If you've ever watched an Agatha Christie movie and pined for a time when you could lounge on a velvet sofa with a cup of tea or brandy, and chat about politics or exotic travels, this is your dream stay. Antiques adorn the parlor of this 1870s Tudor-style mansion, alongside items picked up on the innkeepers' world travels. In the summer, go for a stroll in the lush gardens on the rambling grounds.
in summer, musicians from Tanglewood sometimes play informally in the music room, which contains an 1898 Steinway grand piano and furniture from the palace of the French king Louis XVI.
Each room is themed, from an English garden-style chamber inspired by the Cotswolds, to a small nautical room, though each has designer drapes and bedspreads. The carriage house is open May–October; one of its rooms is decorated in an African style, another in a Southwestern style.
While the old mansion is full of charm, the bathrooms are the most lackluster and somewhat dated. Don't expect ambiance.
The sitting area oozes with a bygone charm. The 2,000-volume library and formal parlor beg you to sit and relax on cozy down sofas and Queen Anne chairs in front of the black marble fireplace. There's also complimentary sherry, port or tea available.
Breakfast is served in a sumptuous formal dining room with wood paneling and leaded glass windows. The buffet includes homemade baked good, egg dishes, fruit and light options.
Afternoon tea (served in China sets on silver trays) and cookies are a regal feeling treat.
Cafe Lucia (8-minute walk) uses locally-sourced ingredients for their Mediterranean menu resulting in an upscale twist on Italian favorites. For modern French, head to Zinc (10-minute walk) which serves up a classic bistro menu for lunch and dinner in a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere. Sit in a sleek dining room at Prime Italian Steakhouse (7-minute walk) for Italian red sauce classics and perfectly-seared steaks.
Alta (3-minute drive) is ideal for a glass of wine sipped alongside Meditteranean small plates in an elegant but relaxed setting. For something more casual, the Old Heritage Tavern (4-minute drive) is a good bet for beer and pub snacks like burgers and chowder. Firefly Gastropub (8-minute walk) is a favorite with locals for the large selection of local and craft brews.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For anyone who has ever thought about quitting their job, opening an inn and traveling the world, this is you'll feel at home. Between the cozy hospitality and stories from innkeepers Richard and Joan, and the artifacts they've picked up during their travels (that now adorn common spaces and rooms) you'll be inspired to keep traveling well beyond the Berkshires.