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MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Stamford Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 'bdrms' 1 'bath,' sleeps 4 adults; up to 2 addl. possble with surcharge

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 attractions. Guests need only walk a short distance to sled/toboggan! Snowmobiling and ATV riding are popular pastimes & snowmobiles may be rented locally.

The bucolic Catskill Scenic Trail may be hiked & biked, year-round; cross-country skied in winter

Nestled on six 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 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.

Campfire anyone?

Many guests enjoy horseback riding (trail riding and lessons available.

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 venues 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)

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts

SunnyHill is a small family-run enterprise, owned and operated by Mary Thombs, with administrative assistance by her husband, Mr. George J. Robinson.

Because George is disabled veteran they rely on Denise Pinter as Property Mgr. She resides in the nearby hamlet of South Kortright. Denise occasionally greets guests & attends to their needs when Mary and/ior George are 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.

MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts purchased this cottage in 2010

Why MaryThombs, George J. Robinson, Co-Owners-Hosts chose Catskills

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 to the mountains for that kind of experience when it is available much closer to home, e.g., on St. Mark's Pl. on Manhattan's Lower East Side.)

The beauty and variety of flora and fauna offered by SunnyHill's six acres (and scores of accessible surrounding undeveloped forested and pastured acres), and its proximity to four major ski centers were also compelling factors.

What makes this cottage unique

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 pellet 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- the east-west orientation ensures cooling breezes while the sleeping loft offers cocoon-like coziness.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)
Year-Round Romantic,Nature-Lovers' Vacation Oasis - Come, Give Peace a Chance!
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
5

Well kept. Please

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Sunny Hill will certainly be a memorable one and will plan on our return. The cottage was fully stocked one would needs to make their stay enjoyable from the comfy pillows, to the coffee maker to the plenty brochures with plenty of points of interest. The cottage is well kept and very clean. Enjoy the breathtaking view sitting on the deck sipping your morning coffee or the night sky decorated with stars. I can't say enough about SH. George- a big thank you for your hospitality. You're a gentleman and a gracious host. Janice and Harry

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary and I consider the exclusively five star reviews like this one from Janice & Harry that we've earned over the 5 + years of our stewardship of SunnyHill as a reflection of the quality of the ilk of guests SunnyHill has been privileged and fortunate to have attracted. Janice and Harry were immediately warm, friendly, understanding - and so important to owners of rental properties - respectful and considerate of our concerns about the treatment of our property. They, and son Michael who joined later, were a pleasure to host and, fortunately as is often the case, are the kind of folks that made us at once regret their departure and yet feel happy with their plans to return, as they had come to attend an annual family reunion nearby (attending a group function, whether a Thanksgiving celebration or an annual family or colleagial reunion, being the reason for a considerable number of SunnyHill's bookings). Mary and I appreciate this review and look forward to greeting Janice and Harry annually in future.
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Thank you so much!!!!

  • 5 of 5

George, you're WONDERFUL, thank you for your hospitality and care.

Sunny Hill is a perfect place for a relaxing and Romantic break, has the most beautiful view especially in the sunset.

We're already planning to return soon.

Sunny Hill is a magical and peaceful and romantic place.

We'll See you soon George!

Indhira and Billy

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing trip, amazing cottage, amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancee and I stayed at SunnyHill late June of 2015 for a last minute getaway from NYC. It was a perfect weekend, thanks largely to George and his wonderful hosting. He really has thought of everything at the cottage and the love that was put into it is just so apparent - it was wonderful stay, complete with very touching personal details.

Campfire under the stars. Fields full of miniature ponies. Watching hang gliders jump off the top of a mountain. Cool, crisp mountain air. Cozy, intimate setting.

We highly, highly recommend SunnyHill. The surrounding area (and views) are just jaw-droppingly beautiful. The cottage is comfortable and perfect for a couple and appeared set-up for children as well.

Highly suggest taking George's advice on local hikes, walks, eateries etc - all recommendations were spot-on. We are already trying to plan a fall trip back to SunnyHill - I can't even imagine how extra amazing it would be during the height of fall foliage.

Bravo, Sunnyhill!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect romantic getaway! !!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing valentine's weekend.. I booked this place months before February because I wanted to surprise my boyfriend and Jorge was always very helpful and with a great attitude! !.. when we got there he had a suprise for both of us as a welcome!.. if you are looking for a getaway, a nice place, quiet and really pretty, this is your place!! Is a beautiful cabin, very cleam, you find everything you need in there to cook, play, relax, etc.. is very close to the main road where you can go to restaurants if you wish.. I definetly recommend it!

Thanks to Jorge and his wife for everything! !

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and Relaxing Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay, this is your place. We enjoyed the quite grounds and ambience. The pellet stove made the stay romantic and COZY.

George the owner was a gracious host and very warm and kind. He was readily available to assist with any of our needs. Which was greatly appreciated!!

We have 2 dogs who we brought with and george warmly accepted them and allowed them to have run of the cabin and the grounds...which they did :)

Overall we highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a nice weekend away that is not far. We are from long island and the overall trip was 2 1/2 hrs away!!

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Adrian & Amy & our furry friends Ali & Ryder

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful week at Sunnyhill!

  • 5 of 5

I took a getaway week at Sunnyhill hoping to work undistracted on my music, bike the Catskill Scenic Trail, and liberate myself from some of the frenetic, dehumanizing routes of "civilized life." Sunnyhill was the perfect choice for meeting these goals, a wonderful tonic for body and soul!

1. The sturdy a-frame is clean, organized, and comfortable. The carpet is brand new and a

treat for the feet!

2. The beautiful setting is exquisitely private. I often had the sensation of being in the only

campsite in an exclusive campground.

3. At the bottom of Decker Rd. is a pasture with almost twenty gorgeous miniature ponies.

At the other end of Decker, there are dozens of magnificent long-horned cattle. Patrolling

the house itself was a family of wild turkeys, two males and fourteen chicks!

4. I biked the Catskill Scenic Trail four times; especially enjoyable was pedalling down the

center of acres of tall corn heading south from South Kortright.

5. A personal hero, the nature essayist John Burroughs, grew up on a farm in nearby

Roxbury. His gravesite appropriately oversees the scenic fams and hillsides he and

his family stewarded.

6. No internet! No emails! No fear-mongering by media bullies!

7. George is a great host and a fine fellow. I hope to enjoy his hospitality again and again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Gabriell's Restaurant & Lounge
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Stamford (Public) Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
NY State Route 23
Nearest Restaurant
4.2 Miles
TP's Cafe-Restaurant, Gabriele's Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Plattekill Ski , Roxbury NY
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Horseback riding on scenic trails & riding lessons for all ages, 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

Indoor Golf

Ski: Ski Plattekill, Hunter Mt., Bellayre, Ski Windham

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Rates & Availability

Stamford Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Fall Foliage
Jun 20 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
From
$150
Fri,Sat,Sun
$800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
$135
From
$150
Fri,Sat,Sun
$775
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Apr 15 2017 - Jun 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
$110
From
$125
Fri,Sat,Sun
$625
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

std wknd clean + laundry $60 + Tax
air cond. by request $20
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 2.0%

- Sage Advice! Purchase travel Insurance + max.rental car insurance. Don't be "penny wise and pound foolish."
- PPRP- Principal Payer-Responsible Party is required to be minimum 21 y.o. & credit card owner of card used to reserve;
PPRP must be a full-term stay guest
- National Holiday Rate (applies to short-term cf. monthly stay only ) weekEND rate applies to Holiday WEEKdays; maximum applicable to one such day per holiday period
- Inconvenience Fee (unannounced, UNACKNOWLEDGE late ck-in / early ck-out)? $ amount per Host's discretion.
- HOSTS PHONE HOURS + INQUIRY RESPONSE TIME: REGULAR PHONE HOURS ar 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. You can expect a response to any inquiry Hosts received after 9:30PM [2130] the previous night during those hours. [EXCEPTION when an inquiry involves a short noice - i.e., within 24 hrs from booking to arrival inquiry - per Hosts' discretion and availability Host may choose to process such a last minute request outtside of our normal phone hours.

NOTE: Pardon any spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and/or syntax errors which are due to the necessary use of imperfect voice recognition software and insufficient time to proofread and edit the many messages with which we must deal daily. However if our meaning is unclear, please contact us for clarification via Reply to this message.Thank you!
+$10 per guest per night in excess of 4 [over 5 y.o] guests

A 50% reservation deposit is required via Discovr/MstrCd/Visa ONLY. Reservation deposit is refundable w/ 7 calendar days' ACKNOWLEDGED cancellation notice, less a $15 process chg.
Balance of rent & standard cleaning fee* is due @ check-in via credit cd or cash. Per host discretion: $500 refundable security deposit due at check-in ONLY via Discover/MC/Visa/cash. NO pers'l. checks / money orders / s

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Stamford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , Shower stall bench seat available
  • Bathroom has separate heat zone with thermostat and exhaust fan. Bath, hand, and face towels provided. Guests bring own toiletries. A portable bathtub suitable for infant bathing is available upon request; can also serve as an infant 'pool' if used outdoors to cool your baby in hot weather.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , open sleeping loft w/ east, west, & skylight views & ventila
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 3 sleep sofa /futon , downstairs alcove
  • Our Great Room couch is not a sofa bed, however it can comfortably sleep a short adult/child. In addition to the aforementioned two double-size beds and regular couch, we also have one twin-size futon mattress which can comfortably accommodate one guest on the newly carpeted* Great Room floor (*our short-pile carpet's foundation consists of insulating anti-mold, anti-fungal coated padding.) All linens are provided and are 100% cotton. NOTE: Additional expenses (utilities, linens, cleaning) necessitate a $10/night surcharge per person in excess of four.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
*SunnyHill is a family-owned, family-friendly, (G-Rated) cottage. Parents may program PARENTAL CONTROLS of choice in the TV. We're pleased to offer the following, gratis: For the infirm: (Please request in advance), a shower bench, pair of aluminum crutches, and a walker. With sufficient advance notice, we MAY be able to provide additional help. For winter play: toboggans, sled. Snow, sometimes lots of it [!], may be available; area ski resorts make their own snow. A small 'library' consisting of: a variety of books*, 'coffee table,' fiction and non-fiction, children's (picture books and literature for young readers); we also provide a selection of context-related magazines (nature and local history-related), county and state road maps, and a collection of region-wide attraction brochures. In addition to books and magazines, a small quantity of items to occupy young children: board game, blocks and outdoor toys & 'sports-play' equipment (plastic bats, soft balls, Frisbee

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