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.
- Also Known As:
- Race Brook Hotel Sheffield