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
Absolutely perfect. Historic yet morden. Clean and comfortable. Relaxed atmosphere with 5-star breakfasts. Hosts are genuine and engaging. Devonfield was a highlight of our trip to Western Massachusetts!
After hiking in the White Mountains for a week we headed to cozy Lee, MA for a little pampering, and the Devonfield Inn had it all. First, we were travelling with a 50 lb. Pit Bull, and the Garden Suite was perfect. The pictures don't do the suite justice; it is a true suite with 2 grand rooms and a fabulous bath. It is quiet and has it's own entrance and a second door opening to the common area. Oh, and the bed was heavenly! Second, the location was perfect. Close to downtown but with plenty of land for a true country feel. Third, the staff is spectacular. One young woman saw me walking the pup and offered extra towels to wipe her off. Very thoughtful. Last but not least, the Innkeepers are fabulous. From the moment we arrived to our early morning departure, Jim and Doug were attentive to our every need. We are talking about the possibility of staying longer next time around.
The Devonfield Inn was a pleasure—from start to finish.
It’s well located—it’s central to the Berkshire arts venues, restaurants, museums, and other attractions.
They have the basics down pat. The rooms are spacious, clean, well-appointed, and comfortable. The grounds are pastoral, well-tended, and inviting. Breakfast is delicious—a full breakfast each morning with home baked goods, a juice bar, and plenty of hot coffee. The staff is cordial and welcoming.
What distinguishes the Devonfield from its competitors? It’s Doug and Jim, the innkeepers. They go the extra mile—and then some. It started when I called to make a reservation. Doug got the reservation details, but then took the time to ask if I needed any help with suggestions for restaurants and sightseeing. “Sure—what do you recommend, Doug?” He spent 20 minutes sharing his favorites with me and offered to make reservations. Upon arrival, we had a gracious introduction to the inn, its facilities for guests, and an overview of the history of the inn, which at one time served as a Royal Palace—home to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands during World War II. During our stay, Doug and Jim mingled unobtrusively with the guests. They asked, with sincere interest, about dinner the night before, the previous night’s performance at Tanglewood, and how the museum visits went. Both are warm, sincere, and friendly. We felt as if we were invited guests at a country house weekend. We left feeling as if we’d made new friends.
The Devonfield is something very special. We loved our 5 days there and we’re planning a return visit for the fall foliage season.