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“Restful retreat at the Purple Gables” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #6 of 12 Amherst B&B and Inns
Madison, Wisconsin
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114 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Restful retreat at the Purple Gables”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

We spent the night at Lynda's Purple Gable Inn and had a very relaxing time. The pristine suite in lovely pastel colors is attached to her kitchen. She greeted us in the driveway and had a small platter of cheese and crackers in our room upon arrival. The fridge had some cool water and several bottles of sparkling soda. She offered two excellent suggestions for lunch and dinner and we enjoyed both meals. Her breakfast the next morning was delightful: fresh fruit cups in beautiful green glass cups and herbed eggs with toast and a corn confection. Heated maple syrup and yogurt with granola. She is welcoming and interesting hostess and had great insights into several museums and the process of touring colleges.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Scarborough, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

Even though we made a last-minute booking, we received the full complement of Lynda’s hospitality – she greeted us in the driveway, she had a plate of cheese and crackers awaiting us, the cheerful suite was spotless and welcoming, and we were treated to one of her fabulous gourmet breakfasts the next morning.

The attractive, colorful suite (we loved the paint choices) is very spacious, with 2 separate sleeping areas, a living area, a breakfast nook, and a roomy bathroom. There’s a huge closet, too, with lots of hangers. Lynda has stocked the small refrigerator with drinks and yogurt, and also provides a variety of teas, cocoa, nuts, candies, and cookies for snacking. There is a TV, DVD player (and a small selection of movies), and wi-fi. The suite is accessed by its own private entrance, and a separate door leads to a sitting area in the pretty backyard garden. The bed is extremely comfortable, and there is no bothersome street noise. The location is perfect – an easy walk into town, with its multitude of restaurants.

Breakfast was plentiful, and excellent. We had our choice of 3 juices; a fresh fruit salad; homemade granola; maple yogurt; custard corn bread with maple syrup (intriguing and delicious); herbed baked eggs; and sourdough toast with homemade spreads. Unlike most B&B’s, Lynda brings the breakfast to the suite, which was cool.

As great as the breakfast was, we enjoyed our conversation with Lynda after breakfast just as much. Lynda has the type of personality that makes you feel as if you’ve known her your whole life – she’s friendly, funny, down-to-earth, and very comfortable to be with. It’s obvious that she really enjoys what she’s doing. She’s happy to give eating and touring suggestions, too – we loved the tea rolls we had at Fresh Side Restaurant, which Lynda recommended when we said we’d like a light dinner.

Purple Gables has everything you could ask for.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

After a treacherous winter journey, we were greeted so warmly by Lynda, the owner and hostess, and immediately comforted with a snack and recommendations for dinner. The apartment is truly lovely and is perfect for parents and a teenager making the college tour. Very comfortable beds and linens, a large and toasty bathroom, light-filled sitting and dining area. And--the best breakfast you could ever imagine! We felt very lucky to have stayed at the Purple Gables and look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Tarzana, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

The Purple Gables was the perfect beginning for our New England vacation this last summer. We flew into Boston and drove to Amherst. Linda, the owner, greeted us at the door, and showed us our suite, which was just what we needed. The suite has its own entry, as well as a door leading to the rear garden area. The bed was very comfortable, and the large bath spotless. There was a small refrigerator with drinks and also snacks for the taking. In the morning Linda prepared a lovely gourmet breakfast, which is served in the in-suite dining / lounge area, and provided some great conversation. The inn is just a short walk into downtown Amherst. We highly recommend this quiet, comfortable, convenient and clean lodging. If you are anywhere near Amherst, make sure you stay at the Purple Gables. Thank you again Linda.

Best Regards,

Margaret & Jay
Tarzana, CA

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

Linda, the owner, does and did everything and more than anyone could expect from an owner. The breakfasts were of gourmet quality and the advice about the town helpful and caring. She is also a very interesting conversationalist and made our Amherst experience a true delight. Don't miss seeing the Eric Carle Museum, a short drive from the B&B.
Make this place your home away from home; because that is how we felt.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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vermont
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94 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

The suite at Purple Gables is furnished tastefully and has all the amenities - and more - that one could wish for including a variety of snacks and beverages. The charming, roomy suite has a large bathroom, walk-in closet, separate entrance and access to the back yard. Linda was a most welcoming and helpful hostess and her breakfast was superb. The location within walking distance of downtown Amherst was perfect for us. We loved it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

Linda took an interests in us right away, and pulled out all the stops to make us feel welcome. My own mom couldn't have taken better car of us. Home made scones, and granola, eggs. So much food! From museum tips, to dinner suggestions, all within walking distance. We also had use of the backyard to have a glass of wine and enjoy her beautiful garden. We even booked an extra night on the last day of our trip. Would stay again in a heart beat.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Purple Gables
Address: 232 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-1507
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Hampshire County > Amherst
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Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Amherst
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Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming, elegant, no-smoking suite in historic home. Walk to town, UMass and Amherst College. Sunny large suite with private porch entrance, dining area, sitting room, queen bed, second private bedroom, garden, patio. Gourmet breakfast served in your suite. Amenities include WIFI, TV, DVD, fridge with snacks, microwave, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, and much more. ... more   less 

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