The Story of Birchfield Manor Inn and Restaurant
About Our Washington Wine Country Bed and Breakfast
1910: It began with 15,000 acres dedicated to a sheep farm. Thomas Smith was a man who appreciated the lush, fertile Yakima Valley, but wanted to be close to town. He thought the spot now known as Birchfield Manor seemed an ideal place to settle. And so, for $15,000 the red brick Main House was built with eight bedrooms and three bathrooms, a large living and dining area, kitchen, and basement. He hired a Chinese cook to staff the kitchen. Later Smith’s daughter, Agnes, and her husband, Alex Dunnett, occupied the home for a short time.
1950s: Well respected former state senator Alex Deccio bought Birchfield Manor. He and his wife raised their seven children here. Deccio was elected to the Legislature nine times, serving in the public sector for a total of 32 years and bringing millions of dollars to Yakima development projects. He retired in 2006.
1978: Wilford and Sandy Masset bought the property, bringing with them their children, among them Brad Masset. A year later, the couple turned the house into a restaurant downstairs, while the family occupied the upstairs. Ten years went by until it became a bed and breakfast, with guest rooms upstairs and the family moving into a different house on the property. Brad remembers growing up there, watching people arriving in limos and dressed to the nines. “It was a special place,” Brad remembers.
1990s: Brad Masset bought Birchfield, continuing the legacy his father started of fine dining and secluded, personal accommodations, but adding his own casual touches while expanding the business. In 1994, the Inn was built next door to the Manor house, adding six additional large, modern rooms, several with views of the pond in the back. As Birchfield grew, catering became one of its most sought-after services. Today we provide off-site catering throughout the Yakima Valley from Cle Elum to the Tri-Cities.
Today, our Washington State wine country bed and breakfast encompasses 2.5 acres that include the Main House, the Inn with additional rooms, a swimming pool, pond, and vineyard. Our beautifully manicured grounds make us the perfect venue for indoor weddings [for up to 50 guests and outdoor weddings of up to 400 guests. We invite you to stay at our bed and breakfast in Washington’s wine country and experience all that Yakima has to offer.