1896 House Inn & Country Lodgings - Williamstown Inn: Western Massachusetts Inn, MA

1896 House Inn & Country LodgingsWilliamstown, MA
Located on the scenic route enteringWilliamstown, Massachusetts in the beautiful Berkshires, The 1896 House Inn and Country Lodgings is an upscale three building lodging and dining campus featuring a variety of 7 guest room types and rates, from posh and elegant to practical and affordable, as well as the '6 House Pub, our popular restaurant & bar.  Our delightful accommodations consist of "Barnside" Luxury Suites, a distinctive and romantic Bed and Breakfast, and our two traditional and classic New England inns, "Brookside" Motel & "Pondside" Motel. The 1896 House offers natural beauty and country space with incomparable water landscapes, romantic footbridges, gardens, and a stately gazebo to embellish the scene.

The serene duck pond with its curved stone bridge creates a mini Shangri-La at Pondside while Hemlock Brook winds through the flowering banks and lattice footbridges at Brookside and Barnside. Our signature Adirondack chairs dot the property, allowing you many perfect spots from which to enjoy the view. Complimentary high speed wireless internet is available in every guest room, on the grounds, and at The '6 House Pub!  Optimally located, The 1896 House Inn and Country Lodgings is the perfect location from which to tour the Berkshire Hills and Southern Vermont. Noted for its acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival, world-renownedClark Art Institute, and the prestigious Williams College, Williamstown is a perfect four-season destination.  

Within a short drive you may visit Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) & Mount Greylock in North Adams;  Hancock Shaker Village, Barrington Stage Company & Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield;Tanglewood, The Mount, and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox; Norman Rockwell Museum & Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Mohawk Trail, Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, Bennington Monument, Bennington Museum and many more attractions too numerous to list. We are centered 45 minutes from the outlet malls in Manchester, Vermont and 45 minutes from the Prime Outlets in Lee.  Let us tailor your itinerary with music, theatre, dance, art, history, golf, tennis, skiing, hiking, shopping or simply fine dining and total relaxation.
For years The 1896 House Inn and Country Lodgings has enjoyed a reputation for the highest standards and warm hospitality. If you stay with us once, we know you'll become part of our perennial guest list!

We are where you want to be!


  • Air Conditioning
  • Cottages
  • Family Friendly
  • Fireplaces
  • Ghost in Residence
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Historical Features
  • Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • In-Room Jacuzzi Tub
  • In-Room TV
  • Live Entertainment
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Romantic
  • Wireless Internet Access


  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Shopping
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tennis


We invite you to come and enjoy a meal at our '6 House Pub, sink down and have a glass of wine in our comfy wing backed chairs in our Common Room or sip a cold brew and enjoy some tidbits in the Tap Room. Whichever your choice you will have an enjoyable and relaxing evening and end it stuffed with delicious favorites from our menus.

Our menu offers a range of options from classic pub appetizers like “Apricot Bourbon Chicken Wings” and “Garlic Mozzarella Sticks” to more upscale options like “Lobster Martini” and “Mussels Brussels”. Don't forget to try our local favorite, lump Maryland Crabcakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, quoted in a recent news article as "Having now tasted the version at the '6 House Pub, a new standard from crab cake excellence has been established" and "a well browned crispy exterior is perfect cover for the sinful richness of this version of (the writer's) favorite seafood classic."
We offer six varieties of soups daily, including 2 daily specials. Our 10 immense gourmet dinner salads include an “Asian Grilled Shrimp or Chicken, with Peanuts, Dried Cranberries, & Citrus Vinaigrette”, and a “Grilled Plum, Granny Smith Apple, with Gorgonzola Crumbles & Glazed Walnuts”. There are many Italian entrée options such as “Wild Mushroom and Cheese Filled Ravioli Alfredo”, and “Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan”. We offer steaks such as “New York Strip au Poivre with a Burgundy Cream Sauce”, seafood like “Lightly Beer Battered Sea Scallops”, and fish & chicken dishes such as Pan Fried Tilapia with Buerre Blanc” and “Black Raspberry Chicken”.
Our sandwich menu is comprised of 12 interesting choices, most served on a grilled roll. We feature a pure “Lobster Roll”, “French Dip”, and a simple Turkey Club. But many of our patrons continue to order one of our six varieties of Burgers, such as our “Belted Galloway”, with bacon belts and melted cheddar or our “Mediterranean Cow” with gorgonzola, grilled Portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and tomato basil aioli.

The '6 House Pub is kid friendly and we warmly welcome families, we have plenty of menu options to suit any palate. We offer a  “Doggie Menu” on the terrace only in season.  


Route 7
Williamstown, MA  01267


(413) 458-1896

Toll Free:

(888) 999-1896

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The 1896 House is conveniently located on picturesque Route 7 (Cold Spring Road), the scenic corridor entering Williamstown - " The Village Beautiful".  Williamstown is a perfect four-season destination. Let us tailor your itinerary with music, theatre, dance, art, history, golf, tennis, skiing, hiking, white water rafting, ballooning, or simply fine dining and total relaxation.

Local Attractions: Immediate Environs (Within 10 minutes drive)
  • Chapin Library of Rare Books & Manuscripts: Changing exhibitions. Permanent display of the Four Founding documents of the United States. 413- 597-2462
  • Clark Art Institute: Art museum and research center known for French impressionist, (including more than 30 Renoirs), Old Master, and American paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, special exhibitions. Tues-Sun 10-5, year round. 413-458-9545
  • The Harrison Gallery: Opened in May, 2001, The Harrison Gallery has established itself amongst fine art galleries in Williamstown, MA as a destination for travelers, a constant for residents, and a quality source of fine artists.  413-458-1700
  • Hopkins Observatory: Oldest observatory in the country. Planetarium shows. 413-597-2188
  • Jiminy Peak, The Mountain Resort: Ski & snowboard resort. Alpine Slide, horseback riding, mini golf, trout pond, Euro-bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, summit chairlift ride. 413-738-5500
  • Taconic Golf Club: Semi private PGA club, owned by Williams College. Often rated as one of the top 5 college courses by Golf Magazine.18 holes. 413-458-3997
  • Waubeeka Golf Links: 18 hole public golf course, challenging but fair holes and greens, spectacular scenic setting. 458-8355 Pro shop
  • Williams College: Established in 1793, the college is private, residential, coeducational, and liberal arts a community composed of students, faculty, and staff drawn from a variety of backgrounds. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students. There are two graduate programs in the history of art and development economics. Switchboard 413-4597-3131
  • Williams College Museum of Art: Changing exhibitions emphasize American, modern, contemporary art of world cultures. 413-597-2429
  • Williamstown Film Festival: Honoring past achievements in cinema and showcasing the best new films on the American indie scene. October 18-27, 2002.  413-458-9700
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival: 2002 Tony Award winning theatre! Presenting over 200 performances mid-June-August. Also Cabaret and Free Theatre with a renowned company of actors. 413-597-3400.  Box office 597-3399


Number of Rooms: 30
Whether you prefer "Brookside", "Pondside", or our new luxury "Barnside Suites", you'll find The 1896 House enchanting… distinctive… immaculate… and memorable!

​Barnside Suites: Barnside Inn & Luxury Bed & Breakfast. Exceptional, romantic, and grand with a focus on privacy & lavishness.
Full candlelight breakfast.  Our elegant and romantic "Barnside" Luxury Suites never fail to elicit a "WOW!" response!  They were created to anticipate your every need and to provide a unique and exceptional lodging option in Williamstown. Quite grand and appointed in six unique period styles, the refined fabrics & the individually chosen appointments will pamper your desire for something extraordinary and unique.  A full country candlelight breakfast is provided, and complimentary wireless internet is available in each guest room, on the porch, and in the breakfast room.  The "Barnside" Luxury Inn is a 3-Diamond AAA rated property!

Brookside: Shyly hidden from the road on park-like grounds, The 1896 House "Brookside" is a wonderful respite for any traveler!  The delightful "mountain cabin" character of your room, lattice footbridges, perennial gardens and rocking chairs along the porch will remind you of days gone by......You'll appreciate the quality appointments of Cushman rock maple furniture, Waverly-Schumacher designs, and all the upscale amenities that distinguish your accommodations. The wooden walls that emanate that pine aroma is what our guests repeatedly tell us brings them back!  There is a comforting "retro" feeling here, in a place that resists change…a definitive option among the cookie cutter chain properties of today!

Pondside:  Situated alongside a lovely spring fed duck pond with a stone footbridge and tall evergreens, Pondside is a wonderful retreat from which you can observe the intrigues of waterfowl and pond life. The heated outdoor pool provides relaxation and fun for all of our guests between Memorial Day and Labor Day, weather permitting!