still cool in the morning. I loved the huge sycamore tree just outside the cottage door with it's funny face on the trunk.

We had a really nice weekend. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the positive review, and especially for the kind words about the sycamore - it's one of our personal favorites as well. Come back anytime!
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Cozy Cottage in Great Mountain Setting

  • 4 of 5

Jennifer and Alfredo were warm and welcoming hosts, offering suggestions for what to do around town and accommodating our late arrival time. The cottage is set in the foothills of the mountains, truly a great change of scenery from our home in the city! The cottage was perfect for our long weekend visit, very convenient having a kitchen to prepare our meals. The only reason I am giving it a four instead of a five is we did discover some bugs and spider eggs in the hide-a-beds when we first opened them. We also ran out of toilet paper near the end of our stay so we had to go and ask the owners for more, but other than that we loved the property and so appreciated our stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you visited us and we hope you'll come again soon! It's definitely the season for spiders here - no matter how thoroughly we clean. The daybed is actually brand new - you were the second guests to use it. I'm sorry the local bugs disturbed you - we'll take a close look inside the beds and be sure they're not harboring any more.
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5

It met our needs and more!

  • 5 of 5

We have all done some tent camping in the past, so all being in one big room with 5 adults was very close quarters, but was very comfortable. Since we are flexible and can improvise, we even prepared all our meals.

The owners are great people and we took them up on the invitation to stop by their house for tea!! It surpassed any expectations. Real Kentucky hospitality.

We will definitely go there again if the situation presents itself.

Thanks so much.

Janet (for all of us - Urbane, Sue, Blake and Chipper)

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet & Family - We are so glad you chose to stay with us! Thank you for your kind words, and for leaving things in good shape. We look forward to seeing you again whenever you're in the area.
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Relaxing and hospitable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage was clean and very adequate for a couple. The location was convenient to Berea College where we were giving a presentation while also being in a nice country setting. To say the owners were warm and hospitable is an understatement. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Spot for a Couple

  • 3 of 5

This cabin is nice for a couple with basic amenities and host is very friendly. Do bring your own seasonings including salt. Spider and cobwebs abounded throughout, a lot of pet hair and mirror not clean - guessing the cleaning fee only covers linens and towels. I took a broom around the entire cabin to clear out the cobwebs and pet hair.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry you weren't satisfied with the cleanliness. We clean it thoroughly after every guest, and we'll certainly take a look at the problems you mentioned.
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reposting for this great little spot!!!

  • 4 of 5

not sure what happened to my original review but felt like I needed to repost. We really enjoyed our stay here- here for a week oct., '15. Jennifer and her family were great hosts. At the time they lived nearby but were building on the back of this property and have probably moved in by now. The space is just perfect as a base camp to visit many attractions in KY. Berea area offers lots of crafts, several states parks 30min-1hr away. Cumberland falls falls is great. about 45 minutes to Lexington- ky horse park, keeneland racetrack, lots of beautiful horse farms and tours, Toyota plant tour- great and free but call ahead!!!), bourbon tours, we made a day trip out of red river gorge, nada tunnel, and Butcher Holler(Loretta Lynn). you can ride out daily for different things and return to this cozy place and hike around or relax in the swing on the porch. it was clean and comfy and had what we needed. It is easy to find and easy parking. It is intended as a place away so there is no tv. There is internet but usually have to have the door open or be outside for it to work- wifi. dollar general just a couple of miles away to pick up a few misc things if you need. we took our mcycle to ride the area and had plenty of room to get in with truck/trailer and everything was safe. it is everything it seems to be and wonderful bargain!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Lexington Bluegrass
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Berea, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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1 night minimum stay
£85
for 1 night
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£410
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £3.7
Damage Deposit £29.62

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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