The list of accolades written on the wonderful Relais & Chateaux Berkshire country house/hotel are many, and it is worth every morsel of the praise. This beautiful establishment is impeccably staffed, maintained and decorated. It is a treasure located within an hour’s drive of the Capital Region, making it the perfect spot to steal away to this Spring.
Blantyre is located on 117-acres of property in Lenox, MA, and was built by businessman Robert Warden Paterson in 1902.Current owner/Innkeeper Ann Fitzpatrick Brown is from the much-loved and well-respected first family of the Berkshires, the Fitzpatricks. Her parents, Jane and the recently deceased Jack Fitzpatrick, truly had a big hand in transforming the Berkshires into a cultural haven. Ann’s imprint on her own historical property (Blantyre) may be the most influential one to date, since Patterson’s construction.
The rooms/suites are “off the charts” with respect to elegance and refinement but like everything at Blantyre, their is great attention paid to practicticality. The quest rooms are well stocked with many books, DVD’s and great comfortable charirs and comfortables to snuggle by the fireplace and enjoy.
On this trip, I had an excuse to lolly about the room but you will want to take advantage of everthing else they have to offer on the property! Hiking trails that can stir and quiet the sole (depending on wht you need) and swimming/lounging
The small and comfortable spa also stands ready to serve. With Lenox being such a home to health and wellness, the ability to have massages and treatments from the area’s best practitioners is a real treat. The spa area is well-equipped for the committed exerciser and the hot tub sits in front of a powerful Berkshire view. Warm, comfortable and quiet; it’s your choice to relax or rev up your heart rate.
After a day of outdoor adventure and exercise, the Tudor-inspired mansion provides fantastic escape from the cold. Large fireplaces and plenty ofcouches provide great spots for a hot toddy or glass of wine from the 19,000 bottle collection Before dinner in the evening, we had cocktailsin the piano living room. Again, upon entering the main house I was overcome with a nostalgic feeling that I could not explain. Certainly, I have never lived in a mansion like this so the nostalgia was odd. Then it hit me – I have traveled throughout Great Britain and Ireland and toured many of the great castles that are now empty and there for historical reference only. Each time I visited one, my mind would wander to what it must have been like when the dwelling was in its’ “hey day”. What types of entertaining went on, what kind of elegance surrounded the now cold walls and rooms. Well, an evening at Blantrye finally gave me that perspective and answers to my curious thoughts. Alive with music from a wonderful pianist, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and lively conversations, you can truly enjoy a setting from an era long gone that is still alive in the Berkshires.