The SpaceMy home is a unique farmhouse in the historic town of South Deerfield, one block from Yankee Candle Co. Purchased 11 years ago, I have spent the entire time renovating everything, and I'm happy to say, we are just about done! It's an amazing improvement over the dated, funky situation we walked into 11 years ago.
On the entry level, you will find my full-service salon, piano room, and a half bath. Two sets of double french doors open wide to the outside on the rap-around deck. 4 steps up, brings you to the newly renovated kitchen with a gas stove & oven, new refridgerator, new dishwasher, next to the kitchen is a full bath including full size washer & dryer, living room, and beyond the kitchen is the newly renovated dining room. There is a newly renovated sun porch on the front with access from the kitchen. The dining room has brand new New England White Pine floors, and the kitchen and sun porch have just been restored. We restored the original cherry from 1880 in both rooms. The living room sports the original, yet restored oak floors. This house is technically a 1-1/2 story house, because there is no attic, and sloped ceilings that follow the roof outline. Upstairs you will find a unique bedroom set up. A regular room on one side, then on the other, a regular room with an opening into another bedroom/playroom. This is an ideal room for kids, as the adjoined room off this one has a short ceiling, and still houses many of my sons' toys, trains, and games, even though he's a teen now. Kids LOVE the "Fort", although it may be too low of a ceiling for an adult with mobility challenges unless you are adventurous! You could fit a 6th person on the incredibly comfy & oversized sofa. There are 2 ceiling fans upstairs and air conditioning. Please note, there is no bath upstairs on the bedroom level. The main bath is on the main level, and the 1/2 bath is on the lower salon/piano room level.
We have 2 sets of golf clubs, men's & women's, you're welcome to use. So enjoy all the countless, fantastic golf courses around. You'll be glad you did!
We have an assortment of bike sizes, so if you'd like to ride, please let us know your sizes needed and we'll be sure to have them ready.
We have tennis raquets and balls if you'd like to use the beautiful tennis courts at Frontier Regional school around the corner.
We ask you be cautious about the weather if you want to use the fire pit. It is fairly close to the house and gardens, so we try to limit fires to when the winds are less than 5mph to prevent blowing embers from landing on the deck or rooftop.
We are on Directv, and have highspeed internet. No password is required. We also have Netflix and Amazon streaming, plus a wide variety of movies on blue ray and dvd, including kids movies and disney. There are also many movies and shows recorded on the Directv DVR. Guest AccessGuests will have access to the entire house, excluding the basement. June 1st check in will be after 3pm, however, all other days are flexible provided the house is not rented. Check-out will be noon, however if no-one rents that evening you're leaving, check out can be later/flexible. I am also open to house sharing and trading. Interaction with GuestsWe try to be here to check guests in, however, it isn't always possible. After that, you may have the entire house if you would like it. If you would like to house share during your stay, there are enough areas in the house for you to have privacy if you would like it. Just let me know your preference and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Feel free to ask my neighbor for recommendations or help if we are not here or unavailable.
You will have very little interaction with the surrounding neighbors although they are all very very nice. Please be aware, to get to my house you'll drive into a private road, shared by only 2 other homes. The house behind mine is not in the best condition. It's owned by an elderly gentleman with no family, and he is no longer mobile. He suffers from crushing social anxiety disorder and depression, along with a number of other health problems, so he can barely walk anymore. Therefore, he never ever leaves the house and won't let anyone on his property. Meals on wheels will drive in occasionally, but that's the only interaction he wants, so you will not see him, except if he drives down the drive to get his newspaper. If you are enjoying the deck, he will not see you, as he stays in the backside of his house. The neighbor on the end is very nice, however, she hasn't been living here lately, so that house is mostly empty. She's a quiet professional, and in addition to working in a high-end law firm, she owns her own cupcake bakery! Her husband is in the army but is currently home and working locally. He's also very nice. The neighbors on the other side are a single mom and her early 20s kids, both of whom work regularly. They are very quiet, early to bed neighbors. The NeighborhoodMy home is in a quiet dead end neighborhood, within walking distance to the small town. This is a safe zone. We, & our town, are LGBT friendly. MA is a legal MMJ state and my home (inside and out) and neighborhood are 420 friendly, so enjoy it if you've got it. If you need recommendations, please ask. There is a spirits shop in town just a few minutes away, or a short walk away. I ask the nicotine cigarettes either not be smoked, or be smoked away from the house, and definitely not inside the house. You will be charged an additional cleaning fee if nicotine cigarettes are smoked inside.
We are around the corner from the elementary school & highschool, which you can see from the back yard. During the day you will hear kids on the playground (which I love!) and after hours you are welcome to take your kids to play on the swings and other playground equipment. The highschool has fabulous tennis courts and basketball courts, and you are welcome to use our balls, raquetts, baseball bats, wiffle ball bats, etc. This is a family oriented town, and if you spend time walking around, you will happen by numerous ball games, practices, other people walking, and kids out on bikes. A very very quiet and safe town, almost non-existent crime, safe for walking at any hour, with friendly helpful neighbors at every turn. There are some restaurants in town, as well as a library, several banks, a spirits shop, post office, pharmacy, and a few stores. Stop by my son's karate studio in town and watch a class, or bring your child in for a free class. If you're feeling brave, sign yourself up for a Krav Maga class! If my son Sam isn't teaching, tell them we sent you. This is an easy walking or biking town. You will also have access to our bicycles. We have a variety of bicycle sizes, please let us know in advance what size bikes you may need so we can have them out and ready. There is a swing set in the back yard, easily visible from the deck. The police station is 3 houses away, and the fire station is around the corner. My street is located directly off rt 5&10. Please await my specific, easy instructions and do not follow gps, as it will not get you to my section of my street. We are a 10 min drive to Northampton, Amherst, & Greenfield. Getting AroundAlthough you may want a car, the pioneer valley public transit offers remarkable bus service throughout the area, for free, with a bus stop only 2 blocks from the house. Uber and other taxi services are also available, as are our bicycles. Other Things to NoteWe have kitties! 3 to be precise. They are very sweet, and are getting older and don't do well out of the home anymore, so we like to leave them here. They are exclusively indoor. Please be aware, and OK with this fact, and that although we clean and vacuum regularly and thoroughly, you may encounter some cat hair! Of course the house will be very well cleaned and vacuumed exceptionally well prior to your arrival. Please be advised, and OK with the fact you may encounter some cat hair. I'm happy to leave a lint roller and a bottle of zyrtec for your allergy needs :-)