The Studio is a private and airy space between the farmhouse and barn. An east facing wall of sliding Anderson doors gives you a feeling of being outside while inside. A hillside view offering lovely sun and moonrises awaits. A small terrace garden brings hummingbirds and butterflies just outside your space. The studio and entire retreat is fifteen minutes west of Northampton, Massachusetts. Rambling organic gardens, fields and forest — home to a diverse wildlife habitat —are yours to explore.
As you enter through your private front door entrance into the Writer's Studio you take off your shoes and leave the outside world behind. This is a private, peaceful, and romantic space, also perfect for single retreats. The claw-foot tub is out in the room and has a wand but no stand-up shower. There is a 'Berkeley Ergonomic' organic queen bed, with a single futon tucked beneath it.
There is a small seating arrangement for light dining with enough dishes and cutlery for two. There is a kettle for boiling water, small French press for coffee, and a small refrigerator. The studio is not set up for cooking but fine for simple take-outs or picnic dining. A WC is within the closet under the hidden AC. The eastern view is beautiful offering sun and moon rises. Small trees in the terrace garden offer food for birds and butterflies, and beauty and privacy for studio guests.
Nightly rate is 165 dollars for up to two guests. Sorry, bath salts cannot be used.
Sweeping sky and landscapes surround our 1790 farmhouse. Perfect for those seeking a quiet and inspiring getaway into nature only 15 mins from Smith College and downtown Northampton. Our electricity is 100% Solar-powered by community project. We use only chemical and fragrance free cleaning products and laundry detergents. Seventh Generation (and other eco-friendly) products are used here at Flower Hill Farm Retreat.
Our gardens, fields and forest are open to our guests to explore. Flower Hill Farm is home to a diverse wildlife habitat. Birds and butterflies abound — be sure to bring binoculars. Pets must be on a short leash at all times. On a trial basis we are allowing pets in the gardens with their owners. They must always be attended and on a leash.
Interaction with guests
Our guests have complete privacy. Carol is available if you need anything. We have triple listings here for each separate space. You can rent the entire house and studio for larger parties.
Other things to note
Pets are only allowed in the downstairs and studio. We love dogs but cannot have barking dogs here at the retreat as they would disturb other guests. There is a 50 dollar pet fee. Pets must always be on a leash outdoors .
If you are interested in the different listings or the entire retreat:
Downstairs Apartment — $210 per night for up to three. $40 per adult, $25 per child per night for additional guests.
Upstairs Apartment — $180 per night for up to two. $40 per adult and $25 per child per night for additional guests.
Studio — $165 per night for up to two.
Renting Entire House and Studio and Dining Room — Rate is $580 per night for up to 7 guests.
Monthly and *Weekly Rates depend on season.
For B&B add 50 dollars per night.
Cleaning fees apply 55 per apartment, 50 for Studio and 125 for entire retreat.
Pet fee 50
There are no additional fees or taxes.
We have a two-night minimum year round. A three night minimum during College Graduation Weekends.
There is an one night surcharge of 50 dollars for one night stays throughout the year.
Check-in is after 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Check-out time is 11 a.m.
We ask that you please call a day ahead to confirm your arrival time. Thank you!
There is no smoking in or near any of our apartments, studio or gardens.
We honor the Japanese custom of not wearing shoes inside. Please try to bring slippers or 'indoor only' shoes with soft soles. We would love to welcome you to Flower Hill Farm Retreat.
We honor the Japanese style of not wearing shoes inside. Guests are encouraged to bring slippers. Our Kitchens are vegetarian. Each Apartment has its own private kitchen. The Studio only has small refrigerator and tea kettle. There is no cooking in Studio.
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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 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.