The Allen House Inn Bed and Breakfast,
located on three landscaped acres in the heart of Amherst, is
one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Stick Style Victorian
Built in 1886 by Lysander H. Allen, a local
wire goods manufacturer, the house was the life-long home of
his son, Professor Harry Allen of Amherst College, and of
Janet R. Strong, who prudently preserved the unique charm and
original character of the house. Today, the AAA three-diamond
rated Allen House has been featured as Bon Appetit's
Historic Christmas Inn and in Boston Magazine as
offering the "Best Victoriana" in New England.
The interior was restored with historic
precision down to every last detail to reflect the Aesthetic
Movement, the Victorian subculture that emphasized art in the
interior decor. Aesthetic Movement decor, period art, fine
antiques, and art wall coverings of period designers Charles
Eastlake, Walter Crane, and William Morris are historically
and artistically featured. The original hand-carved cherry
wood fireplace mantels are catalogued by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City. The Allen House was also the
recipient of the 1991 Historic Preservation Award.
Accommodations for guests include
comfortable chambers with private baths, ceiling fans, free
Wireless high speed Internet access, stereo alarm clock and
docking station for playing / charging I\Phones, IPods, and
IPads, and air conditioning. A full five-course breakfast is
served in a casual, elegant atmosphere every morning at the
Allen House and room service is available at the guests'
convenience. Enjoy the savory delights of well-blended coffee,
baked goods, and a delicious main entree as you plan your day.
The Allen House is pleased to announce the
opening of The Amherst Inn. Another totally renovated
Historical Victorian Inn, across from the Dickinson Homestead.
This inn offers seven more rooms and suites for your lodging
pleasure. Most room in this inn offer Queen beds and some have
added accommodations that can sleep more than 2 guests.
Any time is a wonderful time to visit the
Allen House Inn, a delightful Victorian bed and breakfast
within walking distance of all that beautiful Amherst has to
Amherst is one of New England's most
picturesque college towns. Walk across the street from the
Allen House and tour the Emily Dickinson homestead. Take a
short stroll to Amherst College, The University of
Massachusetts, fine galleries, museums, theaters, concerts,
shops, and restaurants.
Visit nearby Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and
Smith Colleges; the Yiddish Book Center; Northampton; Yankee
Candle Company; Historic Deerfield; and Sturbridge Village.
Free transportation is provided to and from the nearby Amtrak
train depot, bus station, and the colleges.
Within an hour's drive, you will find the
Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood
Studio, the Clark Art Institute, and the new Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art. Festivals abound in the area year
round, including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire
Theater Festival, and the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival.