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Penrose Victorian Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Williamsburg B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 May 2012

My wife and I were booked last-minute to Penrose (because of a slip-up at another area B&B) and the owners were wonderfully accommodating. They told us all about area attractions, cooked us a fine breakfast, and had a charming collection of old instruments, including a pump organ and a melodion (which they let me play). The only possible downside for some people might be that, in our room, the Purrington, one had to cross the hall to use the bathroom. But the owners told us about this in advance, and it wasn't a big deal to take some clothes with you in the morning. A well-run, charming, and slightly eccentric (in a good way) establishment -- we would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Penrose Inn on our way to visit our children in the Boston area. We were familiar with the Northampton area and decided to break up our trip with an overnight stay. I was unfamiliar with B&B's in the area and found The Penrose Inn through Trip Advisor.
We had a delightful stay. Dick and Nancy were the perfect hosts- providing a gracious and personal welcome. They provided us with evening dinner recommendations as well as other "things to do" in the area. We booked the Brides Room and it was terrific. It was large and well decorated, although some might be less enamored with the Victorian style decorating with an emphasis on delightful clutter and many nicknacks. The bed was very comfortable-a "deal breaker" for us and the bathroom was actually another adjoining room with its own electric fireplace to add a bit of warmth and whimsy. It was immaculate-another "deal breaker"- and beautifully furnished. It had a large glass enclosed shower with great water pressure.

Our breakfast the next morning was custom made as we were the only people staying that night. We had custom omlettes, toast, fresh fruit and juice. I asked for hot chocolate and it was prepared and ready with no fuss. Dick and Nancy joined us at the table and we had an wonderful discussion of travel and grandchildren. It was pleasant and non-intrusive.

All in all, a most delightful and relaxing place to stay. It is close to good restaurants and the many shops and attractions of Northampton and Amherst and yet nicely tucked away in the little village of Haydenville along Route 9. We paid $145.00 for the night which included all taxes; not necessarily a bargain given the time of year and it was a Thursday night, but certainly good value.

We would definitely recommend the Penrose and would stay there again on another trip.

Room Tip: All three rooms are great-spacious and charming
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Victorianlace, Owner at Penrose Victorian Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful and thorough review on your stay at Penrose Victorian Inn. We hope your review will be most helpful to your fellow travelers who may want to stay at Penrose.

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We arrived at Penrose Inn for an overnight in the Northampton area. We were greeted by Dick and taken to our room. The Inn itself seemed a little overdecorated, as was our room. I'm not someone who likes a lot of stuff everywhere. After that we were left to ourselves until breakfast. It was an unseasonably warm weekend and both the porch and pool were not open. I can imagine it would be pleasant when both of these were available to the people staying there. Had there been a place to sit outside and have a cup of tea or glass of wine, we would have stayed and relax. Instead we went out for the afternoon. Most of the bed and breakfasts we have stayed in have offered coffee or tea and/or refreshments either in the afternoon or on a self service all the time to all guests. This was a disappointment as was the fact that only soap was offered in the rooms. Again, most places offer shampoo, lotion, etc. The room, Painted Lady, itself was large and spacious, as was the bathroom, but again over decorated. The bed was very comfortable and everything was clean. Breakfast was good and Nancy and Dick were attentive to their guests. I was surprised that they sat down with us (and the other 2 couples), but it was pleasant. We left shortly after breakfast.

Because I felt it was missing some of the nice touches (coffee, tea, afternoon wine, refreshments and limited bathroom niceties) that most other bed and breakfasts we have stayed in have, and the fact that I felt a little overwhelmed by all the furnishings, i.e., baby carriage with old dolls and stuffed animals in the room, Christmas tree in the living room in April to name a few, we wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Victorianlace, Owner at Penrose Victorian Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2012

We are sorry that several things did not meet your expectations.
We certainly would have offered coffee, tea and refreshments any time if requested. Most of our guests are gone for the day with activities and often return late.
Over time we have found our guests like and bring their own shampoos and lotions, and even their own soaps on occasion. If asked, shampoos and lotions are available.
The weather was unseasonably warm. Our porch in mid-April is generally too cold to enjoy. We would have gladly provided cushions to sit and relax upon request.
Most Victorians are noted for their antiques, furnishing and decorations. We fully decorate for Christmas however leave one decorated tree in the parlor alcove as Victorians especially loved Christmas. Our guests generally enjoy the Victorian experience as it is uniquely different than their own homes.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving weekend at the Penrose Inn while visiting our daughters in their college state. They joined us at the Inn and we had a blast. I particularly enjoyed our breakfast gatherings. It was such a pleasant experience. Dick and Nancy really love what they do and it shows. The Inn was decorated for Christmas and it put us in a festive mood. Their recommendations for the area were spot on. It was our first Thanksgiving away from home and I can't think of a better way to have spent our time. Thank you Nancy and Dick for making it such a pleasant stay. We may make this our Thanksgiving tradition for years to come.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

Dick and Nancy were fabulous hosts and took very good care of us on our one-night birthday stay. The accomodations were comfortable and the decor very Victorian and romantic! We wish we could have stayed longer and will definitely return, hopefully for two nights!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed for for the second time at the Penrose. This time we were in the Painted Lady Room. There were lots of nice touches like plenty of light to read by and plenty of hangers for my clothes. The bathroom was enormous. The bed was extremely comfortable. The entire Inn is decorated beautifully with a mixture of antiques, collectibles, and original art.
Dick and Nancy love what they do, and it shows.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

The Penrose is a lovely home in every way. We had a bright sunny spacious room in beautiful surroundings (The Eleanor Purrington room) with a very comfortable bed. Breakfast was delicious and our innkeepers were extremely gracious then and during the entire stay. Northhampton was an easy 10 minutes away with many great restaurants and unique places to visit and shop. Staying at the Penrose was a great decision.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Penrose Victorian Inn

Address: 133 Main St, Williamsburg, MA 01039-9713
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Hampshire County > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
Price Range: $155 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Penrose Victoran Inn is located near Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Deerfield Academy and Williston Northampton Academy. Penrose Victorian Inn takes one back to the by-gone Victorian era with antiques, chandeliers and seven fire places. Choose from three uniquely decorated spacious guest rooms, all with large private baths - The Painted Lady, The Bride's Room and The Eleanor Purrington Room. The stately front porch, perennial gardens, fountain and in-ground swimming pool add to the Inn's ambiance. Our guests enjoy a gourmet candle-lit breakfast. ... more   less 

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