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When you stay at Blantyre, it’s like spending the night in a country manor. Each room is designed differently to embody a specific piece of the luxury hotel’s rich past. No matter which you room you have, in you’ll feel as if you connect to that part of the resort’s history.
In the Main House, all the rooms are on the second level. As you ascend the spiral staircase, you’ll notice the doors and antique key locks that open into the individual rooms. Your room will most likely have a four-post king-sized bed (some rooms in the Carriage House have a queen-sized bed), a sitting area and separate bathroom and dressing area. Shuttered or draped windows provide various views of the land and offer just the right amount of light into each room. The additional décor varies depending on which room you choose. Though you will find oil paintings and artwork circa the early 1800s in the room, likely above the cozy wood-burning fireplace. The walls are laid with French antique or English-countryside-inspired wallpaper, usually a pattern that represents an English garden, toile or fleur-de-lis. The colors of each room vary and serve as the foundation for the rest of the space’s design. For example, the Blue Room in the Main House is, quite simply, decorated in shades of blue and accented with soft creams and beige colors to induce a calm environment. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Crimson Suite is steeped in deep reds and golds, creating a regal and opulent atmosphere.
Much like the Main House, each room in the Carriage House is designed with a different concept in mind. The rooms are elegantly decorated with extensive draperies and romantic floral fabrics and wall coverings. Some of them are loft-like spaces, which offer a separate area from the main room.
The cottages resemble rustic homes, with all the amenities of the modern world. They are the perfect option for a romantic retreat, thanks to their seclusion from the Main House and Carriage House. Most of the cottages have fireplaces, living room and seating areas, full kitchens and master bedrooms with private baths. The spare rooms are slightly smaller, and a second bath in the cottage is generally just a shower or mini-bathroom.
What’s most wonderful about all the rooms at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel are the hidden treasures just lying around. Take time to really explore your room — you’ll find everything from Irish antique mirrors to hidden black-and-white photographs and finely etched wood carvings. The bedside lamps might be made of stained glass and the coffee table in your sitting room might be a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase. To leave any pillow unturned or any corner unseen in your room would result in missing a beautiful piece of history.
Blantyre features rooms, suites and cottages—half of which have their own wood burning fireplaces. Each room is very individual, but all are romantically decorated in calming tones. The owner has meticulously selected the wall coverings and draperies to maintain the bygone elegance of the house. Each room has been carefully and thoughtfully furnished with wonderful and eclectic antiques. And we have books everywhere!