Federal House Inn

1560 Pleasant Street Route 102, Lee, MA 01238 USA (Show map)

About

WE ARE CONFIDENT YOU WILL WANT TO COME TO OUR INN AFTER VIEWING OUR WEBSITE [federalhouseinn]! "Of all the places we have stayed in around the world, we have never experienced hospitality such as yours" Angela & Michael Gamble, Essex, England. This charming inn has elegantly decorated, bright sunny rooms, all with fireplaces, all with modern private baths. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are enjoyed by our guests each evening in our inviting living room, complete with fireplace. A gourmet candlelight breakfast is served on fine china, accompanied by classical music. One mile from Stockbridge, minutes to Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Ski Butternut, Jacob's Pillow and other Berkshire attractions. Personalized dining and touring advice. High speed wireless instant access. See our website (federalhouseinn) for Romance Packages and other "Specials".

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Beautiful inn and great location

4.2 on July 20, 2016

I stayed in the Rose room and had a lovely stay. Marcia and Ken were wonderful hosts and made me feel welcomed. The inn is located a short drive from Main Street in Lee near the outlet mall. I was in town to see James Taylor at Tanglewood which is about a 10 minute drive.


Federal House Inn

5 on July 14, 2016

Excellent choice


Great hospitality

5 on July 04, 2016

The rooms were beautiful, and the linen pillow covers were a nice, cool, luxury! The breakfast is amazing, and the camaraderie among fellow guests at the welcome wine reception was lively and engaging. A wonderful weekend visit, with great hospitality from the new hosts!


A 6-star B&B!

5 on June 19, 2016

I've stayed at B&Bs and small inns worldwide, and Federal House Inn is one of the best! The rooms were great, but I feel like that should be standard in a B&B. What sets Federal House apart is the hospitality. The new owners, Marcia and Ken (never met the previous ones, so this isn't meant as a comparison) are warm, inviting, and attentive. They created ease the moment we walked in the door with a friendly welcome, a general tour, and afternoon tea. Our intent when arriving at 4:30 was to check in and immediately go out to dinner; however, we felt so comfortable, we sat down for another hour with tea, crackers and cheese, and out-of-this-world chocolate chip cookies. And, the tea was sweet! A rare treat! Breakfast was served at a time we chose, which happened to be 7am due to our schedule. No matter, everything was ready. So. The food. Unbelievable!! Truly wonderful two course breakfast with a citrus slushie in between. It's Marcia's family recipe. Amazing. Pumpkin scones. Melt in your mouth. Veggie Frittata. Savory and portioned perfectly. Make sure you leave time to savor the breakfast. It's a gift to yourself worth indulging in! I go to the Berkshires once or twice a year for programming at Kripalu, a place with world class food and customer service. It feels like my second home. This year's trip kept me in town for Friday night. Because there's no checkout at Kripalu on Saturdays, I booked a night at Federal House. Now, when I travel to Kripalu, I need to stay longer just to go back to the Federal House Inn because it too feels like my second home! Marcia and Ken, thank you for being part of what makes the Berkshires so special for me.

Innkeeper Response
There is no way Ken and I can find words to express how much this review meant to us. To say we appreciated your visit and now this review is a huge understatement. Thank you!!


Beautiful inn in the Berkshires

5 on June 12, 2016

We absolutely adored this inn!! Ken and Marcia were wonderful and could not be more accommodating. The food was outstanding! Make sure to try Ken's special bacon and Marsha's fruit ice! The inn was charming the rooms were large with wonderful fireplaces and the bedding was so comfortable. Tons of things to do in the area! We can not wait to get back!!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! There will always be bacon and fruit ice waiting for you. THANKS for placing this review- we so appreciate it!


Couldn't be more lovely

4.8 on June 06, 2016

Innkeepers Marcia and Ken create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in their historic home. Breakfasts are spectacular three course affairs, with the most interesting and delicious menus. Comfy beds, and endless attention to every detail of your stay. Unforgettable experience. Highly recommend..

Innkeeper Response
This review was incredibly generous and very very much appreciated. I noticed four stars for value and now that we are two months (and 9 days but who's counting) in I am finally getting the chance to review our pricing and am making adjustments. We left things in that department as they were while we concentrated on the physical changes but now we are sitting down and addressing that and hopefully providing the correct pricing adjustments. Thanks for the input. It confirms what I am changing. Appreciate you!


Hosts Extraordinaire

5 on May 26, 2016

Our family had three rooms for three nights. We were treated so warmly and generously by our hosts, Marcia and Ken. Great cooks and conversationalists. A wonderful find.

Innkeeper Response
We had so much fun with your family. Your generosity in taking time to write the review is so so appreciated. Your visit made great memories for new innkeepers!


Dynamite light show!

5 on February 25, 2016

The gas fireplace went "on the Fritz", as they say, but went out in grand style! No problem, there was an electric heater available, and the writhing demise of the fireplace was a glimmering display of memorable proportions. This house is a cozy, welcoming and warm visit, always too short no matter how long the stay. The breakfast is always scrumptious, the room elegant. The afternoon "nibble hour" is a great time to chat with other guests and plan an evening's dine out. Always a memorable time away there, but feels like home. Close to everything there is to do and see in the Berkshires. to paraphrase the Terminator: "We'll be Bach!"


fall colors

3.6 on October 30, 2015

Nice quiet B&B. Very helpful and aimed to please.


The Federal House Inn-Great Visit

5 on October 29, 2015

Kolleen and Brian were great hosts. Kolleen was willing to make breakfast vegan for me which I really appreciated. We enjoyed the old inn. It was so close to Stockbridge.


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Rooms & Rates

Norman Rockwell Room

This is a comfortable, spacious room with wall-to-wall carpeting, our favorite Norman Rockwell prints, comfortable chairs for reading, AC, an electric fireplace and twin sleigh beds which can be converted to a king sized bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Yale Hill Room

This is a quiet, cozy room that's bright and sunny with three windows, a queen sized bed, wall-to-wall carpeting, AC and an electric fireplace. One of our most requested rooms!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Beartown Mountain Room

Three large windows give this room a beautiful view of Beartown Mountain and the original late 1700s building across the street. It features a ceiling fan above a queen canopy bed, a dressing area, bathroom with tub, AC and an electric fireplace, comfortable chairs and a TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Billiard Room

You'll love this large room on our first floor. With a beautiful mahogany pencil post bed, hand tied canopy and comfortable sitting area, the Billiard Room has large windows with pretty views of the grounds, a wide pine floor and high ceilings with exquisite, original crown molding, AC and an electric fireplace. This is an elegant room where you'll relive the splendors of the early 1800s.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Skylight Suite

Our largest, most spacious accommodation features two pencil post queen beds, cable TV and AC in both rooms and an electric fireplace in the bedroom. This private third floor suite offers a large bedroom, a charming little reading room and two bathrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Rose Room

This large dormered room has four windows, original wide plank floors, stenciling on the walls, comfortable chairs, and a queen-sized Rutherford iron bed. This room features a gas cast iron Franklin stove.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Hurlbut Suite

Our largest room, features a queen four-poster bed with hand-tied canopy, sitting area with loveseat and Oriental rug, and four large windows that overlook the grounds. This room has a beautiful mantled gas fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Crabtree Room

A large but cozy room with a corner mantled gas fireplace, queen four-poster bed and comfortable chairs. This is a lovely quiet room with two windows overlooking a flowering crab apple tree in the springtime.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Rainbow Room

One of our most charming rooms, it's bright and sunny with four windows, cheery wallpaper, AC and an electic fireplace, queen four-poster bed and original wide pine floors.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Mountains, Small town

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 35 miles

Directions to property:

Exit #2 (the Lee exit) from Mass Turnpike (I-90). At the bottom of the ramp turn left and make a quick right onto Route 102 west toward Stockbridge. Federal House Inn is three miles on the right side of the road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Norman Rockwell Museum, MassMoca Museum, Clark Museum, Tanglewood, Ski Butternut, Jacobs Pillow, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities , Great porches and outside seating, 24/7 coffee bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On weekends a 3 night stay is required July & August, 2 nights June & October.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 100% deposit is required for one-night stays. A 50% deposit is required for two nights or longer stays. We must have a deposit on all rooms in order to guarantee the reservation.
  • Cancellations: Deposits will be refunded only if notice is received by our office no less than 21 days prior to the intended date of arrival. A refund service charge of $25.00 per room will be deducted from the deposit.. Guests who check out before the last day of the reservation will be required to pay for the days reserved in full. We realize that situations may arise necessitating cancellation within the 21 day limit, and we do sympathize, however we must maintain our business policy due to limited season and high accommodation demands. A partial refund may be possible only if we are able to re-book the room(s).

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Kenneth and Marcia Anderson

About the innkeepers

After 35 rewarding years in education, both in the United States and in four counties overseas, Kolleen and Brian are thrilled to be running an established and successful inn. They provide the warm hospitality and welcoming experience established by Barbara and Philip Broyles at the Federal House. They bring to the inn their diverse backgrounds and exposure to a variety of countries and cultures.

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Meals

Breakfast

Candlelight

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , specify diet, restrictions