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

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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)

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  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts (Owner)
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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 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

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.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills
Mid-Hudson region

Wonderful week at Sunnyhill!

  • 5 of 5
I took a getaway week at Sunnyhill hoping to work undistracted on my music, bike the Catskill Scenic Trail, and liberate myself from some of the frenetic, dehumanizing routes of "civilized life." Sunnyhill was the perfect choice for meeting these goals, a wonderful tonic for body and soul!

1. The sturdy a-frame is clean, organized, and comfortable. The carpet is brand new and a
treat for the feet!
2. The beautiful setting is exquisitely private. I often had the sensation of being in the only
campsite in an exclusive campground.
3. At the bottom of Decker Rd. is a pasture with almost twenty gorgeous miniature ponies.
At the other end of Decker, there are dozens of magnificent long-horned cattle. Patrolling
the house itself was a family of wild turkeys, two males and fourteen chicks!
4. I biked the Catskill Scenic Trail four times; especially enjoyable was pedalling down the
center of acres of tall corn heading south from South Kortright.
5. A personal hero, the nature essayist John Burroughs, grew up on a farm in nearby
Roxbury. His gravesite appropriately oversees the scenic fams and hillsides he and
his family stewarded.
6. No internet! No emails! No fear-mongering by media bullies!
7. George is a great host and a fine fellow. I hope to enjoy his hospitality again and again!
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills

Anniversary Get-Away

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I were looking to get away and relax for our 8th anniversary. We wanted someplace with a beautiful setting where we could bring our dog and that wouldn't cost a fortune. We found it all at SunnyHill.

The house is in great condition and had everything we needed. George, the owner, met us at the house and went over the details of the property. George is an incredibly meticulous and caring person, and it was a pleasure to rent his house. You can tell right away how much the property means to him, which was a refreshing change from checking into a hotel.

It was bitterly cold the days we were there, but we still enjoyed getting outdoors a bit, and our dog loved being able to run around and then come back inside to warm up by the wood-pellet stove.

I would recommend this property to anyone looking to relax in a bucolic setting.
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills
Columbus, OH

Great weekend getaway

  • 4 of 5
SunnyHill was a great location for a winter weekend getaway. The pellet stove did the trick to keep the place warm. Hobart, Stamford and other surrounding towns are excellent destinations for antique shopping and relaxing. Kitchenette and grill were excellent for preparing food. The views from inside the cottage were very beautiful. Overall a great, relaxing destination for a relaxing couples getaway.

A word of caution during the winter: upon our arrival pipes froze leaving us without running water temporarily. Fortunately Geroge was able to supply us until the pipes thawed. We received over 12 inches of snow one night and struggled to leave the unplowed driveway the next morning, despite traveling in an SUV. I would NOT recommend traveling in this area during times of heavy snowfall with a 2-wheel drive vehicle (especially lighter cars like sedans).
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We appreciate our guests’ taking the time to share their experience and are pleased that, in their guest book entry, they expressed an intention to return during a warmer season. With this exception (4:5), since opening in 11/’10, we have received exclusively 5-star reviews; therefore, we would like to respond to the 2 points raised in this review by providing contextual info. we think will instill confidence in prospective winter guests about our caring for their welfare.

Re: frozen water pipe: As is typical for this rural area, SH’s water source is an underground pipe connecting its 285’ deep well to the cottage. Due to the possibility of freezing, our gut renovation included the latest & most costly electric anti-freeze system, consisting of an in-pipe, thermostatically controlled heating element activated when the below ground pipe’s water temp reaches freezing. We used the water the previous day, and shortly before our guests’ arrival were surprised to discover that the water was not flowing. We immediately called the plumber, and we delivered 24 gallons of potable water. The heater eventually coped & water flowed some hrs. later.

Re: unplowed driveway: SH’s usual checkout time is 11AM; however, due to a forecast of heavy snow, that evening our guests decided to change their departure time to 9:30AM. Assuming he had until the usual 10:30 to service SH, our contracted plower was several miles away servicing other customers who had reserved earlier plow times to get to work. When George was called by the guests and learned that they got stuck trying to drive out prior to the plow’s arrival, he told them he would call to request rush service and would drive to the cottage himself to assist, using SH’s snow blower, shovel, & traction aids SH provides for winter guests. When George reached the plower, he regretted that he was unable to change his schedule, but that he would be at SH by the usual 10:30. When George arrived approx. 25 min. after receiving his guest’s call, he found their tracks leaving the driveway and turning onto the road. They made it!

Mary & I strive to do everything possible to ensure our guests’ welfare, and in this case we have identified two procedural changes that will lessen the chances of “surprises.” 1. In the case of a forecasted significant drop in temp, we will keep the water running 24-7 since running water doesn’t freeze. 2. We have obtained a promise from our plower to prioritize our site when we have guests.
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills

Flawless Experience

  • 5 of 5
When I first saw this listing I wondered if it was too good to be true. Surprisingly, it really is as amazing as it seems. From the moment my boyfriend and I arrived at Sunnyhill George was very welcoming and helpful. He was and his wife were absolute joys to meet and talk to. Upon arrival, George gave a very thorough tour. I was so impressed by how well-equipped the cottage is. There is everything in there from kitchen utensils, to board games, to books. George even took time out to find brochures on local seasonal events and attractions and provided us with coupons to local restaurants. Every detail was covered. The view from the porch is breathtaking. The skylight above the bed is perfectly placed. The cottage is cozy and welcoming. Our stay in Stamford was honestly too good for words. For those of you visiting in the fall, check out our (Manny and Kimmie's) entry in the guestbook!
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills

every bit as good as it looks

  • 5 of 5
We visited from Austin, Texas for nine days. By around day three, we had already started planning to visit again next year. If the listing looks like what you want, go ahead and book it because that's what you'll get. No disappointments, no surprises -- besides perhaps the surprising way that owner George manages to be simultaneously attentive and unobtrusive.

Among our favorite activities were shopping at local farmers' markets and preparing our meals in the cottage's fully appointed kitchen. If you want steaks for the grill, try Greenane Farm Store in Meridale. Combine that with a visit to the Hanford Mills Museum in nearby East Meridith, and you've got a full day of Catskills goodness. Feel like something a little fancier one night? Andes Hotel Restaurant will be worth the drive. If you're visiting the book village in Hobart, don't miss the incredible Bibliobarn just ten minutes away in South Kortright. It will be changing owners later this year and probably clearing a lot of inventory.

For longer visits: there are two coin-op laundry facilities right in the village of Stamford, where you'll also find the supermarket, internet hotspots, ice cream place, and all other necessities.

For more activities and suggestions, you can read our guestbook entry when you get there.
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
Stamford Catskills
Brooklyn, NY

Charming cottage nestled away from it all

  • 5 of 5
This cottage was the perfect place for our late winter get-away! Everything was clean and inviting. George took the utmost care in preparing for our visit, and his property manager Bruce was very welcoming upon our arrival. We felt very much at home. The wood pellet stove kept us warm and cozy on this snowy weekend. It was so relaxing, even our pup was relaxed and happy to be out of the city, if only for a few days! We look forward to a time when we can return!
  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
NY State Route 23
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Gabriell's Restaurant & Lounge
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Plattekill Ski , Roxbury NY
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Stamford (Public) Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
4.2 Miles
TP's Cafe-Restaurant, Gabriele's Restaurant & Bar
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

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Stamford Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer/Fall Foliage
Jun 16 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 15 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

std. cleaning + laundry $60
Pet Fee $40
Notes We emphatically advise investing in travel insurance + max.rental car insurance
Principal Payer-Responsible Party [PPRP]=min.21& cr cd ownr of cd.used to book & must be full-length stay guest
Inconvenience (Late arriv'l.) surchg $10 per host discretion -situation dependent
Additional fee for guests over 4: $10/night per person; max guests: 6
*Cleaning fee:$80 wk.;$100: 2-4 wks
A 50% reservation deposit is required via Discover/MasterCard/Visa (only). (Sorry, no cash, debit cards/checks.)
Reservation deposit is refundable w/ 7 calendar days' ACKNOWLEDGED notice of cancellation, less a $15 cancellation processing chg.

Balance of rent & standard cleaning fee* is due @ check-in via credit cd or cash. $500 refundable security deposit due at check-in via Discover/MC/Visa.
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Stamford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Oven ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Catering Available ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave ...
  • Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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 two new, premium twin-size futon mattresses, each of which can comfortably accommodate one guest; they may be joined to create a double bed for or two adults or children 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 ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • forests
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • pond
  • waterfalls
  • live theater
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • sledding
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • horseshoes
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • basketball court
  • parasailing
  • snowmobiling
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • cross country skiing
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • hunting big game
  • fly fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • ski privileges optional
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
*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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