Open floor plan of the first floor with fireplace and access to deckModern ceramic bath with shower/tub on 2nd floor
Cozy upstairs room with skylight
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Double bed, bureau with mirror, and closet, Room overlooking Newell Court community gardens. In the room, you will find information on WiFi, a spare key to the house, towels, extra blankets, a bath matt and a drying rack for damp items. Shared bathroom next door. May pricing is $74 p/d Mon-Wed $84 Thurs-Sun, $454 per week and $2000 per month.

The space

A new "green" house rebuilt in 2006--legend has it on the site of Amherst's brothel. The only working girls now are my small flock of hens beside the shed that work for chickenfeed. Across the street is the Newell Court community gardens. An abundance of flowering trees, bushes and plants make an Amherst springtime a delight for the senses. Autumn finds the trees aflame with color.

Guest access

With the exceptions of my bedroom, the other guest room and my loft office, guests are free to make themselves at home inside, on the deck or grounds. The Jungle Grrlz (my chickens) love visitors and will bend your ear dishing more dirt than Delta Sand & Gravel up the road in Sunderland. They love bugs more than the NSA.

Interaction with guests

Depending on your schedule and mine we can have a gab fest or just the bare minimum. I follow the middle path, so I can be still or chatty. I am also a good listener. I am available either in person or by text, email or my cell phone to answer questions or help with directions or suggestions.

Other things to note

Amherst is central to the Five Colleges, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke (South Hadley), Smith (Northampton) and the University of Massachusetts flagship campus. The "Happy Valley" as it is affectionately known abounds with arts, crafts, culture, education, farming, sports and recreation. So if it is music, theater, apple picking, museums, dinning, shopping or nature the area is the equal of many Northeastern cities but with less traffic and more convenient parking. Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost were poets who made Amherst their home as have many other notables both historic and contemporary. Whether it is enjoying a Shakespeare play at the Renaissance Center, a "contact high" at Gungafest on the Amherst Common or a homemade ice cream at Bart's there's something for everyone and every taste in the Valley.


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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 5PM
Check out by 11AM

Enjoy your stay! I am easy-going but there are a few rules you must follow so that I too can enjoy your stay. Shoes off in the house--I have an assortment of slippers. Please, no smoking, no heavy fragrances and be careful with food and drink in the bedroom. When Conrad Hilton was asked what he had learned from his many years in the hotel business, he replied, "The shower curtain goes inside the tub." There are actually two shower curtains, please make sure the inside one goes inside the tub and seals the spray from going out onto the floor. I have had leaks into the bathroom ceiling downstairs and I would like to avoid repeats. It is a quiet neighborhood and so everyone can get a good night's sleep, please keep conversations low and tread lightly after 11 PM. Kitchen, laundry, and dining area are here for your use, but I am fussy about the kitchen: please clean up after yourself don't leave dirty dishes, food scraps or spills. Dishes cleared of food scraps can go in dishwasher. Cutlery, pots and pans get hand washed and put in drying rack. If you scorch, you scour until shiny. We recycle and compost. If you plan on cooking, please let me know when you book the room because it is a small kitchen and we may have to arrange a schedule so everyone can do their cooking. My wife tends to monopolize the kitchen if she is cooking (she was a professional chef and baker). Help us recycle and compost by asking what gets recycled and where the bin for paper is and where the bin for plastic, metal and glass is. All recycle has to be clean of food.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

31 Reviews

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万 User Profile
August 2017
really a nice trip

Ana User Profile
August 2017
James was an amazing host. His home is really cozy and we felt at home at all times. It’s close to the city center and near to several bus stops. James is very friendly and reserved. It was a pleasure to stay there. We surely recommend it!

Johnson User Profile
June 2017
Staying James house is a fantastic experience. the room is clean and comfortable. the location is pretty convenient to anywhere on the town. James is very kind. thank you Jim

Jenny User Profile
May 2017
James is hospitable. Room is like in pictures.

Qingping User Profile
May 2017
It was our (my husband and I) first time ever visiting the U.S. because of our daughter's college graduation. James and his wife have been super considerate, nice, helpful, friendly and fun. We felt very grateful and lucky to have stayed in his place for about 10 days. It really made us feel at home. Also the location is super convenient, as we could walk easily to downtown Amherst and the bus stops in just less than 7 minutes. We would definitely book their place again when we come back to the area. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Jesse User Profile
April 2017
James was very professional and did a great job communicating

Harrison User Profile
November 2016
James' home was very nice! We did not interact with James too much, but as the room is tucked away upstairs, that is to be expected. It is cozy and a great place to relax after a long day wandering around town.

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United StatesJoined in January 2014
James User ProfileJames is a superhost.

I am married and semi-retired. My wife, Eunice, is a Nurse Practitioner at Boston Medical Center and on the faculty of Boston University. She lives in Boston and visits Amherst mostly on weekends and sometimes brings her cat Fred. I had a 30-yr career in video production specializing in medical and science programs and documentaries. I worked as an engineer, editor, scriptwriter and director. I returned to university working for and studying with the world-renowned evolutionist and visionary Lynn Margulis for the decade before her death. I am now working on her digital archive at ScholarWorks at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass-Amherst. I do this archivist work in my home office. For recreation, I like to kayak, fish, hike, camp, ski and snowshoe. I raise a small flock of chickens. I have a Master's of Science in Geography with an interest in environmental evolution. I am a contributor on the Precambrian to the Big History book, The Biggest Picture - From the Big Bang to the Development of the Big Bang Theory. I am the webmaster for the Environmental Evolution website. I am also a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

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