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Old World Charm Meets Modern Luxury

By Allison Wilson

The Bertram Inn is a lovingly restored historic home that offers guests an elegant but inviting bed and breakfast experience close to area attractions.

Located near Coolidge Corner and the Harvard Street historic district in Brookline, the Bertram Inn is a "home away from home" for many international travelers as well as visitors from all across the country. It's close to area attractions, universities, hospitals, public transportation and notable landmarks like Fenway Park, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the birthplace of John F. Kennedy. Guests visiting this neighborhood see wonderful elegant old homes lined by handsome streets and beautiful parks that provide a tranquil atmosphere for morning or evening walks.

Many travelers prefer bed and breakfasts over the more standard hotel chains because of the extra warmth and character they provide, and the Bertram Inn is no exception.

"Outstanding service is what sets the standard for our innkeepers and sets us apart from other bed and breakfasts in the area," says Dia Damali, General Manager of the Bertram Inn. "Our innkeepers take pleasure in attending to the smallest details to make guests feel at home and provide warm hospitality. Guests can be found lounging in the enclosed porch or snacking on the outside deck."

The Inn is a 1907 Tudor, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts-style house originally owned by tobacco merchant Carl J. Kaffenburgh. In 1987, Bryan Austin purchased the historic home and then converted it to 14 well-appointed bedrooms with private baths. Austin takes his inspiration and passion for restoring old homes from his mother Constance Austin, who recently passed on.

"For her, it was about saving old buildings, and she infused that love of preservation in us," Austin says.

The Bertram offers rooms of varying sizes and accommodations with luxuries like wood-burning fireplaces, Italian linens and Turkish towels. Guests can enjoy a delicious gourmet buffet breakfast daily; free snacks, including fresh baked cookies daily; coffee and tea service all day, and free wireless internet. Custom room packages are available at additional costs to enhance the guest experience. Packages feature massages, floral arrangements, and specialty treats and drinks.

"The Bertram Inn stands out from among other bed and breakfasts because of its ambiance," Damali says."The Inn is a wonderful mix of old world charm and sensibility combined with modern amenities. Lovingly furnished with antiques and traditional pieces, the Bertram Inn is not pretentious or stuffy. It is a home that is meant to be enjoyed."

The Bertram Inn is excited to announce renovations underway for our sister inn, The Samuel Sewall Inn, originally constructed in 1886. The renovations will add an elevator, refurbish current guest rooms, add seven additional guest rooms, update the breakfast room/lounge area with fireplaces, and an enclosed porch and outdoors wrap around deck. With these improvements, the utmost care will be taken to maintain the character and essence of this magnificent historic home. The Sewall Inn is slated for re-opening in Spring 2016.

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