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Federal House Inn

1560 Pleasant Street, Route 102, Lee, Massachusetts 01238
Innkeeper(s): Kolleen and Brian Weinrich
  • Introduction

    Federal House Inn Gracious Living in the heart of the Berkshires

    The Federal House Inn of Stockbridge, Massachusetts is ideally locatedin the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts at the base of Beartown Mountain State Forest. We are one mile from Stockbridge MA and minutes from other Berkshire attractions such as, Tanglewood, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Naumkeag, Jacob's pillow, Shakespeare & Co., The Berkshires Theatre Festival, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, fine antiques, shopping, skiing at Ski Butternut, hiking, and biking.

    The inn is a beautifully restored, historic 1824 Berkshire country inn / bed and breakfast with bright sunny guestrooms, three with fireplaces. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in our elegant dining room each morning and relax in our comfortable library/den.

    Federal House Inn parlorFederal House Inn stairwell

    The Federal House Inn is a wonderful place to relax while enjoying the sophistication of the historical atmosphere. It was built in 1824 by Thomas O. Hurlbut who built this gracious brick beauty with gorgeous wood floors and large windows that invite you to admire the scenery of the surrounding lawns. Located in the heart of the Berkshires, The Federal House Inn also has a handsome living room and a special breakfast room where you can peacefully enjoy your morning meal. All rooms are lavishly decorated with beautiful antiques that only add to the old colonial manor feel. The Inn is strategically located in an area with lots of historical and cultural events, making your experience at the Federal House one of entertainment and delight.

  • 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 Brian and Kolleen Weinrich for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    It is romantic, centrally located with inviting and gracious innkeepers.

    What are you best known for?

    Breakfast, warm ambiance, "Gracious, warm, friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers." (See our TripAdvisor comments).

    What makes your inn unique?

    Candlelight breakfast, as well as wine & cheese in the evening.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    It's a beautiful historical building.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The diverse selection of activities. (Hiking, theater, music, etc...).

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Guests cannot wait to return and often book their next stay before they check out of the inn!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The affordability of off season visits and the number of off season activities.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Hike, dine, theater, Tanglewood Concert, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    A restaurant and an art gallery.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Chez Nouse, a French-American bistro.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Berkshire Visitors Bureau

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    No, but Birchwood Inn or Shaker Mill Inn does.

  • Four Reasons To Stay At The Federal House Inn

    Federal House Inn, Relax in the Library/Den

    1. Hospitality is the best: Upon arrival your every need will be attended to as you thoroughly enjoy your comfortable room and private bath.
    2. Complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres and new friends: At 5 PM each day guests gather in the beautifully furnished living room where French wine and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Kolleen are served. Wonderful people stay at the Federal House Inn and many new friends are made here. When you return in the evening, fresh baked goodies, coffee and hot tea, await you.
    3. Candlelight Breakfast: You will be served a delicious three course candlelight breakfast which includes fresh juice, coffee (grown in India and prepared by a local producer), a fresh fruit course and a gourmet hot entree
    4. Close to all theaters, museums, hiking, biking, skiing and shopping venues: Just 1 ½ miles to downtown Stockbridge, 5 to 15 minutes to Tanglewood, (summer home of the Boston Symphony), Norman Rockwell Museum, Jacob's Pillow Dance, Shakespeare & Co. Berkshire Theater Festival, The Colonial Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Ski Butternut, Bousquet Skiing, Jiminy Peak Skiing, New England's best Prime Outlets, and much more.
  • Breakfast at the Inn

    Federal House Inn, Breakfast Room

    You will love our fresh roasted coffee with its nutty, chocolaty finish. Fresh juice and seasonal fruit will be followed by gourmet hot entrees such as our signature croissant French toast with spiced apples and Berkshire eggs benedict.

  • Weddings at the Federal House Inn

    Our Inn is small and perfect for an "intimate" wedding. Federal House Inn, Weddings & Special Events Your ceremony can be in our beautiful living room in front of the black marble fireplace between two matching French doors, or weather permitting, on the front lawn with the pillared facade of the Federal House as an impressive backdrop. A small reception is available to be held in the inn after (or before) the ceremony where drinks and appetizers can be served. The wedding party and guests can easily walk across the street to Perigee Restaurant where dinner (rehearsal or wedding) and a larger reception could be held.

    We are able to host up to 21 guests in our 9 guest rooms. All of our rooms sleep two with the exception of the Skylight Suite which sleeps four [and has two baths] and the first floor Billiard Suite which also has a pull out couch suitable for one person. If the total Inn is rented for the wedding, we provide the romantic Hurlbut Suite free of charge for the wedding couple. Stays at the Federal House all include gourmet candle lit breakfast and wine and appetizers served each evening.

    Additional Services

    Catering and additional event planning are available through the Perigee Restaurant located just across the street or we can provide further referrals for tent rentals, wedding consultants and caterers. Additional rooms (13) are also available at two other B&B's [Historic Merrell and Hoplands Guest House] in the immediate area (easy walk to our inn and the Perigee Restaurant). Please contact us at 1-800-243-1824 for more information and to check date availability.

  • Berkshire Attractions

    Music & Dance


    Tanglewood, the idyllic Berkshire summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, offers classical, jazz and popular concerts daily June through Labor Day. (Lenox)

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival:

    The premier festival of ballet and modern dance, currently celebrating their 70th Anniversary. "The Hub & Mecca of Dancing in North America" - Time. (Becket)


    Norman Rockwell Museum:

    The largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, with changing exhibitions of other illustrators and Norman Rockwell's studio. (Stockbridge)

    Clark Art Institute:

    Art museum and research center with French impressionist, Old Master and American paintings, and excellent special exhibitions. (Williamstown)

    MASS MoCA:

    The country's largest contemporary art center featuring a vast array of performances and exhibitions housed on a 19th century factory campus. (North Adams)


    Berkshire Theater Festival:

    Professional performances in the Berkshires on the historic main stage, Unicorn Theatre and BTF Plays! Theatre for Young Audiences. May through October. (Stockbridge)

    Shakespeare & Company:

    Artistic Director Tina Packer. The Silver Anniversary season presents 12 plays in 3 new theatres in Lenox Center through November. (Lenox)

    Colonial Theater:

    Presents a wide variety of dramatic and musical performances (Pittsfield)

    Barrington Stage Company:

    Presents the best in summer theater (Pittsfield)



    Beautiful estate and home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the studio, garden, woodland walk, museum shop. May-Oct, Daily 10-5 ...Stockbridge Hancock Shaker Village 200-year-old original Shaker village. 21 historic buildings, Shaker furniture, round stone barn and craft demonstrations. Informative tours daily. (Hancock)

    Outdoor Activities

    Ski Butternut:

    Winter Family Skiing, XC Skiing, Summer Concerts, Arts Festival, Fireworks, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Berkshire Jazz Festival & more. (Great Barrington)

    Berkshire South Recreation:

    Hiking, canoeing, fitness center, swimming pools

    October Mountain State Forest:

    At 16,627 acres, nearby October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Great for hiking, fishing and canoeing.

  • Meet the Innkeepers

    Federal House Inn, Innkeepers

    After 35 rewarding years in education, both in the United States and in four countries overseas, Kolleen and Brian Weinrich are thrilled to be running an established and successful inn. They provide the warm hospitality and welcoming experience guests have come to expect when staying at the Federal House. They bring to the inn their diverse backgrounds and exposure to a variety of countries and cultures.

  • Guest Comments

    A recent guest from Baltimore:

    "Many thanks for a wonderful stay. It was as if we were staying with particularly gracious friends, who happen to provide marvelous food. We look forward to our next stay."

    Michael and Angela Gamble, Essex England:

    "We have stayed in inns all over the world. The hospitality at The Federal House Inn is the best!"

  • How To Find Us

    From Boston

    1. Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (90) west to Exit #2 (Lee)
    2. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and take a quick right onto Route 102 West
    3. Drive 3 miles and the Federal House Inn is on your right

    From New York

    • Take the Taconic Parkway north to I-90 East
    • This becomes the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take exit #2 (Lee)
    • Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and take a quick right onto Route 102 West
    • Drive 3 miles and the Federal House Inn is on your right

    From New Jersey

    1. Take the New York State Thruway (1-87) north to I-90 East
    2. This becomes the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take exit #2 (Lee)
    3. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and take a quick right onto Route 102 West
    4. Drive 3 miles and the Federal House Inn is on your right