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Big Hill House: 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

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 Berea

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!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Berea

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • water parks
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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Basketball goal in driveway.


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Big Hill House: Lofts and Mountain Views
average rating of 4.74359 based on 39 reviews

Cozy and full of character!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at The Big Hill House. We love all the little eclectic details about this house. It has so much character.

Shopping in Berea is unique...everyone in my family found something they loved(including my kids). We hiked to Anglin Falls (very close to the house). We also drove about 40 min to Flat Lick Falls. That was a lot of fun!

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and the return visit, Holly! Flat Lick Falls is still on our list of places to visit, but you've inspired us to go sooner rather than later.
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Wonderful Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this wonderful, cozy cabin! It is a well-loved family home that we felt welcomed into. It was absolutely the perfect place for our girls-getaway. Plenty of beds, bathrooms, and hangout space. We loved the open floor plan, the wood burning stove, and the luxurious bedding on all of the beds. The house is secluded enough but still easy to get to. Don't miss the Anglin Falls hike or Tater Knob Pottery! Thank you Rome family for an awesome stay!

  • Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at the Big Hill House!
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Comfy, relaxing charmer

  • 4 of 5

Property was as advertised, clean, comfortable and relaxing. Staring out the windows this morning at the cows in the next field about 40 feet away. Stairs are steep, so if that's an issue, you should look elsewhere, as all beds are on the 2nd floor. Would come back again!

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Peter. We're very glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House. We agree that the stairs are steep and point this out to all of our guests, to make sure that it's not an issue for anyone in their party. It may be worth mentioning that we do have sleeper sofas on the first floor. Still, the house has lots of different levels (step up here, step down there) so it's less than ideal for anyone with mobility issues.
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Best cabin ever!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay. The cozy cabin was easily the best we've stayed in to date. Thanh you so much for sharing this lovely space.

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House!
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We had an amazing experience here

  • 5 of 5

This cabin-esque house sat on top of a hill surrounded by nature. Everything was thought of inside the house and there were so many amenities. If you want a laid back getaway to enjoy some peace, this is definitely the place. We brought our two dogs and they enjoyed themselves as well. A doggie bed, a leash, and some bowls were even provided. Overall great experience.

  • Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Emily. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at the Big Hill House!
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Unbelievable Find!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Shannon and Nathan's house was one we will always remember fondly. The house is exactly as it is described; however, only when one is on site and actually stays in the home can the space truly be appreciated. It was loaded with loving care, pictures, family items, artwork, toys, videos, books, etc., we wanted to stay forever! While visiting Berea for the first time was really cool, and hiking in the area was loads of fun, staying at the Big Hill house and enjoying the light and the views of the mountains was what we enjoyed most of all. Thank you both for sharing your father's legacy with us!

Susan & Brian from New Orleans

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very thoughtful review, Susan. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Big Hill House and all that it has to offer.
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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).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Berea

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$382.83
Cleaning C$82.95
Tax Rate 7.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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