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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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 $165 per night depending on space and number of guests. 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 (VRBO.com 970510 ) ( is set between the house and barn and can be connected to the downstairs (VRBO.com 970515 ) and upstairs ((VRBO.com 970510 ) 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 entire retreat or just the upstairs and downstairs. 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. VALLEY VIEW FARM is under ten minutes away. PATCHWORK FARM is about 12minutes by car.

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. Valley View Farm is under ten minutes.

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.

More Details

Owner
Carol
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, I studied both French and Spanish retain a bit
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 29, 2017

About Carol

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.

Carol purchased this farmhouse in 1989

Why Carol chose Williamsburg

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Simple living surrounded by serene beauty and sounds of nature. The sky too is large and breathtaking.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our second visit here in paradise just as much as our first one. Now, we have a both a fall and a spring experience. My gardener's heart is filling in the summer. It must be gorgeous! Thank you, Carol, for opening your magical place to us. What a treasure. See you again!
May 2016
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Amenities

Williamsburg Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We have a cancellation fee of 75.00.
  • We cannot give refunds for May & October bookings unless we are able to rebook for same amount of time held.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Upstairs Bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Downstairs Bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Private Studio Bathroom Claw-foot Tub with Wand. No Shower.
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs Apartment
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Downstairs Double Bed fits into this small room - no closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs Apartment Organic Queen & Sofa bed
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Studio Organic Queen & Single Futon on floor.
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Flower Hill Farm Retreat 21 acres Gardens, Fields and Forest, Mountain Views!
average rating of 4.647059 based on 18 reviews
Washington, DC
5

Beautiful property in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We were up in Western MA recently for a wedding and stayed at Flower Hill Farm. It provided the perfect launch pad for the weekend's activities, and Carol went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely consider staying again if I ever return to the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Adam! You and your friends were lovely guests. I hope to welcome you back someday.
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4

Wonderful grounds for young cousins to explore

  • 4 of 5

Three generations of our family shared this historic farmhouse's 3 apartments while in the area for a wedding. Plus we hosted a 60th birthday celebration here.

The children, ages 2-7, were delighted playing outside. There are wide-mown paths throughout the backyard gardens, and the paths in the forest are extensive. No TV in the house kept them outside, which we appreciated.

My husband and I stayed in the studio apartment. This room is large and airy, and the bed faces nearby hills.

We wore no shoes in the house and kept a vegetarian kitchen. There is a tricky situation if you rent the studio with the downstairs apartment. We all entered the downstairs apartment and took off our shoes. The studio is then through the master bedroom. In the morning we realized our shoes were in the kitchen, so we couldn't use the separate studio entrance to go outside. We had to cut through the master bedroom.

Carol kept in close touch even though she was away when we arrived. I think she normally stays in an adjacent building.

It was just right for all our needs.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairfax, Virginia
5

Peaceful country retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 adults and one 5-year-old traveled to Williamsburg in late September to attend a family wedding in Amherst. Flower Hill Farm, about a half-hour drive from the event, was a peaceful and quiet (no TV, good wifi) alternative to staying in a downtown hotel. We reserved the whole house for three nights, which gave us the use of the dining room as well as access for all to the upstairs balcony. Though we were too early for fall foliage, the grounds were still delightful to explore. The owner, an artist and photographer whose works and collected objects enrich the house, was out of town but provided detailed instructions (including soft shoes in the house and vegetarian cooking only, to preserve the ecological retreat atmosphere) and kept in touch to be sure we were comfortable. Taking advantage of local information left for us, we stocked up on maple syrup at Paul's Sugar House (they ship), ate a tasty breakfast at Bread Euphoria, and enjoyed a walk at a nearby Audubon sanctuary. The beds were comfortable, and the couple who stayed in the studio loved the clawfoot tub.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
4

Oasis in the Berkshires

  • 4 of 5

Flower Hill Farm was a lovely oasis in the Berkshires. Carol was very helpful and available but completely unobtrusive. I loved the gorgeous surrounding hills filled with beautiful flowers, birds and mist. Reading while sitting on the upstairs deck was wonderful and relaxing. The apartment has an eclectic selection of books for browsing and a charming indoor reading nook. There is also air conditioning, a rare luxury in a 1700's farmhouse which was much appreciated on the sultry August weekend I was visiting! It was a delightful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Flower Hill Farm is perfect for a relaxing, quiet getaway. Carol is a gracious host and was able to accommodate us (very last minute) this past holiday weekend. We reserved the downstairs apartment which was very comfortable and pictured accurately. However, the photos can't fully depict all the natural beauty surrounding the house, the grounds are exquisite and we enjoyed sitting outside as the sun rose each morning and exploring the garden during the day. In the evenings, the stars and fireflies lit up the garden which was truly a sight! Carol shared some details about the monarch butterfly season and other tidbits about the garden, she's so knowledgeable and passionate (which we loved). There are also some great hiking trails nearby. We do hope to return and will be recommending Flower Hill Farm to friends. Thanks again Carol!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emelyn, It was lovely to have you visit and I particularly enjoyed seeing you out in the gardens. I look forward to your return visit! Thanks so much for choosing Flower Hill Farm Retreat. Your getaway helps to support wildlife habitat. ;-))
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Atlanta, GA
5

Felt at home

  • 5 of 5

Carol Duke has created an extraordinary place to stay for anyone visiting the western MA area. This is a perfect place to unwind. I stayed in the upstairs apartment. What a great view I had of the surrounding area. The accommodations are quite comfortable and her garden is very beautiful this time of year. I have already recommended Flower Hill Farm to several of my friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee- ($55/125) $125

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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