About this listing
A unique studio and an open loft surrounded by beautiful gardens, a short walk to downtown and Smith College; ideal for visiting the five colleges; close to hiking and bicycle trails; coming for weddings, graduations and celebrating other milestones.
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Eco-friendly Stay Walk to Town
Please check out our eco-friendly policy below before inquiring!
Please check with me on a special offer for for longer-term stays.
New Nissan Electric Leaf could be available on a rental basis for use within the Pioneer Valley. Please inquire.
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 those celebrations. You won't find the studio comparable to any other space available, it's very unique and the price is modest, for what you will experience!
Imagine a large yoga studio all to yourself and lots of room to dance on the perfect floor. Dream and play, have your own private retreat. Large windows looking out into beautiful gardens.
A 1250 square-foot studio, loft-like open space and separate building behind our historic Queen Ann Victorian house from 1885. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and winding pathways.
A short walk to downtown Northampton and Smith College campus. Ideal for parents, family members and alumnae visiting the five colleges here in the Pioneer Valley. Close to hiking and bicycle trails. Also ideal if you are coming to the Valley to do a workshop or training, for a few weeks or months to work or study, or look for a longer term rental.
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.
For many years the studio was donated for concerts, poetry readings, yoga classes and two Shakespeare companies rehearsed here.
EVENT PLANNING: Please let us know if you are planning an event, as there may be an extra charge depending on what is needed to create the perfect event. We have extra folding chairs available. We may need to include a security deposit.
There are now two queen-size futons on wooden frames, and a sofa which makes into a double bed. The futons have a foam core which makes them feel more like a normal mattress.
WE ARE ECO-FRIENDLY
This is an eco-friendly space, particularly suited for people who generally use natural products. If you do use natural products and no essential oils you are a perfect fit. Please let us know what laundry detergent you normally use when you inquire! This way we can determine whether we need to implement a special protocol to accommodate you and still be able to maintain a fragrance free space for all of our guests. Please read more about this below.
OUR ECO-FRIENDLY CHALLENGE
The issue is not about doing laundry while you are here, although that is a consideration and we are happy to provide you with an eco-friendly detergent. The main thing 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. Nevertheless, people who are booking months in advance, sometimes commit to changing over to eco-friendly detergent, and by the time they come, fragrance will not get on the furniture. if you shop at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, co-ops, natural foods or similar stores you are 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!
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 studio, garden and driveway.
Interaction with Guests
I am always happy to interact with guests and I am very committed to making you feel very welcome and at home and make sure that your stay is memorable. Please feel very welcome to communicate with me whether by email, telephone or text. Or if you happen to see me at the house, feel welcome to knock on the door.
The neighborhood Is all around 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 buses go throughout the Pioneer Valley to UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke.
Other Things to Note
We may request a $300 security deposit, for stays of one month or longer.
Moderate cancellation policy – please note that for many reasons I am not able to accommodate alterations once it takes effect on the system.
Dear Potential Guest,
Absolutely no essential oils or incense. if you use these on a regular basis, we won't be able to accommodate you, unless we have a period of time before you come to become free of essential oils for the duration of the stay.
I reserve the right around use of the washer and dryer depending on how chemical free your clothing is. I would like to keep my washer and dryer as fragrance free as possible.
Commercial detergents and similar products have been shown to be carcinogenic. This space is meant 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 them at health foods stores, Whole Foods Market, etc. or order them (email hidden). Vitacost is a great discovery because it allows you to order all kinds of products, health supplements and packaged foods for 30%-70% off.
Thanks so much for your consideration around this, as I prioritize guests who are specifically looking for an eco-friendly space.
We use natural cleansers and products that are eco-friendly and healthy for the environment and people.
Dogs need preapproval and there is an additional cleaning fee of $25. Although we occasionally have a guest dog, we are committed to keeping the studio friendly to people with sensitivities and allergies.
I look forward to hosting you!
Amazing open studio space with lots of windows and light, gorgeous wood floors, and clean and eco-friendly amenities. Walking distance from downtown Northampton. Really enjoyed staying here and hope to visit again on our next trip through the area!
Joanna was a pleasure and a warm and welcoming host, there and available when we arrived. She graciously explained the ins and outs of the property so we would feel comfortable and at home. The accommodations are comfortable and supplied with everything you will need for comfortable sleep, eating/cooking, socializing, and quiet writing or studying. There is even a nice outdoor space.
Joanna is beyond welcoming. My flight was ridiculously early b/c the airline changed it, so I arrived way before the room was ready, sleepless from an overnight flight from SFO. I was a wreck and she took me under her wing and made a place for me to sleep on her couch while the studio was being cleaned and made ready. She was an angel. The studio is gorgeous and surprisingly quiet given that the street is a busy one. I guess the front house absorbs all the sound. The photos do not do the place justice. It is very spacious and feels like Scandinavia, very sparse yet warm, aesthetically restful, open to the yard, just plain lovely and peaceful. An easy walk to town and Smith College. I was there for my daughter's graduation. Once I arrived, I ditched the rental car and walked the whole weekend. It was perfect.
i thoroughly enjoyed my time at Joanna's space. the loft was clean ,well maintained and i hope to return next year. my plan is to rebook as soon as i have dates for my workshop in 2016.
Joanna was an excellent host. She met me at the studio and walked me through the apartment. Anytime I needed to do my laundry, she made sure the washer and dryer were available. She always responded promptly to my e-mails and helped me with any questions I had.
The apartment was beautiful, and very clean. It's a little bigger than it looks in the pictures. It gets a lot of sunlight during the day (which I love). I absolutely loved my time there.
The neighborhood is great - and about a 7 minute walk into downtown Northampton. There is free parking on the street. It's very safe and quiet.
I will definitely try to stay here again!
My mom and I had a perfectly wonderful stay in Joanna's beautiful home. It is as lovely as the pictures describe, spacious, warm and welcoming amidst 5' snowdrifts! Although Joanna was away for our visit she made sure our every need was met and was in touch within minutes with answers to the one or two questions we had. I cannot say enough nice things about this host or her tasteful home. Thank you! We hope to come back!
Absolutely beautiful space and super kind host. Will definitely be back!
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About the Host, Joanna
I was a dancer and traveled extensively all over the world and based myself in Barcelona, Spain for almost 10 years where I appeared in 40 television commercials. I also had an antique shop and art gallery in the fishing village of Cadaques where Salvador Dali and many other famous artists have lived. Many of my friends were architects, designers and artists.
I have also spent a lot of time in Kauai. I more recently spend part of the year in Brazil in a wonderful community where people come from all over the world.
For many years I have been dedicated to making a difference in the world through a nonprofit organization I founded called Remineralize the Earth. I am passionate about nature, hiking, creating a new vision for a new Earth and sustainable communities as well as food, film and culture.