Lovely inn in a sweet New England town in the foothills of the Berkshires. Full breakfast at Elmer's Store, our 1835 restaurant across the street, serving local, from-scratch food. Stay someplace you didn't know existed anymore (with great pancakes.)
You can't actually use the fireplace because we would have to charge you extra if you burned down the house. We hate that.
Ashfield is a tiny town (1500 residents) in Western Massachusetts - yet has always been known for its artists, writers, educators and philosophers. Our inn was built when George Washington was still in office and one of its earliest residents was Dr. Knowlton, who wrote the first pamphlet in the US on birth control (and was then jailed for it.) And the residents are no less interesting today!
We have no television, but we do have wireless internet. Cell phones don't work in the entire town, so it's an excellent place to retreat and really retreat. We do have a house phone with free long-distance if you'd like to connect with the outside world. Nearby are hiking trails, mountains, Ashfield Lake (good for swimming in summer and skating in winter,) Elmer's Store (where you have breakfast and other interesting hang-out time,) a very cool hardware store (old wooden floors, anything practical and practically anything - including ice cream cones) and more. For dinner in town there's Elmer's Store on Friday nights and the Ashfield Lakehouse for the rest of the week. It's a pretty cool little town. ---And our chef at Elmer's is from New Orleans and baby, can he cook!
Interaction with Guests
Our innkeeper, Michael Hulburt is always available, always fun, entertaining (if you like interaction) or plenty busy with other things if you don't.
Nearby are hiking trails, mountains, Ashfield Lake (good for swimming in summer and skating in winter,) Elmer's Store (where you have breakfast and other interesting hang-out time,) a very cool hardware store (old wooden floors, anything practical and practically anything - including ice cream cones,) a great library and more. For dinner in town there's Elmer's Store on Friday nights and the Ashfield Lakehouse for the rest of the week. It's a pretty cool little town. ---And our chef at Elmer's is from New Orleans and baby, can he cook!
Well sir, you can walk, ride a bike, ride a snowmobile, skate, ski, snowshoe or drive. But that's all.
Please be quiet in the evening. This is New England and these folks are quiet.
Don't even consider smoking.
We do allow some pets, but need you to let us know before you come what pet you're bringing. We really like it if your pet has a crate and we don't want your pet sleeping on (or in) the bed. We don't think that you are an irresponsible pet owner, but those other people might be and so that's who we're writing to here. Thanks
We had to drive through a snowstorm in the dark to get here, but it was so worth it! We got to stay in the Red Room: very cozy, a seriously comfortable bed and private bath with a clawfoot tub. What more could you want? Though we didn't get to spend much time in town, Ashfield seemed to be a close community with lots of friendly faces, and even in all the snow the surrounding country was lovely. In the morning we had breakfast at Elmer's (their gluten-free pancakes are delicious!). Thank you Nan for a wonderful stay!
The Inn is a lovely little spot right in the heart of Ashfield. We were in town for our wedding and stayed in the Red Room. The bathroom is *huge* and was perfect for getting ready for the event- we even had a hair and makeup crew in there at the same time! Photos taken in the space were divine and speak to how beautifully kept the historic property is. If you stay here, don't miss Elmer's Store for breakfast next door- it's amazing and included in your stay!
The 1795 Inn and Elmer's restaurant across the street are the jewels of Ashfield :) Nan was a wonderful host. Our room (the Blue room) was comfortable and quiet. If you're driving through Western Mass and are looking for a charming BnB with the best pancakes in New England look no further!
I stayed here with two friends while we were visiting the Pioneer Valley and the 5-College area. We stayed in the Blue Room, which was very comfortably appointed with a queen bed and twin bed, and had a large bathroom attached. (We also peeked into the Yellow Room across the hall and it was similarly large and very pretty.) It was a pleasure to correspond with Nan prior to our trip - she was prompt and very friendly. We arrived in Ashfield around 10pm, so our hosts left the lights on for us. The next morning when we headed across the street for the included breakfast at Elmer's (very delicious!) we saw Michael, the innkeeper, very briefly and he was very friendly.
Ashfield is about 40 minutes away from Northampton and is a lovely, quiet town. It's a scenic drive to Shelburne Falls, the 5-College area, and other area attractions. There wasn't any cell phone service, but the Inn provided free wi-fi. We would definitely stay here again! Thanks for a relaxing and comfortable stay.