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New England Regional

Field Farm and The Folly

September-October 2007

The following text is a sidebar to "Modern and Historic," September-October 2007.

Field Farm and The Folly

Williamstown, Massachusetts

What other bed and breakfast offers an original Charles and Ray Eames chair for lounging by the fireside? Or a vintage Isamu Noguchi coffee ta ble and a Vladimir Kagan couch? Field Farm, a 1948 Bauhaus-era home, has not only original furnishings but a wide array of modern and contemporary artwork, and an exquisite sculpture garden en route to an outdoor pool. Tours of the adjacent museum, a 1966 guest house called The Folly, are also available, as are extensive walking trails through the property’s 316 acres of conservation land, owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Lawrence and Eleanore Bloedel lived on the estate, which they had created, for decades before giving it to the Trustees in 1984. Five bedrooms, some with fireplaces and decks, draw design and architecture buffs from throughout the country. “It’s a combination of a modern B and B—with authentic furnishings people can use and sit on—with nature trails, and an interesting, historic house,” says the Trustees’ historic-resources manager, Will Garrison. What more could a cultured weekender want?

Field Farm

The Folly

All photographs courtesy of the Trustees of Reservations