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 double futon bed, reading chair, large-screen DVD player, a wall 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 and share wine with their friends at sunset.
The adjoining northwest room has a private outside entrance, twin pull-out sofa-bed, small closet, writing desk and chair, chest of drawers, side table with file drawer, 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 Eagles Nest and Hermit's Hut at 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 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 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.
I can't say enough good things about my stay at the Eagle's nest. This is a truly special place. I was seeking quiet and a place to be in nature and this afforded me that opportunity and more. I will be back. I will probably be back more than once. :) Thank you to Patricia, Nancy, and Doug for being such welcoming and kind hosts. Patricia, thank you for sharing this space!
We had such a wonderful stay @ Patricia's home and we loved the energy of the Eagles Nest. Very thoughtful in terms of leaving some breakfast treats to help jump start our day, and made us feel welcome/taken care of. We also had an amazing opportunity (blessed by winter weather) to do some XC skiing on property which was unbelievable!! We would love to return in the near future and highly recommend as a getaway retreat
Patricia and Nancy were wonderful hosts. Patricia was out of town when we stayed, but she was immediately responsive by email and her warm presences was palpable through the loving and open spaces she creates for guests. Nancy met us immediately upon our arrival and was available for anything we needed while also graciously giving us our space. By far, this is the nicest vacation spot I have ever stayed in.
Patricia was unfortunately absent during out stay at the Eagle's nest, so we were unable to make her acquaintance. We were, however, welcomed quite warmly by her friend and tenant on the land, Nancy, who scooped us up from along the snowy roadside and drove us up to the main house.
The Eagle's Nest is a stunningly well built apartment space on the upper floor of Patricia's own home. The building has the feel of lovingly inhabited and meticulously cared for homestead that has seen many careful and intentional additions over the years. I suspect that the woodwork and construction on this property never ends, evolving alongside the visions of the host.
The apartment (and most of the house) is built using local hardwoods that I understand were mostly felled and milled on site. The effect is very impressive and, I'm told, executed by Patricia's son. Clearly a very skilled and thoughtful carpenter. The wonderfully simple wood interior offsets enormous picture windows facing east, south, and north for a perfect morning drinking coffee and watching the weather play across patchwork farms. Our visit was during, and in the wake of, severe snowstorms so we did not take advantage of the rooftop balcony or the greater grounds of patchwork farm but I trust that they add to the experience.
One thing we did not realize when booking the visit is that the Eagle's Nest Apartment is a part of the building that is Patricia's primary residence. It does have a separate entrance on the side of the building but the walkway leading to that entrance was snowed-under during our stay, so we entered through the front door of the home. Even with the private entrance, the one bathroom available to visitors requires you to go downstairs through Patricia's study and down the hall feeding into her living room and kitchen area. For this reason, I'm not sure this space qualifies as an "entire home/apt." It is, however, a wonderful place to visit if privacy is not your very first concern. I see that there is another cottage on the Patchwork Farm property that may be a bit more isolated. Check out the Hermit's Hut in High Moose Meadow .
Thank you Patricia! Though we did not meet, we are grateful for a nice weekend in your lovely home and very much impressed with your son's handiwork.
There isn't one thing about Eagle's Nest that isn't welcoming, beautiful, and contemplative. I had never before given myself time alone, away from home and work's responsibilities, phone calls, and other distractions. I needed grounding that a peaceful, creative, and awe-inspiring solitude would provide. Eagle's Nest gave me this--and more so, it gave me myself back. In February the place is surrounded by woods, deep snow, a star-filled night sky. I fell asleep being moon-beamed and woke up surrounded by natural light from the ceiling-high windows. Patricia had little bowls of treats in various spots, the absolutely BEST granola ever, so many cozy spots and the softest, most "snuggable" duvet that made parting with it hard. Honestly, this place is magical, and I can't think of the last time I used that word to describe something! Inside and out it is filled with a beautiful spirit, and I hope to return during another season to be rejuvenated once again.
And by the way, Nancy, a person who helps out with the place, gets a five-star rating too! She helped me to the top of the hill when my car didn't make the snowy climb and had me safely on my way home right at the time I wanted to leave. I am deeply grateful that I had the chance to stay at Eagle's Nest.
The Eagle's Nest was absolutely beautiful, and Patricia's place really exceeded our expectation. She welcomed us with wine, and made sure our stay was comfortable. The panoramic view from the top was amazing, and seeing the sunrise over the mountains beyond was completely unreal. The nest itself was a great size to lounge, read and feel like we really had our own space. It's a very well built place, with the luxuries of a nice home, and the isolation of a cabin. Perfect for a weekend getaway. We will definitely come back again!
If you want a place with perfect peace and quiet to unwind, reflect, relax, or write/create, this is it. 360 degree views of the treeline and trails to hike: a tree house with all the comforts of home. Delicious breakfasts. I stayed here while working at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.
Patricia made me feel right at home, and was available if needed but also sensitive to ones privacy.
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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.
Presently, the special places at Patchwork Farm Retreat include The Hermit's Hut, The Eagles Nest & Cupola, the network of mapped trails, the Angel Pond, Ben's Circle Clearing, Druid Circle Stones and the multiplicity of Great Trees.
We look forward to offering The Aery Pavilion through airbnb in summer 2015. A screen-house surrounded by cedar decks, a stone to stone waterfall and a New England Zen Garden, The Aery is designed for small gatherings--weddings, family reunions, ceremonies to honor the earth, Kirtan and other musical performances, yoga & meditation practice, workshops--and as an "outdoor" bedroom, looking to sky, stars, gardens and forest in all seasons. Stay tuned for how to reserve this lovely, light-filled space.