|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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The home sits on top of a hill, features passive solar design with windows spanning the entire south side of the home with loads of natural light. The very open floor plan includes a great room (living room, kitchen, and dining areas), family room, and 2 full baths on the main floor with two loft beds (a queen and a king) that overlook the living and family rooms respectively. There are two additional bedrooms, also on the 2nd floor, in between the two lofts, with a total of 5 twin beds, along with a 1/2 bath.
This unique and admittedly quirky place is loaded with nooks and crannies. If you are looking for a fun 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.
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 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 Big Hill House. Went there with our 2 grandchildren last weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the cabin. We would agree with others that it is quirky and has lots of nooks and crannies. I think its unusual qualities is what makes it so special. Lots of room for personal space for everyone. Fully functioning kitchen and everything was well stocked and readily available. Furniture and beds were comfortable. A fire ring would be a welcomed addition to the outdoor setting; perhaps the owners will consider one in the future.
The only drawbacks we would mention are that, although it is private from other homes on the road, there is another property behind Big Hill House; which is pretty close to the back of BH House. Also the lawn service arrived to mow and weed eat while we were there. Both these factors take away from the otherwise private setting. If the lawn service mowed when the house is not rented; and a row of hedges or other types of privacy-screening were added, to further separate and seclude BH House from the other property, the setting would be PERFECT. Those enhancements would allow BH House to have a very private, secluded atmosphere. Still, all in all, it was a wonderful house and we had a fantastic time hiking, cooking, reading, playing basketball, and just enjoying each others' company at BH House.
Our family of six had a great stay at the Big Hill House. Locals even knew of the family and were sharing sites we should try to see! Very friendly area. The house was great, our family can echo previous comments about the quaint/quirky fun and plenty to do there without even leaving the house. Comfy beds all around and so much there that helped it feel to be as comfortable as our own home. We woke up feeling awesome in the king size bed. As adults young at heart we loved that we felt like we were sleeping in a treehouse with the giant window wall across from us. The kids loved that they could each have their own space with so many sleeping options and sitting room spaces. A welcomed rustic cabinish change from the cramped hotel nights on our road trip. Thank you so much for allowing us to experience it!
My two sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Big Hill House. We were there for four days and enjoyed being able to sit outside both in the morning for coffee and in the late afternoon/early evening for cold drinks and take in the mountains around us. There were plenty of choices for beds and bedrooms--all of them comfortable, light and airy. We even had enough bathrooms so we didn't have to share!! This is a lovely area and the hosts provided an excellent guide to all kinds of activities in the area. We're looking forward to coming back some day.
Enjoyed the house, loved the feeling of isolation. The house is unique and what I would call quirky. It was well supplied with an outdoor eating area and a charcoal grill, which is very important to our group. One suggestion would be to reduce the clutter on counter spaces throughout the house. One improvement would be the addition a second shower. My group is planning on returning and I would suggest you market this to golfers. Gibson Bay is less than 1/2 hour, The Bull @ Boone's Trace is 40 minutes and the Battlefield golf course is 15 minutes. Plus there are multiple 9 hole courses in the area.
We enjoyed the stay at the Big Hill. The kids loved the multiple bedrooms and hidden places. I liked to watch Mamma Mia from the DVD collection while reading Calvin & Hobbes from the lib. We had good time hiking the pinnacle and hearing great country music at Renfro Valley, all very close to the cabin.
There was plenty of room for our group of 8 women. We loved the unique features of the cabin--the sleeping area upstairs were so much fun! Very private and had everything we needed including kitchen accessories, towels, garbage bags, and good cell service. Upstair stairs were narrow, but not any problem unless handicap accessibility is needed.
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
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Kentucky has a 6% sales tax and 1% transient tax.