The SpaceOver looking the CT River, on a country road yet only a half hour from the five college area that includes Smith & Amherst Colleges, & ten minutes from Greenfield, MA and the lovely Shelburne Falls, the RoundHouse inspired by a dream was created to kindle connection & senses of awe, beauty, play, & creativity. In this winter time of the year, it is perfect for snuggling in &/or playing in the snow. On ten acres with a barn & paddock housing donkeys, gardens, meadows & woodlands, it is a place apart from the hubbub of the world (though with internet access). Animal tracks abound and the birds flock in mass. Water from a well is delicious!
The house is filled with games, big libraries of books and movies, (& a 9 x 12' movie screen), a sound system with great acoustics, and many musical instruments, including two baby grand pianos. Its center is an open dance or congregation space; there are big dining tables, a kitchen ready to cook in with all tools available for use, a cupola on top that looks out and up to the sky. The house has been featured on television stations, including PBS, and their show has been played overseas. There are five bedrooms - with double or queen beds as well as many delightful sleeping cubbies, that are also largely doubles. There are 30 individual beds.
The house was designed for large groups, especially those working on an artistic project together. By large I mean 16 people or more -- I have thirty individual beds and half are doubles, ...If you have fewer, you are welcome, but the cost is the base price of $1500 still. If you have more than 16 people , the cost is an additional $75 per person per day. There is wiggle room over the price especially for those staying three days or more.
I do ask that the house be left in the footprint it was in when your group arrived, including remaking beds with fresh sheets that I will have laid out for you.
It is possible for you to have me to do your food provisioning and cooking with as much as possible locally sourced and organic foods. Contact me for information about that.
I am also happy to share all that is available in the area for you to tour and see; and to provide for you at cost farm fresh food, including free ranged eggs from my neighbor!
Let me know if you have questions!
Guest AccessGuests have access to most of the house, exclusive of the basement, my office and bedroom... Interaction with GuestsI am present to greet guests, give the tour, clarifying how things work; I usually tell the magical story of the ROUNDHOUSE's creation that you enter into its special mystery with extra appreciation.
Typically, I move out with my dogs and live for the weekend in a cottage on the land so I can be available for barn tours and questions you may have.
Again, I have cooked for groups and am happy to discuss that possibility with you. I am a great cook and I use as many locally sourced and organic foods as possible tailored to your likes, dislikes, allergies and special dietary needs. The NeighborhoodMy neighbors, in general, appreciate guests who come to our neighborhood. One told me once, he imagines those who are walking our country roads, looking over its hills and valleys, are feeling that they are in heaven...away from the dross of city life. In the winter, I often see animal tracks and am thrilled that the critters feel safe to come near!
When the snows melt, I will start a beautiful garden - filled with flowers, herbs and veggies.
Getting AroundThere is no public transport in this hill town though there are buses and will be trains coming into Greenfield. The station is about fifteen minutes away. It is possible to rent cars there or to take taxis...There is ample parking space at the roundhouse. I do have a gate at the end of the drive and a fenced in yard as my neighbor has free ranging chickens and I have had pups.