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.
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.
All have amazingly thick towels and modern fixtures; some have oversized tubs with jacuzzi.
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.
The heated outdoor pool is open seasonally.
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.
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.
There's no bar or restaurant on-site, but guests can find several within walking distance (or a short drive) from the inn.
Use a car to scoot around the Berkshires, but there are plenty of shops and restaurants a short walk from the inn.
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.
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.