The White Rose Bed and Breakfast
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The White Rose is situated within the Mount Holyoke Range State Park, just over the hill from the Notch at Bare Mountain and Atkins Farms Country Market. You can access some of the many beautiful hiking trails in the area directly from your guest house. In addition, the Norwottuck Rail Trail which has 10.5 miles of wonderful biking and walking paths linking the towns of Northampton, Hadley, Amherst and Belchertown, is just 10 minutes away.
Conveniently located between the towns of South Hadley and Amherst, The White Rose is within minutes to the surrounding five colleges. The Village Commons in South Hadley offers movie theaters, restaurants, a day spa and shops. The towns of Amherst and Northampton provide guests with an abundance of restaurants and bars, along with a wide variety of diverse cultural events from which to choose.
The house was built by French Canadian stone mason and carpenter Ovila J. Bourbonnais in 1942. He was well known in the area and had a hand in many of the local businesses, including the design and building of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Granby. The house has a rich history thanks to the various residents and businesses that have called her home over the years. A courtyard separates the main house from the guest house providing privacy for both owners and guests alike.
The guest house, originally a carriage house, is spacious enough to easily accommodate a small family, two couples, or several companions traveling together. It has its own private entrance, patio, full kitchen, and living room. The two bedrooms can provide sleeping for up to five guests. The second floor sleeping area is furnished with a king size bed and daybed. The first floor has queen size accommodations. Among the many amenities you will find are a gas fireplace, a cable television on each floor, stereo and wireless internet access. The kitchen has full cooking facilities, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee pot, toaster and microwave.
The one story guest suite, which sleeps 3, is situated directly on the courtyard across from the main house and next to the guest house. Its private patio is located on the back and faces the base of the mountain.
The White Rose is an ideal accommodation for families coming to visit their students at one of the five colleges: Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Smith College or the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pat Callahan for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Many of our guests are visiting the five colleges in the immediate area. But others come for weddings, family reunions, fall foliage, and outdoor adventures such as zip lining, hiking, biking, fly fishing, and golfing. Others are here to simply enjoy the towns of Northampton and Amherst.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
When you stay with us, you get an entire carriage house or guest suite with private patio nestled at the base of the mountain. It’s not just a bed and bath. We receive many compliments on our cleanliness, beautiful gardens and of course our breakfasts.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Pioneer Valley is a popular year round tourist destination. People are drawn to the lively college towns, unspoiled nature, recreational facilities and cultural and historical sites.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests say it is relaxing and the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They often return and have referred their friends and family to stay with us as well.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are 1 1/2 miles from the Notch at Bare Mountain in Mt. Holyoke State Park where a hike to the top rewards you with a breathtaking view. We are also only 7 minutes from the Summit House in Skinner Park where the view from its deck and picnic area is every bit as beautiful.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go for a hike at one of the State parks, ride a bike on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Have dinner in Amherst one night, stroll through Northampton one day. Feed the birds out of your hand at the Quabbin Reservoir, visit one of the many museums at the five colleges. Take in the Paradise City Arts Festival, Green River Festival, Brimfield Fair or the Big E. Need I say more?
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
You can get directly on the hiking trails right behind the guest house, take a 10 minute walk down to the waterfall at Aldrich Lake, or be on the hottest mountain biking trails in the area in about 3 minutes.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Wow, there are so many. This area is known for its diverse collection of bars and restaurants. Take your pick, there is something for everyone. How about a bison burger at the Seven Sisters Market Bistro? You can watch the buffalo roam the property while you dine.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We have links to many of the area’s attractions on our website. But the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council’s website at www.visithampshirecounty.org is a great place to get started.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Currently we have the carriage house which will accommodate up to six persons. We also have an additional Guest Suite, added this past spring.
Do you accept pets?
Although we love pets, we don’t not accept them for the comfort of all our guests. We recommend either The Valley Inn for Pets.
Breakfast is served at the main house in the dining room, the plant-filled sun room, or on the second floor sun porch (weather permitting). Upon your arrival, we can schedule a time for breakfast based on the activities planned for the following day.
We offer fresh fruit or yogurt with granola, Belgian Waffles or French Toast, sausage or bacon and fresh homemade baked goods such as breads, scones or pastries. Full breakfast is served on the weekends and continental breakfast is available weekdays.