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 20, 2012
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    What are the best Berkshires food experiences?

    For the best Berkshires food experiences, Blantyre proudly suggests:

    1. Have the Chef’s Tasting Menu at The Dining Room at Blantyre, featuring the freshest ingredients from local farms.

    2. Enjoy a Blantyre picnic basket overstuffed with gourmet goodies on the lawns of Tanglewood Music Center.

    3. Order from Blantyre’s Lighter Fare Menu, a more casual offering enjoyed at one of the outdoor umbrella tables along the stone perimeter of the Main House.

    4. Try the Chef’s Specials at Nudel in the heart of Lenox, featuring an open kitchen and casual, fresh Italian. 
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    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in the Berkshires?

    The five kid-friendly dining options are:

    1. Room service at Blantyre. Get selections from our scrumptious menu, served in the comfort of your room.

    2. Baba-Louie’s in Pittsfield. It serves sourdough pizza.

    3. Haven Café & Bakery in the center of Lenox. It's a terrific spot for lunch.

    4. The Dakota Steakhouse and Grill. The Pittsfield restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

    5. Mazzeo’s. It's an Italian restaurant in Lenox.
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    Where can I go to watch sports in the Berkshires?

    For watching sports, try The Warming Hut at the Blantyre. It has two large-screen televisions, ideal for watching your favorite sporting event while playing a game of pool or table tennis. Additionally, our Music Room can be transformed into a big-screen theater complete with overstuffed chairs and popcorn. The wine cellar, also has a large TV hidden in a 200-year-old, heavily carved Irish hutch.
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    Where are the best places to hear live music in the Berkshires?

    The best place to hear live music in the Berkshires is at Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood offers live performances throughout the summer months of both classical and contemporary artists and also houses Ozawa Hall, which features chamber music and jazz performances.  However, it’s Blantyre, year-round, where our pianist plays nightly from 6:30 p.m. onward.
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    What is the best Berkshires nightlife?

    In the Music Room at Blantyre, guests may enjoy our nightly pianist, dancing by candlelight and a fine wine, Armagnac, hot chocolate or a divine tea.
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    What are the best museums in the Berkshires?

    Within a short distance of Blantyre are Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Ventfort Hall, the Clark Institute, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Arrowhead Museum Berkshire Historical Society.
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    What should I pack for a trip to the Berkshires?

    A romantic escape, any time of year, Blantyre provides outfitting for all activities on property — from snowshoes and skates to hiking boots and swim attire. Jackets and ties are required for gentleman in our dining room and whites on our tennis courts and croquet lawns. 
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    What is the best way to see the Berkshires in one day?

    The best way to see the Berkshires in one day is at Blantyre. Experience a Downton Abbey of your very own at Blantyre, where guests are transported to a bygone era of gracious service, luxury and refinement.
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    What’s the best time to visit the Berkshires?

    Lenox is thriving in the summer months with a bounty of outdoor activities. The fall is spectacular with colorful foliage, pumpkins and apple picking. Winter months are warmly romantic and secluded. In mid-spring as the snow melts away at the suggestion of warmer weather (a time that New Englanders refer to as “mud season”), we offer a special “Mud Package” to our guests that includes cooking classes, lessons in flower arranging and special chef menus.
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    What is the Berkshires’ cultural scene like?

    A small New England village where writers and robber barons built splendid estates, Lenox and the surrounding area are known to be rich in culture and history. Tanglewood Music Center is alive with the sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as popular artists in concert. The Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, Shakespeare & Company and Williamstown Theater Festival are popular among theater-goers. Jacob’s Pillow is home to an exciting dance festival. The Clark Institute, MassMOCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum round out one’s visit. 
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    What are the five best free things to do in the Berkshires?

    All activities on the Blantyre property are free and exclusive to our guests. They include all sporting activities and seasonal pleasures such as winter sleigh rides and summer/fall carriage rides. In addition, here are the five best free things to do in the Berkshires:

    1. Enjoy a short walk to Edith Wharton’s The Mount and a beautiful tour of the historic house and gardens (complimentary tickets are available at our front desk).

    2. Visit Ventfort Hall, an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan.

    3. Take a scenic bike ride on the Ashuwillticook Trail.

    4. Stroll through the quaint village of Lenox, which dates back to the early 1700s, while window shopping and enjoying its beauty, year round.

    5. Have a restful picnic on the lawn at Tanglewood Music Center, which overlooks scenic Stockbridge Bowl. 
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    Where is the best shopping in the Berkshires?

    In Blantyre’s own gift vitrine, located just off the Main Hall, guests will find a unique selection of jewelry, note cards along with special items found throughout the house. The Berkshires are well-known for charming, high-quality antique shops located throughout neighboring towns, as well as lively art galleries, craft studios and country stores. While driving on some of the area’s backroads through Connecticut and upstate New York, one will discover interesting items and wonderful country bistros, perfect for lunch.
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in the Berkshires?

    At Blantyre, we welcome children over the age of 12 and encourage their participation in numerous seasonal activities, such as tennis, swimming, croquet, cross country skiing and snow shoeing — to name a few. Beyond our front gate, the best things to do with kids are:

    1. Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge (20 minutes away) to enjoy original illustrated works and interactive displays of American life.

    2. Go for an invigorating hike on Monument Mountain (20 minutes away).

    3. See an exciting exhibit at MassMOCA (50 minutes away), one of the largest centers for contemporary visual installations and performing arts in the country.

    4. Spend an afternoon at Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure Park (35 minutes away), featuring an Alpine super slide, giant swing rides, Euro bungee trampoline, rock climbing and a mountain coaster.

    5. Experience authentic Quaker daily life in Hancock Shaker Village (20 minutes away).
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    What are the five best things to see and do in the Berkshires?

    The five best things to do and see in the Berkshires are:

    1. Visit a local museum. See famous works of American illustration at the Norman Rockwell Museum, or European and American Impressionist paintings at the Clark Institute. Explore contemporary art at MassMOCA or step back into the Gilded Age at Edith Wharton’s The Mount.

    2. Music concerts at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an ideal spot for a picnic while enjoying a concert.

    3. Shopping in antique shops and at local farmers markets and stands found while driving through the countryside.

    4. Outdoor activities. Bike or walk the Ashuwillticook Trail in Lanesboro. Kayak in Laurel Lake or ski downhill at Jiminy Peak. Go hot-air ballooning over the Berkshire Hills — depart from our back lawns. Or golf at an 18-hole course at neighboring Cranwell Resort.

    5. Enjoy a cultural experience with a play at Shakespeare & Company and the Berkshire Theater Festival, or a show at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.