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Quaint Cottage, Just Right for a Cozy Family Retreat

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

Studio style cabin with efficiency kitchen and bath for up to 7 guests

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

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks english, spanish, danish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Jennifer

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

Why Jennifer chose Berea

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our best stay yet. Thanks so much for the evening primrose party and picture. We'll never forget this trip.
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Berea

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not chase or attempt to catch the farm animals, and always stay at a safe distance.
  • Do not drive on the lawns. Parking should be confined to the gravel areas and in accordance with posted signage.
  • Gate House is not comfortable for more than 5 overnight guests. If you would like to have additional people here during the day, let us know.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Toilet, sink, shower with curtain
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Bed (1), Single Sofa Bed (1), Daybed with trundle (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing


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Quaint Cottage, Just Right for a Cozy Family Retreat
average rating of 4.5 based on 16 reviews

Very peaceful. Lovely cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the overall look of the cottage: the artwork, the painted furniture, the homey quilt on the bed. I enjoyed reading some of the magazines and books provided, which gave us some good ideas of things to do in the area. I liked that we were out of town, yet close enough to be at the town center in 15 minutes or so. The kitchen was well stocked. I really appreciated that recycling was encouraged.

My husband and I enjoyed walking over the property while it was still cool in the morning. I loved the huge sycamore tree just outside the cottage door with it's funny face on the trunk.

We had a really nice weekend. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary!

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the positive review, and especially for the kind words about the sycamore - it's one of our personal favorites as well. Come back anytime!
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Great place to stay and lots of fun things to do and see!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the Gate house. Clean, comfortable and loved the artwork. Great location. Loved Berea and great views on our drive to Daniel Boone National Forest. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend it to friends and family. Thanks!!

  • Review Submitted: 05/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So much better than staying in a hotel!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cottage that comfortably sleeps 5. Loved the fact that we could cook, build a camp fire and bring our dog with us!

  • Review Submitted: 26/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive feedback. We're glad you visited, and hope you'll return whenever you're in the area!
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The place was nice

  • 4 of 5

Unfortunately, I don't have much to say about our stay because we got there after dark and couldn't really see the place. The room was large, clean and comfortable. Nothing special there--no food or drink. Nice landscaping, decor outside. There were lots of rules about cleaning up the place. Berea was a great little town with many high-quality craft stores. A nice place to visit when I have more time.

  • Review Submitted: 11/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. We're glad you visited, and it's good to hear that you enjoyed exploring our lovely town.
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Cozy Cottage in Great Mountain Setting

  • 4 of 5

Jennifer and Alfredo were warm and welcoming hosts, offering suggestions for what to do around town and accommodating our late arrival time. The cottage is set in the foothills of the mountains, truly a great change of scenery from our home in the city! The cottage was perfect for our long weekend visit, very convenient having a kitchen to prepare our meals. The only reason I am giving it a four instead of a five is we did discover some bugs and spider eggs in the hide-a-beds when we first opened them. We also ran out of toilet paper near the end of our stay so we had to go and ask the owners for more, but other than that we loved the property and so appreciated our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 05/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you visited us and we hope you'll come again soon! It's definitely the season for spiders here - no matter how thoroughly we clean. The daybed is actually brand new - you were the second guests to use it. I'm sorry the local bugs disturbed you - we'll take a close look inside the beds and be sure they're not harboring any more.
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It met our needs and more!

  • 5 of 5

We have all done some tent camping in the past, so all being in one big room with 5 adults was very close quarters, but was very comfortable. Since we are flexible and can improvise, we even prepared all our meals.

The owners are great people and we took them up on the invitation to stop by their house for tea!! It surpassed any expectations. Real Kentucky hospitality.

We will definitely go there again if the situation presents itself.

Thanks so much.

Janet (for all of us - Urbane, Sue, Blake and Chipper)

  • Review Submitted: 14/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet & Family - We are so glad you chose to stay with us! Thank you for your kind words, and for leaving things in good shape. We look forward to seeing you again whenever you're in the area.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Lexington Bluegrass
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$6.8
Property Damage Insurance AU$80.2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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