Merrigan siblings plan to turn family home into B&B
The Merrigan family home at 48 Congress St. in Greenfield may become a bed and breakfast. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »
GREENFIELD — Three siblings plan to open a bed and breakfast in the house they grew up in on Congress Street.
Marguerite “Meg” Merrigan said she and her brothers, John and James, plan to open the three-suite bed and breakfast, which they have not yet named.
“The entire family is excited about it,” said Merrigan. “Nieces, nephews and their friends are already asking if they can work there.”
Merrigan said John’s wife Martina will run the bed and breakfast. John Merrigan is the Franklin County Register of Probate.
“She lives right next door, so it’s a perfect arrangement,” said Merrigan.
Merrigan said she will help manage the business.
“We all have something to bring to the table,” said Merrigan.
The home was owned by their parents, Thomas and Marguerite Merrigan, until their deaths — their mother died in 2008 and their father died last August.
“Our parents’ house has always been home,” said Merrigan. “Everyone who ever entered said they felt the same way. We think it will be a great environment for a bed and breakfast.”
She said when her parents bought the home it was set up for three families, but was promptly converted to a one-family.
“We toyed around with the idea of turning it into a two-family, but decided we wanted to bring life back to it and wanted to be there in some capacity to enjoy it,” she said.
Merrigan said she and the rest of the family believe the bed and breakfast will be a “great tribute” to their parents and to the community.
“We plan to decorate with items that will recognize the community my parents loved so much,” she said. “We want to honor Greenfield, so we’ll adorn it with some of the town’s history.”
Merrigan said there will be three two-room suites.
“We want to keep things cozy,” she said.
Merrigan said there will also be a large, shared kitchenette and an enclosed porch will be added.
She said a continental breakfast will be served during the week and a more extensive one on weekends.
She said the three siblings and Martina Merrigan hope to open by fall, in time for the foliage season.
“We don’t have a target clientele, per se, but we imagine that parents visiting their kids at area private schools or people coming into Greenfield for different events will be interested in staying with us,” said Merrigan.
The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing to discuss the Merrigans’ plans during its meeting Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the police station on High Street.
The house is located in one of the town’s Urban Residential zones, so it will need a special permit.
Thomas and Marguerite Merrigan purchased the property in 1963. The house, which sits on 0.38 acres and is 16,533 square feet, is assessed by the town at $256,800. There are currently five bedrooms, three baths and one fireplace. There is also an unattached garage.
Parking will be at the back of the bed and breakfast.
“Our parents would be thrilled,” said Merrigan.