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.


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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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 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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