This inn was fantastic! The buildings are old and full of history, so anyone expecting a four-star experience with fluffy pool towels and a staff eager to fetch them a drink should probably stay elsewhere. Race Brook Lodge is an old farmhouse with outbuildings and sheds that have been creatively converted to snug little domiciles with super-comfy beds with clean white linens and bathrooms with pokey plumbing, but I suggest a guest consider this part of its charm and just go with it. Breakfast is an delicious, varied spread that will fuel you for your trail hike or antiquing in town (we went into Great Barrington - nice little burg). Furniture and floors in rooms are not white-glove clean, but having grown up on a farm, I sort of forgave it that detail and just enjoyed it. My room was spartan but warm and snug - it felt like a little treehouse. RBL is funky and fun and feels totally authentic. If you're prepared to get some mud on your boots, relax and enjoy yourself in a true country setting because for the money and the setting, it doesn't get any better.
As an aside, I noted with disgust this comment from "Terrible" rating reviewer t_world of Boston: "They have several foreign housekeepers and cooks to do the work around. However, we were still surprised to see a gratuity envelop on the night stand in our room."
...Because "foreign" housekeeping workers don't deserve to be tipped?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foot of Mount Race in Sheffield MA, Race Brook Lodge welcomes you to a place of peaceful respite and outstanding hospitality in alignment with local sustainability and inner harmony right here in the Berkshires. When you step outside your room, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking hiking trails that will lead you to the must-see views from the top of Race Brook Falls. From there, you have direct access to The Appalachian Trail and just across the brook, you’ll find our farm garden, which grows much of the produce for our restaurant. Our family-run space is founded on a deep commitment to serving the unique needs of each of our guests. We host couples seeking a tranquil, romantic Berkshires getaway for anniversaries weddings, or just because. We also host wellness and yoga retreats, corporate events and family gatherings. Regardless of your needs, we are here to provide you with an unforgettable, easeful experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and more connected to yourself, nature and any new friends you made along the way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Race Brook Hotel Sheffield