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The Rookwood Inn

11 Old Stockbridge Road P. O. Box 1717, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-1717
Innkeeper(s): Amy Lindner-Lesser, Innkeeper/Proprietor
  • Summary

    Enchanted Memories from the Charming Berkshires

    Local spas, music by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, plays performed by Shakespeare & Company; each of these and more amazing experiences are waiting to be had in the New England Berkshires. And what better way to enjoy these cultural sights and sounds than by staying at a bed and breakfast as comforting as the surrounding area.

    The Rookwood Inn of Lenox, Massachusetts offers guests privacy and luxury from one of their nineteen rooms and suites. Each features en-suit bathrooms with full amenities, extra pillows and warm robes, wine glasses and corkscrews, bottled water, and the finest beds and linens. Every morning, bring your appetite to a substantial breakfast featuring one entrée alternating between sweet and savory choices. Guests can choose from a variety of select juices, coffees, teas, and hot cocoa. Seasonally, enjoy your meal in front of our roaring fire or out on the veranda. In the afternoon, we offer beverages and a choice snack ranging from brownies, cookies, breads, cheese platters, or hot hors d’oeuvres.

    As a unique feature of The Rookwood Inn, our chef is happy to make accommodations for dietary needs. We specialize in low cholesterol, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options. Whatever your requests, we are able and willing to satisfy. After your meal, walk the block downtown and take in the local culture of art, fare, history, and nature. The Rookwood Inn is akin to numerous historic homes and museums in the area, including the famous Norman Rockwell Museum, just a short drive away.

  • Introduction

    The Rookwood Inn front

    Welcome to The Rookwood Inn

    Where Memories are Made. Fairy-tale Victorian bed & breakfast inn with the best location in Lenox & the Berkshires. Walk to town to dine or shop, get a massage or take a yoga class, enjoy a concert at Tanglewood or a play at Shakespeare & Company or visit a museum.

    Nineteen elegant, yet comfortable, guest rooms each with a private bath, luxurious amenities, free WiFi, phones & more await your arrival, Wake to the aromas of a delicious, home-made breakfast using local ingredients, whenever possible. Special diet? No problem. We cater to special dietary needs. Afternoon refreshments are ready for you after a day of exploring the Berkshres. Indulge in fresh baked delights with a seasonal beverage.

    The innkeeping staff is available to assist you with dinner reservations or to help you plan your daily activities.

    Whatever the season, there's always a reason to visit The Rookwood Inn. Come find out why our guests say, "The Rookwood Inn is where Memories are Made."

  • 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 Amy Lindner-Lesser for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers select The Rookwood Inn for a variety of reasons which may be categorized by season. In the summer, travelers stay at our inn to take advantage of our fantastic location in relation to the many cultural venues in the Berkshires. The Rookwood Inn is located a block from Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony). We are also centrally located and an easy drive, or in some instances a walk, to Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Jacob's Pillow. Many museums are also within a short distance. In the autumn, travelers pick The Rookwood Inn because of the fabulous fall foliage which surrounds us as well as our welcoming fireplaces and cozy spaces. In the winter we are nearby areas for Nordic and cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Our fireplaces beckon guests to curl up with a book, game or loved one and enjoy an afternoon snack. We can arrange for massages at or near the inn. Spring time is perfect for exploring as Mother Nature showers us with gorgeous flowers and trees. It is also a great time to shop in our unique stores and boutiques or take in an antique auction or visit the baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village.

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

    We are best known for our unique Victorian architecture (Queen Anne Painted Lady) with our ornate color palette, and our gracious hospitality. We are also known for our flexibility and creativity in meeting our guests dietary needs.

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


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

    “It's like being home only better.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Freylinghausen Morris Museum which is open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. It is a Bauhaus designed home which is open to the public and showcases the architecture as well as the art collections of the homes former owners, contemporaries and friends of Picasso.

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

    Depends upon the season. Fill up on culture, adventure, sports, relaxation, great shops and restaurants.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There is a lot to do within walking distance of the inn. Culturally one could walk to Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, The Mount, Ventfort Hall, and the Freylinghausen Morris Museum. You could enjoy our wonderful parks, great shops and fantastic restaurants in the downtown area.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are many fabulous restaurants in Lenox. Within the downtown area (walkable) are: Alta, Brava, Cafe Lucia, Church Street Cafe, Firefly, Frankie's, Gateways, Haven, Nudel, Prime and Zinc.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Lenox Chamber of Commerce ( and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau ( are two good online guides. Our website ( has good tourist information and a blog (Rookwood Ramblings) which provide a lot of information on the area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 20 guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept small dogs in one of our first floor rooms. If it is occupied or not appropriate for a guest's pet, we recommend Camp Wagalot for Dogs They have day and overnight programs for dogs.

  • Public Spaces

    The Rookwood Inn fireplace

    Step onto our front porch, sit for a while in a comfortable wicker chair and enjoy the garden or view the sunset over the Berkshire Hills. Entering the Inn, you are transported to a place and time where attention to detail and service are of the utmost importance.The spacious public rooms on the first floor are for the use of our guests.

    The parlor has a stereo with an eclectic selection of recordings for your listening pleasure. Slip into a cozy chair on the veranda or in front of a blazing fire and curl up with one of the many books from our library. Adjoining the living room is a spacious screened-in side porch where, between June and October, guests can find a refreshing respite and a great place to relax, play a game or have a picnic..

  • Amenities

    The Rookwood Inn living room

    Experience the gentility of a by-gone era with Rookwood’s hospitality and decor complete with modern amenities and comforts.

    Awaken each morning to our renowned breakfasts. We offer a full, buffet style breakfast with one hot entrée, selected by the chef, daily. Breakfast entrees alternate between a sweet and a savory dish. At all times, attention is paid to cooking heart-healthy entrees that do not sacrifice taste. We are sensitive to the growing special dietary needs of our guests and are happy to meet specific dietary restrictions and allergies. As the innkeeper says, “we specialize in special diets.”

    The Rookwood Inn’s ideal location, is just a block from the downtown, but on a quiet, less traveled street. Walk or ride to town to shop or dine, view the sculptures throughout the village, enjoy a concert or craft show in Lilac Park or take in a movie at the library. Our locationi s perfect in all seasons. In the winter, guests may find themselves curled up in front of a fire, reading or playing a board game. In the summer guests enjoy the two porches (the side, screened one off the living room and the front veranda overlooking the gardens). We have benches in the garden amongst our Victorian pergola and flower beds.

    The Rookwood Inn chair

    All of our guest rooms and suites are decorated with a Victorian flare without sacrificing comfort. Each room has:

    • Individually controlled air-conditioning
    • Private, en-suite bathroom
    • Hairdryer
    • Private label amenities
    • Fluffy towels
    • Luxurious, cozy Robes
    • Extra Pillows
    • AM/FM Clock Radio (some rooms have MP3 player hookups)
    • Wine glasses & corkscrew
    • Bottled water
    • Top quality mattresses and linens

    To allow our guests to maintain communication with the outside world, each room has:

    • Telephone with voice mail
    • Unrestricted outgoing & incoming calls to the continental United States
    • WiFi
    • Clock/radio (many rooms have iPod docking station)
  • Breakfast at the Inn

    The Rookwood Inn breakfast

    Breakfast is half of our name (bed and breakfast) so breakfast and afternoon refreshments at The Rookwood Inn are very important to us. A home made breakfast is available in our dining room from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Guests select their own individual tables each day. A selection of juices (always including orange, grapefruit, cran-raspberry, apple, tomato, prune, pineapple and V-8) is brought to your table. We also serve you a choice of hot beverages such as coffee (regular or decaf) , teas (black, green or herbal) and hot cocoa (with marshmallows and/or whipped topping). The regular breakfast is usually served buffet style and includes a fruit dish, a selection of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, yogurt and cottage cheese, a bread, and the hot entree which is the chef’s daily selection. We usually alternate the hot entree between a sweet (e.g. French toast, oatmeal pie, kugel) and a savory dish (e.g. quiche, stratas, fritattas). At all times scrambled eggs are available for those individuals who prefer.The Rookwood Inn food

    The Rookwood Inn is located in an area known for wellness and healthy lifestyles. Dr. Mark Hyman (Ultra Wellness, Ultra Prevention, The Blood Sugar Solution), Canyon Ranch and Kripalu are nearby. Because of their proximity to The Rookwood Inn, we are accustomed to special dietary requests. No gluten? Low cholesterol? No sugar? Vegetarian or vegan? No worries. We can prepare a delicious breakfast to meet your needs! Just let us know when you make your reservation, or if you forgot, let us know at check-in. Special diets are our specialty.

    On summer days guests often bring their breakfasts outside to the veranda and enjoy a delicious, healthy meal overlooking the gardens. Before breakfast or after, the porches are perfect places for a cup of coffee (or your preferred beverage), the newspaper and/or friends.

    The Rookwood Inn muffin

    Afternoon provides an opportunity for conversation and relaxation while enjoying a seasonal beverage (hot tea, hot cocoa, mulled locally produced apple cider, iced tea, lemonade, iced coffee) and a deliciously prepared treat. Afternoon “delights” might include brownies, cookies, fruit breads, cheese platter or hot hors d’oeuvres. Indulge while sitting in the parlor chatting with new friends or those with whom you came. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a winter fireside delicacy; or relax on the veranda watching the sun set as you partake in your afternoon treat.

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