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The Writer's Retreat: A Sweetwater Stay

SuperhostOrange, Massachusetts, United States
Entire cottage hosted by Patti
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bathroom
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Located on the shore of Tully Pond, The Writers Retreat is a newly designed 325sqft lake side cottage with breathtaking views of Tully Mountain. This 4-season cottage is built with salvaged barn wood; up-cycled maple floors and custom built furniture and lighting. It's the little sister to The Fishing Cottage. You'll find this intimate home has everything you need to relax, write the next Great American Novel, connect with a lover, or just plain chill. Note: landscaping is a work-in-progress.

The space
Enjoy your morning coffee and stunning sunsets on the back deck with views ofTully Mountain. The master bedroom has a custom built queen size bed and small desk and Cable TV and I smart TV for all your apps. We use Enhanced Cleaning procedures on all of our listings. Check out my Pro Page for more great places to stay: airbnb.com/p/pattimoreno

The common area is a open Living Room and Kitchen with modern appliances. All dishes, cups, pots and pans utensils are provided as well as staple items like salt, pepper, oil, sugar, coffee etc. The living room features a custom couch and table for 2. In the bathroom, there’s all the conveniences of home including a walk-in shower and dual washer/dryer laundry machine.

Tully Pond is a nature pond and is relatively shallow and weedy. The water is very clean, but for swimming enthusiasts we recommend visiting nearby Tully Lake.

Guest access
The Kayaks are for guests to use.

Other things to note
Fire Wood
Firewood is available at Nana's General Store, which is right around the corner or the local Tractor Supply in Orange. Guests can burn any sticks or fallen branches on the property as well.

Tully Pond
No motorboats are allowed and there is a YMCA children's day camp on the pond in July and August, Mondays thru Fridays. You will hear the sound of children frolicking from time to time during the day. Tully Pond is a public pond, that the general public can and does use. There are other homes on the pond that people do use and enjoy.

Location
This home shares the same lot as the photographer's hut about 100 feet away. The pond is a nature pond, so it has weeds, but is perfectly clean and safe. For serious swimming use the nearby Tully Lake.

Pets
Well behaved pets are welcome, but we do ask that you let us know that you are bringing a pet, and we will send you a request for an extra guest fee of $25 per day for the pet. Pets are not to be left unattended in the space unless placed in a guest provided crate or something similar. Guests are also asked to bring coverings for our furniture to keep pet dander off of our soft goods, bedding and furniture. Our properties do not have fences. Please keep your dog leashed at all times during your stay. Town of Orange General Legislation Chapter 150, Section 115-4 states, “No person owning or keeping a dog in the Town of Orange shall permit such dog to be kept at large in the Town of Orange. The owner or keeper of a dog in the Town of Orange shall restrain by a suitable means such dog.” When your dog is off leash on our property it is at large. Please pick up any animal waste and use poop bags with the regular trash.

Fire Extinguisher
The fire extinguisher is for emergencies only, if you are putting out a fire in your fire pit please use water from the pond or the hose at the side of the house. A replacement fee of $50 will be charged if the fire extinguisher is used in non-emergency situations.

Essential Oils
Please do not use of essential oils, candles, fireworks, or outdoor torches (i.e. tiki torches)

Garbage
When you have filled a bag of trash please leave it on your porch (in view of the parking area) so that we may retrieve it and inform us through the Airbnb App that it is there during the day. We don't want the bears and the raccoons to disturb your stay. Please do not use anyone else’s dumpster for your trash. Use the plastic garbage bags provided for all waste and recycling.

Blankets
Blankets found in the house must remain in the house, if you bring any quilt, sheet, linen, etc. outside and the item is damaged you will be charged the replacement value.

Keys
Keys to the cottages can be found in the lockboxes adjacent to the entryway. The key should be returned to the lockbox every time you use it, do not take the keys off the property. If a key is lost during your stay you will be charged $50.

Airstream
The airstream is not for guests. Please do not enter.

Kitchen
Please let us know upon your departure if you have gone through all the cooking oil, salt, pepper, coffee, etc.

Grill
The grills run on propane. When you finish using it please remember to turn the propane tank off as well. If you run out of gas, please inform us through the Airbnb App and we will bring you a replacement tank as soon as possible.

Checkout
Checkout is at 11AM. Late checkouts are not permissible, for each hour you remain on the property after the 11AM checkout time you will be charged $25. Feel free to pile used towels and linens on the floor so they can be easily identified and picked up.

Items Left Behind
Please remember to take all of your personal belongings including electronics with you upon checkout. We are not responsible for any items left behind under any circumstances and while we will use best efforts to get them back to you we offer no promises or guarantees. You will be charged the respective shipping fee for any items left behind in addition to $25 for our time in finding, packaging and shipping.

Thanks!- Patti
Located on the shore of Tully Pond, The Writers Retreat is a newly designed 325sqft lake side cottage with breathtaking views of Tully Mountain. This 4-season cottage is built with salvaged barn wood; up-cycled maple floors and custom built furniture and lighting. It's the little sister to The Fishing Cottage. You'll find this intimate home has everything you need to relax, write the next Great American Novel, connec… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Cable TV
Dedicated workspace
Iron
Dryer
TV
Washing machine
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Orange, Massachusetts, United States

Start your day at the Writer's Retreat by jumping into the supplied watercraft of your choice and watch the sunrise right on the water. Don’t forget the fishing rod and go after the big one (Must Have a Mass. State Fishing license) and then row back to shore and have your breakfast and coffee on the deck overlooking Tully Mountain and the pond. Tully Pond has exceptionally clean water that can be weedy so it isn’t great for serious swimmers. Tully lake, which is run by the Army Corp. of Engineers, is a only three miles away and it has great beech and swimming areas.

Pack a lunch and head to the trails. The Tully Lake Recreational Area is minutes away. Highly rated for its hiking trails, fishing and boating. Hike the 4.6 mile highly rated Tully Lake Loop, year round. The trail is rated moderate and used for hiking and trail running.

Tully Mountain Loop Trail is ac 1.6 mile, dog-friendly road, great for all skill levels. It’s perfect for hiking, trail running, and seeing wildlife. For more information visit

A short drive away, at the Orange Mass airport, where you can skydive. So if you feel like jumping out of a plane, we got that too.

Not the outdoorsy type you say? Just 14 Miles north visit my family’s award-winning distillery New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery, for a free tasting and a tour & enjoy a 15% discount on the purchase of our local spirits. There are amazing restaurants in nearby Greenfield, Ma and in Keene, NH that await you. In Keene we recommend Machina Kitchen and Art Bar for farm to table cuisine from award winning Chef Jordan Scott. Try a decadent brunch experience at the Gill Tavern in Gill Center. In Greenfield, you can also find recreational Marijuana shops for your head, which you can enjoy outside at the retreat on the deck.

Books, Art and curiosities intrigue you? Well visit the Montague Book Mill for used books and fine dining or go antiquing at shops that feel like more like museums of old New England curiosities. Visit the numerous farmers markets in the area and source, cook and grill yourself meals with the freshest local ingredients. Just a short walk or bike ride away is Nana’s Country Store with the best deli sandwiches for miles and the Boiler Room, Tully's local pub. End your day pond side roasting marshmallows by the fire pit.
Start your day at the Writer's Retreat by jumping into the supplied watercraft of your choice and watch the sunrise right on the water. Don’t forget the fishing rod and go after the big one (Must Have a Mass.…

Hosted by Patti

Joined in April 2016
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I am a former HGTV producer and host. I love interior design and I am so glad to be able to offer work stays and my dream vacation homes to you and your family. I hope to provide a great service at an affordable price.
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 15:00 - 22:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animals