The Old Inn on the Green
What We Love
- Yankee magazine's number-one pick for Best Historic Inn in New England, with breakfast and more
- Curling up by the crackling fireplace and daydreaming about the inn’s 1760s days
- Appreciating the property’s awards, like the top spot on Yankee magazine’s list of Best Historic Inns
- Starting each morning with a delicious complimentary breakfast
- Trying out the seasonal, farm-to-table restaurant, a Zagat Best of the Berkshires pick
What To Know
- Ideal for those who prefer a rustic country escape over a sleek city stay
- The inn is a few miles outside the nearest town (New Marlborough)
- Cell phone reception can be spotty, but there's free WiFi
- The small pool is seasonal
- Pet-friendly property; the owners have a 12-year-old chocolate lab who often interacts with guests
Head back to nature and back in time at The Old Inn on the Green, in the
fields and meadows of New Marlborough. Fresh off of its 2015
endorsement from Yankee magazine – the publication gifted it the
number-one spot in a Best Historic Inns roundup – this bed-and-breakfast
is as impressive as ever, which is to say that it still feels just like
the old days. The two-story double-gallery home holds fast to its
elegant, traditional spirit, having been founded in the 1760s as a
It’s not only Yankee, but Travel + Leisure,
which has praised the rustic atmosphere; the magazine called it “one of
our favorite American winter retreats” for that reason (among others).
TripAdvisor, meanwhile, awarded a Certificate of Excellence to both The
Old Inn, while its restaurant was a Zagat Best of the Berkshires
pick. This fine-dining room prepares scrumptious dishes, like soups and
vegetable polentas, based on what’s fresh and in season at local farms.
After all, since you’re in the country, there’s no shortage of these, or
of other pastoral pleasures to make your days in the area as idyllic as
Your rustic Deluxe room will be individually
decorated in the rustic, historic style that defines the hotel. These
comfortable abodes, which hold either a king or queen bed, recalls the
18th century in their elegance and simplicity.
The fine-dining room at the inn is a draw in and of itself, a Zagat
Best of the Berkshires pick with a TripAdvisor Certificate of
Excellence. Come here for a memorable meal, designed around ingredients
available at local farms. Some recent highlights include
roasted-red-pepper soup and vegetable polenta, but the seasonal nature
of the menu means dishes are often a surprise – something Yankee magazine likened to unpacking a Christmas stocking.
in the Berkshires town of New Marlborough, the property is immersed in
fields and meadows and an easy drive from other bucolic sights. In
winter, ski at Butternut or Jiminy Peak; in warmer months, scout out a
trail for a hike or bike ride. Year-round, the area boasts a vibrant art
scene, so pay your respects to the iconic art of Norman Rockwell at the
museum of his name, or visit any number of local galleries or shops of
How to Get There
The most important thing to understand is that this is not an inn with a restaurant, but rather a restaurant with an inn attached. The owners are restaurateurs first, innkeepers second. There isn't even a proper check-in desk; upon arrival we had to hunt around to find someone to help us, and then wait while she checked us in at a tiny computer station located in what appears to be a closet. We stayed at the main building (where the restaurant is located) and access to the rooms on the second floor is via a steep and narrow staircase that many older people are going to find difficult to negotiate. The room itself was comfortable but extremely primitive, especially the bathroom with its tiny sink. The wifi signal was weak and spotty and outlets for charging mobile devices were few and difficult to access. We've stayed at other old New England inns that make greater concessions to modern convenience and were expecting something similar here - our mistake, I guess. The restaurant is a high-end, foodie sort of place (which we knew going in) and not to our taste, so we planned to take all our meals elsewhere. And here was the biggest drawback: the inn is literally in the middle of nowhere. There's absolutely nothing within walking distance except another restaurant. It's a good 20 minute drive to the business districts of the nearest towns, Great Barrington and Stockbridge. That means you're looking at a 40 minute round-trip anytime you want to reach civilization. To be clear, we enjoyed the area tremendously, but the next time we come we'll stay at a place that's more centrally located and perhaps a bit more up to date in terms of modern amenities.
On a scale of one to ten, Old Inn on the Green is an eleven. Upon arriving at the Inn we were greeted by our gracious hosts, Meredith and Peter. We were personally escorted to our room by Meredith. Our room in The Thayer House was lovely. The room was spacious and combined historic charm with modern comfort. Room 206 was perfect for us as it had an entrance leading to the beautiful pasture, perfect for walking our dog. Although dogs are permitted in room 206, there was no “ doggie odor”. The housekeepers are friendly, helpful and professional. Dinner in the candle lit dining room was wonderful. Every course prepared by Peter, the chef and co-owner, was fabulous. The meal was better than any we’ve had in Manhattan and rivals the finest in Europe. Breakfast is served on a delightful veranda. The fresh fruit and delcious pastries were great. Our stay was truly memorable and we can’t wait to return in the Fall.
Look closely at the terms and conditions of this Inn. The restaurant is closed certain nights, and the deals are only for certain days of the week, and not for holidays, no matter what day the holiday falls on. The do not budge on the small print of the deal!
We went on 6/13 for 2 night stay. It's a Very Old Inn n side house that is full of old antiques, charm n character. It took a few minutes for me to adjust to the style. I'm a contemporary person but I relaxed and enjoyed myself after flinging over to the main house dining room with no electicly found. Everything was my candle light and we had the Best 4 course meal ever. From the canapes ri the dessert. There was an exceptional opportunity to try different entree's. All included for the two night stay. Then in the patio for complementary breakfast that included abt 10 FRESH FRUITS to choice from along with a lovely basket with warm fresh muffins n scones to choice from and homemade butter and hot pressed coffee. What a way to start your morning and watching all the birds off the covered patio. ( If you did not eat all the fresh breakfast breads, they ask you if you would like to take the rest n they box it up for you!
But then if you were still hungry (and I dont see how you could be) they give you a voucher to go abt 1 mile down the road to their cafe that is so historic to have soup/salad, freshly made sandwiches and what would lunch be without more desserts from fresh blueberry tarts, cheese cakes, n or fresh pies. You pick and do bvb t forget to leave room for dinner and you start all over again.
I can not Express what a wonderful time walking around the grounds and speaking n making new friends. I would not recommend this for a family. It's very quiet there and I dont think the kids would enjoy themselves. But that's my opinion. Sturbrige center is abt 10 minutes as well as Norman Rockwell Area.
There is a Winery abt 20 minutes away in Richmond Ma. Please dont let this walk away from you NC Tripadvisors offers great savings on this Inn. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
A friend recommended this sweet, gem of a property to us. Over the holiday weekend took a road trip to Mass MoCA then on to New Marlboro for the night. So fun! And the Inn really made the experience for us. The property is beautiful. On arrival we had a cocktail out by the pool to soak up the sun. Then, because we were there on a Monday night (their own restaurant closed) we went into Great Barrignton for dinner. Breakfast the next morning, prepared just for us, by Peter, the owner and host, was delicious. He gave us some history of the remarkable property, it was built in 1760 by the stage coach company as an inn and restaurant, which it has been ever since. Incredibly charming and highly recommend. We were in room 206 with our dog who was warmly welcomed and also loved the property. For a weekend get-away out of NYC, the Old Inn can't be beat!