STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Red Lion Inn will open a 17-room guest house this month, the first addition to the property in four years. With the addition, the inn will have 125 rooms.
The house, Maple Glen, has been restored and expanded. In addition to guest rooms, the house has a meeting space for small groups.
“We’ve had our eye on the property for years now, and when it came on the market, we saw an excellent opportunity to not only expand the number of sleeping rooms at the inn, but also to diversify the ambiance and amenities available for our guests,” said general manager Bruce Finn.
Maple Glen is a few doors down from the main inn and will be the largest of the nine guest houses clustered near it.
Its decor is a departure from the inn’s classic New England style with exuberant colors, vintage TV lamps and a mix of needlepoint samplers, paint-by-numbers, family portraits and abstract art.
Each room will have flat-screen televisions, custom desks with high-speed Internet connections and mini-fridges.
Regional artisans, designers and manufacturers produced goods for the guest house, including bathroom vanities by West Stockbridge artist Peter Thorne, desks by William Carl Marshall, and window treatments made by the Housatonic Curtain Company.
Architect Pamela Sandler has worked on historic preservation and restoration projects at Hancock Shaker Village, Kripalu and Fox Hollow. Contractor David J. Tierney Jr. also did the award-winning South Wing renovation of the inn in 2006.