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High on a mountain in the midst of 103 acres of forest, groomed trails and a wildlife pond, the 2-room suite & cupola of the Eagles Nest at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Westhampton MA overlooks the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Come to rest, create, renew.
A perfect retreat in every season. 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 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.
The beautiful, glass and tile guest bathroom has all amenities and is on the main floor of the cottage. It is reserved for guests of Patchwork Farm. 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) and 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, coffee pot & filters, microwave, water dispenser, small refrigerator, and dishes. By special arrangement, you may use the main kitchen to cook other vegetarian meals. You are welcome to cook meat dishes on a small outdoor grill.
Wifi is available to check your email on a laptop (but not through your phone). Because we are in the wild and wonderful woods, our satellite internet does not allow for streaming, downloading or updating files.
Massage! We are fortunate to have a licensed massage therapist as a friend of Patchwork Farm. Let us know if you would like to schedule an appointment while you are here.
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 (email hidden) 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.
Patricia was home to greet us and took time to show us the space and explain everything in detail. She made us feel so comfortable and welcome.
The space is exquisite and Patricia had extra amenities like coffee, coffee cake, fresh fruit and bottled water ready for us. We felt pampered and hated to have to leave during the day. We would have liked to stay and enjoy the peacefulness, bird watching, and hiking in the woods. Next time we will!
It was an utter delight to stay at the Eagles Nest at Patchwork Farm with Patricia. She was warm and welcoming and has created a beautiful and peaceful environment. The space is thoughtfully curated with a variety of interesting books, comfortable furniture and even some home made treats! The light and view is gorgeous and the vista from the cupola is worth the visit on its own. Overall, this is a great space for a quiet get away or work retreat, with the convenience of being close to a lively college town, and lots of outdoor activities. I definitely plan to return!
The Eagles Nest was impeccably clean, cozy, light-filled, and a complete delight! Patricia was warm and welcoming and a pleasure to converse with.
Patricia was a gracious and generous host. From fresh fruit, home baked goodies and handwritten greetings in the space to luxurious towels, linens and embossed robes, she did everything to make the visit the relaxing and refreshing respite required. It was as lovely a setting as could be imagined. The space was well appointed and elegant as well as inviting. A perfect get away! Made for a lovely drive on local roads to Jacob's Pillow.
We actually bought this Airbnb stay for a set of friends, so we can't tell you about the place too much. However, Patricia was great to work with and communicated with us a bunch to make sure our friends got settled safe and sound. Upon return, our friends both said it was a great experience and that Patricia was a fantastic host.
This experience was one of peace, personal reflection and a strengthened bond between husband and wife and none of this would have been possible without the remarkable accommodations of Patricia. The hospitality she provides is comforting and as warm as the scones and muffins she left for us each morning. The space provided to us was luxurious and clean with gorgeous fixtures, woodwork and artifacts from around the globe. I was inspired by her eclectic taste and her respect for nature. If we needed anything during our stay she was there to assist and delight us with pleasant conversation. Otherwise, we were left in solitude to soak in the sunshine or explore the well maintained grounds of the Patchwork Farms estate. The cupola was perfect for sipping coffee, reading and viewing the immense landscape that surrounded us. My husband and I are always on the go and to be able to disconnect from it all was truly amazing. The Eagles Nest was the perfect retreat for our minds and our souls. Thank you so much Patricia!
We found Patricia's beautiful home and were so lucky that she had availability for our impromptu vacation from the city. She was prompt in responding to questions, and generous with her time. Upon arrival, we found that she had prepared the Eagles Nest with fresh flowers and a stocked fridge, along with fresh coffee and tea, fruit, yogurt and granola, as well as beautiful linens, robes and even fresh baked cake! Despite her busy schedule as a writer and teacher, Patricia made us feel that we were her first priority for the several days we visited.
The Eagles Nest is a delight and an architectural envy; every amenity was considered in its design (even has an elevator!) including locally grown hardwood floors and stair. It sits on a mountaintop and overlooks the canopy of the forest. The top-story cupola, accessed by private stair, is a contemplative abode where I watched the sun rise.
We explored nearby Northampton, several universities, art museums and visited wonderful restaurants. On the way, there is local maple syrup and produce available at several farms. We already miss Patricia and will be returning to the Eagles Nest soon with the change in season.
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About the Host, Patricia Lee
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.