|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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)
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 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 private violin and voice teacher and choir director.
George is a retired teacher. After early retirement due to disability, he founded a non-profit fine arts services organization.
Evan, our son (10 yrs. old.) is, well, a 'nice kid,' and we love him lots.
MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts purchased this cottage in 2010
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.
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.
We were a group of 4 people who went up to the catskills to enjoy the fall weather. We chose sunny-hill because of its excellent reviews and weren't let down. The reviews are precise, it is a beautiful home, well-maintained and comes with a great view of the mountains and wilderness. We met with the owner George who is one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. He was hands-on about everything starting with our arrival to departure and even suggested good places for us to go to for hiking, food, exploring the village etc. He also handed us discount coupons for several food places and the quaint town did not disappoint. We also had a meal at the Dinner Plate, the food was good, the staff extreeeeemely friendly and nice. We also visited the book village, it is serene and shops there have a good collection of antique books. Overall, I highly recommend sunny hill. It is a great stay for a catskills getaway.
Every year in September we choose to celebrate my birthday out of town. We live in New York and we need to get away from the crazy city...when I saw the picture of this cottage, I thought it was so unique, I wanted to be there! and we were not disappointed! The place is secluded, yet not isolated and it is equipped with everything... we did a barbecue and a fire...perfect way to say goodbye to summer! But what makes it unique by the way, is the man behind it.. George is worth the trip on its own, so kind and nice, he welcomed us with a happy birthday sign and champagne to celebrate! and he has so many stories to tell... we are Italian and he made us feel home again... we will be back!
Our stay at Sunny Hill will certainly be a memorable one and will plan on our return. The cottage was fully stocked one would needs to make their stay enjoyable from the comfy pillows, to the coffee maker to the plenty brochures with plenty of points of interest. The cottage is well kept and very clean. Enjoy the breathtaking view sitting on the deck sipping your morning coffee or the night sky decorated with stars. I can't say enough about SH. George- a big thank you for your hospitality. You're a gentleman and a gracious host. Janice and Harry
George, you're WONDERFUL, thank you for your hospitality and care.
Sunny Hill is a perfect place for a relaxing and Romantic break, has the most beautiful view especially in the sunset.
We're already planning to return soon.
Sunny Hill is a magical and peaceful and romantic place.
We'll See you soon George!
Indhira and Billy
My fiancee and I stayed at SunnyHill late June of 2015 for a last minute getaway from NYC. It was a perfect weekend, thanks largely to George and his wonderful hosting. He really has thought of everything at the cottage and the love that was put into it is just so apparent - it was wonderful stay, complete with very touching personal details.
Campfire under the stars. Fields full of miniature ponies. Watching hang gliders jump off the top of a mountain. Cool, crisp mountain air. Cozy, intimate setting.
We highly, highly recommend SunnyHill. The surrounding area (and views) are just jaw-droppingly beautiful. The cottage is comfortable and perfect for a couple and appeared set-up for children as well.
Highly suggest taking George's advice on local hikes, walks, eateries etc - all recommendations were spot-on. We are already trying to plan a fall trip back to SunnyHill - I can't even imagine how extra amazing it would be during the height of fall foliage.
We had an amazing valentine's weekend.. I booked this place months before February because I wanted to surprise my boyfriend and Jorge was always very helpful and with a great attitude! !.. when we got there he had a suprise for both of us as a welcome!.. if you are looking for a getaway, a nice place, quiet and really pretty, this is your place!! Is a beautiful cabin, very cleam, you find everything you need in there to cook, play, relax, etc.. is very close to the main road where you can go to restaurants if you wish.. I definetly recommend it!
Thanks to Jorge and his wife for everything! !
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
Ski: Ski Plattekill, Hunter Mt., Bellayre, Ski Windham
|Pet Fee||£49 + Tax|
|std wknd clean + laundry||£49 + Tax|
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- 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 ar 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. You can expect a response to any inquiry received after 9:30PM  the previous night during those hours. [EXCEPTION when an inquiry involves a short notice - i.e., within 24 hrs from booking to arrival inquiry - per Hosts' discretion and availability Host may choose to process such a last minute request outside of our normal phone hours.]
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+$10 per guest per night in excess of 4 [over 7 y.o] guests
50% reservation deposit required: Discovr/MstrCd/Visa
Deposit refundable (minus $15 process chg) IF 7 calendar days' HOST ACKNOWLEDGED cancellation notice given.
50% balance of total due @ check-in via credit cd/cash.
Per host DISCRETION: $500 security DEPOSIT due at check-in ONLY via Discover/MC/Visa/cash.
Refundable w.i. 48 hrs. of ckout. minus charge for any guest-caused damage/loss.