The House In Pumpkin Hollow

173 Whately Road, Conway, Massachusetts 01341
Innkeeper(s): Diane Poland
  • Introduction

    The House in Pumpkin Hollow Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires in Conway, Masschusetts. Ideally situated 6 miles off Route 91 it is close to Northampton, Deerfield, Brattleboro, Amherst and Shelburne Falls. This spacious, 1860 Greek Revival home has been completely restored to combine graciousness with modern convenience.

    This lovely home is furnished throughout with comfortable furnishings and period antiques to create an atmosphere of graceful style and satisfying ease. There are two guest rooms, each with its own special charm and with a traveler's needs in mind. And after a good night’s sleep, a gourmet breakfast (I do love to cook!) will start you on your day's adventures. The House in Pumpkin Hollow is easily accessible to all points of interest in western Massachusetts and we are very pet friendly.

    Watch the sunset and enjoy the serenity of gentle hills and meadows from the front porch.

    Gracious accommodations and great food will make your visit to our beautiful countryside a warmly remembered one.

    The First Floor has three main rooms - a large and comfortable living room, a spacious dining room and a cosy sitting room with an inviting wood stove.
    The dining room is where grand breakfasts are served - as long and lazy as you would like them to be. And having afternoon tea sitting in the bright window alcove is most satisfying.

    The living room has graceful, period furnishings and also a very comfortable couch - a great space for evening conversation, watching a movie on the DVD player, or reading (browse through the bookshelves - pretty much in every room - that reflect a lifetime of eclectic interests).

    The sitting room (right near the kitchen and snacks!) has a great wood stove for fall and winter evenings and a cosy atmosphere that everyone is drawn to. There's also a stereo with an diverse collection of CDs and yet one more bookcase. A gracious hall leads to a lovely, winding staircase that will take you to your rooms.

    Upstairs, there are two pretty bedrooms, both filled with light and welcome. Each room has a phone and an electric teakettle, and in the hall there's a small refrigerator stocked with juice and soft drinks.

    Gracious accommodations and great food will make your visit to our beautiful countryside a warmly remembered one.



  • What's to eat?

    I'm an admitted "foodie".  There's nothing about food that doesn't interest me.  I love to read about it, talk about it, shop for it, cook and eat it.  And I really love to see people enjoy my cooking.  
    Breakfast juice (fresh-pressed cider in the fall) and a mound of local, fresh fruit in season, and hot biscuits or muffins, fresh from the oven, with an assortment of jams, jellies and marmalades, are a mainstay at every meal.  And pots of freshly brewed coffee or a selection of teas will start your day.  Where possible, I use local or organic produce and ingredients.  If made in advance, I will try to honor special requests.  And since I worry that someone, somewhere might be getting hungry, there are always snacks available, and, of course, you are invited to put the kettle on for tea or coffee at any time.  


    Summer breakfasts at the House in Pumpkin Hollow

    Here are some of the dishes I will be serving this summer.  Many of the items are seasonal - strawberries in strawberry season, blueberries in ..., etc.  I'm always trying out new ideas - or sometimes just getting around to making something I've been meaning to do for ages!  And as of this year I get expert culinary advice and inspiration from my grandson Michael who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a newly minted young chef working at Blue Smoke in Manhattan.  (I just had to get that in somehow.)


    • Sweet Couscous - a touch of orange, bits of softened dried apricots or figs, fresh blueberries and toasted almonds
    • Grilled Polenta Slices - topped with fresh local corn, salsa verde and maple syrup
    • Fried Green Tomatoes with Greek Yogurt
    • Fresh Corn Pudding
    • Lemon and Walnut Scones
    • German Sour Cream Kuchen with Fresh Plums
    • Summer Pudding - an English fruit dessert that works wonderfully at breakfast
    • Fresh Fruit Crisps - Rhubarb/Strawberry in June followed by Blueberry in July and August
    • Peach tart with cranberry reduction sauce
    • Fresh fruit platter with blueberry bread/biscotti/popovers or something else entirely

    Main Dishes:

    • Pancakes in a number of guises
    • Raisin/Fennel French Toast
    • Ham and Mushroom Frittata
    • Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Dill/Local Sausage with Sautéed Apples
    • Omelets with herbs fresh from my garden and a variety of fillings
    • Fresh Vegetable Strata
  • Beautiful Surroundings

    North, south, east and west, the views in Pumpkin Hollow of fields, rolling hills and distant mountains are grand.

  • Pets Welcome

    Well mannered guest dogs are welcome by prior arrangement at no extra charge. There is a friendly golden retriever here who loves to play with visiting guests of her own kind.

  • Directions

    The House in Pumpkin Hollow is easy to get to from both Route 2 and Route 91.

    Coming from Route 91 going North:

    1. Take Exit 24 (Deerfield) -- turn right at the end of the service road
    2. go to the third traffic light and turn left on 116 North (signs will say Conway)
    3. Go about 5-6 miles to Whately Road on the left
    4. You know you are very close when you see the Greenfield Savings Bank on the right
    5. Whately Road is just around the bend after that
    6. The House in Pumpkin Hollow is less than a quarter of a mile on Whately on the left

    Coming from Route 91 going South:

    1. Take Exit 25 and turn right at the end of the service road - this is Route 116
    2. Continue as above

    Coming from Route 2:

    1. Take Route 2 to Route 91 South and continue as above

    Please do call if you need any help. (413-369-6007)