|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 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.
This is my second stay in this beautiful cabin and I can't say enough about the beauty of the cabin, inside and out. The majestic mountain views from the ceiling high windows are stunning and good for the soul. The inside boasts country charm and modern conveniences. I highly recommend this property for anyone who wants to have a comfortable, relaxing and energizing vacation or a couple of days to return to nature.
Fun Cabin with wonderful mountain views and close to Berea. It was a wonderful value when split beween 4 ladies. All the bedrooms and one small half bath are on the second fioor - UP the STEEP stairs. The owners were very honest about this, it was just a reminder of how out of shape I am! The driveway up to the cabin is also very steep and narrow... in the winter I think you might need a four-wheel drive. Would I recommend this Cabin? YES! The "pros" FAR out weigh the "cons".
We rented this cabin because our daughter is about to attend a college in the area and we wanted her (and some of her friends) to become acquainted with the surroundings. We had a great three days exploring the beautiful towns of Berea and Richmond. We did everything from exploring Natural Bridge to shopping in downtown Berea and the cabin is easily accessible to everything. We also had a great time just playing board games in the cabin at night. The cabin was clean, beautifully decorated, and the beds were especially comfy! Plenty of sleeping room for myself and 7 older teens! Thanks to the owners for sharing their home with us!
We enjoyed ourselves very much during our stay in Berea. The home itself was not as child friendly as we would have liked, but of course that is difficult to tell from a few pictures. We did make out just fine though, with multiple eyes on the little ones climbing the stares. Instructions were clear for home access and departure requirements. The home layout was a bit too "open" for our taste, especially with a few families staying together, but we made out just fine and adjusted rather quickly. While most of the home was very clean and comfortable, apparently the visitors before us had dog(s) and there was some hair under the couch(we temporarily relocated to give family more room to play...) and on the rug in the living area. I guess there is a place for leaving some things behind, but we had to toss quit a few items from the fridge that were open and left behind from previous guests. There were plenty of dishes, towels, soaps, pots/pans, linen, etc., for our weeks stay. Overall, we had a great time with this being our first "family reunion", get away and hopefully it won't be our last.
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).
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Notes||Kentucky has a 6% sales tax and 1% transient tax.|