Federal House Inn

1560 Pleasant Street Route 102, Lee, MA 01238 USA (Show map)

About

WE ARE CONFIDENT YOU WILL WANT TO COME TO OUR INN AFTER VIEWING OUR WEBSITE [federalhouseinn]! "Of all the places we have stayed in around the world, we have never experienced hospitality such as yours" Angela & Michael Gamble, Essex, England. This charming inn has elegantly decorated, bright sunny rooms, all with fireplaces, all with modern private baths. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are enjoyed by our guests each evening in our inviting living room, complete with fireplace. A gourmet candlelight breakfast is served on fine china, accompanied by classical music. One mile from Stockbridge, minutes to Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Ski Butternut, Jacob's Pillow and other Berkshire attractions. Personalized dining and touring advice. High speed wireless instant access. See our website (federalhouseinn) for Romance Packages and other "Specials".

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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

Superb accommodations

4.8 on December 25, 2016

Nothing is missing at the Federal House Inn in Lee. Located between down Lee and Stockbridge, Marcia and Ken offer spotless, upscale accommodations, great personal touches throughout, and an incredible breakfast included with each stay. Wine and snacks in the evening are also included, and the overall ambience of the inn is something to savor. Our room had a remote operated gas fireplace and spectacular four poster bed, step-up private bathroom and a great view past the front columns onto the sweeping lawn. We loved it here and will definitely be back!


A Jewel of a B&B in the Berkshires

5 on December 09, 2016

If you are like me who does not enjoy cookie-cutter accommodation/service from chain hotels and inns and if you enjoy being pleasantly surprised by superb, personal service, you will love and look forward to repeat stays at this stately home built in 1824. Ideally situated near very beautiful Berkshire attractions like Stockbridge, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood, it is also very close to many fine local restaurants (Alta and Chez Nous, which I will review later). The rooms are well appointed and very clean and you will be pampered with what I consider to be the most luxurious cotton towels I've used in a B&B!!! The owners, Marcia and Ken take genuine pleasure in personally serving their guests the following: a) almost gourmet-like, freshly made breakfast b) cheese and wine hour in the afternoon c) freshly baked cookies d) free bottled water and soda I think what I really want to say is this: I love this Inn mostly because the owners truly love what they're doing. Some owners do business to earn money; I think the owners, Marcia and Ken do what they do because they love what they do. I remember how Marcia offered to make sandwich for my bus trip back to Manhattan!!! Where in the world can you find business owners go out of their way like that to make your stay as memorable as possible? On the day that my partner and I were there, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce organized a Holiday House Tour of 6 of the area's historic properties and Federal House Inn was one of them. We went to all of them and this Inn had the best reception for the people who signed up for the tour. Marcia and Ken baked fresh holiday cookies and made special punch drinks to offer to the guests! They truly went out of their way to please their guests. We will never hesitate to ONLY stay at Federal Inn House, EVERY TIME we are in the Berkshires!! Sam and David New York City


outstanding

5 on December 08, 2016

This is a 5 star inn for sure. My husband and I can't think of anything to change or add to our stay. The owners are friendly and wonderful. The cooking and all the special little treats they lavish on you are yummy and spectacular. You won't be disappointed when you go and you really should go.


Comfy, welcoming and warm experience

3.4 on December 01, 2016

Took a chance on this lovely place on our way back to Long Island after Thanksgiving in Vermont. We were pleasantly surprised with such welcoming and accommodating innkeepers, Marcia & Kenneth Anderson. An added surprise to our stay, was meeting two couples which we had a wonderful connection and time with that evening. We all enjoyed our stay so much that we made a pact to meet up the same time next year at the Federal House and rekindle our newly founded friendship. Needless to say, Marcia and Ken will be seeing us next year during Thanksgiving weekend. Dale & Paul Baldassano, New Hyde Park, NY


Outstanding in every way!

5 on November 17, 2016

We visited for a recent weekend, and could not be more pleased with the Federal House Inn. The innkeepers are exceptional, the breakfast was amazing each morning. And the added treat of evening wine and cheese (and chocolate!) was so nice. We will definitely return!


Great food and friendly Inkeepers

4.8 on November 11, 2016

From the warm greeting, to breakfast choices that ere superb to cheese and crackers with wine per- dinner hours everything was great. Top all of this with gourmet chocolates left for late night and it doesn't get any better

Innkeeper Response
thank you more than words can adequately express!! We are so grateful for this review and appreciate it so very much!


Delightful getaway

4.8 on November 09, 2016

We stayed at the Inn 11-5- 2016 for 2 nights. We apparently booked late because we had the smallest room which we still found ample in size and very comfortable bedding with the softest sheets I have slept on. The Innkeepers were gracious and friendly as well as helpful with dinners and reservations. The food was delicious. Always 2 choices for breakfast and both some of the best food we've had anywhere. They also put out wine, cheese crackers and another delicious homemade tart of sorts at 4:30. Then at the day's end we arrived back to salted caramel chocolates and homemade warm cookies. The Inn did show its age a bit but it was far overshadowed by the owners and the food which created a wonderful atmosphere. We will be back!

Innkeeper Response
Please come back and keep an eye on our progress. We also want you to try out one of the larger rooms. We have big dreams for updating all rooms and every day a little progress is made. We appreciate your review SOOOO much and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Ken and Marcia


First Visit New England

4.8 on October 24, 2016

Everything was simply great! The Inn Keepers created an unusually comfortable atmosphere, especially with the evening wine and bites that invited guests to gather in the sitting room and socialize. We do not always feel comfortable in that type of setting but this was so natural it just worked wonderfully. The room, breakfast, location were all simply perfect too.

Innkeeper Response
You could not have said words that would have been more perfect for us to read...our big dream was laughter spilling out of the common areas (particularly the living room and dining room) and guests that felt comfortable and left relaxed. We appreciate the time you took to write this. Totally made our day.


Outstanding!

5 on October 17, 2016

We had a wonderful time celebrating out 50th anniversary at this lovely inn. Marcia and Ken were outstanding hosts and thanks to their awesome hospitality our every need was met. They are lovely people and the inn is perfect in every way. Karen & Ken

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much Karen and Ken for this review! Honestly, we appreciate every word more than we can express in a short response. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! We loved having you in the inn!


Perfect stay

4.8 on September 29, 2016

Lovely house, beautiful room, wonderful hosts, delicious breakfast - a perfect stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for this review. We have been reviewing and changing our prices (lowering them) so we are striving to improve value to a 5! Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We appreciate it.


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Rooms & Rates

7) Joel's Room

This is a comfortable, spacious room with wall-to-wall carpeting, our favorite Norman Rockwell prints, comfortable chairs for reading, AC, an electric fireplace and twin sleigh beds which can be converted to a king sized bed.

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

8) Ian's Room

This is a quiet, cozy room that's bright and sunny with three windows, a queen sized bed, wall-to-wall carpeting, AC and an electric fireplace. One of our most requested rooms!

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

2) Jordan's Room

Three large windows give this room a beautiful view of Beartown Mountain and the original late 1700s building across the street. It features a ceiling fan above a queen canopy bed, a dressing area, bathroom with tub, AC and an electric fireplace, comfortable chairs and a TV.

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

1) Tyler's Room

You'll love this large room on our first floor. With a beautiful mahogany pencil post bed, hand tied canopy and comfortable sitting area, the Billiard Room has large windows with pretty views of the grounds, a wide pine floor and high ceilings with exquisite, original crown molding, AC and an electric fireplace. This is an elegant room where you'll relive the splendors of the early 1800s.

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

9) Nancye's Suite

Our largest, most spacious accommodation features two pencil post queen beds, cable TV and AC in both rooms and an electric fireplace in the bedroom. This private third floor suite offers a large bedroom, a charming little reading room and two bathrooms.

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

4) Taylor Brynne's Room

This large dormered room has four windows, original wide plank floors, stenciling on the walls, comfortable chairs, and a queen-sized Rutherford iron bed. This room features a gas cast iron Franklin stove.

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

3) Whitney's Room

Our largest room, features a queen four-poster bed with hand-tied canopy, sitting area with loveseat and Oriental rug, and four large windows that overlook the grounds. This room has a beautiful mantled gas fireplace.

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

5) Deacon's Room

A large but cozy room with a corner mantled gas fireplace, queen four-poster bed and comfortable chairs. This is a lovely quiet room with two windows overlooking a flowering crab apple tree in the springtime.

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

6) Kenna Jane's Room

One of our most charming rooms, it's bright and sunny with four windows, cheery wallpaper, AC and an electic fireplace, queen four-poster bed and original wide pine floors.

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

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Location

Location Type

Mountains, Small town

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 35 miles

Directions to property:

Exit #2 (the Lee exit) from Mass Turnpike (I-90). At the bottom of the ramp turn left and make a quick right onto Route 102 west toward Stockbridge. Federal House Inn is three miles on the right side of the road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Norman Rockwell Museum, MassMoca Museum, Clark Museum, Tanglewood, Ski Butternut, Jacobs Pillow, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities , Great porches and outside seating, 24/7 coffee bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On weekends a 3 night stay is required July & August, 2 nights June & October.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 100% deposit is required for one-night stays. A 50% deposit is required for two nights or longer stays. We must have a deposit on all rooms in order to guarantee the reservation.
  • Cancellations: No penalty on cancellations in most cases. Please give as much notice as possible so that your room can be rented by another guest. We appreciate your business.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Kenneth and Marcia Anderson

About the innkeepers

After 35 rewarding years in education, both in the United States and in four counties overseas, Kolleen and Brian are thrilled to be running an established and successful inn. They provide the warm hospitality and welcoming experience established by Barbara and Philip Broyles at the Federal House. They bring to the inn their diverse backgrounds and exposure to a variety of countries and cultures.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian specify diet, restrictions


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