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Brambles Inn & Gardens

48 Elm Street , Potsdam, NY 13676 USA (Show map)
71 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.



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

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November 7, 2014

3.8 on November 12, 2014

We spent a comfortable night at a reasonable price. The owners were friendly and courteous; the breakfast next day was beyond expectations.

Charming B & B

4.8 on October 18, 2014

The main floor of the Inn is really lovely. Take the time to look around and you will find many fun and and funky things to admire. I appreciate a well appointed space and they have done a spectacular job doing so. We were delighted with the breakfast. Local food thoughtfully prepared. We will be back.

Love The Brambles Inn & Gardens

4.4 on September 09, 2014

Eleanor's hospitality and Colin's breakfasts are major reasons my husband & I love the Brambles Inn. It feels like staying with extended family. The rooms are warm and very comfortable. Every room has a unique feel and decorated with a loving touch. I highly recommend staying here if you want to feel a touch of home while traveling. I look forward to seeing Eleanor again!

recent stay

5 on September 01, 2014

my stay was short but lovely. I didnt have time to have breakfast in the morning, although the owner offered me a to go option, which I declined. Really beautiful adn comfortable.

College drop off

4.8 on August 30, 2014

I stayed at the Brambles Inn and Gardens for 2 nights while my dropping off my Nephew at SUNY Potsdam. The home is 172 years as of 2014 and decorated with exquisite charm. The breakfast is fresh and delicious, the location perfect and the experience memorable. I plan on staying upon my return hopefully before graduation.

Short stay

4.8 on August 26, 2014

I only stayed for one night when taking my son to college and we found the room to be comfortable and well appointed. I had a stand up shower, which was fine for me, but I think for someone bigger it may have been a bit small. Breakfast was wonderful and the house was beautiful. The linens on the bed were first quality. I would definitely stay again.

Great Find

4.8 on August 25, 2014

Well.....we waited late to book a basic hotel room for a local college event and we thought we would give it a try with the reason being we just need a room. WHAT A FIND ! Ms Elanor and her son really take the time to take good care of there guests. Our room was very clean and the breakfast was awesome. We will be back.

Enjoyed our stay

4.4 on August 23, 2014

This is our first time at Brambles Inn. Eleanor was a wonderful innkeeper. She gave us helpful hints on where to visit and made our stay at the Inn very pleasurable. The breakfasts were delicious and we looked forward to them each morning. We definitely will be returning!

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.

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Rooms & Rates

The Garden Room

This vintage- inspired bedroom is painted a lively shade of green and features a queen sized bed, a private bathroom with the original claw foot tub and shower, cableTV and high speed internet access. This room overlooks the large lawn and outdoor terrace. Additionally, this room can accomodate a roll-away bed for a small upcharge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

The 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

The 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, cableTV, high speed internet access and overlooks the lawn to the North.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

The 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

The Carriage Room

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Location Type

Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Village


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.)

Directions to property:

In Canton, take Route 11 north to Potsdam. Driving time from Canton: Ten Minutes.

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, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

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
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Guests are responsible for any damage caused by pet.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum stay on Holiday and Special Event weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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.


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

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