|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Our family home, aka the 'Big Hill House' was the first ever built by Richard Martin, a green designer/builder in the Berea area for more than 30 years who had a reputation for building high quality energy efficient homes. The home features passive solar design with windows spanning the entire south side of the home with loads of natural light. The open floor plan includes two loft bedrooms that overlook the living and family rooms and is just loaded with nooks and crannies. If you are looking for a unique place to stay, with beautiful views, close to hiking and outdoor activities, and within a short drive to lots of central Kentucky destinations, this is it!
We are the daughters of Richard Martin, a green designer/builder in the Berea area for more than 30 years who had a reputation for building high quality energy efficient homes.
The 'Big Hill' house was the first house that Daddy ever built and our childhood home. Given the unique features of the house and the obvious sentimental value of the home, we have decided to hold on to the house as a vacation home for our extended family and and have recently completed a series of renovations to the house so we are excited to share it with you!
We really enjoyed our stay! Other than the lack of window coverings which meant my children woke WAY too early, the cabin had everything we needed. The king bed was REALLY comfortable. The location was perfect for going to a festival at Homegrown Hideaways.
Loved the rustic charm of the home. Private and secluded--no need to be concerned about noise level. Plenty of rooms to do multiple things simultaneously. Stairs are steep to sleeping areas but knew that going in, but it might be a challenge for older adults or very young children. Great communication with owners. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We were looking for a place to accommodate all our family while celebrating our son's graduation from nearby Berea College and this place was great. The owners have taken such good care of the place equipping it with everything we needed to have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We had friendly and prompt communication with the owners...a great experience all around!
Charming cottage, like something you would see in the pages of Country Living Magazine. Rolling Kentucky bluegrass vistas from every window. Comfy beds tucked in cozy lofts gives the feel of a grown up tree house (with well provisioned kitchen and 2.5 bathrooms). Miracle of miracles our preteen boys actually ditched the electronics for afternoons whittling on the porch, coaxing the alpacas in the neighboring field, and exploring. Owners very easy to work with! They emailed us a handy introductory booklet to the area before we arrived so we knew all the hot spots to hike, antique, craft, and eat. Great place to get away from it all!
We loved the location on a hilltop with privacy and Llamas next door. The house is quirky in layout with open bedroom spaces, and the real problem is for older adults or young children. My parents, aunts, and uncles, had trouble navigating the steep stairs, uneven step ups (night time trips to the bathrooms were dangerous). The wood stove is cool, but the brick surround is one inch higher than the floor and I tripped over it at least 3 times. The sports enthusiasts who wanted to hang at the cabin on Saturday to watch football only had one or two games to watch due to just maybe 10 available channels, most of which are public broadcasting stations. That said, the inside is really cool with high ceilings, well stocked with a useful kitchen, and warm and cozy in feel. The location is close to Berea and made for easy access to lots of things to see and do in the area.
My husband and I were looking for a place to get away from it all and this beautiful cabin served the purpose well. The setting is beautiful, especially the drive out to the cabin from Berea. We enjoyed discovering all the nooks and crannies the cabin has. It is very interesting and a great place to just relax and enjoy some quiet. We have stayed in a lot of cabins and I have to say this one is the most well stocked I've seen. Plenty of dishes, blankets, pillows, towels...etc. You all have done a great job in making your renters feel welcome. Great space, lots of sleeping areas. Thank you so much for your hospitality. This is a great place and I highly recommend it. It was everything we expected it to be.
The house is located just outside of Berea. Known as the 'Arts and Crafts' capital of Kentucky, Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a long-standing tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.
Berea College owns and maintains over 8,000 acres of forest, including numerous hiking trails within a few miles of the house.
Berea is located in central Kentucky, 40 miles south of Lexington, on the border of the Cumberland Plateau in the foothills of Kentucky's Appalachian mountains. Berea is located in the southern end of Madison County, which is one of the fastest growing areas in Kentucky. It is rich in heritage and history. The County is unique in that it has two townships, Berea, and the larger, Richmond, just 12 miles to the north. The County sits next to Fayette County with the Kentucky River as its border. The northern end of the county just is minutes away from Lexington.
The houses central location also allows for day trips to several cities and well known regional attractions, which include: Fort Boonesborough State Park (35 minutes) Frankfort, the state capital and home to a number of historic attractions (1.25 hours), Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge (1.25 hours), Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (1.25 hours), KY Bourbon Trail (various destinations ranging from 1 to 2 hours), Cumberland Falls State Park (1.5 hours), Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby (2 hours), Cincinnati, home of the Cincinnati Reds and Skyline Chili (2 hours), Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system in the world (2.5 hours).
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300.00|
|Notes||Kentucky has a 6% sales tax and 1% transient tax.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.