About Us

About Starlight Llama

Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast is Massachusetts’ FIRST solar-powered, off-the-grid, bed and breakfast. Starlight Llama is the only local hotel, inn or B&B where you can get a great cup of coffee, have breakfast with ingredients straight from the garden, watch a llama grazing outside your window, see a donkey take a dust bath, and charge your cell phone with solar power, all before 10 a.m.!

We, your hosts John and Dee, opened Starlight Llama in 2008Llamas Grazing on Farm and Property to showcase the ease of solar-living, provide you with a 'green' getaway, and share our conservation-protected land, animals and farm. Our bed and breakfast is a wonderful alternative to a hotel or a one-size fits all inn; we offer a fantastic fresh breakfast and can easily accommodate gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian diets and provide wonderful suggestions for what to do in the area and give clear directions on how to get there.

There is much to do at Starlight Llama besides get a good night's sleep! Hike, bike, snowshoe, walk our trails, and if you'd like, weed a garden, help bring in the hay, or help John pound a few handmade nails into his reproduction Thoreau cabin. A visit to our bed and breakfast allows you access to 120 acres of our conservation restricted property, land that has been in our family for 6 generations. Our land abuts the new Mineral Hills Conservation area, so bring your water bottle and hiking shoes. This is your chance to relax, so if you want a slower pace, feel free to sit on the deck with a cup of coffee and your laptop (we have wi-fi for email only) or just relax and watch the llamas graze or see the peacocks wander by.

Our Property

Our property was part of a 700 acre dairy farm that has been in John's family for six generations. John is writing a book about his family's land and recently learned that our property has been in the hands of only two families*, and in his family for over 150 years. To protect this land from development, we have placed our 65 acres in a Conservation Restriction, ensuring that meadow and woodland creatures will always have a place to call home. (*Two European families...)

Coming up the driveway you might see rabbits scurrying back to their hedgerow, indigo buntings, bluebirds, coopers hawk, and at noon listen and look for the resident broad hawk. If a large black bird soars overhead, look at the head. If it is white, you have seen an eagle; if the head appears bald, red or black and it has an enormous wingspan then you have discovered a recent arrival to the Valley, the turkey vulture. A special treat is seeing the Great Blue Heron flying over from the nearby reservoir.

While walking our trails, we invite you to look for signs of deer, bear, fox and bobcat. Don't worry; you won't see the animals themselves and the woods are very safe. The reservoir across the road often hosts otters, beavers, Merganser and other ducks, kingfishers and often a lone Great Blue Heron. If you see what you first think is an egret, it is more likely a young Blue Heron; they are white until they reach adulthood.

At night listen for the owls or packs of coyote that roam the ridges of the hills. Also listen for the deep bass sound of our emus. They sound like an African drum, but we assure you, it is incredibly peaceful.

This is a working llama and hay farm. We are often asked, “Why llamas?” and can only say that we just love their demeanor, that they are easy keepers, they are quiet and make us happy. They are fun to take for walks, and while we shear them, we are saving their wool to make something special from one in particular. Depending upon the time of the year, you may witness -or help!- bring in the hay, shear a llama, or weed the garden.