A great retreat, this sunny, furnished studio is surrounded by country, has skylights, 2 decks, east-facing french doors, great views, and is less than a mile from the Montague Bookmill ((website hidden)).
This is one of two unattached and very private units on an acre of quiet country land. With decks on both the east and west sides, it is a nature-lover's paradise!
Has recently-refinished oak floors, and an open plan layout that includes a kitchen, dining area, office space, and bedroom area with queen-size bed. There's also garden space with asparagus, blackberries, & blueberries, and window AC. At just under 400 square feet, it's easy to clean and maintain, yet there is space for all the important things (eat, sleep, shower, work on the computer, dance...)
There are lots of extras here -- there's clean, clear well water from the taps, a garage space (for parking) with a garage door opener (meaning you won't have to get out in the rain). And, there's on-site access to a washer and dryer.
Nearby are hiking and cross-country ski trails, streams for fishing, a river for boating, and low-traffic biking roads.
Located 15 to 20 minutes from Route 91 or Route 2, UMass, Greenfield, Deerfield, and other area schools; 30 minutes from Northampton and Shelburne Falls. There are so many wonderful festivals, galleries, farm stands, and events in this area, and you will have access to them all!
This is my home that I rent while traveling. It is ideal for a quiet, non-smoking person looking for a peaceful, homey oasis in a hectic schedule.
However, do please note that there is no smoking of anything by anyone anywhere on the property. If you are a smoker, please pass this by!
Guests will have a garage space, a washer and dryer on the property, and long country walks. If there's snow while you're there, there's cross country skiing practically from your doorstep.
Interaction with Guests
I will be traveling overseas during your stay (which is why this space -- my home -- is available). However, I can have a cleaner who can let you in, and other people in the area who can help you get oriented, or if you have questions or even concerns during your stay.
The houses in my neighborhood are well-spaced -- I can see only 6 from my property, all of them at least a field away. My neighbors are almost all family, and have lived here for a long time, so it's very stable, quiet, and solid. And yet, this town has a wonderful mix of entrepreneurial, socially-active, and community-oriented residents from all walks of life, making it a very interesting place to spend time (which is why I spend my summers here).
You will need a car; however, Enterprise Car Rental does pick up and deliver.
Other Things to Note
There is a couple living in the house, which is next door, but unattached.
- there is no smoking allowed anywhere on the property at any time.
- this is a quiet household and neighborhood; all guests are asked to respect that at all times.
- The expectation is that you will enjoy your time here, and that you will treat it like your own home, meaning not do anything here that you would not want to live with long-term.
- I ask that you not use strong perfumes or chemicals in my home, as I am highly sensitive to them. This includes those in lotions, aftershaves, deodorants, shampoos, soaps). If you use any of these, this is not a good fit for you.
If there's any problem, you'll be able to call me toll-free, or contact one of my local contacts, with whom I will connect you when you arrive.
I happend to be Deborah's first guest in her Little House Studio in Montague. And I am so happy I have chosen her place. It is a charming cosy studio, with re-used comfortable furniture, a very good bed and a hot shower in the neat bathroom. Every wall is decorated with posters and paintings. There is a nice balconny with a lovely view and French doors to open on a sunny day and so enlarge your living space. No luxury, but everything you need to feel it is your "own home for a few weeks" : there is a big fridge, an oven, a washing machine and a dryer. On a windy sunny day you can use the line in the garden for drying your clothes. The place is located in a fabulous valley, really out in the country, but only a beautiful 20 minutes drive to Amherst UMass. You need a car to stay here and you must not be afraid of the dark. For me, coming from a country were there is always light at night (houses, roads, cars, airports, glass houses, industry) I enjoyed the darkness of Montague. And saw thousands of stars on those clear cold nights. Montague is a good place if you are visiting UMass, but also if you want to explore this area. I went to Deerfield, Shelburne Falls (had a nice walk on the High Ledges) and Northampton and there is lots more to enjoy. There are some really good restaurants in the area, but you must be willing to drive a bit to get there: Blue Heron in Sunderland, People's Pint in Greenfield and just a small mile from where you are staying: Night Kitchen. Deborah was in England, but we easily communicated through email and telephone and there was also someone in the neighborhood I could contact in case of questions.
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I play tennis, dance (Lindy Hop, which you may know as Jitterbug, or Swing), love to read and the arts, and I love to travel. I feel very fortunate to love the work I do in my primary business, helping business people find their callings, and do the work they uniquely are meant to do...
Part of what I love about my secondary business (renting rooms to people) and my traveling is all the interesting people I get to meet and know. I'm originally from Massachusetts, where I still own a home that I rent out, returning to enjoy it in the summers. I also spend time in the winters in Arizona (l love sunshine!), staying with friends and family.
I like people to feel at home in my home; however, since we all have different standards, needs, and desires, I find it can be a delicate balance for us all to feel comfortable and relaxed. I try to facilitate that by being very up front about what I need and want for me to feel comfortable hosting you, and hope you will do the same.