The house (built in 1909) is the last house on the street before a picturesque lake. The room is 9ft x12.5, very comfortable and has a beautiful view, as it faces the lake and forest. See pictures. This is the guest room; where family and friends stay when they come to visit. Staying at our house is like visiting friends or family; nothing fancy, but very comfortable. I expect you to make yourself right at home.
It is an ideal setting for a weekend getaway or for parents visiting children at UMass (about a 19 minute drive) or Amherst College who do not what to stay in the strip mall hotels. There are lots of trails for walking, biking, running or cross-country skiing in the winter as well as beautiful spots to picnic.
Make yourself at home and help yourself to cereal and milk or feel free to cook yourself up a more elaborate breakfast of eggs (fresh from my backyard birds) and toast. There is usually charcoal available for the Webber grill if you have the urge to grill.
We are located just a couple of miles from some really fabulous restaurants and a beautifully located cafe and used bookstore.
Very close to Northfield Mountain which offers sunset cruises on the Connecticut river and is a great place for hiking and for cross-country skiing on groomed trails.
20 minutes to Amherst
30 minutes to Northampton
15 minutes to Greenfield
30 minutes to Brattleboro VT
30 minutes to Shelburn Falls
3 miles to Rt 2
about an hour to Mass MOCA
30 minutes to the Double Edged Theatre
Also, see my "guidebook" for more.
- safe parking
- close to good food
- walking trails
-non-denominational church in neighborhood rents space very cheeply for family reunions, small (up to 100 people) weddings, etc. I can help in securing the space.
*I high speed internet/WiFi
Also, we have a 10lb tabby-cat, a 10lb brindle-dog in the house and a handful of chickens in the woods behind the house.
Shoes off in the house (you'll want slippers or house shoes in the winter or house flipflops in the summer)
Relax and Enjoy Yourself.
Deborah was a very laid back and sweet host. Her house is comfortable with a rustic quirkiness to it. It was easy to use the fridge for some storage and eat breakfast at the table. She also gave us some good recommendations for live music and hiking in the area. The best part was her animals--especially her cat, Stanly. We made a great connection that made the place feel like home! Deborah also gets extra host points: I left some books under the bed and she mailed them back to me!
We had a lovely stay here. Deborah was a gracious host and pointed us to all the right places for good food and coffee. The house was quiet and cozy - we would certainly stay here again.
Even though we had to arrive late in the evening, Deborah greeted us warmly and showed us to our room. The futon mattress was comfortable, and we had a good night's sleep. We didn't see Deborah the next day as we were out and about exploring the area. When we left on Sunday, Deborah made us some coffee and we had some pleasant conversation before heading out. She also recommended a great breakfast spot that we thoroughly enjoyed. We would certainly stay here again.
Deborah is a lovely hostess. I'm nearly 70 with some aging issues and she volunteered to carry my suitcase both upstairs & down, and helped me get to medical care when it was needed once. The room was small but big enough, and the very firm futon was exactly what my back needed. And the view rom the window was to die for. I had to do some computer work on my so-called vacation, and the window, the air, the view - all make it not-a-chore. The neighborhood is delightful - small town feel, friendly, etc. And the drive in was an adventure and a delight. Peaceful. Deborah is a thoughtful, generous, & caring hostess, and I very much enjoyed our conversations and her enjoyment of her chickens. (and I enjoyed those chickens too.) I didn't pine for home like I usually do, because it was such a relaxing and restorative visit!! Thank you Debora for a memorable experience to hold in my Good Memories bag for future soothing!!!
Deborah is friendly, helpful, and a fund of information about the area. The room is cozy and the guest bathroom across the hall is charming.
Deborah was helpful and provided nice recommendations in the area. The room was as promised and comfortable.
Deborah's place is a sweet and peaceful nature retreat. Deborah is a warm, quiet, friendly and thoughtful person who made us feel at home and gave us good recommendations and lots of space, privacy, and independence - and comfy comforters! We enjoyed her affectionate cats and walking around the quiet lake - and the fresh eggs from her chickens were delicious. We ate them on the lawn looking out over the lake!
We took our bikes and biked over to the Book Mill and Lady Killigrew cafe a few times, which, if you don't know it, is an awesome place on the river falls with great food and ambience. Deborah filled us in about the history of the village of Lake Pleasant, which claims to be the oldest continuously-existing Spiritualist community in the United States.
I am a country girl who enjoys weekends in the city, theatre, art and buying my food at farm stands. I have a bunch of chickens in my back yard who love to follow me around and 2 cats who are a bit frightened of the chickens.
I am a scientist who spends lots of time in a laboratory.
I am a gracious host, and all around friendly person.
Staying at our house is like staying with friends. You should feel at home and feel comfortable enough to throw on water for tea or pull out the pan to make yourself eggs from our chickens.
We really want every guest to feel right at home.