|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.
What a gem the Glow Room is! It's a beautiful, clean, comfortable place in a truly amazing spot. Robbie was great to communicate with. She and Kurt have set up the house with such care and beauty. We loved every minute of our stay and will certainly be back (as soon as possible)!
I rented the cabin for a two day retreat to get some paperwork done and some light reading. The month was November and the weather forecast was rainy. The cabin welcomed me right in with its warm charm and coziness. It was just what I needed; a comfortable space, a warm wood stove, and peaceful backdrop. Simply a great space to relax. And, thanks to the owners who had a nice wood stove fire burning on my arrival. The cabin was immaculate and beautifully decorated. Hope to go back sometime in the future.
The cabin was absolutely marvelous! The interior design, the wood stove, the lighting... Spectacular! Very cozy. Great location. Also, Robbie was very responsive to emails and gave great restaurant recommendations. Definitely want to go again!
Fire was lit when we arrived in evening. Really nice cozy place. Very relaxing out in the woods. Out of the way, but in a good way. Very pretty ride to Northampton/Amherst.
We walked the river a bit and hiked down to the Westfield River. Kids had to disconnect from electronics (no Wi-Fi), which was a benefit to actually being together. If they put in Wi-Fi (don't!) I'd hide the password.
I'll bet it would be a nice long weekend get-away in summer with the river for wading/swimming.
We had a really nice time stepping away from our phones and computers to enjoy the lush greenery, stars in the sky, hiking, wildlife, good food and friends. The pictures don't do the place justice. It was better in person, spacious, beautiful tiles, pottery, a cute front porch that overlooks the stream. The layout is slightly awkward, but actually made for groupings of friends to chat separately. The whole place is open so know there isn't a lot of privacy. We had friends from Northampton come in the for the day for a BBQ and it was perfect. Unfortunately the fire alarm went off at night even though there was no smoke and we couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The owners responded quickly even though it was late so it was no problem. We wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the fire pit and got to hike more or float in the river nearby. Thank you for sharing your home!
We really enjoyed the visual and spatial experience of staying this second time at the house. It is delightful to see the landscape and property evolve. Love the addition of the solar panels. Being off the grid is important and I might even say necessary during these times so our stay made for a refreshing, peaceful and nature-oriented vacation. Looking forward to staying again!
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|cleaning||£40 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£160|
Base rate of $225.00 per night for 4 people.
There is an additional one time $45.00 cleaning fee.