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Rustic Charmer With Lofts And Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, Close to Hiking, Crafts, and Berea College, Sleeps 6-9

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!

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Shannan and Nathan Rome
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Shannan and Nathan Rome

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.

Why Shannan and Nathan Rome chose Kentucky

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!


Berea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Front Loft - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3/Rear Loft - 1 king
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Basketball goal in driveway.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Rustic Charmer With Lofts And Mountain Views
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews

Great spot for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just left this house and cannot say enough about how much we loved it!! The house is so unique, comfortable and well equipped. This house had everything you could possibly need. The beds were also very comfortable. You can tell that this is a house that is well loved and cared for by its owners and I am so thankful that they share it with the rest of us. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Angela. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you back.
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Grand Rapids, MI

Beautiful cabin is a great home base!

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! We wanted to visit Berea and do some hiking, and this was the perfect home base for both. The cabin was so lovely and clean and well-equipped--it had everything we needed. The view from the master bedroom was beautiful, and there are so many beds! We hiked the Pinnacles and Anglin Falls--both of which were challenging but doable for a relatively fit beginner. Also don't miss Sunday brunch at the Boone Tavern Restaurant--it's amazing. If we're ever in the area we will definitely stay again. One word of caution: some local raccoons stole a pair of our hiking boots off the front porch, so don't leave any valuables there!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Big Hill House. And thanks for letting us know about the boot stealing racoons! We'll see if we can't round them up and find them a new home, far away from the house.
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Excellent! Beautiful! Very, Very Clean!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, quirky cabin, full of surprises! The amazing thing is that, given all the knick-knacks and what-nots, the place was absolutely spotless, dustless, squeaky clean. And what a wonderful view of Tater Knob. Very good location. One warning. If you are older, and don't do stairs well, this might not work for you.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Benjamin. So glad that you enjoyed your stay!
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Cincinnati, OH

Wonderful, unique & relaxing environment!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Big Hill House! It had beautiful scenery, cozy & unique interior and everything we could possibly need. We didn't bring our 4 kids this time but there's plenty of room for the next time we visit! We took the short drive over & hiked Anglin Falls (beautiful) and had lots to do in Berea too. Thank you for sharing Big Hill House with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Irene. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House!
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Wonderful getaway!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here!! Plenty of games and books...Anglin Falls was a great place to take a beautiful hike. Our boys loved the house and the surroundings. My husband and I made several comments to each other that we could live here. There is so much character to this house! The ONLY thing that we could think of to make this stay just a tad better would be a fire pit to sit around in the evening and roast marshmallows...definitely not a deal breaker though!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Holly. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House and that you appreciate the character of the house. Regarding your suggestion about adding a fire pit, we'll take that under consideration. Thanks again!
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Great house, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ken, We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House. And thanks for the feedback. We've talked about the possibility of adding a firepit. Maybe we'll add one at some point in the future. As you highlighted, the Big Hill House has a relatively private feel but is not totally private. The neighbor's house you mentioned is mostly concealed by an outbuilding, but it is relatively close to the back of house. As you suggested, we actually have planted some shrubs to add some privacy, but it will be years before they are fully mature. And, the lawn service is actually provided by the same neighbor, who works full time and mows when he is off on the weekends. Consequently, it's not practical to always schedule it when the house is empty so guests should be aware that he may come through for an hour or so to mow. It should also be noted that the house is fairly close to the main road. Even though it sits up high off the road, behind a hillside of trees, there is still some road noise. Long story short, the house is not perfect, but still pretty awesome, if we do say so ourselves. In any case, we are very glad that you were able to appreciate it's quirky charm and that it provided a place for you to have some time away with your grandkids to build some memories. Thanks again!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Lexington Bluegrass Airport
Car: necessary

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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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $65
Tax Rate 7.0%

Kentucky has a 6% sales tax and 1% transient tax.

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