2 'bdrms' 1 'bath,' sleeps 4 adults; up to 2 addl. possble with surcharge
About Mary Thombs
SunnyHill is a small family-run enterprise, owned and operated by Mary Thombs, with administrative assistance by her husband, Mr. George J. Robinson. Because George is a disabled veteran they rely on Denise Pinter as Property Mgr. She resides in the nearby hamlet of South Kortright. Denise occasionally greets guests & attends to their needs when Mary and/ior George are unavailable. Mary & George are committed to attracting and serving SunnyHill's guests as they would receive guests in their own home. Guests of all ages, and people of many interests have found SunnyHill welcoming and comfortable. Mary is a violin and voice teacher and church music director. George is a retired teacher. After early retirement due to disability, he founded a non-profit fine arts services organization. Evan, our son (16 yrs. old.) is, well, a 'nice kid,' and we love him lots.
Mary Thombs purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Mary Thombs chose Hobart
The Stamford area is 'authentic' country (principally dairy country); most full-time residents are 'locals,' having lived in the area all their lives, and thus as guests travel about and meet SunnyHill's 'neighbors' they enjoy a true rural experience. Frankly, we wanted to avoid those manifestly inauthentic, touristy faux- 'country' places- and the inflated prices one finds in the lodging and stores there. E.g., when you have a delicious, reasonably-priced breakfast in Stamford's TP's Cafe, you'll see and hear farmers and tradesmen talking 'shop' and weather vs.seeing tourists inquiring about the address of the nearest aromatherapy practitioner or yoga studio. (Not, of course, that there is anything wrong with those activities, per se. However, it's just that - presumably - one doesn't drive upstate to the mountains for that kind of experience when it is available much closer to home, e.g., on St. Mark's Pl. on Manhattan's Lower East Side.) The beauty and variety of flora and fauna offered by SunnyHill's six acres (and scores of accessible surrounding undeveloped forested and pastured acres), and its proximity to four major ski centers were also compelling factors.
What makes this Cottage unique
One example of how SunnyHill is unique vis-a-vis other local whole-house rentals: besides offering six lovely acres of seclusion, our cottage is a classic 'A-Frame' building with, among other features, cathedral ceiling, lots of windows, a wood pellet stove and a sleeping loft with views. Compared to conventional divisive, 'white box' houses, SunnyHill's A-frame configuration feels different (which is what one wants when one goes away to get away); it's open, airy, and bright.The ground floor floor plan encourages free-flowing activities, conversation and air- the east-west orientation ensures cooling breezes while the sleeping loft offers cocoon-like coziness.
Pool / Spa
Pets allowed - One dog only, no large or aggressive breeds. One dog only, no large or aggressive breeds.
No smoking - In addition, no incense or other strong aromas.In addition, no incense or other strong aromas.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
A nice weekend
Really enjoyed my stay here at Sunnyhill. I lived the coziness of the place and serenity of getting away at least for a weekend. I've never been to this part of NY before and I plan on returning. George was pleasant and informative. The place was exactly as described. I highly recommend getting breakfast at TP's in Stamford as their pancakes are delicious and service was outstanding.
Cozy and comfy
I went away hoping to relax and be surrounded by nature. That is exactly what I experienced and it was beautiful. The property had a great view of the mountains and the fall foliage was outstanding. The view would be great any time of the year. The property also offered lots of literature on activities to do in the area and also about nature. The loft bed was very cozy.
Wonderful stay. Very cozy and pleasant experience. Thank you Mary.
Everything was carefully outlined by Mary to enjoy their home and the surrounding areas. Loved it!
Need a place to stay for an event in Cooperstown. This cottage is quiet and clean. The loft is perfect for my 9 years old.
I absolutely loved staying at Sunnyhill Summit Retreat! We were there for my son's Cooperstown tournament and since my husband and son stayed in the barracks, I was alone in the cottage for 7 days with our family dog. I thought baseball would be the highlight of my trip but the serenity and relaxation I got all week at the cottage was wonderful. (And the drive to Cooperstown is about an hour away but it doesn't feel like it with the gorgeous views there.) The home is perfect for a small family and plenty spacious for just myself and my dog. Coffee in the mornings on the front patio were wonderful and one night I had a campfire going (plenty of firewood and kindling were provided). I barely watched TV but they have direct TV and WiFi along with a plethora of reading material about the area. It truly was a memorable week and the home and AMAZING views added to that.
Other Activities: Horseback riding on scenic trails & riding lessons for all ages, downhill/alpine/cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing, wildlife viewing (birding!), kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, shopping,
Golf: Stamford (Public, Historic) Golf Course
Ski: Ski Plattekill, Hunter Mt., Bellayre, Ski Windham