An Authors’ & Artists’ Retreat Residence

...Designed to Serve the Arts

Hill House Location & History

We're Renewing!

Hill House Arts Retreat will offer month-long residencies beginning in January of 2016.

We are now partnering with an art gallery;  three upstairs bedrooms remain private, while the kitchen, dining, living, and laundry facilities are available to guests on a shared basis.

Located halfway between Spencer and Freedom, Indiana, Hill House is designed to serve the retreat needs of one to five adults.  Residencies are available for thirty days or longer, sleeping three to five people in three upstairs bedrooms.


Hill House was framed around its original 200 year-old log pioneer cabin in the 1930s, and stands on a hilltop inside sixty refuge acres.  It was completely renovated and opened as an arts retreat in 2002.  Surrounding meadows and woods are cut by paths to a scenic pond, dry-wash streams, and rock waterfalls. 


The gravel driveway, off a major highway, is graded and accessible.  Local attractions include nearby McCormick’s Creek State Park, and Indiana University, in Bloomington, is 22 miles away.


Hill House offers natural beauty and seclusion to small writing or focus groups, and to arts practitioners seeking retreat conditions.  


A “home-away-from-home,” guests need bring personal effects, some linens, and groceries.  The kitchen is fully equipped, beds are dressed in fresh mattress pads and clean pillow protectors, and blankets and comforters are supplied. 


Welcome!