Stonover Farm is a 110-year-old Berkshire “cottage” which served as farmhouse to the Stonover Estate, and which has been renovated extensively to provide luxury quarters. The main house, Rock Cottage and new School House Suite are now receiving guests who desire a unique Bed & Breakfast experience.
The inn stands beside a spring-fed duck pond on 10 country acres with magnificent trees, lawns and forest, and yet it’s just 7/10 of a mile from the Tanglewood main gate, and 2 miles from Lenox Village.
The House & Grounds
A “full house” at Stonover Farm is 14 people, allowing us to cater to our guests’ specific needs. All of our accommodations provide comfort and privacy.
We offer 3 types of lodging. In the Main House we have 3 suites, each different and comfortable in its own way. Guests enjoy a living room with attached greenhouse and fireplace, a well-stocked library, a dining room, a breakfast room overlooking the pond, and a DVD library.
We also have the 4-room (2 bedrooms) Rock Cottage with a kitchen and a living room with wood-burning fireplace — perfect for a group or family weekend ski trip, but equipped for a longer stay, as well.
Our third building is The School House — a beautifully refurnished 1850 school house with private patio, extra-large bathroom, 11-foot ceilings, heated floors, gas fireplace, and an array of contemporary amenities. It’s the ideal relaxing and cozy getaway for two.
All guests enjoy a full, cooked-to-order breakfast in the breakfast room or courtyard. In the late afternoon we serve wine and a selection of local and imported cheeses with crackers.
Breakfast is served in the Creamery overlooking the pond or, if you prefer, in the dining room or outside in the courtyard. Orange juice, fresh-ground coffee, fresh fruit salad, breads, bagels, muffins, preserves, Suky’s homemade granola and yogurt. There are eggs of any style, featuring the signature “Tomelette,” bacon, sausage, pancakes or French toast. We try our best to accommodate any dietary preferences or restrictions.
This stunning farm complex was built by John E. Parsons in 1890, and at the turn of the century the farmhouse became the home of his son Herbert Parsons and his bride, Elsie Clews. Herbert graduated Yale Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1894. He met Elsie Clews of Newport at a winter house party in Lenox.
Elsie was a society intellectual with feminist leanings who graduated from Barnard College and received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia College. They married in 1900, and Elsie taught at Columbia while Herbert served in Congress from 1905 to 1911.
Grant Lafarge, an architect friend of Elsie’s, designed a small log cabin (still standing) in the woods just behind Stonover Farm, where Elsie immersed herself in anthropological studies. She and Mr. Lafarge took many research trips together, and Elsie became an authority on the Hopi and Pueblo tribes, about whom she wrote and lectured.
In Lenox, Herbert Parsons led a more conventional life on the Board of Governors of the Lenox Club, the Lenox Library Board, the Lenox Water Company board, and the vestry of Trinity Church. An associate of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert ascended to Chairman of the NY Republican County Committee, served as Congressman from New York from 1905 to 1911, and was a delegate to all Republican NY state conventions from 1904 to 1920.
Herbert’s love of automobiles was not shared by Elsie, who advocated walking and riding, and who pronounced motoring “demoralizing”. Herbert died at Stonover Farm in 1925 when he was thrown from a motorcycle he was demonstrating for his young son.
The house remained in the Parsons family for many years, until the death in 1985 of Herbert Patterson, John E. Parson’s great grandson. The appealing exterior of the main house remains identical to its appearance 100 years ago, and is a Lenox town treasure.
Meet The Innkeepers
Stonover Farm is located on the beautiful and serene landscape of Lenox, MA. This luxury Bed & Breakfast is owned and operated by Tom and Suky Werman. Both were raised and educated on the east coast, and after spending 23 years in Los Angeles, they’re delighted to be back.
In Los Angeles Tom worked as a rock record producer, with over 20 gold and platinum albums to his credit. Suky taught 5th grade and was a museum educator. They loved the West Coast, but after vacationing in the Berkshires several times they knew that Lenox was the perfect place for their unique vision — a luxury bed and breakfast.