Elegant Wilderness Cabin 12 Miles from Northampton

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Last updated: 11/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.


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Property Type

  • 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

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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


  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Video Library:

    Please bring your own DVDs....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

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

  • Ski-Out:

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

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • Heating:

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

  • 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

  • Linens Provided:

    We provide basic sheets & blankets....moreless

  • Parking:

    Park right by the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

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

  • Towels Provided:

    We provide basic towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

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

  • Wood Stove:

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


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press. Bring ground coffee....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • 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

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony:

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

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

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

  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$225 $240
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning (add $15 if staying more than 2 days) $35 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • 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: 11/22/2015
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48 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bradley Int'l
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Northampton Brewery (many choices in Northampton)
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Beaver Brook Golf Course, Haydenville
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sierra Grille (many choices in Northampton)
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Berkshire East
Nearest Beach
Westfield River

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 - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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