Hinterland Hall

  • Location: Countryside
    Mount Greylock: 2 miles (5 mins by car)
    Jiminy Peak Ski Resort: 5 miles (10 mins by car)
    MASS MoCA: 16 miles (25 mins by car)
    Clark Art Institute: 15 miles (15 mins by car)
  • Albany International Airport (ALB): 43 miles (1h by car)
    New York La Guardia Airport (LGA): 155 miles (2hs 45 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Hinterland Hall

What is the story behind Hinterland Hall, what was your inspiration to create it?

Ever since settling in Berkshire County, we’ve relished going for scenic drives, exploring the region’s stunning landscape and historic landmarks. In the summer of 2020, we learned that the St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish was selling their Old Stone Church, a Gothic Revival building constructed in 1836. Always captivated by historic buildings, we were eager to learn more, finding that the space had been vacant for over one hundred years and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, bound by historical preservation protections and restrictions. Overcome with a desire to restore this crumbling landmark, we made an offer, and immediately immersed ourselves in the humbling, gratifying process of bringing Hinterland Hall to life.

In spite of the challenges of modernizing the space, we were determined to sustain as much of what made it magical as we possibly could. Constructed from stone, containing nine tracery windows with pointed arches and an impressive bell tower standing sixty feet high, the structure had always been incredibly striking. Aside from raw aesthetic potential, however, the required work was daunting: no running water, no septic system, no bathrooms, no heat, and limited electricity. And so, within a month of closing, we drilled a well, installed a septic system, and upgraded the electrical system, ensuring we stayed within the parameters of the space’s preservation provisions every step of the way. All along, we envisioned an events space with an overnight accommodations element, knowing that the potential was truly boundless.

Among the more eccentric aspects of the project — and one critical to its eventual short-term rental viability — was the relocation and restoration of the mahogany hand-pumped organ. The majestic instrument was built in 1862, by famed organ maker William Johnson of Westfield, MA. Originally located in the choir loft, we had it professionally dismantled in order to transform that space into the upstairs ensuite. Once moved to the sanctuary downstairs, we proceeded to have the organ fully restored, and it now stands as one of the oldest functioning hand-pumped organs in the country.

How would you describe the atmosphere, architecture and interior design of Hinterland Hall?

Every time I step inside, it still takes my breath away. So much light pours in through the tracery windows, transporting stunning shadows across the sanctuary as the day goes by. It’s so peaceful, meditative, and spiritual. True to its Gothic revival architecture, symmetry was at the core of the church’s design, and we wanted our renovation to preserve the integrity of the building, evoking its original spirit. To do this, while accentuating the place’s inherent beauty, we maintained a minimalist approach and a neutral color palette. We took inspiration from the stone exterior by incorporating bluestone, concrete, copper, and brass hardware throughout the interior. Unwilling to surrender agency or compromise our vision, we acted as general contractors and designers for the entire project, which transcended a standard renovation before it even began.

To you personally, what is so special about Hinterland Hall?

The experience of sleeping in the historic church and having uninterrupted time to just wander the space is both rejuvenating and spiritual. The design and the quality of light are powerful enough to soothe and invigorate at the same time.

Church entrance
Sanctuary - lounge area
Lounge area
Sleeping area
Sleeping area
Sleeping area
Church exterior
Church exterior
Church exterior

Hinterland Hall rooms & rates

A set of large doors leads to Hinterland Hall’s entrance foyer, from where there are two doors leading into the sanctuary. The main sanctuary features 50-foot ceilings and is quite expansive. The wooden ceilings are original and appear like the underside of a ship. All of the wooden floors were refinished during the renovations. In one corner of the sanctuary is a rare, hand-pumped organ from the 1860s and there’s a comfortable lounge area in the center. At the altar, a door leads to a stone patio overlooking a pastoral field.

The spiral staircase leads you to the sleeping loft. There is a small kitchenette on the left-hand side and an antique Louis Phillip mirror to the right. The loft is elongated and around 400 square feet, with a hand-crafted pine bed on the far end. The ensuite features bluestone heated floors and a concrete tub, as well as a gorgeous brass rainfall shower head that hangs from the ceiling, twenty feet up.

  • Hinterland Hall for 2 people / 279 m²
    455 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include linens, towels, final cleaning and taxes.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Not suitable for children
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

With a high-functioning kitchenette, guests can make coffee and tea or prepare snacks and small meals. Enjoy a compact refrigerator with a countertop smart oven.

On request, specialty selections from Regalis, regalisfoods.com, can be stocked. From caviar to tinned fish, or even a catered dinner by our Michelin-starred crew. 

Complimentary truffle popcorn and whiskey. Perfect while enjoying a late-night film projected within the sanctuary.

Things to do in Massachusetts & Lanesborough

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Art: MASS MoCA, The Clark, Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Music: Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Music Festivals at MASS MoCA
  • Hiking: Mount Greylock
  • Skiing: Jiminy Peak Ski Resort
  • Historic Villages: Williamstown, Lenox & Stockbridge
  • Farms: Hancock Shaker Village, Cricket Creek Farm, Ioka Valley Farm & High Lawn Farm

The location of Hinterland Hall

The Berkshires is a gorgeous rural enclave of Western Massachusetts. The landscape consists of rolling hills, pastures, and lively deciduous forests. Though the region’s sparse population is what allows it to stay so bucolic and charming, the area is still famous for its arts and music scene. There are three renowned art museums in the county: MASS MoCA, The Clark, and The Norman Rockwell Museum, while Tanglewood is the epicenter of the music scene. Each summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra calls Tanglewood home, while a diverse range of performers visit throughout the year.

Mount Greylock, which is located only five minutes from Hinterland Hall, is the tallest peak in Massachusetts. The mountain has many hiking trails, including access to the Appalachian Trail itself. Also under ten minutes away is the tallest skiing and snowboarding resort in Massachusetts: Jiminy Peak.

When is the best time to visit Massachusetts?

Western Massachusetts is a year-round destination. It’s popular in the fall when people come to see the changing colors that New England is known for. In the winter, it’s a great place for skiing and snowshoeing, and spring is always beautiful when the vegetation is budding. Summer is the high season when most people are eager to go hiking and exploring.