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“Elegance in the Berkshires”

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The Guest House at Field Farm
Ranked #2 of 9 Williamstown B&B and Inns
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“Elegance in the Berkshires”
Reviewed 15 May 2009

Field Farm is unlike any B&B I could have imagined. The building is somewhat unremarkable from the outside (and I suggest they change the sign to fit the decor). But the interior is mid-century modern heaven. If you're tired of the usual shabby-chic B&B style, Field Farm is like a breath of fresh air.

The house is set on extensive grounds (with outdoor sculptures and hiking trails) between two mountain ranges, so the views are awesome. The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts preservation organization, keeps up and staffs the property.

The service is subdued. Breakfast felt more like being in a restaurant than somebody's home. The staff doesn't live in the building itself, also atypical for a B&B. It's a very calm and private atmosphere.

The South room was a dream. If I could own one piece of furniture from Field Farm, it would be the desk in the room. The luxurious bed exemplifies how a B&B doesn't have to have "shabby-chic" decor to be commodious and inviting.

One gripe is that the couch in the living area is situated so that you have to crane to see the view... Also, they keep the blinds down, which further obscures the view (probably to protect the furniture). And I could do without the piped-in (though low-volume) music.

There were always tea and cookies in the guest kitchen. We ate an at excellent restaurant, Mezze, which the innkeeper, Olin, recommended. We also visited MASS MoCA.

I would definitely like to come here in summer-- April is cold in Williamstown, and I'm sure it'll be gorgeous when the trees have leaves Also, summer is the only time you can tour The Folly, a structure by Ulrich Franzen that piqued my interest.

Field Farm would be a great place to rent in its entirety with a group of city-dwelling friends who want an elegant country weekend.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2009

All the ingredients are there: beautiful landscape, privacy, charm, vintage furniture ... but as a whole the experience left us cold. The living room feels like the one your friend's mom had, where it was criminal to touch anything or sit anywhere: the museum effect. Also, I've worked at inns before, and when someone mentions to the innkeeper that it's their anniversary (as I did at the Guest House), one expects a little extra service. Well, maybe they were having an off day, but I think we got the bare minimum in terms of service ... Hi, welcome, here's your breakfast, and goodbye. Sorry, won't be going back.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

I stayed here for a slow fall weekend, and it was perfect. The house is decorated with mid-century furniture - for example, an original (I think) Eames chair and Noguchi coffee table. The living room has a huge picture window facing overlooking the pond and mountains, and we spent both evenings reading by the fire. Our room had the same view (I think they all face that direction), and a small terrace. The fields and woods on the property made for nice walks.

The staff were friendly, and breakfast was very good. Just be aware that if you don't like mid-century modern art and furniture, this might not be your cup of tea - it's not a typically "cozy" B&B sort of feel.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, MA
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Reviewed 3 July 2007

We had a lovely weekend stay at the Field Farm Guest House. We loved the modern design; it felt like being in a very exclusive boutique hotel.

Room: We stayed in the Master Suite, which was spacious and supremely comfortable (great bed, great sofa), with fabulous views from a large private deck with table/chairs and two chaises. This room is well worth the additional cost, so book it if you can. The fire place in this room would be great in the winter.

Service: The inn staff is helpful without being intrusive -- very professional. They make a great breakfast.

Public spaces: The living/dining area is a comfortable place to sit and talk or read a book. Guests also have access to a pantry which includes use of a refrigerator and of glass, plates, etc., so it's easy to have cocktails or a snack at the inn.

Criticisms? This is a historic property, so something minor is probably not working at any given time. There's no TV for those who care about that, though there is wireless Internet throughout the house (not mentioned on their web site).

Overall, it feels like you're staying at a very chic private house, which makes it perfect if you're with a small group or making an extended stay.

  • Liked — Feels like a private home
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 February 2007

My husband and I stayed at this property for 3 nights over New year's. It was one of the best weekends away we have had. we booked the master suite, which I would highly recommend. Most of the other rooms are small. the price is a bit steep, but you get peace and quiet, amazing views and tasty breakfasts. What we really enjoyed was the modern furniture and different twist on a B and B. We are so sick of frilly Victorians - so don't stay here if that is what you are into. Bob, the inkeeper is terrific. Very attentive, but he gives you your space. The Master Suite is a great layout with the most comfortable couch and bed, and wood burning fireplace. The grounds are terrific, nice hikes, sculpture on the property. Views of Mt. Greylock and the fields and property put you into instant relaxation. v-country skiing too, if there is snow. It was no snow for us. Williamstown is mellow. Mezze Bistro was good in town 2 musuems are excellent. Plenty to do, it you want, but hanging in the room was nice. It would be terrific too in the summer, as there is an average sized pool nestled in by the trees and the master suite has a huge fabulous deck. My husband did some mountain biking in the area and the rooms all have wireless (no phones or tvs) if you want to download a movie to watch, etc.

Stayed February 2007
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Reviewed 9 November 2004

Great location, great views. good breakfasts. nice rooms and common rooms.
Had a little problem with the heating system one night, fine the 2nd night. Would stay there again.

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Reviewed 24 December 2002

My wife and I stayed at Field Farm in January, 2001. It's a country home, a modern classic. Outdoor sculpture and stunning views of Mt. Greylock set in a serene 200+ acre wooded and fielded farmland. It's a just a minute down the road from one of our favorite food shops: "Five Corners", and a few more minutes to Williamstown. Rooms are comfortable, innkeepers are accomodating and professional. Guests during our stay were quite pleasant. The great room, with it's magnficent view, invites conversation or solitude, take your pick. Field Farm is definitely a repeat for us. We love the Berkshires and this felt like home.

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Property: The Guest House at Field Farm
Address: 554 Sloan Rd, Williamstown, MA 01267-3059
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Williamstown
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Williamstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring an unparalleled view of Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts' highest peak, the Guest House at Field Farm is a refreshing change from your usual bed & breakfast. Edwin Goodell, Jr. Designed the 1948 Bauhaus-inspired house for Lawrence and Eleanor Bloedel, avid modern art and furniture collectors of the time. Modern artwork adorns the interiors, and the surrounding landscaped gardens boast thirteen sculptures, including works by Richard M. Miller and Herbert Ferber. The house itself is almost a museum of modern furnishings, featuring reproduced Eileen Gray tables and George Nelson saucer pendant lamps in the Master bedroom, and a Noguchi coffee table, Kagan sofas, and a reproduction Eames chair in the living room. The Guest House is situated in the middle of Field Farm, 316 acres of conserved land with four miles of trails that can be enjoyed by foot or cross-country ski. This patchwork landscape features cropland, pastures, mixed forest, marshes, and a stream and pond. The Folly, a three-bedroom, pinwheel-shaped shingled guest cottage, designed in 1965 by noted modernist architect Ulrich Franzen, overlooks the pond and still contains furnishings designed by Franzen. ... more   less 
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