The Berkshires have been an aristocratic getaway for generations. In the late 19th century, a genteel invasion of well-heeled city folk purchased sprawling estates in this corner of Western Massachusetts. Blantyre was one of these magnificent country mansions, modestly referred to as cottages by their owners. Gilded Age millionaires with surnames like Vanderbilt and Morgan flocked here to play gentleman farmer when they got bored of Newport’s coastal scenery. Today, guests at Blantyre may experience a touch of that bygone lifestyle.
Built in 1902 to resemble a Scottish castle, this once private residence is now an intimate country hotel that was updated in 2018. Crackling fires, Belgian tapestries, ornate candelabra, stained glass windows, exquisite floral arrangements, and oil paintings in rich gold frames grace the common areas.
The eight rooms in the Manor House offer yesteryear grandeur with antique furniture and treasured heirlooms. There’s a healthy respect for history as well the present day needs of the discerning traveler; tap an iPad for speedy room service and enjoy the high-speed internet connection.The Carriage House has eleven guest rooms, all finely furnished in a neutral color palette with terraces for an immersion in nature. The spacious cottages offer an enhanced level of privacy.
Set on 110 acres of woodlands and rolling lawns, the property is a playground for fresh-air enthusiasts. Back in the day, practicing sports was considered to be an essential part of a healthy constitution. Snowshoeing was a popular past time and guests may continue this tradition on property. In warmer weather, hiking, swimming ,and tennis are potential diversions.
Those who crave an epicurean immersion will feel right at home. The rich agricultural heritage of the region is a springboard for a host of gastronomic opportunities at The Conservatory. Here, Chef Jeremy Berlin highlights local ingredients that exudes a sense of place. The wine collection includes a sophisticated wine-by-the-glass list.
Indulge in a glass of bubbly at the new Dom Pérignon Champagne Salon. Rare and specialty vintages will satisfy the most demanding drinker.
Even if you don’t dine here, savor a drink in the Music Room, where you'll often find a talented pianist tickles the ivory most nights.
Vacationers who enjoy Belle Epoque style and service fit for royals will be in heaven. It’s a favorite retreat for urbanites who covet nature but don’t want to skimp on culture.
If you’re a ripped jeans type, you may feel out of place. Nightlife seekers will be disappointed as evenings revolve around fine drinking and dining, the genteel piano concert, and browsing the hotel’s extensive library.
Guests must be over age 16 years old, so it’s not suitable for families with younger children.
The spa is a sanctuary. Unwind in the relaxation lounge nestled under a plush throw while gazing at the garden with a cup of herbal tea in hand. Massages, facials, and body treatments utilize natural ingredients including Hungarian moor mud and hibiscus flower extracts.
Wifi, valet parking, unlimited use of the pool, tennis courts, workout facility, and eucalyptus steam room and sauna are included. Daily breakfast and in-room refreshments re-stocked daily are included in the rate.
Blantyre is a non-tipping resort, however, there is a 10% resort amenity fee in addition to the room rates.
Visit Blantyre’s offers page for low-season discounted rates, including packages with spa credit.
The surrounding area is a patchwork of quaint villages and gentle mountains. The inspired scenery and peaceful rhythms has long been a magnet for artists, musicians, and writers. A visit to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s stately self-designed home, is a must for anyone with a literary lean.
Music lovers make seasonal pilgrimages to Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Alternatively, if the Bard is your style, Shakespeare & Company is an acclaimed theatre company. While much of the programing is Shakespeare-centric, they’re known for spearheading ambitious new works.
Most guests drive. Albany International Airport is about an hour away and Bradley International Airport in Connecticut is just a bit farther.
A personal vehicle is recommended, as public transportation is limited in this rural area.
A stay at Blantyre is a splurge, but it’s as close as most will get to living like a lord.