Weekend Getaway: The Inn at Kenmore Hall

A review of our stay at The Inn at Kenmore Hall, a boutique bed and breakfast in the Berkshires

A few weekends ago I had a one-day photography job in the Berkshires, and I decided it might be fun to make a weekend of it. I googled around looking for bed and breakfasts, expecting to find a ton of super cute and charming places…but was surprised that nothing was really knocking my socks off. I took to Instagram to ask if anyone had any recs, and as luck would have it, it turned out that Heather had just written about a charming new bed and breakfast in the Berkshires – The Inn at Kenmore Hall. I’m so, so happy she pointed it out to me because I was immediately smitten. This was the charming, quaint New England inn that I had been picturing in my mind! I quickly booked it for my boyfriend and me, and we had the most lovely stay.

Berkshires bed and breakfast The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Kenmore Hall was built in the late 18th century for a wealthy merchant, and after remaining in the family for several generations, it became by turns a boarding school, a summer arts school, a parsonage, and a guest cottage for musicians who played at nearby Tanglewood.

Review of our stay at The Inn at Kenmore Hall in the Berkshires

The property was recently bought and renovated by Frank Muytjens and Scott Edward Cole, and they now run it alongside their adorable dog Dutch. They were the loveliest hosts, going out of their way to make us feel welcome and giving us a fantastic stay. Frank was head of menswear design for J. Crew for many years, and Scott is a baker, chef, and artist. You can see the duos’ talents for art and design in the sophisticated, yet homey way that the house has been decorated – and they really were involved every step of the way, from the design to the decor to getting their own hands dirty with the painting and renovations! The Inn feels comfortable and lived-in – not at all “styled” or overdone, but just effortlessly chic – like the country home of your coolest city friend.

Staircase and hallway at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

The house has the great bones that you only seem to get with a historic property, and Scott and Frank have done a wonderful job of bringing it into the current century while maintaining its signature details and character. The Inn feels current, and yet everything has a wonderful lived-in patina to it. You need to follow the Inn’s Instagram where Frank and Scott shared amazing in-progress before and after shots of the renovation – it’s so fun to see how they’ve transformed and updated the space.

Carriage House Cottage Inn at Kenmore Hall

We stayed in the Carriage House Cottage, which is set apart from the main house and has a bedroom, sitting area, and little kitchen. It was so nice to have that privacy but also be able to just walk across the driveway to the main house for breakfast. Leonard Bernstein spent many a summer in this Guest Cottage when Kenmore Hall was a summer retreat for musicians.

Inn at Kenmore Hall Carriage House Cottage bedroom

Crisp white bed linens and cozy blankets made for a heavenly respite in the Cottage House bedroom.

Review of Carriage House Cottage at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Frank and Scott installed the cutest little reading nook into the bedroom.

Reading nook in the Carriage House Cottage at the Inn at Kenmore Hall

The kitchen and sitting area of the Cottage.

Mid-century modern furnishings in the Carriage House Cottage at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Carriage House Cottage kitchen at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Our bathroom was super chic, with gorgeous green tile and Aesop toiletries (my absolute favorite!).

Some more pics from the main house….

Chesterfield sofas at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

The Inn is decorated with an incredible assortment of mid-century pieces, antiques from local dealers, and Frank and Scott’s incredible collection of books and art.

White country kitchen at Berkshires bed and breakfast The Inn at Kenmore Hall

The kitchen is the stuff that country home dreams are made of!

The dining room where we had lovely breakfasts.

The Inn at Kenmore Hall breakfast bowl of yogurt granola and fresh fruit

A full review of The Inn at Kenmore Hall, a bed and breakfast in the Berkshires

Upstairs landing at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

This is the upstairs landing and seating area.

One of the chic upstairs guest rooms.

Antique table and Oriental rug

Berkshires bed and breakfast sunroom

The little sunroom where we sat one morning and read the Sunday Times…so lovely.

White mudroom shelving and butcher block counter

The mudroom was one of my favorite spots! So so cute with the little baskets of apples from their own orchard. One morning they made us scones with fresh apple jam…delicious!

Baskets of red and green apples

Mudroom at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Sitting outside on the property is so peaceful, making it hard to believe this is only a three hour drive outside New York City! It truly feels like a different world entirely.

Apple orchard at The Inn at Kenmore Hall

The apple orchard on a foggy morning.

I cannot recommend The Inn at Kenmore Hall enough! It was so charming, stylish, and cozy…the perfect country getaway. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer, and I’m already scheming for when I can go back again!

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  1. Tiffany wrote:

    Looks like a really lovely get away, hope you had a great time

    Published 10.7.18 · Reply
  2. Melissa wrote:

    So beautiful! I lived in New England for several years, and fell in love with the Berkshires. My partner and I go out there each summer for Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow (and Edith Wharton’s The Mount — which, if you haven’t been, I think you would love!) It’s great to know about Kenmore Hall — thank you for the beautiful photographs and descriptions. Now that we live in New York, we will need a place to stay for our next Berkshires getaway!

    Published 11.19.18 · Reply