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Race Brook Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Sheffield B&B and Inns
Minneapolis
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

Fantastic rustic lodge in the Berkshires. Each room totally different than the next, the lodge is a meandering collection of cabins and interesting rooms. The only sounds we heard were of the small brook that ran through the property. Great fun to wake up early and go into the reception area/living room for coffee while waiting for breakfast to be served. Of equal charm is the adjoining restaurant/tavern... about as "gemutlich" as a tavern could possibly be, with a roaring fireplace, cozy nooks, low-slung ceilings, and much brickwork and dark paneling. My only regret was that we stayed just the one night -- can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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portland, or
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82 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012 via mobile

My husband and 4 year old daughter just spent 3 nights in a cottage room. The room was located at the back of the facility and was very quiet. Breakfast was great (soy and gluten free options). Access to the Race Brook Trail. Loved the hammocks. It was a very peaceful stay. We enjoyed not having a TV. WI FI access. Had dinner at the Stagecoach Tavern and it was delicious.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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West of Boston
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

The setting and accommodations make for an ideal escape from asphalt and concrete. Considerate staff and rooms make for a comfortable, down to earth stay. Babe advised that it is a healthy shelf hour drive from most cultural attractions, but it is a great commute!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hartsdale, NY
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133 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Laguna Beach, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Neshanic Station,NJ
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221 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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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