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Allen House Victorian Inn
Bed and Breakfast

Amherst, Massachusetts

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The Allen House, in the heart of Amherst on over three landscaped acres with its many peaked gables, ornately carved Austrian vergeboard, oriental Chippendale and multiple relief shingles, is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Stick Style Victorian architecture.

Selected by Fodor's and Frommer's as one of the best bed and breakfasts in America and by Boston Magazine as having the "Best Victoriana"in New England

Walk across the street to the Emily Dickinson Homestead. Walk to nearby Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts, fine galleries, museums, theatres, concerts, shops and restaurants. Visit nearby Mount Holyoke, Smith and Hampshire Colleges, National Yiddish Book Center Museum, Northampton, Yankee Candle Company, Historic Deerfield and Old Sturbridge Village.

Within an hour drive, visit Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood Studio, Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Tanglewood Summer Music Festival.

This 1886, 18 room architectural gem offers seven spacious museum-quality guest rooms with private bath, telephone with modem, ceiling fan and central air conditioning

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The interior was restored with historic precision to every last detail to reflect the Aesthetic Movement, the Victorian subculture that emphasized art in the interior decor. Aesthetic Movement decor, period art, fine antiques and art wall coverings of period designers Charles Eastlake, Walter Crane and William Morris are historically and artistically featured. The original handcarved cherry wood fireplace mantels are catalogued by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C.

A full 5 course breakfast, afternoon and evening tea and refreshments are served at guests' convenience

Guests Information and Rates

  • Free transportation to and from nearby Amtrak train depot, bus stations and the colleges.
  • Rooms $75-195 depending on number of people, length of stay and season.
  • No pets.
  • Well-behaved children over 10 are welcome.
  • Smoking is limited to outside verandas and gardens

Gift Certificates available for all occasions.

"Dozens of bed and breakfast inns fall under the general terms of country-style or Victorian -- a few have good antiques and interesting decor. But inns that are restored with historic precision and attention to every last detail are rare indeed: The Allen House, honored with the Historic Preservation Award in 1991, is one of them." Fodors - America's Best Bed & Breakfasts.

Featured in Bon Appetit's Historic Christmas Inns and in the New York Times travel section.
Yankee Magazine's Editors Pick of Massachusetts for the year 2000.

The Allen House Inn has been praised and acclaimed for its hospitality and historical preservation.


  • New England Travel Guide "Best Victorian" 1996
  • Bon Appetit 1994 Historic Christmas Inn
  • Fodor's selection as one of the best Bed & Breakfast's in America
  • Yankee Magazine's Travel Editor's Pick of Massachusetts 1995
  • Boston Magazine's selection as "Best Victorian" in New England
  • Historic Preservation Award from Amherst Historic Commission
  • Selected choice of Bed & Breakfasts in New England
  • Award of Excellence for Hospitality and Accomodations from the American Bed and Breakfast Association - 1996
  • Selected choice by Sandra Soule in America's Favorite Inns
  • Three Diamond AAA Award - 1998
  • Best Places to Stay in New England - Selected by Christine Tree
  • Voted the Best Bed & Breakfast in the Pioneer Valley by the Optimist Magazine's Reader's Poll - 1997
  • Selected choice of Frommer's New England - 1998
  • New York Times Travel Editor's Recognition for Best Places to Stay for Tourists

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Allen House Victorian Inn is a member of the following associations:
Five College Area Bed aNational Trust for Historic Preservation
Victorian Society of America
Professional Association of Innkeepers International
New England Innkeepers Association
Massachusetts Lodging Association
Amherst, Northampton and Greater Springfield Chambers of Commerce
Emily Dickinson International Society nd Breakfast Association

Allen House Victorian Inn
Bed and Breakfast

Allen House -  599  Main Street
Amherst Inn -   257 Main Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
(413) 253-5000
Email: allenhouse@webtv.net
Homepage: www.allenhouse.com
Innkeepers: Alan & Ann Zieminski

  Hits Since 3/19/03

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