Penrose Victorian Inn

133 Main Street, Haydenville, Massachusetts 01039
Innkeeper(s): Dick and Nancy Zimmer

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    The Penrose Bed & Breakfast Inn is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley, minutes west of Northampton Massachusetts. The village of Haydenville is at the foot of the Hampshire Hilltowns; gateway to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Penrose Bed & Breakfast Inn is known for Victorian elegance, and was selected for a national Christmas television special with the Mark Twain House. Locals refer to the Inn as "The Painted Lady".

    Your Hosts Nancy & Dick Zimmer have created a splendid lodging environment. They have provided positive lodging experiences to hundreds of happy customers. Visitors to the Inn partake in a unique Bed and Breakfast experience within the elegance of a Victorian Inn setting. The attention to Victorian detail is evident from the moment you walk through the door until you lay your head down for a restful sleep in a richly appointed Victorian era guest room.

    Penrose was voted "Best in The North", "Best Bed & Breakfast Near a College or University"
    & "Best Antiques" by Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal

    Guests Choose From 3 Authentically Decorated Victorian Era Rooms. High speed wireless internet is available throughout the inn. Each spacious room comes with a large private Victorian accented bathroom. The Penrose Bed & Breakfast Inn has a colorful fountain garden, antiques through out, 7 fireplaces, rare chandeliers, lamps and welcoming candles in all the windows. Play croquet, swim, read on the gazebo front porch, relax in the hammock, or stroll along the perennial gardens.

    Penrose Inn provides bed & breakfast lodging accommodation alternatives for visitors to the 5 College Area, as well as visitors that seek day trips to:

    • Tanglewood
    • Lenox Massachusetts
    • Mass MOCA

    Local Universities & Colleges Include:

    • Smith College
    • Hampshire College
    • Amherst College
    • University of Massachusetts (UMASS, Amherst),
    • Mount Holyoke College

    Visitors to the Penrose Bed and Breakfast Inn receive the best of both worlds - the charm of a rural area in the context of a culturally rich environment.

    Visitors have commented:

    "It's like a museum but without the ropes.", "delightfully unusual...
    providing sweet memories", "a home of warm hospitality",
    "the lodging accommodations& furnishings are beyond compare".


  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Nancy for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our Inn to visit Northampton, MA, a – one - of– kind City. Also they come to visit The Five College Area – Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire and UMass. They also come to visit relatives and also for an Elegant Victorian Experience at Penrose.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?


    We are best known for Victorian ambiance richly appointed with Antiques and a gourmet candle-lit breakfast. We love having people from all over the world stay with us.
    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?


    Northampton is known for its gourmet dining, fine galleries, museums and beautiful countryside for hiking, biking and boating.
    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?


    “A beautiful, beautiful experience and now a beautiful memory. Thank you so much for your kindness and exceptional hospitality.”
    What’s the best kept secret about the area?


    Our area is not as well known as Boston, Cape Cod and The Berkshires but is rich in culture and located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. 
    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    People who are staying with us any length of time can take walking tour of Northampton visit its one- of – a – kind shops, the Yankee Candle Flagship store and historic  Deerfield not forget art museums and antiquing.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?


    One can walk along The Mill River and learn about the tragic dam break of 1874.
    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?


    Can not go wrong – our restaurants rival any anywhere including ethnic foods from around the world.
    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have three uniquely decorated spacious guest rooms, all with large private baths.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets but we can refer guests to places that do.