Flower Hill Farm Bed-and-Breakfast and Retreat

Williamsburg,Massachusetts

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Our Western Massachusetts Eco-Friendly Vegetarian/Vegan B&B and Retreat is a 1790 restored farmhouse with an attached artist/writer studio and barn (flower arranging and painting studio). The buildings are surrounded by rambling organic gardens, forest, marvelous sky and landscapes, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing on a twenty-acre hillside (ten acres are in wildlife conservation) in the foothills of the Berkshires just six miles west of Northampton, Massachusetts.

We have three private, spacious, charming and imaginative guest apartments. All offer wireless internet connection which works most of the time.

For more pictures of the accommodations and our gardens, please visit our blog, http://flowerhillfarm.blogspot.com/

     

The second-floor apartment is very private and includes a bright bedroom with a queen-sized bed, private bath, small sitting room/library, studio with comfy single sofa bed, kitchen, dining nook and a balcony. Every window offers great views. There are two chairs at the top of the stairs so that you may comfortably remove shoes, as we do not wear shoes inside.

  

  

Our equally private downstairs apartment is the heart of the farmhouse. It has a queen-sized bed, fireplaces, private bath, A full private kitchen, hardwood floors, private living room with a large fireplace, single day bed, and an eastern wall of windows and door, allowing great views of the sky, lush hills and gardens. A private outdoor seating area is just steps out the door. Upon entering the downstairs private entrance, there are chairs to sit on and comfortably remove shoes.

  

The romantic artist/writer studio is a very private spacious room with a European feeling. It has high ceilings, beautiful hard wood floors, large glass doors looking out on eastern views and patio garden, a full bed, claw foot tub with wand (no shower), W.C., antique table, chairs and tiny kitchenette (not really for major cooking). Striking photographs of the metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly cover the walls. Flowers are not included as shown in picture if you would like a flower extravaganza please give plenty of notice. Please remove shoes once inside.

Separately or together, the three apartments make for an ideal getaway for those seeking privacy and quiet in a charming, eco-friendly country atmosphere. Family reunions are welcome. Writers, artists or others in search of a comfortable, inspiring retreat are welcome for independent extended stays.

  

A Continental certified-organic vegetarian / vegan Breakfast is offered to B&B guests. We offer fresh baked muffins - which in season may be jazzed up with our own high bush blueberries, currants and raspberries - fruit, juice, tea and fresh ground organic/fair trade coffee. Breakfast is brought to your apartment.

Flower Hill Farm is committed to supporting local organic farmers/growers. We buy only certified organic foods. Our coffee and teas are organic and fair trade. If you are an independent guest we hope you will do the same.

We do not use pesticides or any chemical fertilizers at Flower Hill Farm. Be sure to stop by the BLUE HOUSE CAFE on your way to and from Flower Hill for organic fair trade expresso and vegetarian breakfast, lunch and Friday early dinner. Stock up on some of their homemade baked goods. Wi-Fi too!

  

Outside the walls of the old farmhouse and studio nature abounds with wonders. There are no pets here, but many butterflies, songbirds, fireflies, grouse, wild turkey, woodcock and other creatures of the wild live in our gardens and forest. Guests enjoy breathtaking views -- sunrise, moonrise and stargazing too! Woodland and garden paths along with a country road offer inspiring walks... Don't miss a moonlight walk through the gardens. Hundreds of varieties of plants, shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees add to your outdoor experience throughout the seasons.

  

Northampton, home to Smith College and the Paradise City Arts Festival, is only 15 minutes away, while Lenox/ Tanglewood, Stockbridge, MOCA, Becket, with Jacobs Pillow and Williamstown/Clarke Museum, are an easy 45 minutes to one-hour drive.

The surrounding hilltowns are filled with great bookstores, excellent restaurants and both famous and unknown writers and artists who have seasonal open studios and sales. Writers' workshops such as Patchwork Farm, yoga, dance and other creative ventures abound in the valley and hilltowns. Snow Farm and the New England Craft Program are five minutes from Flower Hill Farm.

  

Historic Deerfield, with the Deerfield Inn and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory; Buckland/Shelburne Falls, with The Bridge Of Flowers and Potholes; Montague, with the Montague Book Mill; Worthington, home to the Sevenars Music Festival; Cummington, with its popular Country Fair, The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, and Greenwood Music Camp; and Windsor, with the Notchview Cross Country Ski Center are all but 15-20-30 minutes away along scenic country roads.

Flower Hill Farm, is only 10 minutes away from an Audubon Sanctuary and the DAR state forest with walking trails and lake for swimming, kayaking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing; Chapel Brook Falls with rock climbing, hiking and waterfalls is just down the road 7 minutes.

  

We welcome families and extended stays. Our home is perfect for vacations and getaways.

A collection of puzzles, books and magazines are available. All of our rooms have original art with an ongoing art show supporting local artists, which is a fundraiser for American Friends Service Committee. Let us know if you need anything to make your stay more comfortable or enjoyable.

RATES AND TERMS
Our Rates are $150 per night for *Independent guests/Vacation Rental, $200 per night for B&B Guests - $40 for adults and $25 for children per additional person after two. There is a $10 dollar charge for extra linens when only two guests.There are no additional taxes.

Our B&B Retreat is unique in that we offer apartments with full kitchens and a kitchenette in our studio. Some guests prefer the privacy and convenience of being *independent, thereby not partaking of our breakfast/ B&B. For those wanting their own private getaway.

Reservations only. $1,000 per week Independent stay...Special rates for one month.

DEPOSITS
50% deposit required to confirm reservation. Reserving apartments for Weddings in the area, Holidays, Graduation and Parents weekends, and Week Long Stays in August and October must be prepaid in full and are not refundable unless we rebook for equal time.

PAYMENT
Master Card & Visa, Cash, good personal checks in advance of visit, money orders, travelers' checks and cashier checks accepted.

CANCELLATIONS
As we only have the three units, any refunds on cancellations require 21 days notice. Within three weeks before arrival, deposits/payments are refundable only if we book the apartments(s) again. There is a cancelation fee of $50.00.
Holidays, Long weekends, Weddings, Commencement and Parent Weekends, and Week long stays in August and October, must be prepaid in full and are not refundable unless we book the apartments again for equal time. We have three nights minimum for all Graduation weekends and Parents weekends in October.

POLICIES

  • A two-night minimum is generally required on weekends May through October - some exceptions but there is a one night surcharge of $50 dollars for one night stays throughout the year. 
  • Check-in is after 4 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.
  • We ask that you call a day ahead to confirm your arrival time. Thank you!
  • There is no smoking in or near any of our apartments.
  • We honor the Japanese custom of not wearing shoes inside. Please try to bring slippers or 'indoor only' shoes with soft soles.

 

Your Hosts: Carol Duke and Sean Duke-Crocker
P.O. Box 454, Williamsburg, MA 01096
Phone: 
1-413-268-7481 (9am - 9pm)
Email:
  carol@caroldukeflowers.com

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