About this listing
High on a mountain in 103 acres of forest, hiking trails and a wildlife pond, the Eagles Nest suite--2 bedrooms, a common room, kitchenette, cupola, glass & tile bathroom and private entrance--overlooks the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Come to rest, create, renew.
A perfect retreat in every season-- & in winter, it's best to drive an AWD vehicle! High on a mountainside in the midst of 103 acres of bird-filled forest, walking/skiing trails and a small pond for wildlife, Patchwork Farm Retreat in Westhampton MA overlooks the beautiful Pioneer Valley. The Eagles Nest is the whole top floor of the main Patchwork Cottage and has its own private entrance. It is a lovely suite of two light, airy rooms, plus a covered roof-top cupola. A private balcony off the suite holds court over a garden, wide terraces and an ancient Ginkgo tree. As necessary, ceiling fans, central air and heat keep the Eagles Nest wonderfully comfortable.
On the southeast side of the Eagles Nest is a bed-sitting room with ceiling fan, extra-comfy queen-sized bed, reading chair, walls of windows, and built-in cherry bookshelves.
Stairs pull from the ceiling to give access to a covered, lighted cupola above the Eagles Nest. It commands a panoramic view of the Pioneer Valley, Mt. Tom, the Holyoke Range, and Connecticut River.
Eagles Nest guests have used the cupola to practice yoga, sleep, read, drink coffee at dawn and share wine with their friends at sunset.
The adjoining northwest room has a private outside entrance, extra-comfy double futon bed, small closet, writing desk and chair, chest of drawers, small refrigerator, water dispenser, microwave, coffee/tea setup, lots of built-in shelves, glasses and dishes, and an elevator to other levels of house. A solid wooden door separates the two rooms for quiet and privacy.
Eagles Nest's private bathroom has all amenities and is on the main floor of the cottage. The bathroom is accessible from the outside or inside by stairs or elevator.
Eagles Nest is a perfect writer's or artist's retreat, or personal getaway for an individual, a couple of friends or a family. It's also close to Northampton and Smith College (15 minutes), Amherst (25 minutes) and it's a lovely drive to Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow (50-60 minutes). The land, its trees and stones, its walking trails and wildlife pond have inspired many guests.
For preparing food on your own, Eagles Nest has an electric water kettle, Keurig coffee maker supplied with caf & decaf coffee, microwave, water dispenser, small refrigerator, and dishes. We supply half & half, organic plain yogurt, fresh fruit, organic granola, and muffins to get you going on your first morning.
In a tiny kitchenette downstairs next to the bathroom, you'll find a sink, extra dishes and a ceramic-lined electric skillet, should you like to cook eggs, grill the muffins, or sauté veggies for other meals. (We are a vegetarian household and ask that our guests not cook meat in the house—but we supply a small grill for outdoor cooking of whatever you wish).
Wifi is available to check your email. Because we are in the wild and wonderful woods, our satellite internet does not allow for streaming, downloading or updating files.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you to Patchwork Farm Retreat!
Guests may use the main kitchen by special arrangement. Guests of a week or more will have access to the laundry facilities. All guests will have full use of our 103 forested acres, which include several miles of mapped hiking/skiing/snowshoeing trails, a wildlife pond, clearings and the gardens of Patchwork Farm.
Interaction with guests
We love to talk with our guests and are also glad to give you as much privacy as you wish. We are always happy to help you find our trails (we have super maps), suggest restaurants, scenic areas, shops and unique places to enjoy in this beautiful area of Western Massachusetts.
We love the woods, rivers, and lakes, but especially we love the people in these Western MA hill towns. We are a small town, but our new public library is a place of pride and enjoyment for all. Visitors are sure to love the local cafes at Outlook Farm on Rt 66 (10 minutes), and Straw Bale Cafe (7 minutes) on North Road, as well as the historic Blacksmith Museum in the center of town, near the iconic white-spired church.
Within four miles, Bread Euphoria serves delicious home-made breads, soups, sandwiches, pastries, full meals and awesome coffee--and free, unlimited WiFi. Restaurants abound in nearby Florence and Northampton (15 minutes).
There is plenty of space for parking at the Eagles Nest.
Other things to note
A covered, open-air cupola rises above the Eagles Nest and is a wonderful place to look out over the Connecticut River Valley during the day and at the abundance of stars at night. The cupola has electric lights and sockets, and has hosted many writers, thinkers and wonderers.
As the Eagles Nest has a small fridge, microwave, coffee pot, tea kettle and dishes, you are encouraged to bring food and drink for meals.
Please try to arrive before dark as there are no street lights here in the country. Quiet hours from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Wifi internet access for email--but please no streaming, downloading or uploading. See description of accommodations for what we provide. Smoking is not allowed at Patchwork Farm. The primary House Rule is to relax and enjoy what this beautiful place has to offer.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Patricia has lived and worked at Patchwork Farm in Westhampton, MA since 1977. She has led creative writing retreats at Patchwork Farm Retreat and internationally for over 20 years. A small business owner and trail-walker, she celebrates our relationship to the earth as sacred, to writing as a way of finding what is deepest within us, and to teaching writing as a participatory, supportive endeavor. She is especially glad to meet other writers, artists and lovers of the natural world.
Patricia holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College, and completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1970. She is an award-winning poet, and has spent much of her life as an advocate: for women, for civil rights, for peace, for a healthy environment, for small farms and rural communities, for the arts. She is happiest when sharing the wonders of Patchwork Farm Retreat with others.
Special places our guests enjoy at Patchwork Farm Retreat include The Hermit's Hut, The Eagles Nest & Cupola, The Aery Pavilion, the network of mapped trails, the Angel Pond, Ben's Circle Clearing, Druid Circle Stones and the multiplicity of Great Trees.