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
Needed a weekend away from daily hubbub. This was perfect. Quaint rustic ,lovely hosts. Meals were great. Sad jacuzzi in our room did not work. Might not be right for those looking for fancy amenities but we really loved the ambiance and decor
What a setting for a memorable birthday celebration: The Old Inn has a room somewhat set aside from the main dining room, perfect for private gatherings. This past weekend I attended a birthday - attended by 12 people. The Inn (and the "private" room) are a perfect setting for a party: splendid food, warm (intimate) atmosphere, a fire place providing wonderful light and warmth. The staff was conscientious, subtle, and ever-present in attending to details. Favorites on the menu were the duck and the lamb entree. The bar tender knows his wine, and made welcomed recommendation throughout the evening. The coup de grace was a cake made by the Southfield Store (sister property to the Old Inn on the Green) which even impressed those who have most likely experienced (endured?) too many birthday cakes. The Old Inn offers what can rarely be found: a high quality "New England" atmosphere, not some superficial gesture pointing toward New England tradition, but an unpretentious and welcoming place that embodies understated elegance. The gathering included several serious foodies: they were impressed!
We had a wonderful experience staying at the Old Inn, but, to be honest, it may not be for everyone (or at least be prepared). We stayed for two nights, via a Groupon deal which included dinner one night, breakfast for both days, and lunch nearby for one day. It was well worth it because the food was fabulous, the proprietors (Peter and Meredith) were extremely gracious and welcoming, and the Inn was quaint and charming. This is where the BUT comes in... The inn dates from 1760, and the restaurant evokes that era, down to the candle-lit dining rooms, the murals on the walls, and the smoke stained fireplace walls and ceiling. As I said, we found it charming, but it may not be to everyone's taste. That said, the dinner was one of the best meals we have had in a very long time. Much attention and effort is paid to serving the freshest and local food products, and the staff is very attentive and knowledgeable (thanks, Ian), and the food prep was wonderful. There is the pre-fixed ($46) 'welcome' dinner, which was included in our package, but there is also an extensive ala carte menu. Our dinner included a delicious lightly curried cauliflower soup, with a chef's tasting served before the soup. My wife ordered the Faroes Island Salmon, while I had the chicken dish. Both were fabulous. Then an 'amuse bouche' was brought to the table. After that, dessert of a hazelnut tart with vanilla bean gelato, and finished with a lemon ganache. I could go on and on, but now to the lodging. Remember, it's circa 1760, so if you stay in the original inn,(there's also a guest house, circa 1820, on the property with maybe 5 or 6 more rooms) there will be a steep flight of steps to the rooms upstairs. The room we had, (#191), was of the 1760 variety, although I understand some of the rooms in the inn are different and more updated. It was spacious, Queen and single bed, quality bedding, with a decent sized bathroom, A/C, good wifi, unusual wood-lined shower, and yes, those creaky, crooked floors. If that is an issue for you, ask questions before booking. Two last, quick comments. The breakfast is ample, emphasis on fresh fruit, and home baked muffins and other goodies. Delicious! And the lunch, if included, is offered at a nearby cafe, five minutes away, and it was also a treat, not only for the quality, and the variety of choices, and again, those fabulous home baked desserts, but the cafe itself is beautifully presented. For us, it was excellent, and my only qualifier is that you know in advance what you are going to encounter.
This quaint historic inn was charming, if a little worn. The main problem was the stairs to the room. They were extremely steep with very high steps. The really GREAT thing about he inn was the restaurant - 5 stars.
This was our first time visiting this part of the country. The area was recommended by friends who met us here. Pros and cons to the inn.
We stayed in the Thayer House on the second floor. Know there are no elevators or bell boys to handle your luggage, it’s all on you. When we entered our room there were at least 10 black flies which we later tried to kill. Didn’t quite manage to do so but they must sleep at night too since they only bothered me the next afternoon when I was trying to nap!
Bed is comfy but pillows are too soft. I was neither too hot nor too cold in the room at night. YES the floors are creaky, don’t know if the people sleeping under me on the first floor heard us when we got up at night.
Wi-Fi is basically non existent, yes they offer it but it doesn’t work. Surely there is something they can do to correct that. We have ATT service and if we stood close to the window we had 2 bars otherwise 1 bar which meant maybe I could download my email and maybe I couldn’t. There is a TV in the room so again I say this is probably an easy fix mgmt should correct.
Our bathroom was nicely stocked with toiletries and extra towels. Room 204 has a very tight shower and a separate stand alone tub.
Our room was serviced fine. There is a closet with a few hangers. The window screens were in our closet so check yours if you want to open the windows and keep the bugs out!
The inn is a drive from everything. Frankly I would not choose to stay here again due to this very reason.
The continental breakfast is very good. Not a ton on selection but enough between warm hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and freshly made pastries. Yes the French pressed coffee is great! I had both the orange juice and apple cider and both good too. Morning service and no one mentions at all there is a menu you can order from. So if that’s true you will need to ask for it!