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Brambles Inn & Gardens

Potsdam, NY 13676 USA (Show map)
63 Reviews
$120 - $135
per night

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Experience the past in our circa 1842 Greek Revival home that has been lovingly restored. All guest rooms feature private bath, cable TV, air conditioning and high speed internet access. Come join us in historic Potsdam, NY nestled in the Adirondack foothills of picturesque St. Lawrence County. Located downtown, the Inn is within walking distance of Clarkson University, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam and the Crane School of Music. We're also a 10 minute drive to the neighboring town of Canton, NY which is home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton. Just a short drive to Adirondack State Park and many local attractions. Plan a day-trip to nearby Ottawa or Montreal Canada. From the old-fashioned country breakfast to the top-notch service, you'll be glad you made the Brambles Inn your home away from home.

Rooms & Rates

Thomas Clark Room

The largest room at the Brambles is decorated in shades of rose and burgundy. Featuring a queen sized bed, private bathroom, cable tv and hi-speed internet access. A sunny view overlooks the South Lawn and the Thomas Clark memorial spruce tree. Additionally this room can accomodate 2 roll-away beds with a slight upcharge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120-$135

Toile Room

This beautiful and striking bedroom is done in a series of matching toiles in a palette of soft greys. This room has a queen sized bed, private bath, cable tv and high speed internet access. There is also a large bay window overlooking the North Lawn.

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

Nightly Rate: $120-$135

Carriage Room

This charming bedroom is done in a pale yellow. Ammenities include a double sized bed, private bath, cable tv and high speed internet access. Quaint view of original Carriage House.

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

Nightly Rate: $120-$135

Garden Room

This vintage-inspired bedroom is painted a lively shade of green and features a queen sized bed, private bathroom with original claw foot tub & shower, cable tv and high speed internet access. Charming view of back lawn, gardens and outdoor terrace. Additionaly, this room can accomodate a roll-away bed for a small upcharge.

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

Nightly Rate: $120-$135

Knowles Room

This large room is named in honor of the Knowles family who were the builders of the house in 1842. It is located on the first floor and features a queen sized bed, private bath, cable tv and high speed internet access. Can accommodate an extra roll-away bed for a slight upcharge.

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

Nightly Rate: $120-$135

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

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63 Reviews

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Charming B&B in historic house

4.6 on August 08, 2014

We visited Potsdam on a tour through New York State and stayed at the Brambles Inn for 2 nights. We arrived a bit late in the evening and were greeted by Miss Eleanor. She was very informative about the House and showed us to our room on the first floor , the Thomas Clark Room. The room was very spacious and very tasteful decorated, like the rest of the house! Besides the fact that you can't open any window in the room ( they have been heavily painted several times! ) everything was great, AC worked well although it was a bit loud to use it during the night. Bathroom was also ok, the shower is not spacious, but worked fine. Breakfast was served in the large dining room with fine bone china by villeroy&boch and nice silverware. We got everything from juice to coffee , fresh fruits and joghurt, eggs and bacon with toast or pancakes. As I said before the complete house was restored recently and very tastefully furnished with lots of Antiques. Miss Eleanor was a very helpful host, she told us to go to Malone for Antique hunting which we did and which was a very good tip ( the Market Barn at the end of the village! ). She even helped us find the former owner of the then -called Hosmer House which my boyfriend met some 20 years ago! It was quite a reunion for both sides! Thanks to Miss Eleanor we had a great stay and would definitely visit again!

Well run establishment.

3.0 on July 17, 2014

We had an enjoyable stay, it was a nice alternative to the hotel.

Cozy with Character

4.6 on July 09, 2014

We stayed in the largest room, Thomas Clark, and found it clean, spacious (for two people) and charming. Eleonor is an excellent host full of historic information when requested. We did use the wonderful parlor and seating areas to take in the atmosphere outside our room. I like BB to imitate staying with a friend and this was exactly the climate. The full cooked country breakfast was a special treat (including homemade muffins!). This was our first visit but not our last- enough said!

Great Stay

4.0 on June 04, 2014

This was our first Bed and Breakfast. It was wonderful. Everything was great. Eleanor is a fabulous cook. Breakfast was the best. Thanks again Eleanor.

Wonderful stay.

5 on May 04, 2014

My husband and I just spent 2 nights here while attending the Crane Spring Concert. We are in complete agreement with all the positive reviews. What a beautiful, comfortable and friendly stay. And, yes, the breakfasts were absolutely delicious. Thank you for a lovely time, Eleanor.

We loved The Brambles!

4.4 on May 04, 2014

The inn is a lovely historic mansion decorated with a naturalist theme. Eleanor and her son capped off our stay with a delicious country breakfast. We will definitely return!

Looking forawrd to coming back

5 on April 28, 2014

All the hotels were full for the weekend so I chose to give The Brambles Inn a chance. I was not disappointed. The rooms were very clean and well decorated. The breakfast for the two mornings was excellent. Good homemade hot breakfast. I would recommend this B&B to anyone going through the area.

Very pleasant

5 on February 17, 2014

This is a 176 year-old home restored to what I would imagine to be close to its original charm and beauty. It is well-cared, clean, and charming. We highly recommend the Brambles.

Cute place

4.0 on December 30, 2013

It's a cute place, good food, clean rooms though small. Staff was a little AWOL but that kind of added to the charm. In the heart of Potsdam. Very accommodating.

Elegantly Original

5 on October 09, 2013

Staying at the Brambles for three nights I could not fathom how charming and warm the place is, starting with the hostess, Eleanor, who also the owner, makes the experience in this beautifully decorated Victorian house simply remarkable. The room was so comfortable and aesthetically appealing, with breakfast including delicious home made dishes that just complete the whole sentence. The thoroughness to which every aspect of the stay was carried out made me certainly wish for a soon return.

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Location Type

Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Village


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.)

Directions to property:

Take Interstate 81 north to exit 48 (Route 342) north of Watertown. Route 342 east intersects with U.S. Route 11. Follow U.S. Route 11 north to Potsdam. Driving time from Syracuse: approximately 3 hours.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

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

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited Guests are responsible for any damage caused by pet.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum stay on Holiday and Special Event weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card is required to reserve a room.
  • Cancellations: 5-day cancellation policy. All cancellations must occur at least 5 days prior to arrival date. Your credit card will be charged the equivalent of one nights stay plus 10% sales tax if a reservation is cancelled after this deadline.



Eleanor Brotherton and Colin Brotherton

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Full Country Breakfast

  • Time Served: from 8am-10am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Organic

Signature Dish

Mixed Berry CrunchCakes
Golden buttermilk pancakes studded with mixed berries and Brambles signature Sunrise Granola. Enjoy with a drizzle of local maple syrup or honey. Served with thick cut peppered bacon, herbed scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.

Details Diamond Collection

48 Elm Street , Potsdam, NY 13676 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase