Fodor's Expert Review Brook Farm Inn

15 Hawthorne St., Lenox, MA 01240, USA See on Map

Tucked away in a wooded glen a short distance from Tanglewood, this 1880s inn is a beacon of color painted bright yellow. Guest rooms have antique furnishing and in some cases fireplaces, tiled bathrooms, and four-poster beds. The carriage house offers a pair of handicap-accessible rooms.

For a stay during summer weekends, it's best to book months in advance.

room

With fluffy beds, period wallpaper (but nothing that screams grandma's old cottage), and restored antique furniture, the rooms provide a tranquil setting to watch tv, read, or snuggle. All 15 rooms are uniquely decorated; a few have fireplaces.

The loft room is a favorite with small parties. The third-floor suite is furnished with three beds (one queen and two twins), a gas fireplace, and large bathroom.

Our Cameo Room with a queen bed and full bath.
Photo: Our Cameo Room with a queen bed and full bath. / Scott Barrow
Our Romance in Lenox Room with a king bed, full bath and fireplace.
Photo: Our Romance in Lenox Room with a king bed, full bath and fireplace.
Our Berkshire Room on the second floor of the main house.
Photo: Our Berkshire Room on the second floor of the main house. / Jumping Rocks

bathroom

All have amazingly thick towels and modern fixtures; some have oversized tubs with jacuzzi.

Our foyer in the main house.
Photo: Our foyer in the main house. / Jumping Rocks

lobby

The living room and library, with wide wooden floors, fireplaces, and antique sofas, make you want to lounge with a book or chat with fellow travelers.

On Fridays and Saturdays, afternoon tea with homemade scones are served by the library fireplace.

Our foyer in the main house.
Photo: Our foyer in the main house. / Jumping Rocks

pool

The heated outdoor pool is open seasonally.

spa

An adjoining building serves as the massage studio where guests can choose from the following styles: Swedish, pre-or post natal, deep tissue, or hot stone.

Welcome to our front porch!
Photo: Welcome to our front porch! / Scott Barrow

dining

Breakfast is served every day and includes a buffet with homemade treats, fruit, eggs, fresh bread and more. Plenty of vegetarian options are available, too.

Welcome to our front porch!
Photo: Welcome to our front porch! / Scott Barrow
Our library welcomes you for tea and scones on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Photo: Our library welcomes you for tea and scones on Friday and Saturday afternoons. / Jumping Rocks

drinking

There's no bar or restaurant on-site, but guests can find several within walking distance (or a short drive) from the inn.

Our library welcomes you for tea and scones on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Photo: Our library welcomes you for tea and scones on Friday and Saturday afternoons. / Jumping Rocks

LOCATION

Getting Around

Use a car to scoot around the Berkshires, but there are plenty of shops and restaurants a short walk from the inn.

Restaurants

Haven (3-minute drive) satisfies cravings for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Choose from overflowing egg dishes, freshly baked pastries or gourmet sandwiches. For an upscale twist on Italian dinner favorites, Cafe Lucia (3-minute drive) uses locally-sourced ingredients for their Mediterranean menu. For modern French, head to Zinc (3-minute drive) with a bistro classics.

Bars

Sip wine by the glass at the upscale Alta wine bar and restaurant (8-minute walk). Firefly Gastropub (4-minute drive) excels at beer, including local craft brews, imports, and a long list on tap. Love whiskey? Take a seat at the small bar at Gateways Inn (8-minute walk) where they stock more than 200 varieties including singe-malt and rare finds.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This quintessential B&B offers antique charm (with all the modern conveniences) while the owners, Angela and John, have created a sanctuary of serenity and personal service in the Berkshires.

QUICK FACTS

Romantic
15 rooms
Breakfast Homemade buffet
$
Pool
Yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 413-637–3013;800-285–7638

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