Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

Owner & General Manager

  • Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

In 1980, Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick fell in love with the abandoned Blantyre and organized to purchase it for their daughter, Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, who became the eighth owner. Determined to restore it to its former elegance, Ann reopened Blantyre in 1981, after extensive renovation. Blantyre achieved the vision of the Fitzpatricks; a beautiful country house, recognized as one of the finest hotels in the world, where guests can come and stay and experience the life and service of a bygone era. In May 2005, Blantyre opened its doors for the first time in 25 years as a year-round operation, along with The Potting Shed, Blantyre’s cozy and intimate spa.

  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What are the five best amenities at Blantyre?

    The five best amenities at Blantyre are:

    1. The Spa with its full range of treatments, luxurious hot tub and a magnificent fireplace is the perfect place for our guests to relax and unwind.

    2. The tennis courts (in summer).

    3. The ice rink (in winter) with its adjacent cozy warming hut and fire circle, or our snow shoe and cross country ski routes with on hand guidance from our very own snow concierge.

    4. The croquet lawn nestled in our beautifully manicured gardens where following a gentle game you can relax in our garden hammock with a good book (we have more than 4,000 books for our guests to choose from). 

    5. Our outdoor swimming pool and 117 acres to roam, stroll, snow shoe or cross country ski.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What are five things people should know about Blantyre?

    Here are five things you should know about Blantyre:

    1. Accommodations include eight rooms in the main house, 10 rooms in the Carriage House, and three cottages on the estate. Families and groups can take over the whole property for holidays, celebrations and meetings. We provide excellent corporate facilities. We are only 3 hours from New York City, 2 hours from Boston, and we are halfway between London (England) and L.A.

    2. We are a magnificent Elizabethan (Tudor style) estate built in 1902. Our main house was built during the Gilded Age. We hope that a visit to Blantyre evokes the feelings of a gentler, more peaceful time.

    3. Blantyre’s proprietress Ann Fitzpatrick Brown has owned the hotel since 1980. The estate was given to her by her parents.

    4. We have a world-class wine cellar with more than 15,000 bottles and 2,500 vintages.

    5. Our hot chocolate menu is the perfect comfort drink. Each delicious cup is made to order with a choice of the finest chocolates imported from France, Italy and Latin America.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What are the five best things about Blantyre?

    The five best things about Blantyre are:

    1. Our warm and friendly staff have the sole focus of making our guests stay relaxing, peaceful and wonderful.

    2. Our beautiful rooms. In the main house, our sweeping oak staircase leads our guests to eight bedrooms. Each room is very individual, but all are decorated to the highest standards with a décor that you would typically find in one of the great houses of Europe. The owner has meticulously selected the wall coverings and drapery to maintain the bygone elegance of the property. Each room has been carefully and thoughtfully furnished with wonderful antiques and our guest always find something to read from our collection of more than 4,000 books. Away from the main house are beautiful rooms in the Carriage House and our wonderful cottages.

    3. Our award winning menus created by our talented French chef and his team. Our guests can have each exquisite dish paired with one of our 15,000 bottles of wine.

    4. Our spa, which has a range of relaxing treatments. These include facials, massage, hydrating treatments, manicures and pedicures. There is also has an outdoor pool.

    5. The extensive hot chocolate menu is unique to us. In the winter, our guests can enjoy a romantic evening skate on our ice rink then retire to our warming hut for their favorite hot chocolate, always served with housemade marshmallows and warm banana bread.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    Does Blantyre charge any fees?

    State and local sales tax is 11.7 percent and there is an 18 percent service charge in lieu of gratuities.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What is the average price of a room at Blantyre?

    The average is $900 per room (excluding tax and service) full breakfast is included.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What makes Blantyre different from other Five-Star hotels?

    Blantyre is a romantic country house hotel nestled in the unspoiled Berkshire Hills. The Tudor-style main house was built in 1902 to replicate the grandeur of a Scottish Manor. The main house sits amidst 117 acres of manicured lawns and New England woodland. Our wonderful service reflects our desire to embrace a pace of life from a more peaceful and gentler time. This is a Downton Abbey experience where our guests can enjoy luxurious bedrooms with lovely details and overstuffed antique furniture. The grandeur of our public rooms with large beautiful fresh bouquets of flowers are always open for our guests to use. Our guests always comment that our rooms and staff make them feel as though they are staying with friends rather than at a hotel. We also have a world-class wine cellar of more than 15,000 bottles, a daily menu that is of remarkable quality and our chef’s housemade artisanal bread. When dining, our average number of guests is only 12, which allows our staff to ensure that our diners every need is addressed. Throughout the evening our guests may enjoy music performed by our own pianists.
  • On May 21, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    Can I get treatments in my room from The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    Yes, The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre treatments can be performed in guest rooms, upon request. 
  • On May 21, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    How old does my child need to be to visit The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre welcomes children over the age of 12. Younger children are welcomed when one reserves the entire property.
  • On May 21, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    Is a spa shop available at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre to purchase products used during treatments?

    Yes, enclosed vitrines house a selection of products used in the spa and in the guest rooms at Blantyre. Other items such as specialty candles, potpourri, gifts and holiday pieces are also available for purchase.
  • On May 21, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What kinds of wraps are offered at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre offers wraps like the Aromatherapy Body Booster, the seasonal organic scrub and wrap and the firming and slimming cellulite treatment with seaweed.
  • On May 20, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What kinds of massages are offered at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre offers such massages as: relaxation; deep tissue; sports; hot stone; aromatherapy; reflexology; head, neck and shoulder; and combination (head, neck, shoulder and reflexology).
  • On May 20, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    Does The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre offer massages and other treatments for children?

    The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre welcomes children over the age of 12. With parental consent and/or supervision, certain treatments may be performed.
  • On May 20, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What kind of aromatherapy massage is offered at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    The aromatherapy treatments offered at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre are: the 60- or 90-minute aromatherapy body massage, Aromatherapy Body Booster and Aroma manicure/pedicure.
  • On May 20, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What are the five best treatments at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre?

    The five best treatments at The Potting Shed Spa at Blantyre are the 90-minute relaxation massage, 90-minute pedicure, seasonal sugar scrub, Sea/Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Facial and Aromatherapy Body Booster.
  • On May 20, 2012
    Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown answered the question: Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown

    What is the Berkshires’ restaurant scene like?

    For a small New England Village of 3,000, Lenox has quite an extraordinary group of restaurants, offering every cuisine in country-chic settings.