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hope house

SuperhostAshfield, Massachusetts, United States
Entire cottage hosted by Andrew
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
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You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
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Sunny and open writing studio with over 150 years of literary history. Built in 1870, this lovely little house was where George Curtis edited Harper's magazine, wrote essays on transcendentalism , and argued for women's suffrage ( A recent guest informs me that George Curtis helped Thoreau build his cabin on Walden Pond ) The house has since sheltered painters, librarians, and poets.

The space
I have renovated the house to maximize light and space- avoiding clutter and letting the old fir floorboards speak for themselves . The eastern wall has floor to ceiling windows looking out over a private yard and garden. The main room is open floor plan with a cathedral ceiling. Two calm bedrooms (with doors) adjoin the main room.

Guest access
Except for the basement and barn, guests have the entire place to themselves. Driveway fits four cars.

Other things to note
Hope House is next door to Elmer's- one of the finest breakfast joints you will want to find. I provide fine coffee and tea, but breakfast next door is not to be missed.
Cell service is spotty in town, so directions should be noted before arrivial .
Anyone with an iphone can use wifi calling once in the house. There is also a land line.
Sunny and open writing studio with over 150 years of literary history. Built in 1870, this lovely little house was where George Curtis edited Harper's magazine, wrote essays on transcendentalism , and argued for women's suffrage ( A recent guest informs me that George Curtis helped Thoreau build his cabin on Walden Pond ) The house has since sheltered painters, librarians, and poets.

The space
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed

Amenities

Smoke alarm
Wifi
Hangers
Air conditioning
Private entrance
First aid kit
Bathtub
Fire extinguisher
Kitchen
Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.96 out of 5 stars from 150 reviews

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Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States

Ashfield is a hidden green gem. All structures ( but a few) in town retain their original 19th century flavor. Hope House is located smack dab in the middle of town, but is just off the Main Street and provides a calm privacy. But if you need to head out, there is a lake, library, hardware store, historical society, pizza place, late night bar, aforementioned breakfast joint, and convenience store all within short walking distance.
Ashfield has a vibrant cultural scene that is unexpected for such a rural hill town. Farmer's market on Saturday mornings (spring and summer), live bands at the Lakehouse, a film festival and a fall festival in October, Double Edge Theater performances and training workshops, concerts, poetry readings, art shows.... and once we had a town wide beard growing contest.
Ashfield is a hidden green gem. All structures ( but a few) in town retain their original 19th century flavor. Hope House is located smack dab in the middle of town, but is just off the Main Street and provide…

Hosted by Andrew

Joined in January 2018
  • 150 Reviews
  • Superhost
I'm basically a failed introvert. Lived in a small cabin after college and found that I liked people too much to live like Thoreau. Upon returning to civilization I met a lot of people and found myself building houses and touring the country with an excellent string band (Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem). Moved to Ashfield in 2000 to raise two daughters with my wife , Jackie (pictured above without the beard). Fast forward 17 years and I get the chance to renovate this small jewel of a house - like my old cabin but less lonely. I like conversation and playing the banjo. I admit to liking ukuleles. And I like anything that is old, but shown in a new light- like this house.
I'm basically a failed introvert. Lived in a small cabin after college and found that I liked people too much to live like Thoreau. Upon returning to civilization I met a lot of pe…
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  • Jackie
During your stay
I am sometimes around to introduce myself and show guests around. I will be in touch prior to your visit to offer instructions regarding your arrival. I live two hundred yards away, on the other side of the town common and behind the Episcopal chapel- so if there are questions and I'm in town, I am more than glad to help out.
I am sometimes around to introduce myself and show guests around. I will be in touch prior to your visit to offer instructions regarding your arrival. I live two hundred yards awa…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Long term stays (28 days or more) are allowed
Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
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