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“Rustic and warm”
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Race Brook Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Sheffield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Rustic and warm”
Reviewed April 9, 2008

We stayed at Race Brook Lodge for one night while attending a wedding. I knew this place would be rustic- and it really was! I imagine that in the summer especially, the grounds are very nice. For us, it was kind of mucky and barren, but the weather leading up to the weekend wasn't great. The main building is so charming. It's really super crowded with furniture and knick knacks, but also warm and inviting. The breakfast was awesome. Really so good and abundant and enjoyable. Also, would like to point out that the gentleman at the front desk was just so nice. Very genuinely friendly- kind of like you've known him for a long time. Our room was in a cottage with a few others, with a direct entrance from outside. It had the cutest little porch area. The rooms are super casual and comfortable, but no frills. Nothing really matches, there is no tv, and really no luxury to speak of. Having said that, it was clean, and warm, and the bed was clean and comfy. Funnily enough, we had a ladybug too! Like another reviewer. But, we had one, not 40! We had a really good night's sleep. It should be noted that the wedding services provided by the lodge were great- the staff was great and the location of the reception (the barn?) was adorable. Overall, a nice experience and good value at less than $150/night.

  • Stayed March 2008
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English first
Concord, MA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2007

If you, your partner, your kids or your dog want a homey, funky place to visit in the Berkshires consider staying at the Race Brook Lodge. On first reading other reviews it is hard to imagine how they could all refer to the same Inn. Having experienced the Race Brook Lodge and the adjoining Stagecoach Tavern first hand I think I understand: This is not your parent’s Inn…unless your parents grew up in the 60’s, hung out with interesting musicians and poets, and live a life many see as the road less traveled.

The Inn has wonderful common spaces as well as a warm and inviting dining experience at the Stagecoach Tavern. But if you see only the surface of things you may see what one reviewer called junk in the yard (in fact a 1942, forty foot Elco boat being fully restored to its full majesty as pictured in the dining room), unmatched furniture, and, goddess-forbid, unmatched people (the review that referred to “foreigners” working to help run the Inn qualifies for banishment for its nastiness).

My wife and I experienced Innkeepers whose presence draw a family of helpers and guests to a special place for relaxation, good food, and good talk. The guests during our weekend stay included a folk-blues musician performing at Café Helsinki (another spot not to be missed) and a percussionist whose credits include playing with Wynton Marsalis and many other well-known musicians. I met the percussionist, who travels many miles to this special place from his home in Puerto Rico, with a saw in his hand and then later back in the kitchen. It turns out that he travels from his base in Manhattan and Puerto Rico and from stages across the world to be with David Rothstein and son Michael, Allegra Scott Graham, and Eva Zatt at their Inn and restaurant to work on the boat, eat good food, and recharge.

My own world in healthcare is not peopled with enough musicians, poets and artists. A trip to Race Brook Lodge provides a very warm, easy, and healthy respite and invitation into another world. It is an extension of those things I love most—good and interesting people, music, writing, and art—those aspects of life that are most affirming. You will find furniture--and people--that don’t match, Innkeepers and support staff whose adventures were and are in the arts, food that is very, very good, local and healthy; all in a setting that is well out of town. This not the spot for you if you most enjoy the comforts and look of a country club inn or hotel. It is exactly the spot if you want to hike, play or listen to music, read, write, take photos or paint, and kibitz with interesting people as dinner companions, as folks with whom to share a cup of tea.

A favorite singer/songwriter of mine wrote a song entitled “Leave The Light On” that he jokes he tried to sell to Motel 6 with no luck. Motel 6 this place is not. I know I can’t wait to return. My bet is that David and his extended family always leave a light on.

  • Liked — Ambiance was relaxed, helpful staff
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank MPKEDD
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California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2007

For a relaxing laid back atmosphere you can’t beat this place. We spent our days hiking on the very convenient trail access and in the evenings napping in the hammocks on the property next to the stream.
The Stagecoach Inn provided delicious dinners with friendy staff. If you want stuffy and snooty…. stay in town, if you want to relax like never before, stay at Race Brook.

Stayed August 2007
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1 Thank happyhker
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2006

This place is ok and probably even a good deal for the money. The frustrating thing is that it could be so much better with just a bit of effort and some junk removal.

We stayed there Thankgiving weekend for one night. The property is big and the 30-some rooms are spread out across cottages, a main lodge house and a carriage house. The main lodge rooms have absolutely no sound privacy and after booking one of these we moved into a carriage house room.

The room was nice with a kitchen and a private bathroom across the hall for about $125. The room has the typical attributes of a cheaper bed & breakfast/rustic hotel -- mystery spots on the carpet, old furniture, broken lamps, dirty windows, bad art, etc (but you get what you pay for). The real problem though started when we realized too late in the night that we didn't have any heat in the bedroom. We also noticed that there was a ladybug infestation in our room. Not the worst thing in the world, but it gets kind of wierd when you look around and see about 40 ladybugs flying all over the place.

Overall, this place could be great if only the owners fixed a couple minor things (ladybugs, heat) and cleaned up a bit. The property has a junkyard right by the main house with what looks like a giant ark being readied for the next flood in the middle of the pile of other crap (like golf carts, boxes, etc.). Chairs are thrown about the place, there's broken pots, broken lamps and other random things everywhere. I'm a minimalist, so this kind of stuff drives me crazy.

Dinner at the StageCoach was good and the restaurant itself is very quaint. Also the free breakfast was fantastic.

In summary, this place is worth a stay if you're on a tight budget and don't mind a very rustic, somewhat messy experience in a great location.

  • Stayed November 2006
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2 Thank katgut
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 9, 2006

We love this place. It feels like the funky home of the relatives you wish you had. It's odd ball -- a little crunchy granola with lots of slightly dusty folk art in the public areas, but completely unpretentious, real and inviting. If you want sachets and lace, it ain't for you. But if you like something that's warm and down to earth, it fits. It sits steps away from a brook and paths that rise past waterfalls to 2K feet and the Appalachian Trail where you have a stunning view of three states atop Race Mountain. The innkeepers have been huge help every time we've visited, making dinner reservations for us (including at the similarly rustic tavern next door), offering us specific ideas on day trips and answering every questions we had. Warning -- the rooms are not standard, we've stayed in a different room every time and some feel cobbled together from bits and pieces pulled from reclamations and auctions -- but for us that just added to the charm. That and the fact that our dog could stay with us.

Stayed October 2006
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1 Thank Krakow
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Massachusetts, USA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2006

We (2 adults and 4 kids, ages 4-7) booked for two nights at the Race Brook Lodge as a get away for two Moms and our kids. The Lodge was reccommended by a Family Fun guide book. The booking person was lovely and spent time with me on the phone finding us two rooms that fit our needs. The lodge website claims that the place is "No Chintz". I really do not know what they mean by that. The rugs were worn to the point of holes in many locations. One of the curtain rods was a copper pipe (I know this because it fell down...on me!), our bathroom light did not work, the furniture appeared to be yard sale leftovers--especially the lamps that were equipped with equally elderly and scary looking wiring. On the website, they claimed that books were in the rooms--we had 5 total (tomes on solar energy, some obscure French poets and Little Women included) and a March 1980 issue of "Architectual Digest". The easy chairs were covered in blankets to hide the dirt and holes. As far as kid friendly--none of the outlets were covered, we had a glass topped table in an awkward location and several of the table lamps were breakable. The shades did not work. To be fair, the beds were clean and comfortable and staff allowed us to use the facility's washer/dryer (barfing incident in the van...), the breakfast was substantial, fresh and good. However, the restaurant is only open Thu-Fri-Sat which we found out on our arrival Sunday and the lodge is a good 5-10 miles from anything and there is no place to store food. The honor bar that they advertise is not stocked with anything you would choose to drink unless you were stuck BYOB!! There was a nice field for the kids to play in--well except for the presence of a tractor mower, the pool was clean but clearly in decline (unheated) with overgrowth and rusting chairs and broken flower pots. The staff was nice but certainly not attentive. Nice trails from the lodge to ???--no trail markings and no maps or guides (take your kids to the woods and get lost???), the brook was dry near the lodge. If there truly was nothing else in the area and/or the place was priced under $100, I might reccommend it in "it is what it is" but for $280 a night for 2 rooms in an area ripe with quiet inns and lodges, you can certainly do much much better. Our impression was that the place was in decline and not about to get much better..........we plan to alert Family Fun as well.

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6 Thank Lagata
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Warwick, NY
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2006

A very unique place for those who love quiet and solitude. Beautiful setting with a lot of privacy and a wonderful common area. The bar is on the honor system - a really nice and homey touch. When checking in, one of the owners gave a tour of the area. All of the staff were extremely accommodating and pleasant. It was like we were part of the "family". If you're looking for luxury, this is not the place to go but if you want a nice, quirky, friendly, quiet place with beautiful woodsy grounds, this is for you. I hope I have an opportunity to go back.

  • Liked — Quaintness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with friends
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Property: Race Brook Lodge
Address: 864 S Undermountain Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257-9641
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Sheffield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sheffield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
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