About this listing
A unique studio, loft-like, surrounded by beautiful gardens, a short walk to downtown and Smith College; perfect for visiting the five colleges, attending weddings, graduations, workshops, writing and research; close to hiking and bicycle trails.
Please read the full description and eco-friendly policy before inquiring. Then press "Contact Host."Thanks!
NOTE: When you contact me the first time, please read our eco-friendly policy below and let me know what laundry detergent you normally use (this info not to do with whether or not you will be using the laundry facilities while you are here).
Please feel welcome to contact me for longer-term reservations during November-April. I often host visiting scholars and others during that time.
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. Dream and play, have your own private retreat. Large windows looking out into beautiful gardens.
A 1250 ft.² 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.
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 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 chemical free space for all of our guests. Please read more about this below.
OUR ECO-FRIENDLY CHALLENGE
The issue is not about doing laundry during your stay and we are happy to provide you with an eco-friendly detergent. The host is sensitive to commercial laundry products such as Tide detergent and fabric softeners and is dedicated to maintaining an eco-friendly space for others with the same needs or an eco-friendly lifestyle.
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 an eco-friendly detergent, and by the time of the reservation, fragrance and chemicals will not get on the furniture. If you shop at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, co-ops, natural foods 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. Please feel welcome to ask me any questions around this policy.
The washer and dryer are located in the back pantry of the main house.
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.
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, gardens and driveway for parking.
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. Please see my reviews as a superhost!
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
Moderate cancellation policy – please note that I am able to alter the dates of the reservation depending on availability, but only you can cancel your reservation up until five days prior to the reservation. During the reservation I cannot alter the dates, except according to availability if you would like to stay longer, but not shorter. Please be responsible for your own change of plans. Thank you!
Dear Potential Guest,
Please do not use essential oils or incense. if you use these on a regular basis, we won't be able to accommodate you, unless there is 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 which is in the main house depending on how chemical free your clothing is. I would like to keep my washer and dryer as fragrance free as possible. Please feel welcome to ask me more about this.
Commercial laundry detergents have been shown to be carcinogenic. This space is meant to be as eco-friendly and chemical 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 food stores, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, Costco, etc. or order them online at Vitacost. Vitacost and iHerb are a great discovery allowing 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 only very occasionally have a guest dog, we are committed to keeping the studio friendly to people with sensitivities and allergies.We vacuum with the hospital filter and steam mop and dust thoroughly.
I look forward to hosting you!
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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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.