About this listing
A spacious room and private bathroom in an 1885 historic Queen Anne Victorian house amidst a beautiful garden with winding pathways and terraces. Short walk to town and Smith College. Please read full description before inquiring! Thanks!
Please check out our other listing:
Large Studio/Loft– Walk to Town
NOTE: Winter rate available for January- (March or April) for a longer-term rental. Please inquire and ask for a special offer!
Please put in the dates to see customized discount pricing for the weekly and monthly rate.
PLEASE READ OUR ECO-FRIENDLY POLICY BELOW.
Welcome to a slice of European hospitality in one of the hippest towns in America! This is a place where artists and writers can find inspiration or scholars can research. Here friends and family can come for weddings, graduations and other milestones and enjoy a beautiful setting to compliment their celebrations.
This is a spacious 280 ft.² room with a queen sized bed and a private bathroom in an 1885 historic Queen Anne Victorian house amidst a beautiful garden with winding stone pathways and terraces. A chair makes into a very comfortable single bed.
It is a short walk to downtown Northampton and Smith College campus and ideal for parents, family members and alumnae visiting the five colleges here in the Pioneer Valley. Close to hiking and bicycle trails. Also perfect if you are coming to the Valley to do a workshop or training, looking for a house, or for a few months to work or study.
A 7 min. walk takes you to town and about 40 restaurants and many galleries and performance venues. The neighborhood Is all around wonderful with stellar community participation and commitment, and has a number of writers, filmmakers, and artists.
The gardens are permaculture-based with many native plants and trees from apples, pears and blueberries to bamboo, yucca, dogwoods, sweet ferns, herb garden and perennials. Behind the neighborhood and beyond you can walk to an Audubon sanctuary.
We will have some simple breakfast items on hand with a great selection of teas and coffee, and you are welcome to keep your favorite yogurt, granola/cereal, snacks and fruit, restaurant leftovers, etc. on a shelf in the refrigerator and also part of a shelf in the kitchen cabinet. Whatever you bring for breakfast, I am happy to provide a beautiful setting, but and please feel free to ask about cooking for longer stays. We also offer a beautiful place in the garden to eat next to the water garden on a large stone terrace in season.
WE ARE ECO-FRIENDLY
When you contact me the first time, please let me know what what laundry detergent you normally use when you inquire.This is an eco-friendly space, for people who use natural products. If you do use natural products and no essential oils, this will be a great fit. It will save a lot of back-and-forth, if you let us know right away. Please feel free to ask any questions around this, because we don't want to miss an opportunity to host you. We are dedicated to keeping the house eco-friendly for people who want to be in a chemical free environment. Thanks for your consideration!
OUR ECO-FRIENDLY CHALLENGE
The issue is not about whether you will be doing laundry while you are here (we are happy to provide detergent). The challenge is that if you use Tide detergent or a similar commercial product, it gets on the bedding and the furniture and needs several wash cycles to remove it.
All bedding is line dried to keep it as fragrance free as possible and this is quite labor intensive. If you shop at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, co-ops, natural foods or other similar stores you are more likely to be aware of this issue. Thank you so much for your consideration and with that in mind, we would love to host you and offer a very unique experience.
We look forward to hearing from you!
A blog post from my daughter:
Growing up in an Urban Oasis
It's a rare and wondrous thing to grow up in a house where you are a quick walk from the center of town and at the same time watch bears and rabbits pass through your yard. The blueberry bushes, water garden, lush flower beds, and fruit trees make the gardens that surround the main house and studio an informal sanctuary for animal visitors. As a child I loved climbing the apple tree like the squirrels and watching the frogs gather on the lily pads. The old apple tree fell over a decade ago, but with half of its trunk still firmly rooted it continued to produce blossoms and fruit, and attracted more animals with its bounty more accessible low to the ground. There is something especially magical about seeing a skunk sneak through the underbrush or a wild turkey dart across the grass in a place that is far from remote or wild.
I grew up in a house with spanish cookbooks and Barcelona style decor and design in a town teeming with restaurants and writers, music and multicultural events. The house itself is a classic Queen Anne Victorian with stained glass windows, turreted roof, and quartered oak floors. It has always been a home for the meeting of cultures—New England architecture and European food, furniture and art books. In the studio space I watched a Shakespeare company rehearse, listened to a local reggae group perform one night, and a poetry reading another. Home was both cosmopolitan, and a place where I could pick blueberries and write quietly by the edge of the water garden.
Having traveled and lived in other places now, I realize even more what a unique and beautiful thing it is to be located in the heart of a town so full of exciting events and artists, in a house that feels international and at the same time is itself a kind of calm oasis. The tall trees separate the house and garden from the road, and make the yard and water garden feel like a world of its own.
You will have access to the gardens, the living rooms and dining room area. You will have access to the kitchen, but that is limited. See further description.
Interaction with Guests
I love welcoming guests and having them feel very at home and I am happy to interact as needed through text messages, email, telephone messages and directly.
A 7 min. walk takes you to town and about 40 restaurants and many galleries and performance venues. The neighborhood Is wonderful with stellar community participation and commitment, and has a number of writers, filmmakers, and artists.
We are a 7 minute walk from town and Smith College and there are buses that go to all the colleges.
Other Things to Note
Moderate cancellation policy – please note that for many reasons I am not able to accommodate alterations once it takes effect on the system.
This space aims to be as eco-friendly and fragrance free as possible. If you do use commercial laundry detergents and you have been approved for a stay here, please start to use an eco-friendly detergent as soon as convenient. Note: Arm and Hammer is not eco-friendly. Recommended detergents to use before coming: Ecos, 7th Generation, Ecover and other eco-friendly detergents labeled “Free and Clear." Avoid eco-friendly products that have lavender and other essential oil fragrances. Thanks so much! You can find these detergents at health foods stores, Whole Foods Market, etc. or order them online at Vitacost. Vitacost is a great discovery because it allows you to order all kinds of products, health supplements and packaged foods for 30%-70% off. From there you can also order Eco Nuts Natural Laundry Soap 24 Loads Free and Clear -- 4 fl oz, which very inexpensive, very easy to travel with and as eco-friendly as you could possibly get!
We greatly look forward to hosting you if you can fit within these guidelines. And thanks so much for your for your consideration!