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.
How to Get There
We chose Brook farm inn as a hotel to stay during our off season (March) getaway to Berkshires. We ended up being the only guests in the hotel due to that. We were treated really well by the hosts and appreciate it. It terms of hotel amenities, it is a beautiful multi room older Victorian home, with a library and a great area for breakfast and afternoon tea. Rooms are also decorated as such so if you are really not into that decor you may want to consider something more modern. Breakfast was very simple and did not have many choices but I guess it is a side effect of the off season travel.
Location is also good, in the warmer months its a walk to downtown Lenox and a lot of other Berkshires attractions are within driving distance. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
We loved our visit to the Brook Farm Inn. We stayed 2 nights in the Tanglewood Suite, which I would highly recommend! The room is spacious and beautiful, with everything we could have wanted including a whirlpool tub. We also thoroughly enjoyed the February special of Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries. The Innkeepers were very welcoming and the breakfast was delicious! We will definitely be making a return visit soon.
$300.00/ night room and the bed leaned terribly !! Because of this I fell out of the bed at 4:30am and broke my coccyx. Jonathan said they should have adjusted it..so they knew it leaned! If you value a good nights sleep, this is NOT the place.
We went to Brook Farm Inn for an overnight in October - it was the perfect New England Inn experience. Our room was very charming with a working fireplace, which we enjoyed after a night downtown of dinner and drinks. It took about 10 minutes to walk from the Inn to downtown Lenox, which was a huge plus! The staff were all attentive and friendly, and the Innkeeper was very helpful and informative, with recommendations of what to do nearby. I'd gladly go back and recommend it to anyone traveling to the area.
Gracious without overbearing, attentive to detail, curious about our interests and helpful in finding answers to our questions, and accommodating to dietary needs. Such a nice stay! We appreciated the extra space in the Carriage House and recommend this. We also liked the "not over-fussy" decor and comfort.