Even though we made a last-minute booking, we received the full complement of Lynda’s hospitality – she greeted us in the driveway, she had a plate of cheese and crackers awaiting us, the cheerful suite was spotless and welcoming, and we were treated to one of her fabulous gourmet breakfasts the next morning.
The attractive, colorful suite (we loved the paint choices) is very spacious, with 2 separate sleeping areas, a living area, a breakfast nook, and a roomy bathroom. There’s a huge closet, too, with lots of hangers. Lynda has stocked the small refrigerator with drinks and yogurt, and also provides a variety of teas, cocoa, nuts, candies, and cookies for snacking. There is a TV, DVD player (and a small selection of movies), and wi-fi. The suite is accessed by its own private entrance, and a separate door leads to a sitting area in the pretty backyard garden. The bed is extremely comfortable, and there is no bothersome street noise. The location is perfect – an easy walk into town, with its multitude of restaurants.
Breakfast was plentiful, and excellent. We had our choice of 3 juices; a fresh fruit salad; homemade granola; maple yogurt; custard corn bread with maple syrup (intriguing and delicious); herbed baked eggs; and sourdough toast with homemade spreads. Unlike most B&B’s, Lynda brings the breakfast to the suite, which was cool.
As great as the breakfast was, we enjoyed our conversation with Lynda after breakfast just as much. Lynda has the type of personality that makes you feel as if you’ve known her your whole life – she’s friendly, funny, down-to-earth, and very comfortable to be with. It’s obvious that she really enjoys what she’s doing. She’s happy to give eating and touring suggestions, too – we loved the tea rolls we had at Fresh Side Restaurant, which Lynda recommended when we said we’d like a light dinner.
Purple Gables has everything you could ask for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming, elegant, no-smoking suite in historic home. Walk to town, UMass and Amherst College. Sunny large suite with private porch entrance, dining area, sitting room, queen bed, second private bedroom, garden, patio. Gourmet breakfast served in your suite. Amenities include WIFI, TV, DVD, fridge with snacks, microwave, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, and much more. ... more less