Cottage on the Hill at Harmony Hollow is surrounded by nature and quiet in beautiful Red Lick Valley. Hike 250 acres of deep woods in pure solitude, go rock hunting in the creek or mushroom hunting in the hills, watch horses on the property peacefully grazing, enjoy the view from the fish pond, or just take solace in the peace and quiet of the cottage. 1 night minimum on weeknights, 2 night minimum on weekends.
Cottage on the Hill was designed by my mother as her retirement dream home. Our close friend, who also built all our other buildings, built her home to her exact specifications. She filled it with thousands of her beloved books spanning her favorite topics of world religions, history, science, philosophy, and classic fiction and surrounded herself with beautiful views in a quiet, secluded space. A large portion of her library focuses on matriarchal and nature based religion, which may be uncomfortable for guests with a conservative belief system. If you fit this description, our Cottage may not be for you.
While there are a few steps to the porch, the interior is one level and set up for guests with mobility difficulties.
We love to share the beauty and magic of this place!
Guests have access to 250 mostly wooded private acres of beautiful hiking and serenity. There are 2 horses and 3 dogs on the farm who like to meet our guests. Our dogs take their job of protecting the property seriously and are free to roam, sometimes howling or barking at night to keep critters away. Our property is not recommended for guests who aren't comfortable with animals, bugs, or wilderness. Trails are not marked and may be impassable in the summer.
Interaction with guests
We live with our two young children in a cabin at the bottom of the hill, far enough away that we can't see the cottage well, but close enough to be available if you need us. We can greet you when you arrive and make sure you have everything to be comfortable or you can go straight to the cottage. We love sharing our experience discovering farm life after years of city living, but we're also very happy to give you the privacy and solitude you need.
Other things to note
This is a farm with horses, dogs, bugs in the summer, and mud in the Spring. We love this lifestyle and we hope you will enjoy it too!
Most of our 250 acres are "deep woods". If you've never hiked outside a state or city park before, it is a unique experience to trailblaze through deep woods. Trails are not well marked and may not be passable in the middle of summer when the woods become overgrown. But during other seasons there is nothing like discovering places no one may have walked in years where no one will cross your path. If you want clearly marked trails there are many in the area we can direct you to (a few listed below)
There is a tv in the cottage but it does not have cable or satellite. There is a blue-ray/DVD player with online streaming apps so you can access your Netflix or Hulu accounts or watch YouTube.
Kayak on the Kentucky River - put your kayak in just 10 minutes away under the bridge heading into town.
Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge - hiking, climbing, zip line, and more - 45 min
Berea - shopping, hiking, history - 30 min
Fitchburg Furnace - history - 30 min
Richmond - shopping, EKU, entertainment, fishing lake, history, and more - 30 min
Lexington - 1 hour
Irvine - kayaking, shopping, dining - 10 min
Beattyville - beautiful drive, horseback riding (Whispervalleytrails) - 35 min
Please be kind and considerate to our children, animals, and property. Because we have outdoor animals on the property we do not allow others' pets to the cottage so we can ensure the safety of our animals and yours.