The Glow Room at Indian Hollow is a history-rich 1850 post & beam barn, renovated in a light-filled, post modern style.
Imagine getting out of your car, opening the screen door to a big porch that overlooks a leaping mountain brook, deep enough to dunk in. Then pass through the strap-hinged front door and into a glowing pine-panelled great room with giant windows, a big wood stove, 3 Chesterfield couches, dining area and kitchen. You see the forest all around you, but you're inside, ready to unwind.
Upstairs, the loft features the master bedroom (sleeps 2, queen) and a reading/games room (can sleep 2, futon).
Walking into the ell, you pass the bathroom, the 'room with no purpose,' and the guest bedroom (sleeps 2, futon) which opens onto the back deck, where the barbecue is, and the sound of the leaping waters.
In summer the lawn is thick and lush, and you are surrounded with pines, birches, maples and mountains. Chauncey Brook forms the east border & offers a serene and ferny welcome; overlooking it, there's a beautiful firepit surrounded by log benches. The southern border is the Dead Branch Brook with its refreshing plunge pools.
About a 1/4 mile downstream it joins the East Branch of the Westfield River, a federally-designated 'Wild and Scenic River.' We will provide you with maps and information about the area, which contains extraordinary opportunities for picnicking, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, x-country skiing, snow-shoeing, photography and painting. And being alone, with someone you want to be alone with.
This property is designed to inspire the maximum enjoyment of the 15+ square miles of open space that begins at its doorstep. The Glow Room is a launching pad.
To amplify the quiet and help you unplug, there is no internet service (bring DVDs for your laptop). New cell phones work, but will drop out.
Respect the Glow Room as if it were your own home.
We are now providing sheets & towels but had to add a cleaning fee to cover the time & expense.
We do make exceptions for pets if it discussed ahead of time. Please no pets on the furniture or beds!
Leave the cabin how you found it.
Indian Hollow was tranquil and pristine under several feet of snow. The cabin was warm, cozy and beautiful. We skied outside the door. Unfortunately, we were not able to get cell phone reception and there is no internet or landline, hence we were unable to communicate with friends or family who we wanted to see. The cabin is at the end of a steep hill that, when covered in snow, is difficult to navigate. The note said, "call 911 if the road isn't plowed" but how could we call 911? I would stay again if there was either internet or landline, preferably both.
We had a very nice stay in the cabin and would highly recommend it to anyone. The power went out due to a heavy snowfall which left trees on the line - it was out for 2 days but we kept warm from the amazing Norwegian stove and could cook - there were plenty of candles for light. There are lovely walks right out the front door and the most beautiful river views you can imagine. We hope we can come back!
The Glow Room was beautiful, the pictures don't do it justice! The wood stove was burning when we arrived and everything was lovely and cozy. We had some great hikes nearby, and cooked great meals in the cozy cabin afterwards. The beds had cozy down comforters. We definitely hope to return!
Robbie is an excellent host and the Glow Room is a beautiful retreat. The sound of the river and the chorus of birds was relaxing soundtrack during our stay. The warm wood interior of the Glow Room was inviting and cozy. No distractions from television, cell phones, or computers made our stay perfect.
Staying at the Glow Room was a very special experience! We did not meet our hosts during our extended stay but we had everything we needed at the cabin. It is a beautiful place (just like the pictues) : simple, modern, rustic. It is the perfect place for a retreat. We explored the area quite a bit and the one thing we wished we had done but didn't was get to one of the areas MANY farmers markets - that seems like a great resource for yum in the area :) I think if we were to stay again at the Glow room we would perhaps do so for a shorter time (a long weekend or up to a week) because of it's remoteness (no cell, internets, phone etc). But for a real retreat not having those was just perfect (we got to read and walk and sleep VERY well).
The Glow Room was gorgeous inside and out; big open windows, rustic, minimalist decor, and a nearby creek and campground for hiking and exploring. The cabin was clean and well-stocked with everything we could have needed for cooking. Robbie was a wonderful host and even had the wood-burning stove going for us upon arrival. Would definitely stay here again!
Robbie and Kurt's place is drop dead gorgeous. It is a gutted and renovated barn, renovated with respect for the local history. Photos could never do the place justice. What an intelligent, playful, keenly aesthetic renovation it is. Detail after detail perfectly executed. Wow! What a pleasure. The cabin is at the bottom of a gorge, at the end of a steep, winding road (last house before a campground.) the closest neighbors are a good bit down the road. We stayed in winter, so there was very little car traffic, if any. There is a loud creek across the street, but one can barely hear it once the door to the cabin is closed. Though the temperatures outside were subfreezing, we stayed nice and toasty thanks to the efficient and very good looking wood-burning stove and handcrafted tile chimney. The kitchen is well laid out, and the cups plates etc. are handmade pottery. It's like a fairy land in there. Remember to stock up on groceries, because it is a bit of a drive to any kind of sizable market, though there is a general store nearby in Chesterfield.
I am a full time ceramic artist and my husband runs a non profit environmental philosophy school, ((website hidden)). The Glow Room is a culmination of both our interests. It incorporates my love of design with Kurt's efforts to preserve and protect nature. The natural surroundings provide a getaway that enriches my aesthetic sensibilities while for Kurt, it is a place to keep tabs on the health of our bioregion and inspire his writing and teaching.