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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My girlfriend and I stayed at Brook Farm for a weekend and loved it. Angela was a great hostess-breakfast was excellent each morning, and the room was comfy and clean. A great getaway from the stress of work and the city. Would recommend this to anyone looking to get away and recharge. Really liked relaxing in the common area (library)-nice way to end the day. And a great little touch-I was able to take home the Sunday NY Times. Read it all the following week, and it brought back the high-touch hospitality. Angela, again thanks! Jeff and Kamie.
The room was comfortable, Slept well. Complimentary Keurig Machine got some use. Took a pleasant walk in the woods at the bird sanctuary, lots of local restaurants but we drove to Pittsfield for the dinner and a movie deal. The owners were very pleasant and helpful - Breakfasts were fantastic. I would recommend this
My husband and I have been going to Brook Farm for twenty seven years. Angela and John took over the business a few years ago when the previous innkeepers retired. They are doing a fabulous job, and are the nicest people. The B & B is always clean, beautiful and comfortable, and it truly has been our home away from home when we visit the Berkshires. I could not imagine staying anywhere else. The innkeepers and the manager are extremely accommodating and will go out of their way to make your trip special. There is a nice variety of food at the breakfast table, and afternoon tea and scones are served on Saturdays. It truly is a wonderful place.
This past weekend (1/19-1/21/18) we did a husband & wife get-a-way weekend at the Brook Farm Inn while our kids were at a camp in Pittsfield. It really felt like they were running a B&B just for us. Both breakfasts it felt like Robert and Angela were tailoring everything just for us. The food was great and felt really healthy too. We had real conversation with both of them that quickly moved out of the realm of small talk to interesting and fun. They were really accommodating for a late check-out on Sunday for us (it almost felt like a "leave whenever you want" - laugh). Some may not like it but I really liked the way the room was almost intending an "unplugged" experience. TV is hidden behind a painting on hinges. There wasn't even a clock so it became hard to care about the time as much. It was very relaxing. Very quiet which was great. HUGE king size bed. HUGE bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub. I loved the just turn the knob fireplace (honestly we did overheat ourselves a bit because it was so nice & easy to use and fun to watch the fire). We sat in front of it a few times and even just watched it from bed a bit too. My wife enjoyed her massage very much as well. Overall I'd say it was pretty much exactly what we wanted. In Lenox we enjoyed Brava, Guidos, & Chocolate Springs. Because we were so full from breakfast we only ate 1 other meal each a day.
Warm and inviting place to stay. Everything was great! I enjoyed the room that I stayed in. The room had comfortable beds and cozy blankets to snuggle up in. Great location for a bunch of shops and cute little coffee places. Angela was very accommodating and was there if we needed anything. I would definitely go again.