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 resorts. Guests need only walk a short distance to sled/toboggan! Snowmobiling is a popular local pastime & snowmobiles may be rented locally.
The bucolic Catskill Scenic Trail may be hiked & biked, year-round; cross-country skied in winter
Nestled on 6 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 modern & 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) with a choice of two local stables.
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 events 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 of her husband, Mr. George J. Robinson.
Because George is disabled veteran they have hire their friend, Mr. Bruce Rogers, a life-long local, living in the nearby hamlet of South Kortright, as Property Manager and 'jack-of-all-trades.'
Bruce renovated the cottage, and occasionally greets & attends guests' needs when Mary is 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.
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 for that kind of experience when it is available much closer to home, e.g., on St. Mark's place on Manhattan's Lower East Side.)
The beauty and variety of flora and fauna offered by SunnyHill's 6 acres (and scores of accessible surrounding undeveloped forested and pastured acres), and its proximity to four major ski resorts 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 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- east-west orientation ensures lovely, cooling breezes while the sleeping loft offers cocoon-like cozyness..
Other Activities: Horseback riding on scenic trails & riding lessons for all ages (2 locations nearby), 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
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Nov 1 2013 - Mar 31 2014
|extra night: $135|