We loved it here and loved Richard and Clare. They are gracious and wonderful hosts. It almost felt like we were visiting friends. The motel has lots of style, kind of a modern/retro chic. Yes, the rooms are bare bones, but they are clean and just what we needed for a weekend getaway. And let's be honest, when in the Berkshires, you're not there to sit in the room. The location is great too. Down the road from Great Barrington, walking distance to hiking trails and a short drive to Lenox. We had our 11-month-old son with us and they were so accommodating (they let us use the fridge in the main kitchen for his food/milk etc), and the high-chair was waiting each morning so he could sit at the breakfast table with everyone. They also had great suggestions on places to visit, restaurants to check out and more.
The breakfast, while not a full breakfast with eggs etc, is divine: homemade scones fresh out of the oven with unique and fun flavors each morning (maple walnut, cheddar etc), homemade granola served with yogurt from a nearby farm, and good coffee. They care about quality and using fresh, local ingredients. I recently stayed at a much more expensive golf club in the Berkshires (with my in-laws so we didn't pick the place) and their pricey buffet breakfast did not even compare. We couldn't believe that the yogurt was generic. We were so looking forward to the farm fresh food we had taken for granted on our last visit. Bottom line, we were at a fancy hotel, but we missed Richard and Clare and the Briarcliff. Every time we drove by it, we wanted to stop in and get a reservation there instead (or maybe just steal a scone for the road). Oh, the scones.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- English owners Clare & Richard Proctor have turned this classic 1960 motor lodge, with its spectacular view of Monument Mountain, into a cool 21st-century b&b. We offer great value, clean comfortable rooms with a stylish edge, free wifi, a home-made breakfast of scones, muffins and granola with locally-roasted coffee, and a warm welcome. Chill out on the deck in summer, or by the stove in our guest lounge in winter. We are five minutes from Great Barrington and Stockbridge, and under 15 from Tanglewood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Briarcliff Hotel Great Barrington