Easter weekend was a great opportunity for us to try and find a little pampering and peace from our very busy life. This was a first for my husband and I to say at a B&B. We travelled by car from Canada. At one point we got a little lost due to a GPS malfunction, we took a wrong exit off Highway 91. We called the innkeepers, and much to my delight, John stayed on the telephone with us until we were comfortable in where we were going. On arrival Steve and John (the innkeepers), met us at the front door, helped us with our baggage, and brought us to our wonderfully decorated Room 1. We were then treated to a tour of the house and its grounds and introduced to the friendly and acommodating house staff. The house is magnificent and stands out from all the other mansions in the area. The Zen gardens are spectacular - and offered a quiet place to relax and reflect on our busy lives. Although all the plants and shrubs were not bloomed yet, the feeling there is very relaxing. John travelled to Bali and hand picked all the statues and stone to create the perfect Zen garden. We were assigned to room 1 with Kingsize bed, (fit well for my 6'1" husband), fireplace, and private bath. We had access to all the common areas of the house. The sun room with it s big screen tv, computer and comfortable sofa's and complimentary juice and water in the fridge was great for relaxing before and after dinner. The billiard room and tastefully decorated living room on the main floor was accessible to us as well. The inn was full and yet, we felt that we were the only people there. The staff were always available but not intrusive. The next morning we woke up teeling very rested in that comfortable bed to the smell of bacon and baked goods. We met in the dining room for breakfast. We were seated with other patrons and Steve introduced us all. Steve joined us for breakfast and made everyone feel very comfortable. It was great to meet other people and the conversation was all about how everyone was having such a wonderful time at the B&B. We started with a bowl of fresh fruit, fresh baked scones followed by a delectable tomato/basil Quiche all home baked at the Brandt house. The coffee and juice was bottomless and we could help ourselves.
I found out that there are hiking trails nearby. Snow shoeing is my favorite passtime in the winter. I spoke with some of my collegues and we are planning a winter retreat to Brandt house to take advantage of all those trails.
Being a nervous traveller, I can say that going to the Brandt house was a way to get pampered, away from work, the city, and the fast lane, without having to deal with large hotels, parking, intrusive maid service and no where to go but your room. Thank you very much Steve and John, your hospitality is unsurpassed. We will come back, and we are telling everyone we know, colleagues and friends, about our great stay at Brandt house. - Carolle and Tony (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
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- The Brandt House three and-a-half-acre, turn-of-the-century estate is located in a charming residential area of Greenfield, just minutes from I-91 and Route 2 in northwestern Massachusetts. Greenfield and the Pioneer Valley blend culture, history, adventure, and hospitality into an unforgettable rural vacation experience. ... more less
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