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Brook Farm Inn
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

My husband and I had a great stay at Brook Farm Inn. Phil and Linda Halpern were gracious hosts who worked hard to ensure that we were comfortable and happy, and to help us find everything we needed for a pleasant stay. Lenox is a beautiful little town, with a great deal to do and see. When we told the Halperns the kinds of things we wanted to do (i.e., hiking, eating, visiting museums) they provided us with all the information we needed. We live outside Boston, and we can't wait to go back to Brook Farm Inn again -- maybe during the snowy season!

Marjorie Nydell

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2008

What a nice place this is! We’ve stayed here several times and we’ve kept coming back.

Each of the rooms in which we have stayed has had a distinctive flavor to it. It has also been of more than adequate size – and the beds are comfortable.

The breakfasts are more than ample and we found them both fresh and appetizing. Once you’ve finished them, you’re ready to begin a day walking around Lenox. And walking around Lenox is pretty easy (once you get up the hill) because the Brook Farm Inn is right next to “downtown.”

Through the years of our stay, we’ve found the innkeepers to be friendly, sociable, and extremely helpful at recommending restaurants and other attractions. Even though we’ve been coming to the Berkshires for many years, no “tourist” can know the area as well as those who live there and the innkeepers have struck us as very well informed.

We also found our hosts sociable, more than willing to talk if you want to and willing to leave you alone if you don’t.

The rooms are distinctive not only in style, but size and price, so that some of the rooms are more modestly priced. The inn once served as a private residence, which is why all the rooms are different. Our friends, who stayed in one of the smaller rooms, found it more than adequate. And we and our friends enjoyed gathering in the large library and sitting room.

The next time we need a place to stay in the Berkshires, we wouldn’t even consider looking anywhere else.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

This inn advertises itself as something very special and prices itself accordingly but experience shows that it is somewhat shabby and stingy in its amenities. Its only redeeming feature is its proximity to the Tanglewood property. The bed and pillows were uncomfortable and the breakfast basic. Afternoon tea was nonexistent for those taking in afternoon performances.

Stayed: August 2008
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Innkeepers18, owner at Brook Farm Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2008

Brook Farm Inn is a beautifully maintained, elegant Victorian home with award-winning gardens. Amenities include two types of soap (bars are double the size of soaps found in Marriotts) shampoo, conditioner, make-up remover, shower caps, hair dryers, clock radios (many with CD players) air conditioning, glasses, ice bucket, extra pillows, extra blankets, oversized bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. Also available are rooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, cable TV, DVD players, irons, and ironing boards, coffee makers (coffee, tea, creamer and sweetener included) and refrigerators. There is also a library with books, games, current newspapers, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. If you miss 4 o’clock tea, there is a guest pantry with an instant hot water tap, selection of teas, coffee, mugs, hot chocolate, cookies, wine glasses, cork screws, utensils, an ice machine, and refrigerators for the use of the guests. Mattresses and box springs are premium commercial quality and are the same brand and model used at a famous local spa resort that charges $1,000.00 per night.

Finally, the breakfast at Brook Farm Inn is generous, prepared on the premises with lots of fresh fruit, home baked goods, house blend of granola, cereals, yogurt, fresh breads, choice of juice, coffee, numerous teas, and a hot entrée. A published food critic writing for the Berkshire Eagle rated the Brook Farm Inn’s breakfast one of the best in the Berkshires. We have been recommended by AAA Guide, Karen Brown Guide, and The Select Registry. These organizations send professional, trained inspectors to evaluate properties.

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Reviewed August 18, 2008

This was our second visit to the Inn and we were really disappointed this time around. While the location is ideal...just minutes from Tanglewood, the inn itself was not up to our expectation. I think it reflects the owners - Phil and Linda's - tight control over costs. First, we had to pay for our entire stay months in advance. Second, the house is shabby and really needs some updating. It really shows wear. (It is very clean). Third, breakfast is awful, unless you like high carb-high calorie "communal" food. One day they served bagels and lox, but beyond that all the hot food was primarily all or part soaked bread. If you want eggs -- good luck. And, don't try to stay seated beyond 10am...they ask you to please move to the "library". Also, don't ask for coffee toward the end of service...they are out of it. Fourth, the tea service is hysterical. Keeping costs under control, you have to go to the door and have the servier dole out a scone (which was really a cookie) that reminded me of "Please Sir, some more please" from Oliver. Finally, the walls are paper thin, making sleeping through the night/early morning almost impossible.

I know that Phil will respond to this review as he does to all. I will say that I met many people who have returned to the Inn year after year and absolutely love it. However, several of the first time guests concurred with our feelings and said they would never return. If you like cost-conscious, controlling owners who makes silly comments, this inn is for you. We would prefer a place that has a bit more sophistication and charm, even if it costs more.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Innkeepers18, owners at Brook Farm Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2008

As professional innkeepers, we strive for excellence, and suggestions for improvement are always welcome when they are constructive. A large number of guests do return to us on a regular basis, which indicates how many people enjoy our ambiance, friendly service, and food. We're recommended by AAA, and are members of Select Registry and Berkshire Elegant Country Inns, both of which have very high standards for membership. We've been reviewed and recommended by professional travel writers in the hospitality industry for such publications as Karen Brown Guide and the Boston Globe.

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Reviewed August 1, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at Brook Farm Inn for a wonderful weekend this July. We loved the location (walking distance from town, and down the road from Tanglewood), the food (breakfasts were amazing!), and the innkeepers. With very short time to appreciate local attractions, Phil and Linda were right on the mark with their suggestions for what to do, where to eat, etc. They made us feel comfortable in their home, and even entertained us (ask Phil to do his invisible card trick). The room we stayed in was nicely furnished, impeccably clean, and very cozy.

Overall, we had a great time, and can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Innkeepers18, owner at Brook Farm Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2008

Brook Farm Inn management wants to express thanks for such positive comments. We're glad to share our inn, which is also our home, with guests who delight as much as we do in the Berkshires. Our guests of all ages, and from different parts of the USA and the world, make for interesting conversation. It's always a pleasure to provide good food, good service, and a nice environment for appreciative and gracious customers.

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