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Set on 220 sprawling acres, Blantyre isn’t a typical Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, and that’s one of the reasons we love being there. Its history and deep family roots are what make the Massachusetts hotel such a special place. The estate was purchased in the late 1890s, and by the early 1900s, it had been reconstructed and rebuilt to become a grand property, which included the Main House, the Carriage House Stables and the Potting Shed (which today is the resort’s spa and fitness center). Owner Robert Paterson wanted to build a home that resembled a castle, complete with towers and hidden turrets. The house was modeled after Paterson’s ancestral home in Blantyre, Scotland, and when construction began, it was nothing short of a grand affair. The Main House is an English-style home with a main hall, kitchen, spiral staircase and wrap-around porch that’s perfect for entertaining, which was an almost daily ritual in those days. You can almost imagine the Gatsbyesque parties happening on the main lawn with musicians, cocktails and late-night dancing.
However, the partying came to a halt during the Depression, and Blantyre eventually had to close its doors. The estate went through several transitions until the 1980s, when Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick fell in love with the estate and purchased it. Today, their daughter Ann Fitzpatrick-Brown runs Blantyre as a hotel. The Gatsbyesque mood still lingers throughout the luxury hotel, with a formal nightly dinner service, cocktails in the salon and a piano player tickling the ivories in the Music Room. It all makes the Blantyre seem familiar. Maybe it’s the family history that’s present in every room of the estate. Or maybe it’s that, even in today’s chaotic and complicated world, Blantyre makes you feel as if you’ve checked into a simpler time.
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.