Welcome Hill Studios

Welcome Hill offers creative women a beautiful, nurturing place in the woods to gather their thoughts and inspiration - it will always remain a tribute to Ann Stokes' generous spirit and her constant striving for a better world.

We have three studios to choose from; each offers a unique experience. All cabins provide full privacy and sense of solitude while they are near enough to each other for a feeling of safety. Our Executive Director is on-premises should any situation arise. The property includes a sculpture garden, a meadow, benches for sitting, and two marked trails in the forest.

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THE Lean-to

Situated on the outskirts of WHS, its beautiful angles were constructed around an existing stone lean-to. East facing windows provide ample light for the living room area and bedroom. West facing windows line an open studio space, which also benefits from 6 substantial overhead lamps. The studio area is 17x13, has two substantial white pinboards and a slop sink off to the side. A 14x12 deck adjoins, with paths heading off to the sculpture garden, upper meadow, and down into the woods. The Lean-To is heated primarily by a wood stove, with a supportive propane heater. Water conservation is strongly encouraged; residents may take hand held showers in the copper tub. Despite these rustic characteristics, the Lean-To provides ample work space for visual artists, composers, writers, and dancers. A series of narrow, curved stairs connect four separate levels: a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, living room bathroom, and studio. Sure footing is important! (and the physical ability to haul wood for those on extended stays). Some residents prefer the Lean-To for its privacy and its low-carbon footprint.

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A STUDIO OF ONE’S OWN

This is the original studio built in the late 1970’s by Ann Stokes and her friends. Set among the woods, the Studio offers great privacy. A deck, and close proximity to paths and trails offer many opportunities to be among nature. Lofted ceilings, and expansive windows add incredible light and create a space that is both comfortable and inspiring. The studio loft work space has skylights and a substantial white pinboard wall. The Studio is heated by a wood stove with a propane backup heater. The bedroom is cozy and there are full kitchen and bathroom facilities. Visual artists and writers have enjoyed A Studio of One’s Own for almost four decades.

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THE GUEST HOUSE

The Guesthouse is centrally located among the cabins above the garage.  It has an open floor plan with simplistic architectural design and lofted ceilings that inspire quiet and creativity.  A work desk, folding table, 8x11 white pinboard wall and skylight make it a fine working space for visual artists. Furniture can easily be rearranged to create a 21x13 floor space for movement artists. Writers, in particular, have gravitated to this space to enjoy the antique desk, comfortable chairs, a calm environment. The Guesthouse includes a substantial kitchen, bed, and enclosed bathroom with Japanese-style soaking tub and hand-held shower.  It is heated by an oil furnace and has a small deck with atrium doors. Some residents prefer the Guesthouse because it is on one level and provides a low maintenance experience.

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