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Race Brook Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Sheffield B&B and Inns
Hartsdale, NY
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133 reviews
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“Love Race Brook Lodge”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

If you want to stay in the Holiday Inn, then this is not the place for you. But if you are drawn to a place with character, imperfection, personality, warmth, and an emotional and physical sense of comfort, then this rustic inn is a great place to stay.

Our spotless room in the main house had high ceilings with wood beams, a small side room (where we stashed our bags) and a welcome perfectly-working air conditioner (it sure was hot, even at night). The bathroom was fine, even though the water pressure in shower wasn't great, but it was ok. The bed was definitely comfortable. Floors squeaked but it is an old building, so to be expected.

We liked waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking. And the breakfast offered was one of the first we've seen that actually presented what we wanted... decent coffee, yogurt and crunchy granola and fruit, freshly made hard boiled eggs and something warm (pancakes, scrambled eggs, or french toast...). We chose to sit outside on the porch, overlooking the lovely grounds.

The pool seems to be a work in progress, which I hope they can definitely improve. It needs a stronger pump and to be steam cleaned, but they are working on this. (I asked.)

We didn't end up eating at the tavern, but did go to Tanglewood twice, and had an excellent meal at Chez Nous in Lee. It's approx 35 mins. each way, which I knew in advance, but chose Race Brook based on price and the recommendation of a close friend.

We did do the hike to Race Brook Falls, approx 30 sweaty and buggy minutes each way, which we really enjoyed. The craft fair at Butternut was excellent, and so was the walk to Bash Bish Falls. If it wasn't so hot, would have done more hiking in the area, but not this time. We'll be back though, so we'll have another chance.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Friendly, funky, comfortable spot; beautiful setting in the mountains with a gorgeous stream. Perfect place to stay for an antiquing trip to the Berkshires! One of favorite things was it's proximity (next door) to the Stagecoach Inn, where we had a wonderful, romantic cozy dinner in front of a fireplace.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2011

This inn was fantastic! The buildings are old and full of history, so anyone expecting a four-star experience with fluffy pool towels and a staff eager to fetch them a drink should probably stay elsewhere. Race Brook Lodge is an old farmhouse with outbuildings and sheds that have been creatively converted to snug little domiciles with super-comfy beds with clean white linens and bathrooms with pokey plumbing, but I suggest a guest consider this part of its charm and just go with it. Breakfast is an delicious, varied spread that will fuel you for your trail hike or antiquing in town (we went into Great Barrington - nice little burg). Furniture and floors in rooms are not white-glove clean, but having grown up on a farm, I sort of forgave it that detail and just enjoyed it. My room was spartan but warm and snug - it felt like a little treehouse. RBL is funky and fun and feels totally authentic. If you're prepared to get some mud on your boots, relax and enjoy yourself in a true country setting because for the money and the setting, it doesn't get any better.

As an aside, I noted with disgust this comment from "Terrible" rating reviewer t_world of Boston: "They have several foreign housekeepers and cooks to do the work around. However, we were still surprised to see a gratuity envelop on the night stand in our room."
...Because "foreign" housekeeping workers don't deserve to be tipped?

Room Tip: Room 32 is an upstairs room with its own stairway that felt like a snug little treehouse.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Neshanic Station,NJ
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49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2011

Used the main lodge to prepare and start section hike Appalachian Trail MA through CT.
Sunday evening we got the whole lodge for ourselves. Greg welcomed us heartily. We were warned there would be no food serving because of end of season and we brought our own super (no car, we were trekking). The kitchen was useful to cook our meal. Beverages, sodas and beer were stocked in the bar refrigerator; pay by honor system.
Owner Dave arrived that night and introduced us to the healthy choices breakfast for the next morning: fresh fruit, cereal, bread, yoghurt and even poached eggs. Coffee was ready and more coffee in the machine ready to go. The room upstairs was rather dark with limited space to store all clothes for an extended stay, yet with our small backpacks that was not an issue. The full bathroom was functional. Obviously we had a quiet evening downstairs and night upstairs. We imagined our extended family for a retreat to this location.
An access to the Appalachian Trail via the Race Brook trail starts right on the property, or walk the trail up to the lower falls.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We blocked all rooms at the Race Brook Lodge for my recent wedding in the Berkshires and my husband's family hosted a party there that Friday night. All in all it was a fabulous experience. All of our guests were happy with their rooms, Eve was more than helpful in organizing and pulling together the Friday night event (which was a huge success), and was also extremely helpful in answering questions and making recommendations for the actual wedding, which was held elsewhere. She has an awesome knowledge of the area, a calm, easy way of working with us, and just a fabulous way of making everything perfect. The lodge itself is really charming - delicious breakfasts, cool grounds, whimsical decor, comfortable rooms. Would recommend to anyone, but particularly to groups - it's a fabulous time. We'll be vacationing here in the future for sure!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Newton, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2011

My mother is handicapped so we needed a ground floor room. We stayed in half of a little cottage behind the main inn, and it was fine. Nothing fancy, but clean, comfortable bed, decent bathroom. The grounds are kind of dumpy, dug up earth and a lot of cars just sitting there, but it's by a beautiful brook with lots of hammocks, and a great walking trail up a small mountain to a gorgeous waterfall. The inn itself is interesting, very old, odd nooks and corners. Breakfast was fine the first morning (good fruit, yoghurt, muffins) but the second morning, because so few guests, we got leftover and no muffins. The proprietor was very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2010

Very friendly people, a nice location away from the Berkshire villages but right in the middle of nature. There breakfast is ample. The rooms were ok, if a bit outdated.

As Americans tend to be a bit more vocal than Europeans, we found the breakfast conversations of other guests at the big breakfast table a little bit overwhelming, but it could also be considered as one of the quirks that come with B&B lodging and not specifically a downside for Race Brook Lodge.

The suggestions for hikes were excellent and dinner at the Tavern was one of the best we had on our two week New England trip.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Race Brook Lodge
Address: 864 S Undermountain Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257-9641
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Sheffield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sheffield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Race Brook Hotel Sheffield

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