Brook Farm Inn
What We Love
- A historic Berkshires B&B that's played host to a slew of literary greatsThe esteemed guests, from Pulitzer Prize-winning poets to Andrew Carnegie to Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
- The endorsement by Fodor’s and The Boston Globe, which wrote that it "quietly hits every note right"
- The individually appointed, Victorian-inspired accommodations of this gracious bed-and-breakfast
- The Berkshires themselves, from The Mount to the mountains
What To Know
- Rooms on the third floor – aka in the attic – are smaller than those on the first and second floors
- Tea and scones are served on weekend afternoons by the fireplace
- Free WiFi can be spotty
Brook Farm Inn has played host to so many literary greats, the Berkshires bed-and-breakfast could probably publish a book about it. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes; Pulitzer Prize recipients Philip Levine, Stephen Dunn, Robert Creeley and Galway Kinnell; the poet Emma Lazarus, who debuted her Statue of Liberty’s “Give me your tired, your poor” inscription for an on-site fundraiser in 1883 – they’ve all wined, dined or spent the night at this charming retreat. As gracious and elegant now as it was when it opened its doors in the 19th century, the property is sure to have you waxing poetic, too. It’s already found fans in Fodor’s; The Boston Globe; Select Registry, of which it is a member; and TripAdvisor, which gave it a Certificate of Excellence in 2016.
For one, there’s a menu of massages, including deep-tissue and hot-stone options, that you can arrange to receive from a team of licensed therapists, in the inn’s dedicated massage studio. Your room is as lovely as can be, as well; it’s individually decorated and named, and it’s furnished in the Victorian style, with floral wallpaper or maybe a Rococo armchair. But if all this doesn’t inspire your inner writer and romantic, perhaps you should turn to that Berkshire literature directly for some ideas. Head to The Mount, the grand former estate of Edith Wharton that’s located just five minutes away, or settle down with a book, by the fireplace, in Brook Farm Inn’s very own library.
Your accommodation will be individually decorated and named, inspired by the styles of the late 19th century. Expect graceful, elegant details – perhaps floral wallpaper in cream, lavender or robin’s-egg blue; a wicker rocking chair or Rococo armchair or an understated bedskirt. You’ll also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, a hair dryer and a telephone with unlimited long-distance calls. Massages can be arranged for a fee. Please note that not all rooms have TVs.If you stay in the Cameo, Poet’s or Berkshire room, which occupy the second and third floors, you’ll have either two twin beds or one queen or king. The dreamy Romance in Lenox room – a guest favorite on the second floor – boasts a working fireplace and a cozy couch to curl up on. On the ground floor of the carriage house, at the rear of the property, the barrier-free Shadowood Green room holds shares a garden-view porch with its neighbor. Both the Romance in Lenox and the Shadowood Green rooms hold a king-sized bed, and the former has a luxe Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.
When you’re not reading a book by the fireplace in the library, we highly recommend a trip to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s stunning estate, which is also in Lenox. Also consider heading into the other Berkshires towns, to experience the marvelous natural scenery; summer hiking and kayaking and winter skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. You’re in a major arts destination (home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and The Clark and Mass MoCa), and dance capital Jacob’s Pillow (open seasonally) or nearby symphony-music venue Tanglewood are fabulous ways to pass a few restful hours.
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We really enjoyed our stay at the Brook Farm Inn. The hosts provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere and delicious breakfast. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms on the top floor which was adequate for us. But, if you're an average sized person or larger or have any challenges walking up steep steps, I'd highly recommend you take one of the larger rooms on the main or 2nd floor. Everything considered, I'd recommend the Brook Farm Inn.
What a nice experience. My wife and I stayed in the Tanglewood suite, very spacious and spotless clean. Innkeepers are super helpful. Very close to town center. We're looking forward to staying again.
The location is a short walk from town which is very convenient, the beds were comfortable, bathrooms clean and pretty, the service was friendly and very helpful with local recommendations. We had a wonderful weekend there!
Anne and Jonathan were gracious hosts and very attentive to our needs. Unobtrusive and very helpful when asked. The location of the B&B was both quiet and accessible to the "downtown" area of Lenox. The location was 10-15 minutes from a variety of ideal destinations (hiking, museums, etc)
We enjoyed our stay at the Brook Farm Inn. The Inn is lovely. Clean and welcoming. Annie and Jonathan, the care-takers of the Inn are warm and friendly. The only drawback for us is that the Inn is a 15 minute walk to the main part of town. Not a problem if you don't mind walking or driving.