Colorful Farmhouse, Pale Blue Room

House - Private room · Depot Road, Buckland, MA 01338, United States
Your host, Janice
15 Reviews
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This listing is for light and beautiful pale blue bedroom upstairs that features a large picture window.

Our home is an art piece located in heaven close to the fabulous town of Shelburne Falls (worth a (website hidden)). There are other listings available on our property. (If you are a group and want to get creative, you can also request our large couch.) Note: the room listed here passes through my husbands small office and some mornings he will need to be in there working.

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 (also worth a (website hidden)).

You can fix your meals, and bathe here. Though not pristinely clean, our home is tidy and beautiful (we are a working farm and working people.) That said, we are a shoes off household, so bring your slippers if you'd like. Wireless access available. We have one (stunningly beautiful) bathroom.

We are a family with cats, dogs, goats and chickens so expect some possible morning noise and some friendly faces. For those with cat or dog allergies, this may not be the place for you. Pets with good social sense are welcome pending pre-conversation.

Listing includes use of kitchen (please clean up completely after yourselves). If I am around, I am happy to make you breakfast in the morning for a $7/pp fee. My breakfasts might be pancakes and maple syrup, or fresh eggs or french toast. Saturdays I bike ride with friends and Sundays I go for a group run so breakfast might need to be upon my return or you can feel free to make it yourself with our fresh eggs and goat milk. (You are also invited to join us for the run or bike ride if you bring your bike/sneakers.)

Pets will be an additional $5. Smoking out doors. Use of laundry for a moderate $3 fee. Be kind to all animals.

We are 35 minutes from Northampton, and 45 min from Amherst and 40 min form MassMoca.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $300 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We stayed with Janice and Michael (and all the lovely animals) for a week in February. While frozen and grey outside Magpie Farm provided a warm and colourful home for us. We enjoyed sitting by the wood stove, bringing in the fresh eggs, amply shared, cooking in the brilliantly clean kitchen, and cooing to Peanut and Georgia (the pups!). Michael and Janice were very accommodating to us, allowing for a late night check-in and helping to dig our car out of feet of snow. The room we stayed in was warm and we felt welcome to lounge and do work at the kitchen table and multiple parlours. We would highly recommend their vibrant and loving home to anyone, especially those who are interested in sustainability and community lifestyles. Thank you so much for a delightful week of respite and repose.

    February 2014
    Response from Janice:

    What a lovely review. We so enjoyed having you in our home. You are such easy guests!

    February 2014
  • Every morning I awoke to this magnificant maple tree that hovered over our picture window at the head of the bed. The Sorensen family is kind and welcoming, Janice is an old pro at this air bnb thing, she knows just how to welcome a stranger into her family.

    She was also on top of local events in the area so we always knew where the hippest action was taking place. The funky art that plasters the walls of the Sorensen home is fun and inviting, we really enjoyed the place.

    October 2013
    Response from Janice:

    And I loved having you guys here! Thank you for the gift of the candle and the kind note! Hope to see you in Portland!

    October 2013
  • Me and my family had such a pleasant stay at Janices beautiful house! Janice and her family are realy taking good care of the garden, dogs and the other animals and the house, you can feel the love and appreciation of living 'outside'. We've booked the Blue Room but immediately wished we had booked the Treehouse; it looked so comfortable, cozy and away of everything. But then the spacious Blue Room is decorated realy nice, has a nice and soft bed, a big window and fresh flowers. So, not too bad either :-) And staying in the Blue Room makes you realy a part of their home. There is always a nice chat with someone as there are living familymembers and employees in the house. But in the evening and at night it's totally quiet. We cooked our meal in the big and nice kitchen, had a good bath and in the evening we've spend some time talking with Janice and her houseband. They're so nice and realy interested in their guests. We felt very welcome. And our one year old son was spoiled by Janice with retro toys and a lot of love and attention. This made our visit extra special. Thank you Janice!

    September 2013
  • Janice was great! Her and her family are very sweet and the Blue Room, very comfortable. I only wished we could have stayed longer. Thank you Janice, you are a wonderful host!

    August 2013
  • We had a brief, but lovely late July stay at Janice and Michael's warm and comfortable home. Janice was quite accommodating with our late (midnight) arrival, and stayed up to greet us. She had given us some advice on places to eat dinner nearby, and invited us to a film screening, but we were held up in traffic and came in terribly late and tired. A sound night's rest rejuvenated us, and it was wonderful to wake up at their serene, beautiful place. Janice and Michael were busy starting their Saturday when we woke around 8, but took some time to chat before heading out. We enjoyed a long walk down the country lane nearby, as well as taking in the grounds and visiting with the goats. Make sure to build in some time to enjoy the area, and ask them for recommendations. Enjoy!

    July 2013
  • In early July my mother and almost 7 year old daughter spent five nights and days at Magpie Farm and loved every moment. They made friends with the farm goats and dogs, and appreciated the scenery of woods, hills, and cornfields. The farm's currents and goose berries became their favorite fruits. They enjoyed sharing meals and conversation with Janice and Michael, and being surrounded by their collection of unique crafts and paintings. My daughter attended a day camp at Red Gate Farm (the impetus behind their trip) just 6 miles from Janice's while my mother explored the area. They found a place to swim in the afternoons and had a great first adventure together. Since it was their first trip together, it was wonderful that their hosts were amiable, flexible, and good company. They plan to go back again for another adventure!

    July 2013
  • After an amazing drive through cornfields you descend upon this beautiful farmhouse. Three adorable dogs greeted us along with Janice. Our room was cozy, the surroundings were beautiful, and everyone we met there was warm and helpful. The swimming spot they led us to was the perfect anecdote to a hot day, and their dinner recommendation was also spot on.

    This was our first trip to that part of Massachusetts, and we'll definitely be back. Shelburne Falls and Ashfield are gorgeous and were not too crowded on the hot July weekend.

    July 2013
  • We had a wonderful weekend (two nights) at Janice's lovely house enjoying the great views from the very comfortable "blue room"! Janice and her family were very welcoming and helpful. We highly recommend the breakfast!

    May 2013
  • She really helped us out, we had last minute interest in camping out and she answered very promptly to our request later in the evening. Its beautiful land, a cute house, and welcoming hosts.

    April 2013
  • Directions to reach this real working farm/house were great. It is certainly remote. We arrived just before sunset so we had a good look at the property and the cool treehouse tucked out back - this seems to be where most airbnb guests have stayed. We were booked for an interior room. Unfortunately the owners weren't home (although we knew this in advance). As we arrived the couple staying in the treehouse arrived to cook their dinner. We said Hi and then walked through the house trying to determine where exactly we were to stay - the owners own bedroom upstairs. There were no pictures of any bedroom or the single bathroom on airbnb - but lots of the spraypained stencils of flowers on the walls and close-ups of pottery kithchen elements! Tip - this should have been a red flag. Now I know.

    There is such a wide range of homes/rooms available on airbnb! We have been staying in much more 'finished' homes so this one came as a surprise. We were just not prepared to sleep in a stanger's bed. The flannel sheets were quite worn and to my eye not entirely inviting (ie clean - despite the owners insistance of being freshly washed and made).

    We were to share the single bathroom with 6 other people (their son, an exchange student, their farmhand and his gf, and the 2 treehouse guests). 8 to 1 was just too much!

    So we left, emailed the owner, then called airbnb to express our disatisfaction with the accomadations. Airbnb was great to deal with and immediately offered a $25 credit to our account which we have already used! The owner's cancellation policy is clear and we were ceratinly beyond their cut-off. But I thought given the circumstances as explained very graciously would have complelled her to say 'no charge'. Unfortunately that didn't happen. It was simply 'I told you all this'. Well.....not 8 to a single bath.

    I can't say this place isn't fine for some travelers - and maybe the birdhouse is. But for me the interior of the home is best described as a transient hippie flophouse. I was one once so I know what they look like. :)

    October 2012
    Response from Janice:

    Tony’s poor review is a disappointment and rather confusing.

    “just too many folks using one bathroom.”

    My house manual on the airbnb site states:
    “You can expect to see people other than Michael and me around the place. In addition to the two teenage boys at home right now, our land is an active farm (with farm share pick up gatherings on Sunday night) and we have a housemate who lives in another outbuilding. And, there may be other airbnb guests here.”

    2 teenage boys
    1 housemate
    1 farmer
    2 other “farmhouse” guests
    +2 “Treehouse” guests
    8 people

    OR even before he reserved he could have seen in our airbnb description:

    “There are two possible rooms available in the lovely artist farmhouse, our bedroom (if our treehouse is not occupied or during the colder seasons), or the daybed, which is semi-private. Actually if you are a group and want to get creative, you can also use our large couch.”
    Again, 2 bedrooms x 2 people + couches = 6 people + Treehouse x 2 people = 8

    When Tony inquired about staying with us
    I WROTE:
    “Let me know if you would like to stay in our upstairs bedroom.”
    Later Tony wrote:
    “It was not what we were expecting: presuming your room was downstairs - we really require an actual room with a door.

    Our upstairs bedroom is upstairs and has a door.

    TONY SAID: “There were no pictures of any bedroom”
    MY ANSWER: You are right, Tony. I totally ought to have pictures of my bedroom on the site. A huge oversight. I will post some this week. The photos will attest to what a beautiful room it is (and the fact that it does have a door).

    TONY SAID: “There were not pictures of … the single bathroom
    MY ANSWER: yes, Tony, there are, and were, pictures of the bathroom posted on airbnb.
    TONY SAID: “but lots [of pictures] of the spraypained stencils of flowers on the walls”
    MY ANSWER: yes, I just finished this custom paint job and was excited about it and probably did overpost images of it.

    TONY SAID: “and close-ups of pottery kithchen elements! Tip - this should have been a red flag. Now I know.”
    MY ANSWER: The Airbnb photographer who come to my house recommended close up detail photos.
    TONY SAID: We were just not prepared to sleep in a stanger's bed.
    MY ANSWER: Not prepared to sleep in a stranger’s bed?? Seriously, Tony?
    TONY SAID: The flannel sheets were quite worn and to my eye not entirely inviting (ie clean - despite the owners insistance of being freshly washed and made).
    MY ANSWER: You said you would arrive between 8 and 9pm. If you came before 6, they were not clean. The person I hired to clean the room came at 6. The sheets were clean, if not yes, possibly worn. My son checked the room and confirmed that it had, in fact, been cleaned. I did not waive your fee because I hired someone to clean the room so would barely made a profit.

    Tony was not a good “listener.” He cancelled his reservation with us (at the height of fall foliage and was upset not to receive his refund. I take a pretty lax policy on refunds and only employ the one with a penalty for less than 24 hours notice. The only surprise I can agree with was that, yes, the flannel sheets were not brand new. Clean, but not new.

    And, “transient hippie flophouse”?
    Tony, you loose credibility when you call names.

    October 2012
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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.
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