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Three-story Guest House with Flexible Spaces

Bedrooms 2
Property type house



About the property

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

Hill House on Happiness Hills Farm in the pinnacles area of Kentucky near Berea, is an ideal place for reunions, retreats, meetings, visiting sites in Kentucky, exploring Appalachian crafts, hiking or just enjoying a vacation away from things.

The 80 acre farm includes a lake where fishing is permitted for guests (license required by state gov't), a creek just below Hill house with minnows and crawdads, fields where deer may be seen and a large remodeled tobacco barn for gatherings and activities.

Hill House offers a lot of options for lodging and gathering. It is part of a retreat center that includes a smaller Gate House and a barn and large activities center. Adding Gate House (VRBO 161638) can add up to 5more persons. The barn and Harmony Center assembly hall add great space for activities, gatherings, parties, etc.

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 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.

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.

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Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Spanish, Danish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
26 November, 2016

About Jennifer

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.

Jennifer purchased this house in 2009

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 house 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

Such a peaceful place, a great place for an author/wroter. Lovely sunrise coming up over the hills.
Oct 2010
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3.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Three-story Guest House with Flexible Spaces
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 10 reviews
Lebanon Mo

Not good

  • 1 of 5

Had high hopes for this based on reviews and photos. If I could have given less stars I would. The only positive thing I can say is they were friendly. Very dirty place. Sheets and blankets were covered in animal and human hair. It was no better the second night after they supposedly washed them either. So we left.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is disturbing to read this, and to have no recourse for the fact that it is completely false. This property was rented to another person during the dates you say you stayed here! I wonder if you are the person who booked a weeklong stay in another of our guest houses, and then left without warning and without paying,. Although your name here is different from the name that person gave me, your complaints are similar, baseless and untrue. We have never had another guest complain about the cleanliness of any of our guest houses. Normally I would be more diplomatic in my response, but your review is mean spirited and false and I will not dignify it with any response other than to call it what it is.
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Columbus, OH

Peaceful family long weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say! We had such a great weekend. It's perfect if you need a place for a big family. There was plenty of room for eleven of us in the hill house! The 3rd room in the hill house has fans because the air doesn't quite make it cool enough, but it was very comfortable for the kids. It's a serene, peaceful it is perfect for family or couples. The college town is only about 10 minutes away. We went one night and had great pizza at a local place. Walmart was about 15 minutes away where we shopped for our groceries for the weekend. There is a General Dollar that is very close for anything you might have forgotten too. We spent a lot of time on the property, using the barn for a cook-out and the kids played with various outdoor toys. The boys walked to the pond and went fishing, ( it was a little farther than what we had expected ) but they said it was a great hike and the pond pictures are beautiful. The family provides, toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing soap, and lots of misc. items that are already in the home. The Escobar family were more than accommodating, and even gave us FRESH brown eggs from their chickens for breakfast. It was a wonderful weekend for our family and we left with lots of memories and had lots of laughs. We would highly recommend to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, thank you for your kind words! We loved having you all at the Farm, and we hope you'll be back many times.
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Dayton, OH

Happiness Hills....perfectly named!

  • 5 of 5

The name rings the feeling any traveler would sing! The friendliness of the owners are an added delight to all who stay and enjoy the serenity of it all. This area of KY is very beautiful. The town of Berea has a wonderful artistic flare to it at every corner! With a bonus of being a college town, there are lots of things to do and places to shop and eat!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Berea, Kentucky

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1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning & Linen Fee £57
Refundable Damage Deposit £32
Pet Fee £4
Tax Rate 7.0%

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Berea, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • The Edisto Room - 6 Single Bed , Dormitory Style space on the third floor
    The Kilday Room - 1 Large Double Bed , On the second (main) floor
    The Fleenor Room - 1 Large Double Bed , On the second (main) floor
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
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.

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