1896 House Country Inn

910 Cold Spring Road , Williamstown, MA 01267 USA (Show map)


The 1896 House property consists of our traditional Brookside and Pondside rooms, as well as our Barnside luxury suites. A free hot breakfast buffet is included with all Brookside and Pondside rooms, while a special candlelight breakfast is included with all luxury suites. For your convenience, all rooms have free wi-fi. Our guest rooms at Brookside have a distinctive New England cabin feel with rocking chairs out front. Our property is dotted with Adirondack chairs so that you can relax near the babbling brook. Pondside rooms offer bright country cottage décor and are situated alongside a lovely duck pond with a stone footbridge and tall evergreens. Barnside luxury suites have a spacious front porch with wicker furniture, perfect for enjoying the warmer months. Don't miss our cozy '6 House Pub located on property! The pub offers an extensive menu in a restored milking barn built in 1896! Enjoy breezy patio seating in season or warm up by our fire pit in colder months. Though our property is rural and peaceful, we are just a short drive from many activities such as The Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Bennington Museum, Williams College, Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Tanglewood, Mount Greylock, Taconic Golf Course, Waubeeka Golf course, hiking trails, bike trails, local farms, and more




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  • Guest room3.7
  • Service4.0
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Fall Colors

3.8 on October 12, 2017

We stayed at the 1896 for 4 continuous nights taking day trips into VT, NH and NY looking for covered bridges and fall colors. The staff was friendly and welcoming upon check-in. The room was 1950's rustic as shown in the photos with king poster bed, small bathroom (including a single Jacuzzi bathtub) and one dresser. The carpet was generally clean but the edges and corners hadn't been vacuumed for awhile. My only other critique is the road noise. The location faces VT 7, a very busy road. The rooms have single pane windows so the noise is very noticeable all day and into the night. There is really nothing to be done about this except to remember ear plugs for sleeping. Other than these small couple of items we had a pleasant stay. The setting is beautiful with the babbling brook, footbridge to the restaurant serving outstanding lunch and dinner food. The included breakfast has a pancake machine (first I'd ever seen) making good pancakes, a waffle maker, crispy bacon, powdered scrambled eggs and an assortment of sweet rolls. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate on a separate table including instant oatmeal. It was very convenient dining which we took advantage of several times.

Nicely Transformed Motel into B&B

3.2 on June 21, 2017

We enjoyed our one night stay. The traditional motel bedroom is small but has charm and we loved the adirondack chairs by the stream in from. Received good advice about local trails from the staff. A good experience. We will come back when we visit grandson at Williams.

Comfortable Fall Getaway

4.8 on October 26, 2015

I enjoy the off the beaten path motels on the by-ways of the northeast and this one was quite wonderful both in terms of the setting and the quality of the property. From the babbling brook to the quaint rooms with the nice new bath, and a great on-site restaurant...it was perfect...a wonderful value! I'll return next year.

Nice B&B Off the Beaten Path

4.8 on October 12, 2015

We had an reserved an upgraded suite and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Very nice. Great food in the morning. Only problem was that cell coverage was almost non-existent. I have Verizon. My wife has Sprint. Neither worked at this location. The Berkshires are lovely but this is not a working vacation area. That could be good or bad depending on what you want. FYI

Would Not Recommend

1.2 on October 06, 2015

The moment we opened the door to the Pondside room, we were greeted with a moldy, musty smell. The room's heater was not working properly, so we were roasting through the night, even when we had the thermostat set at 58 degrees. The complimentary breakfast was sub-par, and the water that came out of the hot water pitcher was dirty. About the only thing nice that I can say for the place is that they had plenty of towels. By the way, the staff lock up before the 9:30pm time that is posted on the reception door.

A nice place to stay.

4.0 on September 11, 2015

I visited the 1896 Country Inn with 3 of my friends for a birthday get-away weekend. Our focus was on being out and about and not paying too much for a hotel. We chose the room with 2 full size beds. The beds were firm (no rolling into the middle) and there were adequate blankets to suit all needs. The room was clean but not with an up to date decor. The bath was adequate and the shower provided hot water for all of us. It is in a lovely setting, a bit back from a busy road. You'd hardly know the road was there. Very quiet sleeping at night. The breakfast, included with our room, had waffles, eggs, bacon, bagels, yogurt and more. The loveliest thing was that the kitchen made non-dairy eggs for one of my friends who is lactose intolerant. They could only do this one morning of our stay, however, as someone was not available the second morning. We did mention to the front desk the need for non-dairy options (and vegetarian). All in all, we were pleased with our stay and would return. Not a place if you need spacious, up to date accommodations, but very nice and comfortable for the lower cost room we had.

Typical motel

3.2 on August 22, 2015

Stayed here just one night and was slightly disappointed. We did not arrive until 4:00 pm. The desk clerk on duty was charming and very helpful. We were directed to our room which was across the street only to find our room had not been cleaned, I returned to the Office and the young woman spoke to the Manager who was there but never came out top speak to me. We left our number and went out to explore the town. An hour and half later we still had not heard from them. We went back only to be called as we drove into the parking lot. Did not get the warm and fuzzy feeling every one raved about on the reviews. There is a Restaurant and Pub attached to the property we did not go, would have thought for the inconvenience of our room not ready they might have offered up a free drink. Included breakfast was only okay.

A charming, comfortable overnight

3.6 on August 06, 2015

We stayed in one of the motel units and found it very comfortable and relaxing. The setting, along a woodsy stream and set back from the road, was delightful. The breakfast buffet was appreciated; it was adequate, nothing fancy. Supper at the pub restaurant was so-so at best. We liked the convenience of not having to get in the car and head back out for supper, but there are plenty of other, much better dining options in Williamstown.

Great one night getaway

4.0 on July 06, 2015

Great room, the pub tavern was very charming and the outdoor fire patio was perfect for an after dinner drink.

Adequate, quiet and comfortable lodging

3.0 on July 08, 2013

We stayed on a wild rainy night but were cozy and comfortable in our room. The room was clean and nicely appointed. Breakfast was an expanded version of a continental breakfast one finds in most chain hotels these days.

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Rooms & Rates

Country King

King 4 Poster Bed and a Single Whirlpool Tub

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

Traditional Double Brookside

Some with Tub/Shower Combination, Some with Showers Only

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

Sweetheart Room

Compact but cozy with one romantic queen canopy bed and a dual whirlpool tub.

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

Early American Luxury Suite

The oversize wing chairs, the camelback loveseat, the draped tester king bed, the crewel-like spread and handmade patchwork quilt take you back to our earliest Colonial period. Oriental carpets and Asian porcelain pieces suggest the influence of the export trade of that time. The elongated room seems to extend forever, and then turns to display your dressing room and bath. Not only is there a television in the living area, the armoire in the bedroom opens to reveal a second television and DVD/CD player. Instead of unpacking, your wife is already nestled in a bedside wing chair, flipping through her favorite periodical by the fireplace! She mentions that in the coming days with this convenient kitchenette and so many things to see, it may save time to have lunch right here in our very own private dining space. You sense that she has really settled in and has planned a packed itinerary. You decide to extend your stay!

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

Turn of the Century Luxury Suite

You are so happy you'll have another night in that cocoon-like romantic space with the wedding white bed canopy and linens, flowered carpeting, and soothing flecked jade green wallpaper so reminiscent of the early 1900's. You remember Grandma's quarter-sawn oak furniture pieces just like these, and the damask cinnabar sofa was so comfortable yesterday as you watched your favorite DVD. Then you both really enjoyed those fabulous Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce, and the Fettuccini Alfredo with grilled mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, followed by that Warm Brownie Sundae! This was part of your "Sweetheart Package". You decided to move the "rest" of your package, a bottle of champagne, fresh flower bouquet, and chocolate truffles from your living area to the bathroom, while you soaked by candlelight in that great dual whirlpool. You know this was the perfect treat for yourself.

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

Georgian Luxury Suite

What a formal and handsome room! Your furniture and accessories remind you of the early White House with Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, and Duncan Phyfe style pieces. The unusual color scheme of the bed coverings on your rice carved four poster king bed is a complementary aqua, salmon, and gold that is carried throughout your finely upholstered furnishings.

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

Victorian Luxury Suite

You had both planned an intimate getaway but having chosen the Victorian suite, you were a little apprehensive that he wouldn't be comfortable with too much femininity. With hesitation, you opened the door. The weighted and sophisticated interpretation relieved you while the velveteen tufted sofa and walnut "Sleeping Beauty" bed played to your fancy. The lavish, silken damask bed coverings were a perfect foil for the tapestries that surrounded you. The room, possessing a grand space, had a warm and enveloping feel. No overdone flowers and lace here! Whew! He loved it! You both appreciated the soft glow of the Tiffany style lamp in the living area and over the dual whirlpool bath.

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

Country Formal Luxury Suite

You really treated yourself to this room which is meant to bestow a European feel of the cottages of moneyed gentry. The crystal lamps and chandeliers add formality to the repetitive cabbage roses that adorn the furnishings. There are original oils depicting animals everywhere. ( Hmm…I wonder when hunting season starts?…. ). With its bright yellow walls and crimson carpet, it's such a happy place to write postcards to your friends to plan your next sports adventure. But they can't have this room!

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

Empire Luxury Suite

You really need this R & R from your business! Now, you need to be pampered. You enter your suite and head straight for the terry robe. Your wife draws a warm Jacuzzi bath with honeysuckle bath salts for you. When you return to your chambers, you're impressed with the ostentatious King Louis XV gargoyle settee, but you are happy to know that there is a comfortable cushy loveseat to dream on as you're mesmerized by the fire. With the draped and canopied bed, the heavy brocade coverlet, the Aubusson carpets, and gold gilded pastoral paintings, the room is opulent, glamorous, and slightly pompous.

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

Country Queen Brookside

Romantic Queen Canopy Bed, Neo-angle Shower

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

Cottage Queen Pondside

Romantic Queen Canopy Bed, .Tub/Shower Combination

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

Traditional Queens Brookside

Tub/Shower Combination

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

Cozy Country King

Romantic King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Tub for 2 with Shower, Flame-View Parlor Stove

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

3 Room Suite

Pondside Motel. Fully equipped Kitchen, Queen Bedroom, Living Room w/Queen Sofabed & Flame-View Parlor Stove, Bath w/Whirlpool for 2, Pvt. Deck Overlooking Pond w/Ducks! WIFI! Complimentary Continental Breakfast! 2nd Floor. Great Pub! AAA.

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

Traditional Double Pondside

Some with Tub/Shower Combination, Some with Showers Only

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

Traditional Queens Pondside

Some with Tub/Shower Combination, Some with Showers Only

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Village


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 45 miles

Directions to property:

For GPS devices, use address 910 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The Clark Museum, Williams College, Mass MOCA, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, Mount Greylock, Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell Museum, Sweet Brook Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Ioka Valley Farm, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Country Inn, Pub

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Movie library, Parking, Pool, Wedding Facilities , refrigerators in all rooms, microwave on site. Select rooms feature gas fireplaces, flame-view parlor stoves, jacuzzis and kitchenettes.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Fishing, Hiking trails, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: After 2 PM
  • Check Out:: By 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed in specific Pondside rooms with fee
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Saturdays in season and select holidays, 2 nights
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night stay
  • Cancellations: For reservations cancelled at least seven days prior to the arrival date, the deposit will be refunded minus a $10 administration fee. For cancellations within seven days of the arrival date, deposits will not be refunded. In the event that this happens, we will apply 50% of your deposit towards your next stay with us.



Michael and Carrie Oring, Cathy Lebeque

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About the innkeepers

Michael Oring is a lawyer, and Carrie is a nurse. The couple's interest in the lodging industry came after Michael spent 13 years working with a nonprofit organization that helps people traveling away from home, and works closely with visitors to the U.S. State Department. The couple previously lived outside of Washington, D.C

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  • Time Served: 8 AM-10AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluen-Free



Special Package

Stay and Dine Getaway

Special TWO NIGHT STAY in one of our luxurious Barnside suites with ONE FOUR COURSE MEAL FOR TWO and ONE BOTTLE OF WINE! Only $299 Sunday through Thursday or $339 weekends! Includes full candlelight breakfast each morning. Offer valid for stays between November 24th and February 11th, 2018 OR stays between February 19th and April 30th, 2018. Please mention code BB4COURSE when booking. Cannot be used in combination with other special offers. Taxes and gratuity not included.

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