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Hill House on Happiness Hills Farm in the pinnacles area of Kentucky near Berea, is an ideal place for reunions, retreats, meetings, visiting sites in Kentucky, exploring Appalachian crafts, hiking or just enjoying a vacation away from things.
The 80 acre farm includes a lake where fishing is permitted for guests (license required by state gov't), a creek just below Hill house with minnows and crawdads, fields where deer may be seen and a large remodeled tobacco barn for gatherings and activities.
Hill House offers a lot of options for sleeping from 4-18. It is part of a retreat center that includes a smaller Gate House and a barn and large activities center. Adding Gate House (VRBO 161638) can add up to 7 more persons. The barn and Harmony Center assembly hall add great space for activities, gatherings, parties, etc.
The Hill House second floor unit has two bedrooms with 1 bath, kitchen, spacious living and dining areas and can sleep up to 7 people. An upstairs dormitory with additional bath adds beds for up to 6 more. A ground floor unit adds an additional bedroom, two baths, kitchen and gathering room. Up to 7 can sleep in the ground floor area. The second floor has a covered deck and ground floor has a covered porch.
Many Kentucky attractions are nearby or within a modest drive, including hiking trails to East and West Pinnacle on Indian Fort Mountain, Berea College, Old Town Berea, Kentucky Folk Arts Center at Berea, Berea College Square, Tater Knob Pottery and Bybee Pottery, Renfro Valley and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Kentucky Horse Park, Shakertown, Constitution Square in Danville, My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Boonesboro State Park, Daniel Boone Forest, Natural Bridge State Park, Red River Gorge, Lake Cumberland, Cumberland Falls, Levi Jackson State Park at London, and many other sites. For a list of area activities contact Berea Tourism or Kentucky Tourism.
A website for Happiness Hills Farm provides more information about the site, surroundings and retreats, reunions and other gatherings.
Founders Bill and Rose Ramsay are pictured here enjoying the Bridge for Peace over Red Lick Creek at the retreat center. The tree lined creek has open fields on both sides up to the flood control dam and lake from which the creek flows. 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 house in 2009
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.
Such a peaceful place, a great place for an author/wroter. Lovely sunrise coming up over the hills.
Had high hopes for this based on reviews and photos. If I could have given less stars I would. The only positive thing I can say is they were friendly. Very dirty place. Sheets and blankets were covered in animal and human hair. It was no better the second night after they supposedly washed them either. So we left.
What can I say! We had such a great weekend. It's perfect if you need a place for a big family. There was plenty of room for eleven of us in the hill house! The 3rd room in the hill house has fans because the air doesn't quite make it cool enough, but it was very comfortable for the kids. It's a serene, peaceful it is perfect for family or couples. The college town is only about 10 minutes away. We went one night and had great pizza at a local place. Walmart was about 15 minutes away where we shopped for our groceries for the weekend. There is a General Dollar that is very close for anything you might have forgotten too. We spent a lot of time on the property, using the barn for a cook-out and the kids played with various outdoor toys. The boys walked to the pond and went fishing, ( it was a little farther than what we had expected ) but they said it was a great hike and the pond pictures are beautiful. The family provides, toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing soap, and lots of misc. items that are already in the home. The Escobar family were more than accommodating, and even gave us FRESH brown eggs from their chickens for breakfast. It was a wonderful weekend for our family and we left with lots of memories and had lots of laughs. We would highly recommend to stay here.
The name rings the feeling any traveler would sing! The friendliness of the owners are an added delight to all who stay and enjoy the serenity of it all. This area of KY is very beautiful. The town of Berea has a wonderful artistic flare to it at every corner! With a bonus of being a college town, there are lots of things to do and places to shop and eat!
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
|Cleaning & Linen Fee||$105|
|Refundable damage deposit||$40|