Birchwood Inn

7 Hubbard Street , Lenox, MA 1240 USA (Show map)

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About

Enjoy a truly memorable Berkshires bed and breakfast experience at Birchwood Inn. Our charming Lenox, MA bed and breakfast has been welcoming new friends since 1766. With its pastoral hilltop setting overlooking the historic village of Lenox, our quintessential Berkshires' inn is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our Lenox bed and breakfast is just steps to the numerous recreational activities and cultural attractions in the Berkshires, including Tanglewood, dining, museums, shopping, hiking, biking, water sports, snowshoeing, skiing and vibrant fall foliage. Enjoy award-winning country breakfasts served in our 19th century sun-lit dining room, savor delectable afternoon tea on the porch or delicious homemade cookies in the spacious book-lined library of our cozy Berkshires B&B. Relax in one of our 11 wonderfully appointed guest rooms or unwind by the fire of our romantic Lenox bed and breakfast with a mug of mulled local cider. Well-behaved four-legged furry friends are also welcome at our pet-friendly Berkshires' inn. Take advantage of our seasonal spa, romance, foodie or special occasion packages and unwind in the comfortable country elegance of Birchwood Inn.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Babymoon

5 on March 22, 2016

We had a great time...the atmosphere, the food, the room.. it was amazing!! We will be coming back soon !!!


Lovely, Warm, and Delicious.

4.0 on March 20, 2016

We had the wonderful Birchwood Inn to ourselves for the first week of March when most local inns close. Becca was an attentive host, ensuring tea or coffee was ready whenever we wanted, baking something tasty every afternoon. Her breakfasts were delicious. I could live in the library. We'll be back. Note: the review page wouldn't allow me to select Outstanding or I would have.


Couldn't have been nicer

5 on March 18, 2016

Ellen, the Innkeep at Birchwood and her staff are lovely people and very helpful. The big public room is everything one could want in a welcoming cozy place to retire to with a book in hand - or simply wander and see what you pick up.


The Perfect Stay

5 on March 08, 2016

We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Becca was great. Great food. Great library. Great everything!


Outstanding B&B that keeps us coming back year after year

5 on January 26, 2016

We have been coming annually to the Birchwood Inn for 14 years. Ellen, a warm and wonderful cook and host, has become a friend. The location and cozy atmosphere of this B&B simply can't be beat. Ellen's breakfast is outstanding. Don't miss this gem in Lenox.


the best breakfast anywhere

4.6 on January 04, 2016

We always love the Birchwood Inn. Ellen is a gracious hostess and her breakfasts are elaborate works of art and yumminess. Each breakfast includes two freshly made bread and muffins, a marvelous fruit-based appetizer and a delicious main course. The fire places in the rooms and the magnificent library make you never want to leave the inn. It's our favorite place all through the year.

Innkeeper Response
Your smiles light up Birchwood Inn, and we love welcoming you home!


Our favorites place

4.2 on December 24, 2015

We've been coming to the Birchwood Inn since 2002. We will continue to go. It offers the best breakfast imaginable: every day there are two fresh breads, a marvelous fruit-creation appetizer, and a spectacular entree. The food is always creative, beautiful and incredibly delicious. The inn comes with huge library with a large inviting fireplace. There is enormous variety in the rooms, but if you go upscale you will find spaciousness, another wood burning fireplace, and luxurious bath. If you go with the more economic rooms, you can idle inn the library and at tea-time enjoy home-made cookies. Lenox is the most beautiful town in the Berkshires. Go and pamper yourselves! We could not. think of a better place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing to stay at Birchwood Inn for 13 years! We love welcoming you home!


Special Anniversary

4.6 on December 22, 2015

We spent the weekend at the Birchwood Inn for our anniversary. This was our first stay and we would definitely return. The inn was wonderful, the breakfast was one of the best we've had after years of visiting inns. The staff at the inn could not have been nicer and more helpful and the area offered a lot. It was a quick getaway and very special.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to tell us that your visit to the Berkshires for your anniversary was special. We are looking forward to making your next stay special as well!


Fifth visit; perfect

5 on November 17, 2015

Stopped on our way to a family reunion in VT. Our fifth visit, and it's just as wonderful each time! Ellen does a beautiful job with the inn, and her breakfasts are fabulous. Quinn and Charlie are no help at all, but ......they are dogs so that's okay! Can't wait to get back. And an added bonus is the great restaurants in Lenox and Nejaime's for wine, cheese and gourmet goodies.

Innkeeper Response
We are looking forward to your sixth visit! Quinn and Charley keep us laughing, and that's not a bad thing!


Our second visit...

5 on November 01, 2015

... was just as wonderful as our first. Wonderful old home with excellent breakfasts and evening snacks. Ellen is a wonderful host and chef. Excellent breads and pastries with all the trimmings. Just wished we lived closer.

Innkeeper Response
The Birchwood Inn team strives to make each stay special. Thank you for letting us know that we continue to make your visits special!


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Rooms & Rates

Dana Room

Luxuriate in the romantic four-poster king bed on a cloud of a featherbed. Lounge like royalty on the luxurious chaise or cushy sofa. Bask in the warmth of the wood-buring fireplace or perch on a window seat, enjoying the treetops and mountain views. The Dana, a very spacious room, features an updated private bath hand-painted by a local artist, television with VCR and DVD player, and an iPod clock radio, the former boudoir of the chatelaine of the mansion offers the amenities of today with the elegance of the past. king; flp; a/c; pvt. bath/tub-shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Hubbard Room

You will find 21st century comfort in this room dating from colonial times, with the luxury of a four-poster king bed (or two twins), a Martha Washington bedspread and a pastoral toile de Jouy setting the scene. A few steps across the hall, the past and present also meet in the renovated private bath, hand-painted by a local artist, where today's large glass shower boasts an oversized rainforest showerhead dating from 1910. King/2 twins; adjacent pvt.bath; a/c

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wagner Room

The Wagner Room is cheery, creating its own sunshine and reflecting the historic gardens it overlooks. The hand-painted garden in the updated private bath with shower, the queen bed, ceiling fan, television and small seating area wrap you with warmth and comfort. Queen; a/c; pvt. bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Israel Dewey Room

Stretch out in this luxury-sized room with a come-hither four-poster king bed. Cuddle up in front of the wood-burning fireplace. Enjoy pastoral views from the window seat. The bedroom's aubergine floral theme also graces the updated hand-painted private bath with extra-large, multi-headed shower. King; fpl; a/c; pvt. bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Egleston Room

The Egleston is the innkeeper's favorite, with its four-poster queen bed, sink-right-in down sofa, cozy wood-burning fireplace, and the view of the historic New England stone-walled garden plus the deep antique soaking tub for two. The historic ambiance married with today's conveniences is most seductive, and past innkeepers refer to The Egleston as "The Loving Room." Queen; fpl;a/c; pvt. bath: separate shower and clawfoot tub

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wilson Room

The Wilson Room offers the coziness of this restful former sewing room of the mansion, with its comforting buttercup and cornflower blue decor, queen bed, antique princess dresser, cushy chintz chair, and, yes, the antique sewing machine. Full/queen; a/c; pvt. bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Goodwin Room

The Goodwin Room invites you step into a garden in bloom with its cheerful yellow, peony, and lime creating your own aerie. The sloped ceilings and dormer windows, four-poster iron king bed (or two twins), small seating area, convenient desk, ceiling fan and updated private hand-painted bath with shower help create the room's charming character. King/2 twins; pvt. bath; a/c

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wright-Smith Room

Look out of floor-to-ceiling windows over the treetops in the two-room, Americana "tree house" mini-suite. The Wright-Smith features a spacious bedroom with Mission queen bed and a cozy sitting room warmed by the ambiance of the gas fireplace. Enjoy the double-sized shower in the updated private bath, just a couple of steps across the hall. Queen, Full Twin, pvt. bath with shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Loring Room

Cuddle up in this secluded, cozy, raspberry-hued nest on your queen bed, with a bird's eye view of the historic Church on the Hill. The "nest" features aceiling fan, and a spacious private bath with shower and antique sink. Queen; pvt. bath; a/c

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Post Room

Set in the rock garden, the graceful Post Room in the adjacent Carriage House, with its soothing hues, a comfy queen bed, elegant gas fireplace, convenient guest refrigerator, its own private entrance and a semi-private porch, ensures a most restful and private stay. Queen bed with private bath with shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

MacDonald Room

The MacDonald Room, in our adacent Carriage House, with its down duvet, gas Vermont stove, private entrance and semi-private porch, has a cheerful cottage ambiance. Queen; fpl; a/c; pvt. bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Mountains

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 50 miles

Directions to property:

From the Mass Pike (I-90) exit at Exit 2, follow Rte. 20 west for five miles. At second traffic light, turn left to Historic Lenox (Walker Street, 183 West, Rte.7A).At the monument, bear right,and proceed up the hill. Birchwood Inn is located on the right, just before the crest of the hill. Turn right onto Hubbard Street and left into the drive. Parking and the entrance is around the back of the inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co., MassMOCA, Berkshire Opera Co., Jacob's Pillow, Williamstown Theater Festival, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Fitness Center Discount, Guest Pantry, In-House Massages, Hairdriers in each room, Romance and Spa Packages, Fun for Foodies Packages

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Antiquing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside smoking only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and over are welcome if accommodations permit.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Daily fee of $25.00
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights (summer wknds/holidays), 2 nights (Sept-June wknds, summer/ fall wkdays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A one-night deposit (50% for 4-night or longer stays)by valid credit card or check is required for each reservation.
  • Cancellations: With at least 14 days' (21 May-Nov., Christmas holidays, and groups) prior notice of cancellation, we will refund deposits less a service charge of 10% of the total reservation.With less than 14 days'(21, see above) notice, guests who cancel or change their reservations, are no-shows, arrive later than scheduled arrival date or depart earlier than scheduled departure date are responsible for the full value of their reservation, which will be charged to their credit card. Refunds, less a service charge of 10% of the total reservation, will be made for the rebooked amount if we are able to rebook the room(s).

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Deborah Lancaster and Tom Johnson

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Travel, photography, literature, antiques, theater

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8:30-10am (coffee earlier)
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Diabetic, Lactose/Gluten-Free


Signature Dish

Fondue Florentine Souffle
Aged cheeses plus Swiss chard, shallots, eggs, herbs and French bread rise to the occasion. This an inn favorite as are Ellen's homemade muffins and breads.


Recipes