Brambles Inn & Gardens

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


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
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Quaint Bed & Breakfast

5 on September 05, 2016

I've stayed at the Brambles Inn twice while visiting my daughter at Clarkson University. It is so clean and comfortable. Each room is air conditioned and offers newly remodeled bathrooms. Breakfast is a traditional sit down bed and breakfast experience and delicious to boot. Eleanor is gracious and hospitable. I will definitely stay there again and again! Thank you.

Charming B&B with even more charming hostess!

4.6 on August 25, 2016

Very nicely appointed. Eleanor and her son are fabulous hosts and I highly recommend this B&B if you need to stay in the Potsdam/Canton area.

Alumni Weekend Stay in Potsdam

5 on May 03, 2016

Very nice B&B; would recommend and will most definitely stay there in the future while in Potsdam.

Lovely Stay

5 on December 14, 2015

Rooms were clean and nicely decorated. Bed and Breakfast was charming, quiet and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious! Would definitely stay again and will recommend to others.

Overnight in Potsdam

4.8 on December 13, 2015

We spent a nice night at the Brambles Inn while attending the Holiday Concert at Crane this year. Lovely room and Eleanor was a friendly hostess. Great breakfast. Will stay again.


4.0 on October 27, 2015

I tried to give an outstanding ranking to several categories, but the widget would not allow me to give you more than what I did. The meals are dynamite and we had a quiet and pleasant stay. The other guests were delightful company at breakfast.

Great B&B option

4.8 on August 31, 2015

We stayed for a wedding a couple weeks ago and very much enjoyed it.


5 on May 07, 2015

Great stay, charming and close to all restaurants and bars nearby

My favorite place to stay!

5 on March 12, 2015

I love the Brambles! The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and well cared for and breakfast is ALWAYS amazing!

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.

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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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Hosmer Suite

Hosmer Suite with private bathroom,TV room and small kitchenette

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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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.