I stopped at the Black Walnut Inn several years ago and was impressed by its beautiful rooms and secure grounds.
While planning a 7 week trip to the USA to video documentary interviews, I decided to stay at the Inn for several days at the beginning (May) and end (July) of my cross country production tour. It was conveniently located and central to the people being interviewed. In addition to the quality and hospitality of the Inn, I was grateful to have the spacious Kelleher room in which to conduct interviews for the documentary. Its cathedral ceiling allowed for the set up optimum lighting and the room provided good acoustics. The ambiance of the room also provided a great backdrop for the interviews.
In between interviews, it was a pleasure to relax both indoors and outdoors under the shade trees of their spacious and secluded grounds. (photo attached) I also enjoyed the breakfasts, served on time without delay.
I add my top marks to make their score 17 to 1 as a great place to stay.
This would normally be the end of my review, however, while at the Inn, on the return trip, I overheard the owner and family discussing a bad review that they had received on Trip Advisor. When I returned home I looked up this web site, (see 2 year old) and read this unfavorable review. Although it claimed discrimination, I suggest it also may be a bit prejudiced. Frankly, inns should consider the quiet comfort of all guests who stay there and it would appear that the Black Walnut Inn was doing just that. I have seen most of the rooms there,and found them to have a rich and comfortable atmosphere - each with it's own special character. The room mentioned in the bad review was at ground level with no nearby stairs, thus providing a safer environment for a two year old that might manage to escape it's crib. The decor and setup were nothing less than delightful. I cannot imagine how people would not have been delighted with the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Black Walnut Inn, fronted by a stately Federal style brick home built in 1820, sits on acres of lawn shaded by tall black walnut trees. Located in historic North Amherst, we're just a few minutes from Amherst College, Deerfield Academy, UMass, and Hampshire College. ... more less