|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Hello World Peeps!We are offering our big, bright, beautiful home to groups and families. Our (7,000 square foot) home is a fully renovated, family and pet friendly historic (underground railroad) iconic Gothic Victorian in down town Northampton. There are 5+ bedrooms, a large (cooks) kitchen with professional gas range, complemented by a already planted raised bed vegetable and herb garden, swimming pool and hot tub, multiple private mahogany decks, large lawns, a 100 tree fruit orchard, large screen porch, and many many other wonderful amenities. House comes with (weekly) cleaning, pool and lawn service. We have WiFi connectivity throughout the property. We back up onto 1,200 acres of federally protected agricultural land, so you feel like you are in rural Vermont, yet we are a couple hundred yards from downtown Northampton, with dozens of restaurants, several famous music venues including the Academy of Music, the Calvin Theater, and the Iron Horse. The Roost, just a few blocks away serves wonderful baked goods, salads and some of the best lattes you have ever had. The Connecticut River is about a mile away, where you can rent kayaks and canoes or even pontoon boats if that's more your speed. The Tri-County Fairgrounds is also a five minuet walk where there are multiple outdoor venues including horse shows, auctions, art fairs and classic auto shows. The rail-trail is three blocks away, where you can take 30 mile bike rides san-autos and under a tall canopy of trees.There is really not a more beautiful town than Northampton, famously safe, family friendly, open and accepting of all, populated by young people (close to 100 matriculated students between the 5 Colleges). There is not a more beautiful home/property in all of Northampton.
The master bedroom suite is the entire top floor of the carriage-house (king-tempurpedic bed) which is connected to the main house via a bridge. It's four stories off ground level and has fantastic views over thousands of acres south to the Holyoke Range. It features two walk-in closets, a water-closet with two sinks, a large Jacuzzi bathtub inside a walk-in shower. There are four other upstairs bedrooms (all with queen-size beds) a down-stairs guest room with a private porch, a living-room/library with attached screen porch, laundry room, large mud-room, formal dining-room, large kitchen with (6 person) farm table, large walk-in pantry, home office off kitchen, and large decks on three sides of the house. We have a small yoga room (about 8x12) at the highest point in the house (copula) that has spectacular views of the city, fields, and mountain ranges. We have begun to populate the site with photo's, which really don't do the property justice. Much of the work we did ourselves over a 15 year period of time to create a Utopian environment in which to raise our kids. This is the first year we have considered renting our home -sanctuary. We hope you will like it and we look forward to hearing from you.
PS: I had an accident a few years ago, so most of the house/property is wheelchair accessible, via lifts, chair-lifts and ramps. This could be a plus for multi-generational users!
I am a hard-core social-entrepreneur. I work in clean technology and energy and real estate businesses. I have a wonderful partner who is a writer and fine artist as well as an educator who taught (early childhood) young children for more than a decade. We have three children, 10, 13 and 15, two dogs, two parrots, and 100 fruit trees. We love living in Northampton, rubbing shoulders with smart young people, great locally grown food, great live music walking distance from our house, every night of the week. Because I'm in a wheelchair, our house is fully accessible, and I have committed tremendous energy assisting others with disabilities, even helping to finance and start an innovative greenhouse company.
Tom Horton purchased this house in 1999
It's our home. There's no place like it anywhere. Having started a resort development company (Canopy Development), I know a thing or two about destinations.
Though we are right down town, you will feel embraced by the mature landscaping, which was specifically chosen to attract bird-life and provides a sanctuary with multiple outdoor 'rooms', framed views, and private decks. We have a park and playground across the street (Bridge Street School) so kids will love both on and off property activities. The rail-trail (35 miles) is a couple blocks from the house and is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. There is a small airport less than a mile from the house, so you can fly in and walk to the property. The house is thoughtfully restored and large enough to accommodate large groups.
First and foremost, you could not ask for a more accommodating, generous, and kind host. I would liken the client service to a white glove Michelin Star restaurant. The staff seems to appear when you need them but never is intrusive. Tom is simply first class.
The home is expansive. HUGE. But, the spirit of family that permeates the home with all its knick knacks and family photos makes it feel extremely cozy.
Personally, I love to cook. Whole Foods is a quick and easy drive up the street. Literally, 4.4 miles. And there kitchen is every chef's dream. It has the space (the kitchen is larger then most NYC apartments) and is fully stocked with all anyone needs to make a scrumptious gourmet meal. Once the meal is complete you can enjoy it on the deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The Harvard Square like atmosphere is a short walk from the home. The people in the community are helpful, and genuinely kind. It was surprising to discover so many varied restaurants that cater to the farm-to-table cuisine my wife and I demand as part of our whole plant nutritional lifestyle.
We missed nothing in this little community. Frankly, there was a moment we considered staying for good. We will be back again, and again. I would highly recommend a visit.
Tom will leave the lights on for you!!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 4 2014 - Sep 1 2015
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$89|
|Notes||We welcome dogs, but will require a small deposit to cover (potential) cleaning costs. We have no heirlooms or antiques, so encourage folks to settle in and not worry too much about the little things in life. Food from the garden is free, but we ask folks to replant what they remove. We will add new photos as we take more. I just uploaded what I had on my desktop.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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