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Flower Hill Farm Retreat 21 Acres Gardens, Fields and Forest, Mountain Views!

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FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT FROM THE NORTH FIELD EARLY SPRING

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Last updated: 03/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + (Sleeps 10) , 3 Bathrooms, 2 Kitchens, Hillside Views.

Flower Hill Farm Retreat is a perfect getaway for one, two, three guests or a large group up to ten. Rates start at $175 per night depending on number of guests. For more information, our website link is below under Owner Info and Contact us. We have three other listings on this site that will show you the individual spaces. This listing if for the entire retreat.

Flower Hill Farm Retreat offers rustic simplicity for those longing for time in nature. We are located in Western Massachusetts, fifteen to twenty minutes west of Northampton, 30 minutes from Amherst College and UMASS. Our Eco-Friendly Vegetarian Vacation/Getaway Retreat is a 1790 restored farmhouse with an attached artist/writer studio and barn (painting studio). The house has two full downstairs and upstairs apartments. The studio is set between the house and barn and can be connected to the downstairs and upstairs to make for one cozy house. There are three private bathrooms, three queen bedrooms, a tiny double bedroom, and two vegetarian kitchens. A dining room, that seats up ten is part of the retreat when booking the farmhouse. The living room fireplace works and may be used seasonally, only on approval, for an extra fee to help cover cost of wood. Please ask about the fireplace if it is an important reason you are booking. We cannot promise ahead that it can be used.

The buildings face east and are surrounded by rambling organic gardens, forest, hillside and mountain range views, marvelous sky and landscapes to explore. Cross-country skiing, sledding, and snow shoeing on a twenty-acre hillside (ten acres are in wildlife conservation) in the foothills of the Berkshires just six miles from Northampton, Massachusetts. We are an easy one hour drive from Lenox/Tanglewood and other venues of cultural interest in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Vermont.

It is a great joy to the owner that Flower Hill Farm has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras. By car you will be able to reach Snow Farm in 5 minutes, 12 minutes to Double Edge Theatre and 15 minutes to Northampton.

Flower Hill Farm is a very clean, simple, spacious, rustic place surrounded by the magic of nature. Fabulous Views. We do not wear shoes inside any of our spaces. Come visit and leave the outside world behind.

We do not use poisons of any kind -- pesticides, herbicides, or any chemical fertilizers -- at Flower Hill Farm.

Outside the walls of the old farmhouse and studio nature abounds with wonders. We have no pets here, but over 50 species of butterflies, 70 species of birds including songbirds, grouse, wild turkey, woodcock and other creatures of the wild live in our gardens and forest. Fireflies dazzle guests during the summer nights. Guests enjoy breathtaking views -- sunrise, moonrise and stargazing too! Woodland and garden paths along with a country road offer inspiring walks... Don't miss a moonlight walk through the gardens. Hundreds of varieties of plants, shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees add to your outdoor experience throughout the seasons.

Northampton, home to Smith College and the Paradise City Arts Festival, is only 15/20 minutes away, while Lenox/ Tanglewood, Stockbridge, MOCA, Becket, with Jacobs Pillow and Williamstown/Clarke Museum, are an easy 45 minutes to one-hour drive. SNOW FARM is 5 minutes by car and DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE is only 12 minutes drive.

The surrounding hilltowns are filled with great bookstores, excellent restaurants and both famous and unknown writers and artists who have seasonal open studios and sales. Writers' workshops such as Patchwork Farm, yoga, dance and other creative ventures abound in the valley and hilltowns. Snow Farm and the New England Craft Program are five minutes from Flower Hill Farm.

Historic Deerfield, with the Deerfield Inn and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory; Buckland/Shelburne Falls, with The Bridge Of Flowers and Potholes; Montague, with the Montague Book Mill; Worthington, home to the Sevenars Music Festival; Cummington, with its popular Country Fair, The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, and Greenwood Music Camp; and Windsor, with the Notchview Cross Country Ski Center are all but 15-20-30 minutes away along scenic country roads.

Flower Hill Farm, is only 10 minutes away from an Audubon Sanctuary and the DAR state forest with walking trails and lake for swimming, kayaking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing; Chapel Brook Falls with rock climbing, hiking and waterfalls is just down the road 7 minutes.

We welcome families and extended stays. Our home is perfect for vacations and romantic getaways. Perfect for those feeling a nature deficit.

Keywords: 1790 Farmhouse Romantic Getaway - 3 Queen Bedrooms 1 Double Bedroom with private Vegetarian Kitchens. Organic gardens. Fabulous Views. Forest. Wildlife Habitat. Birds. Privacy. Quiet. Great for family reunions and friends reunions. Five College Area. Nature. Twelve minutes to Patchwork Farm and Double Edge Theatre. We accept well behaved pets but must speak with owners first before approval. There is a pet fee of 50.00.
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Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, I studied both French and Spanish retain a bit
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We would need to speak with you about your pets. We prefer pets not to be left alone here at the retreat. Carol loves animals and does often pet-sit for her guests for no extra fee. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Downstairs Apartment...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Downstairs Double Bed fits into this small room - no closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Upstairs Apartment Organic Queen & Sofa bed...moreless

  • Bedroom : 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Studio Organic Queen & Single Futon on floor....moreless

  • If you are a small party of guests and will not use all of the bedrooms, call and we can work out a better rate. You can still come back and book through this site. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private Upstairs Bathroom. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private Downstairs Bathroom ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub

    Private Studio Bathroom Claw-foot Tub with Wand. No Shower....moreless

  • The studio bathroom does not have a stand up shower, but the claw-foot tub situated out in the bedroom does have a wand. It is a popular romantic set up. You can lounge in the old fashion tub, while looking out the large glass doors....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Flower Hill Farm is a unique retreat surrounded by nature, while being very close to the heart of Northampton and other small hilltowns. Perfect for families, couples and singles wanting to getaway for a quiet down time connected to nature. The views and grounds are outstanding, and you do not have to leave your space to feel as though you are in nature. We accommodate both B&B guests and those wanting a totally independent and private getaway. When booking ask about the options of both. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Upstairs has a modest library. A few books downstairs. Literary magazines etc. in all spaces. ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    15 minutes to Downtown Northampton, MA...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Rural:

    Country farmhouse with grassy paths for strolling through rambling wild-like gardens...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    Cross country skiing right out the door . . . no trails but snowshoeing too. ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    30 mins from Windsor MA and great cross country skiing trails....moreless

  • Village:

    2 miles from the village of Williamsburg, MA...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Simple Dinning areas in all spaces. *We now have a large dining area that seats up to ten guests. (*This is available to guests who rent the house (up and down) or entire retreat.)...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    . ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    For clean clothes from Washer only. By appointment only....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Only on approval and during certain seasons. There is a fee to help cover expense of wood. Please note that it is not possible to use the fireplaces in extreme cold and windy conditions. ...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Gas 'faux wood-stove' in studio. During cold weather only. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Gas - forced hot air. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, Blankets, Comforters, Towels etc....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The downstairs has a large living room. The upstairs has smaller sitting area with small library. The studio is an open space that has a Queen bed and small dining area. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Free parking in car park area. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Car Park right off street. Driveway for unloading only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Usually one or two towels per person plus hand towel and face cloth....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Shared. By appointment only. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    There is an extra fee for using fireplace to cover cost of wood. You must have experience with making fires to use fireplace. Only upon owner approval. Ask before booking if this is important to you....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Ask Carol for names of local caterers. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee Maker and Filters provided...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots and pans...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Basic dishes and cutlery for cooking and dining. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Downstairs and Upstairs have private vegetarian kitchens. Studio is not set up for cooking, but there it has a small refrigerator, dishes for light fare, with French press, and tea kettle. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas ovens in both apartment kitchens....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    See above....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Good size private balcony off of upstairs apartment. Wonderful views, up in the trees. Very special. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Wild and rambling gardens and fields and for the more adventurous there is a forest to explore. 21 acres in all to roam. Best to wear light colored clothing and stay on mowed paths. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a small weber charcoal grill. Bring your own (non toxic) charcoal. Ask before booking....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Snowshoeing right out the door....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Graduation Weekends
May 5 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$598

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$590
$3,000

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee- ($55/125) $125
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

In case you missed it in our Listing Description . . . We honor the Japanese custom of not wearing outdoor shoes inside. Good to bring slippers. Our kitchens are vegetarian. *There is a $75.00 cancellation fee.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

Car: Recommended

Northampton, home to Smith College and the Paradise City Arts Festival, is only 15 minutes away, while Lenox/ Tanglewood, Stockbridge, MOCA, Becket, with Jacobs Pillow and Williamstown/Clarke Museum, are an easy 45 minutes to one-hour drive.

The surrounding hilltowns are filled with great bookstores, excellent restaurants and both famous and unknown writers and artists who have seasonal open studios and sales. Writers' workshops such as Patchwork Farm, yoga, dance and other creative ventures abound in the valley and hilltowns. Snow Farm and the New England Craft Program are five minutes from Flower Hill Farm. Historic Deerfield, with the Deerfield Inn and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory; Buckland/Shelburne Falls, with The Bridge Of Flowers and Potholes; Montague, with the Montague Book Mill; Worthington, home to the Sevenars Music Festival; Cummington, with its popular Country Fair, The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, and Greenwood Music Camp; and Windsor, with the Notchview Cross Country Ski Center are all but 15-20-30 minutes away along scenic country roads.

Flower Hill Farm, is only 10 minutes away from an Audubon Sanctuary and the DAR state forest with walking trails and lake for swimming, kayaking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing; Chapel Brook Falls with rock climbing, hiking and waterfalls is just down the road 7 minutes.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: I look forward to welcoming you to our rustic Flower Hill Farm Retreat! My life here is a work-in-progress and both the magical overgrown gardens and restored 1790 farmhouse offer charm, comfort and continued challenges. If you have nature deficit disorder, this is the place for you. On my website I have documented with photographs and listed by families over 50 species of butterflies and 70 plus bird species living or migrating thru our farm. There are enchanting encounters with mammals too. I am working on a book I call 'A Bestiary ~ Tales from a Wildlife Garden.' I am an artist and farmer, who has given much of the last thirty years to caring for my twenty-one acre hillside in Western Massachusetts. My greatest joy in working with the land has been to see how my farm has become home to a diverse community of wildlife. Through painting, photography and writing, I try to capture the essence of what it is to be closely connected to nature. To cultivating that connection within the rich loam of this Western Massachusetts hillside and my mind. On my blog Flower Hill Farm, I share the beauty of the wildlife surrounding my old farmhouse. In this way, I try to convey that with careful consideration of conservation and only using organic practices, while being a steward to the land, one can create a true sanctuary for native flora and fauna. And while living in this manner we can create a lush, green, and nourishing retreat for ourselves.

Why the Owner Chose Williamsburg, MA, USA:
We were attracted to the beauty, magic and charm of the landscape and rustic farmhouse. The area is rich in cultural happenings and abounds in creativity and fun. Living close to nature, while minutes from a five college area is rather ideal.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Simple living surrounded by serene beauty and sounds of nature. The sky too is large and breathtaking.


Contact us

Speaks: english, I studied both French and Spanish retain a bit
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

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Photos

  • FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT FROM THE NORTH FIELD EARLY SPRING

    FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT FROM THE NORTH FIELD EARLY SPRING

  • SPRING GARDENS FROM NORTH FIELD.

    SPRING GARDENS FROM NORTH FIELD.

  • LOOKING UP TO RETREAT BELOW APPLE TREES FROM BLUEBERRY FIELD.

    LOOKING UP TO RETREAT BELOW APPLE TREES FROM BLUEBERRY FIELD.

  • Middle meadow July garden below farmhouse.

    Middle meadow July garden below farmhouse.

  • Looking Up From Garden towards Downstairs Outside Seating Area - Monarchs

    Looking Up From Garden towards Downstairs Outside Seating Area - Monarchs

  • Downstairs Living room. Small double bedroom through wooden door straight ahead.

    Downstairs Living room. Small double bedroom through wooden door straight ahead.

  • Downstairs Queen Bedroom
Not a working fireplace.

    Downstairs Queen Bedroom Not a working fireplace.

  • STUDIO IN WINTER
This space no longer has desk to allow for full view.

    STUDIO IN WINTER This space no longer has desk to allow for full view.

  • UPSTAIRS KITCHEN 
Sorry no grinder

    UPSTAIRS KITCHEN Sorry no grinder

  • UPSTAIRS SEATING AREA AND SMALL LIBRARY

    UPSTAIRS SEATING AREA AND SMALL LIBRARY

  • Upstairs Balcony

    Upstairs Balcony

  • Pileated woodpeckers seen in Rock Maples next to farmhouse.

    Pileated woodpeckers seen in Rock Maples next to farmhouse.

  • FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT WINTER SUNRISE VIEW FROM HOUSE AND GARDENS

    FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT WINTER SUNRISE VIEW FROM HOUSE AND GARDENS

  • EARLY SUMMER FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT FROM NORTH FIELD

    EARLY SUMMER FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT FROM NORTH FIELD

  • IN THE SPRING GARDEN LOOKING EAST OVER TO WALNUT HILL

    IN THE SPRING GARDEN LOOKING EAST OVER TO WALNUT HILL

  • Guest in Middle Garden beneath a rainbow.

    Guest in Middle Garden beneath a rainbow.

  • Downstairs Apartment Kitchen

    Downstairs Apartment Kitchen

  • Downstairs Apartment Outside Seating Area

    Downstairs Apartment Outside Seating Area

  • DOWNSTAIRS QUEEN BEDROOM LEADING TO STUDIO.

    DOWNSTAIRS QUEEN BEDROOM LEADING TO STUDIO.

  • View from Studio Space

    View from Studio Space

  • UPSTAIRS EATING NOOK WITH FABULOUS VIEW

    UPSTAIRS EATING NOOK WITH FABULOUS VIEW

  • UPSTAIRS QUEEN BEDROOM AND SOFA BED

    UPSTAIRS QUEEN BEDROOM AND SOFA BED

  • FULL MOON CAN BE SEEN FROM ALL FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT SPACES AND GARDENS.

    FULL MOON CAN BE SEEN FROM ALL FLOWER HILL FARM RETREAT SPACES AND GARDENS.

  • Events tent in North Field

    Events tent in North Field

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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