What We Love
- A B&B stay in one of the historic Berkshire Cottages, on 32 scenic meadow-view acresSleeping at a landmarked Berkshire Cottage where FDR and Queen Wilhelmina met in the 1940s
- Raiding the guest pantry, stocked with tea, cookies and more, and sipping evening port
- Playing a few notes on the Fodor’s-reviewed inn’s grand piano, after your complimentary breakfast
- Exploring the Berkshires, from mile-away Main Street to the Norman Rockwell Museum
What To Know
- The inn's grounds have a heated swimming pool, tennis court, horseshoe pit and archery spot
- For the most privacy, book the Roosevelt Suite which has its own TV room, wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and king-size sleigh bed
- Innkeepers Bruce and Ronnie are go-to resources for everything to do in the area
England or New England? No need to choose – have the best of both at Devonfield Inn. This beautiful bed-and-breakfast looks like it was plunked from Britain and placed in the Berkshires, with its historic country-style architecture from the 1800s; it’s set on 32 acres that overlook a meadow and the Berkshire Hills, and its interiors feature plush armchairs and floral wallpaper that could have come straight from a Cotswolds cottage. You could very much imagine European royals staying over, and indeed, they have – Holland’s Queen Wilhelmina and her daughters spent several months here in 1942.
But so has one of America’s royals (as it were) – FDR came to visit the queen during her stay – and this Fodor’s-reviewed Select Registry property also pays homage to its American history. In fact, its owners acquired the inn so as to preserve a building listed as a Berkshire Cottage, a prestigious architectural honor. And surrounding Lee’s culture, and that of this region in Massachusetts, will be a vital part of your vacation, whether you visit the Rockwell Museum, see a seasonal dance performance at Jacob’s Pillow or shop on Main Street. At the end of the day, drink complimentary port, and decide whether to sip tea like a Brit or munch on popcorn like an American – the guest pantry stocks both.
Good to know
Our advertised lowest rate is available November through February, but every bookable date is still the lowest price for that room, on that night, that you’ll find anywhere online.
Each room at Devonfield is individually decorated and named, but all share a high standard of comfort, offering pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs – you can borrow DVDs to watch from the inn’s video library. You’ll even receive some complimentary cognac and handmade chocolates that were made in the area.Deluxe rooms are larger than the Standard accommodations; some Deluxe accommodations offer fireplaces, while others feature a jetted bath or separate sitting room.
When you’re not playing a few notes on the grand piano, explore Lee’s mile-away Main Street, which is rich in old-fashioned charm – think historic pharmacies and hardware stores. Or, head into the other Berkshires towns, to experience the marvelous natural scenery; summer hiking and kayaking and winter skiing and snowshoeing are highly recommended. You’re also in a major arts destination, and catching a show at dance capital Jacob’s Pillow (open seasonally) or chamber-music venue Tanglewood, plus visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, are fabulous ways to pass a few lazier hours.
How to Get There
My husband and I had experienced our fair share of personal and professional stress and needed to regroup and get away from it all. The Devonfield Inn was the perfect place to do just that! Doug and Jim were the sweetest hosts and made us feel so comfortable and welcomed. Their focus on the little touches such as homemade cookies in the pantry to singing at the piano during a wine and cheese Happy Hour, are only a few examples of the welcoming atmosphere that they created. Our room was beautiful and the entire Inn and the surrounding grounds were breathtaking. We were made to feel like new friends and will definitely return back again!
If the goal is to relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting with great hosts, the Devonfield Inn should be your destination. Just what I was looking for, and I was in charge of making the reservations for a short trip to western Massachusetts with my wife and mother-in-law. So I had a lot riding on this!
Thanks again to the owners, Doug and Jim. We will be back!
If you’re looking for a getaway, this is a great place to stay. Doug and Jim (the inn keepers) were great hosts. They are dedicated to making your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The food alone is worth going back for. Jim is an amazing cook. Daily fresh homemade (literally) baked goods were a nice addition to the breakfast. The hosts are friendly and at the same time not intrusive. Check out their web site for restaurant recommendations. We were at 4 different restaurants and each one of them left us full and happy. The area is peaceful with enough activities to keep you busy. The outlets have quality clothing that are priced very well. I would recommend Berkshire Bike and Board in Pittsfield for bike rental which you could take along a 11-mile Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Also check out the Shaker Village.