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Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Petersham B&B and Inns
Fort Defiance, Az
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Magical place”
Reviewed 23 January 2011

An elegant and grand country inn in the middle of a New England forest. Long winding driveway up to inn adds to the mystique. Wonderful room with all amenities, including equipment for making morning tea/coffee and sherry for the evening by the fireplace, which worked beautifully, was set, and had nice dry wood. Beautiful glass-enclosed dining porch with snow-falling outside adds to the atmosphere at breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Leverkusen97, Manager at Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, 24 January 2011
Thank you for your kind description. We have always felt that Clamber Hill is a magical place in the winter time and are glad that you feel that way too. We hope to see you again sometime, perhaps for one of our Romantic Winter Getaways when you and your husband can enjoy more than just a quick stay with us.
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

We were looking for a relaxing getaway and we definitely found it at the Inn at Clamber HIll. Mark greeted us at the door and showed us to our room, which was the Charleston Room on the first floor. It was beautifully decorated and quite comfortable. The complimentary brandy was a nice touch. Mark made us a pot of tea, which we enjoyed on the back terrace. Later we explored the many paths through the woods around the house. Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner on the sun porch, which is wonderful. It is made of stone, with many windows which look out over the grounds. I enjoyed watching the mobiles made of twigs with tiny eggs hanging from them twisting in the sun. The classical music in the background added to the ambiance of the room. I wanted to take the entire room home with me. We ate on a table made of a slab of marble. The meal was simply outstanding. I ordered a salad with maytag blue cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries served on a bed of mixed greens, with a dressing that complimented all the flavors. We both chose roasted duck for our main course. Mine was made with a homemade fruit sauce and my husband chose a wild mushroom sauce, both of which were delicious. The wine list reflected the proprietors' was quite international and reasonable in price. We chose a french wine, which matched our dinner perfectly. Unfortunately, we were too full to sample the dessert offerings. Breakfast was on the same par as dinner. We returned to the sun porch in the morning to find a beautiful assortment of fresh fruit on the table and homemade cinnamon rolls, which were to die for. And that was only the beginning. The main course was a choice of french toast or eggs to order. We chose the french toast, which was made with french bread. The sausage was delicious and tasted locally sourced. The french toast was light and perfectly browned. All in all, we were sorry we had to leave after only one night. Our host and hostess were friendly, but not intrusive. And we only saw their dogs once, as they ran by the outside of the sun porch in the morning and peered in at us. We also visited their horses in their stall. The beds were quite comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Auburn, California
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Reviewed 11 June 2010

The only problem I had with the inn is that we arrived late (6 PM) and could only stay one night.
The entrance, a long driveway through a canopy of beautiful tall trees with large ferns and wild flowers welcomed my two friends and me. About a tenth of a mile from the entrance, the "enchanted forest" opens up to a large stately manor with gorgeous foliage
flowers and trees surrounding it.
Since I am not much of a writer, I will just say that everything was wonderful from that moment until we left the next day. The inn owner, Denni, was very kind and accomadating in every way. Her husband was our chef for a gourmet dinner that evening
and breakfast the next morning. It just could not have been better. From the presentation to the food quality, service and atmosphere, my friends and I continued to be amazed until we arrived home.
I hope to return here soon---with my husband.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

The Inn met and exceeded our every expectation. We hoped for a relaxing, romantic getaway and were rewarded with one of the few stays where every detail seemed carefully, lovingly, intelligently attended to.

About allergies: both my wife and I are VERY allergic to cats and horses, and less allergic (but still quite reactive) to dogs. We were put off by the descriptions of the animals in our confirmation email, but called and explained our situation and concerns to Mark and Deni. They were very helpful and promised that we would have no exposure to their pets and associated dander.

Their promise was kept. Neither of us experienced so much as a single symptom, not even itchy eyes, which is usually the first "early warning" we get of our various allergic attacks.

I wouldn't suggest just showing up and expecting the Inn to be allergen-free. But with a little notice, the innkeepers know how to serve allergic patrons really well.

My overall memory of our two-day stay is filled with these happy images, among others:

- Being greeted at our car, in spite of the late hour of our arrival. Mark helped carry our suitcases inside.
- The lovely, quirky, sumptuous building, with so many fascinating architectural details.
- The charming decor of our "nautical" room, complete with fireplace and a fire ready-made and awaiting our strike of a match.
- The exquisite breakfasts in a restful, wood-panelled dining room, to the soothing sounds of recorded classical guitar.
- Our walk around the nearby pond - and a surprisingly good lunch at a diner in nearby Athol, MA.
- The truly delicious dinner in the now candlelit dining room - as romantic as we hoped!

We will return as often as our budget allows. This place was worth every penny!

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank storylovers
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Northfield, MN
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

It's not surprising that the reviewer with pet allergies didn't enjoy themselves here, but I think most people will. Mark & Deni are great, down to earth people. The inn and land are amazing, but not stuffy. My wife and I felt completely at home (even though our home is nowhere near this nice!) The food was great and the atmosphere unbeatable.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank mcmoon
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worcester, ma.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2009

The howling winds, single digit temps, and accumulating snow didn't deter us. We arrived ready for an intimate , comfortable evening and the inn was perfect !
Decorated in beautiful Christmas finery, the hosts warmly greeted us and gave us a tour of their home. From the Library, to sitting room, to our bedroom, the fires glowed warmth and hospitality. Soft music throughout, numerous mementos of their European travels, books, all made the surroundings interesting, but not cluttered.
We stayed in the "Oriental" room, the decor classic , antiques abound, grass cloth walls and ceilings. The brass bed and sitting area comfortable from the fireplace's glow.
Dinner , a set menu for the eve, was delicious. Wine pairings amazing, not elitist. Perfect complement to the dishes. Mark and Deni brought their culinary genius to each course. Morning breakfast was delightful, fresh popovers, fruit and an award winning pancake recipe.
This inn is a jewel in a rural area. I had to ask to see the animals, they were not visual, nor an inconvenience. I would have loved more interaction.
We rang in the New Year wondrously, in a magical place. We will definitely return. Thank you Mark and Deni .

  • Liked — Privacy, fine dining, all needs met without intrusion. Beautiful surroundings.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank smg608
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Boston, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2008

The Inn at Clamber Hill is tucked away in the quaint town of Petersham, MA. We were thrilled to drive up the long driveway and see babbling brooks, horses and 2 very friendly dogs. The Inn is quiet and set on beautiful grounds. The Inn keepers are just the right kind: friendly, talkative, there whenever you need them, but not intrusive. The breakfasts were large and impressive; we didn't need lunch either day! We had a romantic dinner in their Winter Garden room with great wine and great food. We kept the fireplace in our room blazing the entire time and enjoyed the complimentary brandy nightcaps.

Pros: dog friendly, private, great food, friendly inn-keepers and nice setting (you really don't even need to leave the grounds if you're just looking to relax).

Cons: depending on the time of year, there is either lots to do or not a lot to do in the surrounding area (we went to the Quabbin Reservoir and enjoyed a nice nature walk). The surrounding restaurant selections leaves much to be desired.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant

Property: Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant
Address: 111 N Main St, Petersham, MA 01366-9501
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Petersham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Petersham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A secluded country inn with five rooms and a small restaurant, Clamber Hill is located in the center of a 33 acre wooded estate. The Inn has a small restaurant which is open to the public on weekends and for our overnight guests any night of the week. ... more   less 

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