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An English Hideaway Inn
Housatonic, Massachusetts

(Halfway between Great Barrington, MA and Stockbridge, MA)

In the heart of the Berkshires and Norman Rockwell country.

An authentic New England country cottage farmhouse located in the country & foothills of Tom Ball Mountain. Centrally located only 3 1/2 miles from the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge's historic sites, Simon's Rock College of Bard, hiking trails and minutes to Tanglewood in Lenox and the Butternut Ski area.

The Inn is an authentic 230 year old Berkshire cottage Farmhouse located close to Tom Ball Mountain. The building was called "Berkshire Cottage" for many years and a sign sporting this name hung outside for over 70 years until the previous owners renamed the property "Christine's Inn". The Inn's main building was constructed between 1780 and 1840 and guests enjoy the country cottage ambience of the guest lounge, complete with a wood burning stove, and the country cottage dining room which is a great place for breakfast watching the many beautiful birds that grace the extensive gardens

Much of its original character is intact such as: the wide pine floors, open  beam ceilings and the Rumford fireplace in the main house. The Rumford Room, which is the oldest room in the house, is open for Holiday Specials with dinner packages. 

The newer Carriage House for guests is decorated with many comforts of colonial times. In each guest room there are queen size high posters and canopy beds, paintings and handmade quilts.

All the guest suites have an inviting terrace, some of which overlook Tom Ball Mountain. The guest rooms are tastefully decorated with handmade quilts, paintings and antiques.

All rooms have private baths, a color t.v., hairdryer, high poster queen, queen canopies, and some guest suites have fireplaces.

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In the warmer months, all rooms are air conditioned. You will enjoy a stroll through our many seasonal flower beds, or between some of the 100 year old maple and pine trees.  In the colder months, all rooms have flannel sheets and soft terry cloth robes to keep you warm. You will usually find a crackling fire burning in the fireplace in the guest back

Mornings bring cool breezes, warm sunshine, and the aroma of fresh coffee to awaken and draw you to the glass enclosed garden dining room. This room can sit up to 12 people with separate tables, where, in the spring, you will see many baby flowers popping up from the ground. Lilacs, lilies, tulips, and daffodils are some commonly seen varieties in the spring and in the summer months are 65 other perennials. This is also where you, our guest, will enjoy a three course, mouthwatering breakfast.  An English Hideaway Inn serves a full hot skilled cooked table served breafkast each morning,  menu selection is one of the reasons our guests return year and year.

Location is the key word. Situated in the heart of the Berkshire mountains, we truly have the best of both worlds when it comes to location and cultural activities for our guests.

During the summer months, the area is home to the well known Boston Symphony Orchestra performing at Tanglewood in nearby Lenox. Famous author Edith Wharton, whose estate is known as The Mount, is also located in Lenox. This is where the areas foremost theatrical ensemble -- Shakespeare & Company performs many classic plays from the famous playwright. The theater is also blossoming with sites such as : Jacob's Pillow, and The Berkshire Theater Festival. A short ride will bring you to Hancock, where Hancock Shaker Village is situated. You can tour the grounds of this quaint village and experience the Shaker way of life for yourself. You may even arrive in time the attend the annual auction of Shaker items! If antiques are your fancy, an abundance of fine antique shops will capture your attention in the Great Barrington and Stockbridge area.

Fall hiking in the nearby mountains provide a spectacular display of colors that the Berkshires are famous for, and color is a word that brings to mind the deep red glory of Bartletts' Orchard apples, where fresh cider and homemade pies are available in abundance. Also in the Autumn months, the Fall Foliage Crafts Fair at the Berkshire Garden Center in Stockbridge is an entertaining way to spend the day. In September, the annual Josh Billings' road race in Gt. Barrington is held.

Winter is a magical time filled with snow, log fires, Christmas fayres and mulled wine. Stay at An English Hideaway Inn and ski at three of our local and excellent ski resorts, Butternut, Catamount and Jiminy Peak.. Enjoy nearby Great Barrington and Stockbridge as they come alive over the holiday season.

An English Hideaway Inn offers a BUSINESS TRAVLERS DISCOUNTED RATE. Discover An English Hideaway Inn  for your next business stay over.   We offer a low midweek single or double rate. Imagine coming back from your working day to a clean,safe, environment, with tea  and dessert waiting for your arrival.   See the difference.

Berkshire cottage built in 1780 and is said to have one of the only original
Rumford fireplaces in New England.

Rates and Policiees

  • Rates: $160 - $255 (depending on season)
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars (USD)
  • CHECK IN from 3pm and CHECK OUT by 11am
  • Early or late arrivals or departures by arrangement only
  • Tariffs are quoted per room, per night and include a full English Breakfast
  • We reserve the right to alter the tariffs without notification
  • 2% discount if paying by cash or personal check.
  • No pets are allowed on the premises
  • All rooms are strictly Non-Smoking – A cleaning fee of $150 will be levied for non compliance
  • Reservations are confirmed by phone once availability has been confirmed, name, telephone and credit card numbers are required to hold the room
  • Final booking confirmations will only be guaranteed once valid card details have been received
  • A deposit of 50% of the total booking amount will be required to secure the booking
  • In the event of a cancellation 30 days prior to arrival, the deposit is fully refundable
  • Cancellations within 30 days of arrival will be non-refundable
  • For non cancellations and non arrivals, the full room rate will be levied
  • An English Hideaway Inn is not responsible for any injuries, damages or losses to any persons or belongings
  • The inn is not suitable for large families or groups.
  • Rates can vary with specials week to week, please watch our website for details.

An English Hideaway Inn is a proud member of the following associations:
Berkshire Lodgings Association
Southern Berkshire Chamber
Berkshire Visitors Center

An English Hideaway Inn
325 North Plain Road, Route 41
Housatonic, MA 01236
FAX- 1-413-274-6296
Homepage: www.englishhideawayinn.com
Innkeepers: Denise & Trevor Forbes

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