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Fodor's Expert Review River Bend Farm

643 Simonds Rd., Williamstown, MA 02167, USA See on Map

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1770 Georgian Colonial is neither on a river nor is it a farm, but it provides a rustic hideaway in the Berkshires. Open April through October, guest rooms are as historically accurate as possible with wide-planked floors and antique pieces like washstands and wing-back chairs. There are no TVs (there is Wi-Fi), and a library on the first floor.

YOU SHOULD KNOW A two-night minimum stay on summer weekends is required, and three nights on selected holiday and special weekends (like local college graduation).


The charm is high as innkeepers have gone to lengths to restore rooms to original look and function. However, that means you need to let go of your notions of a luxury inn and be OK with enjoying simple yet gorgeous antiques. Beds and chairs are period appropriate (though there are modern mattresses). Some rooms have brick fireplaces.

There are air conditioners in each of the four guest rooms.


The inn has been rehabbed but remains extremely rustic. There are only two shared bathrooms in the house for guests to use. The water is hot; the downstairs bathroom is austere (but extremely clean), while the upstairs one features a claw foot tub.


The sitting room and tap room have a few colonial-era chairs and couch and are furnished with period antiques including a wooden table, hutch, and lighting. There's a fireplace in the tap room, making it a cozy place on cool days.


A homemade breakfast with eggs, bread, and other healthy options is prepared using the original hearth and (slightly) more updated stove. It's served in the dining room/kitchen area full of antiques.


There's no pub at the house, but there are several options within easy driving distance.


Getting Around

Unlike in Colonial days, the only way to traverse the area is with a car.


Mezze (5-minute drive) serves up small plates, perfect for sharing, while the inventive craft cocktails feature local spirits. Gramercy Bistro (15-minute drive) at Mass MoCA is known for updated American and French classics, creative drinks, and Sunday brunch. For updated Mediterranean and Turkish flavors, try out Pera (5-minute drive) for lunch or dinner. Gala (6-minute drive)


Purple Pub (5-minute drive) offers plenty of pints and late night bar eats in a laid-back setting. The '6 House Pub (8-minute drive) is set in a rehabbed barn with a long menu of pub favorites alongside an ample beer and cocktail selection. The patio sizzles in summer.


Those who wish to eschew modernity and live like a Colonist (albeit with a few more modern amenities) will find a lot to love in the old hearth oven, original woodwork, and rooms full of antiques. It's clean and cozy, but absolutely not the kind of place for a city slicker looking for luxury bedding or waterfall showers.


4 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Free Parking


Phones: 413-458–3121

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