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The 1896 House Country Inn - Barnside Inn
Ranked #8 of 9 Williamstown B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed in one of the Barnside luxury suites for two nights as a weekend getaway. Very nice, well appointed, room with gas fireplace and jacuzzi tub, television, dvd player, and A/C. There is not a lot to do in the area, hiking and museums mostly, so this is a place to relax. I gave it a middle of the line rating for location because of this. If you want a night life or even a day life, this is not the place to go as far as I can tell. Maybe in the winter if you ski.

Lots of little extras included in the package we purchased. Including dinner at the '6 House Pub which was very good. Breakfast was included and one of the suites is used for serving. Their is a small buffet and the chef cooks something special each day. We had a nice fruit crepe one day and an omelette the next. Overall we'd do it again as long as we wanted a quiet time or to do some hiking.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The room was everything we were looking for. We stayed in suite 202 for our 1 year Wedding Anniversary and this room was absolutely wonderful. The breakfast was in a private room with only a few other couples witch was also very quaint. The brochure online was a little vague, the way I had interpreted it was that all the rooms were equipped with fireplaces, jacuzzi for two, canopy bed and as beautiful as the one we stayed in, that isn't the case. You need to call ahead and clarify exactly what your looking for before booking the room. The location was very centralized, we were able to get to most towns in the berkshires easily. The setting is very romantic for those looking for a great hide away from the hussel and bussell of the city life.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denise R, Owner at The 1896 House Country Inn - Barnside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

We are very glad you enjoyed the room and Happy Anniversary! All of our Luxury Suites do have fireplaces, Jacuzzis for 2, and some have canopy beds. Others do not as some guests confess to claustrophobia. However, we also have motel rooms in separate buildings with different names that have different offerings in the rooms.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in suite 206 for three nights. Everything was as we hoped it to be. Beautiful suite, great bed! The gas fire was wonderful to sit in front of for morning coffee or for a night cup. Lovely cooked breakfasts,great staff! The pub/restaurant with very good food in the next house-so easy when you have been sightseeing most of the day! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I felt compelled to write this because, I have to admit, after reading all of the other reviews I felt like I stayed at an entirely different place than the rest of these people. We were in town for a wedding and looking for a place to stay in the area - a lot of other places were booked. Everything in the Berkshires is pricey during foliage season, and this place was not an exception. Overall, I've have definitely shelled out more than this for a room stay before, so I'm not a cheap person. I just don't think this place was worth the money.

Front desk staff was totally indifferent both checking in and checking out. Breakfast was uninspired for a bed-and-breakfast. It was more on par with what you'd get at something like a Hampton Inn (but Hamptons are a lot cheaper). There was also a sign at breakfast asking for tips, which just seemed tacky and something that I've never experienced at a bed-and-breakfast. You also have to sign up for your 1/2-hour breakfast time slot when you check in. As a result of the staggered times, it is just you (and whoever else you are with) eating in this big room with all these other empty tables around you. It just feels odd. We were almost going to ditch breakfast the second morning we were here and just grab coffee in Williamstown. Apparently according to the staff at breakfast, a few other parties didn't show up that morning, so we weren't the only ones thinking that.

The room is a bit over-the-top for me with all the crazy decor, but I could see someone like my parents liking it. The room was also really dark, even with all their dimmers turned up. We had to open the blinds during the day to have enough light getting ready, etc. But when you open all your blinds, you are essentially looking at their parking lot.

The one positive that I have to say is this place was really clean. With all those surfaces in the rooms, desks and shelves and draperies and lamps and crazy Victorian statues (there's a lot of stuff in there), there wasn't any dust at all. Bathroom was super clean too. So kudos to their housekeeping staff.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denise R, Owner at The 1896 House Country Inn - Barnside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

It is unfortunate, but these guests went to the wrong breakfast room. Although we give directions on check in, and there is a sign on the bed with instructions, every once in awhile guests don’t pay attention. So they went to our motel breakfast room, which is nice for a motel at lower prices, but does not meet the expectations of a bed and breakfast guest. The breakfast room they should have gone to is right near their room, is intimate and cozy, and only has six small tables.
We do ask for approximate breakfast times in our Luxury Suites because we have only 6 of them, and we want to be sure the specially prepared breakfast is as fresh as possible when they arrive.
I am glad they found the suite very clean, if not to their taste.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is the gem of the Berkshires. The 1896 House is a must if you are in the area and is a must when you are travelling. Words cannot explain how satisfied we were with the suite that we stayed in, the grounds, the staff and the location. The owners have not missed an opportunity to bring such amazing character to the rooms and the grounds. We enjoyed our stay so much that we immediately cancelled reservations we had at another hotel for an upcoming weekend just so we could stay at the 1896 House again. The suites are just amazing. They were clean, safe, very spacious and so well decorated that I cannot stop recommending the 1896 house as a must to stay in. Once you stay there you will never want to stay anywhere else when you are in the area. Go for the suites. You will not be disappointed. I also cannot say enough about the staff. Everyone was so pleasant, so accommodating and just so nice. We cannot wait to return and I know once you stay there you will feel the same. The true Gem of the Berkshires!!!!!

Room Tip: Suites are worth the price. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. Room 205 and 206 are closer to t...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The 1896 House was a fabulous unknown spot. My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised by how nice the place was, the staff was pleasant, the cats were great, and the rooms fabulous. I would and have highly recommended the 1896 House. Walking distance to Mezze and close to Williamstown.

Room Tip: Stay in the King Suites. Big rooms, comfortable beds and easy access to both the Pub and Breakfast...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We absolutely loved the 1896 House. We got a luxury suite for two nights on Living Social, and for once it was actually better than advertised. The suite was huge, very comfortable, jacuzzi, fireplace at the foot of the king bed, etc., etc., etc. The Barnside Luxury Suite, including great breakfasts in the room right next door to ours, exceeded our expectations. We shall return! We checked out the Brookside rooms as well, and they would also be very comfortable even though not a suite. As part of the deal we got a complete meal at the '6 House Pub which was so good we went back on our own nickel the second night.

Room Tip: All the suites looked fantastic, and all the rest of them were even closer to the brook than ours an...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 910 Cold Spring Rd, Williamstown, MA 01267-2732
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Williamstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Williamstown
Price Range: $98 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The 1896 House Country Inn - Barnside Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enchanting 3 building property on a brook and pond. Variety of luxury suites with a candlelight gourmet breakfast and immaculate and charming traditional motel rooms with a hot breakfast buffet. Many bed configurations and some connecting rooms. Some dual whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, canopy beds, and parlor stoves. Seasonal heated pool. Free WiFi and business center. Very popular ‘6 House Pub on site. Gourmet restaurant adjacent. Free parking. All non-smoking. Accessible room. One 3 Room Apartment. ... more   less 
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