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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Guest House At Field Farm Hotel Williamstown