Holly House is the cottage where guests stay during their residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Nestled in several acres of Pacific Northwest second growth forest on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, the retreat center, including a labyrinth and poetry trail, provides an ideal setting for women to find solitude and time for their creative work.
The name, Holly House, honors the memory of Director and Founder Elspeth Pope’s late husband, Jim Holly, who built a simple open workshop with lumber milled from cedar and fir trees naturally felled on the property by winter storms. Now completely remodeled, the cozy retreat welcomes women for residencies ranging from one week to one month.
On the light-filled main floor, the living room provides a place to work or curl up and watch the fire when a gentle Pacific Northwest rain sings outside.
The expandable dining room table offers pleasant dining, with a view of the woods and glimpses of the inlet, as well as room to spread out during work sessions.
Compact and well-equipped, the kitchen is perfect for residents who have better things to do than cook! And for residents who like to cook!