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Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I are repeat visitors to Ali's and Harry's Bed and Breakfast.
We would not consider staying elsewhere in the Berkshires. We love to see their beautiful gardens, and this beauty is enjoyed inside as well with the numerous vases of pretty flowers throughout.
It is so warm and charming from the moment we enter, and Ali's accommodating and relaxed demeanor adds to her sincere wish to make her quests feel very welcome.
We love to visit her animals too - tall and small. They are so adorable, and all receive TLC galore from Ali and Harry.
The quest rooms come in all sizes, are very attractively decorated, comfortable and quiet. Ali's sitting room is open to all guests, and if weather permits, outside space is available for anyone who might wish to sit and sip.
On our last visit to Ali's this Summer, we brought my two sisters who were visiting from Ireland. They loved everything about Ali's Bed and Breakfast, and very much enjoyed the delicious breakfasts. Ali's hen provided the fresh eggs, and fresh fruit and vegetables from her garden complemented each breakfast. Ali would always offer an alternative to her morning menu - just in case a guest had a preference.
We always look forward to revisiting our favorite place.

Jean and Bernadette Lavoie, Millis, Ma

Room Tip: Book early!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for a few days of R&R in the Berkshires -- which I continue to recommend as a place to get away to. This place was an almost perfect combination of beauty, charm, hospitality, history, and good food -- in other words, just the place at which a couple would want to spend time.

Ali could hardly have been a more gracious and helpful host -- every interaction was a friendly one, every request was graciously handled, and all the food was cooked and presented to near-perfection. For example, not only did she allow us to use the dining area to eat our take-out pizza (try THAT at some motels!!), but she brought out plates, silverware, and napkins!

All seven rooms described in their URL are on the second floor, and there is no elevator -- no surprise for a home built in 1818. Parking is free and on-site. The house is near a railroad that causes the walls to rattle as it passes by, but (fortunately) this does not happen often. Despite being on a major road through the town, the place was refreshingly quiet. As Sheffield is not a large town, there is not a great deal nearby, but that fact is an attraction for us.

All bedrooms are small, but beautifully decorated with charming furniture. All have a user-controlled AC unit and a wonderfully comfy terry-cloth robe. None have a phone, and only some have a full, private bath. I did not notice any refrigerators in any room, but Ali stated we could use the house fridge for anything we needed to keep cool. Their URL states that all rooms have cable TV and hair dryers, and "some" have DVD players. Our Room #4 had neither of the latter two, and cable TV existed only in Room #1 -- the only room without a flat panel TV. Ali stated that lightning had knocked out cable in the house. Thus, we had only four channels to watch -- all local -- and the video was a bit blurry. Our room was definitely clean and well-maintained.

The wi-fi worked fine the entire time we were there. However, I noted only one room had a desk -- thus you will find out why they are called "lap" tops. In addition, our Room #4 had only one three-prong plug (which our laptop requires) available for our use, and it was in the bathroom.

I did not notice any of the rooms having a way to lock your door after you left the room. Thus, if you are worried about others having access to your belongings while you are enjoying the area, you will have to take those items with you.

The place is very friendly to pets and children. In addition to Ali's knowledge, it has a wide variety of reading material to help you decide what to see and where to go. Smoking is banned indoors. You can relax in the common area next to the dining room, or outside in the shaded area next to the barn. The gardens are truly wonderful to look at, and the farm animals not only add to the rural setting but provide eggs just hours old when you eat them.

The breakfasts are to die for -- Ali can cook for a week without any repetition or let-up in quality. Even the utensils were wonderful to see. The stated time to eat breakfast is 8-10, but she can start at an earlier time if you request it. In addition, if you have special dietary requests, she can most definitely accommodate you as well.

For a couple or a family wanting a home away from home while in the Berkshires, this place would be hard to beat.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank RabePaul
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We absolutely LOVED our stay at Staveleigh. Everything was perfect, including the beautiful old house, our large bedroom, lovely landscaping, and delicious breakfast. I am a stickler for cleanliness and your establishment gets an A Plus. Your small farm area was definitely a highlight. Being raised on a farm, I have a true love for all kinds of animals, and you
covered the bases with the interesting variety of pets. You were so sweet to let us play with them. By the way, Clementine the donkey is a hoot. Edgar is so loveable, the way he climbed up the fence to greet me. I have added a picture of the two of us.
Sheffield is such a lovely quaint town, and we look forward to staying with you again and expoloring the beautiful Berkshires.
Renee & Len Trinca
St. Augustine, Florida

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Stayed for a week this July. Ali and family make you feel at home, and couldn't me more accommodating. We used the living room each evening for cocktails (there is a guest refrigerator to keep your white wines and snacks), and Ali loaned us a large cooler with wheels for our Friday night sojourn to Tanglewood. Most rooms are small and rather worn, but very clean. Also the air conditioning could use some updating. Ate 7 breakfasts and each one was better than the last with different menus every morning. You're only 5 minutes from the Berkshire School if you're attending any functions there. Watch for the turtle crossing on the Berkshire School Road; you think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Room Tip: Room 7 is the room to stay in if you want to spread out a bit. Other rooms are small.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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