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Situated in central Massachusetts apple country—but only 30 miles west of Boston—this former traditional New England farm has been a special place for retreats, seminars, conferences, tented weddings and workshops since 1947. A century-old barn and carriage house has been renovated to accommodate up to 70 people in a combination of dormitory and private rooms. We have large and small meeting places, and a big kitchen. Groups can make communal cooking and clean-up part of their conference activities, or we can provide healthy, family-style meals with organic fruit, vegetables and honey from our own orchard, gardens and bees.Large meeting spaces: the 24′ x 48′ dining hall with banquet seating for 72, with a fireplace; and a 24′ x 36′ conference room furnished with comfortable couches and overstuffed chairs. Two “breakout” rooms. Wi-fi throughout. Kitchen is fully equipped with two stoves, ovens, sinks and refrigerators, and pots, pans and tableware to serve 70. Day and overnight rates include use of the kitchen.The main dorm can sleep up to 25; a sleeping loft has 4 twin and 3 bunk beds. There are 13 private and family bedrooms with one to four beds.Blankets, pillows and hand-made quilts are provided. Linens and towels may be rented, or bring your own. (Sleeping bags are not allowed in hostels for health and sanitation reasons).The facility is situated on four acres of lawn with a wedding glade and fire circle, surrounded by 40 acres of gardens, forest and corn fields.
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We provide a range of rates for our nonprofit clients, individual guests & Massachusetts outdoor weddings. A completely DIY retreat individual or group who use our fabulous kitchen, stay in the dorms, bring their own linens and towels and do the final cleaning will pay $39/person/24 hours. Groups that use all our optional meals/snacks/linen rental/cleaning services and stay in double occupancy lodging can pay up to $110/person/24 hours.Contact owner if your group wishes to bring beer or wine.
We are willing to provide lodging in return for appropriate labor. We have found that when we have a specific need, someone with the skills to meet that need will come along. And we can meet that person's lodging needs. What blesses one blesses all
Environment: Rural, Woods
Gay Friendly: Yes!
Special Needs: Allergies, Wheelchair Access
Restrictions: No Drugs, No Smoking
We were green before green was in. Friendly Crossways was accredited as a Sustainable Living Center by Hostelling International in 1982. We feed folks using produce, fruit and honey from our backyard gardens and hives. We use low flow toilets and shower heads, compact fluorescent bulbs, and energy efficient appliances. In mid-2012 we're installing a 5kW solar electricity generating system. Oh, and we also compost and recycle.
Language: English, French
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Groups Served: 12 Step / Addiction / Recovery, Arts / Crafts, Business, Church / Faith / Religious, Dance / Theater, Educational, Families, Health / Healing, Lesbian / Gay, Meditation Groups, Mens Groups, Music, Nature / Adventure, Non-profit, Peace / Justice, Personal Development Groups, Reunions, Silent, Weddings, Womens Groups, Writing, Yoga Groups, Youth Groups
Amenities: Biking trails, Carpet, Chapel / Temple, Fire Pit / Circle, Fireplaces, Gardens / Outdoor Space, Golf, Meditation Hall, On-line / Internet Access, Walking/ Hiking Trails
Special Features: Each bed in this renovated barn is covered with a handmade quilt. Private rooms are decorated with hand stencils and paintings collected by the current owner's mother. Barn beams are an integral feature of the 2nd floor great hall. Four acres of lawn, blueberry orchard, perennial flower beds, stone walls and organic vegetable garden are surrounded by a 10-acre cornfield and 50+ acres of conservation lands. The wedding glade includes natural steps up a granite bolder, and a fabulous fire circle.
Technology and AV: wi-fi throughout. dvd player available in main meeting space. two easels for your use.
Room Types: B&B, Dorm
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Some or all housing is single sex only.
Children OK: Yes!
Food: Organic / Locally Grown, Restricted Diet Options, Vegetarian or Vegan Options
Meal Availability: Available Nearby, Kitchen - Shared, Provided - Some Meals
Reservation Criteria: You have the option to hire the entire facility for your group's, weddings, family reunion's exclusive usage (only the owners and staff will be on site in addition to your group.) Or you can rent overnight usage only, or lodging and meeting space for smaller groups. Both a damage deposit and reservation deposit are required.
Retreat Contact: Mary Turner
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Friendly Crossways Retreat Center
247 Littleton County RoadHarvard, MA 01451United States
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