|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
Robbie is a ceramic artist and teacher. Kurt is an environmental philosopher & director of Biocitizen.org.
Robbie Heidinger purchased this cabin in 2012
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 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.
my friends and I had a wonderful time at this wonderful cabin tucked in the woods! The inside is adorable and filled with one of the owners handmade pottery! The owners also had a fire waiting for us upon arrival in the wood stove. As others have said, it is about 30 minutes away from Northhampton, but if that doesn't matter to you (as it did not to us), it's a wonderful, highly recommended place!
We came to the Glow House with a strange request, but the owners were incredibly gracious to our small film crew, and the lighting couldn't have been more magical. Definitely off the grid, but a beautiful location we hope to return to! Couldn't be happier.
The house is lovely as is the setting. You can here the water running through the brook from the moment you arrive. We arrived to a fire burning in the woodstove, which was warm and welcoming after a long drive. I look forward to staying again.
We loved the aesthetic of this beautifully designed and furnished, simple cottage - relaxing in front of the wood stove with a book, enjoying food around the table in a bright, open space was truly heaven. I would warn future travelers, however, that "12 miles from Northampton" is really 12 miles as the crow flies - for those of us tethered to earth with a car, it was more like a 25-40 minute drive, especially at night, and made especially challenging by the muddy season of spring. The road was actually quite treacherous in spots from the winter ice heaves, so be warned - the last miles are not paved. As to the house itself, there are very few "modern amenities" - no dishwasher, television or WiFi, for example, and limited pots/pans/cooking implements. So it's PERFECT for a particular kind of getaway, but might be challenging for a family expecting to spend extended time in the house entertaining young kids, preparing and serving more than one meal per day, or really doing anything more than reading/knitting/relaxing. With those caveats, we really enjoyed our time there.
My husband and I were lucky enough to sneak off for a night to this magical cabin. It's beautifully appointed and set in an ideal location. Highly recommend.
Three of us stayed here this fall, a couple and a single, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. This place is in the rugged forest, but just close enough to town to actually be quite convenient. A lot of love went into building this house and the building and decorating details are impressive. We got there and there was plenty of wood neatly and beautifully stacked by the fireplace, and an enormous amount of perfect kindling gathered on the front porch for us to keep a fire burning the whole weekend. The owner was very easy to deal with and easy to reach. Recommended!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|cleaning (add $15 if staying more than 2 days)||$35 + Tax|
Base rate of $225.00 per night for 4 people.
There is an additional one time $45.00 cleaning fee.