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Elegant Wilderness Cabin 12 Miles from Northampton

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Last updated: 09/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Northampton cabin description

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-paneled 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.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cabin
  • 400 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                23 years old. Please no college students....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2

                full size futon...moreless

              • The master bedroom has a queen size mattress. The guest room has a full size futon. The game room has a full size futon....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


              • The bathroom has standard features, shower, no bath. We swim enough in the rivers (when it's warm) that a bath is redundant. We encourage you to soak in the flowing waters!...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                All standard features. Equipped to service up to four people. French press charcoal grill toaster...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Bring, and depart with, your own food and beverages....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Equipped to service up to four people. ...moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Heating:

                Oil burner used only for back up; set at 60 degrees. Electrical baseboard heating in the ell and guest bedroom....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                Not needed. There is always a breeze because of all the rivers and brooks....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Laundromats and dry cleaning are available in Northampton....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Large Jotel stove heats the Glow Room perfectly....moreless


              • Satellite / Cable:

                No cable. Unplug!...moreless

              • Books
              • Game Room


              • Internet:

                No internet, because 1 goal of visiting the Glow Room is to tune into nature and your life. Northampton has wireless in nearly every cafe and the Forbes Library. Unplug!...moreless

              • Telephone:

                No line service. New cell phones work, but be prepared for dropouts....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                bring them! Down hill equipment can be rented at Berkshire East, a gem of a small family-run mountain. X-country skis and snowshoes are perfect for getting around the Hollow....moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                inner tubes for floating, beaver-chewed river walking sticks (essential because the rocks are slippery)...moreless

              • Balcony:

                The game room and master bedroom look over the great room....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                Giant front porch, always cool and shady....moreless

              • Garden Chairs:


              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio


              • Adventure
              • Romantic
              • Away From It All
              • Historic

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                surrounded by Berkshire mountains, all preserved open space—12 square undeveloped miles...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                located with 2 pristine native brook trout streams on edge of property...moreless

              • Ski-Out:

                excellent river-side x-country skiing, right out your front door...moreless

              • Water View


              • Botanical Garden
              • Medical Services
              • Equestrian Events
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Roller Blading
              • Water Tubing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Rafting
              • Massage Therapist
              • Kayaking
              • Cycling
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Hiking
              • Fishing
              • Hunting
              • Swimming
              • Laundromat
              • Hospital
              • Groceries
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Playground
              • Ruins
              • Synagogues
              • Water Parks
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Antiquing
              • Horseback Riding
              • ATM/Bank
              • Rock Climbing
              • Hot Air Ballooning


              Write a review 4.8
              from 4 traveler reviews
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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $225 $225
              Fri, Sat, Sun

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • cleaning (add $15 if staying more than 2 days) $35 + tax
              • Tax Rate 6.5%


              Base rate of $225.00 per night for 4 people.

              There is an additional one time $45.00 cleaning fee.

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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              Last updated: 09/17/2014
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              48 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Bradley Int'l
              13 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Nearest Beach
              Westfield River
              12 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Northampton Brewery (many choices in Northampton)
              25 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Berkshire East
              11 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Beaver Brook Golf Course, Haydenville
              12 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Sierra Grille (many choices in Northampton)

              Car: Necessary

              Our home is located 12 miles from downtown Northampton at the end of a dirt road, in the most serene, beautiful and wild part of Western Massachusetts. Visitors get to enjoy the best of nature and of culture—a perfect place to escape and unwind.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2012

              About the owner: Robbie is a ceramic artist and teacher. Kurt is an environmental philosopher & director of

              Why the Owner Chose Northampton:
              The Glow Room abuts Army Corps of Engineer flood control land so there are no houses, or any development, for miles and miles. Since it is the last structure at the end of 2-mile dirt road, the Glow Room is a place where you can or will encounter wild brook trout, moose, deer, bears, bobcats, coyotes, fisher cats, porcupines, otters, foxes, mink, beaver, sharp shinned hawks, mergansers and bald eagles. Much of the forest has not been logged for two or more generations, and looks and smells like a forest should. The brooks and rivers are as clean and beautiful as they get in New England, and since you live aside them you can walk for a few minutes, or hours, and find spots where you are totally alone, totally at peace. The name Indian Hollow refers to the history of the Rhodes family, Native Americans of the Nonotuck tribe who were famous from about 1820 to 1850 for curing patients with their homeopathic medicines, made with herbs they grew and foraged locally. The Glow Room was purchased in 1876 by Civil War vetHenry Weeks, whose wife was a granddaughter of Yellow Jacket, a famous Indian Chief of western New York. He deflected the Dead Branch to form a millpond, used the hydropower to cut stone and began to make and sell 'Old Norwich Scythe Stones.' The ruins of the stone mill are wonderful explore. Near the Chauncey Brook bridge, he set up a blacksmith shop and made knives and sap spouts, and repaired wagons and sleds. Later he had a store there. 'Historic Hampshire,' reports that 'Evening week day services were held in in a little hall over the Chesterfield Hollow blacksmith's shop, and when he worked late, smoke from the forge seeped up from below. Lyceums in the blacksmith-shop hall drew crowds of young people from the adjoining towns. The program consisted of a few recitations, songs by the quartet, the reading of a newspaper called the Valley Star, and a debate a question of the day.' This spirit lives on—

              The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
              The Glow Room is a sanctuary within a sanctuary. You can experience the vitality of the rivers and mountains, fields and forests of the Hollow, and then drive 12 miles and enjoy the boutiques, restaurants and cultural events that earn Northampton its title of 'Paradise City.' We always looked for a little cabin tucked away from it all, yet not so far away that getting there was a triathalon. When we first saw it, passing by after a June rafting expedition, we were sad because we thought it would be sold in a blink. But when we checked in late September, it was still unsold. Our first walk through revealed why—the place was about to collapse; it was a sick house, that had framed portraits of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee on the walls. But we loved it. And it seemed to want us. About of year of constant work, first stripping it down to its bones and then carefully rebuilding it, restored it to health. Any person who spends a few days here feels better about life, because here you feel it thrumming all around you.

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              • kitchen, starting to glow

                kitchen, starting to glow

              • looking up at master bedroom

                looking up at master bedroom

              • split level

                split level

              • game room

                game room

              • master bedroom

                master bedroom

              • bathroom


              • guest bedroom

                guest bedroom

              • guest bedroom

                guest bedroom

              • friends sharing stories beside Dead Branch Brook

                friends sharing stories beside Dead Branch Brook

              • back yard

                back yard

              • hanging at the Hole on the Dead Branch Brook in June

                hanging at the Hole on the Dead Branch Brook in June

              • .


              • dining area

                dining area

              • big Jotel wood stove to warm the bones

                big Jotel wood stove to warm the bones

              • view from top of stairs

                view from top of stairs

              • master bedroom

                master bedroom

              • master bedroom

                master bedroom

              • the ell, on the way to guest bedroom

                the ell, on the way to guest bedroom

              • guest bedroom

                guest bedroom

              • porch detail

                porch detail

              • fun on the Dead Branch Brook

                fun on the Dead Branch Brook

              • floating at the beach on the Wild & Scenic Westfield River

                floating at the beach on the Wild & Scenic Westfield River

              • scrambling the Dead Branch Brook in August

                scrambling the Dead Branch Brook in August

              • hors d'oeuvre time in the Glow Room

                hors d'oeuvre time in the Glow Room

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Thursday, January 02, 2014

              $225 per night (USD)

              2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 4

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              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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