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Elegant Wilderness Cabin 12 Miles From Northampton

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

2 1/2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Kitchen With Frontage On 2 Rivers

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.

More Details

Owner
Robbie Heidinger
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 1, 2017

About Robbie Heidinger

Robbie is a ceramic artist and teacher. Kurt is an environmental philosopher & director of Biocitizen.org.

Robbie Heidinger purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Robbie Heidinger chose Berkshires

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—

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Amenities

Chesterfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has standard features, shower, no bath. We swim enough in the rivers (when it's warm) that a bath is redundant. We encourage you to soak in the flowing waters!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - full size futon
  • The master bedroom has a queen size mattress. The guest room has a full size futon. The game room has a full size futon.
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews
Ridgefield, CT
4

Nice Cabin- very remote.

  • 4 of 5

A beautifully furnished cabin with the sound of the river as backdrop. Was tough to not have service or a land land and be so remote at the end of a long dirt road. A little disappointing that the river was across the road and no view of it. Also feel this property is expensive for what you get- would expect a few more creature comforts for the price... overall a beautiful cabin if you truly want to be away from it all!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY
5

Charming cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is light and airy, with windows on all sides. It is comfortable and cozy. It has a wonderful kitchen with sharp cooking knives (a rarity). And its location in the woods makes this a wonderful place to unwind.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, MA
5

Beautiful serene escape

  • 5 of 5

The glow room is a special place. It has a clean airy uncluttered vibe which is juxtaposed against the natually choatic beauty of the wilderness. It is contemplative and inspiring. It was brought back to life by true artists.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed a couple nights, but it felt like we were gone for a week! Other reviews have gone over it all.

Worth noting though:

Unplugging is part of the appeal of this place, but it's worth noting that there isn't even a landline for emergencies.

The charcoal grill is so rusty we decided we shouldn't even try to use it. Could use some new grates at least.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

An amazing outdoor get away.

  • 4 of 5

Place was beautiful. Wish the lawn was mowed more or there was access to other fire pit but everything else was amazing. Would definitely rent again

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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California
5

Great place, but be prepared to live "off the grid."

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a secluded and cozy place to commune with nature, this is it. You are virtually guaranteed to hear nothing but crickets and frogs at night, and as others have noted, the drive to Northampton takes a bit longer than the 12 miles might indicate. The owner, Robbie, is a local artisan and has decorated the place sparsely but artistically. She was also very responsive to several inquiries I had prior to arrival.

However, be aware that while you will be more than comfortable here, you are definitely 'off the grid' - i.e., no television, spotty internet connectivity, and no A/C in the event you happen to be here during the summer months. We encountered an unseasonably warm spell and, while comfortable at night, late afternoon was a bit hot. We were happy to live without all the electronic intrusions - in fact, welcomed it - but if you're someone who needs to check up on e-mails every hour you might go into withdrawal.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Bradley Int'l
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Northampton Brewery (many choices in Northampton)
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Beaver Brook Golf Course, Haydenville
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
I-91
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Sierra Grille (many choices in Northampton)
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Berkshire East
Nearest Beach
Westfield River
Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Base rate of $225.00 per night for 4 people.
There is an additional one time $45.00 cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.