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Address: 16 Blantyre Rd.


City: Lenox

Phone: 413-637-3556


Expert Review

“I imagine this is how Batman eats,” a friend says of Blantyre’s dramatic dining room, shrouded in tapestries, candlelight, and attentive waiters who melt into the shadows. In fact, almost everything about the Relais & Châteaux–approved hideaway in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts carries a touch of the cinematic, starting with the long, winding driveway to the ivy-cloaked Tudor-Norman mansion. Millionaire businessman Robert Warden Paterson and his wife, Louise, built the Lenox estate in 1901, in the twilight of the Gilded Age, following families like the Vanderbilts, Choates, and Carnegies (and writers such as Melville, Wharton, and Hawthorne), who summered in “cottages” nearby. Today, Blantyre – with its oil paintings, jacket-and-tie dinner policy, massive four-poster beds, and acres of chintz – wears an old-fashioned, genteel air, but the warmth of proprietress Ann Fitzpatrick Brown and her staff keeps it from feeling like a blue-blood museum.

Expect eight rooms and suites in the main house (many with fireplaces), four cottages perfect for a romantic getaway, and an idyllic carriage house with 10 rooms and suites. Charming historic details include leaded glass windows, richly burnished woods, treasured heirlooms and period furniture. Full breakfast is included in room rates. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | expensive | smart luxury winner

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