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Eco-friendly Stay Walk to Town
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The studio becomes available again in mid-May, 2014.
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 behind our historic Queen Ann Victorian house from 1885. 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 chairs available and so on. 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 very much 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 will have priority for booking. Please let us know what laundry detergent you normally use when you inquire! This way we will know 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. The main thing is that if you use Tide detergent or a similar commercial product, it actually 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, often 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 Food Market, Trader Joe's 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.
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 read our reviews 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.
We are 7 minute walk from town, and buses they go through out the Pioneer Valley. UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College and so on.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$700 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1850 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Spent a lovely weekend at Joanna's studio with my acrobatic partner.The studio was the perfect place to retreat to and work on some of our skills and the adorable town of North Hampton fed us well (don't miss the Hungry Ghost Bakery)! Joanna was a terrific host. We can't wait to come back!
Joanna is an excellent host and the Studio is just cosy and nice as you see in the pictures. The place is calm, silent and the garden around is full of trees and squirrels. I went in the fall season which makes the city atmosphere just as perfect as it could be. Joanna is nice, friendly and helpful. She helped me with everything I needed to be adapted to the city and even more we could hang out together for hiking and visiting other cities around. I thank you very much for being so nice with me along the 1 month I spent there. I hope I can come back one day.
Having a creative project to get done I found Joanna's studio the perfect place to do it. The writing got done. I enjoyed the town, and the conversations with Joanna and her housemates. Hope to return next spring for more work and pleasure in Northampton.
I have had a wonderful experience. The studio is light and airy and very private. One can easily walk to town. Joanna is very helpful and responsive to any questions. I would happily stay here anytime.
We completely enjoyed our stay at Joanna's spacious loft. It was perfectly located to town, and met all of our expectations and needs for our four day stay. Joanna was very attentive to all our requests and needs. She went out of our way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. We highly recommend this loft and will stay when we are back in Northhampton.
We greatly enjoyed our two-week stay at Joanna's studio, and recommend it without reservations. We even managed to have a dinner for eight people one night (two kids at a separate table) though the cooking and eating facilities are definitely limited. We brought our own electric skillet, and this proved useful. The place has a very definite character of its own. It's located an easy walk to downtown, but is very quiet. Joanna is a very thoughtful and interesting host; it would have been nice to interact with her more than we did, but mostly our time was filled with relatives and friends.
We stayed here for our wedding weekend and it was absolutely perfect! Upon arrival, Joanna greeted us with wine, cheese and grapes. It was the perfect place for the bridal party to prepare together because of the wall of mirrors, and made for some wonderful pictures because it was so bright and open. We'll definitely plan to return in the future!
Joanna was wonderful! The studio was beautiful--nicely decorated, open with lots of light--as were the yard and garden outside. It was a peaceful place to return to after spending the day in Northampton. Joanna was a great hostess- she greeted us when we arrived, even though we were a bit later than expected, and took the time to chat with us about Northampton, recommending an amazing breakfast place and some great hiking and walking spots. She had also prepared several sheets with information about the studio and Northampton that were helpful. I also really appreciated that everything was eco-friendly and scent free. We would definitely stay here again- thanks Joanna!
Great space, wonderful host. Close to town, quiet, clean and peaceful.
This studio was open, bright, quiet and peaceful. It was so nice coming back to such a serene place after a long day of graduation ceremonies.
It was also very close to town and shops, and very clean. I would love to go back there again sometime.