My husband and I spent two nights at Starlight Llama B&B in November - thanks to a Lonely Planet recommendation. We arrived in the dark to be immediately met my John and shown to our very comfortable room, I believe the very talented John made most of the bedroom furniture which was beautiful. As the B&B is off (electricity) grid, there isn't a tv in the room but you can use your tablet or laptop to check up on the outside world.
Breakfast was delicious and plentiful starting with fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola and followed by egg dishes (cheesy scrambled eggs on day one and pumpkin pancakes the following day) using eggs from John's hens! While my husband is a confirmed meat eater he was very happy with the options.
The breakfast was made even better by John and the other guests' company as it was great to be able to discuss recent events (election etc) and to gain another perspective to that offered by the media. We were also able to ask questions that we wouldn't necessarily have been able to ask if we were staying in a hotel as John was so friendly and knowledgable. John also gave us eating recommendations which we used.
In summary, we totally lucked out with Starlight as we didn't know the area and plumped with a recommendation without doing any research as we left it until the last minute to book but we hope to return at some point in the future as there's so much to see and do in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This bed and breakfast is powered by the sun! We are Massachusetts first solar-powered off-grid B&B. Located on a 120 acre llama farm, we feel remote, but are just 12 minutes from Smith College and downtown Northampton. Our vegetarian breakfasts feature fresh organic food from our gardens, eggs from our free-range hens, and we can easily accommodate vegan or gluten-free diets. Enjoy your morning coffee while watching the llamas graze or the peacocks meandering through the yard. We are smoke-free in the buildings and on the grounds, and offer free parking, and a place to put your bikes, kayaks, or skis. The llama part if obvious, but why 'starlight'? Two reasons: the sun is our star, and it powers our 100% solar home, plus hills hide Northampton light, so on clear, moon-less nights you can see the stars, planets and the Milky Way. We are open year round. Kids over the age of 12 are welcome. Sorry, your pets will upset the llamas. ... more less