5 on October 27, 2017
"Inn" magine relaxing at a beautiful inn that has so much to offer, that my motivation to go out vanished? The rooms, walls, collections, paintings, prints, books, informational natural history booklets, & a binder of historic landmarks, buildings, & statues...so much more...rooted me to staying "inn". The owners, Steve & Joan, are hardworking, caring, thoughtful people who enhanced the warmth & peace. I travel a lot for my work, & that is why I was there for my first stay. I look forward to future visits.
5 on January 28, 2017
I had received this weekend getaway as a gift for a milestone birthday. It was perfect. The Centennial House was beautiful and the inn keepers amazing. Very friendly and helpful. They knew a lot about the history of the house and the town. They provided recommendations for anything you could need. Breakfast each day was fantastic. The suite we had was amazing. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Thank you Joan & Steve for making my birthday perfect!
Thank you so much! We're honored to have hosted you during a birthday celebration weekend. The things we work at--the room quality, the food and presentation, background on local history and places to enjoy nature, and relationships with the best local restaurants, attractions and retail partners--are what it's all about. If we succeeded at helping you enjoy some of what there is her locally, it makes us happy too! Wishing you all great birthdays, Joan and Steve
- Joan and Steve (innkeeper)
4.8 on December 06, 2016
Steve and Joan are very accommodating and flexible with our check-in time. The house is very large and extremely quiet. You feel like you are alone in the house the entire time you are there, which is nice if you are looking for a peaceful getaway. The dining room is beautiful if you like that country feel. I took a lot of pictures throughout most of the interior of the house because of the décor and crafted woodwork. I will definitely be staying there again in the future.
Thank you very much! We appreciate your singling out the woodwork and quiet in your review. Built in 1811, the house was the first commission for Calvin Stearns, who used the opportunity to showcase several molding styles on doorways and mantels because he knew that leading citizens would visit Major General John and Mrs. Nevers in this home and would want houses like theirs. He was right, and the brothers Stearns went on to build most of the houses on Main Street over the next 30 years, from the Federal thru Greek Revival eras. To the trained woodworker, the house "reads" like an architectural style book. The chestnut and plaster walls are relatively soundproof, offering for most guests a restful night's sleep. So pleased you noticed. We love to share this landmark property with the traveling public. It truly is a piece of American history. Best wishes! Joan and Steve
- Joan and Steve Stoia (innkeeper)
5 on August 22, 2016
My husband and I went to the Centennial House for our anniversary in July for a quiet night away and had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and our room was comfortable. Steve and Joan were very friendly and helpful to our needs.We watched the sunset from their beautiful gazebo out back and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast! We will definitely plan to stay here in the future the next time we need a night away.
5 on July 31, 2016
Our visit was delightful. This B&B was cute, quaint, warm and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious and the owners were very hospitable. I highly recommend this inn. We'll be back....
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We really appreciate hearing from our guests and are very happy that you had a nice time here. Please let us know when we can serve you again!
- Joan and Steve Stoia (Innkeeper)
5 on March 27, 2016
Steve and Joan were wonderful. The first breakfast was a Spring egg bake with lovely asparagus and cheese, terrific fresh fruit and homemade scones. The next morning we had fresh fruit, baked apples and made to order omelettes (we were the only guests that morning). Great king bed with soft, cozy sheets. Terrific!
Thanks Folks, We always say that it's easy to be nice to nice people and you guys broke the mould. We're happy that neighbors and friends recommended us to you and that you took them up on it. We hope you'll visit again and thank you very much for your kind comments. Being in business yourselves you know that good reviews are the best form of referral. Good luck in all you do, J and S
- Joan and Steve Stoia (innkeeper)
5 on January 20, 2016
You will find the best qualities of a proud B&B here. The owner was personable and very helpful, the house classy and interesting, the accommodations very comfortable, and complete with a terrific three course breakfast!
5 on October 26, 2015
My former college roommates and I spent a night at the Centennial House and were so pleased with our stay. The accommodations were wonderful; such a sweet spot in a quaint town. The home was so welcoming, with beautiful decor and especially comfy beds. We can't say enough about the incredible hospitality that Joan extended to us under an unexpected and challenging situation. She was so understanding and accommodating of our needs. The breakfast was wonderful and again, we appreciated the attention to our special dietary needs. This is a wonderful place to stay with amazing hosts. We would happily return annually and highly recommend this beautiful home when staying in western Mass. Thank you Steve and Joan for the wonderful stay! Leslie T.
5 on June 22, 2015
My husband and I were vendors at the Mutton and Mead Ren Faire and this was our Saturday night stay. Joan and Steve were so accomodating, the old house is charming and filled with antiques and coziness galore. We slept soundly and the faint crow of a neighborhood rooster greeted us in the morning. Peaceful, impeccable breakfast. Just a wonderful value and completely enjoyable stay.
Thank you Mary and David! We're honored to meet interesting guests each year in connection with the "Mutton and Mead Festival" in June but this year took the cake! Mary is the author of a new Elizabethan thriller, "The Alchemist's Daughter" that we can't wait to dig into and share with future guests. Thank you for choosing Centennial House as part of your book tour. All the best, Joan and Steve
- Joan and Steve (innkeeper)
4.4 on November 23, 2014
It was wonderful having hosts who really knew the area and its history.
Thanks so much! Northfield is a special place due in part to that wonderful history. We'll be doing more programming around that history, particularly re: the French and Indian Wars, so stay tuned! Thanks again.
- JOAN AND STEVE (innkeeper)
5 on October 27, 2014
Stayed at Centennial House 9/29-10/2/14. An absolutely delightful inn, Joan and Steve could not have been more gracious... spotless / comfortable rooms... the best meals we've had in a B&B- truly three course gourmet! We highly recommend! Holly and Mark, Chardon Ohio.
4.8 on October 24, 2014
We reserved the inn for our wedding reception weekend and everything was beautiful. Working with Joan prior to and on the weekend was great - she was friendly, responsive, and easy to work with. It was a lovely, comfortable setting and all of our guests felt at home. Breakfast definitely exceeded our expectations with several courses, fresh baked goods, and delicious fruit. I would highly recommend the Centennial House for a weekend away or for an event.
5 on July 28, 2014
This is a wonderful small town in Northern Massachusetts, right on the Vermont border. Easy drives to many beautiful hikes, Brattleboro, etc. The hosts are wonderful and kind, and the house is beautiful. All the comforts of home - tea,.coffee and fresh cookies in the sitting room, bottled water, full hot breakfast. Bucolic, quiet, and relaxing.
4.8 on July 18, 2014
We were only there one night but felt very welcomed. The breakfast was great. I have several food allergies and they were able to accommodate me without me feeling like I was putting them out. We have already booked a return trip.
4.0 on July 13, 2014
There is a wonderful community of folks residing in the town of Northfield, MA. and several of them are associated with the local B&B we had the pleasure of staying in this past weekend. The staff and owners of the Centennial House could not have made us feel more welcome, accommodated our various quirks and questions and radiated enthusiasm for their part of the world and our reasons for visiting. Their dining recommendations were spot on, and the location is great for getting to many destinations in several states! We look forward to our return soon!
5 on April 29, 2014
This is a lovely B&B, and Joan is a wonderful hostess. Even though we were the only guests there (mid-week, off-season), Joan gave us the full treatment and had a delicious breakfast. I definitely recommend this B&B!
5 on August 15, 2013
There is simply not negative word that could be said about this B&B! From the time we arrive till the time we left, Joan was a wonderful host! This 200-year-old home has plenty of charm and all the modern amenities one would expect in the 21st century. The room was tastefully decorated and the bed was firm and provided a great night sleep. My expectation for breakfast at any B&B is to leave feeling fuller than I need to be and Joan did not disappoint us! Finally, the gazebo in the rear of the property provided a wonderful touch for relaxation and taking in one of the books we had brought with us. If you travel to Western Massachusetts you will make your trip better with the stay here!
5 on July 29, 2013
Joan and Steve are real professionals. But beside this, they are truly nice people, interesting and very helpful. Joan is also a great cook. The B&B was absolutely magnificent including the décor, the setting and, of course, the hospitality. We definitely plan to be back there. We recommend this place to everyone with good taste and a desire for a lovely experience. Michael (Montreal)
Thanks so much for your generosity of spirit. We enjoyed your visit and had such fun talking about the shared history between Montreal and Northfield back in the early 1700's. In 18th century terms, that makes us neighbors! Have a wonderful year and we hope to see you next time you're "in the neighborhood." Thanks again, Joan and Steve
- Joan and Steve Stoia (innkeeper)
5 on March 02, 2013
The proprietors Joan and Steve are seasoned B&B professionals. We stayed in the king suite for two nights. Lot of space, huge perfect jacuzzi bath tub. So comfortable, so clean. Excellent ideas for recreation. Cross country ski up to a doable 1000 foot summit on Mount Northfield 4 miles away. I am an espresso drinker perfect one block away cozy bookstore with amazing coffee!! Fire place in the breakfast room while eating home made comfort food breakfast. Small town, quiet, beautifully surrounded by foot hills. We stayed an unexpected extra night simply because it was so aweome!
5 on January 30, 2013
Centennial House is a find! My wife and I were looking for a place central to activities and dining to relax and get away from the grind...Centennial House was perfect! Joan and Steve were great hosts and made us feel at home...a deliscious large breakfast greeted us each morning...room was very comfortable and clean...we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it highly!!
Thanks so much! All of the activities you folks crammed into two days left us exhausted just watching you come and go! You demonstrated that even in the winter there are a tremendous number of interesting things to do in the Connecticut River valley, especially, but not exclusively, in the wonderful mountains and trails surrounding Northfield. Thanks for taking such wonderful advantage of what the region has to offer! Joan and Steve
- Joan Stoia (innkeeper)
4.6 on January 06, 2013
My husband was looking for a weekend getaway at a new B & B, we try to go to a new place every winter. We like the winter time because it is generally less quieter. The Centennial House was beautiful and the rooms we large and comfortable. We slept so well and we always comfortable, which can be difficult in old houses. The breakfast was delicious and the late afternoon snacks were yummy and always hit the spot. The decor was breathtaking (all decorated for the holiday season) and looked like something out of a movie. I already have and will continue to recommend to friends. We would love to make it back someday. Jillian and Eric Johnson
What is 'breathtaking' is this amazing review. Thanks so much, Jill and Eric, for recognizing our team effort here. Our head housekeeper, Monica, works as hard as we do to keep the decorations fresh and new each year. She will be thrilled with your comments and that makes us happy! All the best until you can get back for another visit, J and S
- Joan and Steve (innkeeper)
5 on May 01, 2012
We visited from Florida and stayed there in June of 2002 and are hoping to make it back there this year. The innkeepers were fantastic and we felt like we left the world behind and went back in time to a very peaceful stressfree life. The food and accomodations cold not have been any better. I would love to be able to clone the owners and their B&B and be able to settle in with them every place we go. This is a real treat that you don't want to miss! Roger n Lynette Ball
5 on March 18, 2012
Athough in town for the wrong reasons, we were amazed at the cozy and sparkling clean 200 year old establishment. Joan and Steve were wonderful hosts and her breakfasts' were fantastic. For my first traveling experience for over a year I'm so happy we chose The Centennial House. I hope to be back there soon. Thanks again folks.
4.0 on February 21, 2012
To counter some ongoing stress, my husband and I planned an overnight stay at this B & B. To begin with, we were able to make a reservation for one night on a weekend - which is not always easy to do with many establishments. The stress began to ease as we entered the house and were greeted by Joan, one of the hosts. She showed us around, explained the house policies, brought us to our room and offered to help us with dining arrangements. From the warm welcome and the comfortable accommodations to the delicious breakfast the following morning, we were sorry to leave. It was a very positive experience which we hope to do again sometime in the not too distant future. Thank you!
4.0 on December 28, 2011
We’ve been staying with Joan and Steve every year over the past 10 years, which says a lot right there. From the first visit to the last it has always been a warm and inviting place to stay. Great breakfasts, well appointed and clean rooms. Steve and Joan are knowledgeable and helpful for any plans you may need to make. If you want to feel like family rather than customers look no further. - Mark H
In a recent seminar, a B&B expert advised "market your B&B to people who will appreciate your style and when they arrive it will feel like old friends stopping by rather than work." This group from Rhode Island--of which Mark and his wife are part--prove that point. We look forward to their return each year. Summers would not be the same without them!
- Joan and Steve (Innkeepers)
5 on December 09, 2011
I must say the room was beautiful and comfortable, we stayed in the deerfield suite and it was perfect for my husband and I and two children, the breakfast was wonderful and Joan and Steve are as pleasant as they come and Barbara who also helps out was wonderful as well. We were there due to a not so happy time for my family and they were all so kind and accomadating for our stay, highly recomend and I personally hope to go back during happier times.
We are so moved by your taking the time to write on our behalf. It's easy to be nice to nice people, and all of the family members who stayed here, as well as those who attended your event, gave tribute to the family's reputation for service to the community. You are very special people and we're looking forward to your next visit. Best wishes.
- Joan and Steve (Innkeeper)
5 on July 16, 2011
Whether this is your first time or you're a return visitor, Steve and Joan make you feel as though you're family and they're so happy to have you there. My wife and I are always astonished at what Joan manages to serve up for breakfast morning after morning, never the same and always delicious. The rooms are comfortable and have a "homey" feel. The surrounding community has a country atmosphere so if you're inclined to get away from the "hustle and bustle" of city life to relax, Centennial House is a nice retreat. Rachel & Roger Morin
5 on July 11, 2011
You could not pick a better B&B if you want to enjoy Western Massachusetts. The Centennial House offers a beautiful setting, wonderful rooms and terrific hosts in Joan and Steve. My wife and I go back each summer and are never disappointed. The historic area is full of fun things to do but Northfield is special in its own right and a nice change-of-pace for city dwellars that want to slow things down and enjoy themselves. This B&B is the perfect place to do that. Make sure to eat their fantastic breakfasts and take a walk around the grounds - its just a great setting and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
5 on July 05, 2011
Joan and Steve Stoia well know the art of making their guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home in their beautiful inn. They truly go out of their way for their guests. Their warmth and kindness, as well as their elegant, delicious breakfasts are unforgettable. We'll be back next year!
4.0 on March 27, 2011
Dear Joan&Steve just a few lines to say thank you for a great weekend get away. We enjoyed are morning surprise at breakfast each day. Hope to see you again in warmer months. George,Elaine, Ronnie & Joe
4.8 on February 22, 2011
Joan and Steve, the owners, were very helpful with ideas on what to do in the area. They also made a great recommendation for a dinner (the Gill Tavern) and helped us get a reservation there (difficult to come by). The room was very clean and quiet and comfortable. Overall my wife and I had a great time on a rare weekend to ourselves.
5 on February 10, 2011
We had a wonderful weekend at the Centennial House in Northfield, MA. We went with our young children to ski at the nearby xc area, and we stayed at this B&B. We were just "wowed" by the gorgeous details of the house, the host's warm hospitality, and the delicious food. There were plenty of good restaurant choices in the area for lunch and dinner. The kids tell everyone that they meet about it, and we can't wait to return!
4.8 on February 23, 2010
Wonderfully quaint B&B! The owners Joan and Steve were so welcoming and accomodating. Our room was very clean, with an extremely comfortable bed and fireplace which we used nightly since it was February! Steve recommended some local shops which were exactly what we were looking for. Joan served us delicious breakfasts. I loved the mango sconces, apple tarts, fruit and pecan waffles! You don't go hungry here! Their Corgi, Hamish, was a wonderful suprise. I looked forward to seeing him each time we came back to the inn.
5 on February 18, 2010
My boyfriend and I live in NYC, so we take advantage of every opportunity to escape the city for a few days. The second that we arrived at Centennial House, we knew it was going to be perfect. Steve and Joan were such wonderful people that really took the time to get to know you. They offered so many different ideas of things to do in Northfield and the surrounding towns. The Deerfield room is pretty spectacular with beautiful decoration and a relaxing jacuzzi tub. Most of all though were the amazing breakfasts! The scones are to die for (so much so that the town coffee shop sells them too!). We could not have had a better experience and will definitely be back soon! Kym & Matt
4.4 on October 28, 2009
My husband and I celebrated my mother's 85th birthday by surprising her with a night's stay at the Centennial House. Joan and Steve were two of the bests hosts we've encountered in a B&B! They were so warm and welcoming - the extra touches like tea and fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies were a real treat on a cold, rainy afternoon. We had the Deerfield Suite which was perfect for the three of us. Breakfast was great - it was a little chilly in the dining room though! All in all, it was a wonderful experience and we would all recommend this inn very highly.
5 on August 26, 2009
I arranged a bicycle tour through Central MA for 12 people. We stayed at the Centennial House over Sunday and Monday nights. Joan was easy to deal with, fair and both hosts as helpful as possible, going well above and beyond the usual services one could expect. The prices are totally fair and the Inn is lovely in every respect. I seldom have NO complains whatsoever, but this time, everything was perfect! Susan
4.8 on June 14, 2009
The Innkeeper (Joan) was delightful. She was very friendly and made you feel at home. The breakfast was phenomenal! The home was beautiful and had great charm. I would recommend staying at this B&B to friends and family.
4.8 on February 07, 2009
I am a student who want to apply some boarding schools in MA, and I stayed at the house during my trp, it was amazing and comfortable~!
5 on December 27, 2008
Joan and Steve are extremely nice people and they made us feel very welcome. The place is warm and cozy. Hospitality was exemplary and the breakfasts were even better. Thank You ! April and Tim
4.6 on November 03, 2008
My husband and I just returned from a relaxing one night away from it all. Joan and Steve are wonderful inn keepers. The breakfast was incredible!! There are many activities in the area to keep you busy should you decide to venture out. Thank you again for a comfortable stay. Rob and Michelle Upton, MA
4.8 on October 19, 2008
Joan was extremely outgoing and friendly. Very helpful with suggestions of places to visit and eat. The inn is immaculately clean and breakfasts were superb. I would recommend this inn to anyone...we enjoyed 2 delightful nights here.
4.8 on October 06, 2008
My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Centennial House and we loved every minute of it. The house was beautiful and so well-kept and Joan was so helpful in suggesting things to do in the area. The beds are comfortable and the breakfasts are very tasty. We will be back!
4.6 on September 24, 2008
Nicely located near the M&M trail as well as Northfield XC area. Lovely New England town. You can walk to the CT river and watch the sun set. We will return!
5 on July 08, 2008
This B&B is beautiful! The breakfast is delicious. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable. The yard had a wonderful view. The owners are delightful and very accomodating.