The Thorne family has been proudly catering to visitors of The Berkshires for 30 years. The New England Country Inn has a rich and touching history to its name, one that goes back to nearly a century.
The Dutch Colonial home where Thornewood Inn is presently located was constructed in 1919. During that time it acted as the rest stop for local farming families to retreat to after a day’s work out on the fields and in its heyday, consisted of a large apple orchard. As the years went by, the farm unfortunately succumbed to the ravages of time and ended up being abandoned. The home fell into disrepair, with its land in desperate need of reclamation. It would remain this way until 1983, when an enterprising couple eventually discovered it and changed the course of its history.
David and Terry Thorne were childhood sweethearts and had known the other for some time, both of them flourishing in their own creative careers. The two would ultimately go into business together, marry and start a family. Terry owned a decorating and upholstery shop, and David ran retail furniture outlets when he wasn’t on tour as a jazz and swing musician. David however found himself missing his wife and daughters while on his travels. The Dutch Colonial home gave him the opportunity to be with his family while still allowing both him and his wife to pursue their respective lines of work, and by 1983, the couple had acquired it for themselves.
The whole family worked to restore the home. Terry, David and their daughters worked night and day for six months to transform the run-down Dutch Colonial into a marvelous country inn. Thornewood Inn came to fruition in the spring of 1984, with a modest four-bedroom capacity to its name. Terry would design the décor and run the restaurant, while David would handle the day-to-day operations and play music for their guests.
The inn would grow with the family and David and Terry’s daughter Laurie took over more of its responsibilities, with the bed and breakfast also adding nine more guest rooms and a full-service restaurant. A third generation of Thornes is now starting to get involved in the family business, ensuring the future of The Thornewood Inn looks bright indeed.
We treasure the opportunity of giving guests the kind of serenity that can only be found in The Berkshires. We strive to put their needs first, and are proud to say that at Thornewood Inn, guests can be assured of a truly wonderful experience and genuine New England hospitality.