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USA: Hopkinton, Rhode Island

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 TV room, formal dining room, and country kitchen. To bring the outdoors in, there is a large sunroom with glass doors and rural views on all sides.

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. There is generous closet space in both bedrooms. Guests share one very large bathroom, entered through separate doors, both of which can be locked for privacy.

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 onsite. 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.


In addition to a complimentary critique, The Writers’ Retreat at Panther Orchard Farm offers individualized writing consultation and mentoring at an additional cost. Both onsite and offsite mentoring are arranged to fit your writing needs. We will discuss your writing interests and experience, and make arrangements for published authors and/or writing coaches to provide the type of mentoring you seek. We are able to provide access to nationally recognized experts for all literary genres, as well as technical and grant writing.

Guests will be greeted by one of our retreat hosts who will show you around and answer any questions you may have. There is no onsite resident host so you are on your own for meals. Guests have full kitchen privileges, where you will find all necessary kitchenware and cooking utensils, along with a few basic supplies such as floor, sugar, cooking oil, and spices. An informative guidebook is available providing additional information about The Writers’ Retreat at Panther Orchard Farm and interesting things to do or see in the area. It also has phone numbers of people to contact in the event that you need assistance. There is housekeeping service once each week.

Lynne Anderson is a professor of education at the University of Oregon and Director of the Oregon Writing Project, one of 200 sites in the National Writing Project Network. She has more than 30 years experience working with writers of all ages. An area of special expertise is the adoption and integration of technology applications and online resources to support the writing process.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Lynne Anderson.

Region:  The town of Hopkinton was incorporated in 1757 and consists of five villages: Ashaway, Bradford, Hope Valley, Rockville, and Hopkinton City. It was named after Stephen Hopkins, delegate to the Continental Congress from the colony of Rhode Island and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The town is located along the beautiful Pawcatuck River, which divides RI from CT. The town of Hopkinton was the birthplace of various interesting individuals. One is the well-known 19th century Quaker preacher and spiritual leader John Wilbur (1774-1856) who strove to keep the Religious Society of Friends true to the spirit of Quaker belief that inward light takes precedence over intellectual interpretation of the Bible. Another was Prudence Crandall, a teacher born in Hopkinton in 1803. Her school in Canterbury, CT became one of the first s in the country dedicated to the education of African-American girls. Although closed by Canterbury town leaders who objected to the influx of African American girls from around the country, Crandall was later honored for her progressive approach to education. This area of Rhode Island has also been home to various Native American tribes and evidence of their presence is obvious throughout the area. During the late Archaic period they used a series of natural rock outcroppings on the western edge of Tomaquag Valley as shelters. The Tomaquag Rock Shelters were discovered by Nathan Kaye in 1957 and are now on the National Register of Historic Sites.

Location:  The Writers' Retreat at Panther Orchard Farm is located approximately 40 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island and 150 miles north of New York City. It is situated in the historic township of Hopkinton in the southwest corner of Rhode Island.

Closest airport:  Guests will want to use the T F Green airport south of Providence (a 40 minute drive). Alternate airports are Boston, MA (1.5 hour drive) or Hartford, CT (1.5 hour). Trains from Boston and New York City run on a regular basis and stop in Westerly, RI

Tourism information:  Rhode Island Visitors Network


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Master Bedroom Large private room with brick fireplace, private balcony with view of fields and pond, full-size antique canopy bed, writing desk with adjustable chair, comfortable reading chair, shared bathroom, plus full access to the entire house. $650
Guest Bedroom Private room with full size antique bed, writing desk with adjustable chair, comfortable reading chair, shared bathroom, plus full access to the entire house. $600


  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Refbook
  • Fireplace
  • Bicycle
  • Satellite
  • TV/DVD
  • Out smoking
  • SBathroom

Payment terms:  Your reservation for the The Writers' Retreat at Panther Orchard Farm will be confirmed upon receipt of a 30% deposit. The balance is due one week prior to arrival. All currency is in U.S. dollars. Tax is included in the rates.

Cancellation policy:  Your deposit, minus $50 administration fee, will be refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to planned arrival. Cancellations under 60 days will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.

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