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“Quaint, Quirky, Quintessentially New England”

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The Old Inn on the Green
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I read with interest a number of other reviews after we had planned a quick two day getaway to the Old Inn and decided to just go and see what developed. In short, we had a GREAT time. The Inn dates back to the 1700's and retains all of the character that such a place should have. Wide Plank wood floors, quirky stair cases, squeaky floors and doors and it's not soundproof. All the things that you should be aware of and willing to understand when visiting such a place. We stayed in Room 205 in Thayer House. It was exactly as described. Very comfortable bed, very comfortable leather chairs to relax in, a TV if you must have such a thing, with a wide variety of satellite channels, a very spacious bathroom with a claw foot tub and large shower with great pressure (always a risk at an older inn). We did have a Travelzoo voucher and thus had dinner at the inn our first night, but the food was so good, we decided to eat there again the second night so as to not have to worry about having too much wine and driving unfamiliar dark country roads. (However, had the food not been worth a second night, we would gladly have ventured out but we did not need to). The service was wonderful, Hope, our first night's server was a pleasure and without prompting, asked if I wanted the wine I had brought along decanted as it was older and likely would have some sediment. (A corking fee of $30 not out of line for the quality of the wine I had brought along, however, for night #2 we chose from their very representative list). Our second night's server, whose name sadly I didn't get, was equally wonderful and did a great job choosing the third of our three cheeses to start (my wife and I agreed on the first two and could not decide on a third so we left it to her). Peter, one of the innkeepers and the chef, does a wonderful job in both flavor and presentation and there is enough variety on the menu to keep all tastes happy.

As part of our voucher we had lunch the second afternoon, at The Southfield Store. My wife and I both started with their delicious soups, then had two very large and equally tasty sandwiches, and took our desert back to enjoy that evening as we were too full to have any more. The Southfield Store, only 2 miles away, was a very comfortable place to relax, have lunch, and spend some time just enjoying the local scene.

Breakfast both days was equallygood. Juice and simply wonderful coffee (served in a french press) starts it off, with a basket of hot pastries (scones, croissant, muffins etc) great butter brought to the table. Then, back in the bar area there is a buffet set up with spectacular granola, yogurt, milk, a great selection of fresh fruits, hard boiled eggs and some other items. I read in other reviews that you could ask for other fresh made egg dishes, but honestly, what was there was more than tasty and again seemed to be something for "everyone". I could not imagine needing more.

Peter and Meredith the other innkeeper, were both pleasant and polite and very helpful. Max, who showed us to our room the first night was also very helpful and very nice.

Be warned though...there is NO cell service at all, so if that is a MUST then The Old Inn on the Green is the wrong place for you, but if you are going to just relax and get away it is a wonderful stop. (Even the WiFi, which they do have, can be spotty, but the WiFi at the Southfield Store is screaming fast).

Thanks to all for a very nice getaway

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

"I'm okay with your high prices, but you need to have some service to match the prices you charge." Peter is a host who is more interested in nickel and dime charges, rather than building a solid client base for future business. Yes,the food is good. But as the other reviewer said... Patronizing...

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9  Thank Deanboat
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Our two day stay at The Old Inn on the Green was awesome. Our room had the charm of an old inn with it's wide plank floor was hand painted with a medallion and gently sloped as really old floors do. The shower stall was spacious (I dislike shower curtains that wrap around you while you shower. . The hosts were friendly and helpful, providing things to see and places to visit. Most noteworthy was the Norman Rockwell Museum. I would recommend the Inn if you are planning to visit the Berkshires.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

I’ve been using this website for years and years, and have never written a review, but people should really know about my experience at the Old Inn.
The short story:
Peter, the owner and chef at the Old Inn, and (most of) his staff, don’t like hosting and accommodating wedding parties. I’m confused as to why he took a booking with our party, only to end up treating us in an extraordinarily rude manner.
The whole story:
We got married at the Gedney this past September. We originally booked the Mepal Manor for the rehearsal dinner, the spa, and about 6 rooms, but were informed about 3 months later that the Manor and the Spa were sold and would no longer be available for our use. Michael, Gedney’s general manager, suggested we move our dinner, hair and makeup preparations, and stay to the Old Inn On the Green. This is what most of the other stumped wedding parties were doing.
My husband had numerous conversations with Peter on the phone during the reservation process. He was always very nice and accommodating, and in the end, we booked 4 out of the 6 rooms in the Thayer house (the biggest ones), and a private room at the restaurant for a party of 35 people for our rehearsal dinner.
The rehearsal dinner was a mess. We made the big mistake of not preparing sitting arrangements, and by the time my husband, his parents (who were paying), my parents, my maid of honor, her husband, and I arrived we had no where to sit. The staff were very flustered and frustrated when they had to add more chairs to the tables because we didn’t inform them of the right number of guests (we failed to count the small children, and were 5 people off). In the mean time we were all standing in the middle of the room, and family members were starting to volunteer to give up their seats and leave.
After the dinner, we tried to make reservations for breakfast the next morning, and they refused to serve our guests who “weren’t staying at the Old Inn”. We were under the impression that it was a restaurant which is open to the public, but I guess our money was no good there.
The next day, we had arranged to get the bridal party’s hair and makeup done at the Thayer house. We set up in the common area because the makeup artist didn’t have enough light to work in the rooms. We were occupying most of the rooms in the house, (and all of the rooms on the bottom floor where we were), and at this point the other rooms were empty so we had the house to completely to ourselves. About half way through, Peter showed up and lashed out (!!!) at my mom for not asking permission to use the common area. I can’t even begin to explain how inappropriate it was for him to talk to my mom the way he did. It was only a few short hours before her daughter walks down the aisle, and she was beyond upset. Why distress the mother of the bride for no reason? Literally anybody else would have been a more appropriate person to talk to, especially when the only purpose of his comments seemed to be just to reprimand someone. Our coordinator from the Gendney was there when it happened. She mentioned that they’ve been getting a lot of complaints from other guests about the attitude they’ve been getting from the Old Inn.
In the end we ended up spending almost $10,000 at the Old Inn, and I couldn’t recommend it less. They even over charged our card, by about $400, and when we called to ask for an invoice, it took an email, 8 phone calls, two voicemails, and 2 phone conversations to talk to Peter. They finally noticed that it was in fact their mistake and we got some of the money back. Seriously, if you are getting married in the area, DO NOT spend your money here. They do not like big groups, and they are not hospitable to out of towners. They are also overpriced, patronizing, and just “not nice” in general.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

I recently returned from a 2 night stay with the hubby to celebrate our anniversary. This was a fantastic deal on Travelzoo that we could not pass up. I may have expected and wanted more if I had paid full freight. Like the title suggests, this place could use a bit of sprucing up(a coat of paint in places, new scatter rugs, parking lot improvement, more welcoming front door and porch) but there is something about its "tatteredness" that makes it comfortable and cozy. Our room (192 in the main Inn building) was very cozy and comfy but the worn, slippery scatter rug by my side of the bed nearly landed me on the floor a couple of times. But the basics, like linens and bath products, were good. There is a bit of an odd setup to this room. It is at the end of the hall on the second floor. You open a double door into a hallway and off the hallway, on the left, is the bathroom. And on the right is the bedroom. The bedroom has a lock, the bathroom does not. You can lock the double doors with a latch while inside but when you are not in the room I suppose anyone could meander through the double doors and steal your toothbrush from the unlocked bathroom. We did not find this a problem at all but someone else who reviewed the Inn made this room a big issue so I'm mentioning it. The other thing I should mention is that this room is right above one of the dining rooms. And it being a very popular restaurant, and it being a very old inn, all the noise from the dining room comes right up through the floorboards. This didn't bother us too much because we are not early to bed people. But one night a table of guests were loud and laughing past 10:15 pm which I found a bit annoying while reading in bed and settling down for the night. This is not a 5 star, totally renovated, up-to-date Inn with all the amenities of a Hilton Hotel. As a matter of fact, there is no electricity in the dining rooms so you dine totally by candlelight. But it is a charming, old (1760) Inn with renovated bathrooms, delicious food (the dinners and breakfast pastries are to die for), pleasant owner/chef, and a friendly old lab to greet you.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Inn is a large property located in a very rural setting approximately 20 minutes from Great Barrington. While having modern baths, the inn is very rustic. My room was supplied with plenty of plush towels and nice linens and had a wood-burning fireplace which I lit each night I was there which was very nice. My family & friends booked the entire property while attending a wedding. We received a 10% discount as a result, however there was a “service charge” tacked on the bill which negated any discount. I don’t know what “service” I received other than sleeping in a room. The prices were a bit higher than I would expect to pay given the slack time of year, the lack of amenities and the basic nature of the accommodations. If you don't love antiques (which I do) you probably should stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Stayed for two nights mid-week and really had an enjoyable stay, from the quaintness/oldness of the inn to the excellent food by Peter Pratt, a hearty lunch and visiting the surrounding sites, such as the Rockwell Museum and one of the best bookstores anywhere (so few of them around any more). We slept like logs, ate like champs, and shopped a lot. The fall foliage was at peak so many ahs and oohs. Peter is not only a great chef but also a welcoming and accommodating host. When we asked where we could go to get tea and a snack, he came over to our room with a tray of teapots and biscotti. Our young waitress at dinner was way above average. Yes, the place is old and no, there are no concierges or valets, but there's tons of charm and friendliness.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 134 Hartsville New Marlboro Rd, Rte 57, Village Green, New Marlborough, MA 01230-2159
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > New Marlborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in New Marlborough
Price Range: £228 - £310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Inn on the Green 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Inn on the Green is the centerpiece of the historic and scenic village of New Marlborough. With authentically restored rooms, you'll feel like you've just stepped back in time to the tranquility of the eighteenth century. Our Inn preserves the understated elegance of classic decor, down to the tiny details, like a restaurant that is entirely lit by candle light. Escape with us to a serene and relaxing environment in one of our 11 rooms complete with wifi, a pool, and lounge areas for your enjoyment. Located just outside a broad cultural base, when you stay with us, you are a close to a variety of cultural institutions such as Norman Rockwell Museum, Clark Art Institute, and various natural wonders and trails. Join us for a meal in our cozy and intimate dining room with top quality cuisine by Chef Peter. We also have a newly renovated bar where you can have a drink by the glow of candle light and fireplace. When it's nice outside, dining is open on our canopied garden terrace in the back of the Inn. Your complete satisfaction and relaxation are our top priorities. Our friendly and accommodating staff is here to be sure that your stay is peaceful, and we can be your escape home away from home. ... more   less 
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