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Operator Bramble Hospitality Group, the team behind Topsfield, Massachusetts-based Willowdale Estate, has opened the 30-room boutique Briar Barn Inn in Rowley, Massachusetts. The property’s development was a joint venture between artist Charlotte Forsythe and her husband architect Gerald Fandetti, along with their daughter Briar Rose Forsythe.

The property offers a “farmhouse” experience, according to its owners. The full-service hotel is situated on four acres and balances a rustic aesthetic with modern touches, with its architecture complementing the town’s surrounding buildings. A 1901 rehabbed Victorian farmhouse leads into the development, and newbuild two-story inn with each wing inspired by three themes of the property: farmhouse, market house and woodlands. Architectural elements include a silo reminiscent of a historic farmhouse as well as a prominent tower in the woodlands wing. Each theme also uses its own color palette, garden design and decor details.

The lobby is home to a fireplace lined with bespoke bookshelves showcasing board games and classic literary works. Staircases feature antique newel posts and custom balusters. Jay and Kate Forsythe Designs curated the vintage artwork throughout the property to give the feeling of a woodland oasis, pastoral sanctuary and nautical haven.

A wellness spa and a 100-seat restaurant, Grove at Briar Barn Inn, located in a custom post-and-beam barn will debut in late February 2019. Gerald Fandetti collaborated with Vermont Timber Works to create the barn that will feature exposed beams, hardwood floors, an open floorplan with 35-foot high ceilings and a tin roof.

Photo: Courtesy of Bramble Hospitality Group


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