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.
What a breath-taking view from the new bedroom windows! And the ginko tree has gotten so big since the last time I saw it. I love Patricia's place and was happy to show it to my hubby this time. We both loved the serenity we felt there as well as the lovely nature trails. Thank you so much. We will be back!
We had a wonderful time at the Eagle's nest; it's my new happy place. The listing was very accurate. Very easy to coordinate arrival and departure, everything you need to have a cozy and comfortable stay. Highly recommended.
I don't even know where to begin...wow...what a remarkable place. My girlfriend and I booked the Eagle's Nest for a relaxing weekend and could not have been more satisfied with our stay.
the space itself is lovely...set up a quarter-mile or so from an already sparsely-traveled road the peace and quite is only potentially interrupted by a bird's song or the breeze upon the trees. the apartment is furnished with an oh so comfortable bed with the only impetus to ever arise out of it being the soft natural light filling the apartment in the morning. the cupola provides miles upon miles of Berkshire views, even on the cloudy days of our stay, and was used every morning for yoga and every evening for sunset-beverages.
all of the nice words I could say about the apartment, however, pale in comparison with those I could for Patricia. she was the ideal hostess...warm and welcoming, she greeted us upon arrival with a hug and a tour of the space and the grounds, making sure we were well-settled and comfortable...she graciously stocked the apartment with fruits and granola and yogurt and coffee for our mornings...was quick with suggestions and advice for our travels in the area...but more than anything else, she came across as a genuine, happy and loving individual, and when one stays in a space with those positive attributes and vibes it adds so much to the experience. we felt more like family than renters...and we very much look forward to staying with Patricia again.
Jesse & Annick
Patricia made my mom and I feel right at home. Patchwork Farm was lovely and relaxing just how we imagined it! I will recommend her to others and will hopefully be back in the warmer weather to explore all the hiking trails.
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.
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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.