House On Main Street

1120 Main St , Williamstown, MA 1267 USA (Show map)

About

The charm of the Victorian era with the luxury of the 21st Century. This Quiet, cozy bed & breakfast, nestled in a lovely, tree-lined setting is a short walk to the Clark Art Institute, Williams College, Williamstown - Theatre Festival(WTF), Film Festival or Jazz Festival, shopping and dining. The House on Main Street', known as 'The Victorian Tourist & Antique House' in a by-gone era, has been enjoyed by such guests as President Woodrow Wilson, Johnny Carson, Suzanne Vega and other notable personalities. Today, there are six spacious, airy bedrooms for you to enjoy. You can take in the early morning birdsong on the front porch, spend your afternoon reading on the screened porch, visit with the Cats in their habitat, then come in to the parlor to meet with other guests, watch your favorite television program or dispel a chill by the fireplace in the evening. We have TWO CATS on the premises (Bridi and Angus). While they are not allowed in the guest rooms, they do find themselves in the common areas and are happy to say hello. They are low-dander, short-hair cats but those with acute dander allergies may be affected.

Reviews

Overall
4.0

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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.0
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining3.8

The Place to Stay in the Berkshires

4.8 on August 25, 2015

The House on Main Street is the place to stay in the Berkshires. The conversations with the guests and the hosts are worth the price alone! It is walking distance to many fine restaurants. The Clark Museum is nearby as is the Williams College Museum of Art. I highly recommend the House on Main Street!


Could be better

2.8 on August 11, 2015

Great location near the theater and campus. Mostly quiet except for the motorcyclist next door who liked to gun his engine early and late, but not the fault of the innkeepers. However as veterans of B&B's, we noticed a few things that could be a lot better. I think the food is number one. The breakfasts were aggressively vegetarian with little interest or panache. Soggy oatmeal with raisins was the main and only course one morning and another breakfast consisted of pancakes with orange and pecans in them. There was milk and orange juice, dried cereal if you want, but I am used to more food and more spectacular food at the B&B's I've stayed in before. Usually there is some sort of welcoming snack, a plate of cookies or cheese and crackers, a bottle of inexpensive local wine, something that says we are thinking you as you arrive or after you come in from the theater. Not here. There is a whole sun porch with comfortable wicker seats and old decrepit cushions. A perfect place for a cool afternoon glass of wine or a cup of coffee before breakfast. But not a side table to put the refreshment on so they end up inconveniently on the floor. Lastly, we learned from a former guest who had stayed at the Inn twenty years before that the Inn had been Woodrow Wilson's summer White House pre World War I. Most B&B's have some sort of interesting history that the advertise that make the stay a little more interesting. Some of these caveats may seem a bit picky but the whole idea is that the owners could have done much better without any significant outlay in time or money. Strikes me as being a bit careless, lazy or maybe just a bit ignorant. If you want a comfortable place to sleep for not a whole lot of money, this is the place. Just do not expect too much more.


College Town B&B

3.8 on August 08, 2015

The House on Main Street is a very comfortable place to stay in quiet little corner of Williamstown. The big draw is the innkeeper, Timothy, who manages to make a group of strangers sitting around his breakfast table feel as if they were participating in a stimulating seminar at the nearby Williams College. The difference is that Timothy and Donna's cooking is much better.


Breakfast Was Lacking

2.8 on July 11, 2015

Admittedly, I have only stayed at two other B&Bs but I found the breakfast lacking. It was a tasty bowl of seasoned oats but quite frankly I expected another course. There was bread for toasting, bananas and sliced pineapple but some baked goods or eggs would have added greatly. The room was clean and well appointed. The bathroom a bit outdated but not unexpected in an older house. The Innkeepers were pleasant.


A real home on Main Street

5 on June 03, 2015

The proprietor was very helpful in taking an outstanding photo of our group.


Clean & comfortable with friendly host

2.8 on April 24, 2015

Right on edge of Williams College, it is clean & comfortable. The breakfast was good & creative, but not special. Overall, it was somewhat spartan in character in a safe but tired neighborhood - meeting our needs for a one night layover to visit The Clark. The host was quite charming & joined us for a pleasant breakfast discussion.


Lovely Spot in the Heart of Williamstown

4.8 on April 20, 2015

This is the second time that I have stayed at the House on Main Street. It's a lovely place, comfortable rooms, excellent food and the host, Timothy, is a wonderful, friendly, helpful man. I love my breakfast chats with him. Wholeheartedly recommended.


Very pleasant and convenient to art museums and hiking trails.

3.0 on October 20, 2014

Felt obliged to make conversation with owner who joined me at the breakfast table.


Difficult to spot from the road, we needed better directions to find it

4.0 on October 09, 2014

Very friendly owner.


Labor Day in the Berkshires

3.6 on September 14, 2014

We arrived to a note on the door and so we found our room. It was a bit weird that the house was empty and unlocked but apparently it is okay; we left our stuff in the rooms and never felt unsafe, but it is a unique feeling! The room (Rose room, second floor) was charming, our bath just next door was nice. My only complaint was the situation of the angle of the ceiling; I turned my head after looking out the window on my side (right) of the bed and whomped my head nicely! Breakfast time was nice to meet the other guests. I found the 2 breakfasts (pecan pancakes one morning, frittata the second) a bit on the dry side, but perhaps because the host and hostess are gluten free and vegan? Not sure but the spicy bean salad on the second morning with the frittata was tasty! All in all, a pleasant experience. Tim the host was very congenial.


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Rooms & Rates

Mauve

The Mauve room has 2 Queen beds. It is a large room with excellent ventilation. It has windows on 3 sides. It shares a full bath and 1/2 bath with the Rust and Green rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rust

The Rust room, so named due to the beautiful abundance of rust colored light it is bathed with in the fall, has a Queen-size bed and a twin size bed. It shares a full bath and 1/2 bath with the Mauve and Green rooms. It is the room in which President Woodrow Wilson is reputed to have stayed during his visits to Williamstown.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Rose

The Rose Room has a king size bed and a day bed with trundle. This room has a private bath. It is located on the second floor and is accessed through either the front or dining area stair case. Air conditioning is available in season.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Green

Our coziest room, the Green room, has a Queen bed. It shares a full bath and a half bath with the Mauve and Rust rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blue

The Blue room has a private bath, a Queen size and a twinXL bed. It is located on the first floor, making it easily accessable.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Ghost

  • Maximum Capacity: 1

Garrett

At the top of the house on the 3rd floor. A cozy room with a Double Bed, its own Pvt.sink, Shares baths on second floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Whole House

**Base price includes first ten persons. Each additional person carries a $30.00 per night additional charge.** 5 bedrooms.( King bed w/ day bed + trundle, 2 queen beds, queen and twin, queen, queen and twin XL) 3 full and 2 half baths, Living room with fireplace, and dining table for ten.. Large eat-in kitchen with table for 4, Den with second HDTV and Roku..

  • Maximum Capacity: 16

Location

Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Village

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 40 miles

Directions to property:

The House on Main Street is located next to The Williams Inn. On route 2 west or 7 south continue past the Inn bear right on Main Street, we are the next house. On route 2 east or 7 north, go to the end of Park Square, turn left and immediately left again. The Williams Inn will be on your right. Continue past the Inn, bear right on Main Street, we are the next house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Clark Art Institute, Tanglewood, Mass MoCA (contemporary art), Williamstown Jazz Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Telephone, Wi-Fi , Private Bathroom or Shared, Free Local Phone Calls

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Fitness Center / Gym, Racquetball / Squash, Health Spa / Massage, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night Min.required - summer, leaf peeping and special event week-ends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: All room rates are for double occupancy. Additional person in a room is $25.00 per night, plus tax.
  • Cancellations: A 7-day cancellation notice is generally required. Certain special weekends require longer cancellation notification. Refunds, less CC processing fees, will be made if we are able to fill the room on short notice.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Timothy & Donna

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Cats

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, non-dairy