Gate House is an artistically converted tobacco grading shed at the entrance to an 80 acre farm and retreat center bordering the extensive Berea College Forest, in the Pinnacles area of the Appalachian mountains where the mountains meet the Bluegrass. Peace and connectedness reign here at Happiness Hills, which is more than a farm - it is a place of blessing and refreshment.
Berea College maintains hiking trails on Indian Fort Mountain, including West Pinnacle and East Pinnacle. The farm includes a lake which was developed for flood control purposes and fishing is allowed for guests. Deer, geese and wild turkey are seen, as well as other birds and wildlife. The farm is easily accessible from Highway US 421, just across from Pilot Knob near Big Hill, KY and close to Berea and Richmond. Berea is the folk arts capital of Kentucky and many craft shops are nearby, as well as several craft fairs each year.
Gate House is one large room and a bathroom with shower. It is set up for folks who want a simple place to get away for a while or a base for exploring the area crafts and sites. It may be used for larger groups in conjunction with a larger guest house, called Hill House (VRBO 229369). Most cell phones can get signal but some can't. The owners live right on the farm and are accessible for emergencies and other needs.
The queen size bed is very comfortable, and the sofa beds (single and double) are firm enough for a good night's sleep as well. Gate House is ideal for a couple or family with up to three children. Basic kitchen supplies are provided. A/C and heat are included. A snug pleasant get-away.
The cottage is next to a large remodeled tobacco barn available separately for covered gatherings and activities. An outdoor campfire and picnic site is also provided.
Owners, Alfredo & Jennifer Escobar and their daughters, Lydia and Isabel, love to interact with guests. Alfredo is a visual artist and Jennifer is a musician and dancer. Alfredo's murals and other paintings can be seen in Berea and other cities throughout the eastern USA. Jennifer has recorded 10 albums, several of which can be found on iTunes, and she's involved with two student folk dance groups: The Berea Festival Dancers (of which Lydia and Isabel are members) and The Berea College Country Dancers. They're homeschoolers, and are often called upon to work as arts education consultants through state arts councils and the Kentucky Department of Education. On any given day you may find them doing schoolwork at home, working on the farm or buildings, or out and about in the world doing their arts thing and trying to make life fuller for everyone they meet.
Keywords: Cabin, cottage, single family, artist, farm
Founders Bill and Rose Ramsay are pictured here in front of the family garden at Happiness Hills Farm. Bill and Rose are still living nearby, but have transferred ownership to their daughter, Jennifer Rose Escobar. She and her husband, Alfredo, their daughters Lydia and Isabel, and the family dogs, Shadow and Boomer, now live onsite and operate the Farm full time.
Jennifer purchased this cabin in 2007
The retreat center is on an 80 acre farm just down the road from founders Bill and Rose Ramsay's house. Their 6 children and 22 grandchildren have roots in Berea so they purchased it as a way to continue a family legacy of close relationships and hospitality in the context of God's creation.
We enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of today's life, but not so remote that convenience and communication are lost. We enjoy the beauty of the surrounding hills and streams and room for play, hikes, meditation and good fellowship.
This was our best stay yet. Thanks so much for the evening primrose party and picture. We'll never forget this trip.
We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage was clean and very adequate for a couple. The location was convenient to Berea College where we were giving a presentation while also being in a nice country setting. To say the owners were warm and hospitable is an understatement. We would definitely stay there again.
This cabin is nice for a couple with basic amenities and host is very friendly. Do bring your own seasonings including salt. Spider and cobwebs abounded throughout, a lot of pet hair and mirror not clean - guessing the cleaning fee only covers linens and towels. I took a broom around the entire cabin to clear out the cobwebs and pet hair.
not sure what happened to my original review but felt like I needed to repost. We really enjoyed our stay here- here for a week oct., '15. Jennifer and her family were great hosts. At the time they lived nearby but were building on the back of this property and have probably moved in by now. The space is just perfect as a base camp to visit many attractions in KY. Berea area offers lots of crafts, several states parks 30min-1hr away. Cumberland falls falls is great. about 45 minutes to Lexington- ky horse park, keeneland racetrack, lots of beautiful horse farms and tours, Toyota plant tour- great and free but call ahead!!!), bourbon tours, we made a day trip out of red river gorge, nada tunnel, and Butcher Holler(Loretta Lynn). you can ride out daily for different things and return to this cozy place and hike around or relax in the swing on the porch. it was clean and comfy and had what we needed. It is easy to find and easy parking. It is intended as a place away so there is no tv. There is internet but usually have to have the door open or be outside for it to work- wifi. dollar general just a couple of miles away to pick up a few misc things if you need. we took our mcycle to ride the area and had plenty of room to get in with truck/trailer and everything was safe. it is everything it seems to be and wonderful bargain!!!
We had a wonderful time staying here, it was very clean and lovely little cabin. the owners were very friendly and helpful. we spent most of our time in Berea, which is a great place to unwind. DEFINITLY going back.
Berea is the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, and was recently voted America's #1 Arts & Craft Community! Berea College is world-famous for its commitment to interracial, tuition-free education, as well as its labor program, farm, forests, and craft studios.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$40|
|Pet Fee||$5 + Tax|
|Cleaning & Linen||$35|