The minute you walk into Staveleigh House, you feel that you are in a special place. You will know immediately what is special for Ali and Harry: every manner of animal, each one rescued and wonderfully cared for in the back lot (with a cat or two lying in the sun and a King Charles spaniel in the parlor), and flowers galore--zinnias, flox, sunflowers, marigolds, among them. Ali and Harry are people with strong values and open hearts. Ali's cooking has been written about so much that there is little point in mentioning it again. I'll just add that, despite my lifelong gluten intolerance, Ali made me special breakfasts every day, the most mouthwatering dish being her blueberry muffins. As if that wasn't enough, on our last morning after the usual big breakfast she presented us with a big plastic bag full of muffins and waffles--so that we wouldn't starve to death on the way home.
The reason we chose the town of Sheffield was that it isn't far from Lenox, specificallyTanglewood, where we wanted to attend a few concerts, but it wasn't too near either--the B and Bs and inns close to Tanglewood can be quite costly. Though the drive to the music festival was longish and rather difficult at night, we wouldn't have traded Staveleigh for the most splendid inn or B and B in Lenox.
For those who want the most spiffy, spanking new quarters with huge bathrooms and nary a blemish on the walls, Staveleigh is probably not the best choice. (The beds are wonderful.) But for us, Steveleigh is a well-lived in, well-loved home, and we cherished the opportunity to be part of that home for four lovely days. We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warm, gracious hospitality in circa 1821 home. 7 Comfortable AC guestrooms w/private baths. Splendid breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Staveleigh House Hotel Sheffield