About this listing
BigSkyHilltop is located in a picturesque area 10 minutes from Amherst Center and close to 5 colleges; views for 50 miles; There are lots of hiking and cross country trails close by
If you'd prefer a little more privacy and a private bathroom, check our other Airbnb listing titled 'Private Suite and bathroom/full breakfast.'
Fabulous breakfast, view for 60 mile, and 10 min. from downtown Amherst. If you're coming to the Amherst area to visit the colleges or for business, come stay with us in our sunny home on the hill—and just minutes away from Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts, and Amherst College.
Your bedroom has lots of windows, shades, both a queen-size bed and a single, each with an excellent mattress. The full bath is right next to the bedroom. Outdoor shower in the summer. (If you need an additional room, there is a separate airbnb listing for a 2nd and 3rd room.)
Wake up and take a quiet country walk before breakfast.
A typical gourmet breakfast buffet might include homemade baked good, fresh bread, homemade jams & jellies, fresh-ground coffee/tea, smoked fish, eggs from the chickens next door, homemade granola & muesli, yogurts & fresh fruits. We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, omnivores, flexitarians, and octogenarians.
We're located 1000 feet above the Connecticut Valley with views for 60 miles (we can see Hartford, Ct. on the horizon), lots of light, alpacas & donkeys, wild turkeys, stone walls, fields and forest. If you have the time, enjoy hiking trails, country walks, biking and jogging right outside the door. Down the hill in Amherst and Northampton, there are lots of restaurants, boutiques, and the 5 colleges. The 4 seasons are all beautiful up here and we can see both the sunrise and the sunset
(If you come into Amherst by train or bus, expect to spend approximately $15-$20 each way for taxi service.)
The living room, deck and yard are common areas. We light up the fireplace in the winter. Have your morning breakfast/coffee/tea on the deck, around the dining table, or under the crab-apple tree.
If you want more privacy, check out our other Airbnb room 'private suite with
Interaction with guests
Having lived in the area since 1980, we can give you suggestions of where to eat, museums to visit, and special places in the area.
If you just need a morning or evening walk, you can take the 3. 4 mile loop on country roads just out our driveway; you'll pass a waterfall, a conservation area, a 1/2 mile hill under a forest canopy, protected land, a beaver pond, a horse farm, and lots of bird sounds.
shoes-off and no smoking inside.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
Joan and I are both semi-retired professionals-- Joan is a psycho-therapist and I am an ESL and English teacher. We are avid vegetable and flower gardeners and this little 4-acre "homestead" gets sun all day (in fact, the passive solar heat keeps the house warm in winter without much help from the oil furnace), so it's a great place to garden. Our hill top has lots of walking and hiking trails, and although it's too hilly for us to bike, "real" bikers like the elevation. we feed the birds in all 4 seasons, so our feeders on the deck are always busy. We do a lot of cooking, and we often have guests for dinner. I also preserve foodstuffs every summer: sweet and sour pickles, hot pickled peppers, tomatoes and tomato soup, jams and jellies, and we try to fill the freezer with fresh produce and a small quantity of grass-fed meat. We have 3 sons and one daughter-in-law (so far) between us and 2 young grandsons--they live in other places, but they love to visit. We resolved to share the beauty of our location and our home when we moved here, so having guests helps to fulfill that pledge.