From Nov-May a stay in the treehouse is akin to winter camping (COLD but doable). Or, please consider one of my other offerings: you'll find them listed as: Pale Blue Room and Day Room. Feel free to inquire on a booking! :)
The view from the treehouse through the apple blossom curtain (this occurs in mid May which can be chilly but beautiful!).
Our gorgeous treehouse does NOT have a bathroom (but you can use our one bathroom in the main house). What it has is nine windows and a skylight overlooking beautiful hills and fields, a working farm and a classic barn. It is an art piece located in heaven close to the fabulous town of Shelburne Falls (look it up online!).
Shelburne Falls is home to the Bridge of Flowers, the magnificent geological wonder of the Glacial Potholes, a health food store, an original drugstore ice cream/soda counter and many beautiful art galleries. And if this were not enough there are number of wonderful restaurants. The thing about this town is that it is NOT just a tourist town, it is our town, a real town complete with thrift shops, bowling ally and Pothole Pictures, a film series in an old time working theater with an eclectic offering (search "Pothole Pictures" for the schedule).
The our main house, where you can fix your meals, and bathe, is an art home, though not pristinely clean it is tidy and very beautiful (we are a working farm and working people.) Wireless access does not reach the treehouse but you can access it from the front porch. There is a train track 1/4 mile from the treehouse; the perfect distance to be able to enjoy but not be roared out of sleep. The train does randomly sit and idle there over night and if this is disruptive, there are earplugs (all new and unused) that you may have (and take with you as a souvenir :). Earplugs can also serve to soften the sounds of twigs and acorns that actively fall on the tin roof. Even the rain can be loud. I happen to love the sound of the rain on the roof, but some not so much as I.
We have cats, dogs, goats and chickens so expect some possible morning noise and some friendly faces. We do try to maintain Sat and Sun morning quiet until around 9am for the consideration of all.
For those with allergies, the treehouse is pet free. Well-behaved pets with good social sense are welcome pending conversation. (They would stay in the mudroom of our house.)
We say this accommodates two people (on a full size futon) but there is the potential for a younger child or two to sleep on the futon mattress that I can pull out from under the bed (with notice). The room has extra blankets and a ceiling fan to keep you toasty or cool. April-Oct. (Aprils and Octobers are often quite cold, and the treehouse -does not- have heat, but there are down comforters to keep you warm in bed. Mornings will likely be cold.)
Listing includes use of kitchen and bathroom. Use of laundry for a moderate $3 fee. Be kind to all animals.
Clean up after your kitchen use, please. I am SERVSAFE certified and I'd love nothing more than to serve you breakfast but in my effort to be compliant with town codes and restrictions I do not.
Pets will be an additional $10. Smoking out doors. PLEASE NOTE: there are bugs here; this is the country (a guest from LA was upset that there were bugs here). And no, there is no lock on the treehouse (same guest).
We are 35 minutes from Northampton, and 45 min from Amherst and 40 min form MassMoCA.
If you would like to see a short film made about our treehouse search: tiny shacks treehouse Buckland (it will be the first one you see).
Listing includes use of kitchen and bathroom. Feel free to keep food in the large fridge in the kitchen. Clean up after your kitchen use, please. Use of laundry for a moderate $3 fee. Be kind to all animals. The tree house does NOT have a bathroom so you may choose to trek to the house at night for your bathroom needs, or use natures bathroom if it suits you. :)
Pets will be an additional $10 as they will need to stay in our house and not in the tree house and require another level of accommodation.
Please hold your best level of morning quiet until 10am for the consideration of all.
No shoes in the treehouse. No candles in treehouse and smoking out doors, only.
The treehouse was really fun! If you like camping, you will like sleeping under some nice down blankets looking out at the beautiful landscape. We were in Shelburne Falls for the annual cider festival so it was pretty cold since it was early November.
Janice was very responsive and made us feel welcome. Just note that it's a good distance from the treehouse to the main house where the bathroom is, but this isn't a problem if you are ok with going au natural :)
This was a great find on airbnb!! As a first experience I'm grateful to Janice and her husband for being so accommodating and opening their home to us. The treehouse is very cozy and they provided lots of warm blankets for the chilly evening. Also, it was nice to be able to utilize the bathroom and shower inside their home. What a beautiful house with very friendly dogs! Thank you again!
Janice was great—I showed up late and she patiently waited for me and gave me a tour of the house and the treehouse. She made sure I was comfortable, and the treehouse was amazing.
Janice was very down-to-earth and friendly. She regaled me with her ideas for Airbnb, and how it helps her send her kids to college while she focuses on her art. Her treehouse has seen some cool news coverage—ask her about it!
Janice was responsive, helpful, and awesome! The treehouse was beautiful and was full of warm blankets. In the morning Janice told us about her artwork and have us homemade granola with fresh goats milk and raspberry compote. The property was beautiful and I would go back in a heart beat!
Had an awesome stay at Jamie and Michael's treehouse this past weekend. Janice worked with me on a late arrival and was a very welcoming host. She gave us a quick tour of the place and we were then off to our concert. A great night under the stars and all the warm blankets we could ever desire. We will definitely be back, this is a real treat.
My friends and I had a wonderful stay at Janice's treehouse. Even though it was cold at night, she made sure that we were stocked on plenty of warm blankets and comfortable beds. Also waking up to the mountain and farm views was such a welcomed change. Janice and her husband Andrew (and their beautiful dog Georgia) were very hospitable. They gave us great tips for breakfast and things to do-- Elmers-- it was delicious!
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Janice Sorensen- Artist and Social Work Consutlant, husband Michael Hoberman, teaches English and American Studies at Fitchburg State College. Both like to run. We live on a farm with cats dogs goats and chickens. Two kids (17 and 21 who will occasionally be traveling with us.