The Writers’ Retreat at Panther Orchard Farm is a beautiful large home nestled into 43 acres in southern, rural Rhode Island. The house is situated on a private estate surrounded by meadows, fields, orchards, woods, a pond, and of course, New England stone walls. This is the perfect retreat for writers who seek a private, comfortable, rural sanctuary in which to bring their literacy vision to fruition. Panther Orchard Farm is located near historic Hopkinton, 45 minutes south of Providence, RI and a quick 20 minutes from ocean beaches or local shopping areas.The house is open and light, with multiple living and writing spaces on the first floor and two large bedrooms on the second. The first floor provides guests with a large living room overlooking the orchard, fields, and pond; as well as a media room, formal dining room, and country kitchen. To bring the outdoors in, there is a large sunroom with glass doors and rural views on three sides.
Panther Orchard Retreat is normally rented to one writer at a time, but can accommodate two writers working as a team. Each bedroom contains an authentic antique double bed with a firm new mattress, dresser, comfortable reading chair and light, and a desk suitable for laptop computers. For guests’ writing comfort, each desk has an ergonomically friendly chair, capable of adjustments to meet any writer’s preference. The master bedroom also has a fireplace, as well as a small balcony overlooking the fields and pond.
An alternative back room office is equipped with a spacious computer desk, bookshelves, and an adjustable chair for writers who need a retreat within a retreat. A printer and Internet access are available on site. A private deck and brick patio provide wonderful spots to enjoy this retreat’s New England rural landscape. There is also a path down to the pond, and a small beach area for relaxing and watching the wildlife.
This retreat is designed for writers searching for a totally secluded but elegant place in which to work, surrounded by natural beauty. Below are comments from one of our resident writers:
"Panther Orchard Farm is as good a writer's residency as I've ever attended - and I've been to about a dozen different places in this country and Europe. The incredible lush surroundings and the writer-friendly rooms all contribute to a wonderful atmosphere for beginning, working, or finishing a piece of writing. It's an experience I'll never forget and hope to repeat." Michael Lee, author of "Paradise Dance," "In an Elevator with Brigitte Bardot," and numerous short stories.